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Epigraph: I listened to the Phantom by Ontario's shore, I heard the voice arising demanding bards [...] Rhymes and rhymers pass away, poems distill'd from poems pass away, The swarms of reflectors and the polite pass, and leave ashes [...] The proof of a poet shall be sternly deferr'd ... (Walt Whitman, 'By Blue Ontario's Shore' (from Leaves of Grass) )
Author's notes: Names in italics are the names of towns in upstate New York by the shore of Lake Ontario.
John Wayne claimed that his real name was Marion Morrison. This poem suggests that his identity was ambiguous.
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