James Schuyler

Advent

Open my eyes on the welcome

rosy shock of sunshine.

 

Open the first little door

of my Advent calendar:

 

a darling hobby horse

on wheels. Open

 

the window a crack: and

quickly close it against

 

a knife-like draught. The day

looks warmer than it is.

James Schuyler

 James  Schuyler

Early in his life, James Schuyler rented a room from W.H. Auden and worked as his secretary.  Later, Schuyler moved in with Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery, and became involved with the New York School of poets.  In addition to writing poetry, Schuyler was a well-regarded art critic and worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art.  His last books were Selected Poems (1988), A Few Days (1985), and The Morning of the Poem (1980), which won the Pulitzer Prize.  He lived in New York City until his death in 1991.


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