William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)

William Morris Meredith Jr. Poems

1. “do Not Embrace Your Mind’s New Negro Friend” 1/12/2012
2. Accidents Of Birth 1/12/2012
3. Consequences 1/12/2012
4. Earth Walk 1/12/2012
5. Effort At Speech 1/12/2012
6. Envoi 1/12/2012
7. Five Accounts Of A Monogamous Man 1/12/2012
8. Hazard Faces A Sunday In The Decline 1/12/2012
9. Hazard's Optimism 1/12/2012
10. In Loving Memory Of The Late Author Of Dream Songs 1/12/2012
11. Last Things 1/12/2012
12. Love Letter From An Impossible Land 1/12/2012
13. Navy Field 1/12/2012
14. Notes For An Elegy 1/12/2012
15. Parents 1/20/2003
16. Partial Accounts 1/12/2012
17. Politics 1/12/2012
18. Rhode Island 1/20/2003
19. Starlight 1/12/2012
20. The Cheer 1/12/2012
21. The Illiterate 1/12/2012
22. The Jain Bird Hospital In Delhi 1/12/2012
23. The Open Sea 1/12/2012
24. The Wreck Of The Thresher 1/12/2012
25. Thoughts On One’s Head 1/12/2012
26. Tree Marriage 1/12/2012

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Rhode Island

Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
again, like the rented animals in Aïda.
In the late morning the land breeze
turns and now the extras are driving
all the white elephants the other way.
What language are the children shouting in?
He is lying on the beach listening.

The sand knocks like glass, struck by bare heels.
He tries to remember snow noise.
Would powder snow ping like that?
But you don't lie with your ear to powder snow.
Why doesn't the girl who takes care
of the children, a Yale girl without flaw,
know the difference...

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Last Things

For Robert Lowell

In the tunnel of woods, as the road
Winds up through the freckled light, a porcupine,
Larger than life, crosses the road.
He moves with the difficulty of relics—
Possum, armadillo, horseshoe crab.
To us they seem creatures arthritic with time,

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