Airs and Angels: This Night Only

By Kenneth Rexroth 1905–1982 Kenneth Rexroth

[Erik Satie: "Gymnopédie #1"]

Moonlight   now    on Malibu
The winter night    the few stars
Far away   millions    of miles
The sea   going on    and on
Forever     around   the earth
Far    and     far     as your lips    are near
Filled    with the same light     as your eyes
Darling     darling     darling
The future     is long gone by
And the past     will never happen
We have     only this
Our one forever
So small    so infinite
So brief    so vast
Immortal     as our hands that touch
Deathless     as the firelit wine we drink
Almighty      as this single kiss
That has no beginning
That will never
Never
End

Kenneth Rexroth, "Air and Angels: This Night Only" from The Collected Shorter Poems. Copyright © 1964 by Kenneth Rexroth.  Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: The Collected Shorter Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2003)

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Poet Kenneth Rexroth 1905–1982

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Love, Romantic Love, Classic Love

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Kenneth Rexroth was born in South Bend, Indiana and frequently moved around the Midwest during his childhood. He led a tumultuous life that included being orphaned at 14, constant traveling both in the US and abroad, intense political activism, and four marriages. Largely self-educated, he is one of the most well-read poets of the twentieth century. His poems, which influenced Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Love, Romantic Love, Classic Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

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