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Summer in a Small Town

When the men leave me,
they leave me in a beautiful place.
It is always late summer.
When I think of them now,
I think of the place.
And being happy alone afterwards.
This time it’s Clinton, New York.
I swim in the public pool
at six when the other people
have gone home.
The sky is grey, the air hot.
I walk back across the mown lawn
loving the smell and the houses
so completely it leaves my heart empty.

—Linda Gregg

from Too Bright to See & Alma, 2002
Graywolf Press, St Paul, MN

Copyright 2002 by Linda Gregg.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press from Too Bright to See & Alma, 2002. Copyright 2002 by Linda Gregg. For further permissions information, contact Graywolf Press, 2402 University Ave. Ste. 203, St Paul, MN 55114.

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About the Poet

Linda Gregg (1942- ) is the author of a number of poetry collections, including All of it Singing: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2011). Born in New York, poet Linda Gregg was raised in Marin County, California. She received both a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University.

Learn more about Linda Gregg at The Poetry Foundation.