Repost: Is “They” the Best Option for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun?

The New York Times Magazine has just added fuel to the gender-neutral pronoun fire. But in all the discussions of this subject that I have come across, no one has yet solved the problem I encountered when writing the poems in They: how to avoid implying, within the limited context of a single poem, that “they” refers to two separate individuals rather than just one of them? The more ‘characters’ a poem has, the more of a challenge this becomes…