“A Refusal to Mourn the Death by Fire of a Child in London,” poem by Dylan Thomas
This poem is an antidote to the “thoughts and prayers” mantra. It reminds me of Millay’s “Dirge Without Music” in that it challenges shopworn formulas of mourning. When I discovered it — lo many moons ago — I was captivated, first, by its syntax: Four sentences with their periods.
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