From Space to Time

By Carolyn M. Rodgers 1941–2010
on a day when
we were dark
and not so full of
light
we met
    what did we find?
nothing.
everything, when we closed
our eyes
which anyway
had never been open.

once, we thought we
loved each other
       who can reverse
    time?
we tried.
we stepped out
of space
into some new
step of distance
and fell—
and not in love.

Carolyn  M. Rodgers, "From Space to Time" from The Heart as Ever Green. Copyright © 1978 by Carolyn  M. Rodgers. Used by permission of Doubleday, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Source: The Heart As Ever Green (Doubleday, 1978)

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Poet Carolyn M. Rodgers 1941–2010

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships

 Carolyn M. Rodgers

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Carolyn M. Rodgers grew up on Chicago’s South Side. She attended Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago, and received her MA in English from the University of Chicago. Early in her career she was associated with the Black Arts Movement, attending writing workshops led by Gwendolyn Brooks and through the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC). Her collections of poetry include Paper Soul (1968); Songs of a . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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