Mar/Apr 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 2 March 2, 2019 |

Jim Limber in Heaven Writes His Name in Water

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. You walk through Heaven anywhere to any- where on that soft green grass     or nowhere it Don’t matter anywhere you walk a bright And cool and it’s about     a foot-wide stream of The cleanest water anywhere with each Step you take parts the grass beside you On your left side     if you’re left-handed And on your right side otherwise     just reach   Down if you’re thirsty or you’re dirty or You’re hot     they got the sun in Heaven still And folks get hot sometimes     me     sometimes I Walk just to see the stream appear Sometimes I lead it     through my name     on Earth I couldn’t spell My name     now my great thirst has been revealed to me  

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Shane McCrae’s most recent books are The Gilded Auction Block (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018) and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which won the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award, and was nominated for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Award, and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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