Wallace Stevens Poems – 5 of Our Favorites from his Book HARMONIUM

Wallace Stevens Poems

This week marks the anniversary of the death of poet Wallace Stevens in 1955 …

We honor the occasion with five of our favorite Wallace Stevens poems from his debut collection HARMONIUM (originally published 1923) …

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 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. Stevens’s first period of writing begins with the 1923 publication of Harmonium, followed by a slightly revised and amended second edition in 1930. His second period occurred in the 11 years immediately preceding the publication of his Transport to Summer, when Stevens had written three volumes of poems including Ideas of OrderThe Man with the Blue GuitarParts of a World, along with Transport to Summer. His third and final period began with the publication of The Auroras of Autumn in the early 1950s, followed by the release of his Collected Poems in 1954, a year before his death.  (via Wikipedia)

Earthy Anecdote

Wallace Stevens

 Found in the book

(Available as FREE PDF Ebook)

Every time the bucks went clattering
Over Oklahoma
A firecat bristled in the way.
Wherever they went,
They went clattering,
Until they swerved
In a swift, circular line
To the right,
Because of the firecat.
Or until they swerved
In a swift, circular line
To the left,
Because of the firecat.
The bucks clattered.
The firecat went leaping,
To the right, to the left,
Bristled in the way.
Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes
And slept.

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