'A Shallot' 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 Shallot," which first appeared in the June 1975 issue of The Atlantic.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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