John Frederick Nims
John Frederick Nims Poems
- Love Poem My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases, At...
- Portrait Seeing in crowded restaurants the one you love
- Blind Joy Crude seeing’s all our joy: could we discern The ...
- Madrigal In Time Of War Beside the rivers of the midnight ...
- Isaiah’s Coal Always, he woke in those days With a sense of...
- Decline And Fall We had a city also. Hand in hand Wandered ...
- Days Of Our Years It’s brief and bright, dear children; ...
John Frederick Nims was an American poet and academic.
He graduated from DePaul University, University of Notre Dame with an M.A., and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in 1945. He published reviews of the works by Robert Lowell and W. S. Merwin. He taught English at Harvard University, the University of Florence, the University of Toronto, Williams College and the University of Missouri.
He was editor of Poetry magazine from 1978 to 1984.
The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize, for poetry translation, is awarded by the Poetry Foundation.
American Academy of Arts and Letters grant
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My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases,
At whose quick touch all glasses chip and ring,
Whose palms are bulls in china, burs in linen,
And have no cunning with any soft thing
Except all ill-at-ease fidgeting people:
The refugee uncertain at the door
You make at home; deftly you steady
The drunk clambering on his undulant floor.
Unpredictable dear, the taxi drivers' terror,
Shrinking from far headlights pale as a dime
Yet leaping before apopleptic streetcars—
Misfit in any space. And never on time.
A wrench in clocks and the solar ...