Contemporary Poetry: A Retrospective From the "Quarterly

Right here in a single quantity is a few of the main fascinating poetry written over the last thirty years, culled from the pages of 1 of America's premier literary magazines. The Quarterly evaluate of Literature has been one of the first to offer many major poets of our time. as well as publishing the paintings of recent poets, it has made on hand little-known paintings of writers of confirmed attractiveness. It has dropped at the studying public either experimental and standard verse, and overseas poetry in wonderful translations in addition to poetry initially written in English. Its pages were open, within the phrases of its editors, "to any paintings that displays a commitment to eventually painstaking art." This quantity comprises the paintings of 146 overseas and American poets. it really is hence not just a striking anthology, yet a necessary retrospective of the literary scene.

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A face overlaid with evil, brown water; the good insecure, the evil sure beyond the buried sun. Lift it. Turn away. There was beside you but now another face, with long nose and clear blue eyes, secure . To a Lovely Old Bitch Sappho, Sappho, Sappho! initiate, hand-matron to Astarte, you praised delicate flowers and likened them to virgins of your acquaintance. Let them grow, thank God! outside the cemetery barrier — Burials for cash, the shares ample security against — ? The Painted Admiral on a milkweed cluster, untrampled, keep you company.

Because I am not quite sure if I knew you beneath the water, or if she was awakened by the click of a stone against the hooves of horses, or if she was given life by mirrors that discover the frost of scratchedout eyes. I forget— oblivion and tears for the lights now believed to be definitively lost. RAFAEL ALBERT! · 19 Madrigal to a Streetcar Token You are where the dauntless wind in rebellion raises towers of light against my bloodtoken, fresh flower, cut from the balconies of streetcar. Straight away you slip, justly smooth, your petal latent in name and place, to that center cut and closed by compromise.

FEBRUARY 1944 Yvor Winters' book arrives on the anniversary of the day Marie and I met each other. We read it aloud in the evening, while troop trains move in the railroad yard beneath our hill. Today the Giant Weapon came, Fresh from the press, and fresh From fifteen years' growth and decay — The annual sweet flesh Of plums in the stunning summer, Tightening each powdered line; The sterile heat of autumn; Lashing rain and sharp wine And talk above disordered books KENNETH REXROTH · 33 In winter evenings; The long, wet, forgetful walks Under the swallows' wings, Trillium past the orchard's edge; Dogs drifting to old age; Youth sifting over the children; Time yellowing the page.

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