The Electorate Process Inspires “Election Day” Poem

Poet, professor, and critic J.D. McClatchy reads his poem “Election Day.”  McClatchy is Professor of English literature at Yale University. He was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, “Hazmat.” 02:18

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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