The crux of the matter: on the porch with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand.

The Night, The Porch
To stare at nothing is to learn by heart
What all of us will be swept into, and baring oneselfTo the wind is feeling the ungraspable somewhere close by.Trees can sway or be still. Day or night can be what they wish.What we desire, more than a season or weather, is the comfortOf being strangers, at least to ourselves. This is the cruxOf the matter, which is why even now we seem to be waitingFor something whose appearance would be its vanishing—The sound, say, of a few leaves falling, or just one leaf,Or less. There is no end to what we can learn. The book out thereTells us as much, and was never written with us in mind.

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Learn more about Mark Strand’s New Selected Poems and browse other titles by Mark Strand.
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The crux of the matter: on the porch with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand.

The Night, The Porch

To stare at nothing is to learn by heart

What all of us will be swept into, and baring oneself
To the wind is feeling the ungraspable somewhere close by.
Trees can sway or be still. Day or night can be what they wish.
What we desire, more than a season or weather, is the comfort
Of being strangers, at least to ourselves. This is the crux
Of the matter, which is why even now we seem to be waiting
For something whose appearance would be its vanishing—
The sound, say, of a few leaves falling, or just one leaf,
Or less. There is no end to what we can learn. The book out there
Tells us as much, and was never written with us in mind.

Download a printable version of the broadside of this poem here or by clicking the image at the top of the post

Learn more about Mark Strand’s New Selected Poems and browse other titles by Mark Strand.

To share the poem-a-day experience with friends, pass along this link »

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