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Ai

I don’t remember yesterday
and there is no tomorrow.
There is only the moment
the knife descends
from the equatorial dark.

— Ai, from “The Detective,” Vice: New and Selected Poems. (W. W. Norton & Company; 1st ed. edition June 17, 2000)

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