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RICHARD DIEBENKORN: Ocean Park, 24


Lovely you are, a shoulder, or a shirt

worn by a quietly irretrievable flirt



beside an open window. Bars hang at one end,

from which a practiced gymnast might dangle, or land.



—Stephen Burt




Stephen Burt teaches literature at Macalester College. His book of poems is Popular Music;
his study of Randall Jarrell will appear in late 2002.

Originally published in the February/March 2002 issue of Boston Review


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