INDEX Issue 8: “THERE WAS A MAN OF DOUBLE DEED” BY ANONYMOUS
Editor’s note, from Kristin Nelson: The poet Alice Oswald once said of “There was a man of double deed”: “This is a poem of poems, a simile of similes. The lines proceed by likeness, rather than cause and effect, as if they described a place with no temporal dimension, in which you can only approach death sideways, by rhyme and comparison. That is in fact what life looks like to the imagination….” Death, at last, returns only to itself – even as the final rhyme of the poem returns to the first.
You can hear Oswald reading this poem (in two senses) here. Selected, typeset, and printed by Kristin Nelson.
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