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David, by Earle Birney

One of my favourite poems. It seems to be so unknown :(

http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/david


Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/177044.html.

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wordsofastory
Sep. 19th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I've never read this before! Thank you for linking.

About ten years ago, I had a job that involved doing a ton of hiking around Nevada and Utah, and I really loved the descriptions in the opening stanzas. And then whoa – I did not see that ending coming.
silverflight8
Sep. 19th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
Always glad to make new fans of stuff I like! :)

Oh yes, I love the first bit for all the nature and mountain terms and setting! I actually read this in English (as a junior high school kid) in Alberta, so while I don't think I went to those mountains specifically and definitely not anything as dangerous as the Finger, it was neat.

That sounds like a neat job, what were you doing in Nevada and Utah? A dig, I'm guessing?
wordsofastory
Sep. 23rd, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
A dig, I'm guessing?
Yup! Well, actually a survey, which is where you walk all over hills and fields looking for sites for potential future digs.
silverflight8
Oct. 9th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh very cool!
littlerhymes
Sep. 19th, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
Welp, what a read. That was powerful.
silverflight8
Sep. 19th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
It definitely socks you with a punch at the end. I always walk into it enjoying the nature and then remembering just how much it takes you by surprise.
cloudsinvenice
Sep. 21st, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
Good heavens.

I got suspicious with the line about the goat, but then so much time and space elapsed while I waited for it to happen that I thought I was being overly morbid...

ETA: Perhaps not so unknown, though - I looked up the poet on Wikipedia, and apparently David has been widely taught in Canada. I'd imagine it's stuck in a lot of memories; it really is extraordinary...

Edited at 2016-09-21 03:07 am (UTC)
silverflight8
Oct. 9th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah in hindsight the goat part was significant but I did not notice at all! Even knowing it's coming it still packs a punch I think.

And indeed that is where I learned of it! :D
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