African-American Culture · African-American Literature · Aubade · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Poetry

Major Jackson

Beyond the limits of myself, there is you, a wind-wave of fading light on a square of cottage pane, a final mix of golden prairie in my mind. I am the impoverished heir of blackened gum quarters, your crosswalk & roofline of foul pigeons. Dear Sibilant Stir & Kick: see that tall grass on the… Continue reading Major Jackson

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American Literature · Aubade · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Poetry

Richard Foerster

         of dawn: each pane laliqued, fern-etched                  on the emery-wheel of December. Brief, that film, already burning, the evaporate fact          I’d stay lost in longer, the far-fetched                  dream the sun now filches like a thief. And so the windows fill with day’s contusions,          a slurry of routine, hours stretching                  toward… Continue reading Richard Foerster

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Aubade · British Culture · Classic · Contemporary · English Literature · Poetry · The Movement

Philip Larkin

Aubade I work all day, and get half-drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain-edges will grow light. Till then I see what’s really always there: Unresting death, a whole day nearer now, Making all thought impossible but how And where and when I shall myself die. Arid… Continue reading Philip Larkin

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