“Mediterranean”

“Exile and refugee, we land, we take

nothing negotiable out of the new world;

we believe, we remember, we saw.

Mediterranean gave

image and pace, tideless for memory.

 

For that beginning

make of us each

a continent and inner sea

Atlantis buried outside

to be won.”

—Muriel Rukeyser, the last lines from “Mediterranean” (1937)

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