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Author: NIMS, JOHN FREDERICK
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Nims, John Frederick    Poet's Biography
86 poems available by this author


A SCHOLAR WONDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Their human love - confusing! Off they fling
Subject(s): Scholarship & Scholars


ALCHEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn lead to gold? Some can. We'd all allow
Subject(s): Alchemy & Alchemists


ALL-NITE LUNCHROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Shallow nature, pleased
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


ANTHOLOGY: THE HUNDRED BEST POETS OF ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Two flourish. And a few may bud. But oh
Variant Title(s): On Reading A Contemporary Anthology, From Juvenal, I, 79;anthology: The Hundred Best N.y. - S.f. Poets
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


APOCALYPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Turning from plato to the rocky sergeant
Subject(s): Soldiers; War; Popular Culture - United States


BLIND JOY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Superficiality


CARDIOLOGICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten heartbeats back our lips were touching. Ten?
Subject(s): Hearts; Time


CENSORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Love cautions, 'adults only!' while below
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: They say: but cattle near
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: This seablue fir that rode the mountain storm
Subject(s): Christmas; Past; Children; Death; Stars; Nativity, The; Childhood; Dead, The


CLOCK SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Time that brings children from the wizard den
Subject(s): Time


CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hands are plated; they'll be brass
Subject(s): Time


COLT AUTOMATIC    Poem Text    
First Line: My gun, the color of winter rain and thunder
Subject(s): Guns


CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: If what began (look far and wide) will end:
Subject(s): Universe; Love


CRADLE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Pram and scottie season now
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


CREATIVE WRITING    Poem Text    
First Line: Blobb learned one thing in workshops: be concrete!
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


DAYS OF OUR YEARS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


DECLINE AND FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: We had a city also. Hand in hand
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Ruins; Defeat


DIMENSION    Poem Text    
First Line: To hold you measured three ways is the sun's
Subject(s): Love


DOLLAR BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The feathered thing of silver-grey and jade
Subject(s): Birds


DROPPING THE NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Alps, island, jet, crest, logo - barnum's own
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Automobile Accidents; Male-female Relations


ELEGY FOR A BAD POET, TAKEN FROM US NOT LONG SINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: About the dead, no murmur of dispraise
Last Line: “who, you?” to praise the lord, his gracious ways
Subject(s): Hate


ELEVATED    Poem Text    
First Line: Three stories up the town in venice: there
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


ETRUSCAN TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Tarchna dreams by the distant ocean
Subject(s): Etruscan Civilization; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


FAIRY TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hero; he is black or white


FLORENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow river and the violet hills
Subject(s): Florence, Italy


FREIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Call awe, then, what you will, long long ago
Subject(s): Railroads; Time; Railways; Trains


FROM THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies a most elegant captain of colonials
Subject(s): Colonialism


GOOD FRIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You love us yet? Then really, what a one!
Subject(s): Hate


GRAVITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mildest of all the powers of earth: no lightnings
Subject(s): Nature; Gravitation


HUMAN KIND CANNOT BEAR VERY MUCH REALITY'    Poem Text    
First Line: Hence tricks of dimension on us soft as kisses
Subject(s): Reality; Love - Nature Of


IN PRAISE OF SOBRIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lips that touch liquor must never touch mine.' that's clear
Last Line: But, with a tipsy lunge, hit nose or ear
Subject(s): Temperance; Prohibition


ISAIAH'S COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Always, he woke in those days
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Christmas; Love; Nativity, The


ISHTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Two ordinary people, nextdoor neighbors
Subject(s): Ishtar (Babylonian Goddess)


LAB RSEARCH (SEX)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cruddy x-rayed the lovers bound in bliss
Last Line: “don't see the point,” he puzzled. “what's to this?”
Subject(s): Sex


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now caught away by winds of love
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases
Subject(s): Clumsiness; Love


MADRIGAL IN TIME OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the rivers of the midnight town
Subject(s): War; Love; Farewell; Parting


MORE THEOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: And why these fig leaves hiding eden's riches?
Last Line: Our parent got too big, see, for their britches
Variant Title(s): Moon-landing Poetry, From Juvenal, I, 79
Subject(s): Eden; Clothing & Dress


MOZART    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you have come between us and a time
Subject(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)


NATIONE NON MORIBUS (1265-1321)    Poem Text    
First Line: Shrug off the world( (as churning boys
Last Line: To breathe that air! And breathless...At the pole …
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


NEAR THE AIRPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleek, keen, so now - superbo jets that go
Subject(s): Air Travel


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight the years last day the last
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIAGARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving westward near niagara, that transfiguring of the waters,
Subject(s): Niagara Falls; Nature; Earth; Social Commentaries; World


NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that you're here again, what's thirst or hunger?
Subject(s): Togetherness


OCCASIONS OF GRACE AT A POETRY READING    Poem Text    
First Line: The loving-kindness, lord! Who, sin to quell
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


ODE; CHAMBER AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: My many-windowed room, cupboard of sun
Subject(s): Transience; Property; Impermanence; Possessions


OLD RIVER ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: One party of that season. Evening journals
Subject(s): Love Affairs; Parties


ON READING - THOUGH NOT FAR - IN A CRITIC MUCH TOUTED TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: These never change, while time's pollution thickens:
Last Line: Cackle of critics, and the shit of chickens
Variant Title(s): Dear Reader, From Juvenal, I, 79
Subject(s): Books; Reading


PARALLAX AT DJEBEL-MUTA    Poem Text    
First Line: He strolled on desert cliffs; tumultuous sunset
Subject(s): Anthropology; Deserts


PARTING: 1940    Poem Text    
First Line: Not knowing in what season this again
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


PENNY ARCADE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This pale and dusty palace under the el
Subject(s): Amusement Parks


PHRYNE    Poem Text    
First Line: They stripped to win the jury once, those languorous sweet greek bitches
Subject(s): Women Writers


PIGSKIN ABBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The twilight gun is victory assured
Subject(s): Football


POET WHO HAS IT MADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard in mauve mercedes, off to ski
Last Line: Poet for sale sign overprinted sold?
Variant Title(s): Poet Who Has It Made, From Juvenal I, 79
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Success


POETS AND CRITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: One hound that trops. A thousand fleas that ride
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Critics & Criticism


PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Seeing in crowded restaurants the one you love
Subject(s): Love


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: We who are nothingness can never be filled
Subject(s): Nothingness; God; Nihilism; Voids


QUEEN STREET WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Seeing the people, broke, pitted, awry
Subject(s): War - Home Front


SEAMUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: What word in the deep mind swimming, goldfish word
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEASHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over her great museum of lost nations
Subject(s): Seashore; Girls; Sunbathing; Beach; Coast; Shore


SHOT DOWN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy I knew
Subject(s): War; Death; Dead, The


SIGN OF FEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Toys that parting lovers give
Subject(s): Love; Farewell; Parting


SLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The slow day burns across the rubble dial
Subject(s): Slums; City & Town Life; Tenements


TENNIS TROPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Back in boyhood, game was all
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Tennis


THE BLONDE SONATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Green grizzle day, the soft erotic weather
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses; Hair; Desire


THE BOOK OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some puzzle out with finger cramped and slow
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE CAVEMAN ON THE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When first the apprizing eye and tongue that muttered
Subject(s): Railroads; Transience; Railways; Trains; Impermanence


THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: How the greenest of wheat rang gold at his birth!
Variant Title(s): For My Son
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE GOLDEN AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The persians, when / they had vanquished the ionians in the seafight
Subject(s): Modern Warfare


THE MAGICAL VIEW OF NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: So. The old clock's broken
Subject(s): Time; Einstein, Alfred (1879-1955)


THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The news stirred first in very dead of winter
Subject(s): Modern Life


THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The red express, projectile
Subject(s): Speed; Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE MOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: This mouse that in my absence haunts the room
Subject(s): Nature


THE NECROMANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clowns in a garish air. On panicky pedals
Last Line: The princess flings our halo , knife by knife
Subject(s): Necromancy


THE SHAPE OF LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: A premonition in the leaves
Subject(s): Leaves


THE WOOLEN BUG    Poem Text    
First Line: In camel's-hair, in heather twill or suede
Subject(s): Moths


THE YOUNG IONIA    Poem Text    
First Line: If you could come on the late train for


TIDE TURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Through salt marsh, grassy channel where the shark's
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Seashore; Tides; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents; Beach; Coast; Shore


TO FRIENDS OF OTHER SUMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We heeded the blood's warm nudge, the arterial music
Subject(s): Memory; Summer; Friendship


TO LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fondlers on the rumpled cot
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


TRAINWRECKED SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Death, that is small respected of distinction
Subject(s): Death; Disasters; Railroad Wrecks; Dead, The; Train Wrecks


UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We're told how the great mazy world we wander
Subject(s): Nature


VENTRILOQUISM    Poem Text    
First Line: You girls by moonlight lovered
Subject(s): Language; Flirtation; Words; Vocabulary


VERSE TRANSLATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Goethe, racine, neruda, pushkin - next!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting


WORLDLY SUCCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: A winter world. Ways icy. Most men fall
Subject(s): Winter; Ice