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From one line, one poem, to the next, Elaine Sexton solidifies her undisputed ranking as one of America’s best working poets. The author of two previous collections, and a contributor to dozens of poetry journals, she’s known as Professor Sexton to poetry students at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University.

Laugh Track

My neighbor laughs, then
I laugh.
I’ve been swayed
to know second-hand that
was funny.
I get what he got.
I take what a stranger
took in, and let out,
all this energy-air.
In, out. It tracks.
I hear but don’t see (on t.v.)
c a n n e d laughter, an invisible
humming around my head,
an electronic inhale,
this is amusing, this is when.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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