Louis Simpson

Louis Simpson Poems

1.
Working Late

A light is on in my father's study.
"Still up?" he says, and we are silent,
looking at the harbor lights,
listening to the surf
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2.
Carentan O Carentan

Trees in the old days used to stand
And shape a shady lane
Where lovers wandered hand in hand
Who came from Carentan.
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3.
Honeymoon

Uncle Bob prayed over the groom:
"Let him establish Kingdom principles."
Aunt Shirley prayed for the bride:
"Father, I pray an anointing on her."
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4.
Chocolates

Once some people were visiting Chekhov.
While they made remarks about his genius
the Master fidgeted. Finally
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5.
Apart (Les Separes)

Do not write. I am sad, and want my light put out.
Summers in your absence are as dark as a room.
I have closed my arms again. They must do without.
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Michael Devolin 12 November 2019

The greatest poet ever. Searching For The Ox, As Birds Are Fitted To The Boughs, etc..

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Michael Devolin 10 September 2019

My favourite poet. For me, the greatest poet that ever lived.

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Jorge Malk 28 March 2018

WOOOOOO LOUIS SIMPSON YEAH MAN! ! ! ! ! ! LOUUUUUUUUISSS GO DUDE YEAAAAAAAA

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Louis Simpson Biography

Born in Jamaica, West Indies, in 1923, Louis Simpson was the son of a lawyer of Scottish descent and a Russian mother. He immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen, studied at Columbia University, then served in the Second World War with the 101st Airborne Division on active duty in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. After the war ...

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