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Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey
Recently appointed for a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1966 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2006...
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Vespertina Cognitio

by Natasha Trethewey

Overhead, pelicans glide in threes—
         their shadows across the sand
                  dark thoughts crossing the mind.

Beyond the fringe of coast, shrimpers
         hoist their nets, weighing the harvest
                  against the day's losses. Light waning,

concentration is a lone gull
         circling what's thrown back. Debris
                  weights the trawl like stones.

All day, this dredging—beneath the tug
         of waves—rhythm of what goes out, 
                  comes back, comes back, comes back.

From So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer. Copyright 2010 by Natasha Trethewey. Used with permisson of Calabash International Literary Trust and the author.
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