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W. S. Merwin Broadside - "Returning Season" (Signed)

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A unique, beautiful print from the Academy's archive of broadsides. This letterpress print features the following poem by W. S. Merwin and is signed by the poet;

 

Returning Season
When the spring sun finds the village now it is empty
but from the beginning this was the afterlife
it was not so apparent a generation gone
these were still roofs under which the names were born
that came home winter evenings before all the wars to sleep
through freezing nights when the dogs curled low in the cow barns
and sheep nudged their rank clouds in the dark as one
now only wagons sleep there and stalled plows
and machine skeletons rusting around stopped notes
of far-off bells in cold longer than winter's
they will not be wanted again nor wake into any life
when the recesses from a better world begin
the year goes on turning and the barns remain without breath
and now after sundown a city bulb keeps an eye on the village
until past midnight but the owls sweep by the low eaves
and over black gardens in the light of finished stars
Designed and illustrated by Dean Bernstein at the Perpetua Press, May 1994. Measures 12 7/8"W x 9.25"L.
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