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

W. S. Merwin

I remember that I am falling
That I am the reason
And that my words are the garment of what I shall never be
Like the tucked sleeve of a one-armed boy

— W. S. Merwin, from “When You Go Away,” The Second Four Books of Poems (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 1993)

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