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American Life in Poetry: The Exam

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By Ted Kooser

It's a rare occasion when I find dozens of poems by just one poet that I'd like to share with you, but Joyce Sutphen, who lives in Minnesota, is someone who writes that well, with that kind of appeal. Here is just one example. How many of us have marveled at how well our parents have succeeded at a long marriage?


The Exam

It is mid-October. The trees are in

their autumnal glory (red, yellow-green,

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