Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FABRIC OF LIFE, by KAY RYAN

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THE FABRIC OF LIFE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is very stretchy
Subject(s): Life

It is very stretchy.
We know that, even if
many details remain
sketchy. It is complexly
woven. That much too
has pretty well been
proven. We are loath
to continue our lessons
which consist of slaps
as sharp and dispersed
as bee stings from
a smashed nest
when any strand snaps-
hurts working far past
the locus of rupture,
attacking threads
far beyond anything
we would have said

Copyright 1999 by The Modern Poetry Association.
This poem appears in the June 2000 issue of Poetry Magazine.

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