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Analysis

(4) Base Camp

Although Mark Strand loves small words and short lines, "Keeping Things Whole" offers up pretty deep philosophical ideas about identity, wholeness, and fragmentation. It's a quick hike through this poem, but what feels like a straight line to the top can easily become a maze of reflection and philosophical investigation that goes much deeper than the surface suggests. Enjoy the journey, and don't take a single word for granted.

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