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Ciardi, John    Poet's Biography
266 poems available by this author


11:02 A.M. THE BIRD DISAPPEARED       
First Line: A humming bird darning the trumpet vine
Last Line: And somewhere an examiner shakes his head
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


A BOX COMES HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the united states of america
Last Line: By the rain and oak leaves on the domino
Subject(s): Coffins; Homecoming; World War Ii; Second World War


A CONVERSATION WITH LEONARDO    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a stew of a night. The power failed
Last Line: You make me grateful I died in in god's formed day
Subject(s): Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519); Paintings & Painters


A CRATE OF STERLING SILVER LOVING CUPS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had gone to the freightyard auction of steel crates
Subject(s): Auctions


A LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I have labored to for her love
Last Line: I can no longer beat time
Subject(s): Love – Unrequited


A MAN CAME TUESDAY    Poem Text    
Last Line: What are you prepared to believe?
Subject(s): Future; Debt


A MEMORY OF THE SAD CHAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: All in a dream of the time it was
Last Line: We had shared that sadness, but what's the use?
Subject(s): Chairs


A POEM FOR BENN'S GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I have an appointment to see the assistant
Last Line: To be terrified by that thought and its possibilites
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


A SUCCESFUL SPECIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Horeshoe crabs, which are not crabs at all
Last Line: But the one success of species is to endure
Subject(s): Survival


A THANKS TO A BOTANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Setting his camera to blink a frame
Last Line: Would be a / visible symphony
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


A THOUSANDTH POEM FOR DYLAN THOMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking outside his babylonian binge
Last Line: The chlorophyllous dough of the vast ravens of the future
Subject(s): Thomas, Dylan (1914-1953)


A TRENTA-SEI OF THE PLEASURE WE TAKE .. EARLY DEATH OF KEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is old school custom to pretent to be sad
Last Line: The saddest music keeps the sweetest time
Subject(s): Customs, Social; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


ABOUT THE TEETH OF SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The thing about a shark is - teeth
Last Line: I’ll never know now! Well, goodbye
Subject(s): Sharks; Teeth; Toothaches


ABUNDANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I had 1000 roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Disappointment


ADDIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The corpse my mother made
Last Line: Oh, daughter, if I could call
Subject(s): Death – Mothers; Corpses


AFTER SUNDAY WE UNCLES SNOOZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Banana-stuffed, the ape behind the brain
Last Line: What shall the sleeps of heaven dream but time?
Subject(s): Apes; Uncles; Food ^ Eating; Sleep


ALEC    Poem Text    
First Line: At niney-seven my uncle found god heavy
Last Line: And gilded an unfinished god for its vault
Subject(s): Old Age; Uncles


AN ALPHABESTIARY: B    Poem Text    
First Line: B is for bombers, our national pride
Last Line: And for billy and buck, who are studying braille
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; B (Letter Of Alphabet)


AN ALPHABESTIARY: G    Poem Text    
First Line: G, also inevitably, is for the gnu
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Gnus


AN APARTMENT WITH A VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in rome, vatican bells tolling
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Christianity


AN APOLOGY FOR NOT INVOKING THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Erato popped in. What a talent for suspicion!
Last Line: By those who haven't had your advantages
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


AN ASPECT OF THE AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Through my hemlocks and the spruce beyond
Last Line: The sourceless light. An aspect of the air
Subject(s): Light


AN EMERITUS ADDRESSES THE SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: No one can wish nothing
Subject(s): Life


AN INSCRIPTION FOR RICHARD EBERHART       
First Line: I do not intend the people I know to believe me
Subject(s): Eberhart, Richard


AN OLD MAN CONFESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no cause, and god has not confessed
Last Line: Inside the fact had drained. And then he died
Subject(s): Old Age; Boredom


APPREHENDEE THEN EXITED VEE-HICLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sorry, said the cop who had shot me
Subject(s): Identity; Police; Wit & Humor


AT O'HARE       
First Line: You!' we chanted together. 'how long has it been'
Subject(s): O'hare Airport (Chicago); Time


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now from the trumpeted and towering morning


AUDIT AT KEY WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: You could put silver dollars on my eyes
Last Line: Thumbing my clogged skull at the sons of bitches
Subject(s): Key West, Florida


AUNT MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt mary died of eating twelve red peppers
Last Line: I pray the tear she taught me of us all
Subject(s): Death; Aunts; Gluttony; Dead, The


€ŚNOTHING IS REALLY HARD BUT TO BE REAL€”€?    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Religion; Poetry & Poets; Theology


BACK HOME IN POMPEII    Poem Text    
Last Line: A curiosity / on holiday
Subject(s): Pompeii, Ital


BALANCING ACT    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere between miss porter (seventh grade)
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


BALLAD OF HOW ADAM SAW IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Proverbially, old adam
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Eve


BASHING THE BABIES; EASTER, 1968       
First Line: Sometimes you have hardly been born
Last Line: Any suggestions? Well, have a good day
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


BEDLAM REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody told me anythng much. I was born
Last Line: Later they changed the number and we moved away
Subject(s): Family Life


BEES AND MORNING GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning glories, pale as a mist drying
Subject(s): Bees; Morning Glories; Transience; Beekeeping; Impermanence


BETTY BOOPER       
First Line: This is little betty booper
Subject(s): Dinners & Dining; Food & Eating; Gluttony; Popcorn


BETWEEN       
First Line: I threw a stick. The dog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BICENTENNIAL       
First Line: This official bicentennial arts person programming
Subject(s): American Revolution Bicentennial (1976); Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


BIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: He will not answer now
Last Line: But will not answer now and not answer
Subject(s): Science


BIRD WATCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Every time we put crumbs out and sunflower
Last Line: Be bread and seed in time: all else will follow
Subject(s): Bird-watching


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: A fat sicty-year-old man woke me. 'hello
Subject(s): Aging


BLUE MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no cause for love in such a script
Last Line: The disassembled gestures of the dead
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Pornography; Movies; Cinema


BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: He is in his room sulked shut. The small
Last Line: May sons forgive the fathers they obey
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


BOY OR GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: White rows of suburbs alternate with trees
Last Line: Turn off your light and take the nighttime in
Subject(s): Youth; Suburbs; Night


BRIDAL PHOTO, 1906    Poem Text    
First Line: A ceremonial rose in the lapel
Last Line: Her hand at total rest under his hand
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


CAMPTOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The streets that slept all afternoon in sun
Last Line: And we're late and lost unless we run
Subject(s): War


CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: One by one the bells have broken their music
Last Line: And sun beats down beyond the broken door
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


CENSORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Damn that celibate farm, that cracker-box house
Last Line: We're watching you!
Subject(s): Hate; Parents; Sex; Parenthood


CHANG MCTANG MCQUARTER CAT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Cats; Mathematics


CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Salvation's angel in a tree
Last Line: I leave it on and go to bed
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


COME MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: A young cock in his plebe strut
Last Line: For it, and makes it official. It's / morning
Subject(s): Morning


CREDIBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who could believe an ant in theory?


DAEMONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I pass enough savages on the street
Last Line: In you, living what you live by
Subject(s): Mothers


DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: First a monkey, then a man
Last Line: Just the way the world began
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


DEATH'S THE CLASSIC LOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Death's the classic look, it goes
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DIARY ENTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was in a mood for disaster
Last Line: Trying to do business on his scale
Subject(s): Diaries


DIFFERENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Choose your own difference between surgery
Last Line: And what difference will it make?
Subject(s): Surgery


DIVORCED HUSBAND DEMOLISHES HOUSE; NEWS ITEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is time to break a house
Last Line: Done with. Let it come down
Subject(s): Divorce


DOMESTICITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the cat is hungry I must not nap
Subject(s): Cats


DONNE CH'AVETE INTELLETTO D'AMORE; AN ELEGY FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM       
First Line: Mary and I were having an emotion
Last Line: O intellect of love, may I prove worthy?
Subject(s): Education


DRAGONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dragons are not the only beasts
Last Line: May be very much to your advantage
Subject(s): Dragons


EAST SIXTY-SEVENTH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Any man -- god, if he had the money
Last Line: Because we are what we are and that hurts
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Poetry & Poets; Gays &y Lesbians; O'hara, Frank (1926-1966)


ELAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Elaine, the counter-girl from the hat department
Last Line: Nor the toes of the silver slippers worn
Subject(s): Girls; Salespersons; Selling


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: My father was born with a spade in his hand and traded it
Last Line: Hymned out my blood to glory, for one good reason
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I dram awake in the uptown morning
Last Line: I dram awake in the uptown morning
Subject(s): Death


ELEGY FOR A CAVE FULL OF BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tibia, tarsal, skull, and shin
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ELEGY FOR A SEAMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: They say there is no motion undersea
Subject(s): Seamen


ELEGY FOR G.B. SHAW    Poem Text    
First Line: Administrators of minutes into hours
Last Line: The race we are not in the race we are
Subject(s): Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)


ELEGY FOR JOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Stiff-dog death, all froth on a bloody chin
Last Line: He had to bite the tire. Fools have no luck
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ELEGY FOR SANDRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Read down into the dead and close


ELEGY FOR THE FACE AT YOUR ELBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: You know and I know what breeds in the dark
Last Line: And nothing you do or dare to drink will break it out of your mind
Subject(s): "cody, William ""buffalo Bill"" (1846-1917);


ELEGY JUST IN CASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lie ciardi's pearly bones
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ELEGY. CAVALCANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was cavalcante,' my mother said, 'killed you father'
Last Line: I stood in the wreck of the dead that had been my blood
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Fathers


ELEGY: FOR YOU, FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, under the stone, accept your ruin
Last Line: The end of heaven and the need of earth
Subject(s): Death – Fathers


ELEGY; FOR KURT PORJESCZ, MISSING IN ACTION, 1 APRIL 1945    Poem Text    
First Line: Some gone like boys to school wearing their badges
Last Line: Discuss our futures, and have not concurred
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


EVERYWHERE THAT UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even wisteria, carefully looked at


FAST AS YOU CAN COUNT TO TEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


FIRST SNOW ON AN AIRFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: A window's length beyond the pleiades
Subject(s): Airports


FLOWERING QUINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: This devils me: uneasy ease at my window
Subject(s): Trees


FOR INSTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy came up the street and there was a girl


FOR MILLER WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though miller lives in arkansas
Last Line: The chicken-shit of death
Subject(s): Williams, Miller


FOR MY SON JOHN    Poem Text    
First Line: Jonnel, this is for you -- my river-saint-named
Last Line: The first life and the first and still the first
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


FOR MYRA OUT OF THE ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I changed the baby,fed it, dithered
Last Line: I have been here, and some of it was love
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


FOR MYRA, JOHN L., AND BENN    Poem Text    
First Line: If poets are evidence, let's begin with the fact
Last Line: I hope I was never too much in your way
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood


FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was. I explained to judith
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To the laboratory then I went. What little
Last Line: I saw an ogre's eye leap from his face


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Nona domenica garnaro sits in the sun
Last Line: Both of her thumbs, and she look down at it
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man from a house not far who rode the train
Last Line: To all the people there we think we know
Subject(s): Friendship


GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The buttresses of morning lift the sun
Last Line: The eye's adagio and the blood's excitement
Subject(s): George Washington Bridge


GIRLS GOING TO CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning is easter on the lawns
Subject(s): Public Worship; Girls; Church Attendance


GOOD MORNING WITH LIGHT; TO TOM AND HELEN FERRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Civilian for a pause of hours
Last Line: The starting spectrum of the dawn
Subject(s): War


GULLS LAND AND CEASE TO BE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spread back across the air, wings wide
Last Line: And are aground
Subject(s): Death – Animals; Gulls


HABITAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The satellite telephone building has no lights


HIGH TENSION LINES ACROSS A LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are diagrams on stilts all wired together


HOME REVISITED: MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the shadow in the shadow of the wicker
Last Line: At the center of the center where the shadows throng
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMECOMING - MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the satyr's twilight in the park
Last Line: Nothing in our beginnings know our ends
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMETOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The three pronged armory tower, the civic statue
Subject(s): Home; City & Town Life


HOMETOWN AFTER A WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The river blackens in a frame of snow
Last Line: Before the war war was ended we were gone from there
Subject(s): Homecoming; Veterans


I PICKED A DREAM OUT OF MY HEAD    Poem Text    
Last Line: To find in just one head
Subject(s): Dreams


IN PITY AS WE KISS AND LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Softly wrong, we lie and kiss
Last Line: In pity as we kiss and lie
Subject(s): Pity; Love - Erotic


IN THE RICH FARMER'S FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: A black stallion and a white mare
Last Line: Too obvious to invent or not to know
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


IT TOOK FOUR FLOWERBOATS TO CONVEY MY FATHER'S BLACK    Poem Text    
Last Line: Old salt of new, between black and triumph
Subject(s): Funerals


JOURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mounts on the living energy of grace


KNOWING BITCHES       
First Line: I was spading a flower bed while the old dog
Last Line: The thing about bitches is knowing who you are
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


LAUNCELOT IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: That noon we banged like tubs in a blast from hell's mouth
Last Line: Because no other iron dared me whole
Subject(s): Arthurian Legend


LETTER FOR THOSE WHO GREW UP TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who remembers now the backyards of our innocence
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


LETTER FROM A PANDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing, the cross-haired sky tells lenses
Last Line: And loved you as god should
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


LETTER TO MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was good. You found your america. It was worth all
Last Line: But there will be no america discovered by analogy
Subject(s): Letters; Mothers; United States; America


LETTER TO VIRGINIA JOHNSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Our times, virginia, of which you are a doctor
Subject(s): Johnson, Virginia Eshelman (B. 1925)


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not have exactly a way of life


LOVE MAKES NO MUSIC    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is spring, darling, and the five feathers
Subject(s): Love


MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It goes, all inside. It keeps touching


MASSACHUSETTS BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Go south from marblehead and weep for heroes
Subject(s): Massachusetts


MEASUREMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've zeroed a barometer on the floor


MEN MARRY WHAT THEY NEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Last Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Subject(s): Love; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


METROPOLITAN ICE CO.    Poem Text    
First Line: Metropolitan on watery calendars


MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: He runs in hnis sleep, snaps, leaps up, without
Last Line: Who know? His next kioll may be his to keep
Subject(s): Rabbits


MINUS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of seven sparrows on a country wire
Last Line: Hawk in this now? Unchosen? Come to choose?
Subject(s): Sparrows; Hawks; Fathers & Sons


MISSION    Poem Text    
First Line: On shadowy chairs. Now let one sudden spark


MONDAY MORNING REVEILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Birdless, the blood red dawn the engines roar
Subject(s): Army Life; Drills & Minor Tactics


MORNING: I KNOW PERFECTLY HOW IN A MINUTE YOU WILL STRETCH AND SMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: As pilots pay attention to the air
Last Line: Spills our precisions in us as we nod
Subject(s): Morning


MOST LIKE AN ARCH THIS MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most like an arch - an entrance which upholds
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MUTTERINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have nothing more to say to my left arm


MY CAT, MRS. LICK-A-CHIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Some of the cats I know about
Last Line: No one knows it less than my cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


MY FATHER'S WATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: One night I dreamed I was locked in my father's watch
Last Line: I saw my father's face frown through the glass
Subject(s): Dreams; Fathers; Watches; Nightmares


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow came with dusk, building itself on windows
Last Line: Steel guitars played auld lang syne on oaho
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIGHT CELESTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: You know the towns by neon. The plants and camps
Subject(s): City & Town Life


NIGHT FREIGHT, MICHIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Punctual to the midnight - lurch, ruck and chime
Last Line: From kalamazoo to the junction
Subject(s): Michigan; Railroads; Railways; Trains


NIGHT MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: By blast and sputter and black oil on the grass


NIGHT PIECE FOR MY TWENTY-SEVENTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Punctually now, by all we learned at school
Last Line: Law is the last law to be understood
Subject(s): Army Life; Birthdays; Drills & Minor Tactics


NO WHITE BIRD SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Can white birds sing? An ornithologist
Subject(s): Birds


NOON: ROMAGNA    Poem Text    
First Line: You would never believe to watch this man
Last Line: The kingdoms and their kings are told about
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


OBSOLESCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: My wife, because she day-dreams catalogues
Subject(s): Watches; Gifts & Giving


ODE FOR SCHOOL CONVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mechanically, the academic file
Last Line: Suggests the frosted cakes, and prefers lemon
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


ODE FOR THE BURIAL OF A CITIZEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Recorder, tax collector, landlord, friends


OEDIPUS TYRANNUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Catharsis builds across the dreadful air
Last Line: Is turned – exclusive spotlight – on the high tragedian
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers


OF FISH AND FISHERMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish are subtle. Fishermen
Last Line: It needn't be? That's what you think
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


ON A PHOTO OF SGT. CIARDI A YEAR LATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sgt. Stands so fluently in leather
Last Line: The camera photographs the photographer;
Subject(s): World War Ii; Photography & Photographers; Soldiers; Second World War


ON A PHOTOGRAPH OF A GERMAN SOLDIER DEAD IN POLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Grant him at the end his common humanity
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


ON FLUNKING A NICE BOY OUT OF SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I could teach you how ugly
Last Line: These sheepfaces to tuesday
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Timidity; Educators; Professors


ON LOOKING EAST TO THE SEA WITH A SUNSET BEHIND ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a detachment cool as the glint of light


ON PASSION AS A LITERARY TRADITION       
First Line: Asked by a reporter out of questions
Last Line: And go home to nick yourself on poetry
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Passion


ON SENDING HOME MY CIVILIAN CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: -good duds, goodbye before I shut
Last Line: The postage to a lost address
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Veterans


ON THE ORTHODOXY AND CREED OF MY POWER MOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: All summer in power, outroaring the bull fiend
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Lawn Mowers


ON THE PATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The rose at the end of my tax structure


ONE BETTY – FIVE SKULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The search lights caught your enemy and mine
Last Line: Turned down a wheel of dials, and fell, and burned
Subject(s): World War Ii; Saipan (Island)


ONE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I lay in the grass and looked at the sky


ONE EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The stores wore christmas perfectly
Last Line: And bit by bit the page begins to fill
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Easter; Dogs


ONE JAY AT A TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I have never seen a
Last Line: I am! And here I go!
Subject(s): Bluejays


ORDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gulls in wyoming, utah, follow the plows
Last Line: Put wings to a stomach and all the world is reached
Subject(s): Birds; Migration


P-151    Poem Text    
First Line: It fills the sky like wind made visible
Last Line: Her birth above the hill like a crowd's cheer
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: CHOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: George says he chooses poverty. That's rash
Last Line: I've an experienced aversion to it
Subject(s): Poverty; Life Choices


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: FOR CLAVIA ON A REJECTION SLIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your soul is full of yearning? So is this prose
Last Line: You set to tick and rhyme under my nose
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON AN EXALTED NONENTITY    Poem Text    
First Line: A summer's pastoral looks on barn and bib
Last Line: The eagle's ticks are airborne but no flyers
Subject(s): Flight; Ambition


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON EVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Pithecanthropus erectus
Last Line: Could he see us, would reject us
Subject(s): Evolution


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: PARENTHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: My son was insolent to me
Last Line: I hit him: libery is to defend
Subject(s): Discipline; Fathers & Sons


POEM FOR A SOLDIER'S GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever your mirrors tell you, morning and evening
Subject(s): War - Home Front


POEM FOR MY THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The clock that splits
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FOR MY TWENTY-NINTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the predawn throbs on engine sound
Last Line: The last compassionate necessity
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FROM A HIRED ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: You press a switch - too sudden for a word


PORT OF AERIAL EMBARKATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no widening distance at the shore
Last Line: Corrects his role, his gesture, and his walk
Subject(s): Air Warfare


QUIRKS: 1. BREAKFAST ON THE PATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Not much but something; before the morning glories
Last Line: The phone rang. And the day trekked on and out
Subject(s): Breakfast


QUIRKS: 2. THAT AFTERNOON I REMEMBERED    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a photo of walt whitman posed
Last Line: Back through drowsy nowhere to nothing much
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


REALITY AND WILLIE YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Reality and yeats were two
Last Line: Signals from some reality
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Reality; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


RECORD CROWD AT BEACHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Delicatessen and carnival, the beach
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


REFLECTIONS WHILE OILING A MACHINE GUN    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of plato in a schoolroom dusk
Subject(s): Army Life; Memory; Drills & Minor Tactics


REPLY TO S.K.    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, barcelona in three thousand miles
Last Line: Crossed wide with danger where the armed men run
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the searchlights beckon from the night
Last Line: Reel after reel of how a city burned
Subject(s): World War Ii; Saipan (Island); Second World War


REVEILLE FOR MY TWENTY-EIGHTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now on the bluster and roil of the wind
Subject(s): Birthdays


REVERIE DURING BRIEFING    Poem Text    
First Line: The simplest memory is books by ferny windows
Subject(s): Army Life; Memory; Drills & Minor Tactics


RITUAL FOR SINGING BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Must we believe that what ascends aspires?
Last Line: Into a misty forest of a cloud
Subject(s): Soldiers; Native Americans; World War Ii; Death


ROMAN DIARY: 1951       
First Line: A rag woman, half a child
Last Line: “if I go broke,” I said, “I'll rent a baby”
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Begging & Beggars


S.P.Q.R.€”A LETTER FROM ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: It does for the time of man to walk here


SATURDAY – MARCH 6    Poem Text    
First Line: One morning you step out, still in pajamas
Last Line: It's on the table and that's what day it is
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SEA BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the sea's crust of prisms looking up
Last Line: And ran on grass as if it could not die
Subject(s): Funerals - At Sea; World War Ii; Burials At Sea; Second World War


SEA MARSHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Marsh hummocks that were were a sabbath hill
Last Line: Worlds as worlds will be seen - in what light there is
Subject(s): Light


SERENADE IN A DRUGSTORE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am my verified and proper self
Last Line: And home is where the cap comes off the bottle
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Veterans; Drug Store; Apothecary


SERENADE IN A DRUGSTORE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am my verified and proper self
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Veterans; Drug Store; Apothecary


SERMON NOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's easy to walk out of hell. But there
Last Line: The anti-hell is not heaven but the void
Subject(s): Hell


SHORE PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is someone's deserted private beach
Last Line: I am my own wind to erase myself
Subject(s): Seashore


SMALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Swatted by a custardy small thing
Subject(s): Size & Shape


SNOWY HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: What lifts the heron leaning on the air
Last Line: Its heron back. All doubt all else. But praise
Subject(s): Herons


SOME FIGURES FOR WHO I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Forget understanding. There will be none


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The bells of sunday rang us down
Last Line: And all seas were running late
Subject(s): War


SPRING IN THE STATUE SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring is open windows and molly picardo
Last Line: That later you remember was your own
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Wake early to the early robin
Last Line: It is spring
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember by morning when the sun
Last Line: Thunder's artillery m\named the name of this spring
Subject(s): Spring


STATIONS       
First Line: An organization of clear purposes
Last Line: Country keep to the station
Subject(s): Rattlesnakes


SUBURBAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday mrs. Friar phoned. 'mr ciardi
Last Line: When even these suburbs will give up their dead
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Suburbs


SUMMER EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The torches of the twilight blur
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


SUNDAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I light a cigarette, my dead mouth steaming


TAKE-OFF OVER KANSAS    Poem Text    
First Line: At first the fences are racing under. Horses and men
Last Line: That later you remember was your own
Subject(s): Air Travel


TEMPTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: St. Anthony, my father's holy man
Subject(s): Temptation; Devil; Temptation; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


THE BIRD IN WHATEVER NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird with a name it does not itself
Last Line: Told of itself, whatever name is given
Subject(s): Names


THE BIRD IN WHATEVER NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird with a name it does not itself
Subject(s): Birds; Names


THE CARTOGRAPHER OF THE MEADOWS    Poem Text    
Last Line: As he moves to amber from his resinoujs drowning
Subject(s): Fields; Maps


THE CAT HEARD THE CAT-BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: One day, a fine day, a high-flying-sky day
Last Line: I don't see any cat-bird here
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE CATALPA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE CLOCK IN THE MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the blur of dimension, the past arriving
Last Line: In a cubic mirror. Which of ourselves shall we be?
Subject(s): Relativity; Mirrors


THE COW    Poem Text    
First Line: A greensweet breathing
Last Line: In a foreground of the hills
Subject(s): Cows


THE DAY OF THE PEONIES    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the day of the peonies. My dfaughter
Last Line: Of feasted day, half holy and half daft
Subject(s): Peonies


THE DEATHS ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU STIR IN SLEEP    Poem Text    
Last Line: Our best will be to dream of what we were
Subject(s): Love; Death; Fear; Sleep


THE DOLLAR DOG     Poem Text    
First Line: I had a dollar dog named spot
Last Line: But a lot of kinds to get for a dollar
Subject(s): Dogs


THE DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff
Last Line: Their eyes wide open forever. While all the children slept
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


THE DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff
Subject(s): Dolls; Dolls; Toys


THE EVIL EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nona poured oil on the water and saw the eye
Last Line: Though I had one already and the other came
Subject(s): Italy; Superstition; Italians


THE FOOLISH WING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is done now with bright thinness of upper air. Weight
Last Line: It is time's journalism only; we are reporting merely
Subject(s): Time Magazine


THE GIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1945, when the keepers cried kaput
Last Line: Is the gift beyond history and hurt and heaven
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


THE HEALTH OF CAPTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: The health of captains is the sex of war
Last Line: Sleep through the mornings where the captains rise
Subject(s): War; Sex Role


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I went through the forest without a tree
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE LAMB    Poem Text    
First Line: A month before easter
Last Line: Its flesh was easter
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Lambs; The Resurrection


THE LIMITS OF FRIENDSHIP; FOR JOE, THE SULLEN BASTARD       
First Line: Dinner was duckling with tangerine sauce
Subject(s): Friendship - Selectivity


THE LUNG FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In africa, when river beds
Last Line: On what we are while we learn it
Subject(s): Lung Fish


THE LUNGFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In africa, when river beds
Subject(s): African Lungfish


THE MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: There was this young fellow named chet


THE ONE DULL THING YOU DID WAS TO DIE, FLETCHER    Poem Text    
First Line: To you, fletcher, from my dark house asleep
Last Line: To you, fletcher, from my dark house asleep
Subject(s): Death


THE PILOT IN THE JUNGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Machine stitched rivets ravel on a tree
Last Line: To bedrocks out of time, with time to kill
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Jungles


THE PILOT IN THE JUNGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Machine stitched rivets ravel on a tree
Subject(s): Airplane Accidents; Air Warfare; Jungles; Air Crashes; Aeronautics - Accidents; Airplane Collisions


THE POET'S WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Language ends in the tongue's clay pit
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Language


THE PROJECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Three or four percent of all the ants


THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN    Poem Text    
Last Line: To quite a splendid size
Subject(s): Pelicans


THE SEA SHINES    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea shines. Wind-raked, the waters run tight
Last Line: Of what abundance, on what hammered shore
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE SHARK    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, let me tall you about the shark
Last Line: Be careful where you swim, my sweet
Subject(s): Sharks


THE SORROW OF OBEDIENCE       
First Line: The lieutenant ordered me to ask abdhul
Last Line: I was once more left to grieve for my imperfections
Subject(s): Obedience; Army Life; Dogs


THE STILLS AND RAPIDS OF YOUR NAKEDNESS    Poem Text    
Last Line: I start from wood to praise you and grow green
Subject(s): Love; Desire


THE STRANGER IN THE PUMPKIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Pumpkins


THOUGHTS ON LOOKING INTO A THICKET    Poem Text    
First Line: The name of a fact: at home in that leafy world


THREE A.M. AND THEN FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you like your life?
Last Line: Yawningly, “yes”. “yes”
Subject(s): Life; Likes & Dislikes


THREE EGGS UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Three sunset eggs on a white plate
Subject(s): Eggs; War


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Good soul, my mother holds my daughter
Last Line: Leaving the trail of its going wet on the world
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I see her in the garden, loam-knuckled in spring
Last Line: But she can be sure there is time for one more garden?
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Three rainy days and the fourth one sunny
Last Line: But oh, if you could have seen it in that tree!
Subject(s): Mothers


THURSDAY ALSO HAPPENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday when the leaves blew off the elm


TIME IS THE LATE TRAIN INTO ALBANY    Poem Text    
Last Line: To get down to cases
Subject(s): Sex; Railroads; Time; Opportunity


TO A REVIEWER WHO ADMIRED MY BOOK       
First Line: Few men in any age have second sight
Last Line: But never doubt your gift. You are right! You are right!
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


TO A YOUNG AMERICAN THE DAY AFTER THE FALL OF BARCELONA    Poem Text    
First Line: Boy with honor in your heart
Last Line: And leave your world to be undone
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Innocence; Evil


TO JUDITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now by a ritual of legality
Subject(s): Marriage; Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TO JUDITH ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, darkened in sleep, turned from the moon
Last Line: Time still must tick this, I am, we are are
Subject(s): Sleep; Time; Togetherness


TO JUDITH ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, darkened in sleep, turned from the moon
Subject(s): Sleep


TO LUCASTA, ABOUT THAT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A long winter from home the gulls blew
Last Line: Which is called (as noted) war. And it stinks
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


TO LUCASTA, ABOUT THAT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A long winter from home the gulls blew
Subject(s): War; World War Ii; Second World War


TO MY STUDENTS; LAST CLASS, LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are dancing the rain dance in bali
Last Line: Go out and make a dollar, and god will love you
Subject(s): Schools; Advice; Students


TO ONE 'INVESTIGATED' BY THE LAST SENATE COMMITTEE, OR THE NEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: And though the walls have ears
Last Line: To make a craven safety / count for honor's part
Subject(s): Mccarthyism; United States - Congress - Senate


TO WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward I had expected reminders: somewhere in the dakota's carpet
Last Line: Men going nowhere, hands pocketed, heels kicking the wall
Subject(s): Middle West; Travel; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States; Journeys; Trips


TOMMY'S POND    Poem Text    
First Line: Frogs' eggs in globular clusters
Last Line: Unsaid as galaxies. In any pond
Subject(s): Ponds


TREE TRIMMING    Poem Text    
First Line: There's this to a good day's sweat
Last Line: A whole wood and touch no memory
Subject(s): Trees


TRUE OR FALSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard as the olympian quelque chose


TRYING TO FEEL SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is always trying to feel something
Last Line: Although I drink it anyway for something to do?
Subject(s): Judges; Youth; Conduct Of Life; Judgments


TWO EGRETS    Poem Text    
First Line: On easter morning two egrets
Last Line: And the idea of prayer
Subject(s): Egrets; Prayer


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 1. THE ABSTRACT CALORIE       
First Line: A doughnut is no sculpture
Last Line: Ten ton concrete doughnuts
Subject(s): Doughnuts; Donuts


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 2. THE TITLE OF THE LAST POEM WAS WRONG AGAIN       
First Line: To trap a chipmunk put a bait of nuts
Last Line: Difference, but hopeless not to
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


UGLINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The windows I see into
Last Line: What tear shall I ever / be some of a man to?
Subject(s): Cousins; Youth; Juvenile Delinquency


V-J DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the tallest day in time the dead came back
Last Line: Wheels jammed and flaming on a metal sea
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


VAGARY OF THE SIMPLE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: The technicolor virgin sang


VISIBILITY ZERO    Poem Text    
First Line: All day with mist against the hurdling wind
Last Line: We need not waken what we need not see
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


WAFFLEBUTT    Poem Text    
First Line: Reveille rung on the telephone awakes
Last Line: Where day and day destroys us after all
Subject(s): Army Life; Drills & Minor Tactics


WARD THREE: FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: I only had a tack hammer, an ice pick, faith
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


WAS A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ted roethke was a tearing man
Last Line: From the town's biggest crooks
Subject(s): Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963)


WASHING YOU FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: Washing you feet is hard when you get fat
Last Line: It is sad to be fat and have dirty feet
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Feet; Obesity


WHAT JOHNNY TOLD ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to play with billy. He
Last Line: A true good friend is a lot of fun!
Subject(s): Friendship


WHY NOBODY PETS THE LION AT THE ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning that the world began
Subject(s): Lions


WINTER MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: November and trees blown bare and leaves stippling
Last Line: For wisdom, there is the sunlight falling unbent across such fury
Subject(s): Winter


WOULDN'T YOU?    Poem Text    
First Line: If I / could go
Last Line: I'd go!
Subject(s): Imagination; Wind; Farewell; Fancy