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Bly, Robert    Poet's Biography
164 poems available by this author


A CATERPILLAR ON THE DESK    Poem Text    
First Line: Lifting up my coffee cup, I notice a caterpillar crawling
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Postage Stamps


A CHRISTMAS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw you nearly at dawn in a bath
Last Line: Certain if our family tonight was worthy
Subject(s): Christmas


A CONVERSATION WITH A MOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: One day a mouse called to me from his curly nest
Last Line: Of the century when a sleepy mouse brings in the milky way
Subject(s): Mice; Milky Wau


A DREAM OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: You were dead, but how sleek and darkly calm you were!
Last Line: Lying, saying I cared nothing about form....
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Dreams; Irony; Play; Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Inspiration; Creativity; Nightmares


A DREAM ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke from a first-day-of-snow dream
Subject(s): Snow


A FARM IN WESTERN MINNESOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look at childhood, I see the yellow rose bush
Last Line: Was work to do, but no one learned how to say goodbye
Subject(s): Farm Life; Minnesota; Agriculture; Farmers


A JOURNEY WITH WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Floating in turtle blood, going backward and forward
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


A LATE SPRING DAY IN MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A silence hovers over the earth


A MAN AND A WOMAN AND A BLACKBIRD     Poem Text    
First Line: When the two rivers
Last Line: And the blackbird are one
Subject(s): Birds; Man-woman Relationships


A PRIVATE FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mots of haydust rise and fall
Last Line: And we tell no one
Subject(s): Autumn; Nature; Seasons; Fall


A RAMAGE FOR AWAKENING SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: The grackles stroll about on the black floor of sorrow
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


A RAMAGE FOR THE STAR MAN, MOURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The star man, mourning, floats above the stars
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


A THIRD BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: A man and a woman sit near each other, and they do not long
Subject(s): Love


A WEEK AFTER YOUR DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt last night you
Last Line: Your dream he did
Subject(s): Death; Dreams


ADVICE FROM THE GEESE        Recitation by Author


AFTER LONG BUSYNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I start out for a walk at last after weeks at the desk


AFTER WORKING    Poem Text    
First Line: After many strange thoughts


AN AMERICAN DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Accountants hover over the earth like helicopters


AN OPEN ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do we say that the rose is open? It opens as the
Last Line: Water, far inside the rose's petals. Where you go, I go....
Subject(s): Desire; Flowers; Roses; Travel; Journeys; Trips


AT A MARCH AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR (LATER VERSION)       
First Line: Newspapers rise high in the air over maryland
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Anti-war Protests


AT MIDOCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: All day I loved you in a fever, holding on to the tail of the horse
Subject(s): Love


AT THE FUNERAL OF GREAT-AUNT MARY       
First Line: Here we are, all dressed up to honor death!
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ATTEMPTING TO ANSWER DAVID IGNATOW'S QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: We are beautiful to the mother as we go
Last Line: Sleeping bodies are not alone.
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Ignatow, David (1914-1997); Rebirth; Rites & Ceremonies; Dead, The; Destiny


AWAKENING    Poem Text    
First Line: We are approaching sleep: the chesnut blossoms in the mind


BACH'S B MINOR MASS    Poem Text    
First Line: The walgravian ancestors step inside trinity church
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Churches; Cathedrals


BAD PEOPLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A man told me once that all the bad people


BOARDS ON THE GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I love to see the boards lying on the ground in early spring


BRAHMS    Poem Text    
First Line: It must be that my early friendship with defeat


CALL AND ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me why it is we don't lift our voices these days
Last Line: Hurry, cry now! Soon sunday night will come
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


CLEAR AIR OF OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: I can see outdoors the gold wings without birds


COME WITH ME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Come with me into those things that have felt this despair for
Subject(s): Despair


CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASSES: 1960    Poem Text    
First Line: There are bricks trapped in thousands of pale homes
Last Line: And the curch-doors change into the faces of children standing beside the new trees
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


CONDITION OF THE WORKING CLASSES: 1970    Poem Text    
First Line: You united states, frightened by dreams of guatemala
Last Line: And drive their cars at a hundred miles an hour into trees
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


CORNPICKER POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Sheds left out in the darkness
Last Line: Is waiting, its its empty gas cans around it
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


COUNTING SMALL-BONED BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's count the bodies over again
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


DRIVING NORTH FROM SAN FRANCISCO    Poem Text    
First Line: We cross the sleeping water onyje san rafael bridge
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers


DRIVING THROUGH MINNESOTA DURING THE HANOI BOMBINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: We drive between lakes just turning green
Subject(s): Minnesota; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


DRIVING THROUGH OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: We slewpt that night in delaware, ohio
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers


DRIVING TOWARD THE LAC QUI PARLE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am driving; it is dusk; minnesota.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Minnesota; Rivers


DRIVING TOWARD THE LAC QUI PARLE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am driving; it is dusk; minnesota
Subject(s): Minnesota; Rivers


DRIVING WEST IN 1970    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear children, do you remember the morning
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Memory; West (U.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


EARLY MORNING IN YOUR ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: It's morning. The brown scoops of coffee, the wasplike
Subject(s): Home; Morning; Said He Was Melancholy, He Meant He Was Hom


FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: From far out in the center of the naked lake


FALL RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the rain the sodden leaffloor sudders faintly as if rustling
Subject(s): Rain


FOR MY SON, NOAH, TEN YEARS OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Night and day arrive, and day after day goes by
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


FOR THE OLD GNOSTICS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The fathers put their trust in the end of the world
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


FOR THE OLD GNOSTICS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The fathers put their trust in the end of the world
Last Line: The untempered soul grumbles in empty light
Subject(s): Gnosticism


FROST AND HIS ENEMIES       
First Line: When robert frost set down a poetic whim,
Last Line: Or a patch of snow or the steeple of a church.
Subject(s): Fate; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Innocence; Irony; Poetry & Poets; Truth; Destiny


FULL MOON, THINKING OF HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Smoke rising over the full moon


GRATITUDE TO OLD TEACHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we stride or stroll across the frozen lake
Last Line: Beneath us the teachers, and around us the stillness.
Subject(s): Adventure & Adventurers; Education; Faith; Growth; Maturity; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Belief; Creed; Students; Educators; Professors


HATRED OF MEN WITH BLACK HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear voices praising tshombe, and the portuguese
Subject(s): Hate


HE WANTED TO LIVE HIS LIFE OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: What? You want to live your life over again
Last Line: I'll pretend this bat is mine I'll climb in
Subject(s): Life


HERONS    Poem Text    
First Line: After trailing their bony legs the herons dance
Subject(s): Herons


HONORING THE SAND; IN MEMORY OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL       
First Line: December's foolishness, embers fall, tempters
Last Line: Forget the flower; learn to know the sand.
Subject(s): Campbell, Joseph (1904-1987); Learning; Legacies; Soul; Time


HOW THOREAU LIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Henry thoreau gave up his scandalous life
Subject(s): Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)


HUNTING PHEASANTS IN A CORNFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: What is so strange about a tree alone in an open field?
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Pheasants; Willow Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


HURRYING AWAY FROM THE EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The poor, the dazed, and the idiots


IMAGES SUGGESTED BY MEDIEVAL MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


IN BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY    Poem Text    
First Line: The mourning dove's call woke me
Last Line: The call woke me in the still night
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


IN THE MONTH OF MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the month of may when all leaves open
Last Line: I would like us to spend the night
Subject(s): Love - Marital; May (Month); Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


INSECT HEADS    Poem Text    
First Line: These insects, golden
Last Line: Hold sand paintings of the next life
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


ISEULT AND THE BADGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The ink we use to write seeps in through our fingers
Last Line: We are porous to the piled leaves on the ground
Subject(s): Animals; Badgers; Poetry & Poets


JEREZ AT EASTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Please tell me why the lamb is in love with the wolf
Subject(s): Easter; The Resurrection


KENNEDY'S INAUGURATION     Poem Text    
First Line: The sister hands it to me - the seed
Last Line: One hand on the bible
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


LATE AT NIGHT DURING A VISIT OF FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: We spent all day fishing and talking


LISTENING TO THE KOLN CONCERT    Poem Text    
First Line: After we had loved each other intently
Subject(s): Love; Men


LIVING AT THE END OF TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: There is so much sweetness in children's voices


LOOKING AT AGING FACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Some faces get older and remain who they are. Oh
Last Line: Who we are
Subject(s): Aging; Faces


LOOKING AT NEW-FALLEN SNOW FROM A TRAIN       
First Line: Snow has covered the next line of tracks
Subject(s): Railroads; Snow; Railways; Trains


LOOKING AT SOME FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Light is behind the petals, and around them
Subject(s): Flowers


MARCH IN WASHINGTON AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking down, I see feet moving calmly, gaily
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975); Anti-war Protests


MELANCHOLIA    Poem Text    
First Line: A light seen suddenly in the storm, snow
Last Line: Swirling over everything alive
Subject(s): Melancholy; Dejection


MEN, WOMEN, AND EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Early in the morning the hermit wakes
Last Line: Earth nourishes what no one can see.
Subject(s): Love; Man-woman Relationships; Mankind; Montague, John (B. 1929); Male-female Relations; Human Race


MORNING IN MARRAKESH    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in marrakesh we still have to decide
Last Line: Black tail points toward the desert
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Morning; Night; Bedtime


MOURNING PABLO NERUDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Water is practical / especially in august
Last Line: Gone.
Subject(s): Death; Legacies; Mourning; Nature; Neruda, Pablo (1904-1973); Usefullness; Water; Dead, The; Bereavement


MY FATHER'S WEDDING: 1924    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, lonely for my father, I saw
Subject(s): Men


NIGHT FARMYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The horse lay on his knees sleeping
Last Line: Far into the upper air around the moon
Subject(s): Nature


NIGHT FROGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake and find myself in the woods, far from the castle
Last Line: Night frogs give out the croak of the planet turning
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


OLD BOARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love to see boards lying on the ground in early spring
Last Line: As the rooster walks away springily over the dampened hay
Subject(s): Wood; Landscape


ON A CLIFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Reading the master


ON THE OREGON COAST; FOR WILLIAM STAFFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The waves come -- the large fourth wave
Last Line: And figure out what to say to our children.
Subject(s): Courage; Legacies; Transience; Waves; Valor; Bravery; Impermanence


ONE SOURCE OF BAD INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a boy in about three
Last Line: Five don't work. Right now he's repeating them to you
Subject(s): Self


PASSING AN ORCHARD BY TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Grass high under apple trees
Last Line: To forgive me
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (B. 1926); Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


PEOPLE LIKE US    Poem Text    
First Line: There are more like us. All over the world
Last Line: And greatness has a defender, and even in death you're safe
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: There is dust thay is near us


POEM FOR ANDREW MARVELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678)


POEM FOR JAMES WRIGHT       
First Line: When I read your lines
Last Line: Is still beautiful.
Subject(s): Beauty; Creative Ability; Loss; Salvation; War; Wright, James (1927-1980); Inspiration; Creativity


POEM IN PRAISE OF SOLITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the deep fall, the body awakes
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


PRAYER FOR MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Your head is still
Subject(s): Fathers


RAINY DAY; FOR JOHN LEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Today it's raining on the trees
Last Line: Received a home
Subject(s): Rain


RAVENS HIDING IN A SHOE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is something men and women living in houses
Subject(s): Truth; Poetry & Poets


READING ROBERT CREELEY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: He adored skating on that small river as a boy
Last Line: Holding to what one loves a triumph of faithfulness
Subject(s): Biography; Children; Creeley, Robert (1926-2005); Biographers; Childhood


RIDERLESS HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: An owl on the dark waters


SEEING THE ECLIPSE IN MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It started about noon. On top of mount batte
Subject(s): Eclipses


SILENT IN THE MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Silent in the moonlight, no beginning or end
Last Line: Silent in the moonlight, no beginning or end
Subject(s): Togetherness


SLEET STORM ON THE MERRITT PARKWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I look out at the white sleet covering the still streets
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


SNOWBANKS NORTH OF THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Those great sweeps of snow that stop suddenly six feet from the house
Subject(s): Men


SNOWFALL IN THE NOVEMBER AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The grass is half-covered with snow
Subject(s): Snow


SUDDENLY TURNING AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Some words come near


SURPRISED BY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: There is unknown dust that is near us
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


TAKING THE HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking the hands of someone you love


THE ANT ON THE BOARD    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not only the ant that walks on the carpenter's board
Last Line: Nor the meeting by the altar, nor the rising sun only
Subject(s): Nature


THE BEAR AND THE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose there were a bear and a man. The bear
Last Line: Coming from far up there, near the north pole.
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Fathers & Sons; Knowledge


THE BEAUTY OF WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Delicate women with eyes open
Subject(s): Women


THE CHINESE PEAKS; FOR DONALD HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the mountain peak
Last Line: Buried in mist.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Soul; Inspiration; Creativity


THE CONFUSION OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: The lace that lay about the bones of danish kings
Subject(s): United States; America


THE CRY GOING OUT OVER PASTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you so much with this curiously alive and lonely
Last Line: For we cannot remain in love with what we cannot name
Subject(s): Love Nature Of


THE DEAD SEAL NEAR MCCLURE'S BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking north toward the point, I come on a dead seal. From a
Subject(s): Nature


THE DRIED STURGEON    Poem Text    
First Line: I climb down from the bridge at rock island, illinois
Last Line: Clamp of the box car, tapering into sleek woman's death
Subject(s): Sturgeon


THE EXHAUSTED BUG; FOR MY FATHER       
First Line: Here is a tiny., hard-shelled thing. He is the length of a child's tooth, and
Last Line: Father stretched out in his coffin.
Subject(s): Beetles; Curiosities & Wonders; Death; Fathers & Sons; Insects; Enigmas; Oddities; Dead, The; Bugs


THE FAT OLD COUPLE WHIRLING AROUND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The drum says that the night we die will be a long night


THE GAIETY OF FORM    Poem Text    
First Line: How sweet to weight the line with all these vowels
Subject(s): Comfort; Creative Ability; Play; Pleasure; Vowels; Inspiration; Creativity


THE GRACKLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grackles stroll about on on the black floor of sorrow
Last Line: Over the footprints the dreamer made last night
Subject(s): Grackles


THE GREEK SHIPS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When the water holes go, and the fish flop about


THE HERMIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness is falling through darkness
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE HOCKEY POEM: 1. THE GOALIE    Poem Text    
First Line: The boston college team has gold helmets, under which the long
Subject(s): Hockey


THE HORSES AT THE TANK    Poem Text    
First Line: Every breath taken in by the man
Last Line: Where the spirit horses drink
Subject(s): Horses; Love


THE LIFE OF WEEDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The cry of those being eaten by america


THE MOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The arctic moose drinks at the tundra's edge
Subject(s): Moose; Arctic


THE NIGHT ABRAHAM CALLED TO THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember the night abraham first saw
Subject(s): Abraham


THE PELICANS AT WHITE HORSE KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When you follow the spiral
Last Line: Set out to float on the sea of repentance
Subject(s): Pelicans; Earth; Poetry & Poets; Repentance


THE POSSIBILITY OF NEW POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Singing of niagara, and the huron squaws


THE PRODIGAL SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The prodigal son is kneeling in the husks
Last Line: Under the water there's a door the pigs have gone through
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Old Age; Theology


THE SYMPATHIES OF THE LONG MARRIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh well, let's go on eating the grains of eternity
Subject(s): Anniversaries


THE TESTAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Chrysantemums crying out on the borders of death


THE THIRD BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: A man and a woman sit near each other, and they do not long
Last Line: Someone we know of, whom we have never seen
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationship; Contentment


THE TURTLE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain lifts the lake level, washing the reeds
Last Line: The turtle's head rises outnover the water
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


THE TURTLE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: How shiny the turtle is, coming out
Last Line: Lying inland on the floor of the old sea
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


THE TURTLE EGGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Climbing on shore to give her brood a home
Last Line: Find their way to the protective sea
Subject(s): Turtles


THE WHOLE MOISTY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The viking ship sails into the full harbor
Last Line: Water pours down, faint flute notes in the sound of the water
Subject(s): Water


THE YELLOW DOT    Poem Text    
First Line: God does what she wants. She has very large
Last Line: A rembrandt drawing if you put it down
Subject(s): God; Women; Death


THINGS TO THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: Think in ways you've never thought before
Last Line: Been decided that if you lie down no one will die
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THIS WORLD IS A CONFUSION OF THREE WORLDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark figures of politics hover in the air
Subject(s): China; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


THREE KINDS OF PLEASURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes, riding in a car, in wisconsin
Last Line: And the ditches along the road half full of a private snow
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


TO PRESIDENT BUSH AT THE START OF THE GULF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: This thin-lipped king with his helmeted head
Last Line: Waves to them, gestures to the young to die
Subject(s): Bush, George; Iraq War (2003)


TURKISH PEARS IN AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes a poem has her own husband
Last Line: As turkish pears picked in the garden in august.
Variant Title(s): Snow Falling On Snow
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Food & Eating


TWO RAMAGES FOR OLD MASTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Silent in the moonlight, no beginning or end
Last Line: By the torah and the bible inside the naked seed.
Subject(s): Immortality; Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Religion; Teaching & Teachers; Time; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Male-female Relations; Theology; Educators; Professors


TWO RAMAGES FOR OLD MASTERS        Recitation by Author
First Line: Silent in the moonlight
Last Line: By the torah and the bible inside the naked seed.
Subject(s): Immortality; Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Religion; Teaching & Teachers; Time; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Male-female Relations; Theology; Educators; Professors


UNANSWERED LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Strips of august sun come in thjrough shutters


VISITING EMILY DICKINSON'S GRAVE WITH ROBERT FRANCIS       
First Line: Robert francis has moved, since his stroke, into town, and he takes
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Francis, Robert (1901-1987)


WAITING FOR THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much I long for the night to come
Last Line: The thirst for the dark heavens.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Desire; Legacies; Night; Inspiration; Creativity; Bedtime


WAKING FROM SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the veins there are navies setting forth
Subject(s): Morning; Waking


WAKING FROM SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the veins there are navies setting forth
Subject(s): Waking


WAKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to be true to what I have heard


WAKING ON THE FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: I can remember the early mornings - how the stubble
Subject(s): Morning; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


WALKING SWIFTLY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I wake, I hear sheep eating apple peels just outside the scfreen
Last Line: And carves oceanic waves into the dragon's mane
Variant Title(s): Finding An Old Ant Mansion
Subject(s): Art & Artists


WALLACE STEVENS' LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wallace stevens comes hurrying down from the mountain
Last Line: Hurries in, stiff and stern and almost like a hero.
Subject(s): Doubt; Freedom; Immortality; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Skepticism; Liberty


WANTING SUMPTUOUS HEAVENS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: No one grumbles among the oyster clans
Subject(s): Contentment


WARNING TO THE READER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes farm granaries become especially beautiful when all the oats
Last Line: So I wouldn't perish, and that's a lot more important to me
Subject(s): Books; Poetry Readings; Reading


WATCHING TELEVISION       
First Line: Sounds are heard too high for ears
Subject(s): Television; Tv


WATERING THE HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: How strange to think of giving up all ambition
Subject(s): Ambition


WHAT IS SORROW FOR?    Poem Text    
First Line: What is sorrow for? It is a storehouse
Last Line: Or in the valley of sorrows spread your wings
Subject(s): Grief


WHAT KEPT HORACE ALIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Men and women spend only a moment in paradise
Subject(s): Mortality


WHAT THE ANIMALS PAID    Poem Text    
First Line: The hampshire ewes standing in their wooden pens
Last Line: In the farm way, I am writing this poem today
Subject(s): Animals; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


WHAT THINGS WANT    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to let things


WHEN I AM WITH YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am with you, two notes of the sarod
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Mortality


WHEN I WAS TWENTY-SIX    Poem Text    
First Line: Why god allowed montserrat to fall
Last Line: I was unfaithful even to infidelity
Subject(s): Change; Growth


WHEN THE DUMB SPEAK    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a joyful night in which we lose


WHEN THE MASTER IS UNTIED    Poem Text    
First Line: As soon as the master is untied, the bird soars


WINTER POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The quivering wings of the winter ant
Last Line: To breathe, to sense another, and to wait
Subject(s): Winter; Ants; Relationships


WORDS RISING    Poem Text    
First Line: I open my journal, write a few
Last Line: Who sleeps at night inside his volin case
Subject(s): Language


WORDS THE DREAMER SPOKE TO MY FATHER IN MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ocean light as we wake reminds us how dark
Last Line: We could be there if we could lift our eyes
Subject(s): Conversation; Language; Maine (State); Sea; Words; Vocabulary; Ocean


WORDS WITH WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: You were so rash. I'd play saying
Last Line: Dress, lolling in the garden, longing....
Subject(s): Collaboration; Courage; Faith; God; Innocence; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Valor; Bravery; Belief; Creed


WRITTEN NEAR ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: What if these long races go on repeating themselves