A Life of Kenneth Rexroth

A Life of Kenneth Rexroth

A Life of Kenneth Rexroth

A Life of Kenneth Rexroth

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Here is a poem Kenneth Rexroth wrote to his third wife, Marthe, the mother of his daughters.

A Dialogue of Watching

Let me celebrate you. I
Have never known anyone
More beautiful than you. I
Walking beside you, watching
You move beside me, watching
That still grace of hand and thigh,
Watching your face change with words
You do not say, watching your
Solemn eyes as they turn to me,
Or turn inward, full of knowing,
Slow or quick, watching your full
Lips part and smile or turn grave,
Watching your narrow waist, your
Proud buttocks in their grace, like
A sailing swan, an animal
Free, your own, and never
To be subjugated, but
Abandoned, as I am to you,
Overhearing your perfect
Speech of motion, of love and
Trust and security as
You feed or play with our children.
I have never known any
One more beautiful than you.

AS A MAN'S DECLARATION OF LOVE and admiration for his wife, this poem is an evocative piece of writing. The careful observations about her movements and expressions, the precision of the wording, the effective use of figurative language, the restrained lyricism—all these attributes . . .

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