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Claire Dyer's poetry demanded its space

By Paige Shacklett

The power of language and the concept of individual words melting together to form new meanings and explanations inspire Claire Dyer’s poems. The 86-year-old eccentric poet says she has no control over the words that come spilling out of her and demand to be written down.

Dyer has been working out at SCC’s gym for the past 27 years since her husband, Clarence Dyer, was one of the first professors and art director at SCC. Before working out, Dyer often reads a poem to the rec center’s front desk staff, the same...

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