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José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes

   

Portrait of Edmund, Son of Gloucester, as an Undocumented Alien Reading the Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations

 

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older.

There are borders your tainted blood may never cross.

No purchase necessary.

No amount will ever suffice.

You will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing when you complete and submit an official entry form.

Your signature is a broken key.

All taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

The fruits of your labor we wrest from you.

No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted.

The fruits of your labor we wrest from you and arrange before you into still lives.

Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of _____________, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this sweepstakes.

We have weighed you, and deem it fit to brand you base.

Void where prohibited. Certain restrictions may apply.

Not even if you slashed your arm would we take heed.

  

    

José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes was born and raised in the Philippines. His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Hudson Review, and Pleiades.
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