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American Life in Poetry: Sleepers

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Somebody tells somebody else about something that happened. It comes naturally. We've been doing that for as long as our species has been around. But to elevate an anecdote into art requires more than just relating an incident. It requires a talent for pacing, for detail, for persuasion, and more. Here David Black, of Virginia, tells a good story in an artful manner.

Sleepers

A sleeper, they used to call it--

four passes with the giant round saw

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