Excerpt from

The Woman at the Washington Zoo

The saris go by me from the embassies.

Cloth from the moon. Cloth from another planet.
They look back at the leopard like the leopard.

And I. . . .
      this print of mine, that has kept its color
Alive through so many cleanings; this dull null
Navy I wear to work, and wear from work, and so
To my bed, so to my grave, with no
Complaints, no comment: neither from my chief,
The Deputy Chief Assistant, nor his chief--
Only I complain. . . .

Randall Jarrell's page at the Academy of American Poets

Randall Jarrell at Modern American Poetry

Randall Jarrell interviewed by Bess Furman for the New York Times (1951)

Take it from Randall Jarrell, new consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress: Poetry is back in American life.
You play it on your hi-fi, he says. That way you don't have to puzzle over what the words mean. You just listen to your high-fidelity phonograph.
Mr. Jarrell told his first press conference in the Poetry Room of the library of Congress that Edna St. Vincent Millay was the last contemporary poet to be read by young men to young women in canoes.
But he added, "I'll bet that last night hundreds of young men were playing Dylan Thomas to hundreds of girls in Greenwich Village." Dylan Thomas is the late Welsh poet whose readings on record achieved attracted wide attention here.

A video of "Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"

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