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David Yezzi

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David Yezzi

David Yezzi is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Black Sea (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018) and Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013). His other collections are Azores (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2008) and The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly Books, 2003). He is the editor of The Hopkins Review and chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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God sees me. I see you. You’re just like me.
       This is the cul-de-sac I’ve longed to live on.
Pure-white and dormered houses sit handsomely

along the slate-roofed, yew-lined neighborhood.
       Past there is where my daughters walk to school,
across the common rounded by a wood.