Pruntiform on a sentence by Deborah Baker about Allen Tate

Tate had been first to disturb their composure,
had fired a warning shot over the spent words—he’d
been looking all day for miles of mausoleum:
first for burying indian corpses, and then for living in,
to not put too fine a point on things......
“disturb” was the one activity he had not mastered—
(their feelings were too easily hurt by modernism)
“composure” on the other hand felt totally passé......

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