Welcome back for part two of our series focusing on King's early poetry.
The Dark Man
Ubris, Fall 1968
reprinted in Moth, 1970
reprinted in The Devil's Wine, 2004
reprinted by Cemetery Dance as an illustrated hardback in 2013
i have stridden the fuming way
Technically, I have already reviewed this poem, via the 2013 illustrated hardback that Cemetery dance issued. But that review was really focused more on the illustrations and on the (to my mind) ill-conceived manner in which the poem was presented within that specific text. We will focus here, then, on an analysis of the poem itself, which (in case you didn't know) is notable for being the first appearance in King's work of "the dark man," later to be known as Randall Flagg.
The poem consists of five stanzas of varying length, and is a first-person description by the titular figure of things he has seen and done. Don't get too excited about this; he's not going to, like, tell you about how he was waiting for Captain Trips to get loose. No, he's just a vagabond, and King tells us about some of his vagabond ways.
Let's work our way line by line through this one, using bulletpoints. I apologize in advance for how tedious this is likely to be. All quotation marks are mine, fyi, and the slashes indicate line breaks.