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The best things I’ve read lately

“Foster” a short story by Claire Keegan

Train Dreams, a novella by Denis Johnson

“First Up: Barnstorming for Poetry” Samuel Green’s reflections on being Poet Laureate in the state of Washington

In the Skin of a Lion, but I like pretty much everything by Michael Ondaatje

“People Like That Are The Only People Here” by Lorrie Moore. As I was reading Moore’s story, I thought of that Emily Dickinson line about how she recognized poetry when a piece made her feel, “…physically as if the top of my head were taken off.”