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Charles Wright

Everything works against you
The way the evening comes down
Its trellises one rose at a time
The watery knots of light
That lap at your memory
The way you thought of your life once
An endless falling of seeds.

— Charles Wright, from “One Two Three,” Hard Freight (Wesleyan University Press, 1973)

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