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American Life in Poetry: Telling TIme

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I am very fond of poems that don't use more words than they have to. They're easier to carry around in your memory. There are Chinese poems written 1300 years ago that have survived intact at least in part because they're models of succinctness. Here's a contemporary version by Jo McDougall, who lives not in China but in Kansas.

Telling Time

My son and I walk away

from his sister's day-old grave.

Our backs to the sun,

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