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The Heavy Light of Shifting Stars (excerpt)

Michael Collier

The huge magnanimous stars are many things.
At night we lower the window shades
to mute the sparkling circuitry of the universe;
at day the sun's clear mist, like beautiful
cabinetry, shrouds the workings of the sky.

The huge magnanimous stars are many things.
We look to the sky and ask, What has changed?
Everything. But nothing we can see, and our seeing
changes nothing, until we move, and moving
we become the light of our atoms moving.

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"The Heavy Light of Shifting Stars" (excerpt) from The Folded Heart by Michael Collier. Copyright © 1989 by Michael Collier. Reprinted with the permission of Wesleyan University Press.


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