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The Drunken Boat

Part one. Leading to it's creation
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“One must be strong, be born a poet. I recognize myself as a poet.” A.R. May 12,1871

I imagine

THE DRUNKEN BOAT

As I descended black, impassive Rivers,

I sensed that haulers were no longer guiding me:

Screaming Redskins took them for their targets.

Nailed nude to colored stakes: barbaric trees.

I was indifferent to all my crews;

I carried English cottons, Flemi…

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