IMGP3408This morning when I went to the shelf to choose a book of poetry, I saw a small book with a lovely jacket designed in degrees of mauves and blues.  So attractive to the eye.  And, a surprise. It’s  “W.B. Yeats : Selected Poems” John Kelly (Author), The best poems of the greatest voice of our century.

The edition I have was first published in 1997, and this Phoenix Poetry edition in 2002. The greatest voice is into his second century.

Flipped the book open to page 117 for today’s random selection.


Picture and book remain,
An acre of green grass
For air and exercise,
Now strength of body goes;
Midnight, an old house
Where nothing stirs but a mouse.

My temptation is quiet.
Here at life’s end
Neither loose imagination,
Nor the mill of the mind
Consuming its rag and bone,
Can make the truth known.

Grant me an old man’s frenzy,
Myself must I remake
Till I am Timon and Lear
Or that William Blake
Who beat upo the wall
Till Truth obeyed his call;

A mind Michael Angelo knew
That can pierce the clouds,
Or inspired by frenzy
Shake the dead in their shrouds;
Forgotten else by mankind,
An old man’s eagle mind.

William Butler Yeats

Publisher: [Orion House] The Orion Publishing Group

Other “Off the Shelf” Selections.