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Poster poems: Islands | Billy Mills

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There are myriad landfalls available for the poetic imagination. This month, please set off on your own voyages of verse discovery

Rereading Shakespeare's The Tempest recently, I was struck again by the importance of the play's island setting, the epitome of those magical, liminal spaces where the normal rules of society can be suspended, for good or ill. In the play the outcome of this suspension is primarily beneficial; Prospero is restored to his Dukedom and Miranda and Ferdinand, through their happy love, reunite the divided factions of Naples. Once this resolution is achieved, the players can abandon their island sanctuary and return to what passes for the real world.

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