We were twenty for such a short time, and always in the wrong clothes

The line above is from Philip Levine's poem "You Can Have It."  The first time I read that poem, it stopped me in my tracks. I was twenty, or thereabouts, and I definitely felt I was wearing the wrong clothes. To write like that, I don't know--it seemed impossible. It seemed like genius. Emily Dickinson said that a good poem made her feel as if the top of her head were taken off. Sounds so odd, but I know exactly what she meant. Levine died on Valentine's Day. He wrote so many poems that took the top of my head off. I wish I could thank him.

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