poem by tennesse williams

HOW LOVELY WETNESS
MAKES THE FLESH

By Tennessee Williams, in the fall issue of

Southwest
Review.
Written on the stationery of the Hotel
Woodstock, the poem dates from 1939, when
Williams visited New York City to attend the
World’s Fair.

How lovely wetness makes the flesh
our bodies will declare
when we step from this shining pool
into the shining air

How lovely passion makes the lips
our kiss will testify
when we step from this brilliant earth
into the brilliant sky