Keats in the Bay of Naples Dying
All around—in the air, in the bell
deeps of the admiral-blue sea--
about the bodies of the fairest
reflections of shoreline mixings--
the most sensual then, glistening,
O the simplest breezes shimmered
in expectation, caresses of noonlight,
glances on waves, and in all things
the delirium of days.
Michael Gessner has authored 12 books of poetry and prose. His work has been included in American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, The French Literary Review, JAMA, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Oxford Review (UK,) Pacific Review, Sycamore Review, The Yale Journal of Humanities and others. He is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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