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Robert Sward

All day I have written words:
My subject has been that. Words.
And I am wrong. And the words.
                                       I burn
Three pages of them. Words.
And the moon, moonlight, that too
I burn. —A poem remains.
But in the words, in the words
In the fire that is now words.
I eat the words that remain.
And am eaten. By nothing,
By all that I have not made.

— Robert Sward, “All For a Day,” Four Incarnations: New and Selected Poems 1957-1991. (Coffee House Press; 1st edition, July 1, 1991)

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