10 Poems by Lucie Brock-Broido

Lucie Brock-Broido
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The recent passing of the accomplished poet Lucie Brock-Broido (1956-2018) has saddened her many readers. She was the author of four collections of poetry, and received many honors, including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship. She was also the Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University. Some critics described her as an “Elliptical Poet,” but truly she was undefinable. Here, available for free PDF download, are ten of her most inspiring, thought-provoking, scalp-tingling poems.

“The Interrupted Life,” in Agni
“You Have Harnessed Yourself Ridiculously to This World,” in Poetry
“Seven Objective Correlatives,” in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
“Currying the Fallow-Colored Horse,” in Poetry
“Rome Beauty,” in Harvard Review
“The Hair of Eva Perón,” in Mississippi Review
“Basic Poem in a Basic Tongue,” in The American Poetry Review
“Apologue on Jealousy,” in Salmagundi
“The One Thousand Days,” in Daedalus
“The Supernatural Is Only the Natural, Disclosed,” in Ploughshares

More poetry available for free PDF download:

Winter Poems
Flower Poems
Love Poems
Nature Poems
Sylvia Plath Poems 

JSTOR Citations

The Interrupted Life


Agni, No. 38 (1993), p. 13


You Have Harnessed Yourself Ridiculously to This World


Poetry, Vol. 203, No. 1 (OCTOBER 2013), p. 37

Poetry Foundation

Seven Objective Correlatives

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, No. 35 (Spring/Summer 2001), p. 228

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art

Currying the Fallow-Colored Horse


Poetry, Vol. 202, No. 1 (APRIL 2013), p. 14

Poetry Foundation

Rome Beauty

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

Harvard Review, No. 4 (Spring, 1993), p. 15

Harvard Review

The Hair of Eva Perón

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

Mississippi Review, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Winter, 1981), pp. 27-30

University of Southern Mississippi

Basic Poem in a Basic Tongue

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

The American Poetry Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004), p. 3

American Poetry Review

Apologue on Jealousy


Salmagundi, No. 141/142 (Winter - Spring 2004), p. 64

Skidmore College

The One Thousand Days

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

Daedalus, Vol. 132, No. 3, On Secularism & Religion (Summer, 2003), pp. 95-96

The MIT Press on behalf of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The Supernatural Is Only the Natural, Disclosed

By: Lucie Brock-Broido

Ploughshares, Vol. 17, No. 2/3, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (Fall, 1991), pp. 137-138


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