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I must admit that I started out with an ambivalent attitude toward this collection that was to commemorate and raise money for the survivors of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The editors asked me to write a poem for it, and my first thought was Yuk! It's bound to be a bunch of sentimental claptrap! Still, the ocean is a central theme in much of my writing so I wrote a poem that, basically, opposed the idea that was pervading the media and the conversations of everyone I knew: that this ...more