Karl Shapiro

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

Karl Shapiro Poems

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

Going to School

What shall I teach in the vivid afternoon
With the sun warming the blackboard and a slip
Of cloud catching my eye?
Only the cones and sections of the moon.
Out of some flaking page of scholarship,
Only some foolish heresy
To counteract the authority of prose.
The ink runs freely and the dry chalk flows
Into the silent night of seven slates

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