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WARNING: Do not ingest, compress or bless or stress
PRODUCT, terms and conditions apply, by purchasing
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David Ralph Lewis is a poet based in Bristol, UK, He has two pamphlets out; Our Voices in the Chaos, published by Selcouth Station and Refraction. When not writing, he enjoys dancing badly at gigs, attempting to grow vegetables and taking photos. You can follow him at http://www.davidralphlewis.co.uk