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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore published multiple books of poetry. She won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize. Her poems appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, Partisan Review, and the New Yorker.

Summer 1940

Four Quartz Crystal Clocks

By Marianne Moore

There are four vibrators, the world’s exactest clocks;  and these quartz time-pieces that telltime intervals to other clocks,  these worksless clocks work well:and all four, independently the  same are there, in the cool […]

Summer 1940

A Glass-Ribbed Nest

By Marianne Moore

 For authorities whose hopesare shaped by mercenaries? Writers entrapped by teatime fame and bycommuters’ comforts? Not for these the paper nautilusconstructs her thin glass shell.  Giving her perishablesouvenir of hope, a dull white outside […]

Summer 1940

What Are Years?

By Marianne Moore

  What is our innocence,what is our guilt?  All are  naked, none is safe. And whenceis courage: the unanswered question,the resolute doubt,—dumbly calling, deafly listening — thatin misfortune, even death,  encourages others  and in […]

Summer 1954

Transformations

By Arthur Mizener, translated by Marianne Moore

The Fables Of La Fontaine translated by Marianne Moore. The Viking Press. $5.00. A Summoning Of Stones by Anthony Hecht. Macmillan. $2.50. A translation of La Fontaine’s Fables by Miss […]

A Glass-Ribbed Nest

By Marianne Moore

From The Kenyon Review, Summer 1940, Vol. II, No. 3.     For authorities whose hopes are shaped by mercenaries?     Writers entrapped by     teatime fame and by commuters’ comforts? Not for these […]