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The Polar Explorer's Love Song

Bill Manhire


The Polar Explorer's Love Song

Bill Manhire


Poem introduction

I had the good fortune to visit Antarctica some years ago, and I wrote one or two poems down there. I imagined, for example, a polar explorer dying of hypothermia, and then it occurred to me that 'hypothermia' sounded like the name of a Greek goddess, so I wrote this poem.

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