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David Biespiel

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David Biespiel

David Biespiel is the author Charming Gardeners (University of Washington Press, 2013). He is the president of The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters and lives in Portland, Oregon.

by this poet


It comes out of the language of nothing I recognize
Though it is something in you, at least as I keep
                                                     looking at you
And you turn back to me. I ought to have guessed
From the simple order of the tracks that you knew
Without looking what


I heard it on the radio,
A woman’s voice saying,
I like for you to be
The space far away

Where poetry figures out
Why you are still
But not absent,
Why you can hear

From somewhere
What’s coming next.
But her voice could not touch
What had flown away.