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Kulambq: Haunting poem by Weldon Kees, in many ways reminiscent of Hart Crane's 'Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge' and 'The Broken Tower.' The last quatrain is a terrifying vision of emtpiness and spiritual desolation.

Kulambq: 'Outside, white buildings yellow in the sun. Outside, the birds circle continuously Where trees are actual and take no holiday.' ~ Weldon Kees, from 'Robinson' The painting 'New York, New Haven and Hartford' is by Edward Hopper, who died on this day in 1967.

Kulambq: 'Praise to the mind That moves toward meaning, Kindness; mixes keenness With routine of Grace, has space, And finds its place.' ~ Weldon Kees, from 'Praise to the Mind'

Kulambq: 'Plurality is all. I sympathize, but cannot grieve too long for those who wear their dialectics on their sleeves.' ~ Weldon Kees

Kulambq: Writing a research paper on Weldon Kees and Hart Crane. Very rewarding rediscovirng this familiar yet not fully understood terrain.

rarebookman: Weldon Kees's Copy of NEW DIRECTIONS IN PROSE & POETRY 1941 1st Edition. Thick book, over 700 pp, possible contributor's copy belonging to poet Weldon Kees & SIGNED by him. Kees has 4 poems in the book predating his first book. VG, no dj. $1,000

carsonvaughan: Trying to round up some lesser-known, but nevertheless accomplished writers with ties to the University of Nebraska. For example: Jim Thompson, Ervin Krause, Weldon Kees, S. Clay Wilson, Frank Jacobs, etc. I'm missing a ton. Who are they?!

anne436: 1926 by Weldon Kees

B_R_AI_N: "On July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned on the Golden Gate Bridge, and he was never seen again."

B_R_AI_N: For My Daughter by Weldon Kees

illdesperado: A siren moans and dies. Heartbeats of a clock, enormous, by your bed. Noises in the walls. Now, in an older hand, I write my name. Now, with a voice grown unfamiliar, I speak to silences of altered rooms. Weldon Kees

bloemkolk: Weldon Kees.

dromarzahzah: “Our eyes are strangers’ eyes that haunt our childhood.” -Weldon Kees

Kulambq: Harold Bloom on Weldon Kees' Robinson cycle of poems. 'Robinson is Kees as Crusoe, the daemon of a solitary existence.'

marty_benz: One of the first poems I ever read, strangely enough, and it still moves me whenever I read it. Weldon Kees

sillygoodvibes: “And the world, like a beast, impatient/and quick,/waits only for those that are dead. No death for you. You /are involved.”-Weldon Kees

MaceLikeSpace: Happy Birthday American poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, playwright, jazz pianist, short story writer, and filmmaker Weldon Kees (1914-1955)! That's a lot of things but he's most well known for his poetry. Unknown if he actually died in 1955 he just went missing

matthewjdowd: happy bday poet/painter Weldon Kees, b.1914, Nebraska. 'What other hope does life hold out But the miraculous, the skilled and patient Execution, the teamwork, all the pain and worry every miracle involves?”

revdrdark: The Inquiry by Weldon Kees Infoscholar Great Poems

revdrdark: The Inquiry by Weldon Kees Infoscholar Great Poems

SarahFPoetry: from my fave poem atm,by weldon kees

Kulambq: Being a poet between 1930 and 1970 in America was a very dangerous calling. Out of all, it is Weldon Kees' death/disappearance that has most beguiled the public. His car was discovered on 19 July 1955 at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. No note, no body.

Kulambq: This is from James Reidel's magnificent biography of Weldon Kees, 'Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees.'

Kulambq: A woman named Toni Barrett, who had known Kees as a little girl, said she saw Kees in 1962 in New Orleans; another sighting of the poet was alleged by the writer Peter Hamill, who once had a drink with a stranger in Mexico and later claimed that the man was Weldon Kees.

Kulambq: 'Thus in the losing autumn, Over the streets, I now lurch Legless to your side and speak your name Under a gray sky ripped apart By thunder and the changing wind.' ~ Weldon Kees, 'La Vita Nuova'

greenwoodhifi: Forever haunted by the final stanza of this Weldon Kees poem

consertum: Morning: blue, cold, and still. Eyes that have stared too long Stare at the wedge of light At the end of the frozen room Where snow on the windowsill, Packed and cold as life, Winters the sense of wrong January/ Weldon Kees

TATFS: I'm so glad to see the love for Weldon Kees. Ppl often think of him as just dark/bitter, but he's a (small r) romantic, a satirist, a surrealist, and damn funny too. 'Prurient tapers gamboled on our lawns' is a heck of an opening line.

RobertF51444327: may i see further by standing on the shoulders of giants the irascible 18 harry weldon kees, untitled 1946 [i see vibrancy in this piece. i like the playfulness of the shapes and the striped sections. because of the familiarity of some shapes i see a face staring back at me]

Kulambq: One of the more beautiful poems about January. Weldon Kees is sadly a much disregarded poet who should be more known and read.

NeilServen: Finally realized that Ted Lasso's look evokes that of another Midwesterner, the poet/painter Weldon Kees.

mattwimberley: Weldon Kees “Small Prayer”

BackwatersPress: DISTANT ENGINES is one of the three winners of The Weldon Kees Awards for 2005 from The Backwaters Press. During our Holiday sale, save 50%:

mattwimberley: Just me. Reading Weldon Kees. Looking at the trees.

rabihalameddine: Five years ago: 1926 by Weldon Kees

jeremylybarger: I’m rereading Weldon Kees for the first time in a while and marveling again at how good he was. Cynical humor and slices of bleak Midwestern life in his fiction; harrowing jags of lyricism in his poetry.

Nouffasa: Weldon Kees

TomSnarsky: Let it be enough: Weldon Kees

JymCherry: A lost literary influence of Jim Morrison

PeterLandau: Weldon Kees

freakhighway: sorry to say that yeats isn’t my favorite poet i didn’t really love his stuff. my favorite poets are Roberto Bolaño (met literary hero) and Weldon Kees

BackwatersPress: DISTANT ENGINES is one of the three winners of The Weldon Kees Award for 2005 from The Backwaters Press. During our Holiday sale, save 50%:

MarinaKay_: Weldon Kees.

johnofhousejohn: This is my favorite rhyme scheme for sonnets — a hybrid between the Shakespearean and Petrarchan. Weldon Kees does it best I think.

Fibbus45: only a few poems in and I already know I love it so I'm starting a thread of favorites from Weldon Kees: "Subtitle." this is the first one you read lol

Fibbus45: only a few poems in and I already know I love it so I'm starting a thread of favorites from Weldon Kees: "Subtitle." this is the first one you read lol

sherlyholmes: Poem of the day: “Small Prayer” by Weldon Kees.

hannahkezema: “crime club” by weldon kees, published before his mysterious disappearance

isidro_li: And snow is raging, raging, in a darker world. — Weldon Kees

settofaze: Now, sometimes I wake in the night And hear the sound of dead leaves against the shutters. And then a distant Music starts, a music out of an abyss, And it is dawn before I sleep again. —Weldon Kees

OLDSIRHENRY: Reading Weldon Kees for the first time; perfect for autumn.

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Selected_Poems: Just dropping in to say “holy shit Weldon Kees tho”

ianduhig: I had a poem about Weldon Kees but I don't know what happened to it.

seventydys: a wound remembers Weldon Kees, ‘Small Prayer’

poemtoday: Small Prayer Change, move, dead clock, that this fresh day May break with dazzling light to these sick eyes. Burn, glare, old sun, so long unseen, That time may find its sound again, and cleanse Whatever it is that a wound remembers After the healing ends. Weldon Kees

poemtoday: Two poems by Weldon Kees....

seventydys: through the store’s darkness Weldon Kees, from ‘I Should Worry’

seventydys: September was when it began Weldon Kees, ‘The Coming of the Plague’

SeanSingerPoet: Weldon Kees

SeanSingerPoet: Weldon Kees

afieldoflight: Weldon Kees

isidro_li: Not a third that walks beside me, But five or six or more. Whether at dusk or daybreak Or at blinding noon, a retinue Of shadows that no door Excludes. — Weldon Kees

rajoyceUCB: —Weldon Kees, "Statement with Rhymes"

Davorka1965774: Crime club by Weldon Kees, 1943

DanaGioiaPoet: The latest video in my "Art of Poetry" series is about Poetic Voice. I discuss Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, Louise Bogan, Weldon Kees, and more.

plastic_bio: A good night for the fireplace to becrackling with flames - or so he figured,Crumpling the papers he could only seeAs testimonials to long plateaus of emptiness. - Weldon Kees

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danielepantano: Weldon Kees has visited The Abandoned Playground.

DjPileggi: Ambrose Bierce and Weldon Kees: Two great writers I’ve been reading lately who both disappeared . . .

EvergreenReview: "Testicular extracts on the shelf Beside the gleaming carving-knife Brighten the bishop’s wakening, Give promises of both Death and Life." Newly discovered Weldon Kees poem, "Parish," appears today alongside commentary by James Reidel.

seventydys: And now the nights begin Weldon Kees, ‘Return of the Ghost’

GregoryBMoss: Colloquy Poem by Weldon Kees

DurhamWASP: Weldon Kees - the poet who vanished

angsumanch: The Cult of Weldon Kees (1997)

tedgioia: My brother Dana has acquired a copy of W.C. Handy's A Treasury of the Blues that once belonged to the famous poet (& occasional jazz pianist) Weldon Kees. Kees had circled certain songs—perhaps to perform. (Full disclosure: I wrote my senior college thesis on Weldon Kees.)

luca_guerneri: < Imperfect and public endings > (Weldon Kees)

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TomSnarsky: Weldon Kees, “with dazzling light” ☀️

TomSnarsky: The spangled riddle is twitter Weldon Kees

jasonguriel: Now that World Poetry Day is over, it’s safe to break out the good stuff. Here’s “Abstracts of Dissertations” by Weldon Kees.

isidro_li: Blue in the morning, green some afternoons; The night, ambiguous, forgets the signature. The dust in attics settled and his stove Grew cold. About the model nothing much is known. — Weldon Kees

BLCKDGRD: The state of Fleabus, lotsa links, lotsa bark, lotsa Weldon Kees poems, Sparks

ARTSalamode: Born 2/24: painters Winslow Homer, Charles LeBrun, Mattia Preti, Richard Hamilton, writers Wilhelm Grimm, George Moore, Rosalia de Castro, Weldon Kees, jazz sax David "Fathead" Newman, jazz trombone Richard Boone, singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes, composer Michel Legrand.

ARTSalamode: “Burn, glare, old sun, so long unseen, That time may find its sound again, and cleanse Whatever it is that a wound remembers After the healing ends.” Weldon Kees, The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees

jouquinfox: happy bday Weldon Kees

NORTHTRENTON: Happy Birthday to Ralph Erskine (d. 2005), Weldon Kees (d. 1955) and Jim Ferrier (d. 1986).

CatholicPods: Poet Weldon Kees Composer, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand

BLCKDGRD: "On July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned on the Golden Gate Bridge, and he was never seen again."

seventydys: For a long time now Weldon Kees, The Darkness



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