• Blank Page Gets to Work

    Glyn Maxwell

    Spring 2018

    May I say that when you’re gone
    I get to work.
            I got to work
    just then.
            Back then,
    the second you were done,
    were done with me,
            done using me,
    your page.
            Your page
    pressed on alone and when
    your back was turned
            on it it turned
    and look:
            you’re back,
    having some second crack
    at anything
            while nothing
            Which is
    all it’s all about.
    And which is me.
            Watch me
    when you’re done.
            You’re done.

    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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