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By Irving Feldman

Some things catch the light

A moment, or more, some

It passes by. Here and there

Men appear, blind, illuminated,

In a city somewhere, say,

Receiving light like a grace

One certain day. In darkness

Disappear. Blessed is sight, blest

That here and there, beyond

The fabling mind, its failings

In the dark, men appear

Before they go away.

IRVING FELDMAN will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. ?Tuesday at the Niagara Frontier Center of SUNY Empire State College, 2875 Union Road in Cheektowaga. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University at Buffalo, where he taught from 1964 to 2004, he is the author of 11 full-length collections of poetry, for which he has received numerous literary awards, including a 1992 MacArthur Fellowship. This poem is from his second book, "The Pripet Marshes" (Viking Press, 1961).