The Dark Opens, chosen by Mark Doty
for the Autumn House Poetry Prize
Garrison Keillor reading
Interview with Jan Beatty
Arlington Poet Laureate


We go into dark and dark opens.
Boats tipped with light and moon on the water.
There is no difference between the tree and the shadow of the tree.
There is no space between light and the wave coming shoreward.
No break between the voice and the word.
There is no difference between your breath and your dear life.
There is no end of you.