Summer 1948 • Vol. X No. 3 Poetry |

Mother Marie Therese

(She was drowned in 1912. The speaker is a Canadian nun stationed in New Brunswick.) Old sisters at our Maris Stella House Remember how the Mother's strangled grouse And snow-shoe rabbits matched the royal glint Of Pio Nono's vestments in the print That used to face us, while our aching ring Of stationary rockers saw her bring Our cake. Often, when sunset hurt the rocks Off Carthage, and surprised us knitting socks For victims of the Franco-Prussian War, Our scandal'd set her frowning at the floor; And vespers struck like lightning through the gloom And oaken ennui of her sitting room. It strikes us now, but cannot re-inspire; False, false and false, I mutter to my fire. The good old times, ah yes! But good, that all's Forgotten like our Province's cabals; And Jesus, smiling earthward, finds it good; For we were friends of Cato, not of God. This sixtieth Christmas, I'm content to pray For what life's shrinkage leaves from day to day; And it's a sorrow to rec

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Considered by many to be the most important poet in English of the second half of the twentieth century, Robert Lowell studied at Kenyon College under John Crowe Ransom and received an undergraduate degree in 1940. He published over fifteen books of poetry in his lifetime and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 at the age of thirty.

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