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Author: IGNATOW, DAVID
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Ignatow, David    Poet's Biography
394 poems available by this author


1905    Poem Text    
First Line: While my father walked through mud
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


A CLOUD CREATES    Poem Text    
First Line: A cloud creates the face of a man who, happening to
Last Line: Is of the weather
Subject(s): Clouds


A DIALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I now will throw myself down
Last Line: And die there / in sorrow
Subject(s): Suicide; Grief


A FIRST ON TV (FOR WALTER CRONKITE)    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the twentieth century / you are there
Subject(s): Apathy; Cronkite, Walter (B. 1916); Men; Television; Tv


A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man confronted by masks
Last Line: And be cautious all the while.
Subject(s): Grief


A MORAL TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: All this for me, he asked
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


A REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: My poems no longer are 'beautiful'
Subject(s): Beauty; Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


A REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, listening to music, that's me
Subject(s): Fathers; Opera


A RHYME    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you know -- I don't -- what the trouble is
Last Line: And a very long pause.


A ROCK IS THROWN AT MY HEAD    Poem Text    


A ROCK IS THROWN AT MY HEAD       


A SEMBLANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over your mother's grave
Subject(s): Graves; Mothers; Prayer; Tombs; Tombstones


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: For having loved my parents
Last Line: I am myself.
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


A SOUND IS LIKE ANY OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I once thought a low chord
Last Line: Terror, remorse, pleasure and triumph
Subject(s): Sound; Life


A SUITE FOR MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You keep eating and raising a family
Last Line: Of my superiority
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A SUMMER OF BUTTOCKS    Poem Text    


A SUMMER OF BUTTOCKS       


A SUMMING UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps a table set for two, or a garden
Last Line: They have become so familiar to us.
Subject(s): Conversation


A VISION OF BLACK ROCK    Poem Text    


A VISION OF BLACK ROCK       


A WORKING PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let them go around on tiptoes
Last Line: They will say black is merely the absence of color
Subject(s): Reality


A.G.    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick, get him into his grave
Last Line: What could grow from it?
Subject(s): Cruelty; Death; Dead, The


ABOUT MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The wonder of cherries
Subject(s): Money


ABOVE AND WITHIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the distance a phalanx of black clouds
Last Line: Above and within.
Subject(s): Clouds; Night; Bedtime


ABOVE EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wished for death often
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ADOLESCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I too have been drawn in
Subject(s): Love


ADONIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in love with a pig
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


ADULTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow kimono I gave her on the dark stairway
Last Line: Where I earn my pay.
Subject(s): Kimonos; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


AFTER THE SUBWAY RIDE       


AFTER WRITING A POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not want to be seen or heard or spoken to
Last Line: For one hour to eternity.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Solitude; Loneliness


AGAINST THE EVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I reach to close each book
Subject(s): Books; Reading


ALL QUIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How come nobody is being bombed today?
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Bly, Robert (B. 1926); Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Anti-war Protests


ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE NO MONEY, YOU'VE GIVEN IT UP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): United States; Working Class; Boredom; Social Commentaries


ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE NO MONEY, YOU'VE GIVEN IT UP       


AN ALLEGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I offer my back to the silken net
Last Line: Say, “how everything shines”


AN APPEAL       
First Line: We need you on tv to tell us the story of your life, holding us with
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (B. 1926)


AN ECOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: We drop in the evening like dew
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AN ILLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: She was saying mad things:
Last Line: Rustled around her
Subject(s): Eccentrics & Eccentricites; Hallucinations & Illusions


AN OMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the bird that appears
Last Line: From its regularity
Subject(s): Birds


AN ONTOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dark I step out of bed
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: That’s my corpse you’re looking at, laid out as I’ve
Last Line: "earth was good to me, and I would give myself back in
Subject(s): Corpses; Funerals; Self


AND REST    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave me birth between your sturdy legs
Subject(s): Mothers


AND STEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I understand myself
Last Line: And step over / stone
Subject(s): Self


ARMOR    Poem Text    
First Line: How do I explain myself to a man
Last Line: Or to whose funeral.
Subject(s): Food & Eating


AS I STUMBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I must make my own sun
Last Line: As I stumble upon them
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AS IF    Poem Text    
First Line: The prayerful humanity of bach
Last Line: To make a whole of it
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Violence; Contradictions; Life


ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I am abandoned to a dream
Last Line: As she glides at my side
Subject(s): Dreams; Deserts; Mirages


AT EIGHTY I CHANGE MY VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: At age eighty to discover my illusion
Last Line: And carry an umbrella in the sun
Subject(s): Old Age


AT FIFTY    Poem Text    
First Line: There it is again
Last Line: But there it is again
Subject(s): Middle Age; Desire


AT NIGHT THE DARKENED WINDOWS       


AT THIS MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm very pleased to be a body. Can there be someone without a body?
Last Line: Buried as one body which others would do for us tenderly?
Subject(s): Body, Human


AUTUMN: 2       
First Line: A leaf lies shaking
Subject(s): Leaves


BE LIKE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I will walk, if I must,
Last Line: Be like me
Subject(s): Relationships


BEARING LEAVES AGAIN    Poem Text    
Last Line: A leaf in season
Subject(s): Aging


BEAUTIFUL AND KIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside my window
Last Line: To step out the window


BECAUSE WORDS HAVE NO EFFECT UPON THE WIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Is to stay alive
Subject(s): Language; Wind; Trees; Survival


BEFORE I MET YOU I WASN'T ALWAYS SAD    Poem Text    
Last Line: That I may find myself
Subject(s): Love


BEFORE I MET YOU I WASN'T ALWAYS SAD       


BEFORE THE SABBATH    Poem Text    
First Line: The man is gone on a friday
Last Line: In unfinished corners we huddle, / growing cold
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963); Assasination


BETWEEN US    Poem Text    
First Line: Does my blood need a motive
Last Line: Out of the same matter?
Variant Title(s): I Have Already Written You Off
Subject(s): Blood; Love - Nature Of


BLACK EYES, SNUB NOSE, WIDE MOUTH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of the speeding train, thinking
Subject(s): Memory; Beauty; Old Age


BLACK EYES, SNUB NOSE, WIDE MOUTH       


BLESSING MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe in stillness
Subject(s): Silence


BOTHERING ME AT LAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is my mother?
Subject(s): Death – Mothers; Dead, The


BOWERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bums are the spirit of us parked in ratty old hotels
Last Line: "of your wealth, the long hours filled
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bowery, New York City; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BRIEF CASES    Poem Text    
First Line: It was then that carrying brief cases
Last Line: Withdrawn into the dark / gave birth
Subject(s): Briefcases; Sex Roles


BRIEF ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In every beautiful song is a promise of sleep
Last Line: Sing to me, strolling through silent streets
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Sleep


BRIGHTNESS AS A POIGNANT LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I tread the dark and my steps are silent
Last Line: Perhaps to view itself in me
Subject(s): Fathers


BUSINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no money in breathing
Last Line: "breathing doesn’t give enough
Subject(s): Business; Debt; Businessmen; Businesswomen


BUT THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The rooster crying
Last Line: And his flock awaits.
Subject(s): Roosters; Cocks


CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: All men betray me
Last Line: As of the earth itself
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: In the subway I had the impulse to kill
Subject(s): Perception


CONTENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I should be content
Subject(s): Contentment; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


COUPLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever he looks, standing still in the city,
Last Line: But prepared for them
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


COUSIN ALEX    Poem Text    
First Line: My cousin alex, tall and sinewy
Last Line: At alex's absence
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Cousins


DEAR HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: At five this morning I opened half an eye
Last Line: Keeps coming up.
Subject(s): Dawn; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Sunrise; Iliad; Odyssey


DEAR ROBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your roses are blooming in a basket
Last Line: In its receptive soil
Subject(s): Roses; Poetry & Poets; Survival; Perseverance


DEATH AND LIFE ARE INTIMATES    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, let us blow up the whole business
Last Line: To turn to, no relationship / as intimate
Subject(s): Life; Death


DEATH OF A LAWNMOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: It died in its sleep,
Last Line: The dead keep to themselves
Subject(s): Lawnmowers


DIGNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Rocks jut out of the sea
Last Line: They lacked before.
Subject(s): Sea; Stones; Ocean; Granite; Rocks


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever we do, whether we light
Last Line: By being planted too close to our parents
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Transience; Impermanence


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever we do, whether we light
Last Line: By being planted too close to our parents
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING    Poem Text    
Last Line: And blind me forever from this wasting life
Subject(s): Immortality


DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The patient cries, give me back feeling
Last Line: Avidly without pause
Variant Title(s): Resolution
Subject(s): Physicians; Wit & Humor


DOMESTIC SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My lovely rose who forgives me
Last Line: As to have a rose for his woman
Subject(s): Love – Marital


EACH DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Cynthia matz, with my finger in your cunt
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


EAST BRONX    Poem Text    
First Line: In the street two children sharpen
Subject(s): Bronx, New York City


EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside me is the peace of an egg
Last Line: So peaceful too under snow
Subject(s): Eggs; Peace; Self; Clemency


EPISODE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman passes by an apartment house
Last Line: From room to room.
Variant Title(s): Story
Subject(s): Marriage; Story-telling; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: There were no hidden motives to his life
Last Line: As I have forgiven you / my sins
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Sin; Forgiveness


EPITAPH FOR A SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Enderle, who died for his country
Last Line: Stink in winter.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


EUROPE AND AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: My father brought the emigrant bundle
Last Line: As guns pounded on the shore
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants; Fathers; Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


EUROPE AND AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: My father brought the emigrant bundle
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


EVERYBODY KNOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The flowers we forget to buy
Last Line: Everybody knows what flowers cost
Subject(s): Flowers; Gifts & Giving


EXULT AMONG SAD, RESIGNED MEN       


FIGURES OF THE HUMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My love, pills in her purse
Last Line: Figures of the human struggling awake
Subject(s): Life


FIRST COFFIN POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you, my plain pine box
Last Line: I am, sincerely yours
Subject(s): Coffins


FOR JANE KENYON    Poem Text    
First Line: As I die, it will be to feel myself
Last Line: In the nature of things themselves
Subject(s): Kenyon, Jane (1947-1995); Death


FOR JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You're dead, what can I do for you?
Subject(s): Berryman, John (1914-1972); Poetry & Poets


FOR MEDGAR EVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They're afraid of me
Last Line: And above them a tree shall grow / for shade
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Evers, Medgar (1925-1963)


FOR MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I die choose a star
Subject(s): Daughters; Healing; Cures


FOR MY DAUGHTER IN REPLY TO A QUESTION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We're not going to die
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FOR MY MOTHER ILL    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll join you in your sleep
Last Line: As you close your eyes, / its comfort
Subject(s): Healing; Mothers; Sickness; Cures; Illness


FOR NOBODY ELSE    Poem Text    
First Line: She presents me with a mountain
Last Line: I catch my breath
Subject(s): Love


FOR WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot read you
Last Line: The boss?
Subject(s): Life; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


FOR WCW    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat in rows listening to your poems
Last Line: Bleating his lines.
Subject(s): Funerals; Poetry & Poets; Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Burials


FOR YAEDI    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking out the window at the trees
Last Line: Now I know myself from a stone / or a sledgehammer
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


FOR YOUR FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Love me and I'll think about it
Subject(s): Fear; Love


FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I do know that birds continue to live and procreate as long as
Last Line: For the sake of living with questions
Subject(s): Birds; Life


FROM A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm on a stair gong down
Last Line: That these stairs were built / by human hands
Subject(s): Stairs


GET THE GASWORKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Get the gasworks into a poem
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


GUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: Guilt is my one attachment to reality
Last Line: That too is the extent of my fault
Subject(s): Guilt


HAROLD    Poem Text    
First Line: From the west comes harold, with a bitter smile
Last Line: And six-cent stamp for home
Subject(s): Hospitals; Jews; Racism; Judaism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


HE IS ORGANIZED TO DIE       


HELLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello, drug addict, can you become a poem of perfect form?
Last Line: Your napalmed brain and drug-addicted body
Subject(s): Literary Prizes; Poetry & Poets; Social Commentaries; War; Drugs & Drug Abuse


HERE I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I am / at the toilet bowl
Last Line: At my own foregone conclusion / calmly piss
Subject(s): Lavatories; Toilets


HERE IN BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in bed behind a brick wall
Last Line: And faces of people
Subject(s): Relationships


HOMELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: No room of his own
Last Line: Come instead.
Subject(s): Homeless


HOW COME?    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm in new york covered by a layer of soap foam
Last Line: Who will die of soap foam
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: I assume a buddha-like expression in the mirror
Last Line: In his eyes and am understood
Subject(s): Buddhism; Self; Buddha; Buddhists


I AM ALONE AS I WRITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet writing this places me
Last Line: Yet it is not life
Subject(s): Solitude


I AM ALONE, MOTHER, WITHOUT YOU       


I AM INDIFFERENT TO THE GIRL STANDING       


I AM LIKE A SCRAP OF PAPER STUCK    Poem Text    
Last Line: And the tire keeps crushing / me to myself
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


I AM LIKE A SCRAP OF PAPER STUCK       


I AM SOON GONE       


I CLOSE MY EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: I close my etes like a good little boy at night in bed
Last Line: Why can't I live forever?
Subject(s): Immortality


I COME TO JOY WHEN SUFFERING BEGINS       


I COULDN'T HAVE LOVED YOU AS A CHILD       


I DO NOT SING FOR NOW       


I FELT    Poem Text    
First Line: I felt I had met the lord
Last Line: By taking up your child
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


I FIX MY EYES ON A BLADE OF GRASS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Calm, sad, resigned
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Mowing & Mowers; Grass


I FIX MY EYES ON A BLADE OF GRASS       


I HEAR MY MOTHER CALL ME IN MY SLEEP       


I KILLED A FLY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: I lay my body down beside the fly
Subject(s): Flies; Death; Dead, The


I LEANED, BALLOONING MY SHIRT       


I LIVE BECAUSE DEATH IS THE GOAL       


I LOOK OUT ON AN EMPTY ROAD AND I'M DELIGHTED       


I LOVE TO FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a dream I am making phone calls to dozens of airlines
Last Line: And I love to fly
Subject(s): Air Travel


I MAY HAVE SAID A FEW THINGS RIGHT       


I PLAY AT DEATH       


I SEE A HAWK SOARING       


I SEE A TRUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I see a truck mowing down a parade
Last Line: Working for a living
Subject(s): Cities; Labor & Laborers; Urban Life; Work; Workers


I SIT AT MY DESK, LISTENING TO THE PHONE RING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Solitude


I SIT AT MY DESK, LISTENING TO THE PHONE RING       


I SLEEP     Poem Text    
First Line: I uncoil myself and lie straight out
Last Line: A beating heart
Subject(s): Sleep


I STAND UPON A DIKE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And I have only this dike
Subject(s): Water Supply


I SURMOUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Pain at fraud, believing
Last Line: Giving as its reason that myself exists.
Subject(s): Life; Self-reliance


I UNCOIL MYSELF AND LIE STRAIGHT OUT    Poem Text    
Last Line: To enjoy this body and mind
Subject(s): Dreams; Imagination; Contentment


I UNCOIL MYSELF AND LIE STRAIGHT OUT       


I USED TO BE IN LOVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: As asking permission they have / changed places?
Subject(s): Love – Loss Of


I USED TO BE IN LOVE       


I WHISTLED BRAHMS TO TELL YOU I LOVED YOU       


I WISH A GOD WERE POSSIBLE    Poem Text    
Last Line: In being boundless
Subject(s): God


I'D RATHER LOOK AROUND ME       


I'M GOING BACK TO SOMETHING    Poem Text    
Last Line: In the emptiness afraid to live
Subject(s): Death


I'VE NOTHING TO OFFER    Poem Text    
First Line: But forgiveness
Last Line: Of earth, air and water
Subject(s): Forgiveness


I'VE WANTED TO BE OLD AND WRUNG THROUGH       


IF I CAN WALK FARTHER       


IF MY HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: If my hand believes
Last Line: Each death affirmative
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Death; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Dead, The


IF WE COULD BE BROUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: If we could be brought to the surface
Last Line: The fish that is our slippery life / and death
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Life


IMAGINE PICKING UP A GUN       


IN A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: A vacuum cleaner held over my head
Last Line: With my satellite heart, brain, bones and blood
Subject(s): Dreams; Vacuum Cleaners; Death; Nightmares; Dead, The


IN A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: At fifty I approach myself
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


IN LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a child in limbo
Last Line: Without a child in the house
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


IN MY CHILDHOOD     Poem Text    
First Line: In my childhood I awoke to my mother's voice
Last Line: I am fighting panic that everything / does exist in itself alone
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Silence; Fear


IN MY DARK MOOD I LOOK OUT UPON THE STREET       


IN RETROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: We regret the sunsets and the flowers are ignored
Last Line: For me, and I praise death, his doing too
Subject(s): Regret; Death; Dead, The


IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm seated beside my phone
Last Line: To ring in the dark
Subject(s): Telephones; Waiting


IN THIS DREAM I DO NOT EXIST    Poem Text    
First Line: In this dream I do not exist. This I know since it is my dream
Last Line: I say this in the best of health and in expectation of a long life
Subject(s): Dreams


INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This tree has two million and seventy-five thousand leaves
Subject(s): Trees


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Dirt and stone, if I may know you as you know yourselves
Last Line: As if already they were partners of the stones and dirt
Subject(s): Creation; Death; Dirt; Stones


IT FILLS ME TO LOVE YOU       


IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is heart-rending to know a kiss
Last Line: In each other's sight and touch
Subject(s): Life


IT IS PAINFUL       


IT IS PECULIAR THAT YOU SHOULD LOVE ME       


IT'S MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: He is lying on the ground, twisting
Last Line: You are robbing me of my life
Subject(s): Pain


JOB HUNTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it references you want
Last Line: Is my reference, my only one.
Subject(s): Job Hunting; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


JOB'S ANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not a man's way to plead
Last Line: And god came down
Subject(s): God; Job (Bible)


JOSEPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Joseph saw no trouble ahead
Last Line: "he made his brothers tremble
Subject(s): Manipulation; Courts & Courtiers; Brothers


JOY IN THE BROKEN BONDS OF MY THINKING       


JOY OF FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of this
Last Line: In memory of your dream
Subject(s): Flight; Dreams; Survival


KADDISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of my birth, for how long were we together
Subject(s): Men; Mothers; Mourning; Bereavement


LIFE AND ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm only a bystander
Last Line: In these lines.
Subject(s): Absence; Life; Separation; Isolation


LIKE A LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: In myself I speak the language of love
Last Line: Sound like a lie
Subject(s): Lies


LIKE SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ground, the apartment house
Last Line: Modestly, like smoke / going up
Subject(s): Smoke


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: You wept in your mother's arms
Last Line: To the pounding of the feet, the pulsing voices.
Subject(s): Love; Dancing & Dancers; Life


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: It's to hear the children under my window
Last Line: To the pounding of the feet, the pulsing voices.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Life


LIVE IT THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt a huge liner stood in the desert, its crew leaning
Last Line: Live it through
Subject(s): Deserts; Dreams; Ships & Shipping; Nightmares


LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bessie’s face lingers before me
Last Line: And as if speaking for me
Subject(s): Women; Music & Musicians; Fathers & Daughters; Perseverance


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: As cars drive by on southern state parkway
Last Line: Speeding apart
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Long Island (N.y.)


LOST CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: How was it possible, I a father
Last Line: My own lost childhood
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


LOVE IN A ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: What I offer she strips
Last Line: And picking fleas
Subject(s): Love; Monkeys


LOVE IS HIS NEMESIS: IT FOLLOWS HIM INTO SLEEP    Poem Text    
Last Line: Man and woman, at a job
Subject(s): Love – Complaints


LOVE IS HIS NEMESIS: IT FOLLOWS HIM INTO SLEEP       


LOVE POEM FOR THE FORTY-SECOND STREET LIBRARY       
First Line: With my eyes turned to the sky
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; New York City; Library; Librarians; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MAN CANNOT LEAP OVER HIMSELF       


MAN, I'VE COOLED ON ANGER       


MELPOMENE IN MANHATTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: As she walked she would look back
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MOTHER AND CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: She feared the baby would fall
Last Line: Hands resting upon her
Subject(s): Mothers; Death – Children; Death - Babies; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


MOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: He sees one fluttering across the room
Last Line: Out upon the floor beneath silent, gray outspread wings
Subject(s): Moths


MOVING PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When two take gas / by mutual consent
Subject(s): Suicide


MY ENEMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I know how I have learned to hate
Last Line: As I love my enemies
Subject(s): Enemies


MY EYES ARE FORMING A TREE       


MY ONLY ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: My only enemy has no metal for his hatred
Last Line: I do not forget my only enemy
Subject(s): Enemies


MY OWN HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I view the leaf, my theme is not the shades of meaning
Subject(s): Home


MY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a place to come to
Subject(s): Self-reliance


MY POETRY IS FOR THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
Last Line: And in sleep rejoice
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MY SELF IS A WATCHER       


MY SKELETON, MY RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Interesting that I have to live with my skeleton
Last Line: And I its friend, shielding it from harm
Subject(s): Skeletons; Identity; Death; Dead, The


MY WHOLENESS IS DEPENDENT    Poem Text    
Last Line: Upon both states existing
Subject(s): Life


MYSTIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: No man has seen the third hand
Last Line: Of our hunger or of our giving
Subject(s): Human Behavior


NEW MEXICO    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun blazes in silence
Last Line: Darkness and cold.
Subject(s): New Mexico; Sun


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit here glad, glad of my comfort and so somber
Last Line: With the helplessness of the newborn.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Solitude; Wind; Loneliness


NEWS REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: At two a.M. A thing, jumping out of a manhole
Last Line: Through perfume and a bath
Subject(s): News; Violence


NICE GUY    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a friend and he died
Last Line: He died of too much
Subject(s): Frendship; Death; Dead, The


NIGHT THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: My sudden, unexpected wish for mashed potatoes
Subject(s): Life Choices; Desire


NO ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have learned to love without explanation
Last Line: Without which I can expect / no answer
Subject(s): Love


NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS    Poem Text    
Last Line: A severed past, / a dismembered part
Subject(s): Transience; Language


NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS       


NO THEORY    Poem Text    
First Line: No theory will stand up to a chicken's guts
Subject(s): Men


NOTES FOR A LECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will teach you to become american, my students
Last Line: You have meaning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


OBSERVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Reality is the other person
Last Line: In the other.
Variant Title(s): "reality Is The Other Person"";
Subject(s): Imagination; Reality; Fancy


OBSOLETE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to drive up
Last Line: He can't make me obsolete
Subject(s): Automobiles - Mantenace & Repair


OEDIPUS REFORMED    Poem Text    
First Line: I will not kill my father
Last Line: My wife will play my mother / and be kind
Subject(s): Fathers


OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The girl who has been whistled at
Last Line: With pleading eyes.
Subject(s): Women; Flirtation


ON FREEDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: In a dream I'm no longer in love
Subject(s): Death; Freedom; Dead, The; Liberty


ON THE DEATH OF WINSTON CHURCHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now should great men die
Subject(s): Churchill, Winston (1874-1965)


ONE LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: One leaf left on a branch / and not a sound of sadness
Last Line: In swaying mildly in the breeze
Subject(s): Leaves


OUT OF FOCUS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a sense in which living itself seems a form of
Last Line: Already you persist in walking about attending to our affairs
Subject(s): Life; Futility


PASSENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: This one on the platform
Last Line: She boards with an assault motion.
Subject(s): Commuters; Travel; Journeys; Trips


PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Peace belongs with the birds
Last Line: Their wings widespread
Subject(s): Birds; Peace


PEOPLE DON'T MATTER ANY LONGER       


PERMANENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leaving earth with little knowldge of it
Subject(s): Transience


PLAY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I draw near to the roof's edge
Subject(s): Rape


POETS I HAVE REFUSED TO READ       


POETS OF THE NEW YORKER    Poem Text    
Last Line: To weep for the dead can be found / in cemeteries
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Hotels


POETS OF THE NEW YORKER       


PRINT SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the pin-ups of the nude
Last Line: Queer for looking.
Subject(s): Business; Printing & Printers; Businessmen; Businesswomen


PROLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine was the life planned to go wrong
Last Line: With whispers, your legs trembling
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


PROMENADE    Poem Text    
First Line: His head split in four parts
Last Line: Are the leaves, touching each other and the sun
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology)


PROPOSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Begin with this
Last Line: Of flowers. Am I dreaming?
Subject(s): Flowers; Peace


PROSE POEM IN SIX PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm so happy, he shouts, as he puts a bullet through his head
Last Line: "his comfort, he is ready to die successfully, he dies and is complete, an
Subject(s): Death; Suicide; Dead, The


READING AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: What have I learned that can keep me
Last Line: On my face
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


READING THE HEADLINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a burial ground in me where I place the bodies
Last Line: I know my direction and have companions, after all
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death


RESCUE THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf
Last Line: You who are free / rescue the dead
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Love


RESCUE THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf
Subject(s): Love


RESOLVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you love
Last Line: It is possible to be happy.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


RITUAL ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I enter the theatre the play is going on
Last Line: At each other's groins
Subject(s): Theater & Theaters


RITUAL THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is quiet for me, now that I have buried the child
Last Line: For her to live is to act in terxms of death
Subject(s): Child Abuse; Murder; Torture


RITUAL TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: The kids yell and paint their bodies
Last Line: Bang against each other, scream and scatter
Subject(s): Children; Nothingness; Play


RUSH HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: That tall, shapely blond standing at her husband's side
Last Line: We will not talk to one another.
Subject(s): Commuters; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SALES TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Better than to kill each other off
Last Line: To unity and morale
Subject(s): Salespersons; Selling


SAY PARDON TO A BUM    Poem Text    
Last Line: And follow your own will / in the open spaces ahead
Subject(s): Liberty; Identity; Begging & Beggars


SAYING YES TO LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Because so many of us have died
Last Line: And to pay my bills
Subject(s): Life


SEDIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: You are such a well-rounded sponge
Last Line: And I tasting of sediment
Subject(s): Sponges


SELF-ANALYSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not writing because I feel as though
Last Line: Victims of their dreams.
Subject(s): Death; Poetry & Poets; Self; Dead, The


SELF-CENTERED    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the only day that I was born
Last Line: At which time I was the beginning
Subject(s): Egoism & Egotism


SELF-EMPLOYED    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand and listen, head bowed,
Last Line: To do the job in dark, airless conditions?
Subject(s): Self


SHINED SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Get a shine. Who knows, it might lead to money
Subject(s): Shoes


SIDE BY SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: What does it mean to be mature?
Last Line: I'm all out of them
Subject(s): Maturity


SIMPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I must set a shape in air
Last Line: That I am.
Subject(s): Life; Men


SIMULTANEOUSLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Simultaneously, five thousand miles apart
Last Line: Sprouting leaves.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


SINCE THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in search of revival
Last Line: What I am left to do
Subject(s): Past; Conduct Of Life


SIX LOVE POEMS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: We are seated at the kitchen table
Last Line: The space we occupy together
Subject(s): Parents; Male-female Relationships; Parenthood


SIX LOVE POEMS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: What would life be without you?
Last Line: Through my imagining
Subject(s): Love


SIX LOVE POEMS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: If we could be brought up to the surface
Last Line: To listen intently
Subject(s): Love


SKETCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: In new york, bus drivers are the only happy men
Last Line: That reads drink blotto!
Subject(s): Cruelty; New York City; Violence; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: I would be buried beside my parents
Last Line: Beside us, face up to the sky
Subject(s): Parents; Graves; Parenthood


SO HERE ARE ALL OF YOU       


SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: In his hands the submachine gun is excited
Last Line: In any ace / he is finished
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


SOMETHING OF OURSELVES, WE DECIDED FINALLY    Poem Text    


SOMETHING OF OURSELVES, WE DECIDED FINALLY       


STONES WILL PAY ME HEED    Poem Text    
First Line: What has brought me to you, stone
Last Line: Are here and they pay me heed
Subject(s): Stones


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There slouched the drunk, head fallen
Subject(s): Commuters; Surprise


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sorry, she would say
Last Line: In the sober spirit of the ride.
Subject(s): Commuters; Surprise


SUCCESS IN THE TOUCHES OF YOUR HAND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Singleness like garments / clinging in the wind
Subject(s): Success


SUCCESS IN THE TOUCHES OF YOUR HAND       


SUFFERING IS WHAT I DO BEST       


SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Men and women at the beach


SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Men and women at the beach
Last Line: Rest.


SUNDAY AT THE STATE HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sitting across the table
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Men; Madness; Mental Illness


SUNLIGHT: A SEQUENCE FOR MY DAUGHTER, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am proud of your soft, brown eyes
Last Line: To see if I can rub your gentleness on me
Subject(s): Daughters


TALKING TO MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: About my being a poet, the trees certainly haven't expressed an interest
Last Line: I am digging a place for for a burial with my feet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THAT I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Live because you have a sweet face
Last Line: On me.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THAT I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Live because you have a sweet face
Last Line: On me.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THAT'S THE SUM OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know which to mourn. Both have died on me, my wife and my car
Subject(s): Automobiles; Marriage; Mourning; Cars; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Bereavement


THE AMERICAN PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good boys are we to have retrieved
Last Line: Each time heavier with gold / and less wieldly
Subject(s): United States; Greed; Social Commentaries


THE BAGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I stopped to pick up the bagel
Subject(s): Bagels; Dreams; Food & Eating; Nightmares


THE BOXING MATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I really a sports fan, I ask myself
Last Line: And I am glad for him / and admire him
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers


THE BREAD ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, in my unwanted suffering, I turn to you
Variant Title(s): Threnody
Subject(s): Mothers; Pain; Suffering; Misery


THE BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: The building stands alone
Last Line: As to what to do with ourselves
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


THE BUSINESS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When someone hangs up, having said
Last Line: To your car, your senses and your dignity
Subject(s): Hate; Salespersons; Selling


THE BUTCHER SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: A disciplined institution
Last Line: Before a block of wood, / a kind of altar
Subject(s): Butchers; Social Commentaries


THE CENTER OF GRAVITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is in speaking of silences about living
Last Line: Such a silence that speaks to the density / of living
Subject(s): Silence; Life


THE CHILD HAD LOST A FRIENDLY DOG IN AN ACCIDENT       


THE COMPLEX    Poem Text    
First Line: My father's madness is to own himself
Last Line: Giving of himself with forced breath
Subject(s): Fathers


THE DINER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I order a sandwich and get a plate of ham and eggs instead
Last Line: Now when in hell did I buy this diner and who needs it
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE DOG BARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dog barks and is for the moment a dog heard
Last Line: At being a dog or lover or child
Subject(s): Relationships


THE ESCAPADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Poet and gangster reach in the park
Last Line: The haul beside them still theirs
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


THE EXECUTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The women who work for us
Last Line: Into the evening.
Subject(s): Office Work; Women


THE FACE OF BRANCHES    Poem Text    
Last Line: And is not yet done / with living
Subject(s): Death; Life


THE FISH THAT LIVES AT THE BOTTOM    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of the sea
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FISHERWOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She took from her basket four fishes
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Labor & Laborers; Women; Anglers; Work; Workers


THE FLAME LIGHTS UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Mistakes are many
Last Line: The silence around you
Subject(s): Errors


THE FLOWER LOVER HAS PICKED A TIME BOMB       


THE FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I killed a fly
Last Line: I lay my body down beside the fly
Subject(s): Flies; Death


THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am going to leave a child in an empty room
Last Line: As I am prepared
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE GENTLE WEIGHT LIFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Every man to his kind of welcome in the world
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE GOOD ANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The good angel / time and again he would come
Last Line: And solid, at last
Subject(s): Angels


THE HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the woods as the trees fade in the dusk
Last Line: And the cold dark
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE IMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The image in the mirror feels nothing
Last Line: If there is a god, this is he
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE INTERVIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I represent the morning shout. We hear you are dying
Last Line: "finally: are you dead and, if so, can you describe it for us, for your
Subject(s): Journalists; Death; Conduct Of Life


THE JOBHOLDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand in the rain waiting for my bus
Last Line: And wait for my turn to die.
Subject(s): Death; Labor & Laborers; Dead, The; Work; Workers


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am looking for a past / I can rely on
Subject(s): Home; Memory; Poetry & Poets


THE LEAVES OF THE TREE HIDE THE SUN    Poem Text    
Last Line: A leaf in season
Subject(s): Leaves


THE METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bumping agsinst rock in the dark
Last Line: From rock to rock
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE MOMENT WHICH IS LIKE A PEAR       


THE MOUNTAIN IS STRIPPED    Poem Text    
First Line: I no longer have to declare myself
Last Line: The mountain is stripped
Subject(s): Justice; Self-control; God


THE NAILHEAD        Recitation by Author


THE NEWS PHOTO    Poem Text    
First Line: This idiot had suffered his own faults
Last Line: He could grin for his picture
Subject(s): News; Photography & Photographers


THE NIGHT IS CALM       


THE OIL BURNER RUNS BY THERMOSTAT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Electrical Appliances


THE OIL BURNER RUNS BY THERMOSTAT       


THE OPEN BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: With no place to lay my head
Last Line: Afraid, afraid / of a human
Subject(s): Boats; Solitude; Alienation (Social Psychology)


THE ORANGE PICKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was tempted to the grove by its odor
Last Line: These oranges have failed me
Subject(s): Oranges


THE OUTLAW    Poem Text    
First Line: They went after him with a long stick
Last Line: For that he was despised.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


THE PAPER CUTTER    Poem Text    
First Line: He slides the cut paper out
Last Line: "and not get up all day,"" he laughs"
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE PARIAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The pariah / in the beginning
Last Line: In his thoughts
Subject(s): Relationships


THE PAVEMENT HAS ITS LIFE       


THE PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Make no mistake, you cannot take
Last Line: As you take me in your arms, making love to all the world that I am
Subject(s): Love


THE PRODIGAL SON    Poem Text    
First Line: I went back for redress
Last Line: In setting him adrift
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE REBEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When I must look to see where I can run
Last Line: You are free.
Subject(s): Escapes; Prisons & Prisoners; Revolutions; Fugitives; Convicts


THE REFUSE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to pull my stinking wagon
Last Line: I had to, being a man
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


THE RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: The restaurant I walk into expects me to have the cash or credit
Last Line: Excitement, combat, power and domination?
Subject(s): Restaurants; Brotherhood; Disappointment


THE RIGHTFUL ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard my son burst out of his room
Last Line: Was gone and left a power to feel free
Subject(s): Sons; Sickness; Forgiveness


THE ROUND, PALE GLOBE IN THE CEILING       


THE SAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is someone smiling at me from behind
Last Line: In the illusion that it sets them free.
Subject(s): Comfort; Despair


THE SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I feel so far from you
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE SEPARATE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves on the tree in front of my house - they live and die together
Last Line: Which the dead are lying, the separate dead
Subject(s): Death; Leaves


THE SIGNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: How can I regret my life
Last Line: With my shortcomings
Subject(s): Traffic Signals


THE SILENCE OF THE SUBURBS IS ADMISSION       


THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do they shine so brightly if not to be themselves
Last Line: Because it is in me to change.
Subject(s): Self-reliance; Stars


THE TIME COMES WHEN YOU ARE FACING HIM    Poem Text    
Last Line: And it is like the moment before going into battle
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE TIME COMES WHEN YOU ARE FACING HIM       


THE VASE    Poem Text    
First Line: See how tall and straight I stand
Last Line: But an enclosure upon emptiness?
Subject(s): Vases


THE VASE ON THE TABLE IS NEVER ANYTHING       


THE WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The ward attendant who owns his home speaks amicably
Last Line: Patients and attendant compose the ward
Subject(s): Hospitals


THE WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Live for myself
Last Line: Turned up my collar
Subject(s): Weather


THE WORLD IS SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: Or under a hot sun, sworn out / with looking
Subject(s): Life


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: This longing to be healed in you
Last Line: Is a struggle to breathe
Variant Title(s): Longing
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THER LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd tell of stones dropping upon me
Last Line: Were well and behovel
Subject(s): Love – Complaints


THEY SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: They said your footprints were stamped in blood
Last Line: Say what hurts.
Subject(s): Hospitals; Police; Regret; Violence


THINKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I am caught in the body of a fish
Last Line: Caught in the body of a fish
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Freedom; Anglers; Liberty


THIS IS MORTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The lit room is blinding
Last Line: In the bright room
Subject(s): Love


THIS IS THE SOLUTION TO BE HAPPY WITH SLAUGHTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: To lie down in the blood of our innocence
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THOUGHTS OF A TINY PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had a different life to live
Last Line: To get away from the smell.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Pigs; Agriculture; Farmers; Boars; Hogs


THREE IN TRANSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I understood the beauty
Last Line: Of the branches
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature; Williams, William Carlos (1883-19530


TO AN APPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: You were rotten
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


TO CURE ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: It’s a sick life, being poet
Last Line: Of death and life
Subject(s): Poetry &n Poets


TO MAKE KNOWN (FOR ZERO MOSTEL)       
First Line: I notice you waddled
Subject(s): Mostel, Zero (1915-1977); Mostel, Samuel Joel


TO NOWHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: I carry my keys like a weapon
Last Line: On a mission to nowhere
Subject(s): Fear; Keys; City & Town Life


TREAD THE DARK: 51    Poem Text    
First Line: I sink back upon the ground, expecting to die
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Exhibitions; Zebras; Zoos; Childhood; World's Fairs; Expositions


TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: The steam hammer pounds with a regularity on steel I should envy
Last Line: "absorbed in the doing that has become a ritual between


UNTITLED    Poem Text    
First Line: I sink back upon the ground, expecting to die
Last Line: Whom I did n ot love as a human being
Subject(s): Zebras


WAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a man and do not know why I was born.
Last Line: I am patient and can wait
Subject(s): Mortality


WAITING INSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I protest my isolation / but protest is a mark of my defeat
Last Line: With our arms around each other's waists, / in support
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WAITING TO LIVE       


WALK THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The way through the woods is past trees
Last Line: Walk there
Subject(s): Walking; Forests


WALT WHITMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR HOSPITALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Prescient, my hands soothing
Last Line: To death which I have praised
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; Poetry & Poets; United States - History; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WE    Poem Text    
First Line: You lift your face to mine
Last Line: I worship an idol, / the self
Subject(s): Togetherness


WE CAN'T WRITE OURSELVES INTO ETERNAL LIFE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And share the earth with earth
Subject(s): Mortality; Writing & Writers; Truth


WE HAVE BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: To make palpable the bitter
Last Line: Beautiful and bitter
Subject(s): Beauty; Bodies


WHAT ABOUT DYING        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHAT HAS BROUGHT ME TO YOU, STONE 2 IGNATOW, DAVID WHAT SHALL HE DO WITH A SON'       


WHAT'S NEXT?    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby carriage was old, one wheel lopsided
Last Line: As she stood still. What next?
Subject(s): Mothers; Life Choices


WHEN I LOOK AT THE FACES THAT CONFRONT ME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Working Class; Subways; Desperation


WHEN I LOOK AT THE FACES THAT CONFRONT ME       


WHEN I SEE LIFE IN SHORT, DEATHLIKE SCENES       


WHEREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever I go
Last Line: He will accept with terror
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WHILE I LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream of language as the sun
Last Line: But you must wait / while I live
Subject(s): Language; Life


WHISTLE OR HOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird that sings to itself
Subject(s): Birds


WHITE-HAIRED, I WALK IN ON MY PARENTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: With the past in our future
Subject(s): Parents; Time; Past; Future


WHO ARE THESE MEN WHO BECOME PLUMBERS       


WHY CAN'T I BE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why can’t I be an empty house falling into decay, unaware of myself?
Last Line: Shine upon me, sun, so that I become lit up like a sunbeam
Subject(s): Self


WHY IS IT THAT LYING IN BED       


WITH THE DOOR OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something I want to communicate to you
Last Line: With the door open between us
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


WITH THE SUN'S FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you a horror to yourself?
Last Line: And with the sun's fire
Subject(s): Sun


WITHOUT FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I weep to myself
Last Line: I weep to myself
Subject(s): God


WITHOUT RECRIMINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It is wonderful to die amidst the pleasures I have known
Last Line: With myself. I did not fail my life
Subject(s): Contentment


WITHOUT SEXUAL ATTRACTION, THERE IS    Poem Text    
Last Line: "we pass each other as trains do,
Subject(s): Sex; Love


WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: We can't write ourselves into eternal life
Last Line: And shared the earth with earth
Subject(s): Mortality; Writing & Writers


YOU FEED ME AND I GIVE YOU IRON AND ANGER       


YOU SPOUTING ABOUT MONEY