Yvor Winters

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Yvor Winters was born in Chicago in 1900 and died Palo Alto, California in 1968. He was studying at the University of Chicago when he was diagnosed as tubercular and had to relocate to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for his health. His early experimental poems, the striking one-line works in the imagist mode as well as the formalist works of his first two b ...
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At The San Francisco Airport
This is the terminal: the light
Gives perfect vision, false and hard;
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Alone
I, one who never speaks,
Listened days in summer trees,
Each day a rustling leaf.
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3.
A Song In Passing
Where am I now? And what
Am I to say portends?
Death is but death, and not
The most obtuse of ends.
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4.
Dark Spring
My mother
Foresaw deaths
And walked among
Chrysanthemums,
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5.
The Precision
God spoke once in the dark: dead sound
in the dead silence. I turned
in my sleep.
      I slept and sank away.
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Jason Leary 23 April 2020
That little known great writer wrote amazing verse, The lines he wrote have the slow intensity of slow yet vividly bright lightening or depth charges that plummet what Alexander Pope (with hasty pessimism) called 'caverns measureless to man'! Much of what he wrote had the quality of the poems of Holderlin. He was a type of avant-garde classicist!
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