Léonie Adams Poems

Léonie Adams is a teacher, editor, and poet. Her poetry has won the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award and the Shelley Memorial Award. She cites her influences as Elizabethan, Early Romantic, and Symbolist. She’s also worked in an editorial capacity for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City during the 1920s. Read more of Léonie Adams’s Biography.


by Léonie Adams

Apostate’ by Léonie Adams describes the freedom a speaker sees in the joyful stars and how she aches to live as they do. 

From weariness I looked out on the stars And there beheld them, fixed in throbbing joy, Nor racked by such mad dance of moods as mars For us each moment’s grace with swift alloy.

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