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Karl Shapiro

(10 November 1913 – 14 May 2000 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Poems of Karl Shapiro

1. A Garden In Chicago 1/13/2003
2. Aside 4/16/2010
3. Buick 4/16/2010
4. California Winter 3/1/2004
5. Conscription Camp 4/16/2010
6. Going to School 4/16/2010
7. Love for a Hand 4/16/2010
8. Manhole Covers 1/13/2003
9. Sunday: New Guinea 4/16/2010
10. The Alphabet 4/16/2010
11. The Conscientious Objector 4/16/2010
12. The Dome Of Sunday 4/16/2010
13. The Fly 4/16/2010
14. The Intellectual 4/16/2010
15. The Olive Tree 1/13/2003
16. The Piano Tuner’s Wife 4/16/2010
17. Troop Train 4/16/2010
18. University 4/16/2010

Conscription Camp

Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Even in May, Virginia, and your sweet pines
Like Frenchmen runted in a hundred wars
Are of a child’s height in these battlefields.

For Wilson sowed his teeth where generals prayed
—High-sounding Lafayette and sick-eyed Lee—
The loud Elizabethan crashed your swamps
Like elephants and the subtle Indian fell.

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