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Baby Talk

By B.M. Stroud

Dabee dabee. Do dabee
Dabee. Goeey goo.
Stobbwaba. Dotsa. Dodjo.
Da da doggy. Jszha kuzuzu.
Dadogda. Dodogsda. Ay!
Dog. Dogda. Goy. Go.
Dooooo. Wabu. Bop bop.
AHHHHHHH! AHHHHHH!
Ahhyahhhhhhh!
Brrrrrrrrrp Brrrrrrrrrrrp!
Emmione noynce. Da da
Dadi dajup. ooOOoo.
Wowwaowa wowwa.

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BABY TALK began as a question: How old do you have to be to write or recite a poem? In the course of three hours I listened to a one year old child speak, following him around wherever he went, whatever he did, translating his gibberish sounds into phonetics.

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