American Life in Poetry #677
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
|I’m devoted to yard and garage sales, and love to spend time with friendly strangers in scuffed front yards and oily, dim garages. Here’s a poem by Matthew Brennan, who lives in Indiana, from his 2016 Lamar University book, One Life.
“There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful.”
— Emerson, Nature
The renters bring out their greasy table,
Old clothes and rusty tools compete
A few come by, inspect, and leave,
So rubber, glass, and metal glint—
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