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Bruce Dethlefsen

as the child reaches
underneath the book
to help the father prop it up
their hands touch
underneath the book
and the story resumes

From Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009).
Used here with the author's permission.


Bruce Dethlefsen is the author of five books and was Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate from 2011-2012. He plays drums and harmonica in the Prairie Sands Band and runs Poet Camp twice a year. Bruce volunteers writing poetry in prisons and lives in Westfield, Wisconsin. Learn more about him at


Post New Comment:
Lovely; so sensuous. How simply the connection is conferred.
Posted 02/07/2015 10:33 AM
Janet Leahy:
That wonderful sense of touch, we are so lucky to have it! thanks Bruce
Posted 02/06/2015 05:03 PM
Beautiful poem. I love the way so much rides on that one repeated line, "underneath the book."
Posted 02/06/2015 03:03 PM
short and o so sweet...
Posted 02/06/2015 07:34 AM
Maryann Hurtt:
kind of sums it all up, huh? Thank you, Bruce.
Posted 02/06/2015 06:55 AM
Lovely little poem. Sometimes it's all about the incidental contact
Posted 02/06/2015 05:33 AM

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