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Edgar Bogardus

Summer 1958

Nocturne

By Edgar Bogardus

What is the shape conspiring through The murky trees? Is it a foe With loaded gun, or two, or three Of them, or is it two lovers? No, It is […]

Fall 1956

The Lament of Orpheus

By Edgar Bogardus

        Down to the kingdom of The sudden gun, the thief, the grimy coin, The gang, the shadowed interchange, the fist, The rankness of the dark that took romance, The unresponding […]

Winter 1955

The Closet

By Edgar Bogardus

I I liked the comfort of that room, But it had no closet space in it, No depths from which bright clothes could come, So where could I put the […]

Spring 1953

Prothalamion for K

By Edgar Bogardus

“Ask her if there are any with baths.” “I will tell her we are traveling.” “There must be one cool room away from the noise.” “It is very hot.” “A […]

Summer 1958

Autolycus

By Edgar Bogardus

Silence that is worse than violence, The unexploded secret of the night, And no sure purpose other than the job Of keeping out of sight, 4 is my number, Crossroads […]

Autumn 1951

Nocturne

By Edgar Bogardus and Wade Donahoe

There is no movement but removes the night; there is no movement but returns the night. Folly, Possession, and Absence, in the ascending scale of death, posture for each other […]

Summer 1958

Foreign Travel

By Edgar Bogardus

Have you gone through the streets of a strange city For the first time, the crowds, the shopkeepers, Business people, and the errand runners, Unaware your roots are far and […]

Summer 1958

The Spy to the Hero

By Edgar Bogardus

Knife and gun and always watching eyes And underneath a something that is tense, Nowhere for you, or such a person as You were, since how does openness make sense […]

Winter 1957

The Flights of Love

By Edgar Bogardus

The Persimmon Tree by Peter Viereck. Scribner’s. $3.00. Things Of This World by Richard Wilbur. Harcourt. $3.00. Italy is having such a startling effect on American poetry that two of […]