James Arlington Wright

(13 December 1927 – 25 March 1980 / Ohio)

James Arlington Wright Poems

1. The Ice House 4/22/2016
2. Sappho 4/15/2010
3. You And I Saw Hawks Exchanging The Prey 4/15/2010
4. The Minneapolis Poem 4/15/2010
5. To The Saguaro Cactus Tree In The Desert Rain 5/6/2012
6. Youth 4/15/2010
7. The Secret Of Light 5/6/2012
8. The Lambs On The Boulder 1/3/2003
9. To The Muse 1/3/2003
10. The Last Pieta, In Florence 1/3/2003
11. A Secret Gratitude 4/15/2010
12. A Mad Fight Song For William S. Carpenter, 1966 4/15/2010
13. The Journey 1/3/2003
14. A Way To Make A Living 4/15/2010
15. To A Blossoming Pear Tree 1/3/2003
16. Trying To Pray 1/3/2003
17. The Jewel 1/3/2003
18. Outside Fargo, North Dakota 1/3/2003
19. Northern Pike 1/3/2003
20. At The Executed Murderer's Grave 1/3/2003
21. A Poem About George Doty In The Death House 1/3/2003
22. On The Skeleton Of A Hound 1/3/2003
23. As I Step Over A Puddle At The End Of Winter, I Think Of An Ancient Chinese Governor 1/3/2003
24. Bologna: A Poem About Gold 1/3/2003
25. In Response To A Rumor That The Oldest Whorehouse In Wheeling, West Virginia, Has Been Condemned 1/3/2003
26. Rip 1/3/2003
27. Fear Is What Quickens Me 1/3/2003
28. Goodbye To The Poetry Of Calcium 1/3/2003
29. May Morning 1/3/2003
30. A Winter Daybreak Above Vence 1/3/2003
31. Hook 1/3/2003
32. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wreckage Of The Moon: Christmas, 1960 1/3/2003
33. Depressed By A Book Of Bad Poetry, I Walk Toward An Unused Pasture And Invite The Insects To Join Me 1/3/2003
34. A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's Shack 1/3/2003
35. Small Frogs Killed On The Highway 1/13/2003
36. Saint Judas 1/3/2003
37. Beginning 1/3/2003
38. Autumn Begins In Martins Ferry, Ohio 1/3/2003
39. Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy's Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota 1/3/2003
40. A Blessing 1/3/2003
Best Poem of James Arlington Wright

A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the ...

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The Ice House

The house was really a cellar deep beneath the tower of the old
Belmont Brewery. My father's big shoulders heaved open the door
from the outside, and from within the big shoulders of the ice-man
leaned and helped. The slow door gave. My brother and I walked
in delighted by our fear, and laid our open palms on the wet yellow
sawdust. Outside the sun blistered the paint on the corrugated roofs
of the shacks by the railroad; but we stood and breathed the rising
steam of that amazing wi

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