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A Day on the Big Branch

Howard Nemerov


A Day on the Big Branch

Howard Nemerov


Poem introduction

Someone pointed out to me that this was a fine metaphor having to do with evolution, since we would be the big branch of that tree of life, such as you can see at the Smithsonian and other museums, here and there. I have as usual, a more more literal notion of what it was, that is the big branch is a stream, a trout stream in Vermont, where practically a quarter of the streams up and down the state seem to be called 'the big branch' of something, on their way somewhere else, this one is near Danby - it's quite the most handsome place I have ever seen, I think. And the poem concerns what happened, or didn't happen to some fictional characters of my acquaintance. It's called 'A Day on the Big Branch.'

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