O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


January 30, 2020

This week and next I want to show you two beautiful poems of grief and loss by David Baker, from his new and selected poems, Swift, published in 2019 by W. W. Norton. Baker teaches at Denison University in Ohio and is the poetry editor of Kenyon Review, one of our most distinguished literary journals.


It was midday before we noticed it was morning.

The boy cousins brought us a tray-soup and cheese,

warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever.

They wouldn't come in, the tray weighing between them.

They stood like woodwork inside the door frame.

By afternoon the old processio...

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