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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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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”