New Yorker poems June 5 & 12, 2017

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Tracy K. Smith -Wade in the Water

One of the women greeted me.

I love you, she said. She didn’t

Know me, but I believed her,

And a terrible new ache

Rolled over in my chest,

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Kaveh Akbar – What Use is Knowing Anything if No One is Around

What use is knowing anything if no one is around

to watch you know it? Plants reinvent sugar daily

and hardly anyone applauds. Once as a boy I sat

in a corner covering my ears, singing Quranic verse

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