Scarf

In her poem, “Scarf”, Rita Dove, with inimitable delicacy, efficiency, and grace, captures something of the way in which our sensate bodies are often the true legislators of beauty. Here, the sense of touch is celebrated through a beautiful image that evokes just how much our need to feel is as essential as breathing. Kwame Dawes

Scarf 

by Rita Dove

Whoever claims beauty 
lies in the eye...

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American Life in Poetry

'A tiny magical man makes me an offer'

This poem captures one of the peculiar, private deals that we sometimes make in a world that seems to be marching on, completely out of our control. Some might call it a prayer, or a spell, or a strange vow, characterised by a certain magical hope against reality. Huey labels it a “fairy tale”, a de...

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