Houdini

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
Each escape
involved some art,
some hokum, and
at least a brief
incomprehensible
exchange between
the man and metal
during which the
chains were not
so much broken
as he and they
blended. At the
end of each such   
mix he had to
extract himself. It
Was the hardest
part to get right
routinely: breaking
back into the   
same Houdini.

Used by permission of the author.

Source: Poetry (November 2004).

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Poet Kay Ryan b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Nature, The Body, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

Poetic Terms Free Verse