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Saturday, April 2, 2011


(Joseph Auslander, poet laureate, 1937-1941)


I will not make a sonnet from
Each little private martyrdom;
Nor out of love left dead with time
Construe a stanza or a rhyme.

We do not suffer to afford
The searched for and the subtle word.
There is too much that may not be
At the caprice of prosody.

~ Joseph Auslander (1897-1965), American poet, translator, and novelist

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