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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Paul Doty


Flu Season

Influenza this year is a snow storm blowing through storm windows
chills shake like I'm riding surreptitiously in an Airstream trailer
behind a red Studebaker Rambler slowly going over Route 2 weak
with frost heaves north of North Hero. Overmuch with myself from
sneezing I am reading Yvor Winters and want to proclaim the
man a Romantic-there is Byron in his clarity, Wordsworth in his eye.
Wrapped in his California he'd hate that, write briefly about it,
and California classicist thick sour and convincing mend where
time won't-good advice is bad habits spiked and sweated,
have I taken Winters medicine?