Nov/Dec 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 6 Walking with PoetsNovember 1, 2015 |

Thomas De Quincey

inveterately, the quintessential walker of the streets of London, wrote toward the end of his life that "the human face tyrannized" his dreams, which is not in strange weather,          which is not strange for a walker.      Faces layer.             De Quincey loved a crowd                        making even others but did not figure in the cost. It was he who suggested the analogy, saying, "I have paid the price" and "they" because a face (conforming to the cliché) can never be forgotten, being that every face you've ever seen is also yours—De Quincey said I cannot tell you how I have walked but over all the faces walked more along.  They went beyond.  They are they                        who are apart. (It used to be a crowd, but walking made it fall apart.) In his dreams, every face he'd passed that day and sometimes every

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Cole Swensen is the author of twenty books of poetry, most recently And And And (Shearsman, 2023) and Art in Time (Nightboat, 2021). Previous volumes have won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series and have been finalists for the National Book Award and twice for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she divides her time between France and the US.

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