Treasure Island

May Swenson

(May 28, 1913 – December 4, 1989 / Utah)

Quotations

  • ''Body my house
    my horse my hound
    what will I do
    when you are fallen''
    May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. Question (l. 1-4). . . New Poets of England and America. Donald Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson, eds. (1957) Meridian Books.
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  • ''I was the horse and the rider,
    and the leather I slapped to his rump

    spanked my own behind.''
    May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 38-40). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. (1973) Doubleday Anchor Books.
  • ''quiet, negligent riding,
    my toes standing the stirrups,
    my thighs hugging his ribs.''
    May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 46-48). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. (1973) Doubleday Anchor Books.
  • ''Go tie back your hair, said my mother,
    and Why is your mouth all green?
    Rob Roy, he pulled some clover
    as we crossed the field, I told her.''
    May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 61-64). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. (1973) Doubleday Anchor Books.
  • ''The summer that I was ten—
    Can it be there was only one
    summer that I was ten? It must

    have been a long one then—''
    May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 1-4). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. (1973) Doubleday Anchor Books.

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Little Lion Face

Little lion face
I stopped to pick
among the mass of thick
succulent blooms, the twice

streaked flanges of your silk
sunwheel relaxed in wide
dilation, I brought inside,
placed in a vase.Milk

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