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IN THESE SHADOWS / Gerald Stern All that I know about the rose and the paper snowflake and the living goddess are in these shadows—the rose's limpness, the snowflake's fluorescence, the goddess' violent anger. AU that I ever learned is suddenly altered and all the cunning and pain is reduced to a dark image where the body falls. O sweetness, sweetness! I can walk the length of my dying maple; I can live again in its old arms; I can watch it reach out to the river, or stand like the first man for hours in the cold sun looking at the soft ice, sliding over the leaves, disappearing in the blue water. 22 · The Missouri Review ...


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