all
wrong
            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered   
with the gurry of it) where
shall we go from here, what can we do
when even the public conveyances
sing?
          how can we go anywhere,
even cross-town
                         how get out of anywhere (the bodies   
all buried
in shallow graves?

  • Charles Olson, “The Songs of Maximus: ‘Song 2’ ” from The Maximus Poems, published by the University of California Press. Copyright © 1983 by Charles Olson. Reprinted with the permission of The Literary Estate of Charles Olson.

  • Source: The Maximus Poems (University of California Press, 1987)

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"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
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