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Wallace Stevens

Now in midsummer come and all fools slaughtered And spring’s infuriations over and a long way To the first autumnal inhalations, young broods Are in the grass, the roses are heavy with a weight Of fragrance and the mind lays by its trouble. — Wallace Stevens, from “Credences of Summer,” The Collected Poems of Wallace… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens

The song and water were not medleyed sound Even if what she sang was what she heard, Since what she sang was uttered word by word. It may be that in all her phrases stirred The grinding water and the gasping wind; But it was she and not the sea we heard… — Wallace Stevens,… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens

Blanche McCarthy Look in the terrible mirror of the sky And not in this dead glass, which can reflect Only the surfaces––the bending arm, The leaning shoulder and the searching eye. Look in the terrible mirror of the sky. Oh, bend against the invisible; and lean To symbols of descending night; and search The glare… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens

One might have thought of sight, but who could thinkOf what it sees, for all the ill it sees?Speech found the ear, for all the evil sound,But the dark italics it could not propound.And out of what one sees and hears and outof what one feels, who could have thought to makeSo many selves, so… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens

He was a shell of dark blue glass, or ice, Or air collected in a deep essay, Or light embodied, or almost, a flash On more than muscular shoulders, arms and chest, Blue’s last transparence as it turned to black. — Wallace Stevens, from “Chicorua to Its Neighbor,” The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Vintage,… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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