The American Journal of Poetry
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Bruce Taylor

Shakespeare's Children


Dickens could never remember
all the names of his children
nor even how many they were.

Baudelaire longed for escape
from ‘the unendurable pestering
of the rabble I live with,’

Chekhov preferred a wife
who, “like the moon, won’t appear
in my sky every day.”

Verlaine lit his wife on fire, twice.
Waugh would not visit his dying son.
Frost smiled when Yeats died.

Faulkner’s 12-year-old
daughter once asked him
not to drink on her birthday,

and he refused, telling her,
‘No one remembers
Shakespeare’s children.’




BRUCE TAYLOR's poetry has appeared in such places as Able Muse, The Chicago Review, The Cortland Review, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, Poetry, Rattle, and on the Writer’s Almanac.



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