Harold Hart Crane

(21 July 1899 – 27 April 1932 / Garrettsville, Ohio)

The Air Plant - Poem by Harold Hart Crane

Grand Cayman

This tuft that thrives on saline nothingness,
Inverted octopus with heavenward arms
Thrust parching from a palm-bole hard by the cove⎯
A bird almost⎯of almost bird alarms,

Is pulmonary to the wind that jars
Its tentacles, horrific in their lurch.
The lizard’s throat, held bloated for a fly,
Balloons but warily from this throbbing perch.

The needles and hack-saws of cactus bleed
A milk of earth when stricken off the stalk;
But this,⎯defenseless, thornless, sheds no blood,
Almost no shadow⎯but the air’s thin talk.

Angelic Dynamo! Ventriloquist of the Blue!
While beachward creeps the shark-swept Spanish Main
By what conjunctions do the winds appoint
Its apotheosis, at last⎯the hurricane!


Comments about The Air Plant by Harold Hart Crane

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/29/2017 10:49:00 PM)


    Angelic Dynamo! Ventriloquist of the Blue!
    While beachward creeps the shark-swept Spanish Main
    By what conjunctions do the winds appoint
    Its apotheosis, at last⎯the hurricane! ... loved these lines. Beautiful poem having haunting expression. Nice penmanship. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for being selected as the poem of the day.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/29/2017 10:48:00 PM)


    Angelic Dynamo! Ventriloquist of the Blue!
    While beachward creeps the shark-swept Spanish Main
    By what conjunctions do the winds appoint
    Its apotheosis, at last⎯the hurricane! ... loved these lines. Beautiful poem having haunting expression. Nice penmanship. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for being selected as the poem of the day.
    (Report) Reply

  • Priyanka Singh (9/29/2017 3:17:00 PM)


    Almost no shadow⎯but the air’s thin talk.
    Nicely penned.
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  • (9/29/2017 11:35:00 AM)


    Interesting, if a little pulpy and ecstatic. MM (Report) Reply

  • Seema Devi Sharma (9/29/2017 10:42:00 AM)


    Nicely written poem, thanks poet.
    10
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/29/2017 9:50:00 AM)


    But this, ⎯defenseless, thornless, sheds no blood,
    Almost no shadow⎯but the air’s thin talk.
    Nicely written.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/29/2017 12:41:00 AM)


    Such a great poem interesting to read..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 12, 2012



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