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American Life In Poetry


February 20, 2020

This week's poem is one of my favorites and I can't explain why in the fifteen years I've been writing this column I've neglected until now to share it with you. Wendell Berry is one of our country's finest writers, a poet, a fiction writer, an activist and a Kentucky farmer. This poem is from New Collected Poems from Counterpoint Press, 2012. Berry's most recent book of poetry is A Small Porch.

Before Dark

From the porch at dusk I watched

a kingfisher wild in flight

he could only have made for joy.

He came down the river, splashing

against the water's dimming face

like a skipped rock,...

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