Josephine Miles Poems
- Figure A poem I keep forgetting to write Is about the ...
- Lucifer Alone One rat across the floor and quick to floor's a...
- For Futures When the lights come on at five o'clock on street...
- Forecast All our stones like as much sun as possible. Along...
- Kind When I think of my kindness which is tentative and quiet...
- Tally After her pills the girl slept and counted Pellet on ...
- Fields of Learning When we go out into the fields of learning...
Josephine Miles (June 11, 1911 – May 12, 1985) was an American poet and literary critic; the first woman to be tenured in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote over a dozen books of poetry and several works of criticism.
Born in Chicago in 1911, her family moved when she was young to Southern California. Due to a disabling arthritis, she was educated at home by tutors, but was able to graduate from Los Angeles High School in a class which included the composer John Cage.
Miles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature before moving to the University of California, ... more »
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A poem I keep forgetting to write
Is about the stars,
How I see them in their order
Even without the chair and bear and the sisters,
In their astronomic presence of great space,
And how beyond and behind my eyes they are moving,
Exploding to spirals under extremest pressure.
Having not mathematics, my head
Bursts with anguish of not understanding.
The poem I forget to write is bursting fragments
Of a tortured victim, far from me
In his galaxy of minds bent upon him,
In the oblivion of his headline status
Crumpled and exploding as incomparable
As a ...