Slate Poem: “The Escape Artist”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled The Escape Artist and it’s written by David Lehman. As always, here is a friendly reminder that Slate offers you an audio version of their featured poem read by the actual poet! I think this is pretty special and everyone could use some poetry in their day. So why not take a few moments and listen to Lehman read his poem?

According to his webpage on, David Lehman has written many collections of poetry. His books include When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), The Evening Sun (2002), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986). He is also series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he initiated in 1988, and is general editor of the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University.

The Escape Artistby David Lehman

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