Louis Edward Sissman

(1928 - 1976 / Detroit / United States)

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Louis Edward Sissman (January 1, 1928 Detroit – March, 1976) was a poet and advertising executive.
Sissman was raised in Detroit. He went to private schools, and in 1941 he became a national spelling champion. He was a Quiz Kid.
Near the end of World War II Sissman entered Harvard. He was expelled but returned, graduating in 1949 as Class Poet.
In 1950's, he worked at Prentice-Hall ... more »

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Homage to Clotho: A Hospital Suite


Nowhere is all around us, pressureless,
A vacuum waiting for a rupture in
The tegument, a puncture in the skin,
To pass inside without a password and
Implode us into Erewhon. This room
Is dangerously unguarded: in one wall
An empty elevator clangs its doors,
Imperiously, for fodder; in the hall,
Bare stretchers gape for commerce; in the air
Outside, a trembling, empty brightness falls
In hunger on those whom it would devour
Like any sparrow hawk as darkness falls
And rises silently up the steel stairs
To the eleventh and last floor, where ...

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