Franz Wright The Beforelife  
    empty stage

My name is Franz, and I'm a recovering asshole.
I'm a ghost
that everyone can see;
one of the rats
who act
like they own the place.

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    Excerpted from The Beforelife by Franz Wright. Copyright © 2000 by Franz Wright. Excerpted by permission of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.