Summer 1998 • Vol. XX No. 3/4 Kenyon Review ClassicsJuly 1, 1998 |

The Cities’ Summer Death

From THE KENYON REVIEW, WINTER 1939 The summer hospital enframes In its fashionable windows Boats brow-beaten by varnished storms And curbed-off grass where no cows browse. Grandfather feathery as thought Furls his flurried wrapper and floats Off his adjustable bed Wafted on somnolent swan-boats. Cancer ossifies his features, The starved skeleton shows its teeth, Flamingo crackling embroiders Italian bones with shameless froth. But the honking untainted swans Float over the deathly stream And the aghast oarsman of Charon's Ferry raise their skeleton rhythm. 

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