by Thomas Pynchon

I dream that I have found us both again,
With spring so many strangers’ lives away,
And we, so free,
Out walking by the sea,
With someone else’s paper words to say….

They took us at the gates of green return,
Too lost by then to stop, and ask them why —
Do children meet again?
Does any trace remain,
Along the superhighways of July?

ABOUT THE NOVEL: Published in 1973, Gravity’s Rainbow is set primarily in Europe at the end of World War II and centers on the design, production and dispatch of V-2 rockets. The novel shared the 1974 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction with A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis SingerTIME magazine named the novel one of its “All-Time 100 Greatest Novels,” and it is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest American novels ever written.