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Michael Pettit

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Michael Pettit is the author of Cardinal Points (University of Iowa Press, 1988), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and American Light (University of Georgia Press, 1983). He is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

by this poet

Just past dusk I passed Christiansburg,
cluster of lights sharpening
as the violet backdrop of the Blue Ridge
darkened. Not stars
but blue-black mountains rose
before me, rose like sleep
after hours of driving, hundreds of miles
blurred behind me. My eyelids
were so heavy but I could see
far ahead a summer