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This poem is taken from PN Review 118, Volume 24 Number 2, November - December 1997.

Klee's Angels Edward Lucie-Smith

I. Angel in the Making

How does one make an angel?
See, on the paper, how the lines assemble.
Not quite meeting, not quite making
the form that gives being.
Or is it not so simple?
Does one see here
something impossible,
an immortal dissolving,
becoming nothing?

How hard it is
to bring the lines together
when one knows
(when one suspects)
the angel being made
is the shape of one's own dying.


II. Angel Still Groping

It stirs about
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