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The Desolate Field

About this Poem 

“The Desolate Field” was published in Sour Grapes: A Book of Poems (The Four Seas Company, 1921).   

The Desolate Field

William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963

Vast and gray, the sky
is a simulacrum
to all but him whose days
are vast and gray, and—
In the tall, dried grasses
a goat stirs
with nozzle searching the ground.
—my head is in the air
but who am I…?
And amazed my heart leaps
at the thought of love
vast and gray
yearning silently over me.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on September 5, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on September 5, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

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December 01, 2010 Dawn Dreams Rachel Hadas
November 30, 2010 Road Trip Kurt Brown
November 29, 2010 Apology Claudia Keelan
November 28, 2010 Eternity William Blake
November 27, 2010 Farewell John Clare
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