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Poet's Choice

and pull, his pleasure

so efficient, so of course, of course,

the throat triumphant,

rising up. Not

the violence, poor grackle. But the

sparrow, high above us, who

knew exactly.

(Marianne Boruch's poems "Near Halloween" and "The Hawk" appear in her book "Poems: New and Selected." Oberlin College. Copyright © 2004 by Marianne Boruch.)

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