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Philip Levin

          If you stand there long enough the air will thicken     with dusk and dust and exhaust           and finally with a starless dark. The day will become something     it’s never been before, something for           which I have no name. — Philip Levine, from “How to Get There,” Poetry (February 2012)  

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Kenneth Rexroth

“Whether or not, it is no question now, Of time or place, or even how, It is not time for questions now, Nor yet the place.” The soft lights of your face Arrange themselves in memories Of smiles and frowns. — Kenneth Rexroth, from “The Thin Edge of Your Pride VII,” The collected shorter poems… Continue reading Kenneth Rexroth

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Miriam Bird Greenberg

There are many ways to talk about loss; it is like a body walking next to you in the night, ghost of the lost one keeping you company, or only your own grief stumbling beside you in the darkness. — Miriam Bird Greenberg, from “All Night in the New Country,” All Night in the New… Continue reading Miriam Bird Greenberg

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