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I’d rather read an account
of a hidden
Carolina swamp where
the white heron breeds
the hunters reached only across
half sunken logs a place
difficult of access the females
building their nests
in the stifling heat the males
in their mating splendor
than to witness
finish reading here
–William Carlos Williams, Song first published in Harper’s, June, 1961.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”