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By Stanley Burnshaw

Stanley Burnshaw started to put up poems within the Nineteen Twenties and based his personal verse magazine in 1925. After serving as co-editor and drama critic of the hot plenty weekly (1934-1936), he entered e-book publishing, directing the Dryden Press until eventually 1958, whilst he joined Henry Holt. the 1st of his nineteen previous works, Andre Spire and His Poetry, seemed in 1934 and the final in 1990, A Stanley Burnshaw Reader, with an advent through Denis Donoghue. the current quantity - the definitive Burnshaw assortment - deals all of the poems he needs to maintain and a whole illustration of his prose, together with My buddy, My Father in its entirety. The accrued Poems and chosen Prose is key examining for someone wishing to be absolutely accustomed to the fellow whom Karl Shapiro referred to as "one of the best-respected males of letters of our time."

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Where the stillnesses No longer batter the eardrums. And the calm Has shed its strangeness. We can wake and sleep. To know the voice of grass Slitting the brown earth shell, Sound of the chrysalis birds Breaking the husks of air,                    Why run to search the sweep Of edges where they fell, Once you have found your words Descanted with the sound Of slow unburdened power That overwhelms this hour: Time’s strange compacted flower Of birth converged with death In wild unravelling spring — ‘‘O many-bodied breath No sooner lost in shape Than in your singing found.

Our bridgehead leans toward the far horizon To mix with a far light flooding. Look, the arms Reach out to greet the future: outstretched arms On whose young strength we hang our road Till tomorrow raise a bridgehead: Tomorrow also stand with outstretched arms That the two bridgeheads may meet, the old and the new Join hands to close the ocean. You see no light, you say? Nothing beyond? No bridge? No outstretched arms? — We see it Whether or not they range the air: half of whatever we see Glows in cells not signalled by our eyes.

Yet from such hollow cadence Our will would hazard change, And our heart, fed on a ruthless song, Thirst for a farther range — For the grace notes of a fugue Where the budless mind can pore On a plagal cadence of hope That might justify its war:                    Pale mind that beats to a music Scored for its coward age: A tomtom of the heartbeat In a key of frozen rage. End of the Flower-World Fear no longer for the lone gray birds That fall beneath the world’s last autumn sky, Mourn no more the death of grass and tree.

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