Wallace Stevens–The Reader

Former home of the noted American poet Wallace...

Former home of the noted American poet Wallace Stevens, 118 Westerly Terrace, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Stevens wrote many of his best-known poems while living in this house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

THE READER

 

All night I sat reading a book,
Sat reading as if in a book
Of sombre pages.

 

It was autumn and falling stars
Covered the shrivelled forms
Crouched in moonlight.

 

No lamp was burning as I read,
A voice was mumbling, “Everything
Falls back to coldness,

 

Even the musky muscadines,
The melons, the vermilion pears
Of the leafless garden.”

 

The sombre pages bore no print
Except the trace of burning stars
In the frosty heaven.

 

— Wallace Stevens

 

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