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by Alison Deming
A man with four children
A loser, says the egghead kid. The winners
Cameras, scopes, and tripods.
He doesn't move when the occasional wave
People come down the beach
Sometimes a tremor will pass
Now a white-haired docent arrives,
Now the side flipper
Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence (Louisiana State University Press), Science and Other Poems, Temporary Homelands: Essays on Nature, Spirit and Place, and is the editor of Poetry of the American West. She is director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. This poem is selected from Science and Other Poems (Louisiana State University Press), which received the 1993 Walt Whitman Award of The Academy of American Poets. Alison is a regular participant in The Orion Society's Forgotten Language Tour.
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