Do you know
how many times
I have resisted
buying the porcelain creamer jug
emblazoned with Nick Cave’s own
watercolor painting of the Devil himself?

For which
shipping costs as much
as a second creamer jug altogether?

For which
I would bring another year of
curses down on top of my head?

Five times, man.
Possibly six.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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