Ernest Hilbert Poems
- Ecstasy Of St. Teresa I listened to Bach for eight hours ...
- On The Twenty-Fifth Anniversar...
- Surrender Of Breda An aristocratic Dane, draped in tweed, ...
- Corned Beef Hash And Two Eggs ...
- Coronation Of Sesostris Shrine of lunar hulls Swayed to ...
- View Of Dordrecht Fixed light overhead Delivered to chiseled...
- The Haywain Bosch’s demons, roosting against The luminous ...
Ernest Hilbert is the author of three collection of poetry, Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer, opera librettist, and book reviewer for The Washington Post. His poem “Mars Ultor” appears in Best American Poetry 2018. more »
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Ecstasy Of St. Teresa
I listened to Bach for eight hours
After she left into the snow,
Disappointed with my library
And choice of whiskey—
She divested my apartment
Of her hair, denuded it of form,
Her voice and beauty—
Sauntered into late skies
Past breweries that light
The city’s edge with steam,
Leaving me with bottles and my
And the landlord banging on my wall
“You keep quiet now. You always
“Make too much noise in there when
Girls come and leave.”