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Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto's latest book of poems is Letters to Borges just out from Copper Canyon Press. He teaches at Syracuse University where he directs the Renée Crown Honors Program.

True Weather

Incompetencies fly like winter crows—
Slanted shadows fall early, season

of rain-to-snow, the telephone rings
with wrong numbers, calls for dead men,

I swear it's true—crows on the electric line
huddle and perform a ragged dance.

Sometimes I see the boys
of the playground, Helsinki, '59,

all of us living in a nameless world,
a gold background to our play—

really, the evident sky was all one star.

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