"Token Loss" by Kay Ryan was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on January 10, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:
National Humanities Medal recipient Kay Ryan (b. 1945) won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2011 for her collection, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States for two terms. For additional biographical information, follow this link:
"Token Loss" is reminiscent of the story of Smaug the dragon in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This is the first poem of a speculative nature that I recall reading in Poem-A-Day. I wonder if the powers that be at Poets.org heeded my suggestion for speculative poetry on their recent survey? How refreshing! Even more refreshing is that a speculative poet served as a US Poet Laureate.