Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, John

John Hollander was born today in New York City in 1929. He is currently the Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale, and still writing (his most recent collection, A Draft of Light, was published last year).


Sent on a Sheet of Paper with a Heart Shape Cut Out of the Middle of It

Empty, or broken-hearted? Where
A full heart spoke once, now a strong
Outline is the most I dare:
A window opening onto fair
Meadows of hopefulness, or long
Silence where there once was song,
Waves of remembrance in the darkening air.

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