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'Letter Home'

Cover of 'Slow Fire'

"Letter Home" is from Pamela Alexander's fourth collection,Slow Fire. In the introduction to her bookNavigable Waterways, a Yale Younger Poets selection, James Merrill wrote, "This poet works elegantly, unpredictably, without teasing... Her subjects — heat, air, sex, trees, the peerless dog Pfoxer — [can be] impeccably democratic."

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the . Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

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