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American Life in Poetry: Hospital

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By Ted Kooser

The American poet Elizabeth Bishop often wrote of how places--both familiar and foreign--looked, how they seemed. Here Marianne Boruch of Indiana begins her poem in this way, too, in a space familiar to us all but made new--made strange--by close observation.

Hospital

It seems so--

I don't know. It seems

as if the end of the world

has never happened in here.

No smoke, no

dizzy flaring except

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