Timothy Steele Poems
- Sapphics Against Anger Angered, may I be near a glass of ...
- Toward The Winter Solstice Although the roof is just a story ...
- Eros By rights one should experience holy dread At the ...
- Practice The basketball you walk around the court Produces ...
- Her Memory Of The Picnic To finger-sponge crust crumbs of ...
- Woman In A Museum You sit, suspending your critique Of ...
- Pacific Rim Unsteadily, I stand against the wash Flooding ...
Timothy Steele is an American poet. Steele generally writes in meter and rhyme, and his early poems, which began appearing in the 1970s in such magazines as Poetry, The Southern Review, and X. J. Kennedy's Counter/Measures, are said to have anticipated and contributed to the revival of traditional verse associated with the New Formalism. He, however, has objected to being called a New Formalist, saying that he doesn't claim to be doing anything technically novel and that Formalism "suggests, among other things, an interest in style rather than substance, whereas I believe that the two are mutually vital in any successful poem." Notwithstanding his reservations about the term, ... more »
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Sapphics Against Anger
Angered, may I be near a glass of water;
May my first impulse be to think of Silence,
Its deities (who are they? do, in fact, they
May I recall what Aristotle says of
The subject: to give vent to rage is not to
Release it but to be increasingly prone
To its incursions.
May I imagine being in the Inferno,
Hearing it asked: "Virgilio mio, who's
That sulking with Achilles there?" and hearing
Virgil say: "Dante,
That fellow, at the slightest provocation,
Slammed phone ...