July 1

July 1    It has been agreed that we are to take the automobile road to Topenville.  This village, long noted for its curious climate (no one has ever died there), is impossible of approach from the world.  We shall go by another way.  Roivas, presumably, has willed this trip into the cold-lying reaches of ice and snow.  I hope that we will be favored by the sight of red flowers growing in the mile-high drifts.  We must traverse more than nine hundred thousand kilometres straight up the side of a mountain which is known as the most perilous in the world.

from The Journal of Albion Moonlight
© Kenneth Patchen 1941


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