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James Applewhite

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James Applewhite is the author of many poetry collections, most recently Time Beginnings (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). His other collections include Cosmos: A Poem (Louisiana State University Press, 2014), Selected Poems (Duke University Press, 2005), Daytime and Starlight (Louisiana State University Press, 1997), and River Writing: An Eno Journal (Princeton University Press, 1988). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry and the Jean Stein Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He is a Professor Emeritus in creative writing at Duke University.

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I wake to see a cardinal in our white
          crape myrtle. My eye aches. Bees celebrate
morning come with their dynamo-hum
                    around a froth of bloom.

Though presently it’s paradise for the bees,
          noon will reach ninety-nine degrees.
Le vierge, le


for our daughter, Lisa

As on a crowded Interstate the drivers in boredom 
      or irritation speed ahead or lag (taken with sudden
enthusiasms for seventy-five), surging ahead a little by 
                  weaving between lanes but still

staying	pretty much even, so too the seeker in language