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Kate Daniels

The moon
Is a popular literary image—solipsistic
Misery, misplaced love. Whatever.
Tonight, it’s nothing but a source
Of milky light, swinging high up in the sky
Shining weakly on the bleakness inside
And the bleakness outside that has
No other meaning but the cold
Un-crackable rock of itself.

— Kate Daniels, from “Metaphor-less,” The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner, 2019)

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