English poetry

Poems in English

Ballad for Gloom

For God, our God is a gallant foe That playeth behind the veil. I have loved my God as a […]

Ione, Dead the Long Year

Empty are the ways, Empty are the ways of this land And the flowers Bend over with heavy heads. They […]

The Return

See, they return; ah, see the tentative Movements, and the slow feet, The trouble in the pace and the uncertain […]

The Seeing Eye

The small dogs look at the big dogs; They observe unwieldy dimensions And curious imperfections of odor. Here is the […]

The Seafarer

(From the early Anglo-Saxon text) May I for my own self song’s truth reckon, Journey’s jargon, how I in harsh […]

La Regina Avrillouse

Lady of rich allure, Queen of the spring’s embrace, Your arms are long like boughs of ash, Mid laugh-broken streams, […]

Canto XIII

Kung walked by the dynastic temple And into the cedar grove, and then out by the lower river, And with […]

The Plunge

I would bathe myself in strangeness: These comforts heaped upon me, smother me! I burn, I scald so for the […]

Grace Before Song

Lord God of heaven that with mercy dight Th’alternate prayer wheel of the night and light Eternal hath to thee, […]

An Immorality

Sing we for love and idleness, Naught else is worth the having. Though I have been in many a land, […]


Earth’s winter cometh And I being part of all And sith the spirit of all moveth in me I must […]

Ancient Music

Winter is icummen in, Lhude sing Goddamm. Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm! Sing: Goddamm. […]

Sestina: Altaforte

LOQUITUR: En Bertans de Born. Dante Alighieri put this man in hell For that he was a stirrer up of […]


This is another of our ancient loves. Pass and be silent, Rullus, for the day Hath lacked a something since […]

Song of the Bowmen of Shu

Here we are, picking the first fern-shoots And saying: When shall we get back to our country? Here we are […]

A Girl

The tree has entered my hands, The sap has ascended my arms, The tree has grown in my breast – […]

The Bath-Tub

As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, When the hot water gives out or goes tepid, So is the slow […]


Go, dumb-born book, Tell her that sang me once that song of Lawes: Hadst thou but song As thou hast […]

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