Karl Shapiro

(10 November 1913 – 14 May 2000 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Karl Shapiro Poems

1. Manhole Covers 1/13/2003
2. California Winter 3/1/2004
3. A Garden In Chicago 1/13/2003
4. The Olive Tree 1/13/2003
5. The Conscientious Objector 4/16/2010
6. Buick 4/16/2010
7. Going to School 4/16/2010
8. Troop Train 4/16/2010
9. Sunday: New Guinea 4/16/2010
10. The Piano Tuner’s Wife 4/16/2010
11. The Fly 4/16/2010
12. University 4/16/2010
13. The Alphabet 4/16/2010
14. Love for a Hand 4/16/2010
15. Aside 4/16/2010
16. Conscription Camp 4/16/2010
17. The Dome Of Sunday 4/16/2010
18. The Intellectual 4/16/2010

Conscription Camp

Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Even in May, Virginia, and your sweet pines
Like Frenchmen runted in a hundred wars
Are of a child’s height in these battlefields.

For Wilson sowed his teeth where generals prayed
—High-sounding Lafayette and sick-eyed Lee—
The loud Elizabethan crashed your swamps
Like elephants and the subtle Indian fell.

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