Here on this hill, beyond the sick world's pain,
Landscape is legend, from the shadowy plain To topknots blonde with sun and lakes that shine Softly as bloom of porcelain or of wine.
The contours of this classic structure keep The distance of a dre [...]
NOW the blackout of frontiers Between home and gehenna Kills the light in the eyes That would speak to you, throttles The word in the throat, estranges Us from ourselves. Our soiled pledges Have become a bundle of lies for the ragpicker's sorting Whe [...]
Each season knows its own despair: the child Wading in woe, suddenly overwhelmed By one wave with all ocean at its back,
The child under the mounting comber of His own ignorance and lack.
Though he loves everything the shore can show,
The empty sh [...]
The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats. New York: The Macmillan Company. $3.50. Poems, 1924-1933. By Archibald MacLeish. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $3.00. Now with His Love. By John Peale Bishop. New York: Charles Scribncr's Sons. $2.50. [...]
There is a way to break time's ankles. Mended,
He rises and runs on.
Like nothing of nature's making, he is gone,
And by the dazzle of his flight defended.
That savage prey not to be trapped or taken
Flies where the eye in vain
Pursues, but the [...]
No Retreat. By Horace Gregory. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $2.00. The Collected Poems of 11 art Crane, Edited, with an introduction, by Waldo Frank. New York: Horace Livcright. $3.00. last Poems. By D, H. Lawrence. Edited by Richard Aldi [...]
Collected Poems of Elinor Wylie. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $3.50.
Every book is in some sort a mask of its author, and the volume of Elinor Wylie's collected poems presents a living one. She delighted to paint lyric portraits of the artist— [...]
Tolstoy, the Inconstant Genius: A Biography. By Alexander I. Nazaroff. New York: Frederick A. Stokes. $5.00.
It is almost impossible to write a dull book about Tolstoy. The quantity of the source material is almost equalled by the fascination o [...]
The leopard in his cage Feels no more restless rage Than I here in this room Hearing, like doom,
The iron bustle of incessant trains,
The bells, the laughter
Of children playing, and the silence after. . . .
There is the food of madness in [...]
In the room that is closed to the assailing night,
and warmed by colours tangled on ledge and wall,
gather, friends and lovers, and cherish as bright
honey-dripping fruit these hours, before they fall,
fall, rot, wither, to end in dust, that is g [...]
Poems and New Poems. By Louise Bogan. Charles Scribner's Sons. $2.50. What Are Years. By Marianne Moore. The Macmillan Company. $1.50. Be Angry at the Sun. By Robinson Jeffers. Random House. $2.50. Shenandoah. By Delmore Schwartz. New Directions. $ [...]
On this day when the sodden earth remembers
The waters whence she sprang, and the low sky aches
With the wound the sun makes, burning invisibly,
On this day my heart is hot as a wound in me,
And my mind holds only a heap of clinkers and embers.
It was a night with Winter in the air
after the first of Spring:
it was a night
cloudy and starred:
you seemed to bring
the weather with you into the book-walled room.
Let me remember this against the time
when jealousy and parent joy have fol [...]
Sunrise tumbling in like a surf, of flowers.
The foam rose-petals, curling thousands, lightly crumbling
Away into light. Waking to this, how could the eyes hold
The shape of night's barren island, the cold cliffs
Climbed in sleep? Or mind remembe [...]
They sang: and the wide hall was charged with slow
Immoderate gold, as though their voices were fingers
On the sluice that is west of Eden.
Halt that flow,
Yet riding the air like a feather, the radiance lingers.
They sang again: a white-flanked [...]
There is a season when sleep, like an old fox,
Slips to a hole that the most passionate hunter
Cannot smell out. Who knows that period,
Knows sweat that pours like rain, knows grief that locks
The joints, and, like one caught in a dark wood,
Strange heart, that knows not whether it loves or no,
Or, loving, loves a stranger or a friend!
Here is a puzzle without beginning or end,
Subtle as Chinese ivories.
And baffled heart, how many hours, weeks, years,
Will you be returnin [...]
Being a Timely Rejoinder to Gerard Manley Hopkins' Sonnet on the Same Theme
Tom's cold, cold.
Shrugs closer to dour Dick And Harry, sick
Of his empty guts, slack hands that no work fills.
The street's no harsher than these faces, chills
No les [...]
I will get on my knees to wood and stone; to their cold shapes, their durable dead stuffs; to fallen herms, lying like unfleshed bone, to leaning monoliths, the east wind roughs; stone, in whose barren curves is bosomed peace for fires to crouch [...]
Now, when air's ashen cheek
Is damp as sorrow's own,
And spring herself would groan
If she had breath to speak;
When heaven is one cloud
Wrapping from head to feet
Cold roof and blank-eyed street,
As in a faceless shroud;
Now when the mad are [...]