Summer 1963 • Vol. XXV No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1963 |

Theatro Amazonas (Manaos)

Turner Cassity THEATRO AMAZONAS (Manaos) Mosaic sidewalks phase the downcast vision, And where it lifts, the solid dome has pulse- As if that afterimage, wholly motion, Unfettered structure from the space it fills; As if the silent house, its lush imprudence, Where image only: focus, in pure void, Of such bent rays as cultures in decadence Fan outward to excite the dark they dread. Extreme response bright in the heart of darkness, Its awkward, beaux arts force unworn by years,515 The ornate folly conjures, all uniqueness, Its belle epoque of rubber millionaires. Is it illusion that, to caned seat bottoms, A sweating Bernhardt droned the chill Racine? Illusion too, that ferried here as totems, European singers, undivine, Unvaccinated, died of yellow fever? Or have mirage and structure one live base: Mute caryatids on whom rest forever Art, folly, wealth, and the clear insights of ease; Who, bearing still each headstone of their burden, Solicit drop by drop the sticky trees; Who know,

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