The New Guard - Literary Review


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THE NEW GUARD is an independent literary review. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on this site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. The Writer's Hotel is the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer's Hotel, we work with writers to develop their writing, online and in person at our Master Class Workshops. We are writers for writers' sake.

Here at TNG and The Writer's Hotel, we work diligently to support writers. We will stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems. We do all we can to help our fellow writers.

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"The New Guard presents a curious mixture of the traditional narrative with the experimental, whether it is intimate fan letters to long-deceased authors, short stories showcasing mythical transformations, or free-verse poems." --NewPages

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Thank you to all who entered The New Guard Volume IV Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest!

Big congratulations to our winners, finalists and semi-finalists! And thanks again to all of the participants of this contest. We are grateful to have read such inspired work in each genre. We read thousands of poems and near as many stories. Our entrants raised the proverbial bar very, very high. We saw talent, skill, passion, dedication. The overall quality of work was jaw-dropping. We are proud to say--grateful to say--that we had to mull entries quite a bit longer this year.

Thank you for caring to send your good work our way. The entrants made the contest what is was--and this book is outstanding. Thank you, writers. You are definitely doing your job, and doing it well. Please keep at it.

A huge thank you to our incredible, dynamic and generous judges, Tim Seibles and Joe Wenderoth. Writers like you inspire the rest of us. Thank you for your commitment to writing and writers, and thank you for your work on TNG Volume IV.




Knightville Poetry Contest Winner: Jose Padua

Poem, Seven and Seven Is

Poem selected by our Vol IV Poetry Judge, National Book Award Finalist and author of Fast Animal, Tim Seibles

Jose Padua’s poetry and fiction has appeared in Bomb, Salon.com, Exquisite Corpse, The New Guard, Vox Populi, Gargoyle, Another Chicago Magazine, Crimes of the Beats and many other journals and anthologies. His features and reviews have appeared in such publications as Salon, The Weeklings, The Good Men Project, NYPress, Washington City Paper, The Brooklyn Rail and The New York Times. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and has read at many venues, including the Lollapalooza Festival, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, Public Theater, Living Theater, Nuyorican Poets' Café, St. Mark's Poetry Project, Black Cat Club and the Washington Project for the Arts. He lives in Front Royal, Virginia with his wife, the poet Heather Davis, and their son and daughter. He and his wife write the blog, Shenandoah Breakdown.


Machigonne Fiction Contest Winner: Micah Perks

Short story, Ghost Deer

Story selected by our Vol IV Fiction Judge, Joe Wenderoth

Micah Perks is the author of a novel, We Are Gathered Here, and a memoir, Pagan Time. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Epoch, Zyzzyva, Tin House, The Toast and The Rumpus, among many journals and anthologies. Her short memoir, Alone In The Woods: Cheryl Strayed, My Daughter and Me, was released by Shebooks in December, 2013. Some of the material in “Ghost Deer” was taken from a current novel-in-progress. She lives with her family in Santa Cruz and co-directs the creative writing program at UCSC.



Joshua Bennett, Palimpsestina

Benjamin Busch, Qui Vive

Sarah Decker, Sin

Margot Douaihy, My Money

George Drew, Just One Lousy Apple

Wulf Losee, A Butterfly Manifesto

Matthew Miller, About the Deck an Idiot

Jeffrey Schneider, Your Wife Is a Bird

Hannah Silverstein, Land Record

Jeanie Tomasko, Ironing, A Litany

Sarah Van Arsdale, Taken

Artress White, Mississippi in June

Renia White, 36C


Mariana Lin, Mama

Abby Murray, Ode to Norteño

Marcia Popp, visiting the dead, the almost-lived, and the never-lived

Don Schofield, Drilling

Melissa J. Varnavas, The Sound of a Plastic Fork Scraping Against the Bark of a Tree

Anne Witty, Forbidden Rice


Natasha Arnold, Toynbee Idea

Kay Merkel Boruff, The Funeral

Joseph Colonna, The Floating World

Lyn Di Iorio, The Girl with Translucent Skin

Kevin Fortuna, Weddings and Burials

Bruce Graham, Hot Pepe

Clark Knowles, The Trojan Experience

,p>Steven LaFond, Lone Coyote

Robert McGuill, Requiem for a Bantamweight

Eamon Murphy, A Drihid Lullaby


Lana Austin, Scrambled Eggs

Grace Bondy, Crimp

Mark Brownlow, Breaking into a Broken Home

William Burleson, Smelt

Anna Goodkind, Sevilla

Terrance Manning, Jr. Pig’s Heart

Zoë Meager, How to Select for Animal Testing

Matthew Sirois, Follow the Doe


All TNG Volume IV finalists and semi-finalists will be published alongside our contest winners and contributors in the forthcoming print publication.

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TNG VOL.IV includes a section called "Letters to the Future." Volume IV also showcases our Machigonne Fiction and Knightville Poetry contest winners, finalists and semi-finalists.

**TNG Volume III is almost sold out. We only have a few copies left on site.** TNG VOL.III features work by winners, finalists and semi-finalists and includes previously unpublished work by contributors Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, Madeleine Blais, Erin Belieu, Stephen Dunn, Barbara Hurd,Edie Clark and Judith Podell, among others, and interviews with Maine writers Patrick Quinlan, Elizabeth Miles, and Lewis Robinson.Our Volume III letters section is called "Love Letters." Cover art by Maine artist Matt Welch.

TNG VOL. II features A Storm of Blizzard Proportions (1944) by Ralph Ellison, a complete finished story which has never before been in print, and has only been read by a handful of people! Alongside A Storm of Blizzard Proportions, we've published a reproduction the original typewritten pages, straight from The Library of Congress.

Also included in this special section is an interview of John Callahan, Mr. Ellison's literary executor and author of A Man You Could Love. We are excited by this tremendous opportunity to share Mr. Ellison's work with our readers and writers.

TNG VOL II is a deluxe trade paperback with French flaps of 334 pages. Cover art is by Maine artist Jeff McCreight.

The Vol. II Letters Section: "Writers to Superheroes and Supervillains." Letter contributors: Joe Wenderoth, Tim Seibles, Tod Goldberg, Fred Marchant, Michael Kimball, Ed Skoog, Carolina De Robertis, Aaron Hamburger, Sarah Braunstein, James Zimmerman, Alexandra Oliver & Mike Heppner. A special illustration by local artist dave naybor (Dave Peabody) precedes the letters and kicks off this volume's group.

TNG VOL. II includes a section called "Twenty Questions," TNG's ode to writers who have lived and worked in Maine. Writers playing 20Q in VOL. II are Tess Gerritsen, Liz Hand & former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser.

We are also be featuring two established writers in this volume: Theodore Deppe & Cortright McMeel.

TNG is grateful to our incredible Vol. II judges: former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic & novelist and author of The Pure Lover, DAVID PLANTE.


TNG VOL. I features previously unpublished essays by two phenomenal Maine writers, Jaed Coffin & Bill Roorbach.

VOL. I Knightville Poetry Contest winner: William Derge; VOL. I Machigonne Fiction Contest winner: Payne Ratner.

Our most gracious VOL. I judges: former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall & Good for the Jews author Debra Spark.

VOL. I letters: "Writers to Writers: Fan Letters to the Dead," a collection of fan letters to dead writers. Fan Letter contributors include: Sven Birkirts, Tom Grimes, Maxine Kumin, Thomas Lynch & Josip Novakovich.

TNG is also available at these fine bookstores:

Longfellow Books, Sherman's, McNally Jackson Books (Manhattan),Book Culture (Manhattan), Devaney, Doak & Garrett,Nonesuch Books,USM Bookstore,Colby Bookstore & Skylight Books.

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VOL. IV Editors:

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The New Guard Editor's Reading at Longfellow Books on Monument Square in Portland, Maine July 11, from 7-8 PM. TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and TNG Special Sections Editor Scott Wolven will read selections of their own original fiction in a special one-time-only Editor's Reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be offered for guests of the bookstore, and TNG Editors will be happy to sign your copy of The New Guard. Longfellow's carries all three volumes of The New Guard, including the newest, TNG Volume III. Volume III is nearly sold out, and Longfellow's is the only local store with remaining copies. See you at Longfellow's this Friday night!


November 8th, 7 PM: All-Maine author reading! TNG Contributor Sarah Braunstein, TNG Contributor Jaed Coffin, and TNG Fiction Finalist Jefferson Navicky.

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children. Honors include being named one of "5 Under 35" fiction writers by the national Book Foundation, and she was a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Stories and essays have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Green Mountains Review, Five Chapters, AGNI, Ploughshares, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Jaed Muncharoen Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants . Jaed has spoken widely at universities and colleges where his book is taught as a common text in multicultural curriculum initiatives. Honors include receiving the 2009 William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the 2009-10 Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy. His forthcoming book, Roughhouse Friday, is about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska.

Jefferson Navicky is the author of the poetry chapbook, Map of the Second Person and his work has recently appeared in Quickfiction, Horse Less Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Interrobang!, and Tarpaulin Sky. He received a 2011 Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission for his six-play cycle, Redwing Solitaire, and his play, Lungfish, was chosen for the 2010 Maine Playwright's Festival.

August 3rd, 7 PM: Maine-based author and TNG Contributor Tess Gerritsen. Tess gave a special reading from her forthcoming novel, Last to Die, the newest in the Rizzoli and Isles series.

Tess Gerritsen was trained as a medical doctor and built a second career as a thriller writer. Her 23 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show "Rizzoli & Isles" is based. Among her titles are The Surgeon, Ice Cold, and The Silent Girl. Her books are translated into 37 languages and more than 20 million copies have been sold.

July 11, 7 PM: former U.S. Poet Laureate and TNG VOL. II Knightville Poetry Judge Charles Simic.

Charles Simic is a poet, translator, editor and essayist. He has put out over 30 books of poetry, has translated 15 books, and has published several books of essays. He won The Pulitzer Prize for his book, The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems. Other awards and fellowships include The Wallace Stevens Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Academy Fellowship and Guggenheim, MacArthur and National Endowment for the Arts grants. Simic was named a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000. He was also was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995.

Georgia Review correspondent Peter Stitt wrote: “The fact that [Simic] spent his first eleven years surviving World War II as a resident of Eastern Europe makes him a going-away-from-home writer in an especially profound way...He is one of the wisest poets of his generation, and one of the best.”

April 6th, 7 PM: All-Maine author reading. TNG Editor and Contributor Bill Roorbach, TNG Editor and Contributor Scott Wolven, TNG Poetry Finalist Melissa Roberts, and TNG Founding Editor & Publisher Shanna McNair

Shanna McNair is the founder of TNG and The Writer’s Hotel. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and the occasional article. She is an award-winning journalist with a background in the visual and performing arts. She has a novel and a book of short stories forthcoming.

Melissa Roberts is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Maine.

Bill Roorbach is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (2001), Into Woods (2003), and Temple Stream (2005). Life Among Giants, a novel, is forthcoming this year. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes. Bill’s work has been published in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, and dozens of other magazines and journals.

Scott Wolven is a TNG Editor and an Editor at The Writer's Hotel. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.


THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV SUBMISSION PERIOD IS CLOSED FOR TNG VOLUME IV CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY. The TNG Volume V submission period will begin in Spring, 2015. Our next judges are TBA. Please note that we are not accepting any manuscripts until our next contest period, except for flash submissions in fiction, poetry and nonfiction to our BANG! page. Please click the BANG! tab below and visit the page for more details.

The New Guard general contest rules:

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

Please include your name on the first page of your contest entry; we will remove your name in the final stages of judging. We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. Entrants have no submission entry limit. Each submission is carefully considered for publication. Final judging is done blind, by that volume's appointed judges. Please note that we do not publish illustrations.

Finalists and semi-finalists receive one free copy of The New Guard; winners receive two copies. Winners, finalists and semi-finalists will all be published in our print publication. We do not publish TNG online.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only. Please note that we no longer accept submissions via postal mail.

Please direct all submission questions to info@newguardreview.com.


Bang! authors are showcased individually here online. Each author installment is made up of three pieces in any combination: poetry shorts (20 lines) or fiction or nonfiction (500 words each) for thirty days. Bang! pieces are not published in The New Guard. Work is meant to be very short—flash-short—so that the pieces on Bang! serve as a kind of calling card for the author. Bang! installments run from the first to the first of every month.

Submit your work to be considered for Bang! below.


All work on must be previously unpublished. Entry fee is $20. Submission period runs all year round.

Our November BANG! author is James Kimbrell. He is an invited contributor.

James Kimbrell is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Gatehouse Heaven (1998) and My Psychic (2006), both from Sarabande Books. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, and Best American Poetry, 2011. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is an Associate Professor of English at Florida State University.

Kimbrell’s work on our November BANG! page is new work from his forthcoming book, Smote. Enjoy: whether focused upon the intricacies of interracial friendship in the post Jim Crow Mississippi of his youth, or upon the notion of “soul” as that which is made inside the living when loved ones depart, James Kimbrell’s Smote (Sarabande, October 2015) travels to hell and back, navigating a terrain of cinder block beer joints, cow ponds, graveyards, and unguarded apartment swimming pools.

James Kimbrell

James Kimbrell.                 Photo by Michelle McFatter.

Poetry and Prose by James Kimbrell


The Starting Point


It was good to be a finalist in the Future Farmers of America

extemporaneous speech contest. It was bad to snort

what we called “Rush” (isobutyl nitrate?) with my buddies

before taking the podium so that I floated up

             and hovered a good ten feet above my body,

             the whole auditorium turning dog-dick pink

             as I yammered on about leadership and agri-business.


It’s not so wide, that corn row with its this-side-living, this-side-not.


I wasn’t allowed to march with the band.

Apparently, you can’t just fake it.

After a month in the HVAC basement,

I mastered the first nine notes to the theme song of “Dallas.”

What does it mean to ask, are the dead proud of us?

As it was in that underworld, as it is in every other.

What comes first, the moron or the mirror?

J.R. Ewing, get up, we love you!

Every few days the band director would clomp down the stairs,

glower at my saxophone, hard-sell the tuba.

We call it under because it’s in the past,

not some cave-mouth above hell.

Elegy for the Epic

Returns Odysseus to a kingdom of no shank.

         No swineherd among the timber. No timber.

No scrawny Argos with tick-riddled ear.

         This epic so anti-climactic could pioneer

a fresh wave of disappearance. Now,

         shrimp boats dot the horizon like toys

in a child god’s blow-up pool, the gulf

         a mono-gesture, lemon juice semi-haze.

I sit on an ice chest and fish all day.

         My surplus minnows, dull in their bucket,

spark war between the shorebirds. Still, I

         fear no castigation, no mortal wastefulness.

For every age shoulders the rebuke of its own

         karaoke love song. If I could, I’d step out

of my body and walk in five directions.

         Palm trees my map, clouds my photo album.

The last time I stood here my father

         was alive, baiting my new wife’s hook.


     Six year old Jody pedals in on his yellow Huffy, playing card clothespinned between the spokes because the engine sound he makes sputtering air over his lips is sweet, but not enough.

     Swizzle stick in hand, my mother conducts the orchestra inside her gin and tonic, my father wheeling past in his heavenly convertible, his friend they call the ‘King of Sweden’ in tow.

     The hell of it is wanting to stay. Cuban cigars, discount Winnebagos, washtub hooch, all the people you loved closer to you than fog in a cow’s mouth.

     Everyone’s come so far.

     Hundreds of sparrows, an army of twigs, the toothy smile of a carousel stallion on an afternoon the color of birthday cake. October of sawdust and Nixon mask, color-coded constellation balloons, all the grown ups getting loud in the living room, still reeling from the rides and sausage and beer, carrying on about what fell from whose pockets on the Loop-To-Loop, whose wig went crooked on the Tilt-A-Whirl.


Poetry and prose © James Kimbrell, 2014. All work is forthcoming in Kimbrell’s manuscript, Smote. All rights reserved.

Former BANG! authors: Alexandra Oliver, Mike Heppner, Marc Mewshaw, Timothy Dyke, Marcia Popp, Quenton Baker, Lissa Kiernan and Roger Bonair-Agard.

The Writer's Hotel

"Midtown Manhattan Dawn" by b.k.is used under CC.



Your mini low-residency. Pre and post study. Workshops, seminars, agents and readings in NYC.


Deadline is March 7, 2015. Writers accepted early get extra time with TWH Editors before the conference.

The Writer's Hotel & TNG are hosting a Writer's Workshop Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry in the NYC Midtown area. Our events are to be held between three writer's hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, The Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops will take place at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom and workshops, lectures and seminars will be given at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.

Our Master Class is centered on craft and the publishing industry. Each writer participates in an intensive workshop with a TWH instructor, attends lectures and seminars on craft, and is a part of our literary agent speed dating event. Writers also get to read their own original work in NYC at incredible venues. Too, we offer literary walking tours and a game of "Wink, Murder" at The Algonquin Hotel, a parlor game made famous by NYC's so-called "Vicious Circle."

Workshop Leaders are TWH Editor Scott Wolven, and TWH Founder and Director Shanna McNair instructing in Fiction; Richard Hoffman and Elyssa East, instructing in Nonfiction and Stephen Dunn instructing in Poetry. There will be special guests and lecturers in all three genres, including a lecture on the visual narrative by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Zach Zamboni, a short poetry workshop hosted by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and writing craft lectures by poet and author Barbara Hurd and poet Kathleen Aguero.

Each accepted writer has the unusual opportunity to read their own original work at an NYC venue on one of our reading nights. Each writer will be named on one of our TWH posters for the event. Our venues for student writers will include KGB Bar Lit's Red Room and Cornelia Street Cafe. Faculty readings will be held at The Half King and Kinokuniya. Our reading series is called "The Writer's Hotel Reading Series" and is curated specially for each Master Class.

Accepted Master Class participants get the added benefit of having TWH Editors read their manuscripts twice before the Master Class in June, helping to tighten up manuscripts for presentation to our agents on site. TWH Editors will also be available to help students for two weeks after the Master Class has ended, until July 1, 2015. The sooner a writer is accepted to the program, the sooner a writer will be able to begin the editing process with TWH Editors.

Many seats have been reserved, and the process is selective. If you are accepted, you will be part of an exclusive group of writers.

Please inquire at Editors@WritersHotel.com for more details. We hope to see you there!


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Your conference just ended. Your MFA is over, or maybe you decided the MFA wasn't for you. You're yearning for more attention and guidance as you work your way through your manuscript. Maybe you're coming to us after a lifetime of writing on your own; maybe you are looking to step up your game. No matter what the reason, we are here for you. What's that you're feeling? You want to keep writing! It's time to complete your book. We will help you every step of the way.

THE WRITER'S HOTEL is the teaching and editorial arm of THE NEW GUARD. We offer intensive, one-on-one Private Study and Manuscript Evaluation. Our Private Study is much like a graduate-level Creative Writing course, and we aim to give you the same results at a fraction of the cost.


Shanna McNair is the founder of TNG and The Writer’s Hotel. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and the occasional article. She is an award-winning journalist with a background in the visual and performing arts. She has a novel and a book of short stories forthcoming.

"Shanna McNair has an eagle-eye and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the writing process. As editor of The New Guard, she helped me bring my memoir/essay on Saul Bellow into focus and being. Thank you Shanna!" --Fred Marchant, poet, scholar and author of The Looking House and Tipping Point.

Scott Wolven is a TNG Editor and he is also an Editor at The Writer’s Hotel. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.

Praise for Scott Wolven's writing: "Wolven has turned raw, unreconciled life into startling, evocative, and very good short stories. He draws on a New England different from Updike’s and even Dubus’, but his fictive lives--no less than theirs--render the world newly, and full of important consequence." --Richard Ford, author of Independence Day and Canada.

We promise you will emerge from The Writer's Hotel a more confident writer. It is our goal to help you become the best writer you can be.

You will always have two sets of eyes on your work. Both editors will review your material, giving extensive line edits and detailed comments. Fiction and Creative Nonfiction students can expect us to study everything on the page, including plot, character development, dialogue, sentence structure and narrative arc. Poetry students will receive responses involving the elements of poetry, such as use of form, line breaks, rhythm, tone and imagery. Poetry students will also get line edits and detailed responses to each piece. Email communication is unlimited, phone communication is as needed.

Aside from our popular Private Study, we are also available for general copyediting and proofing--you tell us what you want and we will deliver. We will tailor a program to suit you.

The Writer's Hotel Editors are professional writers, teachers and editors. We enjoy helping our fellows. Where appropriate, we will seek agency connections for our writers.

Please email us at Editors@WritersHotel.com for information on current rates. We look forward to reading your work!

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