Richard Eberhart

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Richard Ghormley Eberhart (April 5, 1904 – June 9, 2005) was an American poet who published more than a dozen books of poetry and approximately twenty works in total. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Selected Poems, 1930–1965 and the 1977 National Book Award for Poetry for Collected Poems, 1930–1976.

Eberhart was born in 1904 in Austin, ...

Richard Eberhart Poems

The Groundhog

In June, amid the golden fields,
I saw a groundhog lying dead.
Dead lay he; my senses shook,
And mind outshot our naked frailty.

The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces.
History, even, does not know what is meant.

The Eclipse

I stood out in the open cold
To see the essence of the eclipse
Which was its perfect darkness.

The Spider


The spider expects the cold of winter.
When the shadows fall in long Autumn
He congeals in a nest of paper, prepares

A New England Bachelor

My death was arranged by special plans in Heaven
And only occasioned comment by ten persons in Adams, Massachusetts.
The best thing ever said about me
Was that I was deft at specifying trump.

Richard Eberhart Comments

Chuck Taylor 13 May 2020

Wonderful if forgotten poet!

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Barbara Bald 03 April 2020

Greetings, I am tasked with finding poems from our past NH Poet Laureates (like Kumin, Hall, Kenyon, Eberhart, etc)) who are deceased. I know their names, but need to find their poems either in the public domain or how out how to get permission to use their poems in our PSNH journal. Know how to proceed? Who to ask? Can you advise me? Thank you. BB

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Adam Selene 04 May 2008

Morning: I am a new member. I am trying to find the full text of this Eberhart Poem with the following 'stanza': 'If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness when everything is as it was in my childhood violent, vivid, and of infinite possibility.' - Richard Eberhart Any help or direction would be appreciated. I remain, Adam Yours for a free society

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