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Author: NELSON, MARILYN
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Nelson, Marilyn    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Waniek, Marilyn Nelson
62 poems available by this author


A CANTICLE FOR ABBA JACOB    Poem Text    
First Line: How beautiful you are, my love
Subject(s): Literary Form


A CHARMED LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here breathes a solitary pilgrim sustained by dew
Subject(s): Gratitude


ABBA JACOB AND ST. FRANCIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Abba jacob with his invention
Subject(s): Nature


ABBA JACOB AT BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: A young visitor [or, secular] / wearing an angels cap
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


ABBA JACOB IN THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Bakar, atul, and clancy lower a bucket
Last Line: The ladder cuts through the slanting light / and disappears
Subject(s): Wells


ACHES AND PAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Abba jacob said: / the older I get, the more clearly I believe
Last Line: Like manna. Like respite. Like rain
Subject(s): Old Age


ALDERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: One year the town republicans
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ANNUNCIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Like holes punched in a tin roof, thinks diverne
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ARMED MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ray teaches at the boley baptist school
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


AUNT ANNIE'S PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Her magnified voice reverberates
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


BALANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: He watch her like a coonhound watch a tree.
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Relatives


BALI HAI CALLS MAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: As I was putting away the groceries
Subject(s): Mothers; Babies; Family Life; Infants; Relatives


BEAUTY SHOPPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, girl. He was fine. All night he'd groan I love you
Last Line: He's not worth it. Girl, that nigger broke my heart
Subject(s): African Americans; Love Unrequited; Deception; Grief


BLACK PIONEERS    Poem Text    
First Line: There, we'll put the chickens
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


CACHOEIRA    Poem Text    
First Line: We slept, woke, breakfasted, and met the man
Subject(s): Cachoeira, Brazil; Tourists; Slavery; Convents; Serfs


CAFETERIA FOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Even when you've been living on
Subject(s): Food & Eating


CHOPIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It's sunday evening. Pomp holds the receipts
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Relatives


CHOSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Diverne wanted to die, that august night
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Relatives


CHURCHGOING    Poem Text    
First Line: The lutherans sit stolidly in rows;
Subject(s): Christianity; Slavery; Hypocrisy; Serfs


COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He made a living selling land and coal
Last Line: He made a living
Subject(s): Family Life; Business; Fathers; Relatives


DAUGHTERS, 1900    Poem Text    
First Line: Five daughters, in the slant light on the porch
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Relatives


DINOSAUR SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: A violet wash is streaked across the clouds
Subject(s): Dinosaurs


DIVERNE'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The house of myth
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


DIVERNE'S WALTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Diverne stands in the kitchen as they dance
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Relatives


DUSTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for these tiny
Subject(s): Nature


EMILY DICKINSON'S DEFUNCT    Poem Text    
First Line: She used to / pack poems
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


FOUR A.M. IN THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness softens, a thin


FREEMAN FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a cool evening
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Family Life; Relatives


HECUBA MOURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, my daughter
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


HIGH AND HAUGHTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ray, almost a spinster, gave up
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I neither remember / the first time
Last Line: And shot me with / america
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was like soul-kissing, the way the words
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


HURRAH, HURRAH    Poem Text    
First Line: A full moon rises
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


I SEND MAMA HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I send you down the road from paden
Subject(s): Mothers


INTERMEZZO    Poem Text    
First Line: Pomp, at the foot of her lacy bed
Last Line: To give pomp a marble
Subject(s): Slavery; Reconstruction (1865-1876); Freedom


IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: How easily my heart falls back into habits
Subject(s): Anxiety; Jazz; Music & Musicians


JUNETEENTH    Poem Text    
First Line: With her shiny black-patent sandals
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


LEAVING THE HOSPICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Abba jacob said: / it's amazing! The old nun has been resurrected!
Last Line: What awaits is welcome purer than true love's first kiss
Subject(s): Death


LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees paint their reflections
Last Line: In a little yellow book
Subject(s): Family Life; Mississippi River; African Americans; Relatives


LITTLE WHITE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Us free will baptists walked a thin tightwire
Subject(s): Worship; Christianity; Free Will & Determinism


LONELY EAGLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Being black in america
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Aviation & Aviators; Air Warfare; World War Ii; African Americans - Military; Family Life; James, General Daniel 'chappie' (1920-78); Airplanes; Air Pilots; Second World War; Relatives


LONELY EAGLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Being black in america
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Family Life; James, General Daniel 'chappie' (1920-78; Relatives


LOVESONG    Poem Text    
First Line: How shall I hold my spirit, that is not
Subject(s): Love


MAMA'S PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no answer to the blank inequity
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


MINOR MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Which reminds me of another knock-on-wood
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Regret; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


MY GRANDFATHER WALKS IN THE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere / in the light above the womb
Subject(s): Grandparents; Trees; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MEDUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Column six, page thirty-six
Last Line: With this simpleton love
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Crime & Criminals; Guilt


PORTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly / when I hear airplanes overhead
Last Line: He looks down. Then he looks at me and grins. / I took it, too!
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Family Life; Aviation & Aviators; Relatives


PSALM    Poem Text    
First Line: So many cars have driven past me
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers


RUELLIA NOCTIFLORA    Poem Text    
First Line: A colored man come running at me out of the woods
Subject(s): Petunias


SAWED-THROUGH-LINK    Poem Text    


SISTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The school bus drove us home from high school, where
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Racism; Feminism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


STAR-FIX    Poem Text    
First Line: At his cramped desk
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Family Life; Relatives


THE BALLAD OF AUNT GENEVA    Poem Text    
First Line: Geneva was the wild one
Subject(s): Family Life; Literary Form; Racism; Relatives; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE CENTURY QUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister and I were in love
Subject(s): Quilts


THE DREAM'S WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed / mama came back
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


THE FORTUNATE SPILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Well! Johnnie thinks. He has his nerve!
Last Line: As they fall for each other, and for me
Subject(s): Family Life; African Americans; Courtship; Luck; Love; Relatives


THE HOUSE ON MOSCOW STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: It's the ragged source of memory
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Family Life; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Relatives


THE LACE-MAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Late sunday morning gilds the pins and needles,
Subject(s): Lace


TO MARKET    Poem Text    
First Line: All the long way from jamaica
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


TUSKEGEE AIRFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: These men
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Family Life; Relatives


UNRHYMED PEACE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Who are the good guys now? Who are the bad?
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War