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Winfield Townley Scott

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Winfield Townley Scott, born in 1910, is the author of several books of poems, including Change of Weather (Doubleday, 1964), Collected Poems 1937–1962 (Macmillan, 1962), and Scrimshaw (Macmillan, 1959). He died on April 28, 1968.

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Outweighing all, heavy out of the souvenir bundle
The German bayonet: grooved steel socketed in its worn 
   wood handle,
Its detached and threatening silence.
Its gun-body lost, the great knife wrested to a personal 
   particular violence--
Now bared shamelessly for what it