Summer 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2008 |

I Shall Be Released

What we love   will leave us or is it   we leave what we love,  I forget— Today, belly   full enough to walk the block   after all weektoo cold   outside to smile— I think of you, warm   in your underground room reading the book   of bone. It's hard going— your body a dead   language—I've begun   to feel, if not hope then what   comes just after— or before—   Let's not call it regret, but   this weight, or weightlessness,   or just plain waiting.   The ice wanting again water.   The streams of two planes a cross fading. I was so busy   telling you this I forgot to mention the sky—   how in the dusk its steely edges   have just begun to rust.

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Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. This essay has been adapted from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, longlisted for the National Book Award.

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