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My Name (excerpt)

Mark Strand

and though I barely existed, I felt for an instant
that the vast star-clustered sky was mine, and I heard
my name as if for the first time, heard it the way
one hears the wind or the rain, but faint and far off
as though it belonged not to me but to the silence
from which it had come and to which it would go.

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"My Name" (excerpt) by Mark Strand from Man and Camel. Copyright © 2006 by Mark Strand. Reprinted with the permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.


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