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American Life in Poetry

A column by Ted Kooser U.S. Poet Laureate


October 25, 2018

Jim Daniels lives and teaches in Pittsburgh. I love this poem from Street Calligraphy, from Steel Toe Books, of Western Kentucky University, Daniels’ seventeenth book. A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair at the end of a day. What could feel better than that?

Talking About the Day

Each night after reading three books to my two children—

we each picked one—to unwind them into dreamland,

I’d turn off the light and sit between their beds

in the wide junk-shop rocker I’d reupholstered blue,

still feeling the close-reading warmth of their...

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