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John Ashbery :
That which is given to see At any moment is the residue, shadowed In gold or emerging into the clear bluish haze Of uncertainty. We come back to ourselves Through the rubbish of cloud and tree-spattered pavement. These days stand like vapor under the trees.
[John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Gazing Grain, The."]
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Nelly Sachs :
World, do not ask those snatched from death where they are going, they are always going to their graves. The pavements of the foreign city were not laid for the music of fugitive footsteps -
[Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), German Jewish poet and translator; relocated to Sweden. "World, do not ask those snatched from death," lines 1-5, translated by Michael Hamburger, et al. (1967; first edition in German: 1949). Sachs was cowinner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature. A German Jew who escaped to Sweden in 1940, she was always keenly conscious of being a survivor of the Holocaust and an exile from her native land.]
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William Edmonstoune Aytoun :
News of battle! News of battle! Hark. 'Tis ringing down the street And the archways and the pavement Bear the clang of hurrying feet. News of battle. Who has brought it?
[William Edmonstoune Aytoun (1813-1865), Scottish poet. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers.]
Philip Larkin :
But superstition, like belief, must die, And what remains when disbelief has gone? Grass, weedy pavement, brambles, buttress, sky,
[Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. Church Going (l. 34-36). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.]
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Claude McKay :
The pavement slabs burn loose beneath my feet, A chafing savage, down the decent street; And passion rends my vitals as I pass, Where boldly shines your shuttered door of glass.
[Claude McKay (1889-1948), U.S.-Jamaican poet. The White House (l. 5-8). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.]
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William Butler Yeats :
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart's core.
[William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (l. 8-9). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.]
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Hilda Doolittle :
It is a strange life, patterned in fire and letters on the prison pavement.
[Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Prisoners."]
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Walt Whitman :
The last sunbeam Lightly falls from the finished Sabbath, On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking, Down a new-made double grave,
[Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. Dirge for Two Veterans (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [Walt Whitman]. Francis Murphy, ed. (1975; repr. 1986) Penguin Books.]
Vladimir Mayakovsky :
On the pavement of my trampled soul the soles of madmen stamp the prints of rude, crude words.
[Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930), Russian poet, dramatist. repr. in Listen!: Early Poems 1913-1918, trans. by Maria Enzenberger (1987). "1," no. 1 (1913).]
Kathy Acker :
“Sometimes I forget this insoluble mess and dream: he’ll save me, we’ll travel; we’ll hunt in the deserts, we’ll sleep on the pavements of strange cities, carelessly, without his guilt, without my pain. Or else I’m going to wake up and all the human laws and customs of this world will have changed—thanks to some magical power—or this world, without changing, will let me feel desire and be happy and carefree. What did I want from him who hurt me more than I thought it was possible for two people to hurt each other? I wanted the adventures found in kids’ books. He couldn’t give me these because he wasn’t able to. Whatever did he want from me? I never understood. He told me he was just average: average regrets, average hopes. What do I care about all that average shit that has nothing to do with adventure?”
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