"Knowledge" by Louise Bogan

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June 6, 2021 

Knowledge


Louise Bogan

Now that I know
How passion warms little
Of flesh in the mould,
And treasure is brittle,—

I’ll lie here and learn
How, over their ground,
Trees make a long shadow
And a light sound.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 6, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.

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“Knowledge” originally appeared in Body of This Death (R. M. McBride & Company, 1923).

Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She is the author of several books of prose and poetry including The Blue Estuaries 1923-1968 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968), The Sleeping Fury (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937), and Body of This Death (McBride & Company, 1923). The recipient of a 1968 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bogan died in 1970.

Body of This Death
(R. M. McBride & Company, 1923)

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