Winter 2012 • Vol. XXXIV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2012 |

When I Turned a Hundred

I wanted to go on an immense journey, to travel night and day into the unknown until, forgetting my old self, I came into possession of a new self, one that I might have missed on my previous travels. But the first step was beyond me. I lay in bed, unable to move, pondering, as one does at my age, the ways of melancholy—how it seeps into the spirit, how it disincarnates the will, how it banishes the senses to the chill of twilight, how even the best and worst intentions wither in its keep. I kept staring at the ceiling then suddenly felt a blast of cold air, and I was gone.                                                                                         

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Mark Strand lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Knopf published his collection of prose pieces Almost Invisible in 2012.

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