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By Ted Kooser
US Poet Laureate 

American Life In Poetry

Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight. With a Coat


January 10, 2019

A child at a school bus stop, on his way out into the world, a fine subject for a fine poem by Dante Di Stefano, who lives in Endwell, New York. Might we all live out our days in a place called Endwell! "With a Coat" is from his book from Brighthorse Books of Omaha, Nebraska, entitled Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight.

With a Coat

I was cold and leaned against the big oak tree

as if it were my mother wearing a rough apron

of bark, her upraised arms warning of danger.

Through those boughs and leaves I saw

dark patches of sky. I thought a brooding

witch waited to catch me up from und...

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