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That Kind of Happy
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Maggie Dietz is the author of Perennial Fall, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of Americans' Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and An Invitation to Poetry. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Just ordinary everyday experiences. Death, for instance, oh and a child gets his fingers acetoned by a toothbrush for trying to help a wounded expiring bird, its Black eyes visible through skeins / of lids, its soft pink belly like a clam. And there s the gossamer ice of a frozen river, like bright / metal hammered fine as the / ghost of the ghost of a moon. And the birth of a baby, every one / of its live cells singing / Hosanna for we praise / you and please save / us as being trains its / way into the lighted room. . . . Things like that. Everyday instances. All these extraordinary human things, the pleasure and the pain, sung about in a versification which is a radiant celebratory light shining on them. --David Ferry" "Just ordinary everyday experiences. Death, for instance, oh and a child gets his fingers acetoned by a toothbrush for trying to help a wounded expiring bird, its 'Black eyes visible through skeins / of lids, ' its 'soft pink belly like a clam.' And there's the 'gossamer ice' of a frozen river, like 'bright / metal hammered fine as the / ghost of the ghost of a moon.' And the birth of a baby, 'every one / of its live cells singing / Hosanna for "we praise / you" and "please save / us" as being trains its / way into the lighted room. . . .' Things like that. Everyday instances. All these extraordinary human things, the pleasure and the pain, sung about in a versification which is a radiant celebratory light shining on them."--David Ferry

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