Karl Shapiro Quotes

Sunday at noon through hyaline thin air Sees down the street, And in the camera of my eye depicts Row-houses and row-lives: Glass after glass, door after door the same,
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Dome of Sunday (l. 4-8). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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In the tight belly of the dead Burrow with hungry head And inlay maggots like a jewel.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Fly (l. 14-16). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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I sweep. One gyrates like a top and falls And stunned, stone blind, and deaf Buzzes its frightful F And dies between three cannibals.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Fly (l. 45-48). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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O hideous little bat, the size of snot, With polyhedral eye and shabby clothes,
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Fly (l. 1-2). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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And in a comic mood In mid-air take to bed a wife.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Fly (l. 7-8). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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One day beside some flowers near his nose He will be thinking, When will I look at it? And pain, still in the middle distance, will reply, At what? and he will know it's gone, O where! and begin to tremble and cry.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Leg (l. 8-12). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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The body, what is it, Father, but a sign To love the force that grows us, to give back What in Thy palm is senselessness and mud?
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. The Leg (l. 29-31). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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Give me the free and poor inheritance Of our own kind, not furniture Of education, or the prophet's pose, The general cause of words, the hero's stance, The ambitions incommensurable with flesh,
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. V-Letter (l. 45-49). . . New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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