Raymond Carver Poems

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Raymond Carver
Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. (May 25, 1938 August 2, 1988) was an American short story writer and poet. Carver is considered a major American writer of the late 20th century and also a major force in the revitalization of the short story in the 1980s. Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, a mill town on the Columbia River, and grew up in Yakima, Washington. His father, a sawmill worker, was an alcoholic. Carver's mother worked on and off as a waitress and a retail clerk. His one brother, James Franklin Carver, was born in 1943. Carver was educated at local schools in Yakima, Washington. In his spare time he read mostly novels by Mickey Spillane or publications such as Sports Afield and Outdoor Life and hunted and fished with friends and family. After graduating from Yakima High School in 1956, Carver worked with his father at a sawmill in California. In June of 1957, aged 19, he married 16-year-old Maryann Burk. She had just graduated from a private Episcopal school for girls. His daughter, Christine La Rae, was born in December of 1957. When their second child, a boy named Vance Lindsay, was born the next year, Carver was 20. Carver supported his family by working as a janitor, sawmill laborer, delivery man, and library assistant. During their marriage, Maryann worked as a waitress, salesperson, administrative assistant, and teacher.

happiness
 
 
So early it's still almost dark out.
I'm near the window with coffee,
and the usual early ... [read poem]
tit for tat
 
 
I often pass a gracious tree
Whose name I can't identify,
But still I bow, in courtes... [read poem]
washing the dishes
 
 
When we on simple rations sup
How easy is the washing up!
But heavy feeding complicates... [read poem]
the ballad of william bloat
 
 
In a mean abode on the Shankill Road
Lived a man named William Bloat;
And he had a wife, t... [read poem]
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