Last Poem

By Ronald Johnson 1935–1998 Ronald Johnson
shambles this way
antipodean being
come full circle
sparks in darkness
lightning’s eternal return
flipped the ecliptic

Ronald Johnson, “Last Poem,” from The Shrubberies, published in 2001 by Flood Editions. Reprinted by permission of the Literary Estate of Ronald Johnson.

Source: The Shrubberies (Flood Editions, 2001)

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Poet Ronald Johnson 1935–1998

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Living

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Ronald Johnson was a Kansas native who lived most of his adult life in San Francisco. He told Contemporary Authors: "I have spent the last twenty years writing a long poem titled ARK, which was completed in 1991. The work consists of three books, each of thirty-three sections: titled The Foundations, The Spires, and The Ramparts. Rather than being based on literary sources (as the early The Book of the Green Man was based on . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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