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Janet Loxley Lewis
                                          From “Cold Hills” 
I have lived so long
On the cold hills alone …
I loved the rock
And the lean pine trees,
Hated the life in the turfy meadow,
Hated the heavy, sensuous bees.
I have lived so long
Under the high monotony of starry skies,
I am so cased about
With the clean wind and the cold nights,
People will not let me in
To their warm gardens
Full of bees.
About This Poem

Known mostly as a writer of historical novels, Janet Loxley Lewis began her career as a poet. These early poems concentrate on strong, vivid imagery and are often praised for their rhythmic lyricism.

Janet Loxley Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 17, 1899. She attended the University of Chicago, where she was an active member of the University of Chicago Poetry Club and met her future husband, the poet Yvor Winters. She taught at both Stanford University

and the University of California at Berkeley. Lewis died in 1998, at the age of ninety-nine.

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