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April 23, 2008 New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch From the Academy Audio Archive

The One-Strand River

Richard Kenney

 

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Loose leaves in a metal ball
Or men in a shark cage steeping,
Ideas stain the limpid mind
Even while it’s sleeping:

Ginseng or the scent of lymph
Or consequences queasing
Into wide awareness, whence,
Like an engine seizing

Society remits a shudder
Showing it has feeling,
And the divers all have shaving cuts