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The Sights Along the Harbor
New and Collected Poems
Harvey Shapiro

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Author’s Note
• Acknowledgments

• New Poems

• Desk
• To Nature
• Cathedral
• In Japan
• In a Bad Time
• The Librarian
• Requiem
• Rain on Scuttle Hole Road
• Bus Ride
• The News
• God Poem
• Commentary
• According to the Rabbis
• The Generations
• Adam
• In Athens
• Brooklyn Walk
• Reading Outdoors
• Kuanon
• Five Days in Paris
• Night in the Hamptons
• Chance Meeting
• Train Trip
• Jump Ship
• One Day
• From an Autobiography
• Telling the Muse What It’s Like After 70
• Sky
• Payback Time
• His Story
• For Gabriel Preil
• Madonna Does Kabbalah
• Seriously
• On the Street
• The Need
• This World, That World
• Colors
• Landscape
• The Uses of Poetry
• Explaining It
• Nights
• At the Seminar
• The Old Poet Sums Up
• The Sun’s Clear Light

• Fr
om The Eye, 1953
• Seascape
• The Heart
• Around One Cellini Saltcellar
• The Eye, The Pulse
• On a Line by Lawrence
• Summer
• December
• Another Old Song
• Enters Light
• Power in America
• Death of a Grandmother

• Fr
om Mountain, Fire, Thornbush, 1961
• The Destructive Will
• The Prophet Announces
• Lines for the Ancient Scribes
• Adoration of the Moon
• The Talker
• The Marriage
• The Book
• Exodus
• Pharos
• Aleph
• The Rough Proof
• Another Reading
• A Short History
• Mountain, Fire, Thornbush
• Feast of the Ram’s Horn
• From a Sermon on the Five Afflictions
• Spirit of Rabbi Nachman

• Fr
om Battle Report, 1966
• News of the World
• Monday
• Rites
• The Collectors
• Sunday Morning
• Past Time
• How Many Times
• The Injunction
• Three Days
• His Life
• Forces
• For Job at Forty
• What the Witch Said
• The Service
• Decisions
• These Lives
• Beyond the Demonic Element
• A Writer
• Captain
• For David
• ABC of Culture
• The Night
• They
• Dumb Adam
• Master and Teacher
• The Six Hundred Thousand Letters
• Purities
• Hidden
• The Old Nostalgia
• National Cold Storage Company
• Battle Report

• Fr
om This World, 1971
• For WCW
• Days and Nights
• The Lesson
• The Light is Sown
• By the Women’s House of Detention
• Glory
• Recapitulations
• Minute Biography
• American Words
• Dear Wife
• As I Come Home
• First Snow
• Facing a Wall
• Working It Out
• Sister
• To My Father
• Spaces
• To the Teacher
• From Martin Buber
• The Synagogue on Kane Street
• Riverside Drive
• Ditty
• The Way
• Where I Am Now
• Kabbalah
• A Message from Rabbi Nachman
• Lines for Erwin R. Goodenough (1893–1996)
• The Kingdom
• Cross Country
• Field Mice
• Hello There!
• Definitions of Poetry
• On Some Words of Ben Azzai
• Sayings of the Fathers
• A History
• “The Way Things Are”
• How the News Reached Me
• Thanks and Praise
• Tractors
• The Argument
• All Right, Dogen
• It Is
• For Delmore Schwartz

• Fr
om Lauds & Nightsounds, 1978
• Through the Boroughs
• Notes at 46
• Riding Westward
• For the Yiddish Singers in the Lakewood Hotels of My Childhood
• In Brooklyn Harbor
• “Jesus, Mary I Love You Save Souls”
• For the Sparrows on New Year’s Morning
• Distances
• True
• Saul’s Progress
• Bringing Up Kids
• Veteran
• Every Day
• Muse Poem
• In the Room
• Arriving
• Montauk Highway  • A Notebook
• In Our Day
• How Differences Arise
• Janis
• Adaptation of a First-Grade Composition
• In Fear of Failure
• For the Year’s End
• City Portrait
• A Gift
• Like a Beach
• August
• Musical Shuttle
• Tight Like That
• The Bridge
• Incident
• 47th Street
• In the Synagogue
• Brooklyn Gardens
• Nightsounds
• Domestic Matters
• Cry of the Small Rabbits
• For the Zen Master Skateboarding Down Independence Pass
• Muffdiving on the Upper West Side
• O Seasons
• Ancient Days
• 1976
• Portrait
• Poets & Comics
• The Realization
• The Old Wife Speaks
• Vacation Poetry
• After Dark
• Lines
• The Intensity
• Happiness in Downtown Brooklyn
• From a Chinese Master
• Ditch Plain Poem

• Fr
om The Light Holds, 1984
• Things Seen
• From the Greek Anthology
• The Twig
• July
• May 14, 1978
• City
• The Card
• The Wish
• Middle Class
• Learning
• San Francisco
• Summer and Back
• On a Sunday
• Discovery
• Cummings
• Sons
• Autobiography
• Years Ago
• Movie
• Around Town
• Brooklyn Heights
• Winter Sun
• Bad News
• A Memorial
• Blue Eyes
• Interlude
• At the Shore
• How It Is with Me
• Getting Through the Day
• Battlements
• For William Dunbar and His Lament
• Memento Mori
• Considering
• Cityscape
• The End
• Experiences
• A Jerusalem Notebook
• Song

• Fr
om National Cold Storage Company, 1988
• History
• Observations
• Two Cornell Deaths
• From an Autobiography
• Comment
• Autobiography
• Curtains
• Last Things
• Cynthia
• Combat
• Italy, 1944

• Fr
om A Day’s Portion, 1994
• These Are the Streets
• Celebrations
• Questions
• New York Summer
• Meditation on a Brooklyn Bench
• City Ethic
• Hollywood Note
• Brooklyn Heights
• Brooklyn Nights
• Fact
• Lessons
• August, from Brooklyn
• Lower East Side
• Lit Crit
• On Writing
• Sunday School
• Bible Lesson
• Genesis
• After the Fall
• For Paul Celan and Primo Levi
• Tonight
• Loyalty
• Snapshot
• Assimilation
• Natural History
• Jerusalem
• Bronx Elegy
• A Tel Aviv Notebook
• Aubade
• His Age
• Table Scene
• History
• The Encounter
• Politics
• Pleasure
• Another Story
• Belief Systems
• Education
• A Story
• Fancy
• How It Ended
• When the Spirit
• Before Sleep
• On My Portrait by Rose Graubart
• Ocean Dawn
• The Text
• For Charles Reznikoff
• Saroyan
• A Day
• Tranquility
• 1943
• Blowing Smoke
• Iggy
• Self-Portrait
• The Boast
• Years Ago
• Shoppers
• A Day’s Portion
• The Defense

• Fr
om Selected Poems, 1997
• What It Feels Like
• In Tiberias
• Epitaph
• Prague
• 1949
• Choices
• Hart
• Generations
• The Ticket
• Italy, 1996
• Traveling Through Ireland

• Fr
om How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems, 2001
• Brooklyn Snaps
• New York Notes
• Three Flights Down the Stairs
• Manhattan in Summer
• Movie Life
• Brooklyn Promenade
• Family
• War Stories
• 1998
• History
• How Charlie Shavers Died
• 6/20/97
• At the Tomb of the Poet Rachel
• Oppen
• Homage to George Oppen
• East Hampton Reading
• John Clare
• For Armand and David
• Small Commentaries
• In the ’50s
• Working Days
• Greenwich Village, 1999
• American Poet
• Places
• Cape Ann
• Abraham’s Path
• Part of an Infinite Series
• For Galen & After O’Hara
• Visiting Japan
• Mercy
• Tourist in Africa
• Israel
• Hebrew Melodies
• Jerusalem, For Example
• It Seems to Me
• Confessions of Age
• 1930s
• Through the Rain
• Observations
• Last Night’s Jazz
• Three Epitaphs
• Heirloom
• Confusion at the Wheel
• Brooklyn
• East End
• In

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