2007 Archive Literary Festival (Mar. 5 – Apr. 12, 2007)

Mark Strand
March 5, 2007
Thomas Reading Room, Lilly Library

Keeping Things Whole

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

Joan Didion
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons
“Writer Didion recounts tale of loss,” The Chronicle, 4/13/07

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