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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "the earth is a living thing" Summary & Analysis

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From the book of light (1993), "the earth is a living thing" Summary

This poem is a delicious gathering of images of black things. The general topic is things in the earth. The title begins the poem and the first verse continues with the verb "is," continuing to catalog beautiful earthly black things. The first stanza calls the earth a black bear so huge that as it shambles it can toss "mountains into the sea." The second stanza calls the earth a black hawk that flies circles around a burial ground full of cleaned and thrown-away bones. The third stanza, two short lines, calls the earth a black fish so deep in the water it is blind, and also calls it a diamond buried in coal. The final stanza is an extended...

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