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H.D.

  • Like a bird out of our hand, / Like a light out of our heart, / You are gone.

    • H.D.,
    • "Hymen," Collected Poems ()
  • Soft are the hands of Love, / soft, soft are his feet ...

    • H.D.,
    • "Demeter," Collected Poems ()
  • ... ritual is rooted in earth, / ancient and blest.

    • H.D.,
    • "Choros Translations," Red Roses for Bronze ()
  • ... heaven is a near / translatable thing; / it's here, / it's there ...

    • H.D.,
    • "Chance Meeting," Red Roses for Bronze ()
  • ... irony is bitter truth / wrapped up in a little joke.

  • ... we have not crawled so very far / up our individual grass-blade / toward our individual star.

  • ... music sets up ladders, / it makes us invisible, / it sets us apart, / it lets us escape ...

  • Life was lived to the very extreme edge of possibility, it was lived dangerously with danger taken-for-granted. But pass the danger point, step over the last-straw edge of everything, and nothing matters, you watch your own body being vivisected and take part, encourage the dissector.

  • The potion is not poison, / it is not Lethe and forgetfulness / but everlasting memory.

  • ... my verse, / I can't get away from it, / I've tried to ...

    • H.D.,
    • "Red Rose and a Beggar" (1960), Hermetic Definition ()
  • ... love built on dreams / of the forgotten first unsatisfied embrace, / is satisfied.

    • H.D.,
    • "Winter Love" (1959), Hermetic Definition ()

H.D., U.S. poet

(1886 - 1961)

Full name: Hilda Doolittle Aldington.