Who is Conrad Aiken

Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889 – August 17, 1973) was an American writer and poet, honored with a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and was United States Poet Laureate from 1950 to 1952. His published works include poetry, short stories, novels, literary criticism, a play, and an autobiography.


Early years

Aiken was the eldest son of William Ford and Anna (Potter) Aiken. In Savannah, Aiken's father became a respected physician and eye surgeon, while his mother was the daughter of a prominent Massachusetts Unitarian minister. On February 27, 1901, Dr. Aiken murdered his wife and then committed suicide. According to his autobiography, Ushant, Aiken, then 11 years old, heard the two gunshots and discovered the bodies immediatel...
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Conrad Aiken Poems

  • Music I Heard
    Music I heard with you was more than music,
    And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
    Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
    All that was once so beautiful is dead....
  • Zudora
    Here on the pale beach, in the darkness;
    With the full moon just to rise;
    They sit alone, and look over the sea,
    Or into each other's eyes. . ....
  • Violet Moore And Bert Moore
    He thinks her little feet should pass
    Where dandelions star thickly grass;
    Her hands should lift in sunlit air
    Sea-wind should tangle up her hair....
  • The House Of Dust: Part 04: 07: The Sun Goes Down In A Cold Pale Flare Of Light
    The sun goes down in a cold pale flare of light.
    The trees grow dark: the shadows lean to the east:
    And lights wink out through the windows, one by one.
    A clamor of frosty sirens mourns at the night....
  • The House Of Dust: Part 04: 06: Cinema
    As evening falls,
    The walls grow luminous and warm, the walls
    Tremble and glow with the lives within them moving,
    Moving like music, secret and rich and warm....
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No Passenger was known to flee'
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No Passenger was known to flee-
That lodged a night in memory-
That wily-subterranean Inn
Contrives that none go out again-


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