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,"Now touch the air softly,/Step gently, One, two. . ./I'll love you till roses and robin's-egg blue;/I'll love you till gravel/Is eaten for bread,/And lemons are orange,/And lavender's red."
So begins "A Pavane for the Nursery," one of William Jay Smith's most celebrated and charming love poems. Collected here for the first time are this and many more of Smith's enchanting paeans to love, a bevy of bewitched words of the sort no loved one could ever hear enough. Whether committed to a delighted reader's memory, ...
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,"Now touch the air softly,/Step gently, One, two. . ./I'll love you till roses and robin's-egg blue;/I'll love you till gravel/Is eaten for bread,/And lemons are orange,/And lavender's red."
So begins "A Pavane for the Nursery," one of William Jay Smith's most celebrated and charming love poems. Collected here for the first time are this and many more of Smith's enchanting paeans to love, a bevy of bewitched words of the sort no loved one could ever hear enough. Whether committed to a delighted reader's memory, recited out loud at a romantic wedding, or set to music by a love-struck composer (as Ned Rorem has done), the poems in this intimate book, illustrated by the late Ukrainian woodcut master Jacques Hnizdovsky, bespeak love in a variety of forms. Also included are striking translations of such poets as Frederico Garcia Lorca and Jacques Prevert. A most gifted and original poet … One of the very few who cannot be confused with anybody else. —Richard Wilbur
[Smith] is rooted in the concrete and the sensuous—in sight, sound, and touch … That he has written poems replete with rhythm, rhyme, wit, and melody … is cause for celebration, homage, and gratitude. —Elizabeth Frank, "The Atlantic Monthly" Poetry by William Jay Smith. Illustrations by Jacques Hnizdovsky.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781885586599
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2002
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The Girl in Glass 1
The Young Lovers 2
Night Music 3
Roses Are Red 4
Valentine Verses 5
The Lovers 6
Unicorn 7
Cupidon 8
The Lady in Orange County 9
The Ten 10
The Diving Bell 12
Martha's Vineyard 13
Don Giovanni in Campagna 14
Song for a Country Wedding 16
Narcissus 18
Venice in the Fog 21
Lovebirds 27
Chrysanthemums 30
Chairs above the Danube 32
Cathay 34
Evening at Grandpont 36
Black Girl 37
Helen 38
Words by the Water 39
A Pavane for the Nursery 40
Roses 42
The Wooing Lady 44
Happiness 45
Wedding Song 46
Bachelor's-Buttons 48
The Girl in the Black Raincoat 49
A Picture of Her Bones 50
The Descent of Orpheus 52
Saga 54
Letter 56
The Battle of Tabu Tabu 58
On Parting 60
Butterfly 61
Dachshunds 62
Immense and Red 64
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