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This poem is taken from PN Review 37, Volume 10 Number 5, March - April 1984.

Reality in America Bernard Bergonzi

On a promising morning in the 1940s
Dr Trilling lights his first cigarette of the day.
He picks up his pen
and thinks of America.

The nation is moving.
Oldsmobiles, Chevies and Fords
crunch along dirt roads
and scream down interstate highways.
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