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A Girl 7,449 Miles Away

At night the only thing that draws my attention is lights,
 streets', clubs', and skyscrapers'.

Because they are there,
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Yasmina Arbid

Yasmina Arbid
In Praise Of Limestone

If it form the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones,
Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly
Because it dissolves in water. Mark these rounded slopes
With their surface fragrance of thyme and, beneath,
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
Undine

Spirit of Como, whose rhythmical call
Murmurs caressingly under my wall,
Why are thy feet, though the hour be late,
Mounting the moon-silvered steps of my gate?
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
The Learning Tree

a long caste fountain
into the background sky
singular in stature
in winds breeze wave
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Joseph Mayo Wristen
Advertisement For The Waldorf-astoria

Fine living . . . a la carte?
Come to the Waldorf-Astoria!

LISTEN HUNGRY ONES!
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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
Zone

At last you're tired of this elderly world

Shepherdess O Eiffel Tower this morning the bridges are bleating

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire
Beauty

Even as on some black background full of night
And hollow storm in cloudy disarray,
The forceful brush of some great master may
More brilliantly evoke a higher light;
.....

Mathilde Blind
Cragwell End

I

There's nothing I know of to make you spend
A day of your life at Cragwell End.
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R. C. Lehmann

R. C. Lehmann
Epilogue [english]

I
The sun, less hot, looks from a sky more clear;
The roses in their sleepy loveliness
Nod to the cradling wind. The atmosphere
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Paul Verlaine

Paul Verlaine
God's Funeral

I
I saw a slowly-stepping train --
Lined on the brows, scoop-eyed and bent and hoar --
Following in files across a twilit plain
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
A Background In Music

and not just twangy tunes that rhyme southern drawls
with guitar strings, though it's true i knew charlie pride
before charlie parker, but music, music, music, broadway
numbers (one! . . .) broadcast over speakers in the park,
.....

Evie Shockley
Address At The Opening Of The California Theatre, San Francisco, January 19, 1870

Brief words, when actions wait, are well:
The prompter's hand is on his bell;
The coming heroes, lovers, kings,
Are idly lounging at the wings;
.....
Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Eurunderee

There are scenes in the distance where beauty is not,
On the desolate flats where gaunt appletrees rot.
Where the brooding old ridge rises up to the breeze
From his dark lonely gullies of stringy-bark trees,
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
A Face

If one could have that little head of hers
Painted upon a background of pure gold,
Such as the Tuscan's early art prefers!
No shade encroaching on the matchless mould
.....
Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Culture And Cops

Five nights agone I lay at rest
On my suburban couch.
My trousers on the bedpost hung,
Red gold within their pouch.
.....

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
A German Christmas Eve (prose)

A German Christmas Eve



.....

Michael Fairless
The Myth Of Arthur

O learned man who never learned to learn,
Save to deduce, by timid steps and small,
From towering smoke that fire can never burn
And from tall tales that men were never tall.
.....

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
A Brown Study

LET them sing of their primrose and cowslip,
Their daffodil-gold-coloured hair,
Their bluebells, blue eyes, and white violets,
All the pale dreamy things they find fair;
.....
Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit
Harbor Moonrise

There is never a wind to sing o'er the sea
On its dimpled bosom that holdeth in fee
Wealth of silver and magicry;
And the harbor is like to an ebon cup
.....

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Andrea Del Sarto

But do not let us quarrel any more,
No, my Lucrezia; bear with me for once:
Sit down and all shall happen as you wish.
You turn your face, but does it bring your heart?
.....
Robert Browning

Robert Browning
The Death Of Prince Leopold

Alas! noble Prince Leopold, he is dead!
Who often has his lustre shed:
Especially by singing for the benefit of Esher School,
Which proves he was a wise prince. and no conceited fool.
.....

William Topaz Mcgonagall
Hunters In The Snow

The over-all picture is winter
icy mountains
in the background the return
from the hunt it is toward evening
.....
William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams
The Months: A Pageant

PERSONIFICATIONS.

Boys. Girls.
January. February.
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Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
Jack's Last Muster

The first flush of grey light, the herald of daylight,
Is dimly outlining the musterer's camp,
Where over the sleeping, the stealthily creeping
Breath of the morning lies chilly and damp,
.....

Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake
Part 1 Of Trout Fishing In America

THE COVER FOR

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA

.....

Richard Brautigan
Above Eurunderee

There are scenes in the distance where beauty is not,
On the desolate flats where gaunt appletrees rot.
Where the brooding old ridge rises up to the breeze
From his dark lonely gullies of stringy-bark trees,
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
Portrait Of My Father As A Young Man

In the eyes: dream. The brow as if it could feel
something far off. Around the lips, a great
freshness--seductive, though there is no smile.
Under the rows of ornamental braid
.....

Rainer Maria Rilke
Suburb

Dull and hard the low wind creaks
Among the rustling pampas plumes.
Drearily the year consumes
Its fifty-two insipid weeks.
.....

Harold Monro
Second Class Wait Here

At suburban railway stations--you may see them as you pass--
there are signboards on the platform saying 'Wait here second class,'
And to me the whirr and thunder and the cluck of running-gear
Seem to be forever saying 'Second class wait here--
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
Thespis: Act Ii

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

GODS

.....

William Schwenck Gilbert
Abraham Davenport

In the old days (a custom laid aside
With breeches and cocked hats) the people sent
Their wisest men to make the public laws.
And so, from a brown homestead, where the Sound
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
This Is A Photograph Of Me

It was taken some time ago
At first it seems to be
a smeared
print: blurred lines and grey flecks
.....

Margaret Atwood
Scenes From 'politian.' (an Unpublished Drama)

I.

ROME., A Hall in a Palace. ALESSANDRA and CASTIGLIONE

.....
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Jack's Last Muster

Diamantina River, Western Queensland


The first flush of grey light, the herald of daylight,
.....

Barcroft Boake
Andrea Del Sarto - Called The "faultless Painter"

But do not let us quarrel any more,
No, my Lucrezia; bear with me for once:
Sit down and all shall happen as you wish.
You turn your face, but does it bring your heart?
.....
Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Address - The Opening Of The California Theatre, San Francisco, January 19, 1870

Brief words, when actions wait, are well:
The prompter's hand is on his bell;
The coming heroes, lovers, kings,
Are idly lounging at the wings;
.....

Bret Harte (francis)
I'm Still Just A Child

O Lord, tear me to pieces.
I'm still just a child.
And dare to sing
And call upon you
.....

Franz Werfel
The Cranes Of Ibycus

Once to the song and chariot-fight,
Where all the tribes of Greece unite
On Corinth's isthmus joyously,
The god-loved Ibycus drew nigh.
.....

Friedrich Schiller
Untitled :rosy Mirror

Rosy mirror: an ugly image

That appears in the black background,

.....

Georg Trakl
The Jewish Cemetery At Newport

How strange it seems! These Hebrews in their graves,
Close by the street of this fair seaport town,
Silent beside the never-silent waves,
At rest in all this moving up and down!
.....
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Scenes From “politian.”

AN UNPUBLISHED DRAMA.

I.

.....
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Pain's Purpose

How blind is he who prays that God will send
All pain from earth. Pain has its use and place;
Its ministry of holiness and grace.
The darker tones upon the canvas blend
.....
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Radiant Christ

I

Arise, O master artist of the age,
And paint the picture which at once shall be
.....
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Myth Of Arthur

O learned man who never learned to learn,
Save to deduce, by timid steps and small,
From towering smoke that fire can never burn
And from tall tales that men were never tall.
.....
G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton
The Postern Gate

I chose me a lovely garden,
Beneath whose ivied wall
A lake's blue wavelets murmur
As evening shadows fall,-
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
Grandeur

Dedicated to the mountains of the San Juan district,
Colorado, as seen from the summit of Mt. Wilson.


.....

Alfred Castner King
Arabesque

On a background of pale gold
I would trace with quaint design,
Penciled fine,
Brilliant-colored, Moorish scenes,
.....
Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
The Spagnoletto

DRAMATIS PERSONAE.
DON JOHN of AUSTRIA.
JOSEF RIBERA, the Spagnoletto.
LORENZO, noble young Italian artist, pupil of Ribera.
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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
The Faithful One

So many play with you,
You play with the many,
But you never see me
There in the background,
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Franz Werfel