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Jack Gilbert

What if the heart does not pale as the body wanes,
but is like the sun that blazes hotter each day
on these immense, perishing fields? What then?

— Jack Gilbert, from “Getting Ready,” Collected Poems. (Knopf; First Edition edition, March 13, 2012)

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