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—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)

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  • 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), Sky Burial (2011), and Banana Palace (2016). 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 Theatre also won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. The New Yorker commented that “Sky Burial brings a wealth of ritual and lore from various strains of Buddhism, as well as Mesoamerican and other spiritual traditions…the intensity and seriousness and openness of her investigations make [Dana] Levin’s use of this material utterly her own, and utterly riveting.”
    Levin’s free-verse, image-driven poems grapple with the legacies of...

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