Fall 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 4 Poetry |

At a Bible House

At a Bible HouseWhere smoking is forbidden By the Prophet's Law, I saw you wiry, bed-ridden, Gone in the kidneys: raw Onions and a louse Twitched on the sheet before The palsy of your white Stubble—a Mennonite Or die-hard Doukhobor, God-rooted, hard. You spoke Whistling gristle-words Half-inaudible To us: of raw-boned birds Migrating from the smoke Of cities, of a gull Perched on the redwood Thrusting short, awl-shaped leaves: Three hundred feet of love, Where the Pacific heaves The tap-root—wise above Man's wisdom with the food Squeezed from three thousand years' Standing. It is all A moment. The trees Grow earthward: neither good Nor evil, hopes nor fears, Repulsion nor desire, Earth, water, air or fire Will serve to stay the fall.

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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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