Saturday, April 19, 2014

National Poetry Month Poem of the Day: “Exile” by Hart Crane

by Jason Diamond)

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire is posting a poem a day. For today’s poem, we’ve picked “Exile” by Hart Crane.

“Exile” by Hart Crane

My hands have not touched pleasure since your hands, –
No, — nor my lips freed laughter since ‘farewell’,
And with the day, distance again expands
Voiceless between us, as an uncoiled shell.

Yet, love endures, though starving and alone.
A dove’s wings clung about my heart each night
With surging gentleness, and the blue stone
Set in the tryst-ring has but worn more bright.