English poetry

Poems in English

The Pleasure of Princes

What pleasures have great princes? These: to know Themselves reputed mad with pride or power; To speak few words few […]

The Gateway

Now the heart sings with all its thousand voices To hear this city of cells, my body, sing. The tree […]

The School of Night

What did I study in your School of Night? When your mouth’s first unfathomable yes Opened your body to be […]

Meditation on a Bone

A piece of bone, found at Trondhjem in 1901, with the following runic inscription (about A. D. 1050) cut on […]

Death of the Bird

For every bird there is this last migration; Once more the cooling year kindles her heart; With a warm passage […]

Easter Hymn

Make no mistake; there will be no forgiveness; No voice can harm you and no hand will save; Fenced by […]

Conquistador

I sing of the decline of Henry Clay Who loved a white girl of uncommon size. Although a small man […]

Morning Coffee

Reading the menu at the morning service: – Iced Venusberg perhaps, or buttered bum – Orders the usual sex-ersatz, and, […]

Tiger

At noon thepaper tigers roar Miroslav Holub The paper tigers roar at noon; The sun is hot, the sun is […]

Parabola

Year after year the princess lies asleep Until the hundred years foretold are done, Easily drawing her enchanted breath. Caught […]

Commination

He that is filthy let him be filthy still. Rev. 22.11 Like John on Patmos, brooding on the Four Last […]

Observation Car

To be put on the train and kissed and given my ticket, Then the station slid backward, the shops and […]