American Life in Poetry: Mysterious Neighbors
Connie Wanek is one of my favorite poets. She lives in Duluth and has a keen eye for what goes on around her. Here's a locked and loaded scene from rural America.
Country people rise early
as their distant lights testify.
They don't hold water in common. Each house
has a personal source, like a bank account,
a stone vault. Some share eggs,
some share expertise,
and some won't even wave.
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