Poetry June 1975

A Shallot


Also by Richard Wilbur:
She (1958)*
The Proof (1964)
A Black Birch in Winter (1974)
C Minor (1974)*
For W. H. Auden (1979)
Bone Key (1995)*
The Disappearing Alphabet (1997)*
Sir David Brewster's Toy (2002)*
Some Words Inside of Words (2004)*
*with audio of Richard Wilbur reading the poem

Interview:
A Certain Logic: an interview with Richard Wilbur
by Peter Davison (Sept. 9, 1999)

The full cloves
Of your buttocks, the convex
Curve of your belly, the curved
Cleft of your sex—

Out of this corm
That's planted in strong thighs
The slender stem and radiant
Flower rise.




Copyright © 1975 The Atlantic Monthly; June 1975; A Shallot; Volume 235, No. 6; page 57.

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