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'Second Draft'

James Longenbach's "Second Draft" is from his third book of poems,Draft of a Letter. Of the collection,The Los Angeles Times Book Reviewsaid, "A sensibility this cogent, this subtle and austere is rare; even rarer is its proof that poetry still flows through all things and transforms all things in the process."

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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