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Teaching Blake

Before you go
a word further,
let me posit that
teaching Blake
requires a kind of
you may
want to avoid,

that is, unless
you’ve learned
enough detachment
from day-long conversations,
matching silences

—in rooms of
Virginia, Libya,
and Japan
where drapes
sofas and
where paintings

to suggest
with restraint,
of course,

that eleven o’clock
efforts, even
lifting a coffee mug,
a fax, a receiver,
a finger, are
of heaven
and hell,
acidic mysteries of
some concern.

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