Susan Hahn

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  • Hannah Newman (5/21/2015 2:47:00 PM)

    The Scarlet Ibis is one of the finest books of poetry written in the last twenty years (per my Lit. professor at Penn and per me) and this intriguing excerpt supports that statement. I highly recommend the book - which tells an extraordinary story replete with brilliant use of metaphor - to all serious readers of poetry.

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The Scarlet Ibis, Section VII


Once, I got lost,
flew over that place,
saw the tourists in their wrinkled pastels.
The memorial between the barracks B
The bronze barbed-wire figures twisted
to torment, the wedged-shaped
building, its barred entrance,
the strip of marble extending
through a hole in the roof,
the menorah resting at the top.
I felt weak
and landed on it.
No one could believe what they saw B
me resting there B
so they pretended not to see.
I stood for much more than a moment,
watched all those bare legs
move from spot to ...

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