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New Poems

by Jorie Graham

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In these mature poems, Graham vividly observes the movements of her mind and the action in the world at hand. Elsewhere, the present turns ethereal as, for instance, a dog hit by a car becomes "the loved still-young creature being carried now onto the family lawn."

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