Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Erica Jong Poems

1. Beast, Book, Body 1/3/2003
2. The Poem Cat 1/3/2003
3. Climbing You 1/3/2003
4. Letter to My Lover After Seven Years 1/3/2003
5. Nursing You 1/3/2003
6. Sunday Afternoons 1/3/2003
7. Wrinkles 1/3/2003
8. After the Earthquake 1/3/2003
9. Autumn Perspective 1/3/2003
10. We Learned 1/3/2003
11. Smoke 1/3/2003
12. Flying at Forty 1/3/2003
13. Dear Colette 1/3/2003
14. Parable Of The Four-Poster 1/3/2003
15. Ordinary Miracles 1/3/2003
16. The End of the World 1/3/2003
17. To Whom It May Concern 1/3/2003
18. People Who Live 1/3/2003
19. To My Brother Poet, Seeking Peace 1/3/2003
20. Middle Aged Lovers, II 1/3/2003

The Artist as an Old Man

If you ask him he will talk for hours--
how at fourteen he hammered signs, fingers
raw with cold, and later painted bowers
in ladies' boudoirs; how he played checkers
for two weeks in jail, and lived on dark bread;
how he fled the border to a country
which disappeared wars ago; unfriended
crossed a continent while this century
began. He seldom speaks of painting now.

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