Treasure Island

John Frederick Nims

(20 November 1913 - 13 January 1999 / Muskegon, Michigan)

Quotations

  • ''Only
    With words and people and love you move at ease.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 13-14). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Miller Williams, eds. (2d ed., 1975) Houghton Mifflin Company.
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  • ''The refugee uncertain at the door
    You make at home; deftly you steady
    The drunk clambering on his undulant floor.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 6-8). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Miller Williams, eds. (2d ed., 1975) Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • ''For should your hands drop white and empty
    All the toys of the world would break.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 23-24). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Miller Williams, eds. (2d ed., 1975) Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • ''And yet a kiss (like blubber)'d blur and slip,''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. Love and Death (l. 1). . . Western Wind; an Introduction to Poetry. John Frederick Nims, ed. (2d ed., 1983) Random House.

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Conclusion

legato con amore in un volume
ciò che per l’universo si squaderna . . .


If what began (look far and wide) will end:
This lava globe huddle and freeze, its core
Brittle with cold, or pulled too near its friend
Pop once like one gun in a long-drawn war,
And the stars sputter one by one, the night

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