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American Life in Poetry: Rental Tux

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Here's an experience that I'd guess most of the men who read this column have had, getting into a rental tuxedo. Bill Trowbridge, a poet from Missouri, does a fine job of picturing that particular initiation rite.

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Rental Tux

It chafed like some new skin we'd grown,

or feathers, the cummerbund and starched collar

pinching us to show how real this transformation

into princes was, how powerful we'd grown

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