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American Life in Poetry: I still can't get it right

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The following poem by Kathryn Stripling Byer is the second in a series of related poems called "Southern Fictions." Despite all the protective barriers we put up between us and the world, there's always a man with a wink that can rip right through. Byer has served as North Carolina's Poet Laureate.


I still can't get it right

I don't know. I still can't get it right,

the way those dirt roads cut across the flats

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