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Thirty-Seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences by Jan Zwicky
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Mar 23, 11

bookshelves: 2011, poetry
Read in March, 2011

Jan Zwicky is that rarest of creatures: a poet, a philosopher, a musician. Each of these guises (the last through the musicality of language) manifests in her every work, along with nature, glorious self meeting the external, and this is no exception. Glad I finally picked it up. An example:

Night Song

The sky turns its dark head
and the breezes fold themselves among the leaves.
Who is left?
The last thrush-song has soaked into the earth.

A little stream is here
unsleeping, and the small panes
of the window; foxes' toes,
the plump seed in its jacket, and the world

that glides away, full of fish and stars;
and us, in our night nests,
round as birds,
and the unlocked door.
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