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March 13, 2020


Thank you for posting this! After Ferlinghetti and Ginsburg, Perrine's SOUND AND SENSE was an entryway for me, and this poem blazed its way into me; I don't think I consciously remember any of the others in that textbook. I read this over and over my first year in college; I went to a land-grant college where ROTC was mandatory. At one point in my life, then, I could take apart and put back together an M-1 rifle blindfolded; we never saw an M-16, the weapon of choice in Vietnam, because they were meant for use, not instruction.

When was this written, anyone?

Reed wrote it during the second World War. Its first appearance in print was in 1942. -- DL

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