Mark Strand Poems

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1.
Keeping Things Whole

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
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2.
The Remains

I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
At night I turn back the clocks;
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3.
The Everyday Enchantment Of Music

A rough sound was polished until it became
a smoother sound, which was polished until
it became music.
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4.
The Garden

It shines in the garden,
in the white foliage of the chestnut tree,
in the brim of my father's hat
as he walks on the gravel.
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5.
Lines For Winter

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
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6.
A Piece Of The Storm

From the shadow of domes in the city of domes,
A snowflake, a blizzard of one, weightless, entered your room
And made its way to the arm of the chair where you, looking up
From your book, saw it the moment it landed.
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7.
Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
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8.
The Coming Of Light

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
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9.
Breath

When you see them
tell them I am still here,
that I stand on one leg while the other one dreams,
that this is the only way,
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10.
The Continuous Life

What of the neighborhood homes awash
In a silver light, of children hunched in the bushes,
Watching the grown-ups for signs of surrender,
Signs that the irregular pleasures of moving
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