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Author: DOBYNS, STEPHEN
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Dobyns, Stephen    Poet's Biography
108 poems available by this author


A PLACE IN MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shoebox upon shoebox - the elderly dawdle


A SEPARATE TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: In the years since I saw you on sunday


ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was something like a hole in the air
Last Line: Wouldn't it be a weapon against all to come
Subject(s): Bodies


ALLIGATOR DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Stiff as a fireman's spray, hisn urine smacks


ARRESTED SATURDAY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how it happened: peg and rob had invited


AT THE OCEAN HE STUDIES THE WAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: At the ocean he studied the waves – how they built and broke
Last Line: That filled the spaces between knowledge and unknowing
Subject(s): Waves


BETWEEN HAMBURG AND BUENOS AIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday I took the dying taxicab that is my body


BRINK       
First Line: My son stands at the shore's lip
Subject(s): Bodies


CAN POETRY MATTER?    Poem Text    
First Line: Heart feels the time has come to compose lyric poetry.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


CEMETERY NIGHTS V    Poem Text    
First Line: Wheel of memory, wheel of forgetting, bitter


CEZANNE AND THE LOVE OF COLOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Because his wife refused to miss a dress fitting
Last Line: Of color - true representatives of light and air
Subject(s): Bodies; Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906)


CEZANNE AND ZOLA    Poem Text    
First Line: At thirteen they were known as the inseparables
Last Line: “all day,” a friend said, “we heard the sound of weeping.”
Subject(s): Bodies; Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Zola, Emile (1840-1902)


CEZANNE'S SECLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I have begun to think,' he wrote in a late letter
Last Line: Writing, “a vague sense of apprehesnion persists”
Subject(s): Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Solitude


CEZANNE'S SUCCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The girls he followed down the street, the heartbreaks
Last Line: Stopped calling. Harsh wind at night , no loving hands
Subject(s): Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Success


CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds moved in another hundred feet
Subject(s): Clouds


CONFESSION       
First Line: The nazi within me thinks it's time to take charge
Subject(s): Bodies


CONSOLATIONS OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Picking your way barefoot across the parking lot to the beach
Last Line: Soft hands seek to rub anger from stones
Subject(s): Seashore; Water


CONTINGENCIES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a picture, a french painting showing


COUNTERPARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no sky today, echoes of birds


DANCE, DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: They have become quite a crowd: the ones
Last Line: Your shadow plays in the light cast up by the world.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DEAD ROPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Chukka, chukka - so he repeats when the waitress


DESIRE       
First Line: A woman in my class wrote that she is sick
Subject(s): Bodies


DETERMINATION TO WRITE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


EYELIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shy defiers of the existential world
Last Line: This is the world to love. There is no other
Subject(s): Bodies


FINDING THE DIRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: It is quiet. It is a place where


FREIGHT CARS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Once, taking a train into chicago
Subject(s): Bodies; Railroads; Railways; Trains


FRIENDS OF HIS YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Friends of his youth, friends of his prime
Subject(s): Friendship


FUNCTIONAL FORGETTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the world, here the world's forgetting
Last Line: With opportunity. Ah, death, unloose your thighs
Subject(s): Forgetfulness


GENERAL MATTHEI DRIVES HOME THROUGH SANTIAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The part where general matthei leaves his office
Subject(s): Matthei Aube, Fernando; Chile


HE KNEW HIS VULNERABILITIES, AND CONCEALED THEM    Poem Text    


HE TOLD HER, HE LOVED HER    Poem Text    
First Line: Party all day, party all night-a man
Last Line: Seeking out the face of his one true love
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


HIS FAILURES    Poem Text    
First Line: His failures - could he blame them on time


HIS FAVORITE BLUE CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the years - and heart has had many years
Last Line: I've been away, says heart, I've been away
Subject(s): Memory


HIS LIFE WAS THE PRACTICE OF FORMING A SINGLE SENTENCE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Evolution and release: a full life
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Bald, yellow skinned, with only four
Last Line: Or cast down as litter on a barber’s floor
Subject(s): Hospitals


HOW COULD YOU EVER BE FINE?    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt last night I heard someone speak your name
Last Line: People on hard streets dragged to inevitable ends.
Subject(s): Bodies; Memory


HOW IT WAS AT THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: The box was set in a hole in the ground
Last Line: From the trees to that nothingness called eternity
Subject(s): Bodies; Death


HOW SWEET AND PROPER IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: Color of silver, surrounded by barbed wire


HOW TO LIKE IT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These are the first days of fall. The wind
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Memory


IN A ROW    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The mailman handing me a letter
Last Line: I paid for that one, that one belongs to me
Subject(s): Money


INVASIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The abrupt presentiment of illness
Last Line: Waking in a house you thought was yours forever
Subject(s): Bodies; Sickness; Family Life; Aging


IT WAS THE LACK OF CERTAINTY    Poem Text    


IT'S LIKE THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Each morning the man rises from bed because the invisible


LONG STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There must have been a moment after the expulsion
Last Line: And tack our few brave sentence onto the end
Subject(s): Garden Of Eden


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: A cry was heard among the trees


NAME-BURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ashes, the dissonance of unicorns; the edges


NO MAP    Poem Text    
First Line: How close the clouds press this october first
Last Line: Showing the dark places and how to escape them?
Subject(s): Surgery; Fathers & Sons; Birthdays


NO MOMENT PAST THIS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I tell you, it always seems to be out there


NO TANGOS TONIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Heart meets death in a fashionable singles bar
Last Line: But then a dance begins, a tango. Heart will sit it out
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Death; Hearts; Dead, The


OATMEAL DELUXE    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning, because the snow swirled deep
Subject(s): Oatmeal


OH, IMMOBILITY, DEATH'S VAST ASSOCIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, immobility, death's vast associate, you are the still center around which we jog.
Last Line: The reality? To bang your drum in the mortal parade. And the dream? To believe yourself dancing
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Inertia


OVER A CUP OF COFFEE OR SITTING ON A PARK BENCH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Uncharted lands.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


OVER THERE HE MADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over there he made a pile of what he had had


PASSING THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The poem as object; communicable; naked
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: What is she ran shouting from the house? What if she
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how my friend behaves: first


PLAY IN FOUR ACTS    Poem Text    
First Line: South was the promise we were born with


PURSUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Each thing I do I rush through so I can do


QUERENICA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the children's story fernando the bull


RED GERANIUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: She says she believes in reincarnation
Last Line: The sudden emotion the confusion then nothing?
Subject(s): Flowers; Geraniums; Reincarnation; Transmigration; Pretas


ROOTLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: He must have been born with greased feet
Last Line: Where he has come from and what lies ahead
Subject(s): Bodies


ROUGHHOUSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I let loose the weasel of my body
Last Line: Your pastures rush toward me to embrace me
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SOMETIMES CONFUSION WAS A VEIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes confusion was a veil across his eyes
Last Line: Him at last in clarity as lately as he had seen them in confusion
Subject(s): Confusion


SONG FOR MAKING THE BIRDS COME    Poem Text    
First Line: All winter you felt nothing. As your body


SONG FOR PUTTING ASIDE ANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Four walls open to the sky. You are
Subject(s): Anger


SPIDER WEB        Recitation by Author


SPLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, much maligned one, meager hunkerer
Last Line: The one, our burden, and the other, our dream
Subject(s): Spleen (Organ)


SUCH DAYS AS THESE    Poem Text    


SUCH PLEASURES HE HAD TAKEN    Poem Text    


SUMMER EVENINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: As I finish my wine, I think of my friends
Last Line: Enriched by them
Subject(s): Friendship


SUN GAZERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My stepdaughter is three and we have some games


TAKING A CRACK AT IT    Poem Text    
First Line: We have discovered dark paint for the sky


TENDERLY    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not a fancy restaurant, nor is it
Last Line: Darling, touch me there, tenderly, one more time!
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THDE NEW AUSTERITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Heart is lonely so he buys a bird
Last Line: In the new austerity of heart's life, this is enough
Subject(s): Pets


THE BIRTH ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: The heavy-lidded enterprise of the dead
Last Line: A sudden consciousness, the thrashing of wings
Subject(s): Angels


THE BODY'S HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever lifts the body up -- muscles
Last Line: But eagerness to plunge into the next second
Subject(s): Bodies


THE BODY'S JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Born, it's not good for much, a vehicle
Last Line: Its calming stroke and a loon warbles its cry?
Subject(s): Bodies


THE BODY'S JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: The slick kiss of an oyster slipping
Last Line: Flung thing caught in ther vanishing light
Subject(s): Bodies


THE CHERRY TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Perched on the fifth rung of the ladder, the girl
Subject(s): Cherry Trees


THE CLOUDS ABOVE THE OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds above the ocean of mexico – how palable they are
Last Line: With his surrender a minor event already lost from memory
Subject(s): Clouds; Storms


THE COMMUNITY        Recitation by Author


THE EXIGENCIES OF ART        Recitation by Author


THE GARDNER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the first astronauts reached heaven


THE GREEDY CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Gripping the mantle with thick fingers


THE GUITAR LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Hand gripping the girl's thigh, pressed nearly upon


THE INVITATION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are lives in which nothing goes right


THE MERCY OF LAZARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Groggy, sure, and in the midst of bad dreams
Last Line: His miracle without your deceit-- your laugh and eager shout, the out-stretched arms?
Subject(s): Lazarus


THE MORE HE CONSIDERED HIS DEATH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE MUSIC ONE LOOKS BACK ON    Poem Text    
First Line: In early autumn, there's a concerto
Last Line: And geese, geese flying flying south out of winter
Subject(s): Guests; Family Life; Friendship


THE PROOF    Poem Text    
First Line: The body's fear is to be forcibly overthrown
Last Line: Taste between his teeth proved he was alive
Subject(s): Bodies


THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Either it's her sister or an apparition, and she hopes


THE SIDEBOARD'S MAHOGANY SURFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Click, click, the man flicks out the downstairs' light


THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the street, the carpenter carries a golden


THE SURVIVAL VARIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Trees like apartment buildings, closed


THE WAYS OF KEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The justice of bells, persistent in ringing


THESEUS WITHIN THE LABYRINTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The lives of greeks in old days were deep


THOUGHTS AT THIRTY-THOUSAND FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: The penny holds out its little promise
Last Line: So keep the whole mess from exploding
Subject(s): Air Travel


TO KEEP ONE'S TREASURE PROTECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the lump of coal the flame lies hidden
Last Line: A sigh – isn't it like a scream turned inward?
Subject(s): Human Behavior


TO STAND ON A HIGH PLACE    Poem Text    


TOMATOES        Recitation by Author
First Line: A woman tavels to brazil for plastic / surgery and a face-lift. She is sitxy
Subject(s): Surgery, Plastic; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts


TOTING IT UP    Poem Text    
First Line: He bought one pair of boots, then another
Last Line: In the distance, that brightly disappearing speck
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


UNEXPECTED HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the story of orpheus and lot's wife
Last Line: The slightest hint but still distinct taste of salt
Subject(s): Lot (Bible); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Sodom


UTOPIAN MELODIES       
First Line: As a stone has a sense of its hardness
Subject(s): Bodies


VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Those patches of cold air on the far side
Last Line: Now the chance of answering has passed?
Subject(s): Death; Souls


WAKING, THE CHEERING BEGINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly, rising, another rises with him


WHEN YOU'RE DANCING, MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD DANCE WITH YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Bring my name upon a platter, I have danced
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


WHY FOOL AROUND?    Poem Text    
First Line: How smart is smart? Thinks heart. Is smart
Last Line: Smart or stupid they circle the hook: their education
Subject(s): Reason; Schools; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals; Students


YELLOW BEAK    Poem Text    
First Line: A man owns a green parrot with a yellow beak
Subject(s): Life; Parrots