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Maggie Dietz

Maggie Dietz

Maggie Dietz’s book of poems Perennial Fall (University of Chicago Press) won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. For many years she directed the Favorite Poem Project, and is coeditor of three anthologies related to the project: Americans' Favorite Poems, Poems to Read and An Invitation to Poetry (all published by W.W. Norton & Co.). She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Anniversary


Love, how this has lasted makes me ache.
Year by year my unease deepens and today
The waves are high as houses.

Our bodies won't outlast our books or the wooden
Shelves that hold them. Nothing mortal holds.
The little life we built  

Around us bends in the wind, slants like a boat
Already taking water. Here we are
In the hold together.

Stay with me until the bow breaks—it will
Hold out a while longer. I'll sail its shell
To Lethe later. Love,

Pretend with me we'll meet up there.

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