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Bell, Marvin    Poet's Biography
204 poems available by this author


A LESSON FROM THE CORPS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you find the body, it has cauliflower ears
Last Line: Only the dead can tell you the distance from here to there - see more at: http://iwp.Uiowa.Edu/91st/
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


A MAN MAY CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: As simply as a self-effacing bar of soap
Subject(s): Change


A MOTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The heavy, wet, guttural
Last Line: Now and later.
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Blake, William (1757-1827); Cancer (Disease); Airplanes; Air Pilots


A PICTURE OF SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are doughboys, of doughboy bearing
Last Line: The next invention, the next impossible president.
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Soldiers; War; World War I; First World War


A POOR JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Left in a world of relatives
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


A PRIMER ABOUT THE FLAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Or certain ones. There are bed & breakfast flags
Last Line: But didn't first tell people what it stood for
Subject(s): Flags


A SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky had been burning for some time, and our eyes hurt
Subject(s): Sky


A TRUE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: One afternoon in my room
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


AFTER TU FU (THEY SAY YOU'RE STAYING IN A MOUNTAIN TEMPLE)    Poem Text    
First Line: In the damp evenings of summertime
Last Line: On the other side of the clouds
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Summer; Winter; Fall


AN AFTERWORD TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Still the wood I knocked on
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


AN ELEGY FOR THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be darker soon, colder. You see
Last Line: To do was wait, and everything was time
Subject(s): Change; Evolution; Fate; Universe; Destiny


AN INTRODUCTION TO MY ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Such a book must contain
Last Line: But only as a peacock among barn fowl.
Subject(s): Books; Flowers; Love; Poetry & Poets; Reading


AN OLD TREMBLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Often one wonders what the snake does all day in its pit
Subject(s): Nature; Snakes


AROUND US    Poem Text    
First Line: We need some pines to assuage the darkness
Last Line: Of whatever good we did
Subject(s): Gratitude; Pleasure; Thought; Thinking


BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN, 2002    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The interrogation celebrated spikes and cuffs
Subject(s): Afghanistan War


BEING IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: With someone who is not in love with
Last Line: Love, being in love with being in love
Subject(s): Love


BY DIFFERENT PATHS       
First Line: We have all had our heads in a book
Last Line: Now love is easy, pleases; no answer.
Subject(s): Love; Roads; Paths; Trails


CARGO MOVING TO GAZA (1988)    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree donated years back struggles
Subject(s): Arabs; Israel (State); Life; Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


COFFEE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The house smells of coffee, and I want some
Subject(s): Coffee; Vietnamese Conflict


CONSTANT FEELINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some acts I could never, not
Last Line: Which are lives, but do not depend on lives.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets; Sex


DRAFT AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You probably thought you were going to go through life
Subject(s): Military Service, Compulsory; Conscription; Military Draft; Selective Service


DRAWN BY STONES, BY EARTH, BY THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN FIRE       
First Line: I can tell you about this because I have held in my hand
Last Line: Like inky sponges that walk away in the deep water.
Subject(s): Craftsmanship; Elephants


DREAM JOURNALS    Poem Text    
First Line: A pen wearing its sock for a cap rested on paper
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


EASTERN LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Beach grass tangled by wind--the sound rushes
Last Line: Reclamation by the proximate meek, who shall inherit.
Subject(s): Long Island (N.y.); Nature; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Seashore; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Beach; Coast; Shore


ENDING WITH A LINE FROM LEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I will try to remember. It was light
Last Line: Never. Never. Never. Never. Never.
Subject(s): Children; Dramatists; Fathers & Sons; Funerals; Graves; Grief; Lear, King; Parents; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Childhood; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood; Dramatists


GETTING LOST IN NAZI GERMANY    Poem Text    
First Line: You do not move about, but try
Last Line: Calling you home, little jewboy in alarm.
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Nazis; Shoah; Judaism; National Socialism


GIVE BACK, GIVE BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: If I married him for length
Last Line: At the long entrance of the children.
Subject(s): Children; Disappointment; Marriage; Pleasure; Childhood; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GRADUALLY, IT OCCURS TO US    Poem Text    
Last Line: Time is memory. We have the time
Subject(s): Time; Love; Absence


GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We are victims of wars we didn't start
Last Line: The regret. Grief is a long time green
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


HE HAD A GOOD YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: While he was going blind. Autumnal light
Last Line: He said, he would see things this way.
Subject(s): Autumn; Blindness; God; Rainbows; Seasons; Fall; Visually Handicapped


HE SAID TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Crawl toward the machine guns
Last Line: Being a man.
Subject(s): Army Life; Men; Soldiers; Drills & Minor Tactics


HER DREAM HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Birds cannot fly over it
Subject(s): Houses


HOMAGE TO ALFRED STIEGLITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: The address of the equivalent
Subject(s): Stieglitz, Alfred (1864-1946); Homage & Respect


HOW TO EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: These half-glasses I wear on my nose


I DIDN'T SLEEP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Sleep; Vietnamese Conflict


I WILL NOT BE CLAIMED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am happy, nothing can divide me
Last Line: I see the white stuff and the black stuff and decide
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Humanity; Strength; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


I, OR SOMEONE LIKE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a wilderness, in some orchestral swing
Subject(s): Forests; Music & Musicians; Vision; Woods


ICARUS THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The nature of a circle prevents it
Last Line: And a dawn that looks like evening
Subject(s): Icarus; Mythology - Classical; Sun


IF I HAD ONE THING TO SAY       
First Line: I see words effaced in the footprints of the conquered
Subject(s): Creation; Life; Modern Man


IN THE HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing in thick clothes is
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


INITIAL CONDITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The way the sun will slant
Last Line: As you breathe, let your chest sag to feel bone
Subject(s): Books; History; Restaurants; United States; Washington (State); Reading; Historians; Cafes; Diners; America


INSTRUCTIONS TO BE LEFT BEHIND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've included this letter in the group
Last Line: All that you (and I too) wanted to be: you.
Subject(s): Legacies; Letters; Love; Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


INTERVIEW       
First Line: Do you believe that actors are dumb? Writers?
Last Line: Are there things you would say to one sex but not to the other?
Subject(s): Death; Ignorance; Privacy; Torture; Dead, The; Dullness; Stupdity


ITALIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It would be enough
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


JANE WAS WITH ME    Poem Text    
Last Line: If jane were with me
Subject(s): Death Animals; Squirrels


JUST A MOMENT€I AM BUSY BEING A MAN    Poem Text    


LANDSCAPE WITH OPEN SPACES    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't stand this much open space, with joy
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The things I did, I did because of trees
Last Line: And life in the upturned bellies of the fishkill in the creek.
Subject(s): Children; Long Island (N.y.); Mathematics; Memory; Childhood


LOVESONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Even cream in a wound would hurt
Subject(s): Love


MARCO POLO    Poem Text    
First Line: He was heroic, fugitive, in love with the machinery
Last Line: Devoured by the oriental machinery of the silkworm
Subject(s): Explorers; Insects; Money; Polo, Marco (1254-1324); Sea; Skeletons; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Bugs; Ocean


MARS BEING RED    Poem Text    
First Line: Being red is the color of a white sun where it lingers
Subject(s): Red (Color)


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to place a chair in the middle of the room


MEMORIES OF BRAGG AND KLEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: All this was fine, you said
Subject(s): Soldiers; Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975)


MORE GOING FOR WALKS    Poem Text    
First Line: This was the moon, which once was green


MY HATE    Poem Text    
First Line: My hate is like ripe fruit
Last Line: I must be stopped.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Fruit; Gardens & Gardening; Hate


NATURE       
First Line: A hand that tries to shake a hand
Subject(s): Earth; Nature; World


NEW STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old already? Provable still
Subject(s): Students


OBSESSIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It could be a clip, it could be a comb
Last Line: The father of a friend just sickened and sickened.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Games; Obsessions; Childhood; Relatives; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


ON RETURNING TO TEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: At a distance. Young voices are whooping
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


ON THE DEATH OF A GREAT CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I look up into the death of my father
Subject(s): Death - Fathers


ONE OF THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does a dog get sick
Last Line: — you tell me.
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dogs; Dead, The


OUR ROMANCE       
First Line: The road is narrow which leads to that house
Last Line: And saved the parents, being children.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Home; Parents; Childhood; Relatives; Parenthood


PERSONAL REASONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your hair - short, long, stars, a bed
Last Line: Or not so very much that very way — us.
Subject(s): Loss; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


POEM AFTER CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's life that is hard: waking, sleeping, eating, loving
Last Line: Arrive once more at the house where love seemed to be in the air
Subject(s): Andrade, Carlos Drummond De; Death; Life; Dead, The


POEM IN ORANGE TONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Curtains hung closed, sealing off the window
Last Line: To come out on top.
Subject(s): Dawn; Nature; Waking; Sunrise


PUT BACK THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's not stop in cold, in drought
Last Line: When your hand into mine put back the dark.
Subject(s): Death; Decay; Dead, The; Rot; Decadence


REPLICA    Poem Text    
First Line: The fake parthenon in nashville, stonehenge reduced by a quarter
Last Line: Everything of which there's one only in the form of its only maker.
Subject(s): Life; Reproduction; Statues; Mating


RESCUE, RESCUE       
First Line: I need you like a sailor needs
Last Line: The rescues succeed without regrets.
Subject(s): Desire; Sailing & Sailors; Seamen; Sails


SCHOOLS OF LITTLE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling in snow beyond the window
Last Line: Until you can carry your brains in your open hands
Subject(s): Film (Photography); Fish & Fishing; Photography & Photographers; Anglers


SERVICE FOR TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: Those rose-colored glasses - effacement


SEVENS (VERSION 3): IN THE CLOSED IRIS OF CREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A pair of heavy scissors lay across the sky
Last Line: Began to sever us
Subject(s): Creation; Humanity; Life; Perception


SLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I go out to find whatever comes / but the first fifteen minutes
Last Line: When it gets easier
Subject(s): Running & Runners


SONG OF SOCIAL DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Ethics without faith, excuse me
Last Line: Inevitably on the wrong side looking out.
Subject(s): Faith; Family Life; Morality; Belief; Creed; Relatives; Ethics


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS #52    Poem Text    
First Line: William shakespeare of an actual presence


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS #68    Poem Text    
First Line: These raindrops gossip of summer


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#12)    Poem Text    
First Line: One day I have fifteen minutes to stop the ruination
Last Line: Other places, other days, but today tibet
Subject(s): Tibet


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#15)    Poem Text    
First Line: The growth underfoot, the amputated remains
Last Line: An egg that was dropped from a rooftop to see what.
Subject(s): Firel; Fear


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, said a piece of tree bark in the wind, and the night froze
Last Line: Colorful yarmulke that lifted the high holy days
Subject(s): Skulls; Jews


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#20): 1. SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: William shakespeare of an actual presence
Last Line: That hamlet will kill himself first in word, then in deed.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare - Hamlet; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#20): 2. SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't say why he thinks himself shakespeare at the window
Last Line: Across the stage when she thought he was not coming.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#21): 2. LESS SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Throwing your voice is one of those things also
Last Line: Green remains.
Subject(s): Self; Ventriloquists & Ventriloquist Dummies


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#3): 1. BEAST, PEACH..    Poem Text    
First Line: He couldn't say it or write it or sign it or give it a name
Last Line: His small star would someday pass close to him but not yet.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791); Religion; Spirituality; Nativity, The; Theology


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#3): 2. ANGEL ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The hands that were nailed, the ankles that were pierced as if one
Last Line: The cloud appeared to him by day and the little star by night.
Subject(s): Angels; Concentration Camps; Crucifixion; Death; Jews; Religion; Spirituality; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Dead, The; Judaism; Theology


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#8)    Poem Text    
First Line: Whereas yesterday he made his hand feel the sky, his leg fathom the
Last Line: Ask me again if who I was is who I have become
Subject(s): Middle Age


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#9): 2. SOUP TOAST ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man must deal with life
Last Line: Love is not pretty.
Subject(s): Love; Death


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN? (#17): 2. WALKING IN THE DROWNING FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Pitch pine, thirty-five foot oaks to their necks in sand
Last Line: To be spoken of, though nobody knows
Subject(s): Seashore


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN?S FOOTSTEPS #17    Poem Text    
First Line: That a bent piece of straw made a circle in the sand
Last Line: Sand: the moral infinitude of a single rock
Subject(s): Seashore; Long Island (N.y,)


SPOT SIX DIFFERENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hand is moved. Sleeve is longer. Hat is
Last Line: Shapes are open. Gloves are general- ized. / mouth is open. Hand is hiding
Subject(s): Riddles


STARS WHICH SEE, STARS WHICH DO NOT SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: They sat by the water. The fine women
Last Line: And then its promise, but never the water.
Subject(s): Beauty; Seine (River), France; Water; Women


TALL SHIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who reaches the crow's-nest
Last Line: And by turning his face to the blind dial of the cosmos
Subject(s): Boats; Perception; Vision


TEMPER    Poem Text    
First Line: The seed, in its grave
Last Line: Clear through to the center.
Subject(s): Anger


THE ADMISSION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If you love me
Last Line: To you.
Subject(s): Language; Love; Words; Vocabulary


THE AFFAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: He could do no wrong
Subject(s): Love Affairs


THE BODY BREAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been wiping the clear lens
Last Line: That I know of
Subject(s): Bodies


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#1): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks he is alive when he sees blood in his stool
Subject(s): Blood; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#1): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man can balance a glass of water on his head without trembling
Subject(s): Bodies; Corpses; Death; Cadavers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#11): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MEDUSA       
First Line: When the dead man splays his arms and legs, he is a kind of medusa
Last Line: Mortal among immortals, the dead man can change you to stone.
Subject(s): Death; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Vanity; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#11): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MEDUSA       
First Line: The dead man mistakes his rounded shoulders for wings
Last Line: The dead man speaks also for those who were turned into stone.
Subject(s): Death; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Women; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#13): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THUNDER       
First Line: When the dead man hears thunder, he thinks someone is speaking
Last Line: The dead man speaks god's language.
Subject(s): Death; God; Language; Religion; Speech; Spirituality; Thunder; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Theology; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#13): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THUNDER       
First Line: The dead man counts the seconds between lightning and thunder to
Last Line: Smell of solder at the junction of earth and sky.
Subject(s): Death; God; Lightning; Religion; Speech; Spirituality; Thunder; Dead, The; Lightning Rods; Theology; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#14)    Poem Text    
First Line: Under communism, the dead man's poems were passed around hand-to-hand
Last Line: You have only to believe in the past
Subject(s): Death; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-18665); Communism


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#15)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks his resolve has stiffened when the ground dries
Last Line: You think its hilarious, comedy upstanding, crackers to make sense of?


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#15): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND RIGOR       
First Line: You think it's funny, the dead man being stiff?
Last Line: You think it's hilarious, comedy upstanding, crackers to make sense of?
Subject(s): Bodies; Death; Humorists; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#19): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND WINTER       
First Line: When the dead man's skin turns black and blue, he thinks it is winter
Last Line: The dead man in winter is not just winter.
Subject(s): Death; Winter; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#19): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND WINTER       
First Line: The dead man in winter is the source of spring
Last Line: The dead man in winter is in heaven.
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Spring; Winter; Dead, The; Paradise


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#21): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S HAPPINESS       
First Line: When the dead man hears the thunderous steps of an ant, he feels eager
Last Line: The dead man has it all, even the worms and the dogs.
Subject(s): Death; Happiness; Nature; Dead, The; Joy; Delight


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#21): MORE ABOUT DEAD MAN'S HAPPINESS       
First Line: The dead man wanted more until he had everything and wanted none of it
Last Line: The dead man did the same with substance and shadow.
Subject(s): Death; Happiness; Dead, The; Joy; Delight


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#23)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man thinks himself exposed, he puts on a mask
Last Line: The dead man's first mask was a hand over his mouth
Subject(s): Death; Masks


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#27)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks he is hungry when he hears his stomach rumble


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#29)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man lowers standards, ha ha, sinking, steadily sinking
Last Line: All these things the dead man does and more
Subject(s): Death; Sex


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#3)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man throws up, he thinks he sees his inner life
Last Line: The dead man has both feet in the past and his head in the clouds
Subject(s): Death;


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#30)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man cannot go to sleep, he squeezes blood from a stone
Last Line: The dead man is mad to ride the wheel to the end of the circle
Subject(s): Death; Night


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#34)       
First Line: The dead man is slag ash soot cinders grime powder embers flakes
Last Line: Sides of a simple box.
Subject(s): Death; Dust; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#35)       
First Line: In an evening of icicles, tree branches crackling as they break
Last Line: Of the old songbooks, taped and yellowed, held there in time.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#42)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man encounters horrific conditions infused with beauty
Last Line: The dead man counts by ones and is shy before your mildest adoration
Subject(s): Death


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#43)        
First Line: When the dead man itches, he thinks he has picked up a splinter
Last Line: Stinger that cost something its life.
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Touch (Sense); Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44)    Poem Text    
First Line: Under deadline, the dead man hunkers down and lightens up


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#47)        
First Line: The dead man lives in the flesh, in memory, in absentia, in fact and
Last Line: Scraps and a mouthful of quills.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Death; Cookery; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51)    Poem Text    
First Line: Having appendages, the dead man has shoes


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#54)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man feels nausea, he thinks he is in the balkans
Last Line: Shall call the preposthumous to their task
Subject(s): Death; Science


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#58)       
First Line: They came to the door because he was small or went to some
Last Line: This time the dead man will see them in hell.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Death; Dissenters; Exiles; Funerals; Graves; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts; Dead, The; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man practices a healthy deathstyle.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#6)       
First Line: Will the dead man speak? Speak, says the lion, and the dead man
Last Line: Anvils.
Subject(s): Death; Nature; Speech; Dead, The; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#62)       
First Line: When the dead man opens himself up, he is blown about, showered
Last Line: Music, and your heart blows up when you gasp.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#63)       
First Line: The dead man has up-the-stairs walking disorder
Last Line: The dead man stands for living anyway.
Subject(s): Death; Language; Love; Sickness; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Illness


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#65)       
First Line: The dead man struggles not to become crabby, chronic or hypothetical
Last Line: When the river met the shore.
Subject(s): Death; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Language; Poetry & Poets; Reason; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#66)       
First Line: That one was lost at sea and another to rot, that one threw himself
Last Line: Do not let them tell you that the dead man has gone on ahead.
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#67)       
First Line: The dead man, that man, consorted with canines in the turmoil
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#68)       
First Line: The dead man likes it when the soup simmers and the kettle hisses
Last Line: Some say the dead man was miserable to be so happy.
Subject(s): Death; Language; Happiness; Story-telling; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (DRUGS)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man tried to read the small type, but it was too small.
Subject(s): Medicine; Drugs, Prescription


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (FOOD)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man likes chocolate, dark chocolate


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (FUNGI)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man has changed his mind about moss and mold


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (NOTHING)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man knows nothing


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (PEACETIME)    Poem Text    


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (RHINO)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dead man rode a rhino into congress.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (THE FOUNDRY)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man hath founded the dead man's foundry


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (WARTIME)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man, dead and alive at the same time, joins up.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (YOUR HANDS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Mornings, he keeps out the world awhile, the dead man


THE BRIDE IN WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is customary to conceive
Subject(s): Brides


THE COAT OF ARMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am seen in a landscape sometime before


THE CONDITION    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness within me is growing
Last Line: Like a thing seen.
Subject(s): Growth; Self


THE DAILY GRIND    Poem Text    
First Line: How to account - if you can't


THE DIFFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is descending on china


THE DRIFTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Who called a crisis a spade?


THE ESCAPE INTO YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Eight years of making it, who deserves
Subject(s): Togetherness


THE EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWS; TO DONALD JUSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand years from now / they will be remembered as heroes
Last Line: Continues ceasing and ceasing.
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Survival; Shoah; Judaism


THE FIFTIES       
First Line: Miles davis is on a night off
Subject(s): Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE HOLE IN THE SEA       
First Line: It's there
Last Line: The driest thing there is.
Subject(s): Courage; Language; Religion; Sea; Secrets; Spirituality; Story-telling; Valor; Bravery; Words; Vocabulary; Theology; Ocean


THE ISRAELI NAVY    Poem Text    


THE LAST THING I SAY       
First Line: To a thirteen-year-old sleeping
Last Line: A small part of himself and sweet dreams.
Subject(s): Children; Fathers & Sons; Love; Parents; Sleep; Childhood; Parenthood


THE MEDICINE    Poem Text    
First Line: He's in love with sex, but he'd give it up


THE MOON IS VISIBLE TONIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Moon


THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard knowledge to come by. Finally


THE MYSTERY OF EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the weather goes on for days
Last Line: Unless there was time, and eternity's plenty.
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Poetry & Poets; Women


THE NEST       
First Line: The day the birds were lifted from my shoulders
Last Line: It killed me — and almost cost me a life...
Subject(s): Birds; Grief; Life; Loss; Sorrow; Sadness


THE PAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Peer over the edge of the paper if you dare


THE PARENTS OF PSYCHOTIC CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: They renounce the very idea
Last Line: Like the crazy birds, to their offspring.
Subject(s): Children; Insanity; Parents; Childhood; Madness; Mental Illness; Parenthood


THE PILL       
First Line: The pill, in the pill bottle, humming like a wheel at rest, confident ...
Last Line: Could have sworn that it could see them, and that it blinked.
Subject(s): Humanity; Medicine; Reason; Self-consciousness; Drugs, Prescription; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE PRESENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We wrapped up a trip to mexico


THE RING    Poem Text    
First Line: A puzzle for keeping, four bands


THE SELF AND THE MULBERRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to see the self, so I looked at the mulberry
Last Line: Let nature take a turn at saying what love is!
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees; Nature; Self; Trees


THE SELF-MADE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is almost christmas, and I have decided


THE STONES       
First Line: One night in my room
Last Line: Among the excellent vegetables.
Subject(s): Environment; Happiness; Nature; Self; Stones; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Joy; Delight; Granite; Rocks


THE STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are using the stairs as a ladder
Subject(s): Students


THE UNIFORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the sleeves, I remember their weight, like wet wool
Last Line: A wounded eardrum wasn't much in the scheme.
Subject(s): Army - United States; Clothing & Dress; Military


THE WAR PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dove has entered the hawk farm


THE WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly my wife's cheeky


THESE GREEN-GOING-TO-YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: This year / I'm raising the emotional ante
Subject(s): Comfort; Gingko Trees; Leaves


THEY    Poem Text    
First Line: My destiny has been to prune one tree
Subject(s): Simplicity; Trees


THINGS WE DREAMT WE DIED FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Flags of all sorts
Last Line: By the many who have not one.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Literature; Soldiers; War; Dead, The; Nightmares


THREE LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am green, and I may well misunderstand your words, as


TIE-DOWN OF A BONSAI    Poem Text    
First Line: A ladder propped against a rainbow
Subject(s): Bonsai; Language; Music & Musicians; Rainbows; Words; Vocabulary


TIME WE TOOK TO TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The sign said no trespassing


TO AN ADOLESCENT WEEPING WILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know what you think you're doing
Last Line: It means you are a boy.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Grief; Willow Trees; Youth; Sorrow; Sadness


TO DOROTHY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You are not beautiful, exactly / you are beautiful, inexactly
Last Line: I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep.
Subject(s): Beauty; Loss; Love; Poetry & Poets


TO NO ONE IN PARTICULAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether you sing or scream
Last Line: To no one in particular.
Subject(s): Language; Murder; Poetry & Poets; Singing & Singers; Words; Vocabulary; Songs


TO THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: We are green with our haggard deities


TOWARD CERTAIN DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: High-beams stabbing the eyes of animals


TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The park's trees have been growing all week


TRAVELS WE TOOK IN OUR TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Place become enough and too much
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TREETOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: My father moves through the south hunting duck
Last Line: Probable volume of dreams, think so.
Subject(s): Death; Ducks; Fathers & Sons; Hunting; Dead, The; Mallards; Drakes; Hunters


TRIAL NOVELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone was guilty (they always are)


TRINKET    Poem Text    
First Line: I love watching the water
Last Line: Small enough to contain it.
Subject(s): Plants; Self; Time; Water; Planting; Planters


TWO PICTURES OF A LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: If I make up this leaf
Last Line: Come to resemble so much that does not.
Subject(s): Death; Fish & Fishing; Leaves; Survival; Trees; Dead, The; Anglers


UNLESS IT WAS COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Again today, balloons aloft in the hazy here
Last Line: But I was happy, and my happiness made others happy.
Subject(s): Courage; Happiness; Hot-air Balloons; Valor; Bravery; Joy; Delight


VERSES VERSUS VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: First, there's courtship
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


VETERANS OF THE SEVENTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: His army jacket bore the white rectangle
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict


VICTIM OF HIMSELF       
First Line: He thought he saw a long way off the ocean
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Perception; Pride; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Self-esteem; Self-respect


WALKING THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sidewalk is growing soft. I am growing soft
Subject(s): Conformity; Homecoming; Solitude; Loneliness


WANTING TO HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the man who discovered women


WASHING OUR HANDS OF THE REST OF AMERICA       
First Line: The water is moving again in the lakes of central america
Subject(s): Allergies; Disease; Earth; Nature; Pollution; Sickness; Water; World; Illness


WATCHING THE BOMBER PASS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: How can we speak of eyes and seasons
Last Line: Not one of us escapes some little happiness!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Bombs; War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


WATER, WINTER, FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the little light of dawn
Last Line: Now it is useless to be home.
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Home; Loss; Water; Winter; Dead, The


WE HAD SEEN A PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: One man held the huge pig down
Last Line: When we looked.
Subject(s): Business; Butchers; Murder; Pigs; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Boars; Hogs


WE HAVE KNOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We have known such joy as a child knows
Last Line: And will not survive, though you have them.
Subject(s): Children; Happiness; Love; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Childhood; Joy; Delight; Parenthood


WEDNESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray rainwater lay on the grass in the late afternoon
Last Line: Might drop his arms, that he had held up all day since the dew.
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature; Solitude; Loneliness


WHAT LASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: So help me, love, you and I
Last Line: The flower itself is to something or other.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


WHAT SONGS THE SOLDIERS SANG    Poem Text    
First Line: Those with few images, lyrics
Last Line: And that there were no words for others.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Soldiers; War; Songs


WHEN I RUN    Poem Text    


WHITE CLOVER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once when the moon was out about three-quarters
Last Line: Over all their property.
Subject(s): Clover; Light; Night; Bedtime


WHO & WHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I live, it's a long uphill to


WRITTEN DURING DEPRESSION: HOW TO BE HAPPY       
First Line: To be happy / a man must love death
Last Line: And why, my dear, I love you.
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Future; Happiness; Love; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Joy; Delight


YOU WOULD KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: That you, father, are 'in my mind'
Last Line: What I was, happy, maybe am, you would know.
Subject(s): Escapes; Fathers & Sons; Happiness; Past; Fugitives; Joy; Delight


YOUR SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I am sentenced not to talk to you
Last Line: Bits of glass in the head's reticent weather.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists