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Adam Kirsch

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Adam Kirsch is the author of Why Trilling Matters (Yale University Press, 2011).

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Now that no one looking at the night—
Sky blanked by leakage from electric lamps
And headlights prowling through the parking lot
Could recognize the Babylonian dance
That once held every gazer; now that spoons
And scales, and swordsmen battling with beasts
Have decomposed into a few stars strewn
Illegibly across