The United States (by Rodney Jones)

Original Text: 
Rodney Jones, Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2007 International Shortlist).
1If you asked what it is all about
2I would say a field a green field
3in the turning rows a killdeer
4and after that barbed wire
5the hedge with its cardinals
6a blacktop then another field
7Corn one of the main things
8after water and before milk
9for whiskey is in it and grits
10gold for chickens pearls before swine
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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