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Tuesday, May 05, 2009


by Bill Costley

“Cat out of bag.”

John Yoo sweats
casuistical bullets
formulating it:

If a bag collapses
& the cat gets out,
the bag

(he legalizes it:)

suffers de-cattation
& the cat’s deprived
of its bag, the bag, its cat.

(he codifies it:)

No such deprivation must occur.
The cat may retain its bag
without impunity.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union.