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Blessing the Boats - From New Poems (2000), "august" Summary & Analysis

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From New Poems (2000), "august" Summary

This is a poem of grief, of regret of losing a brother, named sam in the poem. The poem addresses the poet's sister laine, for whom the poem is dedicated, in grief. She asks what would they give just to have him back, in his foolishness, in his weakness, in his sins, "not clean, not sober," but alive? The poem visualizes the sisters rolling the brother back onto a bed, implying that he has fallen off perhaps not only the bed but also "the wagon." The brother "clasped his hands" though not praying but seeming to and "melted" to their mother, as addicts often do, falling back into the safe home, back to the parents who may take care of them even though they have messed up again. The poet would "staple" him...

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