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I Love Your Crazy Bones

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Even your odds and ends.
I love your teeth, crazy bones,
Madcap knees and elbows.
Forearm and backhand
Hair makes you animal.
Rare among things.
The small of your back could pool rain
Into water a main might drink. Perfect,
From the whirlpools your fingers print
On everything you touch
To the moons on the nails of all ten toes
Rising and setting inside your shoes
Wherever you go.

Barton Sutter, “I Love Your Crazy Bones,” from Cedar Home. Copyright © 1977 by Barton Sutter. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.
Source: Cedar Home (BOA Editions Ltd., 1977)
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I Love Your Crazy Bones

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  • Barton Sutter was born and raised in small towns in the Upper Midwest. He earned degrees from Southwest Minnesota State University and Syracuse University, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Minnesota, and other institutions. The only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three separate categories, Sutter’s poetry, fiction, and essays depict the landscape and people of the Upper Midwest. His books of poetry include Cedarhome (1977), The Book of Names: New and Selected Poems (1993), winner of the Minnesota Book Award for poetry, and Farewell to Starlight in Whisky (2004). Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map (1998), a collection of broadcasts Sutter did for Minnesota Public Radio, won the Minnesota Book Award for creative non-fiction; My Father’s War and Other Stories (1991) won the same award for fiction. His plays include Small Town Triumphs (1991) and Bushed: A Poetical, Political, Partly...

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