Edgar Bowers Poems
- Amor Vincit Omnia Love is no more. It died as the mind dies:...
- For Louis Pasteur How shall a generation know its story If ...
- John Before he wrote a poem, he learned the measure That ...
- The Virgin Considered As A Pic... Her unawed face, whose ...
- An Afternoon At The Beach I’ll go among the dead to see my ...
- The Poet Orders His Tomb I summon up Panofskv from his bed ...
- The Mountain Cemetery With their harsh leaves old ...
Edgar Bowers was an American poet who won the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1989.
Bowers was born in Rome, Georgia in 1924. During World War II he joined the military and served in Counter-intelligence against Germany. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950 and did graduate work in English literature at Stanford University. Bowers published several books of poetry, including The Form of Loss, For Louis Pasteur, and The Astronomers. He won two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and taught at Duke University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In Bowers's obituary, the English poet Clive Wilmer wrote, 'The title poem... more »
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Amor Vincit Omnia
Love is no more.
It died as the mind dies: the pure desire
Relinquishing the blissful form it wore,
The ample joy and clarity expire.
Regret is vain.
Then do not grieve for what you would efface,
The sudden failure of the past, the pain
Of its unwilling change, and the disgrace.
And modify your nature by the grief
Which poses to the will indifference
That no desire is permanent in sense.
Take leave of me.
What recompense, or pity, or deceit
Can cure, or what assumed serenity
Conceal the mortal loss which we ...