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RIP John Updike

by John Updike

I sometimes fear the younger generation
will be deprived
of the pleasures of hoeing;
there is no knowing
how many souls have been formed by this
simple exercise.

The dry earth like a great scab breaks,
moist-dark loam –the pea-root’s home,
a fertile wound perpetually healing.

How neatly the great weeds go under!
The blade chops the earth new.
Ignorant the wise boy who
has never rendered thus the world

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3 Responses to “RIP John Updike”

  1. John Updike’s conventional wisdom seems to have affected a lot of people — I see little quotes of his all over

  2. John Updike é o Balzac da classe média americana

  3. Have you seen the cool John Updike t-shirts? You can get your literary on…

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