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Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day - Poem by Marge Piercy
In flat America, in Chicago,
Graceland cemetery on the German North Side.
Forty feet of Corinthian candle
celebrate Pullman embedded
lonely raisin in a cake of concrete.
The Potter Palmers float
in an island parthenon.
Barons of hogfat, railroads and wheat
are postmarked with angels and lambs.
But the Getty tomb: white, snow patterned
in a triangle of trees swims dappled with leaf shadow,
sketched light arch within arch
delicate as fingernail moons.
The green doors should not be locked.
Doors of fern and flower should not be shut.
Louis Sullivan, I sit on your grave.
It is not now good weather for prophets.
Sun eddies on the steelsmoke air like sinking honey.
On the inner green door of the Getty tomb
(a thighbone's throw from your stone)
a marvel of growing, blooming, thrusting into seed:
how all living wreathe and insinuate
in the circlet of repetition that never repeats:
ever new birth never rebirth.
Each tide pool microcosm spiraling from your hand.
Sullivan, you had another five years
when your society would give you work.
Thirty years with want crackling in your hands.
Thirty after years with cities
flowering and turning grey in your beard.
All poets are unemployed nowadays.
My country marches in its sleep.
The past structures a heavy mausoleum
hiding its iron frame in masonry.
Men burn like grass
while armies grow.
Thirty years in the vast rumbling gut
of this society you stormed
to be used, screamed
no louder than any other breaking voice.
The waste of a good man
bleeds the future that's come
in Chicago, in flat America,
where the poor still bleed from the teeth,
housed in sewers and filing cabinets,
where prophets may spit into the wind
till anger sleets their eyes shut,
where this house that dances the seasons
and the braid of all living
and the joy of a man making his new good thing
is strange, irrelevant as a meteor,
in Chicago, in flat America
in this year of our burning.
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Poems About Summer
- 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
- 2. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
- 3. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
- 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
- 5. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
- 6. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
- 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
- 8. Summer , John Clare
- 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
- 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
- 11. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 12. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
- 13. To Summer , William Blake
- 14. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
- 15. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
- 16. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
- 17. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
- 18. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
- 19. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
- 20. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
- 21. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
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- 26. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
- 27. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 28. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
- 29. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
- 30. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
- 31. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
- 32. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
- 33. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
- 34. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
- 35. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
- 36. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
- 37. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
- 38. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
- 39. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
- 40. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
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- 42. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
- 43. Summer Evening , John Clare
- 44. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
- 45. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
- 46. Summer Song , George Barker
- 47. Summer Images , John Clare
- 48. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
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- 50. Summer , Amy Lowell
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