AMERICA POEMS

Making The Lion For All It's Got -- A Ballad
I came home and found a lion in my room...
[First draft of "The Lion for Real" CP 174-175]


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Allen Ginsberg
America The Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
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Katharine Lee Bates
Cantico Del Sole
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
       Troubles my sleep,
The thought of what America,
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Ezra Pound
America
Once in English they said America. Was it English to them.
Once they said Belgian.
We like a fog.
Do you for weather.
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Gertrude Stein
I, Too
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
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Langston Hughes
Part 4 Of Trout Fishing In America
THE AUTOPSY OF

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA

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Richard Brautigan
July The Fourth, 1917
Time was the cry went round the world:
America for freedom speaks,
A new flag is to-day unfurled,
An eagle on the mountain shrieks,
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Edgar Albert Guest
Ameria's Welcome Home
Oh, gallantly they fared forth in khaki and in blue,
America's crusading host of warriors bold and true;
They battled for the rights of man beside our brave Allies,
And now they're coming home to us with glory in their eyes.
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Henry Van Dyke
Everywhere In America
Not somewhere in America, but everywhere to-day,
Where snow-crowned mountains hold their heads,
the vales where children play,
Beside the bench and whirring lathe, on every
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Edgar Albert Guest
America
God has been good to men. He gave
His Only Son their souls to save,
And then he made a second gift,
Which from their dreary lives should lift
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Edgar Albert Guest
Long, Too Long America
Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only,
But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,
And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are,
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Walt Whitman
One Song, America, Before I Go
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Walt Whitman
Let America Be America Again
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Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

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Langston Hughes
America, America!
I am a poet of the Hudson River and the heights above it,
the lights, the stars, and the bridges
I am also by self-appointment the laureate of the Atlantic
-of the peoples' hearts, crossing it
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Delmore Schwartz
The Greatest Thing In North America
This is the greatest thing in North America:
Europe is the greatest thing in North America!
High in the sky, dark in the heart, and always there
Among the natural powers of sunlight and of air,
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Delmore Schwartz
Columbus
Once upon a time there was an Italian,
And some people thought he was a rapscallion,
But he wasn't offended,
Because other people thought he was splendid,
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Ogden Nash
America In 1904
(Europe Conquers America.)

Strong for the strong and in his own conceit;
Half-boy, half-madman, playing with the fire;
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Edgar Lee Masters
America For Me
'Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,
To admire the crumblyh castles and the statues and kings
But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.
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Henry Van Dyke
Part 1 Of Trout Fishing In America
THE COVER FOR

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA

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Richard Brautigan
America In 1804
(America Conquers Europe.)

Foul shapes that hate the day, again grown bold,
Late driven hence, infested fane and court.
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Edgar Lee Masters

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