Kenneth Rexroth

(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982 / South Bend, Indiana)

Kenneth Rexroth Poems

1. Confusion of the Senses 7/7/2015
2. Delia Rexroth 12/22/2011
3. The Wheel Revolves 4/7/2010
4. Sottoportico San Zaccaria 4/7/2010
5. Climbing Milestone Mountain, August 22, 1937 4/7/2010
6. Hojoki 4/7/2010
7. Proust’s Madeleine 4/7/2010
8. Rogation Days 4/7/2010
9. On What Planet 12/22/2011
10. Doubled Mirrors 12/22/2011
11. Lyell’s Hypothesis Again 4/7/2010
12. Vitamins And Roughage 4/7/2010
13. Toward An Organic Philosophy 4/7/2010
14. A Lesson In Geography 4/7/2010
15. Falling Leaves And Early Snow 12/22/2011
16. Runaway 4/7/2010
17. Yin And Yang 4/7/2010
18. Floating 4/7/2010
19. Gic To Har 1/20/2003
20. Confusion 4/7/2010
21. The Bad Old Days 4/7/2010
22. Between Two Wars 12/22/2011
23. Discrimination 4/7/2010
24. Thou Shalt Not Kill 4/7/2010
Best Poem of Kenneth Rexroth

Thou Shalt Not Kill

A Memorial for Dylan Thomas

They are murdering all the young men.
For half a century now, every day,
They have hunted them down and killed them.
They are killing them now.
At this minute, all over the world,
They are killing the young men.
They know ten thousand ways to kill them.
Every year they invent new ones.
In the jungles of Africa,
In the marshes of Asia,
In the deserts of Asia,
In the slave pens of Siberia,
In the slums of Europe,
In the nightclubs of America,
The murderers are at work.

They are ...

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A thing unknown for years,
Rain falls heavily in June,
On the ripe cherries, and on
The half cut hay.
Above the glittering
Grey water of the inlet,
In the driving, light filled mist,
A blue heron
Catches mice in the green
And copper and citron swathes.
I walk on the rainy hills.
It is enough.

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