Louise Bogan
Betrothed by Louise Bogan

Betrothed by Louise Bogan

You have put your two hands upon me, and your mouth,You have said my name as a prayer.Here where trees are planted by the waterI have watched your eyes, cleansed from regret,And ...

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The Dream by Louise Bogan

The Dream by Louise Bogan

O God, in the dream the terrible horse beganTo paw at the air, and make for me with his blows,Fear kept for thirty-five years poured through his mane,And retribution equally old, ...

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To A Dead Lover by Louise Bogan

To A Dead Lover by Louise Bogan

The dark is thrown Back from the brightness, like hair Cast over a shoulder. I am alone, Four years older; Like the chairs and the walls Which I once watched brighten With you ...

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The Alchemist by Louise Bogan

The Alchemist by Louise Bogan

I burned my life, that I might findA passion wholly of the mind,Thought divorced from eye and bone,Ecstasy come to breath alone.I broke my life, to seek reliefFrom the flawed ...

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Knowledge by Louise Bogan

Knowledge by Louise Bogan

Now that I knowHow passion warms littleOf flesh in the mould,And treasure is brittle,--I'll lie here and learnHow, over their groundTrees make a long shadowAnd a light sound.

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Medusa by Louise Bogan

Medusa by Louise Bogan

I had come to the house, in a cave of trees, Facing a sheer sky. Everything moved, -- a bell hung ready to strike, Sun and reflection wheeled by. When the bare eyes were before me ...

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Roman Fountain by Louise Bogan

Roman Fountain by Louise Bogan

Up from the bronze, I sawWater without a flawRush to its rest in air,Reach to its rest, and fall.Bronze of the blackest shade,An element man-made,Shaping upright the bareClear ...

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Chanson Un Peu Naive by Louise Bogan

Chanson Un Peu Naive by Louise Bogan

What body can be ploughed,Sown, and broken yearly?But she would not die, she vowed,But she has, nearly. Sing, heart sing; Call and carol clearly.And, since she could ...

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Tears In Sleep by Louise Bogan

Tears In Sleep by Louise Bogan

All night the cocks crew, under a moon like day,And I, in the cage of sleep, on a stranger's breast,Shed tears, like a task not to be put away---In the false light, false grief in ...

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Last Hill In A Vista by Louise Bogan

Last Hill In A Vista by Louise Bogan

Come, let us tell the weeds in ditchesHow we are poor, who once had riches,And lie out in the sparse and soddenPastures that the cows have trodden,The while an autumn night seals ...

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The Crossed Apple by Louise Bogan

The Crossed Apple by Louise Bogan

I’ve come to give you fruit from out my orchard,Of wide report.I have trees there that bear me many apples.Of every sort:Clear, streaked; red and russet; green and golden;Sour and ...

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Song For The Last Act by Louise Bogan

Song For The Last Act by Louise Bogan

Now that I have your face by heart, I lookLess at its features than its darkening frameWhere quince and melon, yellow as young flame,Lie with quilled dahlias and the shepherd's ...

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Leave-Taking by Louise Bogan

Leave-Taking by Louise Bogan

I do not know where either of us can turn Just at first, waking from the sleep of each other. I do not know how we can bear The river struck by the gold plummet of the moon, Or ...

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Portrait by Louise Bogan

Portrait by Louise Bogan

She has no need to fear the fall Of harvest from the laddered reach Of orchards, nor the tide gone ebbing From the steep beach. Nor hold to pain's effrontery Her body's bulwark, ...

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Sonnet by Louise Bogan

Sonnet by Louise Bogan

Since you would claim the sources of my thoughtRecall the meshes whence it sprang unlimed,The reedy traps which other hands have timesTo close upon it. Conjure up the hotBlaze ...

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A Tale by Louise Bogan

A Tale by Louise Bogan

This youth too long has heard the break Of waters in a land of change. He goes to see what suns can make From soil more indurate and strange. He cuts what holds his days together ...

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Juan’s Song by Louise Bogan

Juan’s Song by Louise Bogan

When beauty breaks and falls asunderI feel no grief for it, but wonder.When love, like a frail shell, lies broken,I keep no chip of it for token.I never had a man for friendWho ...

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The Frightened Man by Louise Bogan

The Frightened Man by Louise Bogan

In fear of the rich mouthI kissed the thin,--Even that was a trapTo snare me in.Even she, so longThe frail, the scentless,Is become strong,And proves relentless.O, forget her ...

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Women by Louise Bogan

Women by Louise Bogan

Women have no wilderness in them, They are provident instead, Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts To eat dusty bread. They do not see cattle cropping red winter grass, ...

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Cassandra by Louise Bogan

Cassandra by Louise Bogan

To me, one silly task is like another. I bare the shambling tricks of lust and pride. This flesh will never give a child its mother,— Song, like a wing, tears through my breast, ...

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Man Alone by Louise Bogan

Man Alone by Louise Bogan

It is yourself you seekIn a long rage,Scanning through light and darknessMirrors, the page,Where should reflected beThose eyes and that thick hair,That passionate look, that ...

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Men Loved Wholly Beyond Wisdom by Louise Bogan

Men Loved Wholly Beyond Wisdom by Louise Bogan

Men loved wholly beyond wisdomHave the staff without the banner.Like a fire in a dry thicketRising within women's eyesIs the love men must return.Heart, so subtle now, and ...

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Epitaph For A Romantic Woman by Louise Bogan

Epitaph For A Romantic Woman by Louise Bogan

She has attained the permanence She dreamed of, where old stones lie sunning. Untended stalks blow over her Even and swift, like young men running. Always in the heart she loved ...

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Zone by Louise Bogan

Zone by Louise Bogan

We have struck the regions wherein we are keel or reef. The wind breaks over us, And against high sharp angles almost splits into words, And these are of fear or grief. Like a ...

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Statue And Birds by Louise Bogan

Statue And Birds by Louise Bogan

Here, in the withered arbor, like the arrested wind, Straight sides, carven knees, Stands the statue, with hands flung out in alarm Or remonstrances. Over the lintel sway the ...

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To Be Sung On The Water by Louise Bogan

To Be Sung On The Water by Louise Bogan

Beautiful, my delight,Pass, as we pass the wave.Pass, as the mottled nightLeaves what it cannot save,Scattering dark and bright.Beautiful, pass and beLess than the guiltless ...

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Words For Departure by Louise Bogan

Words For Departure by Louise Bogan

Nothing was remembered, nothing forgotten.When we awoke, wagons were passing on the warm summer pavements,The window-sills were wet from rain in the night,Birds scattered and ...

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