(The following poem was rejected by the editors of Cigar, Cigar World, and Cigar Aficionado magazines, without comment.)

A Good Cigar

is a tightly-wrapped cylinder

of the finest Cuban tobacco

burning imperceptibly

and held

with confidence

between the second

and third fingers of

rich white men

who gather in

exclusive clubs and

drink fine cognac

served to them by

the descendants of slaves.

(This originally appeared in The Realist.)

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