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- in memory of William Stafford


By Max Wickert

I'm blue and the whole world is blue.

All my life, on my motorcycle,

I've been speeding toward the vanishing

point of one desire.

All the lines

have been converging on that split

second in which I, losing control,

flip over and cry: "The sky! the sky!"

MAX WICKERT is a professor emeritus in English at the University at Buffalo and publisher of Outriders Poetry Press. He and Lisa Wiley will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Daemen College's Readings at the RIC Series at the Resource and Information Commons, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Wiley teaches English at ECC North.
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Poetry Submissions: Poems should be sent to R.D. Pohl, P.O. Box 641, Buffalo, N.Y. 14225.