Fall 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 4 Poetry |

Before Midsummer above the River Again

Unseen words thoughts of words circle the empty room where I was young stars in daytime that old not a sound from them not one question they know me in their unseen galaxy they are my own the walls that were whitewashed in another age have turned into maps of shadows through half my life and more my dog three years gone and more oh more barks in a dream beside my left hand watchful as ever waking me from that dream where is she where am I

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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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