Winter 2000 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Poetry |

Transit

Then the moment is there when a person who might be anyone looks up and sees in the mirror that the whole road is gone where that person was on the way to this this place this moment and ahead there is a stretch of what had seemed up until then somewhere remembered out of many days themselves forgotten one part of the known world as it was called back then by mistake even while as anyone might have seen it was turning into another place not yet reached and before it there is this untouched light and the same person goes on inside it pretending to be awake

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W. S. Merwin was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress in July 2010. He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. He has spent the last thirty years planting nineteen acres with over eight hundred species of palm, creating a sustainable forest. The property has recently been turned into a conservancy, the Merwin Conservancy.

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