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The Past

The form of the poem subsided, it enters another poem.

A witness was found for the markings inscribed upside-down.

It might have been a celebration, so strong the presence

of the poem. The sky sinks slowly inside the past.


From The Red Gaze. Copyright © 2005 by Barbara Guest. Courtesy of Wesleyan University Press


Barbara Guest

The author of numerous collections of poetry, Barbara Guest was predominantly a writer of the New York School.

Date Published: 2005-01-01

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