An important translator and previous editor of Poetry magazine, John Frederick Nims was equally skilled as a poet. Although Nims was born in Michigan, he spent most of his life in Chicago. Generally a classicist in technique, Nims was also well known for his witty epigrams.
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I’d have you known! It puzzles me forever
To hear, day in, day out, the words men use,
But never a single word about you, never.
Strange!—in your every gesture, worlds of news.
On busses people talk. On curbs I hear them;
In parks I...