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Beware: Do Not Read This Poem Pg. 25 This extremely rare and confusing poem called Beware: Do Not Read This Poem by poet Ishmael Reed who was born on February 22, 1938 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ishmael spent most of his life in writing and politics. He was usually using his poems as a way for his political thoughts to be heard better, but this poem is unlike anything I’ve read. Ishmael truly took free verse poetry to a whole other level. The mispronunciation and odd spacing, Ishmael clearly wants to follow his own creativity and not go with what everyone else tries to do in typical poetry. Practically everything about the poem is special in its own way, but I’ll cover the main important changes. In the start, Ishmael describes a story of a woman that surround herself with mirrors. Then villagers enter her home and she hides in her mirrors, now anyone who lives in the home loses their loved ones, one by one. Then the poem shifts into the odd spelling and talks
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