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July 11, 2013


Don't forget Robert Burns, "To a Mouse".

And this section from Andrew Marvell's "Upon Appleton House" (along with his other great mower poems):

With whistling scythe, and elbow strong,
These [mowers] massacre the grass along:
While one, unknowing, carves the rail,
Whose yet unfeathered quills her fail.
The edge all bloody from its breast
He draws and does his stroke detest,
Fearing the flesh untimely mowed
To him a fate as black forbode.

yours in the common pursuit,

And Donald Justice's poem, toward the beginning of The Summer Anniversaries?, where he ponders the dead carcass of ... something, can't remember. The end line is something like "And the smell came back sweet." Again, not a mowing poem, just a morbid one.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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