Poem of the Day Project: “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock by Wallace Stevens”

Wallace Stevens has always been one of those poets who’s back story I’ve found more interesting than his work (he was an insurance agent in Connecticut his whole life and also an incredibly influential writer.) But this poem jumped off the page at me.

Illustrated by Lilli Carré – click the image to connect to her blog


The houses are haunted

By white night-gowns.

None are green,

Or purple with green rings,

Or green with yellow rings,

Or yellow with blue rings.

None of them are strange,

With socks of lace

And beaded ceintures.

People are not going

To dream of baboons and periwinkles.

Only, here and there, an old sailor,

Drunk and asleep in his boots,

Catches tigers

In red weather.

(Disclaimer: I’m basing my poem choices on those I understand to be in the public domain. If I’ve made a mistake – which is very possible – and you own the copyright to a poem I have posted please e-mail me at igetabitobsessive@gmail.com and I will take the post down immediately.)


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