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Mark Strand
Mark Strand
Mark Strand was born on Canada's Prince Edward Island on April 11,...
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FURTHER READING
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Light breaks where no sun shines
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Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays
by Charles Reznikoff
Notes on the Spring Holidays, III, [Hanukkah]
by Charles Reznikoff
The Feast of Lights
by Emma Lazarus
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The Coming of Light

 
by Mark Strand

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light. 
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves, 
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, 
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine 
and tomorrow's dust flares into breath.






Excerpted from The Late Hour by Mark Strand. Copyright © 2002 by Mark Strand. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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