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Philip Levine

Don’t ask me why
I came down to the water’s edge—
hell, I was young, and I thought
I knew life, I thought I could
hold the darkness the way a man
holds a cup of coffee before
he wakens

— Philip Levine, from “Here and Now,” Poetry (September 1977)

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