Ai Ogawa (October 21, 1947 – March 20, 2010), born as Florence Anthony, was an American poet and educator. She won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems. Ai is known for her mastery of the dramatic monologue as a poetic form, as well as for taking on dark, controversial topics in her work. About writing in the dramatic monologue form, she’s said: “I want to take the narrative ‘persona’ poem as far as I can, and I've never been one to do things in halves. All the way or nothing. I won't abandon that desire.” 
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