American Life in Poetry #672
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
|So many contemporary poems fail for the lack of strong endings, but here’s one with a masterful latch that snaps closed at the end. Tami Haaland served as Montana’s fifth poet laureate and she teaches at Montana State at Billings. The following poem is from South Dakota Review.
When I open the door
The garlic jar on the ledge,
Outside a branch
It was a place where I knew
If I open the middle cabinet,
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