English poetry

Poems in English

The Whipping

The old woman across the way is whipping the boy again And shouting to the neighborhood her goodness and his […]

Those Winter Sundays

Sundays too my father got up early And put his clothes on in the blueback cold, Then with cracked hands […]

Frederick Douglass

When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful And terrible thing, needful to man as air, Usable […]

O Daedalus, Fly Away Home

(For Maia and Julie) Drifting night in the Georgia pines, Coonskin drum and jubilee banjo. Pretty Malinda, dance with me. […]

Runagate Runagate

Runs falls rises stumbles on from darkness into darkness And the darkness thicketed with shapes of terror And the hunters […]

The Prisoners

Steel doors – guillotine gates – Of the doorless house closed massively. We were locked in with loss. Guards frisked […]

Full Moon

No longer throne of a goddess to whom we pray, No longer the bubble house of childhood’s Tumbling Mother Goose […]

Monet's Waterlilies

Today as the news from Selma and Saigon Poisons the air like fallout, I come again to see The serene, […]

Middle Passage

I Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy: Sails flashing to the wind like weapons, Sharks following the moans the fever and the […]


(And I, I am no longer of that world) Naked, he lies in the blinded room Chainsmoking, cradled by drugs, […]


Her sleeping head with its great gelid mass Of serpents torpidly astir Burned into the mirroring shield A scathing image […]