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Author: HECHT, ANTHONY
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Hecht, Anthony    Poet's Biography
61 poems available by this author


A BIRTHDAY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a small cloud, like a little hovering ghost
Subject(s): Love


A CERTAIN SLANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Etched on the window were barbarous thistles of frost
Subject(s): Ice; Winter


A FRIEND KILLED IN THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Night, the fat serpent, slipped among the plants,
Last Line: Red at the heart, white petals furling out
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: In italy, where this sort of thing can occur
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been wondering
Last Line: The endless repetitions of his own murmurous blood
Subject(s): Separation


A LOVE FOR FOUR VOICES: HOMAGE TO FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we have fallen transposingly in love
Last Line: Here where we fall transposingly in love
Subject(s): Love


ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam, my child, my son
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


ALCESTE IN THE WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening is clogged with gnats as the light falls
Last Line: Peruked and stately for the final act
Subject(s): Exiles


AN OFFERING FOR PATRICIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The work has been going forward with the greatest difficulty, chiefly because I cannot
Last Line: Onion and lily work their primal peace
Subject(s): Love


ANTHEM    Poem Text    
First Line: These birds pursue their errands
Last Line: And airs of william byrd
Subject(s): Birds


APPLICATION FOR A GRANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Noble executors of the munificent testament
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


AT THE FRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: Before a grotto of blue-tinted rock
Last Line: Of the wind’s brother francis in the flesh
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Bellini, Giovanni (1430-1516); Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Frick Museum (New York City); Paintings & Painters; Saints


CHORUS FROM OEDIPUS AT COLONOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What is unwisdom but the lusting after
Last Line: Thrashes his sides and breaks over his head
Subject(s): Mortality


CHRISTMAS IS COMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness is for the poor, and thorough cold
Last Line: If you haven't got a ha'penny, god bless you
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CLAIR DE LUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Powder and scent and silence. The young dwarf
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


DEATH THE PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Snub-nosed, bone-fingered, deft with engraving tools
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark and amusing he is, this handsome gallant
Last Line: And while I hesitate, they both are mine
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DOUBLE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: I recall everything, but more than all
Last Line: Speechless, inept, and totally unmanned
Variant Title(s): Double Sonnet: I
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FOR JAMES MERRILL: AN ADIEU    Poem Text    
First Line: The daily press keeps up-to-date obits
Last Line: Scored in in sweetly noted higher keys
Subject(s): Merrill, James (1926-1995); Death; Dead, The


FROM THE GROVE PRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / ralph waldo emerson
Last Line: Based on a volume of / japanese prints
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


GIANT TORTOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am related to stones
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


HORATIAN VIRTUE    Poem Text    
First Line: A blameless, upright life, an unblemished conscience
Last Line: Measuring mabel
Subject(s): Innocence


HOUSE SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not of the wealthy, coral gables class
Last Line: "rude canticles of ""summers"", ""summers"", ""summers"
Subject(s): Sparrows


ILLUMINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ground lapis for the sky, and scrolls of gold
Last Line: That will find their way to the light through drifts of snow
Subject(s): Christmas; Light; Snow; Nativity, The


IMITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Let men take note of her, touching her shyness
Variant Title(s): The Gift Of Song
Subject(s): Beauty


IN MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lime-and-mint mayonnaise and salsa verde
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Critics & Criticism; Sickness; Illness


IT OUT-HERODS HEROD. PRAY YOU, AVOID IT'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tonight my children hunch
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


JAPAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a miniature country once
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


LA CONDITION BOTANIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Romans, rhuematic, gouty, came
Last Line: His daily and all-nourishing bread
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


LATE AFTERNOON: THE ONSLAUGHT OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: At this time of day
Last Line: The puddled oil was a miracle of colors
Subject(s): Love


LE JET D'EAU    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, your lids are weary
Subject(s): Eyes; Tears


LIZARDS AND SNAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the summer road that ran by our front porch
Last Line: And swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail
Subject(s): Lizards; Snakes; Family Life; Serpents; Vipers; Relatives


MATHEMATICS CONSIDERED AS A VICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would invoke that man
Last Line: The ass will learn to sing
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The orchestra tunes up, each instrument
Subject(s): Meditation


MORE LIGHT! MORE LIGHT!'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Composed in the tower before his execution
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


MURMUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A little sibilance, as of dry leaves
Last Line: Through the great crowds, “remember you are mortal”
Subject(s): Mortality


NAMING THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having commanded adam to bestow
Subject(s): Animals; Bible; Names; Religion; Theology


ON TRANSLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Robert, how pleasantly tempting to surmise
Last Line: Me, signor hecate
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting; Fitzgerald, Robert Stuart (1910-1985)


PARADISE LOST, BOOK 5. AN EPITOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / archangel raphael
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


PERIPETEIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Of course, the familiar rustling of programs
Subject(s): Love


PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: In the manger of course were cows and the child himself
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


RITES & CEREMONIES: 1. THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, adonoi, author of all things
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


SAMUEL SEWALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Samuel sewall, in a world of wigs
Subject(s): Sewall, Samuel (1652-1730)


SAUL AND DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a villainous spirit, snub-nosed, foul
Last Line: .......And make saul cease to tremble
Subject(s): Saul (Bible)


SESTINA D'INVERNO    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this bleak city of rochester
Subject(s): Rochester, New York; Winter


SPRING FOR THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the weathers hardy praised
Last Line: He chiefly sings
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Spring


TARANTULA: OR THE DANCE OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: During the plague I came into my own
Last Line: Into my own
Subject(s): Plague; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF YOLEK    Poem Text    
First Line: The dowsed coals fume and hiss after your meal
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Germany; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Germans; Shoah; Judaism


THE DOVER BITCH; A CRITICISM OF LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: So there stood matthew arnold and this girl
Subject(s): Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888); Poetry & Poets


THE END OF THE WEEKEND    Poem Text    
First Line: A dying firelight slides along the quirt
Subject(s): Sex


THE FEAST OF STEPHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The coltish horseplay of the locker room
Subject(s): Men


THE GHOST IN THE MARTINI    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Over the rim of the glass
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences; Martinis


THE MYSTERIES OF CAESAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Known to the boys in his latin class as 'sir,'
Last Line: Which is the pitiless bliss of solitude
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Schools; Translating & Interpreting; Students


THE ORIGIN OF CENTAURS; FRP DIMTRI HADZI    Poem Text    
First Line: This mild september mist recalls the soul
Last Line: Those powerful, clear hoofprints on the path
Subject(s): Centaurs


THE PLACE OF PAIN IN THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mixture of chloroform and oil of cloves
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


THE PLATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now he has silver in him. When sometime
Last Line: Where in his head the fire is most alive.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE TRANSPARENT MAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I'm mighty glad to see you, mrs. Curtis,
Last Line: And sat here and let me rattle on this way
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


THE VENETIAN VESPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's merciful is not knowing where you are
Last Line: Who was never even at one time a wise child
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


THIRD AVENUE IN SUNLIGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: My bar is somewhat further down the street
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


TO PHYLLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou must wander in these woods
Last Line: The shift of multiplicity
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


VICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / thomas stearns eliot
Last Line: Zeugmas, and rhymes he de-/plored in his prose
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965); Eliot, T. S.