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American Life in Poetry: Pinhole

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Kay Ryan was our nation's Poet Laureate at The Library of Congress for the 2008-2010 terms. Her poetry is celebrated for its compression; she can get a great deal into a few words. Here's an example of a poem swift and accurate as a dart.

Pinhole

We say

pinhole.

A pin hole

of light. We

can't imagine

how bright

more of it

could be,

the way

this much

defeats night.

It almost

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