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Rachel Wetzsteon


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in New York, New York, The United States
November 25, 1967

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Rachel Todd Wetzsteon (1967 - December 24/25?, 2009) was an American poet. Her work appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Village Voice. She was poetry editor of The New Republic.

She took her own life on Christmas day or Eve, 2009.

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More books by Rachel Wetzsteon…
“The park admits the wind,
the petals lift and scatter

like versions of myself I was on the verge
of becoming; and ten years on

and ten blocks down I still can’t tell
whether this dispersal resembles

a fist unclenching or waving goodbye.”
Rachel Wetzsteon, Sakura Park: Poems

“A girl can dream, can realize, high
on heroines, that she is mortal
and therefore fearless; that sanity
supplies the ground bass to the wildest singing;
that breezes made visible make the finest winds.”
Rachel Wetzsteon, Sakura Park: Poems

“Cloud, be my messenger. Soak up the pool outside my window and carry it over fences and forests to the sorrowful house where my loved one waits. You will recognize it by the candle burning in the window. Do not delay! Those other puddles will muddy the message, keep you from getting there fast. Carry, cloud, my love exclusively, over the millions of lifeless clouds, under a guiding invisible hand.

from section VI of “Parables of Flight”
Rachel Wetzsteon, The Other Stars

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