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Richard Wilbur, arguably one of the greatest living master of English poetic forms, turned 86 on March 1. Typophile, arguably the greatest living forum on the forms of the language, also very recently marked a birthday. To celebrate, then, here is a typographic consideration from Wilbur:
by Richard Wilbur
A slopeshouldered shape from scurrying burdens
Backward and forth, or perhaps a lyre
Or a clef wrung wry in tuning untunable tones
Or a knot for tugging an out-of-hand.
Vine to the trellis in clerical gardens:
Sweetness & light, ice & fire,
Nature & art have dissocketed all your bones,
Porter, poor pander ampersand.