Mary Ruefle

(1952 / Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)

Mary Ruefle Poems

1. Keeping It Simple 8/8/2015
2. The Wife of Mission Rock 9/3/2015
3. Bavaria 10/15/2016
4. The Bench 10/15/2016
5. Blood Soup 10/15/2016
6. The Bunny Gives Us a Lesson in Eternity 10/15/2016
7. Four Anecdotes From the Life of Dang Yo-une 10/15/2016
8. Last on Earth 10/15/2016
9. Mathew Brady Arranging the Bodies 10/15/2016
10. Rain Effect 10/15/2016
11. Perpetually Attempting to Soar 10/15/2016
12. Seven Postcards from Dover 10/15/2016
13. Shalimar 10/15/2016
14. White Buttons 10/15/2016
15. Women in Labor 10/15/2016
16. To a Magazine 10/15/2016
17. Please Read 10/15/2016
18. Recollections of My Christmas Tree 10/15/2016
19. The Letter 1/20/2003
20. Mimosa 12/11/2014
21. Sentimental Education 1/20/2003
22. The Daze 1/20/2003
23. The Hand 12/12/2014

Comments about Mary Ruefle

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/8/2017 12:14:00 AM)

    Just like the human beings, the earth too goes through various emotions.
    i believe in this phenomena - daze!
    Congrats Mary.

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Best Poem of Mary Ruefle

The Hand

The teacher asks a question.
You know the answer, you suspect
you are the only one in the classroom
who knows the answer, because the person
in question is yourself, and on that
you are the greatest living authority,
but you don't raise your hand.
You raise the top of your desk
and take out an apple.
You look out the window.
You don't raise your hand and there is
some essential beauty in your fingers,
which aren't even drumming, but lie
flat and peaceful.
The teacher repeats the question.
Outside the window, on an overhanging branch,
a robin ...

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Pink dandruff of some tree
afloat on the swimming pool.
What's that bird?
I'm not from around here.
My mail will probably be forwarded
as quietly as this pink fluff
or a question or morphine
or impatience or a mistake
or the infinite method

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