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Old 2009-01-30, 01:04   #1
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Default R.I.P. John Updike

As many of you will likely have already heard, American author John Updike died on Tuesday. One of his last poems - whose cadence seems to echo Robert Frost's classic Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening - was printed by the New York Times today in its Op-Ed section:

John Updike | Requiem

Published: January 28, 2009

It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
“Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!”

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
“I thought he died a while ago.”

For life’s a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.


This poem is taken from John Updike’s forthcoming collection, “Endpoint and Other Poems.”
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Old 2009-01-30, 22:46   #2
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Thanks for that Ernst. Saw it on the news Wednesday and surprised it didn't register much in the papers. Perhaps tomorrow's commie rag will carry a long obit.

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