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  • Poem of the Day: February Evening in New York
    As the stores close, a winter light
        opens air to iris blue,
        glint of frost through the smoke
        grains of mica, salt of the sidewalk.
    As the buildings close, released autonomous   
        feet pattern the streets
        in hurry and stroll; balloon heads
        drift and dive above them; the bodies   
        aren't really there.
    As the lights brighten, as the sky darkens,
        a woman with crooked heels says to another woman   
        while they step along at a fair pace,
        "You know, I'm telling you, what I love best   
        is life. I love life! Even if I ever get
        to be old and wheezy—or limp! You know?   
        Limping along?—I'd still ... " Out of hearing.   
    To the multiple disordered tones
        of gears changing, a dance
        to the compass points, out, four-way river.   
        Prospect of sky
        wedged into avenues, left at the ends of streets,   
        west sky, east sky: more life tonight! A range   
        of open time at winter's outskirts.

    Denise Levertov, “February Evening in New York” from Collected Earlier Poems 1940-1960. Copyright © 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1979 by Denise Levertov. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation,

    Source: Collected Earlier Poems 1940-1960(New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1979)

    Denise Levertov

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