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Mary Jo Bang, professor of English and creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, is author of The Last Two Seconds: Poems and a translation of Dante's Inferno.
Of the many words that might describe Lucie Brock-Broido, the most appropriate is extraordinary.
Mary Jo Bang
The nerve fibers, a veil on red music clanging,
cannoned from columns. An anthem bubbling.
A blackout occurs and then we return to routine:
The inhumane blather on the screen.
The light glares...
You are in the zebra crossing,
Moving into the tornado green morning,
The shabby irradiation
The world behind the mirror
Was heartrendingly beautiful
And convulsively sad.
In it, the...
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