Days of Our Years

By John Frederick Nims 1913–1999
It’s brief and bright, dear children; bright and brief.   
Delight’s the lightning; the long thunder’s grief.

John Frederick Nims, “Days of Our Years” from Selected Poems (Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1982). Used by permission of Bonnie Nims.

Source: Selected Poems (The University of Chicago Press, 1982)

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Poet John Frederick Nims 1913–1999

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity

Poetic Terms Couplet, Epigram

 John Frederick Nims

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An important translator and previous editor of Poetry magazine, John Frederick Nims (1913—1999) was equally skilled as a poet. Although Nims was born in Michigan, he spent most of his life on the other side of the lake, in Chicago. Generally a classicist in technique, Nims is also well known for his witty epigrams.

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity

Poetic Terms Couplet, Epigram

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