English poetry

Poems in English

The Intruder

My mother preferring the strange to the tame: Dove-note, bone marrow, deer dung, Frog’s belly distended with finny young, Leaf-mould […]

American Beauty

For Ann London As you described your mastectomy in calm detail And bared your chest so I might see The […]

The Ungrateful Garden

Midas watched the golden crust That formed over his steaming sores, Hugged his agues, loved his lust, But damned to […]

Fearful Women

Arms and the girl I sing – O rare Arms that are braceleted and white and bare Arms that were […]

Parent's Pantoum

for Maxine Kumin Where did these enormous children come from, More ladylike than we have ever been? Some of ours […]

Mud Soup

1. Had the ham bone, had the lentils, Got to meat store for the salt pork, Got to grocery for […]

Cultural Evolution

When from his cave, young Mao in his youthful mind A work to renew old China first designed, Then he […]

Days of 1986

He was believed by his peers to be an important poet, But his erotic obsession, condemned and strictly forbidden, Compromised […]

Poet's Household

1 The stout poet tiptoes On the lawn. Surprisingly limber In his thick sweater Like a middle-age burglar. Is the […]

A Song for Muriel

No-one explains me because There is nothing to explain. It’s all right here Very clear. O for my reputations sake […]


For more than thirty years we hadn’t met. I remembered the bright query of your face, That single-minded look, intense […]