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What was given came without
the usual reasons—the earth

that day having completed
no meaningful circuit of the sun.

The giving should have been cause enough
for surprise, or that hidden beneath

patterned folds of wrap, within
a box large as any man's bewilderment,

waited some unknown thing, purchased
after long labor. How undeserved,

that unreciprocated moment,
when all the twisted paths

they'd walked together and alone,
seemed to brighten at the first tug

on the bow, the paper hinging out
like doors, the lid ready to come undone

as one stood there, still
too frightened to peer inside.

Richard Foerster was born in the Bronx, New York, and attended Fordham University and the University of Virginia. He is the author of four collections, Sudden Harbor and Patterns of Descent (both published by Orchises Press); Trillium (BOA Editions, 1998), which received Honorable Mention for the 2000 Poets' Prize; and Double Going, which BOA will bring out in January 2002. Other honors include the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and the 2000/2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, and as the editor of the literary magazine Chelsea. He currently lives in York Beach, Maine.

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