'Tar', the poem, gave title to the book published in 1983. These are the first lines:
The first morning of Three Mile Island: those first disquieting, uncertain, mystifying hours.Read the whole poem at the Poetry Foundation.
All morning a crew of workmen have been tearing the old decrepit roof off our building,
and all morning, trying to distract myself, I’ve been wandering out to watch them
as they hack away the leaden layers of asbestos paper and disassemble the disintegrating drains.
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