Babette Deutsch

(1895 - 1982)

Babette Deutsch Poems

1. Ballet School 2/15/2016
2. Damnation 2/15/2016
3. Dawn in Wartime 2/15/2016
4. History 2/15/2016
5. In August 2/15/2016
6. It Is There 2/15/2016
7. Lioness Asleep 2/15/2016
8. Lizard at Pompeii 2/15/2016
9. Megalosaurus 1/19/2015
10. Natural Law 2/15/2016
11. Need 2/15/2016
12. No Moon, No Star 2/15/2016
13. Petrograd 2/15/2016
14. Piano Recital 2/15/2016
15. Seascape 2/15/2016
16. The Net 2/15/2016
17. The Phoenix 2/15/2016
18. Two People Eat Honey 2/15/2016

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Megalosaurus

A MONSTER like a mountain, leathern limbed,
With eyes of sluggish ore and claws of stone,
He heaved his thunder-throated body, rimmed
By marsh fires human eyes have never known.
A monolith carved out of savage night,
He hid in his impenetrable hide
Muscle and blood, and nerves to sense delight
And agony that tore him when he died.

The clumsy terror of his frame has gone
The way of his blind, simple savagery.
Out of his casual bones men build the dawn
That bore and bred such brutish ...

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Ballet School

Fawns in the winter wood
Who feel their horns, and leap,
Swans whom the bleakening mood
Of evening stirs from sleep,
Tall flowers that unfurl
As a moth, driven, flies,
Flowers with the breasts of a girl
And sea-cold eyes.
The bare bright mirrors glow

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