James Merrill

(3 March 1926 – 6 February 1995 / New York City, New York)

James Merrill Poems

1. Voices from the Other World 5/9/2012
2. An Urban Convalescence 5/9/2012
3. The Broken Home 5/9/2012
4. The Puzzle is no Puzzle 5/9/2012
5. Home Fires 5/9/2012
6. Another April 5/9/2012
7. Log 5/9/2012
8. A Mysterious Epigraph 5/9/2012
9. Yánnina 5/9/2012
10. Manos Karastefanes 5/9/2012
11. The Candid Decorator 5/9/2012

An Urban Convalescence

Out for a walk, after a week in bed,
I find them tearing up part of my block
And, chilled through, dazed and lonely, join the dozen
In meek attitudes, watching a huge crane
Fumble luxuriously in the filth of years.
Her jaws dribble rubble. An old man
Laughs and curses in her brain,
Bringing to mind the close of The White Goddess.

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