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Readings — From the May 2017 issue

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By Susan Howe, from Debths, which will be published next month by New Directions. Howe is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry. In January, the Poetry Society of America awarded her the 2017 Frost Medal.

These quiet stars each free

intelligence sealed from us

Days and hours are blinds

These screens these means

each new extreme outvies

each quickening after after

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