John Updike pondered death in new poem
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. writer John Updike's death made headlines this week, but in a poem due to be published later this year he mused about his "overdue demise" being received with "a shrug and tearless eyes."
The three stanza poem, "Requiem," will be published in Updike's forthcoming collection "Endpoint" in September, said Nicholas Latimer, director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, a unit of Random House.
Updike, a leading writer of his generation who chronicled the drama of small-town American life with flowing and vivid prose, wit and a frank eye for sex, died on Tuesday of lung cancer. He was 76.
The poem reads:
It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
'Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise - depths unplumbable!
Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes Continued...