Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern Poems

1. The Sparrow 5/22/2015
2. The Name 9/15/2015
3. Magnolia 10/13/2015
4. Another Insane Devotion 1/7/2015
5. The Dog 1/6/2015
6. Waving Goodbye 1/21/2015
7. Day Of Grief 3/12/2015
8. Swan Song 1/13/2003
9. Apocalypse 1/20/2003
10. The Dancing 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Gerald Stern

The Dancing

In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture
and wrinkled ties and baseball trophies and coffee pots
I have never seen a post-war Philco
with the automatic eye
nor heard Ravel's "Bolero" the way I did
in 1945 in that tiny living room
on Beechwood Boulevard, nor danced as I did
then, my knives all flashing, my hair all streaming,
my mother red with laughter, my father cupping
his left hand under his armpit, doing the dance
of old Ukraine, the sound of his skin half drum,
half fart, the world at last a meadow,
the three of us whirling and...

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