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Art is like the sleep
a mourner resorts to
on the first night without his beloved.
In the morning he must come back to the world
to empty the closet of her blouses and belts
and give them to strangers.

Yehoshua November is the author of two books of poetry, “God’s Optimism,” winner of the Main Street Rag Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and “Two Worlds Exist,” a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize.