American Literature · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry

Louise Glück

Doesn’t everyone want to feel in the night
the beloved body, compass, polestar,
to hear the quiet breathing that says
I am alive, that means also
you are alive, because you hear me,
you are here with me. And when one turns,
the other turns—

— Louise Glück, from “A Myth of Devotion,” Averno (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2006)

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