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Robert Penn Warren

(April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989 / United States)

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  • ''Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure.''
    Robert Penn Warren (b. 1905), U.S. poet, novelist. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Aug. 25, 1980).
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Mortal Limit

I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over Wyoming.
It rose from coniferous darkness, past gray jags
Of mercilessness, past whiteness, into the gloaming
Of dream-spectral light above the lazy purity of snow-snags.

There--west--were the Tetons.Snow-peaks would soon be
In dark profile to break constellations.Beyond what height
Hangs now the black speck?Beyond what range will gold eyes see
New ranges rise to mark a last scrawl of light?

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