About this poet

Willa Cather was born in Gore, Virginia, in 1873. She was known widely for her novels and also published numerous books of poetry, essays, and letters. Cather died in New York in 1947.

Prairie Spring

Willa Cather
Evening and the flat land,
Rich and sombre and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Willa Cather

Willa Cather was born in Gore, Virginia, in 1873. She was known widely for her novels and also published numerous books of poetry, essays, and letters. Cather died in New York in 1947.

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A crimson fire that vanquishes the stars;
A pungent odor from the dusty sage;
A sudden stirring of the huddled herds;
A breaking of the distant table-lands
Through purple mists ascending, and the flare
Of water ditches silver in the light;
A swift, bright lance hurled low across the