James Merrill
The Puzzle Is No Puzzle by James Merrill

The Puzzle Is No Puzzle by James Merrill

A card table in the library stands ready To receive the puzzle which keeps never coming. Daylight shines in or lamplight down Upon the tense oasis of green felt. Full of ...

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Another April by James Merrill

Another April by James Merrill

The panes flash, tremble with your ghostly passageThrough them, an x-ray sheerness billowing, and I have risenBut cannot speak, remembering only that one was meantTo rise and not ...

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A Mysterious Epigraph by James Merrill

A Mysterious Epigraph by James Merrill

These days which, like yourself, Seem empty and effaced Have avid roots that delve To work deep in the waste.

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Home Fires by James Merrill

Home Fires by James Merrill

I peered into the crater’s heaving redAnd quailed. I called upon the Muse. I said,“The day I cease to serve you, let me die!”And woke alone to birdsong, in our bed.The flame was ...

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Log by James Merrill

Log by James Merrill

Then when the flame forked like a sudden pathI gasped and stumbled, and was less.Density pulsing upward, gauze of ash,Dear light along the way to nothingness,What could be made of ...

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The Broken Home by James Merrill

The Broken Home by James Merrill

Crossing the street,I saw the parents and the childAt their window, gleaming like fruitWith evening’s mild gold leaf.In a room on the floor below,Sunless, cooler—a brimmingSaucer ...

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Yánnina by James Merrill

Yánnina by James Merrill

'There lay the peninsula stretching far into the dark gray water, with itsmosque, its cypress tufts and fortress walls; there was the city stretching far and wide along the ...

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The Candid Decorator by James Merrill

The Candid Decorator by James Merrill

I thought I would do overAll of it. I was tiredOf scars and stains, of blearedPanes, tinge of the liver.The fuchsia in the centerLooked positively weirdI felt it—dry as paper.I ...

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An Urban Convalescence by James Merrill

An Urban Convalescence by James Merrill

Out for a walk, after a week in bed, I find them tearing up part of my block And, chilled through, dazed and lonely, join the dozen In meek attitudes, watching a huge crane Fumble ...

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Voices From The Other World by James Merrill

Voices From The Other World by James Merrill

Presently at our touch the teacup stirred, Then circled lazily aboutFrom A to Z. The first voice heard(If they are voices, these mute spellers-out) Was that of an ...

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Manos Karastefanes by James Merrill

Manos Karastefanes by James Merrill

Death took my father.The same year (I was twelve)Thanási's mother taught meHeaven and hell.None of my army buddiesCalled me by name—Just 'Styles' or 'Fashion Plate'.One friend I ...

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