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Walking to Martha's Vineyard


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"Walking to Marthas Vineyard"

And the ocean smells like lilacs in late August-how

is that.

The light there muted (silver) as remembered light.

Do you have any children?

No, lucky for them.

Bad things happen when you get hands, dolphin.

Can you tell us a little bit about your upbringing?

There is no down or up in space or in the womb.

If theyd stabbed me to death on the day I was born, it

would have been an act of mercy.

Like the light the last room, the windowless room at the

end, must look out on. Gold-tinged, blue

vapor trail breaking up now like the white line you see,

after driving all day, when your eyes close;

vapor trail breaking up now between huge clouds resembling

a kind of Mt. Rushmore of your parents faces.

And these untraveled windy back roads here-cotton

leaves blowing past me, in the long blue

horizontal light-

if I am on an island, how is it they go on forever.

This sky like an infinite tenderness, I have caught

glimpses of that, often, so often, and never yet have

I described it, I cant, somehow, I never will.

How is it that I didnt spend my whole life being happy, loving

other human beings faces.

And wave after wave, the ocean smells like lilacs in

late August.

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Wright, Franz
New York
American - General
Single Author / American
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1st ed.
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8.82x6.32x.53 in. .59 lbs.

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