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The Beach

Weldon Kees

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Added by: Susan
i think what makes this poem truly outstanding is the way Kees draws us into the character's deepest feelings of depair and isolation by the description of the deserted beach. The ending lacks sensationalism and so seems more realistic ,effective and harrowing in true Kees style.
The Beach
Added by: Chris Chalk
Great to discover another poem by Weldon Kees. Wonder about connections between this poem and the mystery surrounding Kees death, the abandoned car at the Golden Gate Bridge. Unusually transparent, even for Kees.
Added by: krazed
The dramatic disappearance of Weldon Kees seems to be a convenient lens by which many read his poems. It appears difficult to view each one on its own for merit. I can't deny that I haven't felt nudged while reading certain of his poems which seem to foreshadow a suicide. However, in this poem, I think the reference could just as easily be to his father (if The Upstairs Room is autobiographical - one shouldn't assume).

"To the floor my father stained,
The new blood streaming FROM his head."

Kees is a fine poet. I'm overwhelmed by his writing. I'm hoping that he disappeared in Mexico. It's possible. Perhaps he's keeping company with B. Traven, the author of The Treasure of Sierra Madre, who also disappeared.
Added by: Dan
I loved the irony of this poem: it's so shocking in one sense, but extremely undramatic in another. I particularly like when Joseph Samuels is described as being 'full of gas'. The line makes him seem so alive, and adds to the irony at the end.
Added by: Miranda
I was just thinking that Kees is probably one of the greatest poets in theistory of poetry. His emotions are so pure, so real and "the Beach" proves it. America has lost its greatest poet with his death.

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