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American Life In Poetry


October 22, 2020

American Life In Poetry

Often, for me, it's a single image that really makes a poem, and in this poem by Jeff Worley, from his chapbook Lucky Talk, published by Broadstone Books, it's "a man conducting an orchestra/ of bees." How often I've looked exactly like that, having blundered into a spider web! Worley is the current poet laureate of Kentucky.

Walking Through A Spider Web

I believed only air

stretched between the dogwood

and the barberry: another

thoughtless human assumption

sidetracking the best story

this furrow spider knew to spin.

And, trying to get the sticky

filament off my face, I must look,

to t...

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