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"Occitan Reverb" is the title of a poem written by my dear friend and favorite poet, Rodney Koeneke. It was published in his latest book, Etruria. He has graciously allowed me to reprint the poem in its entirety:

The leaf swings: I don’t hold it
it’s on to other subjects
once new, now pushed by low sighs
whose melodies are easy
I see them move in bitter air
though sweet in place and season
its leaves
that soon will prosper
the bad will be over
the sweet will enter my heart
it will be sweet there
in turn for each pain

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