'A Black Birch in Winter' by Richard Wilbur: From The Atlantic Archives

Throughout April, as a celebration of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting the work of Richard Wilbur, the former national poet laureate who turned 90 earlier this year. Today's selection is "A Black Birch in Winter," which first appeared in the January 1974 issue of The Atlantic.

Read "A Black Birch in Winter" by Richard Wilbur.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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