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crossings What would the water have been without these indelible stains— slaves heaving dead slaves overboard while the ship cleaves its cargo to port; and north of that middle course this other, likewise riding west: refugees, brutalized, abandoned, bones gnawed by the dogs of famine? Each changes the habit of mind out of its distance, unheard, until what’s made returns to emend what it is, and its origins. The sea from its luminous east churns in the length of its chains. This ocean bears more than stars on the cold aesthetics of the waves. ...


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  • National characteristics, Irish, in literature.
  • Irish Americans in literature.
  • American poetry -- Irish American authors -- History and criticism.
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