Concord Hymn

By Jack Spicer 1925–1965 Jack Spicer
Your joke
Is like a lake
That lies there without any thought
And sees
Dead seas
The birds fly
Around there
Bewildered by its blue without any thought of water
Without any thought
Of water.

Jack Spicer, “Concord Hymn” from My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2008). Used by permission of Peter Gizzi for The Estate of Jack Spicer.

Source: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan University Press, 2008)

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Poet Jack Spicer 1925–1965


Subjects Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile

 Jack  Spicer


Although known primarily among a coterie of poets in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time of his death in 1965, Jack Spicer has slowly become a towering figure in American poetry. He was born in Los Angeles in 1925 to midwestern parents and raised in a Calvinist home. While attending college at the University of California-Berkeley, Spicer met fellow poets Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. The friendship among these three poets . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams


Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile

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