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Sarah Manguso is the author of several books, including the two poetry collections Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oblivion Speaks

I am not here to ruin you.
I am already in you.
I am the work you don’t do.
I am what you understand best and wordless.
I am with you in your chair and in your song.
I am what you avoid and what you stop avoiding.
I am what’s left when there is nothing left.
Love me hard, pilgrim.

Copyright © Sarah Manguso. From the forthcoming collection Siste Viator (Four Way, 2006). Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © Sarah Manguso. From the forthcoming collection Siste Viator (Four Way, 2006). Used with permission of the author.

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso is the author of several books, including the two poetry collections Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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That we rode harder into the wind,
That the story got told,
That the broken candies were eaten first,
That they were eaten last,
That all subjects grew extinct eventually,
That in the inn I ruined our lives,
That in the barn I tried to save them,
That I failed,
That per