“Upon Julia’s Breasts” by David Yezzi

by on 15/08/12 at 3:25 pm

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Who now reads Herrick? – Allen Tate

Since our proscriptive age cannot abide
the mannish gazing that’s objectified
the female shape (both gamine-slim and more
curvaceous in its lineaments), I swore
correctness, chiefly to avoid the din
one risks to laud the callipygian.

So, turning chicken, now I praise your skin
rubbed with fresh herbs; and hungrily begin
to taste the parts you help me to prepare,
so plump, for my delight; and, ravished, dare
to broadcast that your white meat drives me wild,
dear circummortal chef, sweet Julia Child.

Original appearance in the Paris Review.

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“Upon Julia’s Breasts” by Robert Herrick

Display thy breasts, my Julia, there let me
Behold that circummortal purity;
Between whose glories, there my lips I’ll lay,
Ravished in that fair Via Lactea.


Ernest Hilbert

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One Response to ““Upon Julia’s Breasts” by David Yezzi”

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    Levi Stahl

    Aug 15th, 2012

    I will admit to reading Herrick still, with great joy. What fun!


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