Two Poems

To a New Chair


The room is ready for you, dear.
I’ve cleared everything out,
Whatever is left is yours.

From now on, I’m beside the point.
As long as I sit still,
Your wings will carry me far.







What I have found is
Nothing suffices as much
As a single crumb.




A Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Phillis Levin has published five poetry collections. Her latest, Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2016), was a finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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