Mark Strand

Prince Edward Island, Canada
Mark Strand
Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Keeping Things Whole

Rating: 4.5
In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
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Michael Walker 27 July 2019
This a poem of depth of meaning, although it seems simple. A fine poet of modern times.
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Rajnish Manga 23 January 2018
I have enjoyed reading this fine piece of poetry yet again. The profoundness of the subject inspired me to translate it in Hindi way back- on Dec 5,2016. Thanks.
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Savita Tyagi 23 January 2018
This I wether He parts the air or moves us is certainly the One whole in itself and keeps the field whole too. Enjoyed this excellent poetic intake of Upanishadic philosophy.
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Susan Williams 23 January 2018
I like this even more than I liked it when I first commented on it. Teaches us how simple words can carry an impressive impact and meaningfulness.
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Glen Kappy 23 January 2018
I wonder what, if any, applications Strand had in mind beyond the literal meaning of this poem. -GK
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Fabrizio Frosini 28 May 2016
in Italian: 'Tenere le cose insieme' In un campo Io sono l'assenza del campo. E' sempre così. Ovunque io sia Sono ciò che manca. Quando cammino sposto e separo l'aria e sempre l'aria rientra a riempire lo spazio che il mio corpo occupava. Tutti noi abbiamo motivi per spostarci. Io mi muovo per tenere le cose insieme.
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Rajnish Manga 12 May 2016
The poem tries to justify the rationale behind what we are and why we are. Enjoyed reading this philosophical poem. Thanks.
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Susan Williams 27 October 2015
He both believes in keeping it simple [simple words, simple phrases, no meter, no rhyme], and making it as deep and surreal and overflowing with meaning as possible. It's like he has a split personality... come to think about it, so do we all.
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Edward Kofi Louis 27 October 2015
Spaces! Aces; with the muse of life. Nice piece.
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John Richter 27 October 2015
Deeply profound! This poem certainly went through me - not around me!
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