Judson Jerome

(1927-1991 / United States)

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Judson Jerome (1927 - August 5, 1991 in Xenia, Ohio) was an American poet, author, and literary critic, perhaps best known for having written the poetry column for Writer's Digest for thirty years.

Jerome was also responsible for a controversial amendment to Ernest Hemingway's 1933 short story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place ; in 1956, Jerome -- then an assistant professor of English at ... more »

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  • ''He wants to treat everybody's eyes with the same drops.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Commentary on Ephesians, prologue PL 26, 539.
  • ''When I could not see the light with my blind eyes, I blamed not my eyes, but the sun.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 30.
  • ''I praise wedlock, I praise marital union, but only because they produce me virgins.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 20.
  • ''Nothing is hard for lovers, no labor is difficult for those who wish it.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, XXII, 40.
  • ''Keep always busy so that the devil will find you always engaged.''
    Jerome (c. 340-420), Roman church father. Epistulae, CXXV, 11.
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Best Poem of Judson Jerome

The Unchosen

I guess I have a deficiency. God never
said boo to me when as a boy I stood
straining in church with muscular endeavor
for the sweet squirt of salvation. I never could
see why He spoke to this or that old lady,

sending her, hallelujah, down the aisle.
Was I alone in the congregation vile?
Or was their claim of spirit something shady?
And now when I read poets who simply Know,
drinking their imagery from God’s own cup,

whose poems "just come," and then, like Topsy, grow,
whereas I always have to make them up,
with never a tremor saying Break this ...

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