Today's Featured Poet

Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington was one of the founding poets of the Imagist Movement along with his friend Ezra Pund and wife H.D. His poetry is heavily influenced by Japanese art and contains many references to Greek tragedies and myths.

Women’s tears are but water;
The tears of men are blood.

He sits alone in the firelight
And on either side drifts by
Sleep, like a torrent whirling,
Profound, wrinkled and dumb.
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