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  • ''Like the shark, it contains a shoe.
    It must swim for miles through the desert
    Uttering cries that are almost human.''
    Louis Simpson (b. 1923), U.S. poet. American Poetry (l. 4-6). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds....
  • ''In my grandmother's house there was always chicken soup
    And talk of the old country—mud and boards,
    Poverty,
    The snow falling down and necks of lovers.''
    Louis Simpson (b. 1923), U.S. poet. A Story about Chicken Soup (l. 1-4). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) ...
  • ''The sun is shining.
    The shadows of the lovers have disappeared.
    They are all eyes; they have some demand on me—
    They want me to be more serious than I want to be.''
    Louis Simpson (b. 1923), U.S. poet. A Story about Chicken Soup (l. 23-26). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987...
  • ''The watchers in their leopard suits
    Waited till it was time,
    And aimed between the belt and boot
    And let the barrel climb.''
    Louis Simpson (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Carentan O Carentan (l. 21-24). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford...
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