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Wallace Stevens

The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard…

— Wallace Stevens, from “The Idea of Order at Key West,” The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. (Vintage; Reissue edition (February 19, 1990) Originally published 1954.

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