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Sei allem Abschied voran: half


a line from Rilke’s Die Sonette
an Orpheus as my motto,


I rehearsed my elegiac art
(“be in advance of all parting”)


and won, I thought, with each song deeper,
until I stood before the keeper


in whom I’ve come to recognize myself.


Source: Poetry (July/August 2011)

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