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What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature that explores experiences and ideas that spark the writing of new poems. In The Poems of Others, invited poets pay homage to the poems that led them to write. Each Monday’s delivery brings you the poem and an excerpt from the essay.
James Wright
“. . . we die of cold, and not of darkness.”—UnamunoThe American hero must triumph overThe forces of darkness.He has flown through the very light of heavenAnd come down in the slow duskOf Spain.Franco stands in a shining circle of police.His arms open in welcome.He promises all dark thingsWill be hunted down.State police yawn in the prisons.Antonio Machado follows the moonDown a road of white dust,To a cave of silent childrenUnder the Pyrenees.Wine darkens in stone jars in villages.Wine sleeps in the mouths of old men, it is a dark red color.Smiles glitter in Madrid.Eisenhower has touched hands with Franco, embracingIn a glare of photographers.Clean new bombers from America muffle their enginesAnd glide down now.Their wings shine in the searchlightsOf bare fields,In Spain.
from the book JAMES WRIGHT: COLLECTED POEMS / Wesleyan University Press
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