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Larry Levis

And for years I believed
That what went unsaid between us became empty,
And pure, like starlight, & that it persisted.

I got it all wrong.
I wound up believing in words the way a scientist
Believes in carbon, after death.

— Larry Levis, from “Winter Stars,” Winter Stars (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)

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