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American Life in Poetry -- Brownie Troop

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By Ted Kooser

There have been many poems written in which a photograph is described in detail, and this one by Margaret Kaufman, of the Bay Area in California, uses the snapshot to carry her further, into the details of memory.

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Photo, Brownie Troop, St. Louis, 1949

I'm going to put Karen Prasse right here

in front of you on this page

so that you won't mistake her for something else,

an example of precocity, for instance,

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