Conrad Potter Aiken

[Conrad Aiken] (5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973 / Savannah, Georgia)

Conrad Potter Aiken Poems

41. Stage Direction 4/13/2010
42. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 07: Porcelain 1/1/2004
43. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 05: Melody In A Restaurant 1/1/2004
44. The House Of Dust: Part 04: 02: Death: And A Derisive Chorus 1/1/2004
45. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 03: Interlude 1/1/2004
46. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 09: Interlude 1/1/2004
47. Sea Holly 4/13/2010
48. The House Of Dust: Part 04: 03: Palimpsest: A Deceitful Portrait 1/1/2004
49. The Dance Of Life 4/13/2010
50. The House Of Dust: Part 04: 01: Clairvoyant 1/1/2004
51. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 01: As Evening Falls 1/1/2004
52. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 01: The Round Red Sun Heaves Darkly Out Of The Sea 1/1/2004
53. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 01 4/13/2010
54. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 12: Witches' Sabbath 1/1/2004
55. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 10: Letter 1/1/2004
56. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 04: Nightmare 1/1/2004
57. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 04 4/13/2010
58. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 03 4/13/2010
59. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10: Sudden Death 1/1/2004
60. Shaemus 4/13/2010
61. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 02: The Screen Maiden 1/1/2004
62. Turns And Movies: Zudora 1/3/2003
63. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 06: Portrait Of One Dead 1/1/2004
64. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 08: The Box With Silver Handles 1/1/2004
65. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 02: The Fulfilled Dream 1/1/2004
66. The House Of Dust: Part 01: 07: Midnight; Bells Toll, And Along The Cloud-High Towers 1/1/2004
67. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 12 4/13/2010
68. Multitudes Turn In Darkness 4/13/2010
69. North Infinity Street 4/13/2010
70. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 02 4/13/2010
71. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 04: Illicit 1/1/2004
72. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 06 4/13/2010
73. Improvisations: Light And Snow: 14 4/13/2010
74. The House Of Dust: Part 01: 03: One, Where The Pale Sea Foamed At The Yellow Sand 1/1/2004
75. Bread And Music 12/16/2014
76. The Room 1/1/2004
77. The Wars And The Unknown Soldier 4/13/2010
78. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 05: Retrospect 1/1/2004
79. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 03: Haunted Chambers 1/1/2004
80. Turns And Movies: The Cornet 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Conrad Potter Aiken

Annihilation

While the blue noon above us arches,
And the poplar sheds disconsolate leaves,
Tell me again why love bewitches,
And what love gives.

It is the trembling finger that traces
The eyebrow’s curve, the curve of the cheek?
The mouth that quivers, when the hand caresses,
But cannot speak?

No, not these, not in these is hidden
The secret, more than in other things:
Not only the touch of a hand can gladden
Till the blood sings.

It is the leaf that falls between us,
The bells that murmur, the shadows that move,
The autumnal sunlight that fades upon ...

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The Room

Through that window—all else being extinct
Except itself and me—I saw the struggle
Of darkness against darkness. Within the room
It turned and turned, dived downward. Then I saw
How order might—if chaos wished—become:
And saw the darkness crush upon itself,
Contracting powerfully; it was as if
It killed itself, slowly: and with much pain.
Pain. The scene was pain, and nothing but pain.

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