John Frederick Nims

John Frederick Nims was the author of seven books of poetry, along with translations of Euripides, St. John of the Cross, Michaelangelo, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He served as editor of Poetry magazine from 1978-1984 and edited the widely used textbook Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry.

Winter 1950

Watcher Go Deftly

By John Frederick Nims

Careful, careful; you cannot be too deft With the pines on the shore and the little shells Lip-color, eyelid-color, pale as a thigh— Feel your palm tingle with little gourds […]

Winter 1950

Winter in the Park

By John Frederick Nims

Lagoons are shrunk and walkable as concrete, The little islands accessible now That in June were a green secret the sunburnt lovers Bumped with their rented prow.   Trees empty […]

Winter 1950

Saeclum in Favilla

By John Frederick Nims

Blue fire deep in the eye; Girl's hair gentlest of fire; Fingers: summer's white rose; Breath: always southern air. A temperate heat. (Remember Boy's dream on the fireside floor?) But […]