an amalgam of a place, time (not necessarily the literal season though that is common), and a body of poetry worked or experienced there; often, also a love. Staged or serendipitous, its a landslide of understandings, a summit of studying an author, culture, work: “there was our summer of <name>”; ultimately, summer is “unit of life”: “perfect your summermaking” — “collect summers as jewels.” Hours or years, an archetypal summer is coextensive with a stay — “till the wind changes,” till the autumn squalls carry you away, wash off the pollen; and theres always a dark age afterwards before your summer begins to glow on the inside.

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