Treasure Island

James Tate

(8 December 1943 - / Kansas City, Missouri)

Quotations

  • ''Rather,
    they gather the blue
    objects of the world
    and construct from them

    a nest—''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Blue Booby (l. 11-15). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''the stars turn slowly
    in the blue foil beside them
    like the eyes of a mild savior.''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Blue Booby (l. 39-41). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''when I see you,
    as I have seen you at least

    once every year of my life,
    spin across the wilds of the sky
    like a tiny, African god,

    I feel dead.''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Lost Pilot (l. 32-37). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''fast, perfect, and unwilling
    to tell me that you are doing
    well, or that it was mistake
    that placed you in that world,
    and me in this; or that misfortune
    placed these worlds in us.''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Lost Pilot (l. 43-48). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Goodtime Jesus

Jesus got up one day a little later than usual. He had been dream-
ing so deep there was nothing left in his head. What was it?
A nightmare, dead bodies walking all around him, eyes rolled
back, skin falling off. But he wasn't afraid of that. It was a beau-
tiful day. How 'bout some coffee? Don't mind if I do. Take a little
ride on my donkey, I love that donkey. Hell, I love everybody.

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