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First Line: They sit silently in the dark
Last Line: William dean howells swim / in the grand canal
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Memory; Venice, Italy

Little places.

Corte Stella.
White sheets hanging
on clotheslines.
inside barred windows.
Broom propped against wall.

Rio de San Barnaba.
One half-sunken,
filled with snow.
On the other side, little boats --
sleeping birds.
Their bodies reflected
upside down in the water.

Rio Terra dei Catecumeni.
Windows covered
with a profusion of blooming vines.
Winter sunlight
in spring.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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