“Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand (1934-2014)

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In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

“Keeping Things Whole” from Selected Poems by Mark Strand. Copyright © 1979, 1980.

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2 Responses to “Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand (1934-2014)

  1. nouvellesdechicago says:

    One of my favorite poems!

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