He approached me after the reading,
a leather satchel over one shoulder
and a sizeable chip on the other.
He said, “I reeeally liked your work,
but don’t you think that it would
be a better idea to avoid cliches?”
With a sinuous smile, he mingled.
Taking his advice, I snubbed him
for the remainder of the evening.
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