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from One Big Self ["Count your fingers"]

Count your fingers

Count your toes

Count your nose holes

Count your blessings

Count your stars (lucky or not)

Count your loose change

Count the cars at the crossing

Count the miles to the state line

Count the ticks you pulled off the dog

Count your calluses

Count your shells

Count the points on the antlers

Count the newjack’s keys

Count your cards; cut them again


From One Big Self (Copper Canyon Press, 2007). Copyright © 2007 by C. D. Wright. Used with permission of Copper Canyon Press and The Permissions Company.


C. D. Wright

Author of numerous volumes of poetry, C. D. Wright served as the poet laureate of Rhode Island, and in 2013 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Date Published: 2016-05-24

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