[By any measure]

By Ben Lerner b. 1979 Ben Lerner
By any measure, it was endless
             winter. Emulsions with
Then circled the lake like
This is it. This April will be
Inadequate sensitivity to green. I rose
early, erased for an hour
             Silk-brush and ax
I'd like to think I'm a different person
             latent image fading

around the edges and ears
             Overall a tighter face
now. Is it so hard for you to understand
From the drop-down menu
In a cluster of eight poems, I selected
sleep, but could not
             I decided to change everything
Composed entirely of stills
             or fade into the trees

but could not
             remember the dream
save for one brief shot
of a woman opening her eyes
Ari, pick up. I'm a different person
In a perfect world, this would be
             April, or an associated concept
Green to the touch
             several feet away

Ben Lerner, "’By any measure...’" from Mean Free Path. Copyright © 2010 by Ben Lerner.  Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

Source: Mean Free Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2010)

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Poet Ben Lerner b. 1979

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Winter, Weather, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Language & Linguistics

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Biography

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, writer and editor Ben Lerner earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. He has served as a Fulbright scholar in Madrid and as a Guggenheim fellow.
 
Lerner is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010); Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Winter, Weather, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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