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    Opinion | Robert Pinsky

    Our F*****g City

    Our F*****g City deserves a celebration:

    A proper improper Time, for this Occasion.

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    To any weak-in-the-clutch theology scholar,

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    This year, to shrug off losses as “what God wrote.”

    No, this was a year to take Fate by the throat.

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    It’s in the situation, like joy or grief.

    Sometimes you need a starter. Sometimes, relief. . . .

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    A slugger, a table-setter, a closer, a stopper.

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    The words “Our F*****g City” are right and proper:

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    Plural, communal, impulsive, a little mad—

    Like dirty water, rude streets, the good of bad.

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    Profane, provincial, prepared to take a knock

    Or get one, ethnic, antic— we were a lock,

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    Or lucky. In us, or in the situation:

    Our F*****g City deserves a celebration.

    Robert Pinsky was the ninth poet laureate of the United States and is now a professor at Boston University.