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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.

    The poem in each column is brief and will be enjoyable and enlightening to readers of newspapers and online publications. Each week, a new column will be posted. Registered publications will receive new columns by email. Our archive of previous columns is also available for publication.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 743

    I’m afraid that if I’d asked my grandparents what the past was like they’d say it was “hard,” and that would be it.But Megan Arlett is privileged to have a grandmother who knows how to enchant us with colors and odors and sounds.Arlett was born in the U.K., grew up in Spain, and now lives in Texas.

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