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Thing

We love our cat
for her self
regard is assiduous
and bland,

for she sits in the small
patch of sun on our rug
and licks her claws
from all angles

and it is far
superior
to "balanced reporting"

though, of course,
it is also
the very same thing.

Credit


"Thing," from Next Life, © 2007 by Rae Armantrout, published by Wesleyan University Press. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Author


Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, in 1947, and was part of the first generation of Language poets on the West Coast. She is the author of Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015).

Date Published: 2007-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/thing