American Life in Poetry: Column 305 | 01.25.11

by Ted Kooser, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

The great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso said that, in his subjects, he kept the joy of discovery, the pleasure of the unexpected. In this poem celebrating Picasso, Tim Nolan, an attorney in Minneapolis, says the world will disclose such pleasures to us, too, if only we pay close attention.

Picasso

How can we believe he did it—

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