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By D.A. Powell
late the hour he came to me, a failing
& had nobody, assumed I would have nobody
as the waiting had been a test
then the charge of my soul would be lost
having no fortune to wager, I'd wager
then, given the seed and limb --
what demand it were to accept such intimacy
the worse to waive
chest of bronze, the lift and fall of his likeness
and I perceived the god of abandon
tense in the space between his passive body--
"Chronic" is Powell's fourth collection and was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. It is also a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.
Powell has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, and served as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco.
Powell's poem from last week can be found here.
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