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On a transport ship
out of Chesapeake Bay
bound for Sicily
— the Big War —

a box
mislabeled
“Projector Parts”

contained
40,000 Purple Hearts.

Leland James is the author of four books of poetry. He has published over 200 poems in journals and magazines worldwide including The Lyric, Form Quarterly; The South Carolina Review; The Spoon River Poetry Review; New Millennium Writings; HQ The Haiku Quarterly, and The London Magazine. He was the winner of The UK’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize, and the Writer’s Forum short poem contest. He has received honors in many others competitions and was recently nominated for a Push Cart Prize. www.lelandjamespoet.com

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