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Author: ALEXANDER, ELIZABETH
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Alexander, Elizabeth    Poet's Biography
31 poems available by this author


A POEM FOR NELSON MANDELA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here where I live it is sunday
Last Line: And I see this sunday clean
Subject(s): Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013)


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BLUES (1993)    Poem Text    
First Line: Right now two black people sit in a jury room
Last Line: I am not a pinata, rodney king insists. Opw can't we all get along
Subject(s): King, Rodney (B.1966); Trials; Racism; Language; Police Violence


APOLLO    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We pull off / to a road shack
Last Line: Even than we are
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ARS POETICA #100: I BELIEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Poetry, I tell my students
Last Line: And are we not of interest to each other?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AT THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking at the photograph is somehow not
Last Line: On darrell’s brown shoulder
Subject(s): Aids (Disease)


BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I am lazy, the laziest
Last Line: Or open arms saying, I forgive you, all
Subject(s): Indolence; Sleep; Conduct Of Life


BOSTON YEAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My first week in cambridge a car full of white boys
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Alienation (Social Psychology); Americans; Boston; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; United States; Estrangement; Outcasts; America


BUTTER    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother loves butter more than I do
Last Line: Out, one hundred megawatts of butter
Subject(s): Butter; Family Life; Relatives


COUGH MEDICINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Grape robitussen tastes like melted lollipop
Last Line: Down the bathtub drain, who are frozen in place forever
Subject(s): Medicine; Drugs, Prescription


CRASH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the last woman off of the plane
Last Line: With gravy and rice, to celebrate
Subject(s): Airplane Accidents; Air Crashes; Aeronautics - Accidents; Airplane Collisions


EARLY CINEMA    Poem Text    
First Line: According to mister hedges, the custodian
Last Line: No movies for months after
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; School; Movies; Cinema


EMANCIPATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Corncob constellation, / oyster shell, drawstring pouch, dry bones
Last Line: We're free
Subject(s): Freedom; Slavery; Liberty; Serfs


FEMINIST POEM NUMBER ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes I have dreams where I am rescued by men
Last Line: All of it, all of it, under one roof
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


HAIRCUT    Poem Text    
First Line: I get off the irt in front of the schomburg center
Last Line: Dying every day
Subject(s): Barbers; Harlem (New York City)


KEVIN OF THE N. E. CREW    Poem Text    
First Line: From the bus I see graffiti
Last Line: Weed fence pole split / kevin
Subject(s): African Americans – Children


LADDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Filene's department store
Last Line: Monkey? Girl? Answer me
Subject(s): African Americans; Family Life; Department Stores


LYNDA HULL    Poem Text    
First Line: The poet lynda hull, whom I did not know well
Last Line: Leaving this bitch of a world for the next
Subject(s): Death; Hull, Lynda (1954-1994); Dead, The


MANHATTAN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I left behind a mother, father
Last Line: New york, my city of adults
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MINNESOTA FATS DESCRIBES HIS YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been eating
Last Line: They would shoot me the grapes
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Minnesota Fats (Fictional Pool Hustler)


NARRATIVE: ALI    Poem Text    
First Line: My head so big
Last Line: Myself / muhammad
Subject(s): Ali, Muhammad (Cassius Clay)


OMNI-ALBERT MURRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: (three four) the ancestors are humming: write a poem, girl
Subject(s): African Americans; Ellington, Edward Kennedy ('duke'); New York City; Negroes; American Blacks; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


PRAISE SONG FOR THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Each day we go about our business
Last Line: Praise song for walking forward in that light.
Subject(s): Obama, Barack


PRELIMINARY SKETCHES: PHILADELPHIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish-man comes with trout and fresh crabs
Last Line: Brother brother brotherly love
Subject(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


RACE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sometimes I think about great-uncle paul who left tuskegee,
Last Line: Here a poem tells a story, a story about race
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


ROBESON AT RUTGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard to picture, but these goliath trees
Subject(s): Robeson, Paul (1898-1976)


ROBESON AT RUTGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard to picture, but these goliath trees
Last Line: From the chemicals paul robeson’s totem face?
Subject(s): Robeson, Paul (1898-1976); Robeson, Paul (1898-1976)


STRAVINSKY IN L.A.    Poem Text    
First Line: In white pleated trousers, peering through green
Last Line: Watts, los angeles, aspiration
Subject(s): Watts Towers, Los Angeles (1921-1955)


THE DIRT-EATERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tra / dition
Last Line: Of / dirt
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE FEMALE SEER WILL BURN UPON THIS PYRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sylvia plath is setting my hair
Last Line: Of burnt hair and bumblebee husks
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


THE VENUS HOTTENTOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Science, science, science!
Last Line: Geometric, deformed, unnatural
Subject(s): Circus; Women - African


ZODIAC    Poem Text    
First Line: You kissed me once and now I wait for more
Last Line: Again, I thin. I want you yo kiss me
Subject(s): Kisses