Larry Levis Poems

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1.
The Poem You Asked For

My poem would eat nothing.
I tried giving it water
but it said no,
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2.
As I Move On With You

Different days,
Different hours,
Many faces,
bouqutes of flowers,
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3.
Those Graves In Rome

There are places where the eye can starve,
But not here. Here, for example, is
The Piazza Navona, & here is his narrow room
Overlooking the Steps & the crowds of sunbathing
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4.
The Widening Spell Of The Leaves

--The Carpathian Frontier, October, 1968
--for my brother

Once, in a foreign country, I was suddenly ill.
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5.
Anastasia & Sandman

The brow of a horse in that moment when
The horse is drinking water so deeply from a trough
It seems to inhale the water, is holy.
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6.
In A Country

My love and I are inventing a country, which we
can already see taking shape, as if wheels were
passing through yellow mud. But there is a prob-
lem: if we put a river in the country, it will thaw
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7.
For Zbigniew Herbert, Summer, 1971, Los Angeles

No matter how hard I listen, the wind speaks
One syllable, which has no comfort in it--
Only a rasping of air through the dead elm.
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8.
The Clearing Of The Land: An Epitaph

The trees went up the hill
And over it.
Then the dry grasses of the pasture were
Only a kind of blonde light
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9.
The Poet At Seventeen

My youth? I hear it mostly in the long, volleying
Echoes of billiards in the pool hall where
I spent it all, extravagantly, believing
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10.
Readings In French

1.

Looking into the eyes of Gerard de Nerval
You notice the giant sea crabs rising.
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