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Famous Shredding Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Sexton, Anne
...will not. Her spots will fall off.
The old letters will melt into a black bee.
The night gowns are already shredding
into paper, the yellow, the red, the purple.
The bed -- well, the sheets have turned to gold --
hard, hard gold, and the mattress
is being kissed into a stone.

As for me, my dearest Foxxy,
my poems to you may or may not reach the icebox
and its hopeful eternity,
for isn't yours enough?
The one where you name
my name right out in P.R.Read More

by Graham, Jorie, 
for which it seems so fitting,
 for which the whole apparatus of attention had seemed to prepare us, 
and then the shredding beginning
 which sounds at first like the lovely hum 
where sun fills the day to its fringe of stillness
 but then continues, too far, too hard,
and we have to open our hands again and let it go, let it rise up
 above us,

clicker still in my right hand,
 the teller of the story and the shy bride, 
to whom he was showing us off ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...Goaded and harassed in the factory
That tears our life up into bits of days
Ticked off upon a clock which never stays,
Shredding our portion of Eternity,
We break away at last, and steal the key
Which hides a world empty of hours; ways
Of space unroll, and Heaven overlays
The leafy, sun-lit earth of Fantasy.
Beyond the ilex shadow glares the sun,
Scorching against the blue flame of the sky.
Brown lily-pads lie heavy and supine
Within a granite basin, under one
The br...Read More

by Rich, Adrienne
glasses of varying spectrum for sun or fog or sun-struck
 rain or bitterest night my sack of hidden
poetries, old glue shredding from their spines

my time exposure of the Leonids
 over Joshua Tree

As if we're going to win this O because


If you have a sister I am not she
nor your mother nor you my daughter
nor are we lovers or any kind of couple
 except in the intensive care
 of poetry and
death's master plan architecture-in-progress
draft elevations of a black-and-whit...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
...ting purer water 
Not here but anywhere. Beyond the wires 

Leads them to blunder up against the wires
Whose muscle-shredding violence gives no quarter.
Young steers become old cattle from that day, 
Electric limits to their widest senses....Read More

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