Marilyn Hacker

Marilyn Hacker Poems

1. Pantoum 6/25/2015
2. Morning News 1/20/2003
3. Invocation 1/3/2003
4. Paragraphs From A Day-Book 1/3/2003
5. For K. J., Leaving And Coming Back 1/3/2003
6. Year's End 1/3/2003
7. Exiles 1/3/2003
8. Rune Of The Finland Woman 1/3/2003
9. The Boy 1/3/2003
10. Desesperanto 1/3/2003
11. Iva's Pantoum 1/20/2003
12. Scars On Paper 1/3/2003
13. Nearly A Valediction 1/3/2003
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Nearly A Valediction

You happened to me. I was happened to
like an abandoned building by a bull-
dozer, like the van that missed my skull
happened a two-inch gash across my chin.
You were as deep down as I've ever been.
You were inside me like my pulse. A new-
born flailing toward maternal heartbeat through
the shock of cold and glare: when you were gone,
swaddled in strange air I was that alone
again, inventing life left after you.

I don't want to remember you as that
four o'clock in the morning eight months long
after you happened to me like a wrong
number at midnight ...

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