Mark Strand

Mark Strand Selected Poems are published in Britain by Carcanet. A new collection will be published in the US in May.

Poem: ‘The View’

Mark Strand, 16 October 1997

For Derek Walcott

This is the place. The chairs are white. The table shines. The person sitting there stares at the waxen glow. The wind moves the air around, repeatedly, As if to clear a space. ‘A space for me,’ he thinks. He’s always been drawn to the weather of leavetaking, Arranging itself so that grief – even the most intimate – Might be read from a...

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