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Author: HOLLANDER, JOHN
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Hollander, John    Poet's Biography
164 poems available by this author


A CUP OF TREMBLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Facing deep wine raised in the
Last Line: In an unshadowed meadow
Subject(s): Wine


A DESCRIPTION OF THE CELEBRATED STATUE OF THE STORYTELLER AT IOANNAPOLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Robed in a flowing of his own bronze
Last Line: See how the artist has handled william's hair!
Subject(s): Story-telling


A LION NAMED PASSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Hungering on the gray plain of its birth
Subject(s): Stars


A WATCHED POT    Poem Text    
First Line: Not / to mark the first
Last Line: Bottom can give rise to
Subject(s): Heat


ABOUT THE CANZONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's the canzone, a form that's almost too
Last Line: Down to the rest for which we've labored so
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ADAM'S TASK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou, paw-paw-paw; thou, glurd; thou, spotted
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Animals; Bible; Language; Mythology; Eve; Words; Vocabulary


AFTER CALLIMACHUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Half my soul still breathes
Last Line: With my straining eyes
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


AFTER VIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, at the eastern edge of the black grass, he drinks
Last Line: To lie in the ashes of our dust, it will be to glow


AN OLD-FASHIONED SONG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: No more walks in the wood
Last Line: No more walks in the wood
Subject(s): Old Age


AND MOST OF ALL, I WANNA THANK ?Ǫ    Poem Text    
First Line: Patient language, always waiting to be
Last Line: Me there, ring true and truly ring me there
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ANOTHER FIREFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a turning instant, my head
Last Line: Somewhere a breath has been taken
Subject(s): Foreflies


APPEARANCE AND REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / josephine bonaparte
Last Line: Prudence (her teeth were a carious green)
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Reality; Teeth


ARACHNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The skill at weaving was itself a web
Last Line: Like life itself, after all, by a thread
Subject(s): Weaving And Weavers


ARISTOTLE TO PHYLLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: This chair I trusted, lass, and I looted the leaves
Last Line: What should have been a season of calm weather
Subject(s): Aristotle (384-322 B.c.); Women; Desire; Sex


AS THE SPARKS FLY UPWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of an ungrounded grief
Last Line: The great, grass-skinned ground, will say
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


BREADTH. CIRCLE. DESERT. MONARCH. MONTH. WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Not as height rises into lightness
Last Line: Of common ending
Subject(s): Nature


BROKEN COLUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Are / you / too
Last Line: And what ever un-broken marbled do you strain to see
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


COMMENTARY ON ORANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Orange dies out in the ascending fire' roared our
Last Line: Who brought forth nought of the lead, save roy. G. Biv
Subject(s): Orange (Color); Gold' Lead (Metal)


COMMENTARY ON YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves ripen for the harvest wind. Yellow and red, but
Last Line: Hers. This was true plenty
Subject(s): Yellow (Color)


CONSIDERED SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: Strictly speaking' (he insisted) 'these are not - '
Last Line: But grave accentuations cut in the rind of the earth
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


COORDINATING CONJUNCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: And ... So it goes
Last Line: And and, and and, and
Subject(s): Time


CRISE DE COEUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Help me
Last Line: Half un-broken like / a heart
Subject(s): Love -loss Of


DEAD ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Granted then, that the punishment
Last Line: I'll trade this one in for another story
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EDWARD HOPPER'S SEVEN A.M. (1948)    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning seems to have no light to spare
Last Line: Meaning is up for grabs, but not for sale
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967); Morning


EFFET DE NEIGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Saying: / figures of light and dark, these two are walking
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Monet, Claude (1840-1926); Paintings & Painters


ENTWINING    Poem Text    
First Line: Datum: stretching wisteria, grown thick
Last Line: To mark out what forever lies more deep than verity itself
Subject(s): Wisteria


FOR ?ǣFIDDLE-DE-DE?ǥ    Poem Text    
First Line: Whats the french for fiddle-de-dee?
Last Line: I think I know. But the words still mum
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


FOR A TALL HEADSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: No, it was I who never listened
Last Line: That looking-glass
Subject(s): Headstones; Death; Self; Dead, The


FOR BOTH OF YOU, THE DIVORCE BEING FINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: We cannot celebrate with doleful music
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


FORGET HOW TO REMEMBER HOW TO FORGET    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a rotten memory' began
Last Line: Behind you into time already served
Subject(s): Memory


GARDEN SUNDIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5/ 6
Last Line: Words in acknowledgement
Subject(s): Sundials


GLIMPSES OF THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ringed with a rainbow
Last Line: Of pain, but of night
Subject(s): Birds; Birds


GLIMPSES OF THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ringed with a rainbow
Last Line: The author.
Subject(s): Birds


GRAVEN IMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A / bit
Last Line: Love's / own / v
Subject(s): Star Of David


HALL OF OCEAN LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not from the unmapped valleys of darkness, nor
Last Line: Returning light to the light, come to be?
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


HANDS. TOMORROW CHANGE FERAQUENCIES. THINE, CUPCAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: To image (more on the nature of the grid
Last Line: Hands. Tomorrow change frequencies. Thine, cupcake
Subject(s): Espionage


HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy, / benjamin harrison
Last Line: Didn't do much
Subject(s): Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901); Presidents, United States


IN TRANSIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, then, if that's the case, let's start packing and get
Last Line: The place that yet was right here all along
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


JOHN HOLLANDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgeldy-piggeldy / schoolteacher hollanders
Last Line: Higgeldy-piggeldy / schoolteacher hollanders
Subject(s): Self


KINDS OF KINDLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Laughing thorns crackled beneath my kettle: would
Last Line: Bay crashing, verdant, against my brow
Subject(s): Fire


LAZY SUSAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She toils not neither does she spin around quickly when she
Last Line: It all as susan snoozes in the hall
Subject(s): Lazy Susans


LEAVING DELOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering star of the heaven-colored
Last Line: Discordant, high up in the steel rigging
Subject(s): Delos (Island), Greece; Farewell; Parting


LONG AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: That spring they fell in love but then
Subject(s): Love; Spring


LOOKING EAST IN THE WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk on sixty-ninth street toward
Last Line: Alights in some dark in-between
Subject(s): Winter


MAINE TONGUE TWISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: On ocean avenue she waits
Last Line: See shells she sells by the seashore
Subject(s): Tongue Twisters; Shells; Conchology


MOUNT BLANK    Poem Text    
First Line: Until, the next morning in the sun, there
Last Line: Fell, beacon gray, unsurmounted with light
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


NO FOUNDATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / john simon guggenheim
Last Line: Shocking neglect
Subject(s): Guggenheim, John Simon


NORMAL BELL-CURVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the / top which
Last Line: Hear it / now
Subject(s): Bell Curves


ON THE WAY TO SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: May-day, the day of might, day of possibility
Last Line: Scarlet petalsfor all the new worlds in earth
Subject(s): Nature; Summer


ORANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The age of awakening: bright
Last Line: Squeezing out of it the gold
Subject(s): Oranges


OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the owl light-in the time between
Subject(s): Birds


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/14    Poem Text    
First Line: Cupcake here. Hardly anything to report
Last Line: I must hear from him soon. That is all for now
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/15    Poem Text    
First Line: Steampump is gone. He died quietly in his
Last Line: Told, I know. Until next time, thisd is cupcake
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/16    Poem Text    
First Line: No new movements of goods or men. Today was
Last Line: What would have been a better one? Signing off
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/17    Poem Text    
First Line: Reception has been weak and I received
Last Line: Hoping that lyrebird will get through, I remain
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/18    Poem Text    
First Line: A bit of transmission has been coming through
Last Line: I have started to brood about artifact
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/19    Poem Text    
First Line: I have not been in touch with anyone else
Last Line: So report it for what it might be worth
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/19 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cupcake to image: they are not aware of
Last Line: Secrets of size, color of glaze. More later
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/21    Poem Text    
First Line: No report yesterday: a mechanical / failure. I read the recent material
Last Line: I have been so fond of gland. Do not trust her
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/23    Poem Text    
First Line: Report on artifact: we met this morning
Last Line: Names. Tonight artifact goes south for a week
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/24    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been studying moroz, whose story
Last Line: Case? Inscribed in the book of work. O, and sealed
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/24 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Image, your cover alone has allowed you
Last Line: In fecund microdots? O image, I have
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/25    Poem Text    
First Line: Reports keep coming in, other agent's work
Last Line: In on this, or I soon must move against them
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/25 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: What are we doing? The work goes on under
Last Line: Walls can. A book neither of truth nor falseness
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/26    Poem Text    
First Line: I hope to have more soon about tactical
Last Line: We will hope they have not gone too far with this
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/27    Poem Text    
First Line: Artifact, as you know, was broken early
Last Line: Turn, spool, turn, spool, spin, tape and wind him home now
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/28    Poem Text    
First Line: At sundown last week in a noisy, crowded / cafeteria I caught two of maisie's
Last Line: Lyrebird won't care about this much, but you might
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/29    Poem Text    
First Line: We should have more soon from our political
Last Line: Flooding with first light an unwilling sidewalk
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/30    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange, warm weather this week, a gentleness in
Last Line: The broadcast sowing and men of good will
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 1/31    Poem Text    
First Line: No word in the press of artifact's body
Last Line: Around pinpoints of darkness, turning toward me
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/1 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Image, there were funny pings in my headset
Last Line: Of mirror, each of them reflecting the whole
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/13    Poem Text    
First Line: I am acting under the old instructions
Last Line: I have my maps. We shall see what tey are for
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/18    Poem Text    
First Line: Still no reports from you. I have returned from
Last Line: Best, on such nights, that no messases reach me
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/20    Poem Text    
First Line: Kidd has, I have been able to determine
Last Line: Not yet. I cannot develop orange yet
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/20 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: In re the final cipher again: it would
Last Line: Could this be built into the code alone?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/21    Poem Text    
First Line: A bad dream: I am sitting on a daybed / looking at an unlit lamp in the corner
Last Line: For lyrebird: are the instructions still the same?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/27 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: A bad bleak week, with the work as usual
Last Line: Harmless as a kind of humming while we work
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/28 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: One prefers not to remember too clearly
Last Line: Are we, after all, even supposed to know?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/4    Poem Text    
First Line: No transmissions for the last two days, while we
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/4 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Your crocus has reported, its cups aflame
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/5    Poem Text    
First Line: The unlucky felucca acknowledges
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/6    Poem Text    
First Line: Very well then: no more of what you call my
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/6 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We who have done work on the final cipher
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 2/9    Poem Text    
First Line: There have been no transmissions. Power lines are
Last Line: Reaches you by these most unusual means
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 3/1    Poem Text    
First Line: All quiet here. Again, no report from you
Last Line: Of freedom arms, informs and helps to finance
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 3/2    Poem Text    
First Line: Your transmission of yesterday received and
Last Line: I fear most. I always fear for all of us
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 3/8 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Your moving memoir of those uncompleted
Last Line: And, even with the most fragile, of themselves
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/10    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing more than routine reports from any
Last Line: Of both, either way, bad then. Bad for the work
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/16    Poem Text    
First Line: No news yet. I hear that one of their people
Last Line: By next week flypaper will have been shot down
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/17    Poem Text    
First Line: Enclosed you will find the requested reports
Last Line: Have to end her work merely that his should cease
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/18 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: These nights of ciphering, image can be quite
Last Line: That would be the world where we were unneeded
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/3 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Today in doing some routine decoding
Last Line: The void in which our people often vanish
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/30    Poem Text    
First Line: In case tonight's contact fails to occur, I
Last Line: Should know what little there is to know of this
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/30 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Image: I could not reach you before you left
Last Line: For the grounded deceptions of the new shore
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/6    Poem Text    
First Line: Resuming regular reports: the recent
Last Line: Still, after all after all that and all this
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 4/7    Poem Text    
First Line: My memory may be going, in the way
Last Line: Fof the moment. I will await his visit
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/1 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Look, image, at one aspect of the work's long
Last Line: Common name ours and theirs, in conflct's despite
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/10 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: To come, image, upon the final cipher
Last Line: A poem whose form was of the world itself
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/11    Poem Text    
First Line: The results of the last few days will surely
Last Line: A shipment of bronzes arrives tomorrow
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/12    Poem Text    
First Line: Urgent to lyrebird: do they have one of their
Last Line: Of theirs. I do not like this much. Please advise
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/12 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We are plain, image, to ourselves even when
Last Line: Yet fully formed on these pages they dwell in
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/13    Poem Text    
First Line: While compiling the figures you requested / I saw ember today at the museum
Last Line: That universal and public manuscript
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/14    Poem Text    
First Line: You will have received by now the new reports
Last Line: Just part of a wide general retrenchment
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/15    Poem Text    
First Line: Inquiries that you suggested be made in
Last Line: For him, for his part of the work, for all of us
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 5/9    Poem Text    
First Line: The major work on project aspasia
Last Line: To be involved with the work still, and always
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/1 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been working around the clock at some
Last Line: Frequency. Is all distinct again? All clear?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/16 (TO GRUSHA)    Poem Text    
First Line: To grusha, on the instructions of lyrebird
Last Line: Uneventual; and always the work goes on
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/17 (TO GRUSHA)    Poem Text    
First Line: No activity yesterday to suggest / expanded coverage. He visited her
Last Line: Continue to have him watched as before
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/18 (TO GRUSHA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Surveillance continues, and surveillance of
Last Line: This, too, was a message, his one adventure
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/20 (TO GRUSHA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Full reports on the observation of the
Last Line: Please forward all reports direct to lyrebird
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/21    Poem Text    
First Line: The surveillance you ordered on the foot has
Last Line: Night work reminded me of it all again
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/27    Poem Text    
First Line: Grusha has been receiving my reports in
Last Line: So bad that you should have to keep it from me
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/30    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing beyond routine. At the museum
Last Line: Disturbing all I can do is look to it
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 6/6    Poem Text    
First Line: Your unexpected visit of last week was
Last Line: I will in any case put kidd out of my mind
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/1    Poem Text    
First Line: Kidd was seen today in the usual place
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/1 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cupcake to image: this new frequency is
Last Line: These are for us, I should think, in the long run
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/12    Poem Text    
First Line: Addendum to the regular transmission
Last Line: Et vidi vnxt: what is this all about?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/13    Poem Text    
First Line: This transmission was sent out on all frequencies
Last Line: Eeeee wheezes the respiring wind desparingly. Eeee!
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/14    Poem Text    
First Line: (lyrebird on all frequencies
Last Line: Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/4 (TO GRUSHA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Lyrebird has thrown the switch on the surveillance
Last Line: Like arch intrusions of a foreign language
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 7/8    Poem Text    
First Line: All is in order for the trip. If lyrebird
Last Line: We sometimes feel who have been quite cured of hope
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 711 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Image, your reply to my last transmission
Last Line: Image would be too mjch, now, to envision
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 9/12 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: I just heard that you had returned earlier
Subject(s): Espionage; Rumors


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 9/27 (TO IMAGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear image: I picked up a strange up a strange transmissions
Last Line: Is. But for what? What is to be done with it?
Subject(s): Espionage


REFLECTIONS ON ESPIONAGE: 9/30    Poem Text    
First Line: This transmission sent out on all frequencies
Last Line: Eeeee wheezes the respiring wind desparingly. Eeee!
Subject(s): Espionage


REMEMBERING THE FOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dry apollo: his bright butterflies silent
Last Line: Heights that wait southward, and above no sea
Subject(s): Fountains


RIVER REMEMBERED    Poem Text    
First Line: The rhododendrons darkened leaves are curled
Last Line: In these last lines Ive finally come to write
Subject(s): Rivers


SENT ON A SHEET OF PAPER WITH A HEART SHAPE CUT OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Empty, or broken-hearted? Where
Last Line: Waves of remembrance in the darkening air
Subject(s): Hearts


SENT WITH A BOTTLE OF BURGUNDY FOR A BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Drop by / drop it
Last Line: Unshattered, yes, and undimmed
Subject(s): Wine


SKELETON KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: O with what key
Subject(s): Keys


STABLE EGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Any serif like / this at or
Last Line: Not any seraph
Subject(s): Self


STRING PLAYER IN THE SHACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The sound of double-stopping, violin
Last Line: Now, even as they are dissolved
Subject(s): Violins


SUNDAY A.M. NOT IN MANHATTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the street, closed shops
Last Line: It all, the scene, the whole
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967); Shadows


SWAN AND SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk / above the / water hang the
Subject(s): Birds; Shadows; Swans


TALES OF THREE BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Three little pigs; the tedious three sons
Last Line: But various enough so that there will be
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Legends


THE ALTARPIECE FINISHED    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not see how in time it will be possible to look at
Last Line: I have done; you can see it on the sixth of may. It will eat you
Subject(s): Altars


THE COURT OF LOVE: SPECIAL SESSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Imprisoned in this court of law
Last Line: The verdict will emerge in time
Subject(s): Trials


THE CURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside, a delicate arch
Last Line: Their bright, unhollowed eyes
Subject(s): Subways


THE FIGURE IN THE FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Six-twenty seven, and I'm at my best
Last Line: I know my grasp of things exceeds my reach
Subject(s): Time; Conduct Of Life


THE FIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Are losers always weepers? Finders keep
Last Line: Of loss, a well-planted treasure
Subject(s): Loss


THE GREAT BEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Even on clear nights, lead the most supple children
Subject(s): Constellations


THE HIDDEN ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: A panic in the woods - when a bewildered
Last Line: Lost fields, or to hang in their churning sky
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE JEWELS AND THE GRACCHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Cornelia with an air
Last Line: The boys were quite enthralled
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


THE LADY'S-MAID SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When adam found his rib was gone
Subject(s): Bones; Hate


THE LADY'S-MAID'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When adam found his rib was gone
Last Line: He wants it back with interest
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The crescent sun, waning
Last Line: The windows are darkened.
Subject(s): Eclipses; Eclipses


THE MAD POTTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now at the turn of the year this coil of clay
Last Line: Or the prophetic sibilance of song
Subject(s): Pottery And Potters


THE NIGHT MIRROR       
First Line: What it showed was always the same
Subject(s): Dreams; Mirrors; Nightmares


THE NINTH OF AB    Poem Text    
First Line: August is flat and still, with ever-thickening green
Subject(s): Jerusalem


THE OBSERVATORY    Poem Text    
First Line: How vainly open eyes amaze
Last Line: While seeing nothing, knowing all
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers


THE PICTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: His reflection in water said
Last Line: To crumbling, then to part of night
Subject(s): Death; Light; Dead, The


THE RIGHT WAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Emerging from the last, spent
Last Line: Is believing in the right wave
Subject(s): Waves


THE SAME QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all here. It is all with us
Last Line: But unsigned, or if so then of no great price
Subject(s): Landscape; Memory


THE WHOLE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the beach hooks, white
Last Line: Dark to ee him
Subject(s): Swans


THE ZIZ    Poem Text    
First Line: What is the ziz?
Subject(s): Bible - Old Testament; Phoenix (Mythical Bird); Ziz (Mythical Bird)


THIRTEENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Triskaidekaphobia through the centuries
Last Line: Power unbroken lay in coupling day unto day
Subject(s): Thirteen (Number); Phobias


TO RICHARD HOWARD ON OUR BIRTHDAYS       
First Line: Shedding the scales of early
Last Line: Outspeeding its own sound.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Howard, Richard (B. 1929); Middle Age


TWO PREDATORS    Poem Text    
First Line: He will acknowledge no fault in himself
Last Line: Hearts? Of her animated provender
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


TWO SLICES OF SEQUOIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Without rooted fingers to clutch
Last Line: With, and as thick as trust
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees; Redwoods


VARIATIONS ON A FRAGMENT BY TRUMBULL STICKNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear a river thro' the valley wander'
Last Line: I will remember rainbows as I wander
Subject(s): Stickney, Trumbull (1874-1904)


VINTAGE ABSENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Down on the closet's darkened floor
Last Line: By moonlight sipped, will guard our sleep
Subject(s): Wine


VIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: At the song's beginning
Last Line: Healing, until the close of the soft cadence, the dominant wound
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Dirty gold sublimed from the black earth up
Last Line: And most revealing element at last
Subject(s): Yellow (Color)


YOU TOO? ME TOO - WHY NOT? SODA POP    Poem Text    
First Line: I am
Last Line: Soda --- pop
Subject(s): Coca Cola