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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 12, Alice rated it liked it Shelves: comics. After only stellar reviews sadly I have to admit that this issue was a bit of a drag. Luckily the ending was amazing and therefore helped recovered a little dignity. Most of the issue went by soooo slow it completely disenchanted me from Watchmen, to the point that I actually put it aside for almost two whole weeks!!

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I never felt the need to pick up again, even though the volume was sitting on my bedside table the whole time. So, getting back to the issue, for the most part nothing happens and it After only stellar reviews sadly I have to admit that this issue was a bit of a drag.


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So, getting back to the issue, for the most part nothing happens and it's pretty boring but the huge plottwist and final close-up on Dr. Manhattan almost make up for it. Nov 15, Sunny rated it really liked it. Right up until The wrap-up was a little corny, yes. But I can't argue that I didn't all-out enjoy Dr.

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Manhattan and Silk Spectre II and, and, well it was super-fun! On another note, I think it's safe to say that these different "books" wouldn't have read well as stand-alone publications for me.

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The story is complex with a lot of characters and a whole lotta stuff and nonsense between d Right up until The story is complex with a lot of characters and a whole lotta stuff and nonsense between different characters resulting in or alluding to different crazy societal problems - serious stuff, too, like World War III, government subversion, corporate corruption, LGBT rights, possible rape, vigilantes with conspiracy theories, super-friends gone cray-cray and drawing pictures on the face of FREAKING MARS Aw, hell.

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Don't Fear Death. Dropped from the Family Tree. Heaven and Earth. I Never Went to that Movie at If You Dare to Love. Of Mere Being. Oh Don't. The wind moves slowly in the branches. The bird's fire-fangled feathers dangle down. I like this poem.

A mysterious bird in this Wallace Stevens poem teaches us the wonder of just being our self

It seems to tell the story of a moment with vivid images. It moves in a full circle, starting with the line "The palm at the end of the mind," and, in the last sentence, reasserting, "The palm stands on the edge of space. The imagery in the poem is incredible.

It starts with a single tree, a palm, sitting on "the edge of the mind," which brings the image of a lonely island, hardly bigger than its inhabitant, the tree, alone in a sea and sitting at the very horizon. The "bronze decor" suggests sunset.

The "gold-feathered bird" most immediately invokes the idea of a phoenix, that mystical bird, reborn from ashes. That it is gold, brighter than the surrounding bronze, makes it seem like the sun. One can just see the golden bird, or the sun, singing against the black silhouette of a palm tree while the sky blazes bronze. The feather's shine. But then the sunset is over. The palm is now at the edge of space, as stars and blackness take over the sky, and the feathers go from gold to glowing red. The poem ends at the point, just before all the world goes dark, when the edge of the sun is still just visible.

But there's something else going on in the poem that isn't visible. Beyond where words have meaning, beyond, even, where emotions have deep sway.