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Dick Allen

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Dick Allen is the author of several poetry collections, including Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation and has been awarded the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry and the Hart Crane Poetry Prize. In 2010, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the state of Connecticut.

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Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the eastern side,
and maybe find that deck of Bicycle cards
lost near the sofa. Or maybe walk around
and look out the back windows first.
I hear the view's magnificent: old silent pines
leading down to the lakeside, layer upon layer
of magnificent light. Should you be