Allen Grossman Poems
- The Piano Player Explains Hims... When the corpse revived at ...
- The Work A great light is the man who knows the woman he ...
- Descartes' Loneliness Toward evening, the natural light ...
- Enough Rain For Agnes Walquist It happened at midnight. ...
- The Lecture Place a man in the center, and he becomes The ...
- The Ballad Of The Bone Boat I dreamed I sailed alone In a ...
- Pat's Poem Semper dum vivam tui meminero - Erasmus This is...
Allen Grossman (January 7, 1932 – June 27, 2014) was a noted American poet, critic and professor.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1932, Grossman was educated at Harvard University, graduating with an MA in 1956 after several interruptions. He went on to receive a PhD from Brandeis University in 1960, where he remained a professor until 1991. In 1991, he became the Andrew W. Mellon ... more »
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The Piano Player Explains Himself
When the corpse revived at the funeral,
The outraged mourners killed it; and the soul
Of the revenant passed into the body
Of the poet because it had more to say.
He sat down at the piano no one could play
Called Messiah, or The Regulator of the World,
Which had stood for fifty years, to my knowledge,
Beneath a painting of a red-haired woman
In a loose gown with one bared breast, and played
A posthumous work of the composer S—
About the impotence of God (I believe)
Who has no power not to create everything.
It was the Autumn of the year and wet,
When the ...