Summer 1958 • Vol. XX No. 3 Poetry |

The Sequel

First love is first death. There is no other. There is no death. But all men live forever And die forever. If this were not true, We would be more deceived, still more deceived Than this belief deceiving us, whether or not We think that we believe or we think Those who believed are deceived. But to believe That death is the sweet asylum of nothingness Is the cruel sick dream of the criminal and the suicide: Of those who deny reality, of those who steal from consciousness, Of those who are often fugitive, of those who are afraid to live, Of those who are terrified by love, of those who try—   before they try to die—to disappear and hide.

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In 1959, Delmore Schwartz became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. Three years later, he was teaching at Syracuse University when KR published a selection of new poems.

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