Jack Gilbert
Rain by Jack Gilbert

Rain by Jack Gilbert

Suddenly this defeat.This rain.The blues gone grayAnd the browns gone grayAnd yellowA terrible amber.In the cold streetsYour warm body.In whatever roomYour warm body.Among all the ...

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Going There by Jack Gilbert

Going There by Jack Gilbert

Of course it was a disaster.The unbearable, dearest secrethas always been a disaster.The danger when we try to leave.Going over and over afterwardwhat we should have doneinstead ...

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The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert

The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert

Love is apart from all things. Desire and excitement are nothing beside it. It is not the body that finds love. What leads us there is the body. What is not love provokes it. What ...

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Divorce by Jack Gilbert

Divorce by Jack Gilbert

Woke up suddenly thinking I heard crying.Rushed through the dark house.Stopped, remembering. Stood lookingout at bright moonlight on concrete.

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A Brief For The Defense by Jack Gilbert

A Brief For The Defense by Jack Gilbert

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babiesare not starving someplace, they are starvingsomewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.But we enjoy our lives because that's ...

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The Forgotten Dialect Of The Heart by Jack Gilbert

The Forgotten Dialect Of The Heart by Jack Gilbert

How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the wordsget it all wrong. ...

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Portrait Number Five: Against A New York Summer by Jack Gilbert

Portrait Number Five: Against A New York Summer by Jack Gilbert

I'd walk her home after workbuying roses and talking of Bechsteins.She was full of soul.Her small room was gorged with heatand there were no windows.She'd take off everythingbut ...

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The Mistake by Jack Gilbert

The Mistake by Jack Gilbert

There is always the harrowing by mortality,the strafing by age, he thinks. Always defeats.Sorrows come like epidemics. But we are alivein the difficult way adults want to be ...

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Poetry Is A Kind Of Lying by Jack Gilbert

Poetry Is A Kind Of Lying by Jack Gilbert

Poetry is a kind of lying,necessarily. To profit the poetor beauty. But also inthat truth may be told only so.Those who, admirably, refuseto falsify (as those who will notrisk ...

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Going Wrong by Jack Gilbert

Going Wrong by Jack Gilbert

The fish are dreadful. They are brought up the mountain in the dawn most days, beautiful and alien and cold from night under the sea, the grand rooms fading from their flat eyes. ...

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South by Jack Gilbert

South by Jack Gilbert

In the small towns along the rivernothing happens day after long day.Summer weeks stalled forever,and long marriages always the same.Lives with only emergencies, births,and ...

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Summer At Blue Creek, North Carolina	 by Jack Gilbert

Summer At Blue Creek, North Carolina by Jack Gilbert

There was no water at my grandfather'swhen I was a kid and would go for itwith two zinc buckets. Down the path,past the cow by the foundation wherethe fine people's house was ...

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Horses At Midnight Without A Moon by Jack Gilbert

Horses At Midnight Without A Moon by Jack Gilbert

Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods.Our dream wrestles in the castle of doubt.But there's music in us. Hope is pushed downbut the angel flies up again taking us with her.The ...

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Failing And Flying by Jack Gilbert

Failing And Flying by Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.It's the same when love comes to an end,or the marriage fails and people saythey knew it was a mistake, that everybodysaid it would never ...

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The Abnormal Is Not Courage by Jack Gilbert

The Abnormal Is Not Courage by Jack Gilbert

The Poles rode out from Warsaw against the German Tanks on horses. Rode knowing, in sunlight, with sabers, A magnitude of beauty that allows me no peace. And yet this poem would ...

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Tear It Down by Jack Gilbert

Tear It Down by Jack Gilbert

We find out the heart only by dismantling what the heart knows. By redefining the morning, we find a morning that comes just after darkness. We can break through marriage into ...

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In Umbria by Jack Gilbert

In Umbria by Jack Gilbert

Once upon a time I was sitting outside the cafewatching twilight in Umbria when a girl cameout of the bakery with the bread her mother wanted.She did not know what to do. Already ...

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Recovering Amid The Farms by Jack Gilbert

Recovering Amid The Farms by Jack Gilbert

Every morning the sad girl brings her three sheep and two lambs laggardly to the top of the valley, past my stone hut and onto the mountain to graze. She turned twelve last year ...

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Searching For Pittsburgh by Jack Gilbert

Searching For Pittsburgh by Jack Gilbert

The fox pushes softly, blindly through me at night, between the liver and the stomach. Comes to the heart and hesitates. Considers and then goes around it. Trying to escape the ...

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In Dispraise Of Poetry by Jack Gilbert

In Dispraise Of Poetry by Jack Gilbert

When the King of Siam disliked a courtier, he gave him a beautiful white elephant. The miracle beast deserved such ritual that to care for him properly meant ruin. Yet to care for ...

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