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Biography of Weldon Kees

Weldon Kees

Weldon Kees (1914 - 1955)

Harry Weldon Kees (February 24, 1914- presumed dead July 18, 1955) was an American poet, critic, novelist and short story writer.

He was born in Beatrice, Nebraska. He was educated at Doane College, the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1935. He then wrote for Federal Writers' Project in Lincoln, Nebraska. He moved to Denver and a job as librarian in 1937, where he married.

He was in New York from 1943 to 1950, heavily involved in literary journalism. From 1950 to his presumed death in 1955 he was in San Francisco, involved in many ventures but becoming a prey to mental illness. It is assumed, although his body was not found, that he jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, where his car was abandoned on July 18 1955.


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21 Poems written by Weldon Kees

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"A equals X," says Mister One.
"Wondrous life!" cried Marvell at Appleton House.
To Ernest Brace Comments and analysis of A Distance From The Sea by Weldon Kees 9 Comments
Between the visits to the shock ward
Butcher the evil millionaire, peasant,
For a while
In the broken light, in owl weather,
It must have been in March the rug wore through. Comments and analysis of The Upstairs Room by Weldon Kees 2 Comments
Last summer, in the blue heat,
Not a third that walks beside me, Comments and analysis of The Furies by Weldon Kees 1 Comment
Squat, unshaven, full of gas,
The dog stops barking after Robinson has gone.
The porchlight coming on again, Comments and analysis of 1926 by Weldon Kees 214 Comments
The smiles of the bathers fade as they leave the water,
The state cracked where they left your breath
The surgical mask, the rubber teat
The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church Comments and analysis of The Bell From Europe by Weldon Kees 2 Comments
This nothingness that feeds upon itself:
Under the bunker, where the reek of kerosene Comments and analysis of Dead March by Weldon Kees 8 Comments
Unmanageable as history: these
When the coal Comments and analysis of The End Of The Library by Weldon Kees 2 Comments


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