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Author: JOHNSON, PETER
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Johnson, Peter    Poet's Biography
58 poems available by this author


A MADE-FOR-TV ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After a year of spirited intercourse
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Passion; Romance; Sex; Male-female Relations


A MINOR CHARACTER IN AN OBSCURE LEGEND       
First Line: Once he dated a ukrainian girl
Subject(s): Irony; Marriage; Prejudice; Ukraine; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Bias; Intolerance


A RITUAL AS OLD AS TIME ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a man flying his wife
Subject(s): Kites; Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Unfaithfulness; Male-female Relations; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


BARCELONA    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight softens the hardwood floor. A wind-blown, hundred-year-old
Last Line: They are beautiful
Subject(s): Barcelona, Spain


BEDTIME STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was twelve, a horse appeared
Subject(s): Animals; Childhood Memories; Horses; Imagination; Fancy


CAIRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning proclaimed by the cry of a
Last Line: Wet, disheveled companions mount a distant dune
Subject(s): Cairo, Egypt; Love


CONCERNING KINSHIP OF CAT AND BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat's on the windowsill
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Cats


COSTA RICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever gigi wants, gigi gets. This
Last Line: Sink her teeth into my neck
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


EARLENE    Poem Text    
First Line: I want a woman named earlene
Subject(s): Machismo; Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Male-female Relations; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EINSTEIN'S BRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Because of the certitude of death
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


ENIGMA OF THE STIGMA, OR VICE VERSA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm drawn to the ineffable, yet cathedrals leave me empty
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Religion; Spirituality; Male-female Relations; Theology


EXTENDED FAMILY ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was so fat my kids couldn't wrap their arms around
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


FAMILY ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: He inherits currency worth half its value
Subject(s): Pets


FLAMENCO    Poem Text    
First Line: Leave her alone, dad said. She's learning something this time.
Last Line: Goes off like this, when I have to prepare myself for another rescue
Subject(s): Family Life; Singing & Singers; Relatives; Songs


GENESIS: A RETROSPECTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It began with division
Subject(s): Creation; God; Religion; Spirituality; Theology


GENEVA    Poem Text    
First Line: Banished from one writer's colony
Last Line: Dumbest dreams can astound us
Subject(s): Geneva, Switzerland; Love


GUY TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: My son asks, what does it mean when you're
Subject(s): Machismo; Men; Reproductive System; Sex Organs; Genitalia


HE SAID, SHE SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it something I said
Subject(s): Language; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Words; Vocabulary; Male-female Relations


HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's probably like the excitement of your first cigarette
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Hell; Religion; Spirituality; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Theology


I'M WITH STUPID    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a thumbprint of lamb's blood
Subject(s): Ignorance; Social Protest; Dullness; Stupdity


ILLUD TEMPUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved her in another life
Subject(s): Life


JOEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Joey seemed better until he started calling everyone
Last Line: Pretty good friend to joey
Subject(s): Murder


JUST LISTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit by the window and watch a great mythological bird go down in flames
Last Line: Growl like the chorus in an undiscovered greek tragedy
Subject(s): Fear


LOVER BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the movie where indiana jones
Last Line: When we did, we couldn't even share, the la-z-boy without fighting
Subject(s): Courtship; Fathers & Sons; Love Affairs; Women


MOSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe in the god of the hebrews
Subject(s): Moses; Religion; Theology


NETTLES    Poem Text    
First Line: She was running in the field with the tall nettles
Subject(s): Fields; Fights; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Night, new york all gussied up. So
Last Line: "arms or legs,"" she says, ""even if he were a stump"
Subject(s): New York City; Love; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NIGHT CRAWLER    Poem Text    
First Line: The last automobile of night passes. I exit, drop to knees on a wet blan
Subject(s): Insects; Night; Bugs; Bedtime


OPEN HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not easy to love oneself
Subject(s): Parents; Schools; Self-doubt; Parenthood; Students


PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: A white poodle named gigi. A fingernail
Last Line: To whom shall I give it?
Subject(s): Paris, France; Dogs; Love


PENATES    Poem Text    
First Line: My father is omniscient
Subject(s): Fathers; Wisdom


PIRATES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I'm agitated when I read of pirates
Subject(s): Pirates; Youth; Piracy; Buccaneers


POET LAUREATE    Poem Text    
First Line: They said they'd kill my son if I didn't go
Last Line: Wear instead of the customary cap and bells
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POST-MORTEM JACKET COVER    Poem Text    
First Line: At his funeral, as he hovers above
Last Line: Alive and barely kicking
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Life; Dead, The; Burials


PRETTY HAPPY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no siblings who've killed themselves
Subject(s): Happiness; Life; Joy; Delight


PROVINCETOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We laughed about the pine tree laying
Last Line: Great loss, and that the liquor stores didn't close / until midnight
Subject(s): Providence, Rhode Island; Love


RITE OF PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: After my friend tom passed a kidney stone
Last Line: We laughed, peed out the fire, and went home
Subject(s): Pain; Revenge; Sickness; Suffering; Misery; Illness


SCAVENGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My birdfeeder, pagoda of weathered wood
Last Line: Slab of concrete, the hot, august sun just now on the rise
Subject(s): Birds


SCOTLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: We started out highbrow, riding the royal scotsman, curling through
Subject(s): Scotland


SHADOWBOXING    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm telling my story to this couple who're over for dinner, they're friends, though not best friends
Last Line: It takes some getting used to
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Marriage; Theater & Theaters; Motor Vehicle Bureaus; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Stage Life


SIBLING RIVALRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no older sister
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters


TATTOO    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a tattoo of a tiny gun on my hand symbolic of the tiny wars I
Last Line: My other hand until I fall asleep
Subject(s): Self-criticism; Tattoos


TESTIMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I learned 'gomez' meant ox urine
Subject(s): Family Life; Fathers; Relatives


TEX-MEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight softens the hardwood
Last Line: Home with the wrong gigi
Subject(s): Identity


THE ANGRY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Six o'clock and caleb pulls up, out of breath from his eight block trip
Last Line: Just driven it into the upper lever of the bleacher seats
Subject(s): Anger; Revenge


THE APPRENTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I studied the lives of the great
Last Line: Could restore old women to their girlhood
Subject(s): Apprentices


THE HOOLIGAN ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: Angry and depressed I take my son to the zoo
Subject(s): Parents; Zoos; Parenthood


THE LIBRARIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The somber librarian believes he's kafka
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924); Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


THE MILLENNIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the basement
Subject(s): Christmas; Family Life; Holidays; New Year; Nativity, The; Relatives


THE NEW COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was with my grandfather when the boat landed
Last Line: Glimmer of a glimmer in his bloodshot eye
Subject(s): Grandparents; Immigrants; Past; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


THE QUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: In the beginning, I was the termite on the tree
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Fathers & Sons; Knowledge


THE WATCHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandmother's nose is white from the icy window
Last Line: Why we watch him
Subject(s): Marriage; Unfaithfulness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE WORST OF TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Two men agree to swap wives
Subject(s): Domestic Relations; Love - Complaints; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Even when standing on a bus
Last Line: Love and abuse at the hands of many strangers
Subject(s): Touch (Sense)


TRANSYLVANIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm singeing my toenails, tacking a pig's
Last Line: Pitchfork. I'll hemoflagellate him


UNIVERSAL MEDICINE    Poem Text    
First Line: A man discovered the universal medicine
Subject(s): Mankind; Medicine; Human Race; Drugs, Prescription


WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A casket that couldn't care less
Subject(s): Family Life; Funerals; Relatives; Burials


WOMEN THEY COULD KILL FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Two brothers laughing about it now
Last Line: Clawing on a beer-wet linoleum floor
Subject(s): Brothers; Fights; Jealousy; Women; Half-brothers