Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryFebruary 24, 2023 |

In Memoriam, In Advance

Haud muto factum There was the taste, bitter, hanging in the air like the memory of invasion. The dry rushes rattled, the moon almost transparent in daylight. Cut in sand, our names fed on emptiness like the margins of a letter. Alexander charged the elephants on the shores of the Hydaspes, crossing under cover of storm, the enemy chariots fouled in mud. Such has been called victory. One foot on the advancing tide chills the approach of winter. The ashes might as well be scattered there as anywhere.

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William Logan’s most recent book of poetry is Rift of Light (Penguin, 2017); his most recent book of criticism, Broken Ground: Poetry and the Demon of History (Columbia University Press, 2021). He teaches at the University of Florida.

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