Ernest Hilbert

Rookie - 237 Points (April 4th,1970 / Philadelphia)

Ernest Hilbert
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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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  • Lamont Palmer (12/21/2009 10:44:00 AM)

    Good critics often write some of the best poetry. Hilbert is no exception. He is a poet of great depth and verbal dexterity without being obscure beyond comprehension. Always an interesting read. -LP

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Best Poem of Ernest Hilbert

On Boarding A Soviet Attack Submarine

B-39, "Foxtrot"

Proud thug, wintry brute, black-bolted mauler,
Charred casing of dark steam and long nightmares,
I've known the vast dread your power incites.
Hauled along the quay, ruined old brawler,
Cauterized by war's arduous years,
Vodka-singed glint stalked through whisked ocean nights,
Savage lure and sinker, you must miss your
Arctic slink of missiles, Odessa's steps.
Sleeping needle, provoker of great duels,
I slip through small portholes in your boiler
To find my home on your yellowed war maps,
Lurk in your sullen coil, feel ...

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