Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Poem Not By the Inaugural Poet.

Was hoping this morning to find a poem about water by poet Elizabeth Alexander, who will be the inaugural poet next year.
Couldn't stop looking for a poem.

The Artist
by Amy Lowell

Why do you subdue yourself in golds and purples?
Why do you dim yourself with folded silks?
Do you not see that I can buy brocades in any draper’s shop,
And that I am choked in the twilight of all these colours.
How pale you would be, and startling,
How quiet;
But your curves would spring upward
Like a clear jet of flung water,
You would quiver like a shot-up spray of water,
You would waver, and relapse, and tremble.
And I too should tremble,

Murex-dyes and tinsel—
And yet I think I could bear your beauty unshaded.

Amy Lowell, “The Artist” from The Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell. Copyright © 1955 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright © renewed 1983 by Houghton Mifflin Company, Brinton P. Roberts, and G. D'Andelot, Esquire. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Source: Poetry (September 1919).

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