Jean Garrigue


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Jean Garrigue (December 8, 1914, Evansville, Indiana – December 27, 1972, Boston, Massachusetts), was an American poet who wrote as an expatriate while in Europe in 1953, 1957, and 1962. She eventually settled in Greenwich Village. The Ego and the Centaur (1947) was Garrigue’s first full-length publication. She was a professor at Queens College, Smith College and several other colleges and ... more »

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Catch What You Can

The thing to do is try for that sweet skin
One gets by staying deep inside a thing.
The image that I have is that of fruit—
The stone within the plum or some such pith
As keeps the slender sphere both firm and sound.
Stay with me, mountain flowers I saw
And battering moth against a wind-dark rock,
Stay with me till you build me all around
The honey and the clove I thought to taste
If lingering long enough I lived and got
Your intangible wild essence in my heart.
And whether that's by sight or thought
Or staying deep inside an aerial shed
Till imagination ...

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