Readings — From the November 2013 issue

Away We Go

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By Dan Chiasson, from Bicentennial: Poems, to be published next year by Knopf. Chiasson teaches at Wellesley College.

Little bird, little sugar cube,
Tell me all the state secrets
Of the crab apple, barberry, brake,
The concealed locales, the plots

Only you can unravel, my figurine,
O my collectible dinnerware,
I’ve hunted everywhere for answers;
Answer me, my New Jersey kingpin,

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