How Beautiful

By Mary Jo Bang b. 1946 Mary Jo Bang
A personal lens: glass bending rays
That gave one that day’s news
Saying each and every day,

Just remember you are standing
On a planet that’s evolving.
How beautiful, she thought, what distance does

For water, the view from above or afar.
In last night’s dream, they were back again
At the beginning. She was a child

And he was a child.
A plane lit down and left her there.
Cold whitening the white sky whiter.

Then a scalpel cut her open for all the world
To be a sea.

“How Beautiful” reprinted from Elegy by Mary Jo Bang. © 2007 by Mary Jo Bang. Used with permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Source: Elegy (Graywolf Press, 2007)

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Poet Mary Jo Bang b. 1946

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Mary Jo Bang was born in 1946 in Missouri and grew up in Cool Valley, outside of St. Louis. She originally studied sociology, earning both her BA and MA in the subject from Northwestern University. She earned a BA in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London, and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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