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Famous Acrobat Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Acrobat poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous acrobat poems. These examples illustrate what a famous acrobat poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Grennan, Eamon
...he noise of the world, flat
and sharp, high and low, a scramble of this and that
she can decode like nobody's business, acrobat
of random airs as she is? Although of course a bat
is better at it, sifting out of its acoustic habitat
the sound of the very shape of things automat-
ically-- and on the wing, at that. The Magic Flute! What
a joy it is, I feel, and wonder (to the end this little scat)
doe , or can, the cat....Read More

by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
...Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the takin...Read More

by Kilmer, Joyce cheering 
to my heart
And I like the smell of the trampled grass and elephants and hay.
I take off my hat to the acrobat with his delicate, strong art,
And the motley mirth of the chalk-faced clown drives all my care 
I wish I could feel as they must feel, these players 
brave and fair,
Who nonchalantly juggle death before a staring throng.
It must be fine to walk a line of silver in the air
And to cleave a hundred feet of space with a gesture like a song...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
My heart had stammered and hungered at
a marriage feast until the angel of hell
turned me into the punisher, the acrobat.

My bones are loose as clothespins,
as abandoned as dolls in a toy shop
and my heart, old hunger motor, with its sins
revved up like an engine that would not stop.

And now I spend all day taking care
of my body, that baby. Its cargo is scarred.
I anoint the bedpan. I brush my hair,
waiting in the pain machine for my bones to get...Read More

by Gordon, Adam Lindsay
...he flat; 
How the sun-dried reed-beds crackled, how the flint-strewn ranges rang, 
To the strokes of "Mountaineer" and "Acrobat". 
Hard behind them in the timber, harder still across the heath, 
Close beside them through the tea-tree scrub we dash'd; 
And the golden-tinted fern leaves, how they rustled underneath; 
And the honeysuckle osiers, how they crash'd! 
We led the hunt throughout, Ned, on the chestnut and the grey, 
And the troopers were three hundred yards behind...Read More

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