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By Dana Levin b. 1965 Dana Levin
—spring wind with its
             train of spoons,
kidney-bean shaped
             pools, Floridian
humus, cicadas with their
             electric appliance hum, cricket
pulse of dusk under
             the pixilate gold of the trees, fall’s
finish, snow’s white
             afterlife, death’s breath
finishing the monologue Phenomena, The Most Beautiful Girl you
             carved the word because you craved the world

Source: Poetry (September 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2012
 Dana  Levin


Poet Dana Levin grew up in California’s Mojave Desert and earned a BA from Pitzer College and an MA from New York University. Levin’s collections of poetry include In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), and Sky Burial (2011). Selecting Levin’s manuscript for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, Louise Glück praised the work as “sensuous, compassionate, violent, extravagant.” In the Surgical . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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