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poetry as a boy trying to distance and distinguish himself from roderick his twin he often went into the mangroves to listen more carefully to the voices inside his head that were beginning to call to him there wandering the grove he spotted an oriole a slim sure-footed black bird with flashes of russet orange on its shoulders and rump when the bird took flight derek’s skinny but fast legs followed in chase tracking it all the way to a banana plantation where it used its straight beak to needle a young banana sucker fascination and delight were born that day such a thrill to discover this bird then a few days later he sighted a pair of warblers the color of a painter’s palette distinguished yellow even their eye-brows in contrast to their bluish-grey wings always flitting about in search of insects never quiet like derek’s mind their