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Poem of the Week: “The Escape” by James Laughlin

The world is too much with us
let’s float away from it   I

don’t mean death (which may
be an illusion) but an écarte-

ment (a separation) a ver-
fremdung (an estrangement)

we shall agree to withdraw
not into the great nothing-

ness as a Buddhist might do
but into each other (your

being would set my limits &
mine yours) can we try to be-

come invisible except to our-
selves and learn a language

that only we need understand?



The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: (517) 884-1932

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