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American Life in Poetry: Cement Backyard

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I’ve recently published a children’s book about a man who is so fussy about his yard that he loses his home, so I was immediately taken by this fine poem by Lynne Sharon Schwartz about a similar man. We all enjoy writing that confirms what we’ve privately observed about the world. Schwartz lives in New York City.

Cement Backyard 

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Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser is the the 2004-2006 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Kooser.

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