(W.W. Norton, February 2010)
A decade's worth of poems by one of our most reliable witnesses, National Book Award finalist Thomas Lynch.
from "Walking Papers"
You can think of it as punctuation
and maybe take some comfort from that, friendó
a question mark or exclamation pointó
no matter, we're all sentenced to an end,
the movers and the shakers, bon vivants,
all ne'er-do-wells and nincompoops, savants,
sage and sluggard, deft and daft alike:
everyone's given their walking papers
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