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The pioneers and the indians
disagree about a lot of things
for example, the pioneer says that
when you meet a bear in the woods
you should yell at him and if that
doesn't work, you should fell him
The indians say that you should
whisper to him softly and call him by
loving nicknames
No one's bothered to ask the bear
what he thinks
MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ishmael Reed will read from his work at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Langston Hughes Center, 25 High St. A Buffalo native, Reed is the author of 18 books of fiction, poetry and essays. This poem is from his "New and Selected Poems."

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