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  • Poem of the Day: The Fist
    The fist clenched round my heart
    loosens a little, and I gasp
    brightness; but it tightens
    again. When have I ever not loved
    the pain of love? But this has moved

    past love to mania. This has the strong
    clench of the madman, this is
    gripping the ledge of unreason, before
    plunging howling into the abyss.

    Hold hard then, heart. This way at least you live.

    Derek Walcott, "The Fist" from Collected Poems: 1948-1984. Copyright © 1986 by Derek Walcott. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, www.fsgbooks.com. All rights reserved.

    Caution: Users are warned that this work is protected under copyright laws and downloading is strictly prohibited. The right to reproduce or transfer the work via any medium must be secured with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

    Source: Collected Poems 1948-1984(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986)

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