Weldon Kees

(1914 - 1955 / Nebraska / United States)

Weldon Kees Poems

1. 1926 1/13/2003
2. A Distance From The Sea 1/13/2003
3. A Musician's Wife 1/13/2003
4. A Pastiche For Eve 1/13/2003
5. Aspects Of Robinson 4/16/2010
6. Colloquy 1/1/2004
7. Covering Two Years 4/16/2010
8. Covering Two Years 1/13/2003
9. Dead March 1/13/2003
10. For My Daughter 4/16/2010
11. Girl At Midnight 4/16/2010
12. Interregnum 1/13/2003
13. La Vita Nuova 1/13/2003
14. Late Evening Song 1/13/2003
15. Lines For An Album 4/16/2010
16. Problems Of A Journalist 4/16/2010
17. Relating To Robinson 4/16/2010
18. Robinson 1/13/2003
19. Robinson At Home 4/16/2010
20. Round 1/1/2004
21. Statement With Rhymes 4/16/2010
22. Testimonies 4/16/2010
23. The Beach 1/13/2003
24. The Bell From Europe 1/13/2003
25. The Climate Of Danger 4/16/2010
26. The Conversation In The Drawing Room 4/16/2010
27. The Doctor Will Return 1/13/2003
28. The End Of The Library 1/13/2003
29. The Furies 1/13/2003
30. The Party 4/16/2010
31. The Smiles Of The Bathers 1/13/2003
32. The Speakers 1/13/2003
33. The Upstairs Room 1/13/2003
34. To A Noisy Contemporary 4/16/2010
35. To Build A Quiet City In His Mind 4/16/2010
36. Variations On A Theme By Joyce 4/16/2010
37. What The Spider Heard 4/16/2010
38. Year's End 1/13/2003

Comments about Weldon Kees

  • Evelyn (7/16/2018 9:39:00 AM)

    Why would anyone imagine that we'd want to hear poetry read in a robotic computerized voice, with no sense of the poem's mood or tone or cadence? It's horrible!

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  • Thomas. Goodwin (2/22/2018 11:47:00 AM)

    Trying to get my workout

  • Thomas Goodwin (12/15/2017 12:29:00 PM)

    Trying to get my name out there

  • Constance Steckel (12/1/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    Kees deserves to be much better known. The New Yorker did publish many of his poems.

  • Midnight Solitude (12/11/2011 7:52:00 PM)

    One of America's greatest poets.

  • Pietro Roversi (2/19/2010 3:21:00 PM)

    True great poetry, like Dickinson, Stevens or Moore, hard to read but the reward is definitively there!

  • Lamont Palmer (11/25/2006 7:07:00 PM)

    Kees is probably the greatest obscure poet of the 20th century in American poetry. Nearly on par with Stevens in his words and music. -LP

Best Poem of Weldon Kees

A Musician's Wife

Between the visits to the shock ward
The doctors used to let you play
On the old upright Baldwin
Donated by a former patient
Who is said to be quite stable now.

And all day long you played Chopin,
Badly and hauntingly, when you weren't
Screaming on the porch that looked
Like an enormous birdcage. Or sat
In your room and stared out at the sky.

You never looked at me at all.
I used to walk down to where the bus stopped
Over the hill where the eucalyptus trees
Moved in the fog, and stared down
At the lights coming on, in the white ...

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A Pastiche For Eve

Unmanageable as history: these
Followers of Tammuz to the land
That offered no return, where dust
Grew thick on every bolt and door. And so the world
Chilled, and the women wept, tore at their hair.
Yet, in the skies, a goddess governed Sirius, the Dog,
Who shines alike on mothers, lesbians, and whores.

What are we governed by? Dido and Carrie

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