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Rick Barot

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his MFA from the the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Darker Fall, Want, and Chord, and directs the Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Reading Plato

I think about the mornings it saved me to look at the hearts penknifed on the windows of the bus, or at the initials scratched into the plastic partition, in front of which a cabbie went on about bread his…