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Born: 1913-11-10
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep.

Tags: Love, Sleep, Smile

Already old, the question Who shall die? Becomes unspoken Who is innocent?

Tags: Die, Old, Question

In the tight belly of the dead, Burrow with hungry head, And inlay maggots like a jewel.

Tags: Dead, Head, Hungry

Lastly, his tomb shall list and founder in the troughs of grass. And none shall speak his name.

Tags: Name, Shall, Speak

My soul is now her day, my day her night, So I lie down, and so I rise.

Tags: Lie, Night, Soul

Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.

Tags: Experience, Poetry, Wise

The body, what is it, Father, but a sign To love the force that grows us, to give back What in Thy palm is senselessness and mud?

Tags: Father, Give, Love

The doctor punched my vein, the captain called me Cain, upon my belly sat the sow of fear.

Tags: Captain, Doctor, Fear

The good poet sticks to his real loves, those within the realm of possibility. He never tries to hold hands with God or the human race.

Tags: God, Good, Human

Laughter and grief join hands. Always the heart Clumps in the breast with heavy stride; The face grows lined and wrinkled like a chart, The eyes bloodshot with tears and tide. Let the wind blow, for many a man shall die.

Tags: Die, Heart, Laughter

To make the child in your own image is a capital crime, for your image is not worth repeating. The child knows this and you know it. Consequently you hate each other.

Tags: Child, Hate, Worth
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