“Palace of the Babies” — Wallace Stevens


“The Surprises of the Superhuman” — Wallace Stevens

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“Valley Candle” — Wallace Stevens

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Ernest Hemingway vs. Wallace Stevens (David Markson)


“The Snow Man” — Wallace Stevens

“The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens


One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;


And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter


Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,


Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place


For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Harold Bloom on Wallace Stevens

“The Motive for Metaphor” — Wallace Stevens

“The Motive for Metaphor”


Wallace Stevens

You like it under the trees in autumn,
Because everything is half dead.
The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves
And repeats words without meaning.

In the same way, you were happy in spring,
With the half colors of quarter-things,
The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds,
The single bird, the obscure moon–

The obscure moon lighting an obscure world
Of things that would never be quite expressed,
Where you yourself were not quite yourself,
And did not want nor have to be,

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound–
Steel against intimation–the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.


“The Well Dressed Man with a Beard” — Wallace Stevens


“A Postcard from the Volcano” — Wallace Stevens


“Indian River” — Wallace Stevens

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“Gubbinal” — Wallace Stevens


“Life Is Motion” — Wallace Stevens


“The Curtains in the House of the Metaphysician” — Wallace Stevens


“On the Surface of Things” — Wallace Stevens


“Nomad Exquisite” — Wallace Stevens


“Another Weeping Woman” — Wallace Stevens


“Colors” — Wallace Stevens