“A Man I Knew” by Kevin Hart
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A Man I Knew
There’s nothing that I really want: The stars tonight are rich and cold Above my house that vaguely broods Upon a path soon lost in dark. My dinner plate is chipped all round (It tells me that I’ve changed a lot); My glass is cracked all down one side (It shows there is a path for me). My hands—I rest my head on them. My eyes—I rest my mind on them. There’s nothing that I really need Before I set out on that path.
From Gettysburg Review
Volume 19, Number 3, Autumn 2006, page 470
Copyright 2007 by Kevin Hart.
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About the Poet
Kevin Hart is the author of 13 poetry collections, including Morning Knowledge (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).
Learn more about Kevin Hart at Poetry International Rotterdam.