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The Midnight [For here we are here]

For here we are here
daylight does not reach 
Vast depth on the wall

Alapeen Paper Patch Muslin
Calico Camlet Dimity Fustian
Serge linsey-woolsey say

A wainscot bedsten & Curtans
& vallains & iron Rodds
Many bedsteds were roped
"Bedsted. . . .& bed Rope


From The Midnight by Susan Howe. Copyright © 2003 by Susan Howe. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.


Susan Howe

Susan Howe is the author of several poetry collections, including Debths (New Directions, 2017). She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2006.

Date Published: 2003-01-01

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