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“Wallace Stevens Comes Again to Learn His Poems on the 92nd Boulevard Y,” through Mark Strand

It used to be a willfulness, an exertion, which verged
Immediately on fluency, that I will have to seem, as I did
Lately, out of light-blue air, in a dark-blue swimsuit.

Within the time that I’ve been long past, I by no means outgrew
The feeling of being, nor for a second forgot
Which international used to be mine. I clung to the merest whispers,

The faintest echoes that rose from under. For years,
I lay on a down-filled settee, on my own with my passions.
Vibrant refrains of never-ending azure rotated

The hours, and crammed me with excitement, however the poems
I wrote had been dulled through this sort of calm one feels
Within the downward flow of sleep. They by no means changed into

The relics of sunshine I needed them to be. Within the days
When it might be stated I used to be one in all you, I beloved
The past as any person handiest can who is certain

Through the earth. All that I wrote used to be a hymn to need,
To the semblances and phases of bliss. My poems
Bore just a passing likeness to the lifestyles

Of which they had been the miraculous section. But if
I used to be borne a number of the erasures of heaven I started
To imagine that no matter used to be far-off or puzzling may just by no means

Be made too obtrusive. After all I used to be fallacious.
I’d allowed myself to be swayed through a imaginative and prescient of plainness
That will have all issues develop into one concept.

Such a lot for the previous. Might the worst of it fall through the wayside
This night. Might different extra intricate powers convene.
Might the phrases that I discuss be those you pay attention.

—Mark Strand (1934-2014)

Learn Hannah Aizenman at the provenance of this lately rediscovered poem.

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