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James Crompton
New Zealand

crossed cultures - special issue
James Crompton is a poet/actor/musician. He has both performed at
and hosted Poetry Live in the past. He writes about
anything, often with a quirky philosophical bent. The
poem below is about searching for identity and coming
to realize we are more than the sum of our parts.

Ethnic Dissection

I am one eighth Lebanese:

That is my right leg.

One thirty-second of me is Maori:

That must be my penis.

Half of me is English:

My stomach, chest and arms.

My head and butt are Scottish.

That leaves my left leg unaccounted for.

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