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Her Last Year.

for Marina Tsvetaeva
 Rest your mouth. Rest your music. Rest your walking around.
Sit down. Drink. Eat.
 With my eyes, I see you eat stones. I see you eat bones. You eat mud.
You eat the light.
I don't recognize anything.
Not a sign, a cut, a knife, a dark wood, a net.
I recognize everything.
The sign, the cut, the knife, the dark wood, the net. 

JEAN VALENTINE'S most recent book is Break the Glass, published by Copper Canyon. She also co-translated, with Ilya Kaminsky, a small collection of poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, Dark Elderberry Branch, published by Alice James Books.
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Title Annotation:three poems
Author:Valentine, Jean
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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