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American Life In Poetry


April 16, 2020

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? Only one. Here's a poem by Jared Carter from his new book, The Land Itself, from Monongahela Press. This is a fine example of how a talented poet can make a gift for us from the most ordinary subject. Carter lives in Indianapolis. His Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, is published by the University of Nebraska Press in a series I edit for them.

Changing the Front Porch Light for Thanksgiving

To balance there, again, in the early dark,

three rungs up on the old stepladder,

afraid to go any higher, it wobbles so-

to reach...

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