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This poem is taken from PN Review 142, Volume 28 Number 2, November - December 2001.

from 'Eight + Six' Ken Edwards


One is to become
The other - it never happened
A third - relatively minor
And after all, the last
It did not change my life
From east to west still seeking though he went
Suppose that it, or they, can, will & did or do
Then all would be - otherwise
            If not now when
            If not when, then
            If not, well then
            But why not now?

Black Dog

He steps through the door. The emblems
are on his forehead, the molecules of sadness
in his mouth. I heard laughing & thunder
in the night before he arrived.

How sharply I feel the bite, how quickly
how trembling I make my way over to you
across the long prairie bed, in the

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