Summer 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2011 |

Levanto

salt lips & a buoyed band binds the sea in loose chains to swim in. the beach's thinned out, the clouds puffing in, the last ferry's debarked a last load. starting out now seems impossible but. the rock walls break the breakers in. nothing cannot be disciplined or freed. scant pines stagger the apennines semaphoring what. quartz- striped granite tells a time that outlives us. I am older than the sea in me. 

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Maureen McLane is the author of two books of poetry, World Enough (FSG, 2010), Same Life (FSG, 2008), and of two books of literary criticism. She teaches at New York University.

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