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Push on it again,
that point of light.

What do you think
light is?

What is anything?


If you aren’t telling kids
how to live

in a world
you can’t imagine,

what are you doing?

Telling God
about fall’s
claret-colored leaves.


Touch me
like you do the foliage!



Rae Armantrout’s most recent book is Finalists (Wesleyan). Versed (Wesleyan) won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She currently judges the Yale Younger Poets Award.




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