Louis Simpson

(1923-2012 / Kingston)

Louis Simpson Poems

1. Apart (Les Separes) 7/3/2015
2. American Poetry 11/9/2015
3. I Dreamed That in a City Dark as Paris 5/25/2016
4. from The Laurel Tree 5/25/2016
5. Lines Written Near San Francisco 5/25/2016
6. The Man Who Married Magdalene 5/25/2016
7. My Father in the Night Commanding No 5/25/2016
8. On the Lawn at the Villa 5/25/2016
9. Sway 5/25/2016
10. There Is 5/25/2016
11. Things 5/25/2016
12. To the Western World 5/25/2016
13. Vandergast and the Girl 5/25/2016
14. Walt Whitman at Bear Mountain 5/25/2016
15. White Oxen 5/25/2016
16. A Story About Chicken Soup 5/25/2016
17. Chocolates 2/6/2015
18. Honeymoon 1/20/2003
19. Carentan O Carentan 1/20/2003
20. Working Late 1/20/2003
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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
and the creak of coconut boughs.

He is working late on cases.
No impassioned speech! He argues from evidence,
actually pacing out and measuring,
while the fans revolving on the ceiling
winnow the true from the false.

Once he passed a brass curtain rod
through a head made out of plaster
and showed the jury the angle of fire--
where the murderer must have stood.
For years, all through my childhood,
if I ...

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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
and the creak of coconut boughs.

He is working late on cases.
No impassioned speech! He argues from evidence,
actually pacing out and measuring,

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