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By Celia White

O poem,

infinite at word

one, a breath unifying


until it is done

A book,

infinite on page one,

so soon begun,

and ended,

brief after all

that eternity

and life --

ever expanding

or shrinking

never known

until breath blows out

CELIA WHITE is the principal organizer and host of Urban Epiphany, a marathon poetry reading in celebration of Buffalo's diverse literary community in conjunction with National Poetry Month, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. She is head of cataloging and library instruction at the Montante Family Library, D'Youville College, and author of "Letter," a collection of poems published by Ambient Press in 2007.