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Ars Poetica

From "The Body Electric," edited by Stephen Berg, David Bonanno and Arthur Vogelsang (W.W. Norton: 820 pp., $22.50 paper)

August 31, 2003|Jane Hirshfield

These flat and leathery leaves

of a dry country,

dust of window ledges, grip

of roots in the dirt --

see

how the crone cups us

in parched palms,

blows a little wind into the ear:

garlic, wild rose.

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