Hayden Carruth

(August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008 / Woodbury, Connecticut)

Hayden Carruth Poems

1. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam 1/13/2003
2. I, I, I 1/13/2003
3. Notes on Poverty 1/10/2015
4. February Morning 1/13/2003
5. Scrambled Eggs And Whiskey 1/13/2003
6. Saturday At The Border 1/13/2003
7. Ray 1/13/2003
8. Emergency Haying 1/13/2003
9. At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book 1/13/2003
10. Endnote 1/13/2003
11. The Curtain 1/13/2003
12. When I Wrote A Little 1/13/2003
13. The Way Of The Coventicle Of The Trees 1/13/2003
14. The Afterlife: Letter To Sam Hamill 1/13/2003
15. Something For The Trade 1/13/2003
16. Words In A Certain Appropriate Mode 1/13/2003
17. Graves 1/13/2003
18. Poem Catching Up With An Idea 1/13/2003
19. Onondaga, Early December 1/13/2003
20. Goes 1/13/2003

I, I, I

First, the self. Then, the observing self.
The self that acts and the self that watches. This
The starting point, the place where the mind begins,
Whether the mind of an individual or
The mind of a species. When I was a boy
I struggled to understand. For if I know
The self that watches, another watching self
Must see the watcher, then another watching that,
Another and another, and where does it end?

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