American Life in Poetry #674
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
|One thing I’ve tried to do with this column is to show off poets who do indeed write about contemporary American life, and who see deep into the ordinary parts of it. Here’s a fine poem by Heid Erdrich, who lives in Minnesota, about doing the laundry. It’s from her book Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, published by Michigan State University Press.
Given over to love,
lets fall debris of days,
slub of some sticky substance,
of the stainless tub
Given over to love long ago, when her own
the quaint speckled enamel
vowing: she’d do this always and well.
in a march of millions, you pair them,
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