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The poem 'A Box of Cigars' I wrote in Philadelphia, years ago when I was in my twenties. It's about throwing cigars that were dry and useless, out of the third floor window. I felt close to the whole event because my family was in the cigar business, and I felt a kind of grounding or connection with the event. My Grandfather owned a small cigar factory, it had the name Stern Cigars.

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