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“Rose, where did you get that red?”

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source: poem written by an elementary school student, in Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? Teaching Great Poetry to Children, by Kenneth Koch (New York: Vintage, 1974), 39.

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notes: full poem: Dog, where did you get that bark? Dragon, where do you get that flame? Kitten, where did you get that meow? Rose, where did you get that red? Bird, where did you get those wings?

“Roses on the bush are sisters on the plant and first cousins in the vase. As one might expect, something of their common character has passed into the vase—thinning out their kinship.”

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source: Sens-Plastique, trans. by Irving Weiss (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2008), 141.

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medium: aphorism

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