James Merrill

(3 March 1926 – 6 February 1995 / New York City, New York)

James Merrill Poems

1. Manos Karastefanes 5/9/2012
2. Yánnina 5/9/2012
3. The Candid Decorator 5/9/2012
4. A Mysterious Epigraph 5/9/2012
5. The Puzzle Is No Puzzle 5/9/2012
6. Another April 5/9/2012
7. The Broken Home 5/9/2012
8. An Urban Convalescence 5/9/2012
9. Log 5/9/2012
10. Voices From The Other World 5/9/2012
11. Home Fires 5/9/2012

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  • Linda Hepner Linda Hepner (5/18/2015 5:56:00 PM)

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

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  • Lamont Palmer (12/1/2008 12:06:00 AM)

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

Best Poem of James Merrill

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.

The flame was sinewed like those angels Blake
Drew faithfully. One old log, flake by flake,
Gasped out its being. Had it hoped to rise
Intact from such a wrestler’s give-and-take?

My house is made of wood so old, so dry
From years beneath this pilot-light blue sky,
A stranger’s idle glance could be the match
That sends us all to blazes.—Where was I?

Ah yes. The man from Aetna ...

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