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Lawrence Joseph

Lawrence Joseph

Lawrence Joseph's most recent books of poems are Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His book of prose, The Game Changed, is published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry series. He is Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York City.

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