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X.J. Kennedy Mourns the Death of Lonesome George

By Harriet Staff

“Lonesome George,” the last remaining giant tortoise of his subspecies, died last Sunday. X.J. Kennedy, who visited Lonesome George during a trip to the Galápagos Islands in 2011, made the tortoise the subject of a recently-published poem in The Atlantic. Yesterday, the magazine posted a few words from Kennedy in memory of the ancient reptile:

With the news of George’s death, Kennedy said he feels “a sense of personal loss.” He also feels a connection to the now-extinct tortoise. “As a writer given to the old formalities of rhyme and meter, I sometimes feel endangered these days. But I’m glad that, unlike poor old George, whose line has come to a dead end, rhymed lines and printed books go on, in slightly better health.”

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.