Supplication

By John Wieners 1934–2002 John Wieners
O poetry, visit this house often,
imbue my life with success,
leave me not alone,
give me a wife and home.
 
Take this curse off
of early death and drugs,
make me a friend among peers,
lend me love, and timeliness.
 
Return me to the men who teach
and above all, cure the
hurts of wanting the impossible
through this suspended vacuum.
 
1969

John Wieners, "Supplication" from Selected Poems, 1958-1984, published by Black Sparrow Books. Copyright © 1986 by John Wieners.  Reprinted by permission of the John Wieners Literary Trust.

Source: Selected Poems, 1958-1984 (Black Sparrow Books, 1986)

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Poet John Wieners 1934–2002

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Living, Life Choices, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

 John  Wieners

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Born in Boston, poet John Wieners was a Beat poet and member of the San Francisco Renaissance, Wieners was also an antiwar and gay rights activist. His poetry combines candid accounts of sexual and drug-related experimentation with jazz-influenced improvisation, placing both in a lyrical structure. In an interview with his editor, Raymond Foye, Wieners stated, “I try to write the most embarrassing thing I can think of.” As . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

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