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FURTHER READING
Poems about Innocence
A List of Praises
by Anne Porter
A Prayer for my Daughter
by W. B. Yeats
Auguries of Innocence
by William Blake
Chansons Innocentes: I
by E. E. Cummings
Holy Innocents
by Christina Rossetti
Ontario
by Mark Levine
Part of Eve's Discussion
by Marie Howe
The Double Truth
by Chard deNiord
The Myth of Innocence
by Louise Glück
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Essay on Adam

 
by Robert Bringhurst

There are five possibilities. One: Adam fell.
Two: he was pushed. Three: he jumped. Four:
he only looked over the edge, and one look silenced him.
Five: nothing worth mentioning happened to Adam.

The first, that he fell, is too simple. The fourth,
fear, we have tried and found useless. The fifth,
nothing happened, is dull. The choice is between:
he jumped or was pushed. And the difference between these

is only an issue of whether the demons
work from the inside out or from the outside
in: the one
theological question.









From Selected Poems by Robert Bringhurst. Copyright © 2012 by Robert Bringhurst. Reprinted with permission of Copper Canyon Press. All rights reserved.
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