James Merrill

James Merrill Poems

1.
Log

Then when the flame forked like a sudden path
I gasped and stumbled, and was less.
Density pulsing upward, gauze of ash,
Dear light along the way to nothingness,
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2.
Home Fires

I peered into the crater’s heaving red
And quailed. I called upon the Muse. I said,
“The day I cease to serve you, let me die!”
And woke alone to birdsong, in our bed.
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3.
Voices From The Other World

Presently at our touch the teacup stirred,
Then circled lazily about
From A to Z. The first voice heard
(If they are voices, these mute spellers-out)
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4.
An Urban Convalescence

Out for a walk, after a week in bed,
I find them tearing up part of my block
And, chilled through, dazed and lonely, join the dozen
In meek attitudes, watching a huge crane
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5.
A Mysterious Epigraph

These days which, like yourself,
Seem empty and effaced
Have avid roots that delve
To work deep in the waste.
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Chris sarles 13 April 2021

Written by, well, ME. Christophersarlesgmail.com

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Linda Hepner 18 May 2015

I'm wandering round the internet and find James Merrill. What a wonderful day! Welcome to my life!

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Lamont Palmer 01 December 2008

It doesn't get much better in terms of midcentury poets than James Merrill. A virtuoso with words. -LP

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James Merrill Biography

James Ingram Merrill was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1977) for Divine Comedies. His poetry falls into two distinct bodies of work: the polished and formalist (if deeply emotional) lyric poetry of his early career, and the epic narrative of occult communication with spirits and angels, titled The Changing Lig ...

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