Elusive Time

By James Laughlin 1914–1997 James Laughlin
In love it may be dangerous   
to reckon on time to count

on it time’s here and then   
it’s gone   I’m not thinking

of death or disaster but of   
the slippage the unpredictable

disappearance of days on which   
we were depending for happiness.

James Laughlin, “Elusive Time” from Poems New and Selected. Copyright © 1996 by James Laughlin. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Poems New and Selected (1998)

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Poet James Laughlin 1914–1997

Subjects Time & Brevity, Love, Living, Relationships, Heartache & Loss, Realistic & Complicated

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While a sophomore on leave of absence from Harvard University, James Laughlin met Ezra Pound in Rapallo, Italy, and was invited to attend the "Ezuversity"—Pound's term for the private tutoring he gave Laughlin over meals, on hikes, or whenever the master paused in his labors. "I stayed several months in Rapallo at the 'Ezuversity,' learning and reading," recalls Laughlin in an interview with Linda Kuehl for the New York Times . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Love, Living, Relationships, Heartache & Loss, Realistic & Complicated

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