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American Life In Poetry

 

American Life in Poetry

Karla Huston was Wisconsin's Poet Laureate in 2017 and 2018, and lives in Appleton. She's published several books and chapbooks and does the good work of reviewing poetry for various journals. "Lip," this lively portrait of her father, is previously unpublished, and our column was lucky to get first dibs on it.

Lip

When my father tuned his sousaphone,

he fiddled with tubes and oil

like when he restored the Model T, his hands

working the pipes and joints. And all around him

it's polka polka, big oom-pas, little dancing girls

on the tips of the valves while he worked his embouchure

into...



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