Modeling on the Spanish Steps by Michael Berton

next to the Keats
Shelley museum of
literary manuscripts
bacchanalia memoirs
John’s death mask
and bandages Byron
wore through Italy
into a Greek uprising

history’s last stand
of warrior king poets
who once portrayed the persona
in a careless bravado
their breath on the page
attracted what
critics of leisure
have ruminated about
while literary egos
straddle borders
revolution foments

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