English poetry

Poems in English

Campo di Fiori

In Rome on the Campo di Fiori Baskets of olives and lemons, Cobbles spattered with wine And the wreckage of […]


Burning, he walks in the stream of flickering letters, clarinets, Machines throbbing quicker than the heart, lopped-off heads, silk Canvases, […]

Not Mine

All my life to pretend this world of theirs is mine And to know such pretending is disgraceful. But what […]


I looked out the window at dawn and saw a young apple tree Translucent in brightness. And when I looked […]


When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset. The true […]

Conversation with Jeanne

Let us not talk philosophy, drop it, Jeanne. So many words, so much paper, who can stand it. I told […]


Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one […]

Father Explains

“There where that ray touches the plain And the shadows escape as if they really ran, Warsaw stands, open from […]

In Black Despair

In grayish doubt and black despair, I drafted hymns to the earth and the air, Pretending to joy, although I […]


Maidenly lake, fathomless lake, Stay as you were once, overgrown with rushes, Idling with a reflected cloud, for my sake […]

On Angels

All was taken away from you: white dresses, Wings, even existence. Yet I believe you, Messengers. There, where the world […]

Study Of Loneliness

A guardian of long-distance conduits in the desert? A one-man crew of a fortress in the sand? Whoever he was. […]

On Prayer

You ask me how to pray to someone who is not. All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet […]

Child of Europe

1 We, whose lungs fill with the sweetness of day. Who in May admire trees flowering Are better than those […]

A Hall

The road led straight to the temple. Notre Dame, though not Gothic at all. The huge doors were closed. I […]

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