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20 Marks of a Criminal Record [Poem] - A Tribute to Devah Pager

20 Marks of a Criminal Record [Poem]
-- A Tribute to Devah Pager (1971-2018)

I have to  write:  Devah Pager died  of pancreatic cancer  two days ago, y'all —  a write up in the Times spells out an in-depth obituary of some type called,  “When a Dissertation Makes A Difference” —  Wow.  Pancreatic cancer. 
I need to eat better,  one.  Which one  will take me out?  Two.  Why live?  Three. Because you have so much  to give  with only one  lifetime to give it,  four
It is ok  to feel these ways,  right now —  she was that enormous  for everyone,  five.  Why I have to be Ok  with getting up at 3am  and trying to write --  papers do not write  themselves,  six
Because she still with us  through the work she created,  seven.  And, she will always be  because the work lives on  in  and outside  of us,  eight.  I am scared I need  a serious break  from teaching  because I get sick  after sustained contact  with the students --  communicable diseases can kill, cancer mostly does, everyone arou…