Hayden Carruth

(August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008 / Woodbury, Connecticut)

Hayden Carruth Poems

1. The Way Of The Coventicle Of The Trees 1/13/2003
2. Testament 3/27/2015
3. The Bearer 10/9/2015
4. Bears at Raspberry Time 11/17/2015
5. The Cows at Night 3/25/2016
6. Goes 1/13/2003
7. Something For The Trade 1/13/2003
8. Poem Catching Up With An Idea 1/13/2003
9. Words In A Certain Appropriate Mode 1/13/2003
10. At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book 1/13/2003
11. Onondaga, Early December 1/13/2003
12. Ray 1/13/2003
13. The Curtain 1/13/2003
14. Endnote 1/13/2003
15. Block 1/13/2003
16. When I Wrote A Little 1/13/2003
17. The Afterlife: Letter To Sam Hamill 1/13/2003
18. Letter To Denise 1/30/2015
19. Scrambled Eggs And Whiskey 1/13/2003
20. February Morning 1/13/2003
21. Emergency Haying 1/13/2003
22. Graves 1/13/2003
23. I, I, I 1/13/2003
24. Saturday At The Border 1/13/2003
25. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam 1/13/2003
26. Notes On Poverty 1/10/2015

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Best Poem of Hayden Carruth

Notes On Poverty

Was I so poor
in those damned days
that I went in the dark
in torn shoes
and furtiveness
to steal fat ears
of cattle corn
from the good cows
and pound them
like hard maize
on my worn Aztec
stone? I was.

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I, I, I

First, the self. Then, the observing self.
The self that acts and the self that watches. This
The starting point, the place where the mind begins,
Whether the mind of an individual or
The mind of a species. When I was a boy
I struggled to understand. For if I know
The self that watches, another watching self
Must see the watcher, then another watching that,
Another and another, and where does it end?

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