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Kwame Dawes Says Farewell to Sochi

By Harriet Staff


For the duration of the Olympic Games at Sochi this winter, Kwame Dawes’s Olympic Poetry has been a feature. Read his poem that says goodbye to the games at WSJ.

Throughout the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Guggenheim fellowship-winning poet Kwame Dawes wrote verses to capture the spirit of each day’s action.

In this final installment the poet considers silver medalist figure skater Yuna Kim, and the closing ceremonies.



And in the end,

for all the tears

the scandals

the national pride,

the canned narratives,

the myth of glory

all that remains

for this witness

is the poetry

of bodies risking

everything in them

to defy the yanking

pull of gravity—

the atrophy, the decay,

the sheer inevitability

of our deaths—and in this

defiance is the lasting

thing—the games, the holy

games of our splendid hubris.

Read on and continue celebrating at WSJ.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.