STEVENS, Wallace. "Earthly Anecdote"

Literature: poetryZIGROSSER, Carl (1891-1975)PACH, Walter (1883-1958)STEVENS, Wallace (Reading, Pennsylvania, 2710/1879 - Hartford, Connecticut, 2/08/1955) American Modernist poetSTEVENS, Wallace (Reading, Pennsylvania, 2710/1879 - Hartford, Connecticut, 2/08/1955) American Modernist poet
Every time the bucks went clattering
 
Over Oklahoma,
 
A firecat bristled in the way.
 
Wherever they went,
 
They went clattering,
 
Until they swerved,
 
In a swift, circular line,
 
To the right,
 
Because of the firecat.
 
Or until they swerved,
 
In a swift, circular line,
 
To the left,
 
Because of the firecat.
 
The bucks clattered,
 
The firecat went leaping,
 
To the right, to the left,
 
And
 
Bristled in the way.
 
Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes
 
And slept.

The illustration on the left was created by Walter Pach for this poem.

Carl Zigrosser, Typescript Memoir, Rutgers University Library, "Modern School Collection", describes his experiences editing The Modern School (1917-1920), and his impressions of Wallace Stevens, who wrote some poems for the magazine