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'The Bearhug'

Nick Laird was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland who lives in London with his wife, fellow author Zadie Smith. A former lawyer, Laird wrote the novel Utterly Monkey. This selection is from his poetic debut, To a Fault.

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

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