Paintings of Poets and Magic Couplets

BRAVE POET JACK KEROUAC

In a jammed New Haven room, Jack Kerouac unshaven and breezy,
Mount Tamalpais, wakens and screams, Satori!

EMILY DICKINSON, INVENTOR OF MAGIC  (1830-1886)

Dazzling Emily Dickinson
Contrives her poems with Moon born of elation and Sun.

JOHN LENNON, TRAPEZE ARTIST OF WORDS (1940-1980)

DANTE ALIGHIERI IN LOVE (1265-1321) 

 Dante takes 100 cantos to declare his romance.
Exiled in Heaven’s circles, Beatrice gains one shoddy glance.

T.S. ELIOT (1888-1965)

Even high Priest Eliot in Love (+ hatred in his racial pee)
Knows when Death Ship anchors near, it’s good to flee.

JOHN  DONNE & REVEREND DEACON JOHN DONNNE (1572-1631)

Metaphysical Jack Donne is wild lover. Later writes, “No man is an island…
for whom the Bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

As Dean of St Paul’s, he confesses his sinful soul is like “spitting Jews’ impiety.[1]

[1] Holy Sonnets, X!.  The wondrous poet was a pious anti-Semite, unlike magnificent George Herbert, the most thoughtful and imaginative poet of his generation, who honored the Jews of his day and condemned their persecutions.

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (1821-1867)  

“Soon we shall plunge into the frozen gloom.
I already hear her funereal doom.”

MARINA TSVETAYEVA (1892-1941)

Deeply experimental, Marina is thrilling to read.
Stalin exiles her to Yelabuga. Hangs herself as a maid.

PABLO NERUDA (1904-1973)

Our abundant champion of surreal social amazement,
Killed by Pinochet? Prostate cancer? Heart? So none could celebrate his death,
………he was left in a cage like excrement.

GERALD STERN (1924-)

Jerry is a magic Pittsburg street poet with
Dream, fists, & bravado. His global memory is myth.

ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1927)

Blessed with a precise pen of love and place at will,
Lowell asks marriage. She has her female lover in Brazil.

Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone, born in Lewiston, Maine (1927), and educated at Bowdoin, the. Sorbonne, SOAS, Columbia and Yale PhD, taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-1951), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and during the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). Former O’Connor Professor of Greek and Latin at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Indiana University.

A Guggenheim fellow, he has also received the NEA, NEH, ACLS, Emily Dickinson Award of the PSA, Auden Award of NY Council on the Arts, Midland Authors Award, four Book of the Month selections, and four Pulitzer nominations. His work has appeared in APR, Harper’s, NYRB, Paris Review, Poetry, New Yorker, TLS. Some of his 90 books are The Poems of Antonio Machado:, Life Watch (BOA), Poetics of Translation (Yale), Ancient Greek Lyrics (Indiana), Restored New Testament (WWNorton), and The Gnostic Bible (Shambhala). Recent books are Stickball on 88th Street (Red Hen Press), Dawn Café in Paris (Sheep Meadow Press), and The Poems of Jesus Christ/from The Restored New Testament (WW Norton), Poets of the Bible (WW Norton), and Mexico in My Heart: Selected Poems (Carcanet).
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Willis Barnstone, born in Lewiston, Maine (1927), and educated at Bowdoin, the. Sorbonne, SOAS, Columbia and Yale PhD, taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-1951), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and during the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). Former O’Connor Professor of Greek and Latin at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Indiana University. A Guggenheim fellow, he has also received the NEA, NEH, ACLS, Emily Dickinson Award of the PSA, Auden Award of NY Council on the Arts, Midland Authors Award, four Book of the Month selections, and four Pulitzer nominations. His work has appeared in APR, Harper’s, NYRB, Paris Review, Poetry, New Yorker, TLS. Some of his 90 books are The Poems of Antonio Machado:, Life Watch (BOA), Poetics of Translation (Yale), Ancient Greek Lyrics (Indiana), Restored New Testament (WWNorton), and The Gnostic Bible (Shambhala). Recent books are Stickball on 88th Street (Red Hen Press), Dawn Café in Paris (Sheep Meadow Press), and The Poems of Jesus Christ/from The Restored New Testament (WW Norton), Poets of the Bible (WW Norton), and Mexico in My Heart: Selected Poems (Carcanet).