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Galvin, Brendan James    Poet's Biography
3 poems available by this author


A COLD BELL RINGING IN THE EAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It woke me to this full moon
Subject(s): Wind


A PHOTO OF MINERS USA, 1908    Poem Text    
First Line: With trees backing them / instead of the pit's mouth
Subject(s): Child Labor; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FOR A DAUGHTER GONE AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Today there've been moments
Subject(s): Absence; Daughters; Railroads; Separation; Isolation; Railways; Trains



Galvin, James    Poet's Biography
118 poems available by this author


A DISCRETE LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: This is for you, with your umbrella
Last Line: This is for that night your body was neither here nor there
Subject(s): Love; Love - Unrequited; Sex


A MAN'S VOCATION IS NOBODY'S BUSINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Overcome with humility in the american west
Last Line: Bound for the edge of the world
Subject(s): History; Past; West (U.s.); Youth; Historians; Southwest; Pacific States


A POEM FROM BOULDER RIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The skeleton of a teepee stood on boulder ridge
Subject(s): Houses; Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


A POEM FROM THE EDGE OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: There are ways of finding things, like stumbling on them
Last Line: Although it might by why
Subject(s): Nature; Wyoming


A PORTRAIT OF MY ROOF    Poem Text    
First Line: My steel roof mirrors clouds
Last Line: Unlike anything one finds in reflection
Subject(s): Animals; Clouds; Grass; Snakes; Steel; Serpents; Vipers


A SECOND TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the year I cut logs for the new house and roads, roads like veins
Last Line: When they starved out and moved on, they burned their houses down to get the nails back
Subject(s): Mountains; Snow; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


ABOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Facts about the iris
Last Line: It’s tomorrow. Call out for someone
Subject(s): Eyes


ABOVE HALF MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even a brid can sleep in thin air, a thousand feet higher
Last Line: Shuttered windows, a flower made of timber, whose trail down is a crooked stem
Subject(s): Moon; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


AFTER THE PAPAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I've done it now
Last Line: On the homeward road
Subject(s): Desire; Fish & Fishing; Houses; Trout; Anglers


AGAINST THE REST OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The meadow's a dream I'm working to wake to
Last Line: Forever comes to mind, and peaks where the snow stays
Subject(s): Dreams; Rivers; Winter; Nightmares


AGRICULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight the rain can't stand up straight, but once
Last Line: But a window sailing through the night
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Farm Life; Horses; Rain; Agriculture; Farmers


AIRBRUSH    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky was an occasion
Last Line: And they have shadows, double
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


ALMOST NOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The water, you remember / was so cold it took our breath
Subject(s): Sun; Water


ANOTHER STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I always thought you favored the bride
Last Line: For as long as we stay here
Subject(s): Mirrors; Marriage; Pregnancy


ANTHROPOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember the night you got drunk / and shot the roses?
Last Line: For the archer’s bow to become a violin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fathers; Guns; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ART CLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us begin with a simple line
Last Line: The horizon will not stop abstracting us
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Drawing; Poetry & Poets


AS IF    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought it took
Last Line: Having risen all night to see you
Subject(s): Passion; Sex


AT THE SAND CREEK BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The path of most insistence
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Guns; Mountains; Nature; Rivers; Trout; Anglers; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


AVATAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The imperceptible
Last Line: And there you are
Subject(s): California; Magic; Names


BLUE OR GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't belong to each other.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


CACHE LA POUDRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole world / (which you said I was
Subject(s): Colorado (State); Mountains; Snow; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


CARTOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Out on the border a howl goes up, skinning the cold air
Last Line: It's real, it doesn't exist, it's on all the black maps
Subject(s): Boundaries; Maps; Wings; Borders


CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOWING IN WEST BLOWING SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In all the farewells in all the airports in all the profane dawns
Last Line: Among cherry blossoms blowing in west, blowing in snow, weren’t we something?
Subject(s): Life


CINQUE TERRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Time was the five towns
Subject(s): Diving & Divers


DEAR MISS EMILY    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew the end would be gone before I got there.
Subject(s): Divorce


DEATH AT WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: A chevy engine hangs by a chain
Last Line: With everyone afraid and trying not to be
Subject(s): Death; Labor & Laborers; Dead, The; Work; Workers


DEPENDING ON THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A score of years ago I felled a hundred pines to build a house.
Subject(s): Loss; Transience; Divorce; Impermanence


DOUBLE RAINBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Well aren't you the harsh necessity,


DRIVING INTO LARAMIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out here sheer force of sky bearing down
Last Line: That god is impressed above all by defiance
Subject(s): Death; Driving & Drivers; Oregon; Religion; Dead, The; Theology


DRUTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Between permission
Subject(s): Life


EVERYONE KNOWS WHOM THE SAVED ENVY    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't such a bad thing
Last Line: Everyone knows whom the saved envy
Subject(s): Angels; Life; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


EXPLICATION OF AN IMAGINARY TEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: Salt is pity, brooms are fury
Last Line: The other half are mirrors
Subject(s): Churches; Mirrors; Salt; Cathedrals


FIRE SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: All the angels of tie siding were on fire
Subject(s): Fire


FIVE PAINTINGS BY CLARA VAN WANING    Poem Text    
First Line: I only paint landscapes. People are just
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


FOOL'S ERRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone, like a feather in the air
Subject(s): Beauty; Cactus; Clowns; Girls


FOR OUR BETTER GRACES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: God loves / the rain, not us
Last Line: "her fragrance
Subject(s): God; Love; Pine Trees; Rain; Trees


FOR REMEMBERING HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Your loneliness and mine
Subject(s): Absence; Change; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Loneliness


FRAGMENTS WRITTEN WHILE TRAVELING...A MIDWESTERN HEAT WAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: However lonely we were before / becomes unclear
Last Line: By setting-free the soil
Subject(s): Farm Life; Heat; Middle West; Oklahoma; Summer; Weather; Agriculture; Farmers; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


FUGUE FOR A DROWNED GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It is the time of evening that promises miracles to anyone
Last Line: Might be willow sticks. Fish swim into her hair. One by one the lights in her nails go out
Subject(s): Death; Drowning; Rivers; Suicide; Dead, The


GEOMETRY IS THE MIND OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A point is that which has no part
Last Line: I'd say it's a green thorn in the heart
Subject(s): Geometry; God; Mathematics


GETTING A WORD IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Very sad
Last Line: Come out of nowhere) / very sad
Subject(s): Grief; Language; Rain; Trees; Sorrow; Sadness; Words; Vocabulary


HEMATITE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is another kind of sleep
Last Line: Not even nightfall, whose gold we are, can find us
Subject(s): Birds; Lakes; Nature; Swans; Pools; Ponds


HERMITS    Poem Text    
First Line: The more I see of people, the more I like my dog
Last Line: Hermits never know they’re dead till the roof falls in
Subject(s): Absence; Hermits; Misanthropy; Separation; Isolation


HIGH PLAINS RAG    Poem Text    
First Line: But like remorse
Last Line: It can never stop .
Subject(s): Grass; Prairies; Plains


HOW THEY GO ON    Poem Text    
First Line: The otherwise beautiful girl
Last Line: The same as if they heard and understood
Subject(s): Beauty


I LOOKED FOR LIFE AND DID A SHADOW SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some little splinter
Last Line: In the hollows of her eyes
Subject(s): Beauty; Girls; Night; Shadows; Bedtime


INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1956, A FAIRY TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I think this house's mouth is full of dirt
Last Line: I know because someone, or his assistant, suffered here
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; Independence Day


IT JUST SO HAPPENS    Poem Text    
First Line: You fingered the white top
Last Line: That knocks the wind out of the ground
Subject(s): Anxiety; Conversation; Grief; Solitude; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness


JUSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: All around the house huge elms and oaks
Subject(s): Cicadas; Elm Trees; Justice; Oak Trees


LEFT-HANDED POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the self of my former shadow
Subject(s): Forests; Mountains; Prairies; Rivers; Woods; Hills; Downs (Great Britain); Plains


LISTEN HARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough and you can hear
Last Line: Listen to the sound of the book when it closes
Subject(s): Books; Sound; Reading


MATERIALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: If things aren't things
Last Line: Hold me still
Subject(s): Materialism; Nature; Property; Possessions


METEOROLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The heart is such a big awkward girl
Last Line: Even the best days
Subject(s): Evil; Gasoline; Good; Weather; Windows; Wyoming


MISERICORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Out at the end of a high promontory
Subject(s): Girls; Mountains; Pain; Silk; Hills; Downs (Great Britain); Suffering; Misery


MY DEATH AS A GIRL I KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I was in a story
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Girls; Trees; Dead, The


MY SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister is a place where


NATURA MORTA    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't mind one or two
Subject(s): Buzzards


NAVIGATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Evergreens have reasons
Subject(s): Language; Mountains; Mouths; Nature; Navigation; Sky; Trees; Words; Vocabulary; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: These afternoons seem to occur more
Last Line: Like a sudden flow of blood from the mouth
Subject(s): News


NOT SO MUCH ON THE LAND AS IN THE WIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: I walk toward the tree to make it green
Subject(s): Nature


NOT SO MUCH ON THE LAND AS IN THE WIND       


NOTES FOR THE FIRST LINE OF A SPANISH POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: We remember so little
Last Line: Outside the mind, the snow undresses and lies down
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


ODE TO SIGNIFICANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Implications arrive in unfamiliar places


ODE TO THE BROWN PAPER BAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's be more specific
Subject(s): Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


OLD MEN ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN, MURRAY, KENTUCKY    Poem Text    
First Line: You might call this / the far side of the river
Subject(s): Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Ohio; Rivers; Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


ON EXPLORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A hawk drops to the treetop
Subject(s): Explorers; Poetry & Poets; Universe; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers


POST-MODERNISM    Poem Text    
First Line: A pinup of rita hayworth was taped
Last Line: Do I know him?
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Bombs; Death; Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Actresses; Dead, The; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb; Students; Educators; Professors


POSTCARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Days are cubes of light
Last Line: Some days I go looking for the sky
Subject(s): Country Life; Farm Life; Nebraska; Sky; Agriculture; Farmers


PRACTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The world arrived / so carefully packed
Last Line: With speech
Subject(s): Bible; Speech; Oratory; Orators


PROMISES ARE FOR LIARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Because, you know


REAL WONDER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the stunned little interval
Last Line: Preceding real wonder .
Subject(s): Fences; Houses; Spring; Winter


REGARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In regard to their own movement
Last Line: Turning through the fire .
Subject(s): Fire; Winter


RESURRECTION UPDATE    Poem Text    
First Line: And then it happened
Last Line: An aspirin in a glass of water
Subject(s): Earth; Jesus Christ; Resurrection, The; World


RIGHT NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The mind assumes the position
Last Line: You could lose in a heartbeat
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


RINTRAH ROARS    Poem Text    
First Line: My father-in-law writes from umbria (where peasants eat songbirds
Subject(s): Comedy; Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973); Umbria, Italy


RUBBER ANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is not
Last Line: I dare you
Subject(s): Birds; Flowers; Forests; Owls; Philosophy & Philosophers; Woods


SAPPHIC SUICIDE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Day out
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Letters; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Suicide; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sara stays at home. / her looks are plain
Last Line: A white cloth against the glass
Subject(s): Beauty; Grief; Insanity; Paintings & Painters; Suicide; Voices; Sorrow; Sadness; Madness; Mental Illness


SEMPITERNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Out at sea the sun / was shining
Last Line: North each time .
Subject(s): Sea; Silver; Sun; Water; Whales; Ocean


SHADOW-CASTING    Poem Text    
First Line: This boy's father dies. / fine. / it always happens. / the boy knows
Last Line: This boy, it always happens, doesn’t know what to do anymore
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Sons; Fish & Fishing; Life; Sports; Dead, The; Anglers


SMALL COUNTRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: In defense of whatever happens next, the navy of flat-bottomed
Last Line: Dark rush across the prairie towards him and over him
Subject(s): Country Life


SO LONG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers


SPEAKING TERMS    Poem Text    
First Line: All around me to-ing and fro-ing
Last Line: And start walking
Subject(s): Contrariness; Lectures; Addresses; Speaking; Public Speaking


SPECIAL EFFECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: My shirts on the line
Last Line: In your body
Subject(s): Rain


SPRING BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: A limb's sententious crack
Last Line: I wish you wouldn't look at me that way
Subject(s): Snow; Spring


STATION (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I envy the soldiers' sleep -- ah, the sleep of a soldier
Last Line: No, no one
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Sleep; Soldiers


STATION (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: I was teaching my little sister how to fly when she broke
Last Line: "the snow is disappearing toward
Subject(s): Mothers; Sisters


STATION (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: Its back was leaves that mimed the leaves in back of us
Last Line: "the backdrop won’t drop back
Subject(s): Piety; Sisters


STATION (5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere between a bird's nest and a solar system
Last Line: Washing less than nothing from your hands
Subject(s): Annunciation, The; Birds; Jesus Christ


STORIES ARE MADE OF MISTAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the pole bean tendrils sought out and gripped their
Last Line: My dad used to ride this black mare...
Subject(s): Hearts; Poetry & Poets


SYNOPSIS OF A FAILED POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every simile is elegy
Subject(s): Mountains; Poetry & Poets; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


TESTIMONY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You can't step into the same
Last Line: Either. Not once
Subject(s): Butter; Flowers; Rivers


THE GIANTS OF HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The little people behind the scenes are getting ugly
Last Line: No good to them now, in their hour of need
Subject(s): Friendship; Giants; History; Historians


THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: A stumblebum in scree
Last Line: With his throat cut
Subject(s): Butterflies; Hummingbirds; Insects; Bugs


THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Small towns are for knowing who's poor
Last Line: No more than the dress itself / of green
Subject(s): Green (Color); Poverty; Tailors; Towns; Dress Makers


THE LAST MAN'S CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandfather was always sad. Sadly, as a boy, he paddled his canoe
Last Line: After that he was never sad, not even when the river died
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Hudson River; Life; Old Age; Dead, The


THE MEASURE OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A canoe made of horse ribs tipped over in the pasture
Last Line: I thought I’d seen that happen
Subject(s): Canoes & Canoeing


THE SACRAL DREAMS OF RAMON FERNANDEZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Ramon fernandez did not live
Last Line: He said, god has brought me here
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners


THE SMALL SELF AND THE LIBERAL SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps you didn't realize
Last Line: "no one is allowed to speak now
Subject(s): Sky


THE STORY OF THE END OF THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: To keep from ending
Last Line: Only the stories about them do
Subject(s): Suicide


THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The real is not what happens but what is
Last Line: Only the stars, which do not know, can tell
Subject(s): North Pole; Stars


THE WAR THAT ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: The little wind I saw curving and lifting
Last Line: Where she grazes the horizon down to nothing
Subject(s): Animals; Country Life; Horses; Humanity; Nature


THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THE WEST IS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: So that no one should forget, and no one be forgotten -- isn't that
Last Line: Arms to the north, and the road from here keeps going, as if it were going somewhere
Subject(s): Country Life; Death; Disappeared Persons; Funerals; Mountains; Trees; Wyoming; Dead, The; Missing Persons; Burials; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THREE SONNETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I live distance is the primal fact
Last Line: Only philosophies      of suffering
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers; Prophecy & Prophets


TIME OPTICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the ditch vaults the river
Last Line: I'll be alright gone
Subject(s): Rivers; Time


TO A FRIEND I CAN'T FIND    Poem Text    
First Line: What about this, after all
Last Line: The living started digging out
Subject(s): Absence; Colorado (State); Friendship; Separation; Isolation


TO SEE THE STARS IN DAYLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to go down / in a deep mine-shaft or a well
Subject(s): Mines & Miners; Stars


TO THE REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Past / fences the first sheepmen cast across the land, processions
Subject(s): Life; Nostalgia


TOTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Riding a '23 farmall round and round on a hot afternoon, I always
Last Line: Didn't try to find the snag. This year. Everything that died, died twice
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


TRESPASSERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, on this new page
Last Line: As if drawn by a magnet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TWO HORSES AND A DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Without external reference
Last Line: Wearing dogtags with scripture on them
Subject(s): Honesty; Humility; Morality; Ethics


UNTITLED, 1968; FOR MARK ROTHKO    Poem Text    
First Line: There's no such thing as an emergency
Last Line: I know someone, or his assistant, suffered here
Variant Title(s): Veronica
Subject(s): Blood; Drinks & Drinking; Evening; Wine; Sunset; Twilight


WATER TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: How shy the attraction / of simple rain to the east wind
Last Line: To write his name
Subject(s): Autumn; Brooks; Mines & Miners; Mountains; Nature; Seasons; September; Water; Fall; Streams; Creeks; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


WATERSHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here the land is tilted / like a gambrel roof. The world
Last Line: The knife that cuts the rain in two, the lie
Subject(s): Colorado (State); Mountains; Water; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


WESTERN CIVILIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: That woman still lives at her ranch
Last Line: That just now shaded your eyes
Subject(s): Country Life; Nature; Stars; Wyoming


WHAT I'VE BELIEVED IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Propped on blocks, the front half of a packard car rides the hillside
Last Line: Waited years to be asked
Subject(s): Automobiles; Junk & Junkyards; Rust; Cars


WHAT WE SAID THE LIGHT SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Mystery moves in god-like ways
Subject(s): God; Mystery; Saxophones; Women


YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sulky what-ifs
Last Line: The norm is always incorrect. If what?
Subject(s): Dramatists; Hell; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists