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John Koethe

I had a vision once,
Which wasn’t even mine, of a long breath bounded at its ends by silence.
Like a sentence following the story of a life until its energy was spent
And its parentheses closed.

—John Koethe, from “The Distinguished Thing,” Kenyon Review (vol. 308, no. 14, Fall 2008

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