For Futures

By Josephine Miles 1911–1985 Josephine Miles
When the lights come on at five o'clock on street corners
That is Evolution by the bureau of power,
That is a fine mechanic dealing in futures:
For the sky is wide and warm upon that hour.

Josephine Miles, “For Futures” from Collected Poems. Copyright � 1983 by Josephine Miles. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Illinois Press.


Source: Collected Poems 1930-83 (1983)

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Poet Josephine Miles 1911–1985

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Time & Brevity

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Lifelong California resident Josephine Miles distinguished herself as an educator, spending her entire academic career at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the first woman to be tenured in the English department. She is remembered as the editor of anthologies and critical texts, as an author of books on poetic style and language, and as an award-winning poet who produced over a dozen books of poems. Her . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Epigram

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