David Morton

(1886-1957 / United States)

Biography of David Morton

David H. Morton (February 21, 1886 – June 13, 1957) was an American poet.

Born in Elkton, Kentucky, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1909. After a decade of newspaper work, starting at the Louisville Courier-Journal, he became a teacher in the high school at Morristown, New Jersey. Beginning in 1924, he taught at Amherst College.

His work appeared in Harper's Magazine.He is noted for having written a fan letter to Dashiell Hammett.


"The Kings Are Passing Deathward", Poetry X

Poems: 1920-1945. A.A. Knopf. 1945.

Poems of a Lifetime. Watermark Press. 1999. ISBN 9781582350752.

Ships in the Harbor. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1921.

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Old Ships

There is a memory stays upon old ships,
   A weightless cargo in the musty hold, --
Of bright lagoons and prow-caressing lips,
   Of stormy midnights, -- and a tale untold.
They have remembered islands in the dawn,
   And windy capes that tried their slender spars,
And tortuous channels where their keels have gone,
   And calm blue nights of stillness and the stars.

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