Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LISTEN HARD, by JAMES GALVIN

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First Line: Enough and you can hear
Last Line: Listen to the sound of the book when it closes
Subject(s): Books; Sound; Reading

Enough and you can hear
The small breakages occurring.
That's what all sounds are:
Small sounds, small things breaking;
Big sounds, big things breaking.

Think of a drop of water
Flung from the grindstone.
It's always day, it's always night.
No such thing as tomorrow.

There's a match going out.
There's paying for privilege.
There's harm's way,

It's all the same day.
Sunlight drools on the grass.
An air of faded intimacy.

Listen to the sound of the pages turning.
Listen to the sound of the book when it closes.

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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