English poetry

Poems in English


It could be the name of a prehistoric beast That roamed the Paleozoic earth, rising up On its hind legs […]

I Ask You

What scene would I want to be enveloped in More than this one, An ordinary night at the kitchen table, […]


There is a section in my library for death And another for Irish history, A few shelves for the poetry […]

Child Development

As sure as prehistoric fish grew legs And sauntered off the beaches into forests Working up some irregular verbs for […]

Candle Hat

In most self-portraits it is the face that dominates: Cezanne is a pair of eyes swimming in brushstrokes, Van Gogh […]


You know the brick path in the back of the house, The one you see from the kitchen window, The […]

Picnic, Lightning

It is possible to be struck by a Meteor or a single-engine plane while Reading in a chair at home. […]

For Bartleby The Scrivener

“Every time we get a big gale around here some people just refuse to batten down.” We estimate that Ice […]


How agreeable it is not to be touring Italy this summer, Wandering her cities and ascending her torrid hilltowns. How […]


You are the bread and the knife, The crystal goblet and the wine… – Jacques Crickillon You are the bread […]

The Art Of Drowning

I wonder how it all got started, this business About seeing your life flash before your eyes While you drown, […]


Tonight the moon is a cracker, With a bite out of it Floating in the night, And in a week […]

Dear Reader

Baudelaire considers you his brother, And Fielding calls out to you every few paragraphs As if to make sure you […]


The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense That you cannot make out the calendar of pinup Drawings […]


Today I pass the time reading A favorite haiku, Saying the few words over and over. It feels like eating […]

Man Listening To Disc

This is not bad Ambling along 44th Street With Sonny Rollins for company, His music flowing through the soft calipers […]


If ever there were a spring day so perfect, So uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze That it made you […]

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