English poetry

Poems in English

Covering Two Years

This nothingness that feeds upon itself: Pencils that turn to water in the hand, Parts of a sentence, hanging in […]

The End Of The Library

When the coal Gave out, we began Burning the books, one by one; First the set Of Bulwer-Lytton And then […]

The Beach

Squat, unshaven, full of gas, Joseph Samuels, former clerk In four large cities, out of work, Waits in the darkened […]

1926

The porchlight coming on again, Early November, the dead leaves Raked in piles, the wicker swing Creaking. Across the lots […]

A Musician’s Wife

Between the visits to the shock ward The doctors used to let you play On the old upright Baldwin Donated […]

Interregnum

Butcher the evil millionaire, peasant, And leave him stinking in the square. Torture the chancellor. Leave the ambassador Strung by […]

Year’s End

The state cracked where they left your breath No longer instrument. Along the shore The sand ripped up, and the […]

A Distance From The Sea

To Ernest Brace “And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was About to write: and I heard […]

Colloquy

In the broken light, in owl weather, Webs on the lawn where the leaves end, I took the thin moon […]

Robinson

The dog stops barking after Robinson has gone. His act is over. The world is a gray world, Not without […]

Late Evening Song

For a while Let it be enough: The responsive smile, Though effort goes into it. Across the warm room Shared […]

A Pastiche For Eve

Unmanageable as history: these Followers of Tammuz to the land That offered no return, where dust Grew thick on every […]

The Smiles Of The Bathers

The smiles of the bathers fade as they leave the water, And the lover feels sadness fall as it ends, […]

Round

“Wondrous life!” cried Marvell at Appleton House. Renan admired Jesus Christ “wholeheartedly.” But here dried ferns keep falling to the […]

The Doctor Will Return

The surgical mask, the rubber teat Are singed, give off an evil smell. You seem to weep more now that […]

Dead March

Under the bunker, where the reek of kerosene Prepared the marriage rite, leader and whore, Imperfect kindling even in this […]

La Vita Nuova

Last summer, in the blue heat, Over the beach, in the burning air, A legless beggar lurched on calloused fists […]

The Speakers

“A equals X,” says Mister One. “A equals B,” says Mister Two. “A equals nothing under the sun But A,” […]

The Furies

Not a third that walks beside me, But five or six or more. Whether at dusk or daybreak Or at […]

The Bell From Europe

The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church Rang out nostalgia for the refugee Who knew the source of bells […]

The Upstairs Room

It must have been in March the rug wore through. Now the day passes and I stare At warped pine […]