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Kenneth Rexroth

Under this tree for a moment,
We have escaped the bitterness
Of love, and love lost, and love
Betrayed. And what might have been,
And what might be, fall equally
Away with what is,

— Kenneth Rexroth, from “Lyell’s Hypothesis Again ,” The Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1967)

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