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Near a shrine in Japan he'd swept the path
and then placed camellia blossoms there.

Or — we had no way of knowing — he'd swept the path
between fallen camellias.

—Carol Snow

From For, 2000
University of California Press, Berkeley, Calif.

Copyright 2000 by the Regents of the University of California.
All rights reserved.

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About the Poet

Carol Snow is a poet and author of six poetry collections, including Placed: Karesansui Poems (Counterpath Press, 2008).