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First Line: Changing figures. The dionysian child
Last Line: It is contrived it is actual it is a man
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


Changing figures The dionysian child
the woman in her assurances the old town
in its hallucinations spilled
like dominoes the mountain
and the void the moon and the sun whirled
from misthidden vale to vale and the day coiled
in the forest A word is like an ant
dragging a dead spider the meant
and the unmeant So upon ragged changing seas
the poem which is a ship
buoyed by its hollowness on the abstruse
coordinates of meaning carries the loop
of its horizon forever with it Scan
this circle vanishing across the deep
It is contrived it is actual it is a man.


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