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Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 24, 1935,...
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FURTHER READING
Poems about Old Age
A Fear of Old Age
by Jack Anderson
An Old-Fashioned Song
by John Hollander
Do not go gentle into that good night
by Dylan Thomas
Eden
by David Woo
If You Get There Before I Do
by Dick Allen
Old Black Men
by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Telling
by Elisabeth Frost
The Drunken Fisherman
by Robert Lowell
The Golden Years
by Billy Collins
The High-Toned Old Christian Woman
by Wallace Stevens
The Summer House
by Tony Connor
The Transparent Man
by Anthony Hecht
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To Her Body, Against Time

 
by Robert Kelly

Long over, what's on the tree
shivers. Sky hides behind
white-faced, giving flesh to branch,
a red leaf

or yellow far enough away,
what Broch called ''the style
of old age," simplified
of images,

lean in the perfection of the bough,
naked & half-undone. Clouds break,
rain against a hidden sun,
the form plain





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January 21, 2008
Red Hook, New York
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From Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993. Copyright © 1995 by Robert Kelly. Used by permission of the author.
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