Ballet School

By Babette Deutsch 1895–1982 Babette Deutsch
Fawns in the winter wood
Who feel their horns, and leap,
Swans whom the bleakening mood
Of evening stirs from sleep,
Tall flowers that unfurl
As a moth, driven, flies,
Flowers with the breasts of a girl
And sea-cold eyes.
The bare bright mirrors glow
For their enchanted shapes.
Each is a flame, and so,
Like flame, escapes.

Babette Deutsch, “Ballet School” from The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch (New York: Doubleday, 1969). Reprinted with the permission of Michael Yarmolinsky.

Source: The Collected Poems (Random House Inc., 1969)

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Poet Babette Deutsch 1895–1982

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Theater & Dance, Arts & Sciences

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Poet, novelist, editor, and critic Babette Deutsch was born and lived much of her life in New York City. She began to publish poems in journals such as the New Republic while a student at Barnard College, where she earned a BA. Two years after her graduation, she published her first poetry collection, Banners (1919).
 
Aligned with the Imagist movement, Deutsch typically composed compact, lyrical pieces using crisp visual . . .

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SUBJECT Theater & Dance, Arts & Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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