Robert Duncan

(January 7, 1919 – February 3, 1988)

Quotations

  • ''Often I am permitted to return to a meadow
    as if it were a given property of the mind
    that certain bounds hold against chaos,

    that is a place of first permission,
    everlasting omen of what is.''
    Robert Duncan (b. 1919), U.S. poet. Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow (l. 19-23). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''The world like Great Sodom lies under Love
    and knows not the hand of the Lord that moves.''
    Robert Duncan (b. 1919), U.S. poet. This Place Rumor'd to Have Been Sodom (l. 29-30). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''This was once
    a city among men, a gathering together of spirit.
    It was measured by the Lord and found wanting.''
    Robert Duncan (b. 1919), U.S. poet. This Place Rumor'd to Have Been Sodom (l. 5-7). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The devout have laid out gardens in the desert.''
    Robert Duncan (b. 1919), U.S. poet. This Place Rumor'd to Have Been Sodom (l. 17). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.

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Bending The Bow

We've our business to attend Day's duties,
bend back the bow in dreams as we may
til the end rimes in the taut string
with the sending. Reveries are rivers and flow
where the cold light gleams reflecting the window upon the
surface of the table,
the presst-glass creamer, the pewter sugar bowl, the litter
of coffee cups and saucers,
carnations painted growing upon whose surfaces. The whole

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