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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Pennsylvania Poet Delves Into Metaphors, Myths

Apr 20, 2012
Originally published on April 20, 2012 2:23 pm



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to head into the Barber Shop in just a few minutes. But first, the latest in our series Muses and Metaphor.


MARTIN: We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less, and today we hear a tweet from Sorina Higgins of Cookstown, Pennsylvania. Sorina is an adjunct professor of English and the author of "Caduceus," a book of poetry, which is where this poem came from.

Now, remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. Here's a tweet by Sorina Higgins.

SORINA HIGGINS: I am the dead man on the field. I am the bird, the beast, the god, the groom, the bride. I am a hypocrite, a metaphor, a myth.

MARTIN: And we know that went by pretty fast, so let's hear it again.

HIGGINS: I am the dead man on the field. I am the bird, the beast, the god, the groom, the bride. I am a hypocrite, a metaphor, a myth.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Sorina Higgins. If you would like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it in the program this month. Tweet us using the hash tag #TMMPoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to NPR.org and click on the Programs menu to find TELL ME MORE. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.