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The Pattern

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As soon as   
I speak, I   
speaks. It

wants to   
be free but   
impassive lies

in the direction   
of its
words. Let

x equal x, x   
also
equals x. I

speak to   
hear myself   
speak? I

had not thought   
that some-
thing had such

undone. It   
was an idea   
of mine.

Robert Creeley, “The Pattern” from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975. Copyright © 1992 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of the University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu.
Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1945-1975 (University of California Press, 2006)

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