Six Lines for Louise Bogan

By Michael Collier b. 1953 Michael Collier
All that has tamed me I have learned to love
        and lost that wildness that was once beloved.

All that was loved I’ve learned to tame
        and lost the beloved that once was wild.

All that is wild is tamed by love—
        and the beloved (wildness) that once was loved.

Source: Poetry (April 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2012
 Michael  Collier


Michael Collier was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. He studied with William Meredith as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, and earned his MFA at the University of Arizona. Poet laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, Collier is also the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland. His books of poetry include The Clasp and Other Poems (1986), The . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Mixed

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