Louis Zukofsky

Rookie (23 January 1904 – 12 May 1978)

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n American poet. He was one of the founders and the primary theorist of the Objectivist group of poets and thus an important influence on subsequent generations of poets in America and abroad. more »

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  • Rookie Cody Simpson (9/16/2007 9:13:00 PM)

    Zukofsky was one of the most underrated poets of the twentieth century. If you can find it, buy a copy of his epic work 'A.' You won't regret it!

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Best Poem of Louis Zukofsky


Mantis! praying mantis! since your wings’ leaves
And your terrified eyes, pins, bright, black and poor
Beg-”look, take it up” (thoughts’ torsion) ! “save it! ”
I who can’t bear to look, cannot touch, -You-
You can-but no one sees you steadying lost
In the cars’ drafts on the lit subway stone.

Praying mantis, what wind-up brought you, stone
On which you sometimes prop, prey among leaves
(Is it love’s food your raised stomach prays?) , lost
Here, stone holds only seats on which the poor
Ride, who rising from the news may trample you -
The shop’s crowds a jam ...

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