PHOENIX

Thomas Russell Wingate
May 2017

  

 

 

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When I was twenty-three, what launched me took words.

 

          I’m fond of cryptic messages and use no other kind.¹

 

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Pheonix

 

 

 

 

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Having reached three-score years and ten, I face you in a camera lucida in a library near the Jordan River. Despite infirmities of age, my creative strengths are growing.

 

In my lapel is a pewter infinity sign. Beside me, on white marble, is a phoenix² made from resin.

 

 

 

          NOTES

 

 

1 “Croatan” (1970) in Fallen Sparrows.

2 This is the Mediterranean phoenix, not the Far Eastern phoenix.

 


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