Modest Proposals

By Stephen Sandy b. 1934 Stephen Sandy
A longish poem about wallpaper.
A short lyric about discouragement in white.
A medium-length thesis of uncertain importance.
Another sonnet, about scholarship.
A couplet of olives.

A long narrative about the exaggeration of your absence.
Several quatrains about candle stubs.
That old sestina on Isaiah.
Palindromes about Scots presbyters of the 18th century.
Some rock lyrics from Benares.

A nature poem about committees.
Seven heroic couplets about Art Murphy.
Several more heroic couplets on Murphy’s Law.
A ballad about studying Latin in Latium.
A masque for Mercedes and her Benz.

Source: Poetry (September 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2014
 Stephen  Sandy


Stephen Sandy studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish, earned a PhD from Harvard University, and traveled to Japan on a Fulbright Visiting Lectureship. He is the author of more than a half dozen collections of poetry and has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

Stephen Sandy’s collections include Riding to . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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