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The Colonel
The Colonel
by Carolyn Forché


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(4) Base Camp

It's not at all hard to understand the plot of this poem or the language, though it's really hard to stomach the truths it waves in your face. The image of the ears gets a little surreal, but if you can get past that, you'll get the full force of the message. Its plainness is a front, though. Don't be fooled.

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