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    Poet Gene Auprey smokes a cigarette in the kitchen of his home in Buxton. Auprey is in the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Auprey gets a hug from Julia Gilbert of Hospice of Southern Maine. The agency named him its first-ever poet laureate.

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    Auprey looks at artwork for a new book of his poems, "Dying. A Time for Remembering."

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    Auprey works on his poetry with a drawing made by his granddaughter J'Lynn Auprey nearby.

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    Auprey writes poetry at his home in Buxton.

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    Auprey worked for decades as a project manager for a plaster-and-drywall company, commuting daily between Maine and Massachusetts, before his failing body forced him to retire in 2002.

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    Cigarettes and an ash tray are nearby as Auprey works on his computer.

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