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American Life in Poetry: Night Dive

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By Ted Kooser

Peggy Shumaker lives in Alaska, but she gets around the world. Here she takes us with her on a ninety-foot dive into colorful mid-Pacific waters.


Night Dive

Plankton rise toward the full moon

spread thin on Wakaya's surface.

Manta rays' great curls of jaw

scoop backward somersaults of ocean

in through painted caves of their mouths, out

through sliced gills. Red sea fans

pulse. The leopard shark

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