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Late Bloomers by Duy Huynh, painting of a woman with flowers growing from her body

Duy Huynh

I would like to be laid to rest in a big tomb topped by a stone figure of an angel, who appears to have landed there in order to sob forevermore, her face buried in her bent arm, one folded wing hanging by her side. Then, whenever I found the time to visit my own grave, after approaching with slow, respectful steps, I would place around her rough neck the garland of wildflowers that I knitted, then run back to the car, laughing and immortal! …

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American poet, Billy Collins is the author of Sailing Alone Around the Room (2001), Nine Horses: Poems (2002), The Trouble...

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