“The Pagan Pilgrim”

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Ronnie Pontiac writes a fascinating essay on Thomas Morton, inciter of Puritans and founder of the Enlightenment Utopian experiment Ma-re Mount, “the American melting pot boiling hot” in the New World: “In May 1627 Tom decided to celebrate May Day with the locals. There would be food, drink, a maypole, music, dancing, and hopefully wenching; everyone was invited including native men and women, a guest list that scandalized the Pilgrims.”

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  1. Although it’s very odd that the writer credit to Morton one of Donne’s most famous poems: ‘as Tom later wrote in a bit of horny poesy worthy of American bards like Whitman and Ginsberg: “License my roving hands and let them go…”‘

  2. that confused me as well. i suppose pontiac is quoting correspondence or a journal or from The New Canaan. but he does seem very familiar with poetry.

    also, i was going to just correct your typo, but you’re emoticon is too cute to delete.

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