The Window

ISBN 978-0-9725384-0-4
64 pages, 6" x 9",
perfect bound paperback.
Price: $18
Arctos Press




The Window

The Window book cover



Her hair was Italian & thicker than night
In the eyes of a blind dog

Even the nuclear harness of her blouse
Seemed to suggest something being torn
From a final universal truth
& of all the shopkeepers along all the streets
Of all the time-honored oracles
Holding their futures like tickets to the sullen sky
Only I the amnesiac of the moment was allowed

To imagine my life without her
As hearing a tune of ancient import I grew as lonely

As the last book of the future thrust open by knives

Poem by David St. John from "The Window"



“David St. John’s work has been distinguished from the start by its intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.”
W. S. Merwin

“Expressive, gestural, and image-laden, St. John’s lines fairly hum with the pleasure of their making.”
The New Yorker

“Like the films of Godard and Rohmer, David St. John’s poems evoke cryptic encounters in an ultramodern, often European setting. The mood is one of pain, tension, and urgency, but there is finally the experience and the pleasure of what Mr. St. John calls ‘the most graceful of misunderstandings.’”
John Ashbery

David St. John is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as Where the Angels Come Toward Us, a volume of essays, interviews, and reviews. He is also the author of a previous collection of poetry from Arctos Press, entitled PRISM, with photographs by Lance Patigian. David St. John lives in Venice Beach, California.