924. May 31, 1961, by Charles Olson

the lilac moon of the earth's backyard
which gives silence to the whole house
falls down
out of the sky
over the fence

                                 poor planet
                    now reduced
                    to disuse

who looks so big
and alive
I am talking to you

                    The shades
                    on the windows
                    of the Centers'
                    half down
                    like nobody else's
                    lets the glass lower halves
                    make quiet mouths at you

lilac moon

                    old backyard bloom

Source: Selected Poems


  1. what is the citation information for this poem? Is it part of Maximus or is it located in the collected ?

  2. This one isn't from Maximus -- it's a freestanding poem from the Creeley selection.