Weather Forecast


American Life in Poetry: Sleepers

Email News Alerts

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.



A sleeper, they used to call it--

four passes with the giant round saw

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? You can activate your account here: Activate All Access.

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.