New Selected Poems

By Philip Levine

LIGHTS i've got obvious earlier than

The young children are off somewhere
and while I waken
I pay attention only
the buzz of current
in the TV
and the fridge

groaning opposed to the coming
day. I upward thrust and wash;
there is nothing
to ponder except
the insistent push
of water, and the pipe's

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