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(30 April 1888 - 3 July 1974 / Pulaski Tennessee)

Dead Boy

The little cousin is dead, by foul subtraction,
A green bough from Virginia's aged tree,
And none of the county kin like the transaction,
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  • Christopher White (4/18/2005 12:53:00 AM)

    This poem is Ransom at his clever best. Too often Ransom seems to verge on collapsing under the weight of his own importance. But I think he pulls off some effective effects here without seeming to be too enamored of his own sleights of hand.

    -chrispoet@netscape.net

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