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  • American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. There are no costs for reprinting the columns; we do require that you register your publication here and that the text of the column be reproduced without alteration.

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  • American Life in Poetry: Column 678

    With Dorianne Laux I've shared the experience of having a bird enraged at her reflection in a window. Laux lives in North Carolina and this is her third poem to be published in this column. Are you familiar with the archives on our website? You can find more than five hundred of our weekly columns posted there, indexed by poet or by the title of the poem. Ms. Laux's most recent collection is The Book of Men (W.W. Norton & Co., 2012).

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