Friday, 21 January 2011

Hilda Conkling

The world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes and rivers,
The water is held in its arms
And the sky is held in the water.
What is water, that pours silver, and can hold the sky?
Hilda Conkling, Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

The poet Hilda Conkling was born in New York State in 1910, and died in 1986. The remarkable thing about her poetry is that her entire oeuvre, including Water (above) dates from 1914 to 1920 - that's to say, when she was between four and ten years old.
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