James Merrill

(3 March 1926 – 6 February 1995 / New York City, New York)

James Merrill Poems

1. Manos Karastefanes 5/9/2012
2. Another April 5/9/2012
3. Log 5/9/2012
4. A Mysterious Epigraph 5/9/2012
5. The Candid Decorator 5/9/2012
6. Yánnina 5/9/2012
7. Home Fires 5/9/2012
8. The Puzzle Is No Puzzle 5/9/2012
9. An Urban Convalescence 5/9/2012
10. The Broken Home 5/9/2012
11. Voices From The Other World 5/9/2012
Best Poem of James Merrill

Voices From The Other World

Presently at our touch the teacup stirred,
Then circled lazily about
From A to Z. The first voice heard
(If they are voices, these mute spellers-out)
Was that of an engineer

Originally from Cologne.
Dead in his 22nd year
Of cholera in Cairo, he had KNOWN
NO HAPPINESS. He once met Goethe, though.
Goethe had told him: PERSEVERE.

Our blind hound whined. With that, a horde
Of voices gathered above the Ouija board,
Some childish and, you might say, blurred
By sleep; one little boy
Named Will, reluctant possibly in a ...

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