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“The poetry we love, it belongs to us; it comes out in our voices. It is absolutely enduring.”
—Elizabeth Alexander, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2015–present)
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Recorded for Poem-a-Day March 18, 2019.
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About this Poem 

“One day I was listening to my son’s swim coach and her feedback on his breaststroke, how he couldn’t muscle his way across the pool, how stillness and patience were important components of good technique.

To encourage this, she had him count while his head was under the water, and it seemed like good advice for a lot of things, bearing what troubles you, for example, or writing a poem that is particularly challenging.”
—Blas Falconer

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