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Beats In Kansas: The Beat Generation in the Heartland

Memory, with heartsluck dripping at the root

the locked man

by Alan Russo, 1960
Wichita, Kansas

Memory, with heartsluck dripping at the root.
The paths lead back through time—
that doubted woods is there—
and the tree with the carving,
and a vulture sitting on the highest branch. . .
The sepulchre of the heart's desire
ruled by the dumbfound scepter of loss.
Now all is far and hidden from your sight.
Turn dimly, abashed,
and scrape the emptying yards of withdrawal
with your slackening ken.

Originally printed by Charley Plymell. © 1960 Alan Russo; Page © 2011 George Laughead
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