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by Dana Stevens

Return to "Fan Letters," a poetry anthology, in the January, 1999, issue.

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for Buster Keaton

Ever wester
ever faster
Buster, hasten
your disaster.

Film is falling,
time a twister,
sound unfurling
her nor'easter.

Scale the mast
and list to keening.

Buster, listen:
are you dreaming?

Are you falling?
Are you flying?
Buster, cinema
is dying.

Not a whisper.
Never laughter.
Buster, thank you
for disaster.

Dana Stevens is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley.

Copyright © 1999 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; January 1999; Fall; Volume 283, No. 1; page 57.

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