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Laux, Dorianne    Poet's Biography
77 poems available by this author

First Line: Teeth at the skin. Anticipation
Subject(s): Apples

First Line: Someone I love is dying, which is why
Subject(s): Death; Love; Memory; Women; Dead, The

AFTER TWELVE DAYS OF RAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I couldn't name it, the sweet
Last Line: And smiled back.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Self-reliance; Solitude; Loneliness

AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we sat side by side
Last Line: Admiring each other's reflections.
Subject(s): Sex

First Line: Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Regret

APHASIA; FOR HONEYA    Poem Text    
First Line: After the stroke all she could say
Subject(s): Illness

AS IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: The man I love hates technology, hates
Last Line: From some small, uncharted star.
Subject(s): Love; Progress; Simplicity

BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: You're standing on the high school steps
Subject(s): Books; Librarians & Libraries; Schools; Women; Reading; Library; Librarians; Students

BREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: We put the puzzle together piece
Subject(s): Jigsaw Puzzles

CELLO    Poem Text    
First Line: When a dead tree falls in a forest
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War

DEATH COMES TO ME AGAIN, A GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Death comes to me again, a girl in a cotton slip
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death - Children; Graves; Silence; Women; Graveyards; Death - Babies; Tombs; Tombstones

DEMOCRACY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Politics & Government; Winter

DUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Someone spoke to me last night
Last Line: And you're just too tired to open it.
Subject(s): Loss; Memory; Truth

EACH SOUND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Beginnings are brutal, like this accident
Last Line: Unspeakable light.
Subject(s): Language; Primitive Man; Progress; Words; Vocabulary; Cavemen

EVEN MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Drive toward the juan de fuca strait
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Saxophones; Singing & Singers; Women; Songs

FAMILY STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family
Subject(s): Family Life; Story-telling; Women; Relatives

FAST GAS; FOR RICHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the days of self service
Last Line: Is come close and touch me.
Subject(s): Accidents; Automobiles - Service Stations; Baby Boom Generation; Love; Women; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops

FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We were afraid of everything: earthquakes
Subject(s): Fear; Women

FIGURES    Poem Text    
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Poverty; Women; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse

FINDING WHAT'S LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the poem my daughter reminds me
Last Line: Like an orange flower over the gravel street.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Loss; Mothers & Daughters; Poetry & Poets

FIRESTARTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Since this morning he's gone through
Subject(s): Fire; Firefighters; Oregon; Smoke; Women

First Line: Once a week, whether the money is there
Last Line: Even the slightest of their calls.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Love; Mothers & Daughters

First Line: No matter what the grief, its weight
Last Line: And fall weightless, away from the world.
Subject(s): Grief; Kindness; Sorrow; Sadness

GRAFFITI    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the dayton avenue signal tower
Last Line: Three smooth strokes and he's gone.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Graffiti

First Line: His grave is strewn with litter again
Last Line: Just before the terrible hunger returns.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Loss; Love; Graveyards; Dead, The

HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: The heart shifts shape of its own accord-from bird to ax
Subject(s): Hearts; Homeless; Kindness; Poverty; Women

HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: At the high school football game, the boys
Last Line: Smelling the flowers pressed against her neck.
Subject(s): Education; Fathers & Daughters; Homecoming; Schools; Students

HOW IT WILL HAPPEN, WHEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There you are, exhausted from another night of crying
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Heaven; Women; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Paradise

First Line: The girl's bathroom is titled in pink
Subject(s): Berkeley, California; Girls; Women

IF THIS IS PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: If this is paradise: trees, beehives
Last Line: A bowl full of fire and pretend that it's magic?
Subject(s): Activity; Heaven; Progress; Exercise; Paradise

KALEIDOSCOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember sex before my husband
Last Line: Crowded against our window, shivering.
Subject(s): Marriage; Memory; Sex; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

KISSING    Poem Text    
First Line: They are kissing, on a park bench
Last Line: Onto each other. They are kissing.
Subject(s): Desire; Kisses

KISSING AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Kissing again, after a long drought of
Subject(s): Kisses; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

LAKE HAVASU    Poem Text    
First Line: Man-made, bejesus hot, patches of sand turned to glass
Subject(s): Havasu, Lake, Arizona

LANDRUM'S DINER, RENO    Poem Text    
First Line: We slouch, half-asleep on christmas day
Last Line: What more we could want?
Subject(s): Comfort; Love; Nevada; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners

LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: His voice, toward the end, was a soft coal breaking
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Loss Of; Poetry & Poets; Women

LATE OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight. The cats under the open window
Last Line: On end, afraid of what I might do next.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dreams; October; Violence; Nightmares

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And remote, and useful, / if only to itself. Take the fly, angel
Subject(s): Contentment; Life; Women

MATINEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twelve years old, two silver quarters singing
Last Line: Just reach out and take them into my arms.
Subject(s): Children; Motion Pictures; Sexual Harassment; Childhood; Movies; Cinema

NEON HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: To come upon one, driving toward your lover
Subject(s): Animals; Art & Artists; Hearts; Horses; Love; Women

OH, THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: You are the hero of this poem
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Women; Valor; Bravery; Optimism

OLYMPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I convinced manet to paint me with a tinge of ocher
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Paintings & Painters; Women; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens

PEARL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She was nothing much, this plain-faced girl from texas
Subject(s): Biography; Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Women; Biographers

First Line: I never dreamed my daughter would be 16
Last Line: The job of waking into each morning, trusting.
Subject(s): Future; Love; Mothers & Daughters

PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet jesus, let her save you, let her take
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Women; Estrangement; Outcasts

RAY AT 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Bless this boy, born with the strong face
Subject(s): Blessings; Boys; Brothers; Death; Heaven; Women; Half-brothers; Dead, The; Paradise

First Line: Her apartment is a lesson in schematics
Subject(s): Girls; Houses; Rooms; Women

First Line: I don't remember how it began
Last Line: The trouble I've seen.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Forgetfulness; Music & Musicians

SMALL GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought my father was a god
Last Line: Day after day, I watched them grow.
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Children; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Parents; Women; Childhood; Parenthood

SMOKE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who would want to give it up, the coal
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Smoke; Tragedy; Women; Dead, The

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We're deep into the seventh hour, the car
Subject(s): Adolescence; Automobile Accidents; Death; Heaven; Travel; Women; Teen Agers; Dead, The; Paradise; Journeys; Trips

SUNDAY RADIO    Poem Text    
First Line: From my husband's window I hear a woman
Last Line: To how his voice breaks, then goes on with the song.
Subject(s): Marriage; Radio; Singing & Singers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Songs

First Line: As the train approaches the tunnel, the kids
Subject(s): Children; Railroads; Childhood; Railways; Trains

First Line: My mother cooked with lard she kept
Last Line: As he bowed, and she slipped him the check.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Mothers & Daughters; Musical Instruments; Pianos; Cookery

THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We were talking about poetry
Last Line: Preparing to open the door.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Poetry & Poets; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb

THE GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who comes to tend the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Women

THE JOB; FOR TOBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my friend lost her little finger
Last Line: To what's turning in the world.
Subject(s): Accidents; Factories; Fingers; Touch (Sense)

THE LAUNDROMAT    Poem Text    
First Line: My clothes somersault in the dryer. At thirty
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering

THE LIFE OF TREES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pines rub their great noise
Subject(s): Trees

THE LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The line runs the length of the department store aisle-a mother grips a
Subject(s): Babies; Mothers; Women; Infants

THE LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: She is about to come. This time
Last Line: If she could see it, she would never let him see.
Subject(s): Pleasure; Sex

First Line: Above the lawn the wild beetles mate
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Spring; Women

THE SECRET OF BACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Heels of the shoes worn down, each
Subject(s): Backs (Human Body)

First Line: I loved him most / when he came home from work
Subject(s): Hearts; Kisses; Love - Marital; Women; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love

THE STUDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: She never spoke, which made her obvious
Subject(s): Mouths; Silence; Speech Disorders; Voices; Women; Stuttering; Muteness

THE THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: What is it when your man sits on the floor
Last Line: Into this other world he cannot build without you.
Subject(s): Ambition; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Seduction; Sex; Male-female Relations

THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: You called it screwing, what we did nights
Subject(s): Love; Women

THIS CLOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the room where we lie, light
Last Line: If I loved you, being this close would kill me.
Subject(s): Love; Sex

First Line: Look at me. I'm standing on a deck
Subject(s): Love; Singing & Singers; Women; Songs

TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter set whatever had begun
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit; Harvest; Pear Trees; Trees; Women; Pears

VACATION SEX    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We've been at it all summer, from the canadian border
Subject(s): Love - Erotic

WHAT COULD HAPPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Noon. A stale saturday. The hills
Last Line: Beyond that shadowy nest of red madrones.
Subject(s): Decay; Driving & Drivers; Towns; Women; Rot; Decadence

WHAT I WOULDN'T DO    Poem Text    
First Line: The only job I didn't like, quit
Last Line: And had been waiting all day to hear.
Subject(s): Job Hunting; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers

First Line: He tells me his mother carries his father's ashes
Last Line: The relative comfort of silence.
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Cremation; Forgiveness; Legacies; Child Abuse; Clemency

WHAT'S BROKEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The slate black sky. The middle step
Subject(s): Time; Life

WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Graveyard trees hug their shadows close
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Women; Dead, The

WING    Poem Text    
First Line: Madrid, 1934 / until a shepherd boy from orihuela
Last Line: Had not heard a nightingale
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales; Wings; Women