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LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW (Excerpt)
by Denis Johnson

Looking out our astounding
clear windows before evening, 
It is almost as if
the world were blue
with some lubricant,
it shines so.

…Read “Looking Out the Window” by Denis Johnson in its entirety at poetryfoundation.org. The poem appears in The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New, Copyright © 1995 by Denis Johnson. Find the book at Amazon.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Born in 1949, Denis Johnson’s first collection of poetry, The Man Among the Seals (Stone Wall Press, 1969), was published when he was 20.  His other poetry collections include Inner Weather (Graywolf, 1976), The Incognito Lounge (Random House, 1982), and The Veil (Knopf, 1985). He is also the author of many novels, including Angels (Knopf, 1983) as well as the renowned story collection Jesus’ Son (Harper Perennial, 1992). Johnson’s most recent book of poetry is The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New (Harper Perennial, 1995). Johnson’s honors include the National Book award, Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, National Poetry Series, and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review. (Read more at poetryfoundation.org.)

Photo: “Looking out the dining room window” by Kevin Green, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.