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American Life In Poetry


January 9, 2020

There's a very fine book, Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, published by Grayson Books of West Hartford, Connecticut, and I've found a number of poems for this column there. Here's another, this one by Ellen Bass, who lives in California, and whose most recent book of poetry is Like a Beggar.

The Thing Is

to love life, to love it even

when you have no stomach for it

and everything you've held dear

crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,

your throat filled with the silt of it.

When grief sits with you, its tropical heat

thickening the air, heavy as water

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