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"Want Song"

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Two musics washing over me, and morning asks,   
which loneliness comes closest to the inky
chromatics inside you?
How can I answer?   
The cricket in the tarantula’s cage
chirrs the next world.
Meanwhile, scraps of Chopin float
up the stairs on my wife’s trilling fingers
which played me whole
worlds ago, last night, when I was buried in we.
 
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Lance Larsen

Lance Larsen is an American poet. He currently serves as poet laureate of Utah. In 2007 he received the Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Want Song” from In All Their Animal Brilliance. Copyright © 2005 by Lance Larsen, University of Tampa Press.

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