The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists

The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists

The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists

The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists

Excerpt

What shining phantom folds its wings before us?
What apparition, smiling yet remote?
Is this--so portly yet so lightly porous--
The old friend who went west and never wrote?
That somber prince of wits, oppressed by Evil,
Who made the rafters ring with insolent patter,
The floors quake with temblores of upheaval,
The windows rattle with the tumbrils' clatter?
--The same, but born anew and better dressed:
He has outsoared the shadow of our night;
We cannot clasp again the hand we pressed;
Our anxious tasks are senseless in his sight;
We cannot speak to him.

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