Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the eastern side, and maybe find that deck of Bicycle cards lost near the sofa. Or maybe walk around and look out the back windows first. I hear the view's magnificent: old silent pines leading down to the lakeside, layer upon layer of magnificent light. Should you be
Dick Allen is the author of several poetry collections, including Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation and has been awarded the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry and the Hart Crane Poetry Prize. In 2010, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the state of Connecticut.