Glyn Maxwell

Spring 2018

When you’re
                not here
and leaving blank the page
would say so better than these moans of waking,

before I
                know my
self as stuff at all,
when nothing has transpired, or could, or will

then I’m some
fumbling in a wood
made for god-knows-what beyond the word

I have
                for Eve—
the word I have for Eve
is rising to its place—the word I have

is going
                without saying—
now more than sunlight dawns
and more than everywhere and more than finds


Glyn Maxwell’s recent books of poetry include Pluto and One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems. He lived in Massachusetts and New York between 1995 and 2006, and was poetry editor at the New Republic from 2002 to 2007. He now lives in London and teaches at The Poetry School.

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