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American Life in Poetry



Ibbetson Street is a journal that comes out twice a year and does a fine job selecting its poems. I like this one by Kenneth Lee, a gynecological pathologist in Boston, whose most recent book is Gravity Waves. TV commercial producers have learned that it's effective to put a dog in with the people, and here we have dogs and their friends in a poem. And this week you get a new word, "aliquot," to go with your coffee.


I sit with my thermos of coffee on the mall:

a mile-long promenade, arcades of elms

flanking a generous aliquot of benches.

But at this early hour it starts to dawn:...

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