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More on poetry from The Atlantic Monthly.
The Atlantic Monthly | September 2001
Hear Christian Wiman read this poem (in RealAudio)
by Christian Wiman
A shadow in the shape of a house
slides out of a house
and loses its shape on the lawn.
Trees seek each other
as the wind within them dies.
Darkness starts inside of things
but keeps on going when the things are gone.
Barefoot careless in the farthest parts of the yard
children become their cries.
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The Atlantic Monthly; September 2001; Darkness Starts; Volume 288, No. 2; 114.