Elizabeth Bishop - Late Air

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Elizabeth Bishop reads her poem Late Air

Late Air
by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

From a magician's midnight sleeve
the radio-singers
distribute all their love-songs
over the dew-wet lawns.
And like a fortune-teller's
their marrow-piercing guesses are whatever you believe.

But on the Navy Yard aerial I find
better witnesses
for love on summer nights.
Five remote red lights
keep their nests there; Phoenixes
burning quietly, where the dew cannot climb.

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