Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Southern Poetry: "Approach" by John Gould Fletcher

John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950) was the first Southern Poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. He belonged to the Imagist school, which is thought of as the first Modern school of poetry; he also belonged to the Southern Agrarians, a group of Southern poets and writers who severely criticized Industrialism and social engineering, and was a member of the Episcopal Church.


APPROACH

Only this morning I sang of roses;
Now I see with a swift stare,
The city forcing up through the air
Black cubes close piled and some half-crumbling over.

My roses are battered into pulp:
And there swells up in me
Sudden desire for something changeless,
Thrusts of sunless rock
Unmelted by hissing wheels.

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