Louise Bogan

(August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970 / Maine)

Louise Bogan Poems

1. Zone 4/15/2010
2. To Be Sung On The Water 10/24/2013
3. Statue And Birds 4/15/2010
4. Cassandra 4/15/2010
5. Words For Departure 1/13/2003
6. Leave-Taking 4/15/2010
7. Solitary Observation Brought Back From A Sojourn In Hell 1/3/2003
8. Chanson Un Peu Naïve 1/13/2003
9. Portrait 1/3/2003
10. A Tale 1/3/2003
11. Women 1/3/2003
12. The Frightened Man 1/13/2003
13. Epitaph For A Romantic Woman 1/3/2003
14. Betrothed 1/13/2003
15. Man Alone 1/13/2003
16. Knowledge 1/13/2003
17. Sonnet 1/13/2003
18. The Alchemist 1/3/2003
19. To A Dead Lover 4/15/2010
20. Men Loved Wholly Beyond Wisdom 1/3/2003
21. Juan's Song 1/13/2003
22. Tears In Sleep 1/3/2003
23. Song For The Last Act 1/13/2003
24. Last Hill In A Vista 1/3/2003
25. The Dream 1/3/2003
26. Medusa 1/3/2003
27. Roman Fountain 1/13/2003
28. The Crossed Apple 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Louise Bogan

The Crossed Apple

I’ve come to give you fruit from out my orchard,
Of wide report.
I have trees there that bear me many apples.
Of every sort:

Clear, streaked; red and russet; green and golden;
Sour and sweet.
This apple’s from a tree yet unbeholden,
Where two kinds meet, -

So that this side is red without a dapple,
And this side’s hue
Is clear and snowy. It’s a lovely apple.
It is for you.

Within are five black pips as big as peas,
As you will find,
Potent to breed you five great apple trees
Of varying kind:

To breed you wood for fire, leaves for...

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A Tale

This youth too long has heard the break
Of waters in a land of change.
He goes to see what suns can make
From soil more indurate and strange.

He cuts what holds his days together
And shuts him in, as lock on lock:
The arrowed vane announcing weather,
The tripping racket of a clock;

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