Many rhetorical bombshells were lobbed by British and
American poets during the political turmoil of the 1930s, but few
detonated as loudly as this cluster of words: "Today the deliberate
The hours between washing and the well
Of burial are the soul's most troubled time.
Pablo Neruda is often compared to Walt Whitman. In fact, the Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner outdid Whitman in some respects.
Clouds curdle round it, crack open, let it through.
Radiance shades by cloudshapes; fat fruit
of incandescence; sphere of peeled silver. I wonder
Psalm after psalm into a dead sea of silence: they invite
their own enormous, endangered day. Scalded, lord,
by sunlight and the lizards watching, licking dust,
On slow wings the marsh hawk is patrolling
possibility--soaring, sliding down almost to ground level,
twisting suddenly at something in the marsh hay or dune grass,
The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $25,000, awarded annually for the
most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an
American, is administered mutually by the Academy of
Eight of Marianne Moore's major poems were published in The
Nation in the 1940s and '50s, including "The Mind Is an Enchanting
Thing," "In Distrust of Merits" and "A Carriage From Sweden
They are bicycling into the sun.
He has a dhoti on under his coat
and a briefcase with LYRIC
marked in big letters.
The threshold between one and zero
Blurs-- a drift of charge filters through--