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American Life in Poetry: Bankruptcy

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By Ted Kooser

These days are brim full of bad news about our economy--businesses closing, people losing their houses, their jobs. If there's any comfort in a situation like this, it's in the fact that there's a big community of sufferers. Here's a poem by Dana Bisignani, who lives in Indiana, that describes what it feels like to sit through a bankruptcy hearing.

Bankruptcy Hearing

They have us corralled

in the basement of the courthouse.

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