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Manumorphosis
Linnac

“In the beginning was the word
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and the word was usually in Anglo-Saxon,”
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the guest speaker says.
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His material is rich,
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there is a cornucopia of corpuses
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of manuscripts to analyse.
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Enough to fill a lifetime.
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His hands are papery white
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and his skin leathery
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and, like King Alfred,
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he decries the current generation
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for the academic degradation.
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One of those old white men,
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frustrated how his life’s work
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is overshadowed now by his body,
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his privilege and position,
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how his voice is fading,
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stained under the hostile environment.
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He is typeset, or so we think,
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but had hidden pages,
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in a swooping experimental hand,
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long ago.
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He is manuscript now,
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narrating his contribution to history
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to ungrateful faces,
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who will digitalise him.
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9 Jan 18

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