Robert Duncan

(January 7, 1919 – February 3, 1988)

Poetry, A Natural Thing - Poem by Robert Duncan

Neither our vices nor our virtues
further the poem. “They came up
and died
just like they do every year
on the rocks.”

The poem
feeds upon thought, feeling, impulse,
to breed itself,
a spiritual urgency at the dark ladders leaping.

This beauty is an inner persistence
toward the source
striving against (within) down-rushet of the river,
a call we heard and answer
in the lateness of the world
primordial bellowings
from which the youngest world might spring,

salmon not in the well where the
hazelnut falls
but at the falls battling, inarticulate,
blindly making it.

This is one picture apt for the mind.
A second: a moose painted by Stubbs,
where last year’s extravagant antlers
lie on the ground.
The forlorn moosey-faced poem wears
new antler-buds,
the same,

“a little heavy, a little contrived”,
his only beauty to be
all moose.


Comments about Poetry, A Natural Thing by Robert Duncan

  • Rookie - 7 Points Dr.ram Mehta (4/17/2010 2:04:00 AM)

    You are so right. Your muse should be active and there goes the flow (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010



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