English poetry

Poems in English

The End Of Your Life

First light. This misted field is the world, that man slipping the greased bolt Back and forth, that man tunneled […]


Can you imagine the air filled with smoke? It was. The city was vanishing before noon Or was it earlier […]

The Rat Of Faith

A blue jay poses on a stake Meant to support an apple tree Newly planted. A strong wind On this […]


Iron growing in the dark, It dreams all night long And will not work. A flower That hates God, a […]

Call It Music

Some days I catch a rhythm, almost a song In my own breath. I’m alone here In Brooklyn Heights, late […]

In A Light Time

The alder shudders in the April winds Off the moon. No one is awake and yet Sunlight streams across The […]

Night Words

after Juan Ramon A child wakens in a cold apartment. The windows are frosted. Outside he hears Words rising from […]

Green Thumb

Shake out my pockets! Harken to the call Of that calm voice that makes no sound at all! Take of […]

In The New Sun

Filaments of light Slant like windswept rain. The orange seller hawks Into the sky, a man with a hat Stops […]

Where We Live Now

1 We live here because the houses Are clean, the lawns run Right to the street And the streets run […]


Lately the wind burns The last leaves and evening Comes too late to be Of use, lately I learned That […]


Vous êtes sorti sain et sauf des basses Calomnies, vous avey conquis les coeurs. Zola, J’accuse One was kicked in […]

The Simple Truth

I bought a dollar and a half’s worth of small red potatoes, Took them home, boiled them in their jackets […]

An Ending

Early March. The cold beach deserted. My kids Home in a bare house, bundled up And listening to rock music […]


Remember how unimportant They seemed, growing loosely In the open fields we crossed On the way to school. We Would […]


The air lay soffly on the green fur Of the almond, it was April And I said, I begin again […]

Something Has Fallen

Something has fallen wordlessly And holds still on the black driveway. You find it, like a jewel, Among the empty […]

The Negatives

On March 1, 1958, four deserters from the French Army of North Africa, August Rein, Henri Bruette, Jack Dauville, & […]

The Return

All afternoon my father drove the country roads Between Detroit and Lansing. What he was looking for I never learned, […]

Holding On

Green fingers Holding the hillside, Mustard whipping in The sea winds, one blood-bright Poppy breathing in And out. The odor […]

Making Light Of It

I call out a secret name, the name Of the angel who guards my sleep, And light grows in the […]

The Grave Of The Kitchen Mouse

The stone says “Coors” The gay carpet says “Camels” Spears of dried grass The little sticks the children gathered The […]

I Won, You Lost

The last of day gathers In the yellow parlor And drifts like fine dust Across the face of The gilt-framed […]

Making It Work

3-foot blue cannisters of nitro Along a conveyor belt, slow fish Speaking the language of silence. On the roof, I […]

My Fathers, The Baltic

Along the strand stones, Busted shells, wood scraps, Bottle tops, dimpled And stainless beer cans. Something began here A century […]

The Rains

The river rises And the rains keep coming. My Papa says It can’t flood for The water can run Away […]


1 Dawn. First light tearing At the rough tongues of the zinnias, At the leaves of the just born. Today […]

Black Stone On Top Of Nothing

Still sober, César Vallejo comes home and finds a black ribbon Around the apartment building covering the front door. He […]

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