“These trees stand very tall under the heavens.
While they stand, if I walk, all stars traverse
This steep celestial gulf their branches chart.
Though lovers stand at sixes and at sevens
While civilizations come down with the curse,
Snodgrass is walking through the universe.”
– W D Snodgrass, from “These Trees Stand …”
(Heart’s Needle, 1959)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, William De Witt Snodgrass, died this morning after a four-month battle with inoperable lung cancer.
Read more about W D Snodgrass here.
Read “Heart’s Needle” here.
Read Ms Baroque’s wonderful post about W D Snodgrass here.