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Babette Deutsch

  • You leap like living music thru the air.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "The Dancers," Banners ()
  • But I have known no loneliness like this, / Locked in your arms and bent beneath your kiss.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Solitude," Banners ()
  • Who, except the poets, reads poetry?

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • in Helen Hull, ed., The Writer's Book ()
  • ... the poet ... like the lover ... is a person unable to reconcile what he knows with what he feels. His peculiarity is that he is under a certain compulsion to do so.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • in Helen Hull, ed., The Writer's Book ()
  • There is no end to grief. Nor no end to poetry.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Lament for the Makers: 1964," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • Shadows lie late, their long, drowsy limbs / Spread on the grass ...

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "September," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • This little panther wears a coat of soot, / Well-suited so. Stretched out along his shelf, / Still as one brooding storm, the sultry brute / Looks soft as darkness folded on itself.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Creatures in the Zoo," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • She leans with sparkling looks / Toward the dark wood, her strong / Hands work as gleaners should. / Then, as who would caress / A birdlike wordlessness, / She stoops — to drink the meaning / At the still brink of song.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Piano Recital," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • Some things persist by suffering change, others / Endure ...

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Homage to the Philosopher," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • The logic of the poem is not ours.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "The Poem," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • The afternoon sways like an elephant ... / ... / This elephant afternoon / Winks at the glory of which it is part, / And bears itself with patience. Soon / It will be trumpeting.

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "July Day," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()

Babette Deutsch, U.S. poet, literary historian, critic

(1895 - 1982)

Full name: Babette Deutsch Yarmolinksy.