Political Reflection

By Howard Nemerov 1920–1991 Howard Nemerov
loquitur the sparrow in the Zoo

No bars are set too close, no mesh too fine
To keep me from the eagle and the lion,
Whom keepers feed that I may freely dine.
This goes to show that if you have the wit
To be small, common, cute, and live on shit,
Though the cage fret kings, you may make free with it.

September 1956

“Political Reflection” from The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov. Reprinted by per- mission of University of Chicago Press.

Source: Poetry (April 2012).

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Howard Nemerov was a highly acclaimed poet often cited for the range of his capabilities and subject matter, "from the profound to the poignant to the comic," James Billington remarked in his frequently quoted announcement of Nemerov's appointment to the post of United States poet laureate. A distinguished professor at Washington University in St. Louis from 1969 to 1990, Nemerov wrote poetry and fiction that managed to engage . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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