Judson Jerome

(1927-1991 / United States)

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Judson Jerome (1927 - August 5, 1991 in Xenia, Ohio) was an American poet, author, and literary critic, perhaps best known for having written the poetry column for Writer's Digest for thirty years.

Jerome was also responsible for a controversial amendment to Ernest Hemingway's 1933 short story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place ; in 1956, Jerome -- then an assistant professor of English at ... more »

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  • ''He wants to treat everybody's eyes with the same drops.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Commentary on Ephesians, prologue PL 26, 539.
  • ''When I could not see the light with my blind eyes, I blamed not my eyes, but the sun.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 30.
  • ''I praise wedlock, I praise marital union, but only because they produce me virgins.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 20.
  • ''Nothing is hard for lovers, no labor is difficult for those who wish it.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 40.
  • ''Keep always busy so that the devil will find you always engaged.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, CXXV, 11.
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Deer Hunt

Because the warden is my cousin, my
mountain friends hunt in summer, when the deer
cherish each rattler-ridden spring, and I
have waited hours by a pool in fear
that manhood would require I shoot, or that
the steady drip of the hill would dull my ear
to a snake whispering near the log I sat
upon, and listened to the yelping cheer
of dogs and men resounding ridge to ridge.

I flinched at every lonely rifle crack,
my knuckles whitening where I gripped the edge
of age and clung, like retching, sinking back
then gripping once again the monstrous gun,
since...

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