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Famous Stutters Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Sandburg, Carl
...of war?

Did I see your hand make a useless gesture
trying to say with a code of five fingers
something the tongue only stutters?
did I see a dusk Golgotha?...Read More

by Harcombe, Dale
...e clung and stung like sand, 
  smothering words before they could
  break free.
  Sand has a brittle sound
  as it stutters underfoot.
  But you are no longer like sand.
  Though your ears will still never hear,
  words gather, demanding as seagulls.
  Now, you stretch wings towards the sky.
  Glide closer to other lives.
  Reach them with the rising tide
  of your imperfect speech.

*first published Westerly 1993 - Republished Central Western Da...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl carrying a zigzag of fire: the potato bugs are asleep under their stiff and yellow-striped wings: here romance stutters to the western stars, “Excuse … me…”. . .
Old foundations of rotten wood.
An old barn done-for and out of the wormholes ten-legged roaches shook up and scared by sunlight.
So a pickax digs a long tooth with a short memory.
Fire can not eat this rubbish till it has lain in the sun.. . .
The story lags.
The ...Read More

by Scannell, Vernon
...he brittle sticks of chalk:
Afternoon is come and English Grammar.

Rain falls as though the sky has been bereaved,
Stutters its inarticulate grief on glass
Of every lachrymose pane. The children read
Their books or make pretence of concentration,
Each bowed head seems bent in supplication
Or resignation to the fate that waits
In the unmapped forests of the future.
Is it their doomed innocence noon weeps for?

In each diminutive breast a human heart
Pumps out the ...Read More

by Clare, John
...from foreign parts,
It cannot sing for all it tries.
'Cuck cuck' it cries and mocking boys
Crie 'Cuck' and then it stutters more
Till quick forgot its own sweet voice
It seems to know itself no more....Read More

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