Paul Blackburn Poems
- The Yawn The black-haired girl with the big ...
- Ritual X. : The Evening Pair... EAST OF EDEN is ...
- Journal: April 19 : The Southe... look out the window in ...
- The Café Filtre Slowly and with persistence he eats away at ...
- 7th Game: 1960 Series Nice day, sweet October afternoon Men...
Paul Blackburn (November 24, 1926 – September 13, 1971) was an American poet. He influenced contemporary literature through his poetry, translations and the encouragement and support he offered to fellow poets.
Blackburn was born in St. Albans, Vermont. His parents, William Gordon Blackburn and Frances Frost (also a poet, novelist and author of children's books), separated when Blackburn was three and a half. Thereafter, he was cared for primarily by his maternal grandparents on their farm in St. Albans until he was fourteen, when his mother took him to New York City to live with her in Greenwich Village. He began writing poetry in his late teens under her ... more »
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The Café Filtre
Slowly and with persistence
he eats away at the big steak,
gobbles up the asparagus, its
butter & salt & root taste,
drinks at a glass of red wine, and carefully
taking his time, mops up
the gravy with bread—
The top of the café filtre is
copper, passively shines back, & between
mouthfuls of steak, sips of wine,
at intervals to
with the flat of his hand
the top removed,
at the apparatus,
create the ...