Weldon Kees

(1914 - 1955 / Nebraska / United States)

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  • Rookie - 561 Points Michael Walker (1/28/2015 6:48:00 PM)

    I like Kees's poems about Robinson. I do not find him really obscure and the reward is definitely there when you read Weldon Kees.

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  • Rookie Constance Steckel (12/1/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    Kees deserves to be much better known. The New Yorker did publish many of his poems.

  • Rookie Midnight Solitude (12/11/2011 7:52:00 PM)

    One of America's greatest poets.

  • Rookie Pietro Roversi (2/19/2010 3:21:00 PM)

    True great poetry, like Dickinson, Stevens or Moore, hard to read but the reward is definitively there!

  • Rookie - 785 Points Lamont Palmer (11/25/2006 7:07:00 PM)

    Kees is probably the greatest obscure poet of the 20th century in American poetry. Nearly on par with Stevens in his words and music. -LP

The Bell From Europe

The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church
Rang out nostalgia for the refugee
Who knew the source of bells by sound.
We liked it, but in ignorance.
One meets authorities on bells infrequently.

Europe alone made bells with such a tone,
Herr Mannheim said. The bell
Struck midnight, and it shook the room.

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