Please Come Flying

Lucie I’m flying south to you
…….. Through winter on a train
You beat the summer one last time
My body takes me where I go

Bearing my thousand single love for
…….. You….. now that you can’t hear me
Quietly….. to the cemetery
The long train knocks….. the long train shivers

Beneath the weight….. I shiver most
…….. Beside me….. fast rain fills the
Window….. displacing as it spills a-
cross the glass….. light….. I staring west

Mistake light leaving for light dying
…….. Lucie as the light flies
Sparkling from the glass….. back to the sky
In raindrops flying….. that fall back flying

Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae’s most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Gilded Auction Block, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Later this year, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will release an expanded edition of his first book, Mule, with an introduction by Victoria Chang. McCrae has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
Shane McCrae

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Author: Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae’s most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Gilded Auction Block, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Later this year, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will release an expanded edition of his first book, Mule, with an introduction by Victoria Chang. McCrae has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.