Summer 1948 • Vol. X No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1948 |

Two Deliberate Exercises

I. LESSON FROM A PUPILS' RECITAL (For Agnes) In a four-fold silence the music struggles for mastery and the mind from its silence, fatefully assured, wakens to the music: ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍ Unnamed, without age, sex or pretence of accomplishment — their faces blank, they rise and move to the platform unannounced and the music leads them — the racially stigmaed, the gross bodied, all feet — cleansing from each his awkwardness for him to blossom thence a sound pleading, pleading for pleasure, pleasure! at the tunnel of the ear.  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍  ‍ And love, that hides from public places, moves in his bed of air, of flowers, of ducks, of sheep and locust trees in bloom — the white, sweet locust — to fade again, at the sounds, into impossibilities and thunderstorms. There remains the good teacher blin

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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a major writer in the modernist movement. His works include Kora in Hell (1920), Spring and All (1923), and Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962). Williams was a highly acclaimed writer, winning the National Book Award in 1950 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1963.

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