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Dan Chiasson

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Dan Chiasson's fourth book of poems, Bicentennial, was published in 2014 by Knopf. He teaches at Wellesley College.

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I lack the rigor of a lightning bolt,
the weight of an anchor. I am
frayed where it would be highly useful—
and this I feel perpetually—to make a point.
 
I think if I can concentrate I might turn sharp.
Only, I don't know how to concentrate—
I know only the look of someone concentrating,
indistinguishable from
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