David Berman
Self-Portrait At 28 by David Berman

Self-Portrait At 28 by David Berman

I know it's a bad titlebut I'm giving it to myself as a gifton a day nearly canceled by sunlightwhen the entire hill is approachingthe ideal of Virginiabrochured with goldenrod ...

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The Broken Mirror by David Berman

The Broken Mirror by David Berman

My life is almost over; that's a factStatistically derived but simply true;I look into the mirror, but it's cracked And so reflects two, three, or more, that lackCohesion. Which ...

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Oh Where by David Berman

Oh Where by David Berman

Where did you go, my dear, my day;Where, oh where, did you go?To market, to maker of market, to sayToo much of the little I know. Where did you go, my dear, my year;Why did you ...

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Imagining Defeat by David Berman

Imagining Defeat by David Berman

She woke me up at dawn,her suitcase like a little brown dog at her heels.I sat up and looked out the windowat the snow falling in the stand of blackjack trees.A bus ticket in her ...

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The Charm Of 5:30 by David Berman

The Charm Of 5:30 by David Berman

It's too nice a day to read a novel set in England.We're within inches of the perfect distance from the sun,the sky is blueberries and cream,and the wind is as warm as air from a ...

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Governors On Sominex by David Berman

Governors On Sominex by David Berman

It had been four days of no weatheras if nature had conceded its genius to the indoors.They'd closed down the Bureau of Sad Endingsand my wife sat on the couch and read the paper ...

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Snow by David Berman

Snow by David Berman

Walking through a field with my little brother SethI pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.For some reason, I told him that a troop of angelshad been shot and ...

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The Ultimate by David Berman

The Ultimate by David Berman

When dreams have turned to dust and dust to slime;When all you ever were or hoped to beAppears as no more than a jest of time,A foolish jest, a tasteless parody On some unlikely ...

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Catallus Cx – A Translation by David Berman

Catallus Cx – A Translation by David Berman

Alfie, honest mistresses are lauded;The presents they receive they earn, but you,Who lead me on with lies, leave me defrauded.My anti-mistress, brazen what you do;You keep my ...

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The Moon by David Berman

The Moon by David Berman

A web of sewer, pipe, and wire connects each house to the others.In 206 a dog sleeps by the stove where a small gas leak causes himto have visions; visions that are rooted in ...

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And The Others by David Berman

And The Others by David Berman

Some find The Light in literature;Others in fine art,And some persist in being sureThe Light shines in the heart. Some find The Light in alcohol;Some, in the sexual spark;Some ...

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Grace by David Berman

Grace by David Berman

As one who, reading late into the night,When overcome by sleep, turns off the lightAnd yields whatever he can sense by sight To what the gates of ivory or of hornWill send him, ...

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Coincidence by David Berman

Coincidence by David Berman

For Mildred Nash Coincidence. Perhaps coincidenceExplains it all. Why look far out, in deepFor mystical solutions to make senseOf how a dream disturbed more than my sleep—A ...

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End Of The Cruise by David Berman

End Of The Cruise by David Berman

Ready to disembark,We're mostly puff and grey.Who else can sail this ark?Who else afford such play? Our bags are overpackedProtruding like our flesh,The proof of nothing ...

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