Poem introduction

I wrote this poem during the war in El Salvador - my wife is from El Salvador - and I would visit and I began to see what seemed to be the impossibility of ending the war and I think I had always seen in my own moral attitude toward war and absolute revulsion and a respect for a life. And at the same time I began to understand the inevitability of violence - so that was the occasion for the meditation that led to the mosquito.

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