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William Jay Smith

He must learn,
Like Orpheus, he cannot turn
But turning find
His sweet love vanished, and descend
Where days are nothing, and dreams end …

— William Jay Smith, from “The Descent of Orpheus,”  The World Below the Window: Poems 1937-1997. (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 1, 2001) Originally published 1998.

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