Cy Twombly, "Beyond (A System for Passing)"

By H. L. Hix Read the Q & A
To say how much I've missed you, I offer this,   
at most mist, at least assorted letters, lists,
numbers I insist tell stories. I kissed you
last, Dad, in the casket in which you passed on,
to some next place, but last listened for your voice
last night, these long years after, will listen next
when next oppressed by blue-gray, as I am now,
as I, thus lost, am always by your absence.

Source: Poetry (March 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2008
 H. L. Hix

Biography

Poet H.L. Hix was born in Oklahoma and raised in the south. He earned his BA from Belmont College and PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas. His collections of poetry include Perfect Hell (1996), Rational Numbers (2000), Surely as Birds Fly (2002), Shadows of Houses (2005), Chromatic (2006), God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007), Legible Heavens (2009), Incident Light (2009), First Fire, Then Birds: . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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