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Thursday, March 16, 2006 11:23 am

American Life in Poetry

Edited by Ted Kooser

This fine poem by Rodney Torreson, of Grand Rapids, Mich., looks into the world of boys arriving at the edge of manhood, and compares their natural wildness to that of dogs, with whom they feel a kinship.
On A Moonstruck Gravel Road
The sheep-killing dogs saunter home, wool scraps in their teeth.
From the den of the moon ancestral wolves howl their approval.
The farm boys, asleep in their beds, live the same wildness under their lids; every morning they come back through the whites of their eyes to do their chores, their hands pausing to pet the dog, to press its ears back, over the skull, to quiet that other world.
From “A Breathable Light,” New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002, and first published in Sou’wester. Copyright © 2002 by Rodney Torreson and reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.
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