David Ferry

David Ferry Poems

1. That Evening At Dinner 1/20/2003
2. The Soldier 1/20/2003
3. In the Reading Room 6/19/2015
4. A Farewell 10/23/2015
5. From Gilgamesh: Tablet 1 11/21/2014
6. The Guest Ellen At The Supper For Street People 2/10/2015
7. Learning From History 3/17/2015

Comments about David Ferry

  • Louisa Montealvo (1/14/2009 10:45:00 PM)

    I'm wondering if anyone has read 'Dog and Fox' and knows any background information. In particular I'm wondering if 'citizen Smart' is none other than Christopher Smart and if it is, who do the 'quick brown fox' and 'lazy dog' represent?

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Best Poem of David Ferry

Learning From History

They said, my saints, my slogan-sayers sang,
Be good, my child, in spite of all alarm.

They stood, my fathers, tall in a row and said,
Be good, be brave, you shall not come to harm.

I heard them in my sleep and muttering dream,
And murmuring cried, How shall I wake to this?

They said, my poets, singers of my song,
We cannot tell, since all we tell you is

But history, we speak but of the dead.
And of the dead they said such history

(Their beards were blazing with the truth of it)
As made of much of me a mystery.

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