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American Life in Poetry: In the Planetarium

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Here’s a splendid poem by James Doyle, who lives in Colorado, about the way children make up mythic selves that will in some way serve them in life. To create one’s self as a palm reader is only one of many possibilities.

In the Planetarium

I read the palms of the other

kids on the field trip to see

which ones would grow up

to be astronauts. The lifeline

on Betty Lou’s beautiful hand

ended the day after tomorrow,

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