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Ilya Kaminsky reads his poem “We Lived Happily During the War".

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Poem: We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky
Book: Deaf Republic
Press: Graywolf Press
Page: 1

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Hi my name is Ilya Kaminsky and I'm going to read the poem called "We Lived Happily.  During the War", which is the first poem in Deaf Republic. We Lived Happily during the War.

We Lived Happily during the War. And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested but not enough, we opposed them but not enough. I was in my bed, around my bed America was falling: invisible house by invisible house by invisible house.

I took a chair outside and watched the sun. In the sixth month of a disastrous reign in the house of money in the street of money in the city of money in the country of money, our great country of money we (forgive us) lived happily during the war.