Treasure Island

Kenneth Fearing

(1902 - 1961 / Illinois / United States)

Quotations

  • ''Denouement to denouement, he took a personal pride in the
    certain, certain way he lived his own, private life,
    but nevertheless, they shut off his gas; nevertheless,
    the bank foreclosed; nevertheless, the landlord called;
    nevertheless, the radio broke,

    And twelve o'clock arrived just once too often,''
    Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961). 1-2-3 was the number he played but today the number came 3-2-1 (l. 10-15). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''And wow he died as wow he lived,
    going whop to the office and blooie home to sleep and
    biff got married and bam had children and oof got fired,
    zowie did he live and zowie did he die,''
    Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961). 1-2-3 was the number he played but today the number came 3-2-1 (l. 20-23). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Evening Song

Sleep, McKade.
  Fold up the day. It was a bright scarf.
  Put it away.
  Take yourself to pieces like a house of cards.

It is time to be a grey mouse under a tall building.
  Go there. Go there now.
  Look at the huge nails. Run behind the pipes.
  Scamper in the walls.

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