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This Hour and What Is Dead Tough-o-Meter

By Li-Young Lee

Tough-o-Meter

(5) Tree Line

The language is simple and the sentences are short, but there's definitely depth and mystery here. It's not always easy to figure out what's going on unless you're an insomniac like the narrator and can spend all hours of the night contemplating the poem's complexities. Who needs warm milk when you've got Lee's poetry?