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Charles Wright

Knot by knot I untie myself from the past
And let it rise away from me like a balloon.
What a small thing it becomes.
What a bright tweak at the vanishing point, blue on blue.

– Charles Wright, from “Arkansas Traveller,” The Other Side of the River. (Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition January 12, 1984)

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