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Source text: “Oarfish Offer Chance to Study an Elusive Animal Long Thought a Monster” by Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times 11/2/13.
Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Brain Fever and Toxic Flora. Both of these were triggered by fields of science in the same way previous work was triggered by Asian American identity, women's issues, black lung disease, and personal grief. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY.
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