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Monday, August 22, 2011

Impasse
BY AMANDA JERNIGAN

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.

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