Treasure Island

Donald Justice

(12 August 1925 - 6 August 2004 / Miami / Florida)

Quotations

  • ''The artist will have had his revenge for being made to wait,
    A revenge not only necessary but right and clever—
    Simply to leave him out of the scene forever.''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Anonymous Drawing (l. 20-22). . . New Poets of England and America; Second Selection. Donald Hall and Robert Pack, eds. (1962) Meridian Books.
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  • ''This one was put in a jacket,
    This one was sent home,
    This one was given bread and meat
    But would eat none,
    And this one cried No No No No
    All day long.''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Counting the Mad (l. 1-6). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Jane looks down at her organdy skirt
    As if it somehow were the thing disgraced,
    For being there, on the floor, in the dirt,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. In Bertram's Garden (l. 1-3). . . Voice That Is Great wtihin Us, The; American Poetry of the Twentieth Century. Hayden Carruth, ed. (1970) Bantam Books.
  • ''Soon the purple dark must bruise
    Lily and bleeding-heart and rose,
    And the little Cupid lose
    Eyes and ears and chin and nose,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. In Bertram's Garden (l. 13-16). . . Voice That Is Great wtihin Us, The; American Poetry of the Twentieth Century. Hayden Carruth, ed. (1970) Bantam Books.
  • ''the face of that father,
    Still warm with the mystery of lather.
    They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
    Something is filling them, something

    That is like the twilight sound
    Of the crickets, immense,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Men at Forty (l. 13-18). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Men at forty
    Learn to close softly
    The doors to rooms they will not be
    Coming back to.''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Men at Forty (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''We have climbed the mountain,
    There's nothing more to do.
    It is terrible to come down
    To the valley
    Where, amidst many flowers,
    One thinks of snow,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Sestina: Here in Katmandu (l. 1-6). . . Contemporary American Poets, The; American Poetry since 1940. Mary Strand, ed. (1969) World Publishing Company.

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The Assassination

It begins again, the nocturnal pulse.
It courses through the cables laid for it.
It mounts to the chandeliers and beats there, hotly.
We are too close. Too late, we would move back.
We are involved with the surge.

Now it bursts. Now it has been announced.
Now it is being soaked up by newspapers.
Now it is running through the streets.

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