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Anne Michaels

Memory insists with its sea voice,
muttering from its bone cave.
Memory wraps us
like the shell wraps the sea.
Nothing to carry,
some stones to fill our pockets,
to give weight to what we have.

— Anne Michaels,  from “Memoriam,” The Weight of Oranges. Miner’s Pond. McClelland & Stewart (1997)

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