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Do you have a favorite poem that speaks to you when far you roam?
Do you have a favorite poem that speaks to you when far you roam?

When it comes to writing about the sensations and challenges of travel, articles and guidebooks don’t always do the trick.  It’s hard, for example, to think of a better, tighter description of jet flight than this snippet from John Betjeman’s poem "Back From Australia": Cocooned in time, at this inhuman height, The packaged food tastes neutrally of clay, We never seem to catch the running day But travel on in everlasting night With all the chic accoutrements of flight: Lotions and essences in neat array And yet another plastic cup and tray. Though there’s plenty of travel prose out there, not to mention images and sketches, it's always seemed...

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