Wallace Stevens

(October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Poetry Is A Destructive Force - Poem by Wallace Stevens

That's what misery is,
Nothing to have at heart.
It is to have or nothing.
It is a thing to have,
A lion, an ox in his breast,
To feel it breathing there.

Corazon, stout dog,
Young ox, bow-legged bear,
He tastes its blood, not spit.

He is like a man
In the body of a violent beast
Its muscles are his own...

The lion sleeps in the sun.
Its nose is on its paws.
It can kill a man.

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015



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