Harold Norse

Harold Norse Poems

1.
I Am Not A Man

I am not a man. I can’t earn a living, buy new things for my family. I have acne and a small peter.

I am not a man. I don’t like football, boxing and cars. I like to express my feelings. I even like to put my arm around my friend’s shoulder.
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2.
At The Cafe Trieste

The music of ancient Greece
and Rome did not come down to us
but this morning
I read Virgil’s Eclogues
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3.
Carnivorous Saint

we dig up ancient shards
clicking cameras
among the dying cypresses
choked by Athenian smog.
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4.
The Business Of Poetry

The business of poetry

is the image of a young man
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5.
Classic Frieze In A Garage

I was walking thru the city past umber embassies
& pine-lined palaces
fat palms beside balconies
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Born Harold Rosen to an unmarried Lithuanian Jewish immigrant in Brooklyn. In the early 1950s, he came up with the new last name, Norse, by rearranging the letters in Rosen

He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1938, where he edited the literary magazine. Norse met Chester Kallman in 1938, and then became a part of W. H. Auden's "inner c ...

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