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keeping things whole - mark strand

Poems are like people. And this one is a really really close friend. When i first met Mark Strand's beautiful little child "keeping things whole", i remember turning beetroot pink. No, i thought, it can't be. Imagine meeting another person who's just like you! As nervous, as tentative and vulnerable. It's like the first day of school, when that strange kid with glasses and unruly hair comes up to you and grins sheepishly, and in that instant, when you look up and return the nervous smile, you know that you've found a friend. "Keeping things whole" keeps in touch, and is always around, reminding me about our "reasons for moving", reminding me of an approach to the world that is sensitive and liberated at the same time.



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