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A nervous meditation in February . . .

February 13, 1975

          by James Schuyler

Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s:

tomorrow I’ll think about

that. Always nervous, even

after a good sleep I’d like

to climb back into. The sun

shines on yesterday’s new-

fallen snow and yestereven

it turned the world to pink

and rose and steel-blue

buildings. Helene is restless:

leaving soon. And what then

will I do with myself? Some-

one is watching morning

TV. I’m not reduced to that

yet. I wish one could press

snowflakes in a book like flowers.

James Schuyler (1923-91) was a central member of the New York School of writers.  Born in Chicago, he attended Bethany College in West Virginia, and served on a Navy destroyer during World War II. He worked as a secretary for W.H. Auden on the Isle of Ischia in Italy, before moving to Manhattan, where he befriended many poets and artists. The late 1960s and 1970s were the productive zenith of Schuyler’s career, culminating in the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Morning of the Poem awarded in 1980.