John Montague

(28 February 1929-- / New York, New York)

Quotations

  • ''All legendary obstacles lay between
    Us, the long imaginary plain,
    The monstrous ruck of mountains''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. All Legendary Obstacles (l. 1-3). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and rev. ed., 1988) University of California Press.
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  • ''You had been travelling for days
    With an old lady, who marked
    A neat circle on the glass
    With her glove, to watch us
    Move into the wet darkness
    Kissing, still unable to speak.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. All Legendary Obstacles (l. 19-24). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and rev. ed., 1988) University of California Press.
  • ''And still
    the dog rose shines in the hedge.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 81-82). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and rev. ed., 1988) University of California Press.
  • ''The only true madness is loneliness,
    the monotonous voice in the skull
    that never stops
    because never heard.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 45-48). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and rev. ed., 1988) University of California Press.
  • ''its crumbled yellow cup
    and pale bleeding lips
    fading to white
    at the rim
    of each bruised and heart-
    shaped petal.''
    John Montague (b. 1929), U.S.-Irish poet. The Wild Dog Rose (l. 99-104). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New and rev. ed., 1988) University of California Press.

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Uprooting

My love, while we talked
They removed the roof. Then
They started on the walls,
Panes of glass uprooting
From timber, like teeth.
But you spoke calmly on,
Your example of courtesy
Compelling me to reply.
When we reached the last

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