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November 19, 2020


For another November poem, I suggest "November Graveyard," by Sylvia Plath, of wintering trees that look dead to the poet but that come alive in her art. It appeared first in Mademoiselle, chosen by Cyrilly Abels, who published her for the first time nationally.

What a good suggestion! Thanks, Grace.

This is a edited version of the poem. The version I found in "The Poetry of Robert Frost" SBN: 03-072535-6, page 359. Also had, starting at "of leaves was wasted...", Oh, we make a boast of storing,/of saving and of keeping,/But only by ignoring/The waste of moments sleeping,/The waste of of pleasure weeping,/By denying...
Just if Anyone was interested in that. I personally really like those lines:)

This is not the whole poem that I have. You leave out "Oh, we make a boast of storing, O saving and of keeping, But only by ignoring - The waste of moments sleeping, The waste of pleasure weeping, By denying and ignoring" The waste of nations warring.(from Time Out, dated 1938)

Thank you for the corrections and amendations. Apparently Frost edited the poem. In reference to the version presewnted here, I found this explanation on line: << “November” was first published in The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1939 as “October” and was later published as “November” in A Witness Tree, after it was realized that A Boy’s Will included a poem titled “October.” The manuscript title was “In Praise of Waste,” but it also held several other titles, including “For the Fall of Nineteen Thirty Eight” and “Lines Written Last Autumn.” >>

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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
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