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American Life in Poetry: Column 721
I've had my eye on Americans' obsessions for more than seventy years and I can't remember a time when public lying got as much attention as it does today. Attention yes, but consequences, no. I recently happened upon this clever poem about lying by Judith Askew. It's from her book On the Loose, from Bass River Press, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and she, too, is from Massachusetts.