1 thought on “The Phoenix and the Tortoise

  1. Published in 1944, The Phoenix and the Tortoise contains a number of poems that directly or indirectly articulate the anxiety that surrounded the Second World WarSeptember, nineteen thirty-nine.This is the last trip in the mountainsThis autumn, possibly the last trip ever.The storm clouds rise up the mountainside,Lightning batters the pinnacles above me,The clouds beneath the pass are purpleAnd I see rising through them from the valleysAnd cities a cold, murderous flood,Spreading over the world, [...]

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