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  • Steve Toth
    TOMBEAU When a poet dies something must be done with the physical body but the true tomb or tombeau of a poet is constructed by other poets The words of the
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      TOMBEAU

      When a poet dies
      something must be done
      with the physical body but the
      true tomb or tombeau of a poet
      is constructed by other poets
      The words of the living
      bearing the weight line by line
      of carrying the dead poet home

      The dead poet silently
      calls out for tribute
      but the living must be
      true to themselves & their visions
      The truest criticisms
      are in what you take with you
      & in what you use later
      to make it look easy

      There are many approaches including
      an expression of gratitude & praise
      such as Mallarme on Poe
      or even the continuation
      of a contentious disagreement
      like Auden on Yeats
      Gautier's volume was completed
      with the help of 83 contributors

      Every tombeau is a collaboration
      between two strong voices
      both a destroyer & a preserver
      The interests of the dead & living
      are not likely to coincide
      The history of poetry
      is littered with such choices
      using one word over another

      Steve Toth
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