In Celebration of the Summer Solstice

This Sunday, June 21, marks the Summer Solstice. In honor of the longest day, here’s an inspiring summer poem by the Brooklyn-born American poet and short-story writer, Delmore Schwartz, whose first book In Dreams Begin Responsibilities was first published in 1938.

THE MOUNTING SUMMER, BRILLIANT AND OMINOUS

A yellow-headed, gold-hammered, sunflower-lanterned

Summer afternoon: after the sun soared and soared

All morning to the marble shining heights of marvellous blue,

Like lions insurgent, bursting out of a great zoo,

As if all vividness poured down, poured out, poured

Over, bursting and breaking in all the altitudes of blaze,

As when the whole ocean rises and rises, in irresistible motion,

shaking . . .

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