Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue


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What are the houses of the old?
Last vestibules we enter,
Small vastnesses. They smell of mold,
Of camphor, and of must,
And of necessity, their center
Cannot hold.
Moth-eaten are their rooms
Where merely breathing dooms
Us to incorporating dust,
And to the anterooms that take us in.
Penultimately cold,
We wait there to begin.

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Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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Books, Arts & Manners


The Gonzo Files

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The Week

The Week

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While other institutions practicing Harvard’s brand of diversity and inclusion must worry about the costs of wokeness, Harvard has the resources and the prestige to bear them.