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Spring/Summer 2015 Titles--Preorder Now!

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pick 4! for a limited time, get FOUR of our spring/summer titles (choose from Eilbert, Ko, Graham, Bess, Sanders, Core, & Crew) for only $50!! free shipping!! save more than 30%!! books will come in two shipments!!! (Note in the comments section on PayPal which titles you'd like, or we'll email you!)

 

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Natalie Eilbert, Swan Feast, $15.00! Now available!!!

Natalie Eilbert's powerful first book is a twenty-first century hymn to the Venus of Wilendorf, a 30,000-year-old figurine whose ample body is a protest against all that seeks to diminish us. Like Plath of "Lady Lazarus," Eilbert speaks with unbridled but precise rage; in lines of propulsive music she takes female self-loathing head on and reveals it for what it is, pervasive, invasive, and invented, like a city that threatens to divest us of our human/animal body. Deeply resistant, these poems get the body back, feeding it, adoring it, finally marrying it, with flamboyance, flare and love. This is the voice of contemporary feminism, brazen, smart, unafraid, and desirous of nothing less than life. —Julie Carr

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Ginger Ko, Motherlover, $14.00! Cargill Prize winner!!! Now available!!!

Ginger Ko's Motherlover is a gut-wrenching and memorable debut, gorgeous in its renderings of discomfort and precise in its sensitivity. Ko slips expertly from density to emotionality, from repulsion to compassion. Her verses are "razor-wire flowers to punish/ those taking what isn’t theirs." This is a book of giving, taking, and remembering, an exploration of memory’s insistence, power, and slipperiness. The poems feel for something with their hands, as if in the dark, sliding around in the beautiful mess of language and personal history. The exploration is terrifying, felt, real, funny, and just a goddamn pleasure. —Morgan Parker

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K. Lorraine Graham, The Rest Is Censored, $15.00! Now available!!!

Lay the pieces of languaged life of your, next to one another, they were moved from, they moved, me. If I don’t misunderstand you, KLG, you are coding these pieces of languaged, life, as poetry. It is very good poetry. I think, of poets who bring a day, into the poem—Leslie Scalapino, Larry Eigner, Joanne Kyger—Lorraine Graham on a bus in California—and I am given pause, is changing, misunderstanding can, get to, life through, this. —Catherine Wagner

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Gabby Bess, Post-Pussy, $15.00! Braddock Prize Winner!!! Available in June!!! (Cover forthcoming)

The second full-length collection of poetry from Gabby Bess! Praise for her first book: "What Gabby Bess captures with her words is the beauty of a fragile time and place. In this collection, she evokes what it means to be young, to be a woman, to have both feet firmly planted both in this world and the virtual. She asks fascinating questions like, 'Is anyone moved by the plainness of raw skin anymore?' She makes you trust she has the necessary answers with intelligence and confidence. In this book, Bess builds an identity for herself and tears it down and builds herself anew. It is breathtaking to behold." —Roxane Gay

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James Sanders, Self Portrait in Plants, $16.50! Braddock Prize Winner!!! Available in May!!!

The second book from Atlanta poet James Sanders, author of Goodbye Public and Private. These are poems unlike anything you've ever seen before—visual, performative, hilarious, and absolutely brilliant. —Bruce Covey

This is not a novel but it invites anyone into an experience that is bound to be novel, putting the lie to sameness and repetition, to linear structure or causality as given, to disbelief and to the integrity of the individual heroic, antiheroic, and confused self, and to any assumption of cultural norms as truly determinate of the fact, act or facture of reading, that awesome category of which writing is a subelement. I am honored to discover my name among the many ("hetero-shiver suit," "the inherent watching," "pollyannasmed," "you") interpellated through the agency of figure-ground dark-light relations between empirical space and hypothetical time that are here reconnected for improvisational exegesis and redistribution. —Steve Benson

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Leopoldine Core, Veronica Bench, $18.00! Available in June!!!

"It's important, you know," Core writes, "for geniuses/ to be sloppy/ It makes other people brave." Well, I rolled around in her slop and found an ecstatic, fleshy tenderness. I wanted to lose whole days touching myself and reverting to my egg beginnings. Of course, these poems made me love her, made me think I was the only person in the world to ever fall in love this way. In Veronica Bench Core exposes us, out-greeds us, jokes freely with us, and speaks better than us. You should be bathing with these poems, you should rub up against them, you should examine your own monstrosity more, you should dote on your pain, you should be ashamed you ever were ashamed of being meat, you should let others record your girlhood, your infancy, your fullness, you should stop trying to be a better person before you die, you should read this book until it’s memorized and then we can all be blissed out in its captivity. —Jenny Zhang

It's hard to read these poems without falling in love—at least for an afternoon—with Leopoldine. She isn't speaking so much as flying. —Sparrow

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Caroline Crew, CAROLINE WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD, Chapbook, $10.00! Available in May!!! (Cover forthcoming)

Caroline Crew edits ILK journal. Her full-length collection PLASTIC SONNETS is due out from Big Lucks in 2015. In addition to CAROLINE, WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD, she has written two chapbooks: The Polychrome Clinic (Midwest Writing Center, 2014) and, with Chris Emslie, Your Stupid Fortune Gives Me Stupid Hope (Furniture Press Books, 2015).

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Fall/Winter 2014 Titles--Order Now!

subscribe! for a limited time, get all SIX fall/winter titles (Finn, Pafunda, Pope, Gobble, Greenberg, and Livingston) for only $65!! free shipping!! save more than 30%!!

 

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Arielle Greenberg, Slice, $14.00! Just published!!!!

The third full-length collection from Arielle Greenberg, author of My Kafka Century and Given, and editor of Gurlesque. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Legitimate Dangers, and other wonderful places. "Arielle Greenberg’s Slice is a challenging and turbulent collection that captures the havoc of motherhood and sexuality. In sprawling, omnivorous verse and prose that seem to be written in a fury, Greenberg reveals the terrifying anxieties and spirit of a self negotiating her gendered identities as mother, wife, lover, and friend. Brutally honest and intimate, these poems range from comical sexual fantasies to mournful memories of birthing a stillborn. Greenberg’s brave poetry brims with the cauterizing contradictions of life." —Cathy Park Hong

Slice might cut you or offer you a generous portion of what you desire, something delicious and daring. I love this collection of joyfully falling apart poems, rounded and grounded in selfhood, motherhood, and the life of a poet. Ambitious and sexy, Greenberg’s unbridled desire coalesces into a generous and gorgeous sharing of a bold and honest life. —Brenda Coultas

 

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Carina Finn, Invisible Reveille, $15.00! Now available!!!

The second full-length collection of poems by Carina Finn, author of Lemonworld & Other Poems and the chapbooks MY LIFE IS A MOVIE and I HEART MARLON BRANDO. Her collaboration with Stephanie Berger, The Grey Bird: Thirteen Emoji Poems in Translation, is also available from Coconut Books.

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Danielle Pafunda, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, $14.00! Now available!!!

Danielle Pafunda is the author of Manhater (Dusie Press Books), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press), My Zorba (Bloof Books), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books). This is her sixth full-length collection. Her poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Gurlesque, and other wonderful places.

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Alexis Pope, Soft Threat, $15.00! (Cargill Prize winner!) Now available!!!

I start a house fire / I invoke Fred Moten and Alice Notley / I gently knead a costly signaling to describe Alexis Pope's debut collection, Soft Threat. Her territory sunflower, insurgent floor time in real time in the field in the desert in Death Valley. Intimacy with all / Intimacy with an urban plan, spreading Her Dailiness, spreading Her Inescapable Raw-Silk, Her Blood. What are the tones of a privacy that is already alien / that is already so dangerous to us? What are the tones of a Woman's felt and described privacy / the colors of her tumultuous, charnalbodied love of the Earth / Her Family? Pope is quick, violent, and thoughtful. In her, A Continuous Feast is / A Painful Feast is / a generous, necessary insistence to join, to listen, to experiment, to ocean. —Carrie Lorig

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Tyler Gobble, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, $15.00! (Cargill Prize winner!) Now available!!!

Like Frank O'Hara, Gobble wears work-shirts to the opera and his feet are bare—these poems aren't just one thing, or another, they are instead stuffed with so much energy that they are spilling all over the pages. Like industrious, tiny humans, they seep everywhere, sprawling across memories and dreams, carrying with them scars and shreds of real hope. Even better, More Wreck More Wreck is bubbling with the absolutely kick ass beauty of a great imagination let loose. —Peter Davis

 

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Reb Livingston, Bombyonder, $15.00! (Distributed for Bitter Cherry Books) Now available!!!

Bombyonder is a book of beautiful ancestors, not least of which is Gertrude Stein. Like Stein, Reb Livingston is concerned with large and small disruptions: small disruptions of the sentence, large disruptions of the world. The language is volatile, gleaming, and round. It goes off when you least expect it. —Patricia Lockwood

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2014 Titles

 

Jennifer Tamayo, YOU DA ONE, $18.50, now available!

Jennifer Tamayo's riotous new book, YOU DA ONE, alarms and entrances me. Alarms because of its take-no-prisoners exploration of how the logic and graphics of the internet, with all its distracting, capitalist garbage, interpenetrates our emotional lives; entrances because of its ENGLUSH, its defiant, often stunning provocations, rejoinders, and reclamations, its wild lunges from sincerity to melodrama to cynicism to "shimmerwound." Like it or not, the landscape of YOU DA ONE is where many of us now reckon with our families, beloveds, languages, heritages, desires, and self-images; Jennifer Tamayo here announces herself as a fearless, even reckless guide.  –Maggie Nelson

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Natasha Kessler, Dismantling the Rabbit Altar, $14.00

This is a book you enter, warm and its ceilings low. Dimly lit, a metallic taste on the tongue, though there are tunnels whereby you might exit into strange forests and wide clearings, into rooms of human habitation, and rooms wherein the inhabitants have hung the walls, their animal faces. It’s got Plath’s roses and soft rugs. I thought I knew what there was to know about the way humans breed at the expense of rabbits, and as vulnerably. I thought I knew from wolves. Natasha Kessler knows better. —Danielle Pafunda

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Emily Toder, Beachy Head, $16.50

Emily Toder's Beachy Head brims with electrical currents flying backwards and forwards, with the force of poems that have been well fought out and felt. I hear the currents of Alice Notley, of Bernadette Mayer, of Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath, through the book, with its sharp wit and grace, with its "separate set of physics" and the "venerable uphill" of music that this great poet has at her disposal. I am so happy that this book is here, because I want to share it with all of my friends, so that we may spread the currents this poet has made for us into the air, and everywhere. —Dorothea Lasky

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Shelly Taylor, Lions, Remonstrance, $15.00

Shelly Taylor's Lions, Remonstrance is full of lovely, lilting surprises, tragic transformations, words that explode and strike. There are watercolor mothers, the I as slippage, radical home-makings and unmakings, dizzied memories that tighten and then unravel. Deeper and closer: Taylor's book cuts open and makes radically new the war poem. It is a cut and spliced enterprise, resonant of felt omissions, imagistic and lyric by turns, vibrant and spinning: its core is deeply affecting. —Jenny Boully

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Carina Finn & Stephanie Berger, The Grey Bird: thirteen emoji poems in translation (full-color chapbook), $13.50

"Quite brilliant!" —Stylelite Magazine & Harriet: A Poetry Blog

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Bernadette Mayer, Uncle Andrew's Pile of Pads, $10.00, now available!

A brand-new chapbook! With an original cover image by Bianca Stone!

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Lauren Ireland, The Arrow, $14.00

Lauren Ireland doesn’t shrink from the biggies—death and obsession, melancholia and doing it in the graveyard. She dies and dies again, with magnificent repetition and in all the different colors that the human heart comes in. In the drained sea, a dangerously low mood, the world where being alive is no longer possible, Ireland is your best friend. This book is both a love letter and an obituary to having a goddamn human experience. –Melissa Broder

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Ji Yoon Lee, Foreigner's Folly: A Tale of Attempted Project, $15.00

"I wanted to be a priori but I was processed meat." In Ji yoon Lee’s evisceral-guidebook-cum-cautionary-tale, roadkill reassembles itself into a zombie-dolly, her head screwed to the mouth of a gun, and through this megaphone does battle with the smug autocorrectors guarding English's/the Internet's gates. Language becomes so distressed it eats its own fingers, it makes the datestamp second guess itself, normative syntax shreds to  a slasher film, Time a snuff.  "My splice sentence had its guts spilling out." Lee's sic text, her tic idiolect, is contagious, vectored by the inequity and the iniquity that make the world go round. Coming attractions, I'm coming! The uncanny, now in cans. –Joyelle McSweeney

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Andrea Rexilius, Seance, $11.00, chapbook

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). She is an Assistant Professor of English at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator, the Editor-in-Chief of Bombay Gin Literary Journal, and the Co-Founder and coordinator (with Michelle Naka Pierce) of the biennial conference [Dis]Embodied.  With Eric Baus, she co-edits Marcel Press.

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2013 Titles

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Alexis Orgera, Dust Jacket, $14.00

In Dust Jacket, Alexis Orgera sits down in the middle of the earth, and watches it revolve around her and all of us—any way the wind blows, sunny Alexis! Then she writes some sentences, and the world becomes a series of lush and fitful paragraphs ascending the ragged mountains, receding into the distance, peeling back the surfaces and skins of consciousness, and going deep into the hum of our uncommonest human fire. These prose poems almost burn themselves up as you read them, lighting your way through the dust-covered darkness. —Matt Hart

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Steven Karl, Dork Swagger, $15.00

"Dork Swagger is like that time I was wearing men’s pants and met Mike Watt. Or when I had sex on the lawn across the street from a yardsale. It always feels good before it doesn’t. Friends, this book could be your life. Your problems that aren’t important, and the anthem still pouring from your parents’ uncorked garage door.  It is not just that Karl’s debut is damning smart. It is. But that is not what will make you ride shotgun to his pages again and again. It is his tender mocking candid makeshift of weird wit staring back at you in the wing mirror. Poetry that both spanks and toasts that teenaged geezer in all of us." –Kim Gek Lin Short

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Wendy Xu & Nick Sturm, I Was Not Even Born, $11.00

"It's been documented that certain natural elements exhibit startlingly different properties when brought into proximity. So add these two sympathetic compounds to your list – Wendy Xu, Nick Sturm. Here, the special powers register well off the charts, the flames so transcendent that what's left after the burn isn't just dark evidence of smolder but a burgeoning catalog of what it's like to be human, and thus alone, and thus only ever one second away from contact with the other person who can light you on fire."—Nate Pritts

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Serena Chopra, This Human, $15.00

"What is anatomy but compassion? In This Human, Serena Chopra asks us to consider the body divorced from its environs & struggling to adapt, aching for a tongue-and-groove fit, our not-so-silent partner in fathoming. Its softness announces us. It's the home we first trash and others readily trash for us, particularly in its female forms. We can't grow into the model that now stands for beauty, nor can we root down into the old earth. So, to what exactly are we tethered? Despite abounding with organs & organisms, Chopra's speaker is lonely, emptyish. She knows we are too, and offers up her spaces for our echoes to enter, for the construction of startling new architectures. She is generous with us and with the lyric. What we see is the broad, red cavern / behind our breasts. Here, sorrow grows like fungi along a brazen system / of roots from which I can recall no source."—Danielle Pafunda

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Gina Myers, Hold It Down, $15.00

"Gina Myers' aptly-named Hold It Down chronicles the endless effort to keep a lid on hope, that feathered thing that must be denied so the rent can be paid. Everything else Pandora's box let loose has hung around—boredom, sickness, loneliness—but if hope gets out, it gets away. Moving among Brooklyn, Saginaw, and Atlanta, with a soundtrack looping Otis Redding and Johnny Cash, these poems forgo hipster irony for genuine dismay with consumerism, war, and others of the world's ills. Myers' lines break like hearts. Let her speak plainly to you: "This is my life, / this is my life."—Evie Shockley

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Amber Nelson, In Anima: Urgency, $14.00

"These tiny shards of verse will cut and awe you. They will grow enormous before you. They will confound you, alarm you, sooth you, and reflect you perfectly. They will reveal a poet completely original among her contemporaries. A poet I look forward to reading for many, many years to come. Prepare yourself! This is only the beginning of what promises to be an astonishing career of light and song!" –Corey Zeller

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2012 Titles

 

Emily Toder, Science, $13.50

"When I was a boy, I caught a bullfrog with my grandfather, and fell in love with it. Later that day I accidentally jumped on it and killed it. My grandfather is dead now too. Twenty-eight years later, I'm still alive and reading Emily Toder, who reminds me it's not the killing we've been fearing, but the abandonment of the things that we pretend love us. Toder's poems are never wrong because they mean everything they say, like a hard science. This book should be required reading in all geometry classrooms. And by reading in, I mean death to."—Zachary Schomburg

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Hanna Andrews, Slope Moves, $13.50

"Slope Move is bittersweet indeed: a thorny junction between emotion, image, situation, abstraction. Discomfort hides (in plain sight) in details which ground the lyricism and allow complexity to the narrative. The birds are noticed, aren't they?" —Thalia Field

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Christie Ann Reynolds, Revenge for Revenge, $15.00

"The apparent velocity of Reynolds' poetry, the physical charges directed into her materials, and the emphatic but relatively spare diction are always believable. Even, or maybe especially, when filtered through what turn out to be surprisingly flexible thematic terms such as revenge and mirage. That elementary principle of organization in any art that nothing gets in anything else’s way, and everything is at it’s own limit of possibilities, is realized, for me, in the way the poems handle intimate immediacy: through a willful, concise, and thoughtfully layered balance of plea and affect." —Anselm Berrigan

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Jenny Boully, of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon, $16.50

"I've never come across a book with the conceit of Boully's latest, which explicitly presents 'poetic failures,'—'embarrassments, short-comings, and all'—written over the course of many years, mostly in thrall to the existential condition she aptly terms 'pining.' Her conclusion, which comes after waves of diverse poetic experiments have crashed and receded, is that 'nothing written will bring love.' It is a wise and unusual finding in a book filled with delicacy and resilience."—Maggie Nelson

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Megan Kaminski, Desiring Map, $13.50

"Megan Kaminski's book is hauntingly quiet, but not silent, just as 'teleology is not silent.' The book is in some ways the teleology of imagism, realizing itself late in history and bursting into jagged pieces, having been dragged through 'some saffron metropolis' and the long summer of the great plains. It is a book that approaches us cannily, drenched in form, never word-spent and never without cocktails; a 21st century pleasure with a keen eye on the terrain and something to say."—Joshua Clover

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Angela Veronica Wong, how to survive a hotel fire, $16.50

"I love the way each section in Angela Veronica Wong's How to Survive a Hotel Fire, shifts from form to form. There's a protean urgency in the way her work flickers on the page and morphs from section to section. What this collection offers isn't so much the answer to its title, but a type of slow burning inferno. One that reminds us that our lives are interminably, inescapably, beautifully burning down."—Ben Mirov

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Molly Brodak, The Flood, $11.00 (chapbook)

Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She teaches at Emory University and edits Aesthetix.

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Bruce Covey, Reveal, $16.50 (distributed for Bitter Cherry Books)

"In Reveal, Bruce Covey has gathered poems that, at first glance, pose as complete inventories of their various subjects. They’re almost comforting in their promise of having thought of every way to make an egg, every kind of triangle, every phase of the moon. As the reader moves right, beyond the line’s caesura of punctuation, that promise disintegrates into fantastic, surprising utterances. They resolve themselves or do not. They shine and shake and thud. Like an unhinged, urgent fortuneteller, Reveal dares us to try our luck."—Heather Christle

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Earlier Titles

for now, please buy these titles from Lulu or SPD


Denise Duhamel & Amy Lemmon, ABBA: The Poems, $12.00 (chapbook; Lulu only)

 

Kimiko Hahn, Ragged Evidence, $10.00 (chapbook; Lulu only)

 

Natalie Lyalin, Pink & Hot Pink Habitat, $15.00

 

Gina Myers, A Model Year, $15.00

 

Jen Tynes, Heron/Girlfriend, $15.00

 

Sueyeun Juliette Lee, That Gorgeous Feeling, $15.00

 

Reb Livingston, Your Ten Favorite Words, $15.00

 


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