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.
See all of The Atlantic's Richard Wilbur coverage.
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