Theodore Russell Weiss
Theodore Russell Weiss (16 December 1916 Reading, Pennsylvania — 15 April 2003 Princeton, New Jersey) was an American poet, and literary magazine editor.
He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1938 and Columbia University in 1940. He was an instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of North Carolina, Yale University, and Bard College. He taught at Princeton ... more »
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A Gothic Tale
Framed by our window, skaters, winding
in and out the wind, as water reeling
so kept in motion, on a well-honed
edge spin out a gilded ceiling.
Fish, reflecting glow for glow,
saints around the sun, are frozen
with amazement just one pane below.
Skates flash like stars, so madly
whirling one can hardly tell which
is sky and which the watery floor ...
one night two straitlaced couples,
a footman over them, rode out
in a dappled-horse-drawn sleigh
onto the river, a moonlit lark.
The ice broke and they—sleigh, ...