Randall Jarrell Quotes

But really no one is exceptional, No one has anything, I'm anybody, I stand beside my grave Confused with my life, that is commonplace and solitary.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. Next Day (l. 57-60). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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My friend's cold made-up face, granite among its flowers, Her undressed, operated-on, dressed body Were my face and body.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. Next Day (l. 51-53). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The head withdraws into its hatch (a boy's), The engines rise to their blind laboring roar, And the green, made beasts run home to air. Now in each aspect death is pure.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. Second Air Force (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner (l. 4-5). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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It is like any other work of art. It is and never can be changed. Behind everything there is always The unknown unwanted life.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. The Orient Express (l. 32-35). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The world goes by my cage and never sees me.
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. The Woman at the Washington Zoo (l. 20). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The wild beasts, sparrows pecking the llamas' grain, Pigeons settling on the bears' bread, buzzards Tearing the meat the flies have clouded. . . .
Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. The Woman at the Washington Zoo (l. 22-24). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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