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- William Shakespeare


Robert Priest, poet and songwriter, is the author of 23 books. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the transit system, quoted in the Farmer's Almanac and chiselled into sidewalks and gravestones. His latest book: If I Didn't Love the River is available through

Robert Priest

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Fishing you In

For each one it may be different
but something will catch you

A word a phrase a name will reel you in
and you won't be able to break free

Before you click and open
they've got your number

They know your kinks
There are manuals about your psychology

Squirm all you like
Even that involuntary flinch

inches you that much more
onto the hook