Winter 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Poetry |

Hosting an Idol

     His status reversed   overnight, from traitor on death row to populist    hero-both roles illusory and deranged—Senator Winston,      just three months    out of prison, kept to the sidelines of life;      but he found himself  playing host, if passively, to a bloomin' galaxy of heads      of state from three continents…     also a handful of writers and artists. His heart rose, finally,      at the prospect        of stewarding    an idol, great favorite author of his school days,    V. S. Naipaul, whose rep as "chillingly aloof' preceded him.      On first meeting,    Wyn found him magnetic, as if a great ball      of luminous energy   surrounded his person, and swept everything he touched,      everyone he met, helplessly,    into its field. And in the weeks of Naipaul's visit that ensued,      Wyn often

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Laurence Lieberman's recent books include Flight from the Mother Stone (University of Arkansas Press, 2000), The Regatta in the Skies: Selected Long Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1999), Compass of the Dying (University of Arkansas Press, 1998) and Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets (University of Missouri Press, 1995).

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