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Marsden Hartley

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Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley was born on January 4, 1877, in Lewiston, Maine. Known for his renowned expressionist paintings, he also published Twenty-five Poems (Contact Press, 1923). He died on September 2, 1943, in Ellsworth, Maine.

by this poet

I have taken scales from off
The cheeks of the moon.
I have made fins from bluejays’ wings,
I have made eyes from damsons in the shadow.
I have taken flushes from the peachlips in the sun.
From all these I have made a fish of heaven for you,
Set it swimming on a young October sky.
I sit on the bank of the stream