Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Louis Dienes


    “The People in the Mountains represent the hell-and-gone, loafing and Hamlet spirit of possible persons. They want to play glorious hide-and-seek with the why-should-it-be-there universe.”

Eli Siegel
From Preface to Personal & Impersonal


    People in the Mountains

    People talk of whisky in the mountains,
    People race the eagle's shadow,
    And shoot the peaches off the trees.

    The angles of their hats are wild,
    The timing of their curses shakes the walls of the saloons,
    They whisper soft as death when the cricket sound is loud,
    And never tell a thing about themselves.

    When strangers come they disappear into the shadows
    And sigh and muse about the sky and dream.

From Personal & Impersonal
© 1959 by Terrain Gallery

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