Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Good Gray Poet

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Good Gray Poet

Article excerpt

He lived with the dread of being found out.

Born in the far west in sight of the sea,

he made his way to the northeastern

corner of the old original thirteen

where he turned himself into the

sage of rural New England as if

born to delight in farms of Vermont,

Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

He abandoned the cosmopolitan aura

of the San Francisco birthplace,

sold himself to the British as the

genuine hayseed American article,

keeping hidden that worldly ambition

that urged him always to win in

the market place of poetry.

The dread of being unmasked,

of being revealed as a being of

naked desire, he lost children

and lovers while waiting for

that knock on his door when

the visitor of yearning would

seek admission to the home

where he had hidden from

the self he appeared to dread. …

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