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Carruth, Hayden    Poet's Biography
229 poems available by this author


A CANON FOR TWO VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: Waves knit over fish


A POST-IMPRESSIONIST SUSURRATION FOR THE FIRST OF NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Does anything get more tangled and higgledy-piggledy than the days as they drop
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


A SUMMER WITH TU FU: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?    Poem Text    
First Line: What does it mean
Last Line: Two smiling old men standing on the end of a pier.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I woke in the darkness
Last Line: They were. But I remember
Subject(s): Sleep; Windows


ABANDONED RANCH, BIG BEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Three people come where no people belong anymore
Last Line: The steady cool mercy of their unreproachful eyes
Subject(s): Ranch Life


ADOLF EICHMANN    Poem Text    
First Line: I want no tricks in speaking of this man
Last Line: Lord, forgive me, I can't keep down my hate
Subject(s): Eichmann, Adolf (1906-1962); Hate; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Nazis; Shoah; Judaism; National Socialism


AGENDA AT 74    Poem Text    
First Line: Tap barometer, burn trash
Last Line: Tap the fucking barometer...
Subject(s): Activity; Life; Old Age; Exercise


ALMANACH DU PRINTEMPS VIVAROIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I obsessed by stone? Life has worn thin here
Subject(s): France


ALTERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: You thought growing older
Last Line: Of last night, even in sleep.
Subject(s): Aging; Change; Life; Life Change Events


AN EXPATIATION ON THE COMBINING OF WEATHERS AT THIRTY ....    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, ammons rolled the octaves slow
Last Line: In only person, which was the blues
Subject(s): Indiana


ANOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me say this finally
Last Line: My dear.
Subject(s): Justice; Poetry & Poets


ASSIGNMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Then write,' she said. 'by all means, if that's
Subject(s): Schools; Students


AT SEVENTY-FIVE: REREADING AN OLD BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: My prayers have been answered, if they were prayers. I live
Last Line: Some of the words I said, which are these poems.
Subject(s): Old Age; Poetry & Poets; Prayer


AUBURN POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: A book I was reading this morning
Last Line: Glance. This, so late, the crisis of our lives.
Subject(s): Children; Divorce; Grief; Life; Marriage; Parents; Sickness; Childhood; Sorrow; Sadness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Parenthood; Illness


AUGUST FIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: Late night on the porch, thinking
Last Line: The brook talks. The night listens
Subject(s): August


BEARS AT RASPBERRY TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear. Three bears
Last Line: Except poems about bears?
Subject(s): Life


BECAUSE I AM; IN MEM. SIDNEY BECHET, 1897-1959    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I am a memorious old man
Last Line: Out of the reaches of the impermeable night.
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians


BEDROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: When I at youth's expiry


BIG JIM    Poem Text    
First Line: The only man I ever knew who put
Last Line: Under the sagging springs, just in case.
Subject(s): Biography; Men; Biographers


BIRTHDAY CAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: For breakfast I have eaten the last of your birthday cake that you
Last Line: Will be full of flowers and birds.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Cakes; Love - Age Differences; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


BURIAL RITES    Poem Text    
First Line: Did anyone ever believe that the dead woman
Last Line: Without expectation. They did them in despair.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Death; Despair; Graves; Tradition; Heritage; Heredity; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


BURNING DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: This day lies under glass
Last Line: Who was here and has gone
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


CALIFORNIA; FOR ADRIENNE RICH    Poem Text    
First Line: To come again into the place of revolutionary
Last Line: Which were themselves.
Subject(s): California; Change; Poetry & Poets


CAPPER KAPLINSKI AT THE NORTH SIDE CUE CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: What's it like? You take it from me
Last Line: We're playing or ain't we?
Subject(s): Billiards; Life; Sports


CAVE PAINTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Might he (cro-magnon) have drawn bison ...'
Last Line: Is this knowledge of loss
Subject(s): Extinct Animals; Poetry & Poets


COLD COFFEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold coffee. In the wintertime he would've
Last Line: Between her knees. And the thunder rolls.
Subject(s): Coffee; Summer


COMING DOWN TO THE DESERT AT LORDBURG, N.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: Stand there on the rock
Last Line: Hand in hand
Subject(s): New Mexico


COMPLAINT AND PETITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mr. President: on a clear cold
Last Line: And love will quit the world
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


CONCERNING NECESSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: It's quite true we live
Last Line: Right here where I live
Subject(s): Potatoes


CONTRA MORTEM: THE BEING    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever shadow falls wherever the drowning
Last Line: Where the world falls in forever there there
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


CONTRA MORTEM: THE BEING AS MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A carpet raveling on the loom a girl
Last Line: And died a carpet raveling on the loom
Subject(s): Memory


CONTRA MORTEM: THE BEING AS MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Between a sea and a sea where the combers meet
Last Line: Between a sea and a sea in the faint starglow?
Subject(s): Time


CONTRA MORTEM: THE BEING AS VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: The mindseye is flitting like a moth among summer firs
Last Line: Burns burns for a dazzling instant and then turns blank
Subject(s): Time


CONTRA MORTEM: THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Otherwise considered being is a force
Last Line: Lowest of low quickest unlife the immense lordling
Subject(s): Children; Youth; Childhood


CONTRA MORTEM: THE CHILD'S BEING    Poem Text    
First Line: Extended and always uncentered which is why it scares
Last Line: A being freeborn and intricate like the day
Subject(s): Children; Youth; Childhood


CONTRA MORTEM: THE COMING OF SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the denuded aisles a shadow walks
Last Line: The rubble graces brightening in the snow
Subject(s): Snow


CONTRA MORTEM: THE ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn will be the time and the forest will be the place
Last Line: Will stay upon the stone a long long while
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


CONTRA MORTEM: THE FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Still after the clapper cracked the bell
Last Line: In the histories of anguish quietly told
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


CONTRA MORTEM: THE GREAT DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh if a thousand old folk looked askance
Last Line: That was what they called their questing was their lack
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


CONTRA MORTEM: THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: If the sky were green instead of blue its green
Last Line: The actual world in the heyday of the leaves
Subject(s): Leaves


CONTRA MORTEM: THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Reflected light reflected again on snow
Last Line: Or only a star in the in tre unhorizoned sky
Subject(s): Moon


CONTRA MORTEM: THE MOUNTAIN FASTNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Beyond and farther and yet from every vantage
Last Line: The ever and never known the pivot the horizon
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


CONTRA MORTEM: THE NOTHING I    Poem Text    
First Line: Look in the flower deep in the tulip cup
Last Line: Look at the cigarette smoke rising look look
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


CONTRA MORTEM: THE NOTHING II    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the child's eyes glaze with memory where the man's glaze
Last Line: Nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


CONTRA MORTEM: THE STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Difficult to think of a stone's gratitude
Last Line: The primal act with this. So all things waken
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


CONTRA MORTEM: THE SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cicadas blur the ear as the blue heat haze
Last Line: Uniting all this knowledge with the earth
Subject(s): Summer


CONTRA MORTEM: THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Such a reasonable irrational fellow goodhumored
Last Line: He dwells alone burning with as million fires
Subject(s): Sun


CONTRA MORTEM: THE THAW    Poem Text    
First Line: Rigidity nonlife the meaning neither of life
Last Line: The water by drop by drop begins to fall
Subject(s): Spring


CONTRA MORTEM: THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Birches birches birches true and white
Last Line: This being swells the night of the living woods
Subject(s): Birch Trees


CONTRA MORTEM: THE VILLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twilight drivels down the mountain. There below
Last Line: In the hostel its eyes too dead for pity
Subject(s): Animals; Extinct Animals


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The brook had been frozen almost everywhere. Mounds
Last Line: And singing singing so pleasantly in their flight
Subject(s): Water


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WHEEL OF BEING I    Poem Text    
First Line: Changing figures. The dionysian child
Last Line: It is contrived it is actual it is a man
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WHEEL OF BEING II    Poem Text    
First Line: Such figures if they succeed are beautiful
Last Line: As the gift of being are the lovers against death
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Among birches moving their white halfnakedness
Last Line: Given and perfect and beyond and inconsolable
Subject(s): Beauty; Grace; Women


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WOMAN'S GENITALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh this world and oh this dear worldbody
Last Line: And how it is here and it was always here
Subject(s): Reproductive System; Sex; Sex Organs; Genitalia


CRUCIFIXION    Poem Text    
First Line: You understand the colors on the hillside have faded
Last Line: On the hillside, and after a while I nodded back to him
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


DEAREST M -    Poem Text    
First Line: In november when the days are short and dim
Last Line: Is hazy as he looks out at the apple tree
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Winter; Dead, The; Bereavement


DEDICATION IN THESE DAY     Poem Text    
First Line: What words can make
Last Line: For now for you / again
Subject(s): Pleasure


DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: He eyes november when the hills of umber


DIRECTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let ni imponderable lie


DIRGE FOR HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: A road that had wound us 20,000 miles
Subject(s): Homecoming


ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: For years it was in sex and I thought
Last Line: Of the most shining and singular sensual gratification.
Subject(s): Pain; Peace; Pleasure; Sex; Suffering; Misery


EMERGENCY HAYING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Coming home with the last load I ride standing
Last Line: To the fields where they can only die
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hay & Haymaking; Agriculture; Farmers


END OF WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter ending in the last days of march. How many times
Last Line: Moved by hunger.
Subject(s): Nature; Winter


ENDNOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The great poems of / our elders in many
Last Line: Asleep and alive.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Should these lines confess a folly?


EPITHALMION    Poem Text    
First Line: Subway-rushed, we squat and run at once
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


ESSAY    Poem Text    
First Line: So many poems about the deaths of animals
Last Line: But clearly they do not bother to say good-bye
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Biology & Biologists; Extinct Animals; Animal Abuse; Vivisection


ESSAY ON STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: April abomination, that's what I call
Subject(s): April; North Sea


ETERNITY BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I just had the old dodge in the shop
Last Line: To reach me. I drove on. Then I bust out crying
Subject(s): Blues (Mood); Country Life; Music & Musicians


ETUDES DE PLUSIERS PAYSAGES DE L' AME: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The storm came monday night. On wednesday we
Last Line: Just to be sure
Subject(s): Whales


FEBRUARY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The old man takes a nap
Last Line: The snow falls all day long.
Subject(s): Books; February; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Morning; Old Age; Poetry & Poets; Winter; Reading


FIVE-THIRTY AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Out the eastern window at
Last Line: The sleeping pills, and go to bed?
Subject(s): Morning; Nature


FLYING INTO ST. LOUIS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is socked in. Can't see a thing. Nor have I ever
Last Line: And boarded the plane to san francisco.
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Parents; St. Louis, Missouri; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Parenthood


FORTY-FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was forty-five I lay for hours
Last Line: And for a while was mine.
Subject(s): Salamanders; Sex


FRAGMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness shaped from the moonlight


FREEDOM AND DISCIPLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Saint harmony, many / years I have stript
Subject(s): Discipline; Freedom; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Liberty


FRENCH HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell, acquaint me
Last Line: That house known / for love?
Subject(s): Memory


GRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Both of us had been close
Last Line: All the time. ...
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; God; Graves; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Religion; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Theology


GREEN MOUNTAIN IDYL    Poem Text    
First Line: Honey I'd split your kindling
Last Line: & my dove
Subject(s): Farm Life; Mountains; Agriculture; Farmers; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


HER SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: She sings the blues in a voice that is partly
Last Line: For in her song no one can be redeemed.
Subject(s): Ireland; Pain; Redemption; Singing & Singers; Irish; Suffering; Misery; Songs


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: A road that had wound us 20,000 miles
Last Line: After all the bell in the garden is silent
Subject(s): Fruit; Nuts & Nutting


I COULD TAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: I could take
Last Line: Imperfections that match
Subject(s): Leaves


I KNOW, I REMEMBER, BUT HOW CAN I HELP YOU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The northern lights. I wouldn't have noticed them
Subject(s): Aurora Borealis; Hay & Haymaking; Northern Lights


I'VE NEVER SEEN SUCH A REAL HARD TIME BEFORE'    Poem Text    
First Line: Having planted our little northern spy at the wrong season
Last Line: This song is a wave forever rolling among the stars
Subject(s): Atoms


I, I, I    Poem Text    
First Line: First, the self. Then, the observing self
Last Line: It had no mirrors. I no longer needed mirrors.
Subject(s): Independence; Self; Self-reliance


IF IT WERE NOT FOR YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Liebe, meine, liebe. I had not hoped
Last Line: How gravely and sweetly the poor touch in the dark
Subject(s): Mountains; Nature; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


IMMOBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: For a few years I roamed the country, pennsylvania, alabama, oregon
Last Line: To the white throats, the thrushes, the cardinals singing in the miniature forest on the hill?
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


IN GEORGETOWN; HOLIDAY INN, WASHINGTON, D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: This is not where the rich and famous pursue their lifestyles
Last Line: "melodiously at the door: ""are you all right, sir? Are you all right in there?"
Subject(s): Americans; Corruption In Politics & Government; Hotels; Politics; Social Protest; United States; Washington, D.c.; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses; Politicians; Political Poetry; America


IN MEMORIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: This warmish night of the thaw
Last Line: And vanish into the mist
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


IN PHARAOH'S TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: In pharaoh's tomb the darkness reigns
Last Line: "vision's not what you wanted."
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Crime & Criminals; Egypt; Graves; Pyramids; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Tombs; Tombstones


INHERITANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lovers are changelings, never knowing whose lost blood


JOHNNY SPAIN'S WHITE HEIFER    Poem Text    
First Line: The first time ever I saw johnny spain was
Last Line: Of course somewhat more than a mite wild
Subject(s): Cows; Junk & Junkyards


JOURNEY TO A KNOWN PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tundra, the distant marches. And wind veering, clatter of steely grasses
Subject(s): Nature; Snow


LANA    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I dropped in at the concord
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


LETTER TO DENISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember when you put on that wig
Last Line: Love the stone, and, yes, I know its soul.
Subject(s): Love; Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Male-female Relations


LETTER TO MAXINE SULLIVAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Just when I imagined I had conquered nostalgia so odious
Subject(s): Letters; Singing & Singers; Nostalgia


LILAC TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The winter was fierce, my dear
Last Line: Will make me form-I-dable.
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilacs; Old Age; Seasons; Winter


LITERARY NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember a time in our moderate clime
Last Line: Used it until you could scream.
Subject(s): Rhyme


LITTLE CITIZEN, LITTLE SURVIVOR    Poem Text    
First Line: A brown rat has taken up residence with me
Last Line: Lend me your presence, and I will lend you mine.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Rats; Estrangement; Outcasts


LOSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost sweetheart, how our memories
Subject(s): Loss


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Many paths in the woods have chosen
Last Line: As now I understand
Subject(s): Life


MARGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Look, friend, you got troubles? Like it's
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Old Age; Dead, The


MARSHALL WASHER    Poem Text    
First Line: They are cowshit farmers, these new englanders
Last Line: "and flagged aisles saturated with a centuryís
Subject(s): Cows; Farm Life; New England; Agriculture; Farmers


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman I used to know well died
Last Line: How could you have let this happen to you?
Subject(s): Death; Divorce; Marriage; Memory; Past; Time; Dead, The; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MEN LEANING FORWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Before luther birds


MENDING THE ADOBE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun dazzle and black shadow / crow caw and magpie rattle
Last Line: I remember my mother
Subject(s): Houses; Poetry & Poets


MIDSUMMER LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Dearest: today was warm


MISSING THE BO IN THE HENHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In here, caught by the storm. How the rain beats
Last Line: Commend me to the storm. Good night, good night
Subject(s): Chickens; Hens


MOTHER (MARGERY CARRUTH, 1896-1981)    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, now at last I must speak to you. The hour, so late but even so has come
Variant Title(s): The Event
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Mothers; Dead, The


MY FATHER'S FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old he was but not yet wax
Last Line: This man not
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827); Fathers


MY HUT; AFTER TRAN QUANG KHAI    Poem Text    
First Line: Built long ago, old
Last Line: And on these shoulders / and hands
Subject(s): Houses


MY MEADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, it's still the loveliest meadow in all vermont
Last Line: Maybe I have lived too long with the world
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Nature; Plants; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Planting; Planters


NAMING FOR LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the proper names
Last Line: May all who read this live long
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


NEW PARAGRAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: One hoped the brilliant sunset of july
Last Line: Not ever. This is the unending end.
Subject(s): July; Night; Bedtime


NO MATTER WHAT, AFTER ALL, AND THAT BEAUTIFUL WORD SO    Poem Text    
First Line: This was the time of their heaviest migration
Last Line: "just to listen. ""what is it about that sound?"
Subject(s): Birds


NONE    Poem Text    
First Line: You died. And because you were greek they gave you
Last Line: "
Subject(s): Life


NORTH WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming of winter
Last Line: North is / nothing
Subject(s): Arctic; Winter


NOT TRANSHISTORICAL DEATH, OR AT LEAST NOT QUITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Jim wright, who was a good poet and my friend, died two or three years ago
Subject(s): Wright, James (1927-1980); Poetry & Poets


NOTES ON POVERTY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Was I so poor / in those damned days
Last Line: Stone? I was.
Subject(s): Poverty


OF DISTRESS BEING HUMILIATED BY THE CLASSICAL CHINESE POETS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Masters, the mock orange is blooming in syracuse without
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting; Chinese Poets


OLD MAN SUCCUMBING TO RETROSPECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: How his mind was always filled with music how
Last Line: Even so something more or something a little less.
Subject(s): Life; Old Age; Poetry & Poets


OLD SONG FOR THE BO    Poem Text    
First Line: Hip hop to the auto shop
Last Line: Gonna be the king of the automobiles.
Subject(s): Automobiles; Cars


ON BEING ASKED TO WRITE A POEM AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Well I have and in fact
Last Line: To make sure I was noticing
Variant Title(s): A Poem Of Difficult Hope
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


ONCE MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more by the brook the alder leaves
Last Line: Snorting and bounding heavily before me
Subject(s): Deer; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


OVID, OLD BUDDY, I WOULD DISCOURSE WITH YOU A WHILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon mutability - if it were possible. But you don't
Last Line: Tremble as if a wind even from olympus were meandering through the room
Subject(s): Ovid (43 B.c.-17 A.d.)


PA MCCABE    Poem Text    
First Line: You tell these young spratasses around here
Last Line: I had a small one once, borrowed / off marshal
Subject(s): Life


PARAGRAPHS: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it
Last Line: An idea which leads inevitably to the reduction
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


PARAGRAPHS: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the rights of each to zero. No. I mean the only
Last Line: Thus, living light cast back from a burnt-out star
Subject(s): Freedom; Numbers; Liberty


PARAGRAPHS: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the custom of my tribe to be silent
Last Line: Indivisible, unvoiced
Subject(s): Native Americans; Snow; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


PHYLOGENETIC MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Excursive sentiments directed me


PITTSBURGH    Poem Text    
First Line: And my beautiful daughter
Last Line: Pain, in the love of daughter and father.
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Children; Grief; Love; Parents; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Childhood; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood


POETICAL ABSTRACTS: 2. METAPHYSICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Fascination / o' jack-o'-lanterns
Subject(s): Halloween; Pumpkins


PREPARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why don't you write me a poem that will prepare me for your death?' you said
Last Line: Reading now.
Subject(s): Death; Love - Loss Of; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


QUALITY OF WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: This wine is really awful
Last Line: Let the dying be long.
Subject(s): Death; Drinks & Drinking; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Sickness; Dead, The; Wine; Male-female Relations; Illness


QUESTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice comes to me, george, on the winter night
Last Line: What in godís name must I do to get you back?
Subject(s): Camus, Albert (1913-1960)


RAY    Poem Text    
First Line: How many guys are sitting at their kitchen tables
Last Line: Ate that goddamn pie, and it tasted good to me
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988)


REFLEXIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all disquiets sorrow is most serene
Last Line: The self this gentle sorrow still recovers
Subject(s): Friendship


REGARDING CHAINSAWS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The first chainsaw I owned was years ago
Last Line: Butter mold. But Iím damned if I know why
Subject(s): Tools


RENUNCIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Those who possess us in a thousand ways


RUMMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Growing old in shabby clothes
Last Line: Blowing in the wind
Subject(s): Life


SATURDAY AT THE BORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I am writing my first villanelle
Last Line: Is what he's found in his first villanelle.
Subject(s): Old Age; Poetry & Poets


SCRAMBLED EGGS AND WHISKEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: In that old club tonight
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: On the first few nights of the new year, a week
Last Line: In the night. The cat rubs against the man's legs
Subject(s): Sex; Aging; Impotence


SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes we don't say anything. Sometimes
Last Line: Itís the way love is in a late stage of the world
Subject(s): Silence


SNOW STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Everywhere men speak in whispers
Last Line: Force, and the night comes on.
Subject(s): Army Life; Old Age; Snow; Soldiers; War; Drills & Minor Tactics


SOMETHING FOR THE TRADE       
First Line: Please note well, all you writers, editors, directors
Last Line: For the simple truth that should sustain us all
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


SONG OF TWO CROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing of morrisville
Last Line: Where all the ends are wrong
Subject(s): Poverty


SONG: NOW THAT SHE IS HERE; FOR JOE-ANNE    Poem Text    
First Line: An old man now, who's learned at last
Last Line: Who used to think I knew. But now I know.
Subject(s): Love; Old Age; Wisdom


SONG: SO OFTEN, SO LONG I HAVE THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: So often, so long I have thought of death
Last Line: The october raindrops thickened and turned to snow
Subject(s): Autumn; Japan; Seasons; Fall; Japanese


SONG:SO WHY DOES THIS DEAD CARNATION    Poem Text    
First Line: So why does this dead carnation hold
Last Line: From the useless past a kind of present power
Subject(s): Carnations; Mummies


SONNET: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: You rose from our embrace and the small light spread
Subject(s): Love


SONNET: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: How is it, tell me, that this new self can be
Last Line: The I of love that you in love bestow?
Variant Title(s): "how Is It, Tell Me, That This New Self Can Be-"";
Subject(s): Women


SONNET: 29    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to do a complaint now. Which is to say
Subject(s): Body, Human; Men


SONNET: 46    Poem Text    
First Line: To rebel. So I have saved my life, not once


SONNET: 53    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy sting sufficeth, death. If heidegger first
Subject(s): Heidegger, Martin (1889-1976)


SONNET: 55    Poem Text    
First Line: If you see a child that shivers when it hears
Subject(s): Children; Parents


SONNET: 58    Poem Text    
First Line: I think continually of the differences


SONNET: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Dearest, I never knew such loving. There
Last Line: But still augmented, more than we've ever been
Subject(s): Aliens; Extraterrestrials


SONNET: 63    Poem Text    
First Line: But still, still... / in stillness mystery calls


SONNET: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: To see a woman long oppressed by fear


SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring comes and autumn goes
Last Line: Finality in sparrowdom
Subject(s): Birds; Sparrows


SPRING NOTES FROM ROBIN HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: 200,000 rhododendron blossoms I estimate
Last Line: On the bottom
Subject(s): Flowers; Spring


STANZAS FROM THE READING HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: You rose from our embrace and the small light spread


SURE, SAID BENNY GOODMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: We rode out the depression on technique.' how gratifying, how rare
Subject(s): Goodman, Benny (1909-1986)


SWEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: When we say I
Last Line: Swept away to / gone
Subject(s): Grief; Longing; Love - Loss Of; Sorrow; Sadness


TABULA RASA    Poem Text    
First Line: There, an evening star, there again. Above
Last Line: The slate is clean. Here therefore is my kiss
Subject(s): Simplicity


TESTAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: So often it has been displayed to us, the hourglass
Last Line: On the mountain of my love below.
Subject(s): Hourglasses; Legacies; Love; Time


THE AFTERLIFE: LETTER TO SAM HAMILL: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: You may think it strange, sam, that I'm writing
Last Line: Don't go way. I'll be right back
Subject(s): Hamill, Sam; Letters; Writing & Writers


THE AFTERLIFE: LETTER TO STEPHEN DOBYNS 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Stephen, the pleasures of the afterlife
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THE AFTERLIFE: LETTER TO STEPHEN DOBYNS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: You live in a sinking nation, stephen, in a stinking
Last Line: Of all the beauty and comradeship I've lost.
Subject(s): Corruption In Politics; Dobyns, Stephen; Future Life; Letters; Social Protest; United States; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; America


THE AFTERLIFE: LETTER TO STEPHEN DOBYNS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The most painful image I have now, here, is
Last Line: Is always, always, accompanied by pain.
Subject(s): Dobyns, Stephen; Future Life; Letters; Pain; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Suffering; Misery


THE ASYLUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I came to this place one november day
Last Line: We lie nailed and living, love's pure gain
Subject(s): Bryan, William Jennings (1860-1925); November; Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


THE BALER    Poem Text    
First Line: You tourist composed upon that fence
Last Line: And half-feathered sparrows, whipped by a bleeding snake
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hay & Haymaking; Agriculture; Farmers


THE BEARER    Poem Text    
First Line: Like all his people he felt at home in the forest
Last Line: Began to kill him with clubs and heavy stones
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE BEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, I'm too much of a musician
Last Line: Of lilacs in the springtime.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE BEST, THE MOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet one young woman lives with me
Last Line: And failing, falling, ruined, rich.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE BIRDS OF VIETNAM    Poem Text    
First Line: O bright, o swift and bright
Last Line: Help it, I have so loved / this world
Subject(s): Asia; Birds; Vietnam; Far East; East Asia; Orient


THE BIRTH OF VENUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Surely we knew our darkling shore
Last Line: Your powers, one will be carruth
Subject(s): Birth; Mythology - Classical; Venus (Goddess); Child Birth; Midwifery


THE BLOOMINGDALE PAPERS, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The diagnosis is / anxiety psychoneurosis
Subject(s): Boredom; Prisons & Prisoners; Ennui; Convicts


THE BLOOMINGDALE PAPERS, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The diagnosis is / anxiety psychoneurosis
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Illness; Ennui; Convicts


THE BROOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Murmuring of the brook in late
Last Line: And I meant nothing, and I liked that too.
Subject(s): Brooks; Nature; Rivers; Streams; Creeks


THE CAMPS; FOR MARILYN HACKER    Poem Text    
First Line: When the young brown-haired
Last Line: Rest on the unmoving forms.
Subject(s): Cruelty; Death; Despair; Love; Poetry & Poets; Violence; Writing & Writers; Dead, The


THE CHEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Who rise again, and again, and always fall


THE COWS AT NIGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The moon was like a full cup tonight
Last Line: Very gently it began to rain
Subject(s): Cows; Moon; Night; Bedtime


THE CURTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Just over the horizon a great machine of death is roaring and rearing
Last Line: Cheers, baby. Hereís to us. See how the curtain of snow wavers and then falls back
Subject(s): Snow


THE EXISTING POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Begin with a pool. The deepening
Last Line: Gather together
Subject(s): Water


THE FANTASTIC NAMES OF JAZZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Zoot sims, joshua redman
Last Line: And of course jelly roll morton.
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Names


THE FAT LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: A lovely house it was. We all thought so
Last Line: The one world I know how to love had died
Subject(s): Obesity; Women


THE HALF-ACRE OF MILLET    Poem Text    
First Line: So green the leaves in late september sun
Last Line: Now I'm told they don't plant millet around here.
Subject(s): Nature; Old Age


THE HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me tell you, my dear, about the heron I saw
Last Line: And why, over and over again, must I write this poem?
Subject(s): Animals; Herons; Humanity


THE HYACINTH GARDEN IN BROOKLYN    Poem Text    
First Line: A year ago friends
Last Line: In paradise.
Subject(s): Brooklyn, New York; Gardens & Gardening; Hyacinths


THE IMPOSSIBLE INDISPENSIBILITY OF THE ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: But of course the poem is not an assertion. Do you see? When I wrote
Last Line: And gives it all to you
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE INCORRIGIBLE DIRIGIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never in any circumstances think you can tell the men from the boys. (or the
Last Line: I am sure it will be revived
Subject(s): Airships


THE LAST POEM IN THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Would I write it if I could?
Last Line: Bet your glitzy ass I would.
Subject(s): Finality; Poetry & Poets


THE LITTLE FIRE IN THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even these stones I placed crudely once
Last Line: Good night / good night
Subject(s): Fire; Forests; Woods


THE LOON ON FORRESTER'S POND    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer wilderness, a blue light
Last Line: The real and only sanity to me
Subject(s): Birds; Loons; Mountain Life - Vermont; Summer


THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Black summer, black vermont. Who sees
Last Line: Really there?
Subject(s): Mountain Life - Vermont; Vermont


THE POET    Poem Text    
First Line: All night his window
Last Line: Of the poet's light
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE RAVINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stones, brown tufted grass, but no water
Last Line: Day after day, I wonder what they mean
Subject(s): Water


THE SAVING WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the little girl was told that the sun someday
Last Line: To invent our lives from these rich hours of woe?
Subject(s): Dramatists; Girls; Jews; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Judaism; Dramatists


THE SMALLISH SON    Poem Text    
First Line: A small voice is fretting my house in the night
Last Line: And if you do not find them, turn away
Subject(s): Books; Sons; Reading


THE SOCIOLOGY OF TOYOTAS AND JADE CHRYSANTHEMUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Listen here, sistren and brethren, I am goddamn tired
Last Line: Four-wheeled jade chrysan- / themums around here
Subject(s): Dilthey, Wilhelm (1833-1911); Modern Life


THE SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a boy at this time of year
Last Line: I said, if only I could hear them.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Nature; Sound; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty years ago tonight
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Invariable dawn seeps stinging in quiet eyes


THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The dripping of formaldehyde
Subject(s): Chicago, University Of


THE WAY OF THE CONVENTICLE OF THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Just yesterday afternoon I heard a man
Last Line: For a long, long time when I'm gone
Subject(s): Trees


THE WOODCUT ON THE COVER OF ROBERT FROST'S COMPLETE POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man plowing starts at the side of the field
Last Line: Then walking home with the horses at end of day.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Plowing & Plowmen; Poetry & Poets; Agriculture; Farmers


THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally the woods / are stripped down
Last Line: Glades for the deer.
Subject(s): Change; Forests; Nature; Simplicity; Woods


THE WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION'    Poem Text    
First Line: When I consider the children of the middle class
Last Line: These relentless present children of the middle class
Subject(s): Life


THE WRECK OF THE CIRCUS TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Couplings buckled, cracked, collapsed
Last Line: Turned and swung off toward the hills
Subject(s): Circus; Disasters; Railroad Wrecks; Train Wrecks


THEY ACCUSE ME OF NOT TALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: North people known for silence. Long
Last Line: And the relentless futility of the real?
Subject(s): Eskimos; Native Americans; Inuit; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


THIS SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: In an afternoon bright with
Last Line: Murmurs from high in the old pine trees
Subject(s): Hair; Women


THREE SONNETS ON THE NECESSITY OF NARROWLY ESCAPING DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Collapsible, selfwilled and jealousjelled
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TIME, PLACE, AND PARENTHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we are, my son, aliens in this place
Last Line: Accept these words that can never say enough.
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Past; Time; Childhood; Parenthood


TO KNOW IN REVERIE THE ONLY PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE ABSOLUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why was it bavaria? The house in the forest
Last Line: In bavaria
Subject(s): Bavaria


TOO TENUOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty yards apart, they face
Last Line: Love will not keep in such a dwindled order too tenuous to know
Subject(s): Nevada


TWILIGHT COMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Twilight comes to the little farm
Last Line: I am not an old man. Not yet
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


UNDER THE LONG WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Intent on love, I gave


VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: It's french, of course - our name. And I must think
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets; Vermont; Warren, Josiah (1798-1874)


WATERLOO    Poem Text    
First Line: Overlooking the battlefield, on that grassy
Last Line: At him. Perhaps he wasn't there. But he was.
Subject(s): Sadism; Social Protest; War; Waterloo; Battle Of Waterloo


WHAT TO DO    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell your mind and its
Last Line: For a little while.
Subject(s): Introspection; Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


WHEN I WROTE A LITTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Poem in the ancient mode for you
Last Line: The dark sure sea of our existence
Subject(s): Language; Love; Words; Vocabulary


WHILE READING BASHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Basho, you made / a living writing haiku?
Last Line: The goldfish are still.
Subject(s): Books; Writing & Writers; Reading


WIFE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: And it's clear at last, she dropped
Last Line: And hot clouds of the old days of summer.
Subject(s): Admiration; Beauty; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


WINDOW BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: You keep the blind of our north window drawn
Last Line: From clarity there, unseen, unfaltering, and true.
Subject(s): Light; Man-woman Relationships; Windows; Male-female Relations


WOODSMOKE AT 70    Poem Text    
First Line: How it is never the same
Last Line: Swirl and it's gone...
Subject(s): Old Age; Smoke


WORDS IN A CERTAIN APPROPRIATE MODE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not music, though one has tried music
Last Line: It is not death, though one has often died
Subject(s): Death; Flowers; Roses; Dead, The