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May 30, 2009 The Strand Bookstore, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive

About this poet

Nick Laird is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, and critic from Northern Ireland. He is the author of the poetry collection Go Giants (W. W. Norton, 2013). A new collection, Feel Free, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. He is a writer-in-residence at New York University.

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Nick Laird

Nick Laird

Nick Laird is the author of the poetry collection Go Giants (W. W. Norton, 2013).

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When it comes at me in the mirror with its meaning 
ramping up until it passes and lowers in pitch, I’m on 
the bit of the M1 where it bisects the Ring of Gullion 

and I switch lanes, and let my right foot alleviate 
its weight on the accelerator of the Focus, 
and the ambulance is faster, and the shift in its
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