Elegy a Little

By Donald Revell b. 1954 Donald Revell
Linoleum and half a dozen eggs
In 1960
            Many towered Ilium
A brand name and a shopping list too

Memory distinguishes all things from
Only nothing
                   I was born and grew
Rooms stacked up into houses
A few trees (maples) welted in their seasons
Wildly like sea birds in crude oil
                                              What amazes
Me now amazed me always but never
Often eyesight is prophetic instantly

Seeing broken eggs on the linoleum
In the kitchen 1960
I saw a broken lifetime further
On as I see now my happy sister

Donald Revell, “Elegy a Little” from Arcady: Poems © 2002 by Donald Revell.  Reprinted by permission of Donald Revell.

Source: Arcady (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)

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Poet Donald Revell b. 1954

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, Growing Old, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life

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Born in the Bronx, Donald Revell received his PhD at SUNY Buffalo and is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, translations, and essays. Steeped in the work of Henry David Thoreau and William Carlos Williams, Revell’s poetry is “seriously Christian but not doctrinaire, mystical without setting intellect aside, angry over political matters without ever growing stale or shrill, and more often joyful than any other . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Growing Old, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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