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THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE IN PICTURES
The frontispiece fixes as
a man whose
livelihood is the grass. As he had
before the take and
he plies away in the sun.
Storefront awnings slope into the square.
Among the occupied,
only the vendors are without hats.
sweet and full of pickle are the hooked gibbets of
beef above the pens.
The plate after
"Tractors on Parade" is untitled.
Where the village high street’s
walls converge at the far end,
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"Listen to this poetry reading and hear poet James McMichael read his poem ""The British Countryside in Pictures,"" from his poetry collection Capacity, a finalist for the National Book Award. This extraordinary collection refuses to take for granted even the smallest or most obvious parts of existence.
Learn more about the book Capacity at http://us.macmillan.com/capacity/JamesMcMichael
Read more about the poet James McMichael at http://us.macmillan.com/author/jamesmcmichael"
James McMichael is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.
National Book Awards - Finalist