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Category: Downing

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Take Umbrage or Move Forward?

This poem by Ben Downing appeared in the July/August 2012 print edition of The Atlantic. By means of simple couplets and just four uncomplicated sentences, it communicates a home truth: “[umbrage] makes us less”. Umbrage Taken, given: friendships riven. From shadow or shade, it instantly puts paid to hard-won clarities and causes us...

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