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Working in the Rain
Robert Morgan


My father loved more than anything to
work outside in wet weather. . . 

(The remainder of this poem has been removed to comply with copyright restrictions.)


From Topsoil Road (Louisiana State University Press, 2000).

LSU Press gave Your Daily Poem permission to feature this poem from April 5, 2011 - May 5, 2011.
We encourage you to visit your local library or bookstore to read "Working In the Rain" in its entirety
and are grateful to the publisher for letting us briefly share Mr. Morgan's work.


Robert Morgan was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC, and explored music, math, and science before following his heart into a hugely successful writing career. Currently a professor of English at Cornell, Robert has taught at universities all over the country and is the author of more than a dozen books. At ease and equally accomplished in multiple genres, he has won major awards for his poetry, fiction, and short stories, as well as grants and fellowships for his entire body of work. Much of Robert's work is based on his early memories and experiences with Appalachian life; his novel, Gap Creek, was an Oprah's Book Club selection. Learn more about Robert at



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Beautiful. The privacy of rain...
Posted 04/07/2011 09:34 PM
"I think he sought the privacy of rain," great line, such an elegant way to steer the poem inward. Fine poem.
Posted 04/05/2011 08:57 AM
Perfect poem for my morning. The day started with a downpour and has slackened off to a drizzle. It is so cleansing--the poem and the rain.
Posted 04/05/2011 07:58 AM
I love todays poem, its like looking at a picture, delightful. Reminds me of things my father did, like most of us I guess. The rain, always so graphic, the beautiful rain. Thank you Jayne for sharing this with us today.
Posted 04/05/2011 04:08 AM

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