Orpheus Posthumous

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Matthew Buckley Smith

Orpheus Posthumous


      —After A. E. Stallings

                 The second time he went
      Down to the silt and silence of that other place,
                 He couldn’t recall the world
      He’d left above, or the way he’d died, or his dead wife’s face,
                 Or any element
      Of life as known to those still cluttering the surface.
                 So, nameless and unlaureled,
      He met the veteran dead and learned the . . .
      . . . . . . .
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