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Author: JUSTICE, DONALD
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Justice, Donald    Poet's Biography
64 poems available by this author


A DANCER'S LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lights in the theater fail, the long racks
Last Line: Like a small theater, empty, without lights
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You write that you are ill, confused. The trees
Last Line: Ten years older, tame now, less mad, less beautiful
Subject(s): Sickness; Aging; Illness


A WINTER ODE TO THE OLD MEN OF LUMMUS PARK, / MIAMI, FLORIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Risen from rented rooms, old ghosts
Last Line: To lean on you so hard, so long!
Subject(s): Old Age


ABOARD! ABOARD!    Poem Text    
First Line: O how the little towns flare in passing
Subject(s): Railroads; Longing; Railways; Trains


ABOUT MY POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: How fashionably sad my early poems are!
Last Line: And the pieces of sky that will go on falling for days
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AFTER A LINE BY JOHN PEALE BISHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Why will they never speak?
Last Line: Head-shakes and head-nods
Subject(s): Old Age


AN ELEGY IS PREPARING ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: There are pines that are tall enough
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ANONYMOUS DRAWING    Poem Text    
First Line: A delicate young negro stands
Subject(s): Art & Artists


AT A REHEARSAL OF UNCLE VANYA    Poem Text    
First Line: You mean well, doctor
Last Line: In the crow's shadow
Subject(s): Crows; Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904)


BEYOND THE HUNTING WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I speak of that great house
Last Line: Ever, ever come?
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted; Memory; Houses


BEYOND THE HUNTING WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I speak of that great house
Subject(s): Houses


BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not think the ending can be right
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


CHILDREN WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL THROUGH GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: They are like figures held in some glass ball
Subject(s): Children; Schools; Childhood; Students


COOL DARK ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: You could have sneaked up
Last Line: Which all too often were carelessly left open for you
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


COUNTING THE MAD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This one was put in a jacket
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Humanity; Insanity; Social Protest; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Madness; Mental Illness


CROSSING KANSAS BY TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The telephone poles / have been holding their
Subject(s): Kansas


FOR THE SUICIDES OF TWO YEARS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: If you recall your voices
Last Line: Under the lids we had closed
Subject(s): Suicide


FROM BAD DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do we turn in our beds
Last Line: The retreating tail of tye monster winking and flashing
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


HERE IN KATMANDU    Poem Text    
First Line: We have climbed the mountain
Last Line: As soon as it must, from the mountain
Variant Title(s): Sestina
Subject(s): Katmandu, Nepal


HERE LIES LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though books said nothing could save
Last Line: Knocking the stave
Subject(s): Love


HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Time and the weather wear away
Subject(s): Houses


IN THE ATTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a half hour toward dusk when flies
Subject(s): Attics


INCIDENT IN A ROSE GARDEN (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The gardener came running
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


INVITATION TO A GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask you to come back now as you were in youth
Subject(s): Coulette, Henri (1927-1988); Nature


LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: There were some pines, a canal, a piece of sky
Last Line: And how the miles reel at the wide gaze!
Subject(s): Landscape; Farewell; Parting


LAST DAYS OF PROSPERO    Poem Text    
First Line: The aging magician retired to his island
Last Line: Low chucklings or grand, indifferent sighs
Subject(s): Retirement


LETHARGY    Poem Text    
First Line: It smiles to see me
Last Line: To put it down
Subject(s): Lethargy; Religion; Theology


LETHARGY    Poem Text    
First Line: It smiles to see me
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


LOVE'S MAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your face more than others' faces
Last Line: And the dark interior
Subject(s): Faces


LOVE'S STRATAGEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: All these maneuverings to avoid
Subject(s): Love


MEMORY OF A PORCH    Poem Text    
First Line: What I remember
Last Line: Half-asleep in their boxes
Subject(s): Memory; Children


MEN AT FORTY    Poem Text    


MRS. SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Busts of the great composers glimmered in niches
Last Line: Ah, those were the days
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


MULE TEAM AND POSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Two mules stand waiting in front of the brick wall of a warehouse
Last Line: Like a great scythe laid down there and forgotten
Subject(s): Mules; Evans, Walker (1903-1975)


MY SOUTH: 1. ON THE PORCH    Poem Text    
First Line: There used to be a way the sunlight caught
Subject(s): Southern States; South (U.s.)


MY SOUTH: 2. AT THE CEMETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the fence-flowers, like a bloody thumb
Variant Title(s): Variations On Southern Themes
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


MY SOUTH: 3. ON THE FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: And I, missing the city intensely at that moment
Subject(s): Farm Life; Southern States; Agriculture; Farmers; South (U.s.)


MY SOUTH: 4. ON THE TRAIN, HEADING NORTH THROUGH FLORIDA ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight or after, and the little lights
Subject(s): Railroads; Southern States; Railways; Trains; South (U.s.)


NOSTALGIA AND COMPLAINT OF THE GRANDPARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Our diaries squatted, toad-like
Subject(s): Grandparents; Old Age; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NOSTALGIA OF THE LAKEFRONTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cities burn behind us; the lake glitters
Subject(s): Lakes; Nostalgia; Pools; Ponds


ODE TO A DRESSMAKER'S DUMMY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: O my coy darling, still
Last Line: Prim ghost the evening light shone through
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


ON A PAINTING BY PATIENT B OF INDEPENDENCE STATE HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: These seven houses have learned to face one another
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


ON AN ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty years and more go by
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ON THE DEATH OF FRIENDS IN CHILDHOOD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We shall not ever meet them bearded in heaven
Last Line: Come, memory, let us seek them there in the shadows
Subject(s): Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


PANTOUM OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Our lives avoided tragedy
Last Line: And there is no plot in that; it is devoid of poetry
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Life; Recessions


POEM TO BE READ AT 3 A.M    Poem Text    
First Line: Excepting the diner
Last Line: Had the light on
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


PORTRAIT WITH BROWN HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The days, the days!
Last Line: In mexico, still a virgin
Subject(s): Hair; Sex


PRESENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone, everyone went away today
Subject(s): Abandonment; Desertion


SOUTHERN GOTHIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Something of how the homing bee at dusk
Last Line: Red roses within roses within roses
Subject(s): Transience; Houses, Deserted; Impermanence


THE ASSASSINATION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It begins again, the nocturnal pulse
Subject(s): Assassination


THE EVENING OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Now comes the evening of the mind
Last Line: And empty spaces in the throat
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE POET AT SEVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: And on the porch, across the upturned chair
Last Line: And whip him down the street, but gently, home
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Childhood


THE SNOWFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The classic landscapes of dreams are not
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE STRAY DOG BY THE SUMMERHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning, down
Last Line: And it was sweet
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The wall surrounding them they never saw
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THERE IS A GOLD LIGHT IN CERTAIN OLD PAINTINGS    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: Shall be forgotten as though it had never existed
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THINGS, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard, but you can polish it
Subject(s): Religion; Stones; Theology; Granite; Rocks


THINKING ABOUT THE PAST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Certain moments will never change, nor stop being
Subject(s): Nostalgia


TO THE HAWKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell is the bell
Last Line: Grows round with the sound
Subject(s): Antiwar Movement; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Mcnamara, Robert S.; Rusk, Dean (1909-1994); Bindy, Mcgeorge (1919-1996); War Hawks


VARIATIONS FOR TWO PIANOS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no music now in all arkansas
Subject(s): Arkansas; Music & Musicians; Musical Instruments; Pianos


VARIATIONS ON A NEO-CLASSIC THEME    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not a landscape from too near
Last Line: Forgot against this very hour
Subject(s): Landscape


VARIATIONS ON A TEXT BY VALLEJO    Poem Text    
First Line: I will die in miami in the sun
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


WHITE NOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly there was a dress
Last Line: Then, in another time
Subject(s): Love Loss Of


WOMEN IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It always comes, and when it comes they know
Subject(s): Love