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Amy Lowell

Twenty-Four Hokku On A Modern Theme I   Again the larkspur,   Heavenly blue in my garden.   They, at least, unchanged.         II   How have I hurt you?   You look at me with pale eyes,   But these are my tears.         III   Morning and evening–   Yet for us once… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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Vernal Equinox The scent of hyacinths, like a pale mist, lies    between me and my book;     And the South Wind, washing through the room,     Makes the candles quiver.     My nerves sting at a spatter of rain on the shutter,     And I am uneasy with the thrusting of green shoots          … Continue reading Amy Lowell

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In the cloud-grey mornings I heard the herons flying; And when I came into my garden, My silken outer-garment Trailed over withered leaves. A dried leaf crumbles at a touch, But I have seen many Autumns With herons blowing like smoke Across the sky. —Amy Lowell, “Hoar-Frost,” Pictures of the Floating World, (The Macmillan Company,… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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When you came, you were like red wine and honey, And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness. Now you are like morning bread, Smooth and pleasant. I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour, But I am completely nourished. Amy Lowell, “Decade,” Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell.… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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Nuit Blanche A music coaxed from humming strings would please; Not plucked, but drawn in creeping cadences Across a sunset wall where some Marquise Picks a pale rose amid strange silences. Ghostly and vaporous her gown sweeps by The twilight dusking wall, I hear her feet Delaying on the gravel, and a sigh, Briefly permitted,… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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What is poetry? Is it a mosaic Of coloured stones which curiously are wrought Into a pattern? Rather glass that’s taught By patient labor any hue to take And glowing with a sumptuous splendor, make Beauty a thing of awe; where sunbeams caught, Transmuted fall in sheafs of rainbows fraught With storied meaning for religion’s… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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