“The Yawn” by Paul Blackburn
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
The black-haired girl with the big brown eyes on the Queens train coming in to work, so opens her mouth so beautifully wide in a ya-aawn, that two stops after she has left the train I have only to think of her and I o-oh-aaaww-hm wow !
from The Cities (Collected Poems), 1985
Persea Books, New York, NY
Copyright 1985 by Paul Blackburn.
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About the Poet
Paul Blackburn (1926-1971) is best known as a Black Mountain Poet because of his role as contributing editor and distributor of the Black Mountain Review. Blackburn is the author of thirteen poetry collections as well as twelve other collections that were published posthumously, including The Selected Poems of Paul Blackburn (Persea Books, 1989).
Learn more about Paul Blackburn at The Poetry Foundation.