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Lisel Mueller

We want to hear someone say,
“I give you my heart,” meaning,
“summer and winter,” meaning,
“all my time in this world,”
and to imagine what it is like,
dying of heartbreak,
a subtle, yet extravagant death,
nothing to do with the blood supply,
or lack of it, that kills us.

— Lisel Mueller, from “Heartland,” Poetry (November 1993)

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