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Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879. He...
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Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

 
by Wallace Stevens
read by Ann Lauterbach

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.





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May 30, 2009
The Strand Bookstore, New York City
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