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Stevens

 

Wallace Stevens
1879-1955

"Men Made
Out Of Words"

 

What should we be without the sexual myth,
The human reverie or poem of death?

Castratos of moon-mash Life consists
Of propositions about life. The human

Reverie is a solitude in which
We compose these propositions, torn by dreams,

By the terrible incantations of defeats
And by the fear that defeats and dreams are one.

The whole race is a poet that writes down
The eccentric propositions of its fate.

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