English poetry

Poems in English

Fire On The Hills

The deer were bounding like blown leaves Under the smoke in front the roaring wave of the brush-fire; I thought […]

End Of The World

When I was young in school in Switzerland, about the time of the Boer War, We used to take it […]

July Fourth By The Ocean

The continent’s a tamed ox, with all its mountains, Powerful and servile; here is for plowland, here is for park […]

Meditation On Saviors

I When I considered it too closely, when I wore it like an element and smelt it like water, Life […]

Suicide’s Stone

Peace is the heir of dead desire, Whether abundance killed the cormorant In a happy hour, or sleep or death […]

On Building With Stone

To be an ape in little of the mountain-making mother Like swarthy Cheops, but my own hands For only slaves, […]

The Excesses Of God

Is it not by his high superfluousness we know Our God? For to be equal a need Is natural, animal, […]

The Great Explosion

The universe expands and contracts like a great heart. It is expanding, the farthest nebulae Rush with the speed of […]

Divinely Superfluous Beauty

The storm-dances of gulls, the barking game of seals, Over and under the ocean… Divinely superfluous beauty Rules the games, […]

The Deer Lay Down Their Bones

I followed the narrow cliffside trail half way up the mountain Above the deep river-canyon. There was a little cataract […]

Shine, Perishing Republic

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire And protest, only a bubble in […]

Tor House

If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May […]

Carmel Point

The extraordinary patience of things! This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses- How beautiful when we first […]

To The Stone-Cutters

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated Challengers of oblivion Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down, The […]

We Are Those People

I have abhorred the wars and despised the liars, laughed at the frightened And forecast victory; never one moment’s doubt. […]

Ascent To The Sierras

Beyond the great valley an odd instinctive rising Begins to possess the ground, the flatness gathers to little humps and […]

Birthday (Autobiography)

Seventy years ago my mother labored to bear me, A twelve-pound baby with a big head, Her first, it was […]


A little too abstract, a little too wise, It is time for us to kiss the earth again, It is […]

To A Young Artist

It is good for strength not to be merciful To its own weakness, good for the deep urn to run […]

Be Angry At The Sun

That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new. That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has […]


The world has many seas, Mediterranean, Atlantic, but here is the shore of the one ocean. And here the heavy […]

Promise Of Peace

The heads of strong old age are beautiful Beyond all grace of youth. They have strange quiet, Integrity, health, soundness, […]

The Summit Redwood

Only stand high a long enough time your lightning will come; that is what blunts the peaks of redwoods; But […]

Natural Music

The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers, (Winter has given them gold for silver To stain […]

Rock And Hawk

Here is a symbol in which Many high tragic thoughts Watch their own eyes. This gray rock, standing tall On […]

So Many Blood-Lakes

We have now won two world-wars, neither of which concerned us, we were Slipped in. We have levelled the powers […]

The Purse-Seine

Our sardine fishermen work at night in the dark of the moon; daylight or moonlight They could not tell where […]

To The House

I am heaping the bones of the old mother To build us a hold against the host of the air; […]

The Answer

Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams. To know that great civilizations have broken down into […]

Quia Absurdum

Guard yourself from the terrible empty light of space, the bottomless Pool of the stars. (Expose yourself to it: you […]

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