Tuesday Poem – The Curtains in the House of the Metaphysician by Wallace Stevens

It comes about that the drifting of these curtains
Is full of long motions, as the ponderous
Deflations of distance; or as clouds
Inseparable from their afternoons;
Or the changing of light, the dropping
Of the silence, wide sleep and solitude
Of night, in which all motion
Is beyond us, as the firmament,
Up-rising and down-falling, bares
The last largeness, bold to see.

I fell for this poem at first reading. From one small thing…curtains billowing, comes so much, right up to the ‘last largeness’.  I love the careful choice of words, the attention to detail. This poem is on the public domain. To hear it read allowed on Librivox, go here

Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. (Wikipedia)

For more information go to the Academy of American Poets here

Please return to Tuesday Poem where Sarah Jane Barnett  is our editor this week. Sarah is also a finalist for the NZ Book Awards.

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate from 1897 to 1900. He planned to travel to Paris as a writer, but after a working briefly as a reporter for the New York Herald Times, he decided to study law.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/124#sthash.8HbfVtxz.dpuf

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate from 1897 to 1900. He planned to travel to Paris as a writer, but after a working briefly as a reporter for the New York Herald Times, he decided to study law.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/124#sthash.8HbfVtxz.dpuf

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate from 1897 to 1900. He planned to travel to Paris as a writer, but after a working briefly as a reporter for the New York Herald Times, he decided to study law.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/124#sthash.8HbfVtxz.dpuf

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