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Author: OSTRIKER, ALICIA SUSKIN
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Ostriker, Alicia Suskin    Poet's Biography
180 poems available by this author


A CHINESE FAN PAINTING       
First Line: It is late afternoon, the cherries bloom
Subject(s): China; Fans; Paintings And Painters


A CLEARING BY A STREAM       
First Line: What impels the mind to soar forth?
Subject(s): Brooks; Streams; Creeks


A CLEARING BY THE STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: What impels the mind to soar forth?
Subject(s): Butterflies


A GLASS PANE TOWARD THE SPECTRAL, MYSTERIOUS GARDEN'    Poem Text    
Last Line: When all the forests you have burned are green
Subject(s): Change; Relationships


A GLASS PANE TOWARD THE SPECTRAL, MYSTERIOUS GARDEN'       


A MEDITATION IN SEVEN DAYS       
First Line: If your mother is a jew, you are a jew
Subject(s): Day; Jews - Women; Meditation


A MINOR VAN GOGH (HE SPEAKS)    Poem Text    
First Line: The strokes are pulses: from my shapely cloud
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


A QUESTION OF TIME       
First Line: I ask a friend. She informs me it is ten years
Subject(s): Time


A YOUNG WOMAN, A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: The life spills over, some days
Subject(s): Trees; Women; Youth


ABOUT TIME       
First Line: What we have been doing
Subject(s): Time


AFTER THE SHIPWRECK    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost, drifting, on the current, as the sun pours down
Subject(s): Disasters; Shipwrecks; Water


ANSELM KIEFER       
First Line: At the border between reality and the imagination
Subject(s): Fights; Reality


ANXIETY ABOUT DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't any worse than what


APPEARANCE AND REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Amphibian, crustacean? The nooked neck
Subject(s): Facades; Reality; Appearances


APRIL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The optimists among us
Subject(s): Spring


APRIL ONE       
First Line: Can't believe it
Last Line: Even the lost people are combing their hair
Subject(s): April


BECKY AND BENNY IN FAR ROCKAWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the atlantic ocean, past the last subway station
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


BEER       
First Line: After the store and the gas station close
Last Line: The movements, and how everything goes together / for hours
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Ale; Wine


BIRDCALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Tuwee, calls a bird near the house,
Subject(s): Birds


BOIL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Boil over - it's what the nerves do
Subject(s): Life


BORN IN THE U.S.A.    Poem Text    
First Line: Born in 1937 in the usa
Subject(s): United States; Self; Patriotism; America


BUS STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Those bus station bathrooms are bad
Subject(s): Buses


CAMBODIA    Poem Text    
First Line: My son gabriel was born on may 14, 1970 during the vietnam war, a
Subject(s): Cambodia; Vietnam


CONTEST    Poem Text    
First Line: He was unarmed, still the cintest was fair
Subject(s): Marriage; Murder; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


COWS       
First Line: Dawn breaks
Last Line: Ahead to the good, as your father knew you would
Subject(s): Cows


CROSSTOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Back in new york I grab a taxi at port authority
Last Line: X-rays, so its cancer
Subject(s): New York City; City Traffic; Taxis; Buses; Democracy; War; Politics & Politicians; African Americans; Racism; Nightmares


CROSSTOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Back in new york I grab a cab at port authority
Subject(s): New York City; Taxis; Immigrants; City & Town Life; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


DAFFODILS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The day the war against iraq begins
Subject(s): Iraq War (2003); Daffodils


DEMETER TO PERSEPHONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I watched you walking up out of that hole
Subject(s): Rain; Love


DIASPORA    Poem Text    
First Line: The forsythia bush is made of yellow fire
Subject(s): Learning; Nature


DISSOLVE IN SLOW MOTION       
First Line: When you watch a marriage / dissolve, in slow motion
Last Line: It all gets thrown away
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DREAM: THE DISCLOSURE       
First Line: If I would further than I have
Last Line: The juices are harmless, they are not poison, they are life
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


ELEGY FOR ALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: That was a break
Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997)


ENCOUNTERING THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: With my father it happened driving
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Fathers; Death; Dead, The


EVERYWOMAN HER OWN THEOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am nailing them up to the cathedral door
Last Line: My paper will tell this being where to find me
Subject(s): Religion; Women; Theology


EXILE    Poem Text    
First Line: The downward turning touch
Subject(s): Mothers


FIFTY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is what a fifty-year-old
Last Line: Quitting time, do you still answer never?
Subject(s): Aging; Women


FISHERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine a fisherman in summer deep
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


FROM PRADO ROTUNDA: THE FAMILY OF CHARLES IV, AND OTHERS       
First Line: Francisco jose de goya y lucientes
Last Line: Which demands, like everything alive, / love
Subject(s): Family Life; Paintings And Painters; Prado (Museum), Madrid; Relatives


FROWNING AT EMILY    Poem Text    
First Line: The entire room was frowning at emily
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


GEORGE IN HOSPITAL       
First Line: For a while, in the hospital
Last Line: This is terrible
Subject(s): Hospitals


GLOBULE    Poem Text    
First Line: To be transparent, to contain the world
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


GRANDCHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: I take her to the park, I swing her in the little swing
Subject(s): Grandchildren; Grandsons; Granddaughters


GREEDY BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: Greedy baby / sucking the sweet tit
Subject(s): Babies; Breast Feeding; Infants; Nursing (Infants)


HE GETS DEPRESSED WHENEVER WE ARGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Man, I am talking to you
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


HELIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: For some reason you got up that morning
Last Line: And we were glad of this
Subject(s): Balloons


HERE IS THE STRONG ONE, THE OTHER ONE'    Poem Text    
Last Line: Here is the strong one, the other after
Subject(s): Change; Strength


HERE IS THE STRONG ONE, THE OTHER ONE'       


HIS SPEED AND STRENGTH    Poem Text    
First Line: His speed and strength, which is the strength of ten
Last Line: Away, pedaling hard, rocket and pilot
Subject(s): Strength


HOLOCAUST    Poem Text    
First Line: And about burning people -
Last Line: A rapid, persistent / chemical / reaction
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: We know that nothing
Last Line: With goddesses, mortal women, pigs, and homecoming
Subject(s): Home


HORSES       
First Line: What was the first animal
Last Line: Are never tamed, never entirely tamed
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


I BROOD ABOUT SOME CONCEPTS, FOR EXAMPLE       
First Line: A concept like 'I,' which I am told by many
Last Line: To disclose. The thing itself ...
Subject(s): Language; Philosophy & Philosophers; Thought; Words; Vocabulary; Thinking


I CAN'T SPEAK    Poem Text    
First Line: It's hopeless. Our heads are full of television
Subject(s): Conversation; Language; Words; Vocabulary


I COME THE WAY THAT'       


IN EVERY LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self


IN THE DUST    Poem Text    
First Line: This year, she announces to us all at dinner
Last Line: Is going willingly. I send her willingly
Subject(s): Daughters; Dust; Growth


IN THE FORTY-FIFTH YEAR OF MARRIAGE IT GOES ON    Poem Text    
First Line: I would never say I feel like a million dollars, but I whistle
Subject(s): Marriage; Time; Conduct Of Life; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF MARRIAGE, IT GOES ON       
First Line: Damn it, honey, neither one of us
Last Line: With some kind of kick in the tail
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF MARRIAGE, IT GOES ON: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Damn it, honey, neither one of us


INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: But it's really fear you want to talk about
Subject(s): Insomnia; Conduct Of Life; Fear; Failure; Sleeplessness


IT HURTS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE'    Poem Text    
Last Line: Please come when it happens
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


IT HURTS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE'       


JERSEY TRANSIT    Poem Text    
First Line: That black woman with the extraordinary earrings
Subject(s): Commuters; Railroads; Social Commentaries; Railways; Trains


JONAH'S GOURD VINE       
First Line: Outside papyrus books, upper broadway
Last Line: But no sign yet we're ready to repent
Subject(s): Vines And Vineyards


LAMENTING THE INEVITABLE       
First Line: The world dances with hate
Last Line: Of the burning world
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


LETTING THE DOVES OUT       
First Line: The imaginary lover, form in the mind
Last Line: And draws more iridescent scarves from his sleeve
Subject(s): Doves; Freedom; Liberty


LISTEN       
First Line: Having lost you, I attract substitutes
Subject(s): Grief; Love - Loss Of; Relationships; Sorrow; Sadness


LOCKER ROOM CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There are some men my husband never sees
Last Line: A couple of friends.-what did you think of that guy? / -what guy, they said
Subject(s): Bodies; Men; Nudity; Nakedness


LOOKOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: He sets his campus security cap on the stairs
Subject(s): Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


MARIE AT TEA       
First Line: You remember the extremes
Last Line: Love, of marriage, the / extreme
Subject(s): Change; Food & Eating; Relationships; Tea


MATISSE TOO    Poem Text    
First Line: Matisse, too, when the fingers ceased to work
Last Line: Damn the fathers. We are talking about defiance
Subject(s): Matisse, Henri (1869-1954); Courage; Art & Atists; Perseverance; Fathers


MATISSE, TOO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Matisse, too, when the fingers ceased to work
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


MAY RAIN, PRINCETON    Poem Text    
First Line: Green, green, the luminous maples preen
Subject(s): Rain; Princeton, New Jersey


MEETING THE DEAD       
First Line: If we've loved them, it's what we want, and sometimes
Last Line: The orderly gardens and homes of the living
Subject(s): Death; Family Life; Peace; Dead, The; Relatives


MESSAGE FROM THE SLEEPER AT HELL'S MOUTH: 6. ONESELF AT HELL'S MOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't only my sisters
Subject(s): Cupid; Psyche (Mythology); Eros


METAPHOR    Poem Text    
First Line: What a trip, the first morning I saw it
Subject(s): Athens, Greece


MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN AT A POND    Poem Text    
First Line: The first of june, grasses already tall
Last Line: Is a response. I swim across the ring of it
Subject(s): Lakes; Women; Pools; Ponds


MIGRANT       
First Line: Desire comes up in us
Last Line: To a show that has always been playing
Subject(s): Migrant Labor; Migratory Workers; Agricultural Laborers


MILLENNIAL POLKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Using words this way
Last Line: Among the bloody berries
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


MISERY AND FRUSTRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: They say one part of wisdom
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Conduct Of Life; Wine


MOTH IN APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Can I concentrate, cani I
Subject(s): Moths


MOTHER IN AIRPORT PARKING LOT       
First Line: This motherhood business fades, is almost over
Subject(s): Air Travel; Mothers; Women


MOTHER/CHILD: CODA    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear teaches nothing
Last Line: Consciousness is a blessing
Subject(s): Change; Growth


MOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether it's a turtle who drags herself
Last Line: For the song that is to follow
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


NORMAL LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Normal light never killed anything
Subject(s): Light; Superman; Vision


NUDE DESCENDING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Like a bowerbird trailing a beakful of weeds
Last Line: Into beige rectangles
Subject(s): Nudity; Nakedness


O'KEEFFE       
First Line: New york: you are staring safely down from steiglitz's apartment
Last Line: One magnolia opens her taffeta skirt
Subject(s): Change; Magnolias; O'keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986)


OLD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems to me the kindliness of old men


ONE IS INSIDE'    Poem Text    
Last Line: That is beautiful
Subject(s): Pregnancy


ONE IS INSIDE'       


POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE BY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Last Line: That wouldn't happen to him, and we happily kissed
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE BY FITZGERALD/HEMINGWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The very rich are different from us, they
Last Line: Can know before the very day arrives
Subject(s): Change; Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961); Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940)


PORTRAIT OF A MAN       
First Line: You wear glasses
Last Line: Having cogitated, you begin again to write
Subject(s): Men; Portraits


PORTRAITE DE L'ARTISTE       
First Line: When everybody's in bed
Last Line: Even in sleep, not separated
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Portraits


PSALM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not lyric any more
Subject(s): Relationships; Love; Hate


SATURDAY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: And here it comes: around the world
Last Line: Out of their gourds, invent the sacred dance
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: I see the bare feet on the warm boardwalk
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


SINGLE WOMAN SPEAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: The imaginary lover, form in the mind
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Single People; Bachelors; Unmarried People


SOFTEN AND MELT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The man made me soften and melt
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SONG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Some claim the origin of song
Subject(s): Songs


SONNET. TO TELL THE TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: To tell the truth, those brick housing authority buildings
Last Line: Now I've said everything nice I can about this
Subject(s): Truth


STARING AT THE PACIFIC, AND SWIMMING IN IT       
First Line: The mind, she thinks
Last Line: Haze, how the ocean holds
Subject(s): Pacific Ocean; Swimming & Swimmers


STILL LIFE: A GLASSFUL OF ZINNIAS ON MY DAUGHTER'S KITCHEN TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the interminable quest for truth
Last Line: A glassful of zinnias on the table
Subject(s): Daughters; Flowers


STOPPED AT A CORNER, NEAR MIDNIGHT, I WATCH       
First Line: Stopped at a corner, near midnight, I watch


STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: With swift delusional energy
Last Line: A delusional / solidity
Subject(s): Brooks; Streams; Creeks


SURVIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is true that in this century
Last Line: Tell me it is not merely the duty of grief
Subject(s): Survival


TAKING THE SHUTTLE WITH FRANZ    Poem Text    
First Line: A search for metaphors to describe the thick
Last Line: Vermin,' they think, imagining stamping us out
Subject(s): Air Travel; Business; Travel; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Journeys; Trips


THE ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Of course we failed, by succeeding
Last Line: In nothing. Don't leave me, don't leave me
Subject(s): Anniversaries; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE BLESSING OF THE OLD WOMAN, THE TULIP, AND THE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: To be blessed
Subject(s): Blessings; God


THE BOOK OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything very hardy
Last Line: Jews like ourselves have just begun to plant
Subject(s): Books; Life; Reading


THE BOYS, THE BROOM HANDLE, AND THE RETARDED GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Who was asking for it -
Last Line: Touching the girl
Subject(s): Boys; Fights; Girls


THE BRIDE       
First Line: Jerusalem sits on her mountains, a woman
Last Line: Heavy because so angry, / so angry
Subject(s): Brides


THE CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Happening now! It is happening
Last Line: Can you sense, under the ground, the great melting?
Subject(s): Change; Daughters


THE CLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: We say things in this class. Like why it hurts
Last Line: Though she would never say so in a class
Subject(s): Classmates; Schools; Schoolmates; Students


THE CRAZY LADY SPEAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I was the one in the irt tunnel
Last Line: From each of their graves I rise, daughter. Embrace me
Subject(s): Insanity; Talk; Women; Madness; Mental Illness


THE DEATH GHAZALS    Poem Text    
First Line: If a raindrop enters the ocean, good
Last Line: Does your smeared forehead out-top the gracious mountain?
Variant Title(s): Ghazals;death Of Ghazals
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DOGS AT LIVE OAK BEACH, SANTA CRUZ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As if there could be a world
Last Line: Does your smeared forehead out-top the gracious mountain?
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


THE DOOR CLICKS. HE RETURNS TO ME'    Poem Text    
Last Line: Is it measureless pain?
Subject(s): Veterans; Homecoming; Marriage; Fathers & Sons


THE DOOR CLICKS. HE RETURNS TO ME'    Poem Text    


THE EIGHTH AND THIRTEENTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The eighth of shostakovich
Subject(s): Change


THE END OF THE LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally the last passengers
Subject(s): Trolley Cars


THE EXCHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am watching a woman swim below the surface
Subject(s): Dreams; Relationships; Swimming & Swimmers; Women; Nightmares; Swimmers


THE FOOL STANDS UP TO TEACH KING LEAR AGAIN       
First Line: The systematic murder of the young
Last Line: All I can do is demonstrate my joy
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers


THE GUARDS KNEELED, THEY RAISED THEIR WEAPONS, THEY FIRED'    Poem Text    
Last Line: Finally is liberated, then they pull the body out
Subject(s): Birth; Sedation


THE GUARDS KNEELED, THEY RAISED THEIR WEAPONS, THEY FIRED'    Poem Text    


THE HISTORY OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: A linear projection: a route. It crosses
Last Line: Wonder you fear this bleeding pulse, no wonder
Subject(s): History; United States; Historians; America


THE IDEA OF MAKING LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The idea of makling love - as sticking your tongue
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE IMPULSE OF SINGING       
First Line: That journey he made
Last Line: How bitterly beautiful, before the madwomen ripped him?
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE LEAF PILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now here is a typical children's story
Last Line: The mark of my hand a blush on my son's cheek
Subject(s): Family Life; Mothers; Sons; Relatives


THE MARRIAGE NOCTURNE       
First Line: Stopped at a corner, near midnight, I watch
Last Line: World that we cannot heal, that is our bride
Subject(s): Marriage; Night; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Bedtime


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 1. THE BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You never think it will happen to you
Last Line: Elevation to depth, vista to crawling
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 10. YEARS OF GIRLHOOD (FOR MY STUDENTS)    Poem Text    
First Line: All the years of girlhood we wait for them
Last Line: When the babies nuzzle like bees
Subject(s): Breasts


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 11. THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sluiced with the city's detritus
Last Line: I hear you, I will come
Subject(s): Mothers


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 12. EPILOGUE: NEVERTHELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bookbag on my back, I'm out the door
Last Line: The bookbag on my back, I have to run
Subject(s): Breasts; Health


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 2. THE GURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: What's this long corridor above the street
Last Line: How good it is, not to be anywhere
Subject(s): Hospitals; Surgery


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 3. RIDDLE: POST-OP    Poem Text    
First Line: A - tisket a - tasket
Last Line: "guess what it is
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast; Surgery


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 4. MASTECTOMY    Poem Text    
First Line: I shook your hand before I went
Last Line: Or might not have lain dormant forever
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 5. WHAT WAS LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: What fed my daughters, my son
Last Line: Ready to be harvested and eaten
Subject(s): Breasts


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 6. DECEMBER 31       
First Line: I say this year no different
Last Line: Well and happy / new year
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 7. WINTERING    Poem Text    
First Line: It snows and stops, now it is january
Last Line: But a missing breast, well, you get used to it
Subject(s): Breasts


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 8. NORMAL       
First Line: First classes, the sun is out, the darlings
Last Line: To view it pickled in a mason jar
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast


THE MASTECTOMY POEMS: 9. HEALING    Poem Text    
First Line: Brilliant -
Last Line: I make vow after vow.
Subject(s): Breasts; Healing; Cures


THE NATURE OF BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: As sometimes whiteness forms in a clear sky
Last Line: Tell where we've really been, much less remain
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature


THE ORANGE CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The orange cat on the porch
Subject(s): Cats; Desire


THE PLATEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: The climb was long
Subject(s): Togetherness; Relationships


THE PURE PRODUCTS OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the southeast asian war
Last Line: But I wish he'd quit
Subject(s): Children; United States; War; Childhood; America


THE RUNNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweat glides on the forehead of the gasping runner
Last Line: To the runner
Subject(s): Track Athletics; Running Races; Pole Vaulting; Discus Throwing; Shot Putting; Running Hurdles


THE RUSSIAN ARMY GOES INTO BAKU    Poem Text    
First Line: When the ethnic riots start, and the civilized west
Last Line: With an unhappy man
Subject(s): Russia Army; War; Freedom; Cold War


THE SINGING SCHOOL       
First Line: First they asked you to step through the many rooms
Last Line: Your own story
Subject(s): Family Life; Schools; Singing & Singers; Relatives; Students


THE STORY OF JOSHUA    Poem Text    
First Line: We reach the promised land
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE STUDIO (HOMAGE TO ALICE NEEL)       
First Line: An oily rag at her feet in the warehouse of scents
Last Line: And you're back in the basement studio
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings And Painters


THE VOCABULARY OF JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm on the grass in front of the library, writing
Subject(s): Laughter; Interracial Marriage


THE WAITING ROOM       
First Line: We ladies in the waiting room of the atchley pavilion
Last Line: Tropical design on sleeves) has lit a cigarette
Subject(s): Medicine; Women; Drugs, Prescription


THE WAR OF MEN AND WOMEN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: I write in rage against my sex
Last Line: You go home
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


THE WINDOW, AT THE MOMENT OF FLAME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And all this while I have been playing with toys
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


THE WOMAN WHO RAN AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: At first no beasts appeared, nothing bright-fanged


THEY HOIST IT, SHINING, THEY SUPPORT IT, UNDER ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS,    Poem Text    
Last Line: A boy to the ring of killers. They bring him, crying,. Her throat leaps
Subject(s): Birth


THEY HOIST IT, SHINING, THEY SUPPORT IT, UNDER ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS,       


THISTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thistle at meadow's edge
Last Line: The snow grows heavier, falls on their stooping shoulders
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


THREE MEN WALKING, THREE BROWN SILHOUETTES    Poem Text    
First Line: They remember the dead who died in the resistance
Subject(s): Men; Walking


TO LOVE IS    Poem Text    


UPPER BROADWAY SUNDAY       
First Line: It is high noon over upper broadway
Last Line: Dionysos has swallowed apollo
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City; City & Town Life


VOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: To play among the words like one of them
Subject(s): Girls


WANTING TO BE IN LOVE AS IN SUNLIGHT       
First Line: I want it even when nobody's loving me
Last Line: Staying right up there
Subject(s): Love


WAS DREAMING'       


WATCHING THE FEEDER       
First Line: Snow has been falling, and the purple finches
Last Line: For existence itself
Subject(s): Snow; Birds; Life


WATERLILIES AND JAPANESE BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: He is the drowsy girl who rows 'between the sleeping
Last Line: "-is it from him? Or around him? His old man's forehead /
Subject(s): Bridges; Flowers; Japan; Japanese


WEST FOURTH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: The sycamores are leafing out
Subject(s): Imigrants; City & Town Life; Greenwich Village, New York City


WHAT ELSE       
First Line: Here is what else the soul does. It tugs me
Last Line: It likes the beach. In winter, it wants to die
Subject(s): Soul


WHAT I WANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, that's what I want right now
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHILE DRIVING NORTH       
First Line: Note: when I drive alone
Last Line: Literature the same
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Solitude; Poetry & Poets


WIDOW IN A STONE HOUSE       
First Line: Someone was calling me: come out! Come out!
Last Line: Listen. We think we can see you
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


WINDSHIELD       
First Line: You are supposed to roll your windows up
Last Line: Of yours, man, right in his bones
Variant Title(s): Windowglass
Subject(s): Automobiles; Windows; Cars


WISHES       
First Line: The dead man's wishes are flying apart like spores
Last Line: Liberty's song. Its triumph and lament
Subject(s): Wishes


WORDS FOR A WEDDING       
First Line: Free and rejoicing, walk into this prison
Last Line: And breathe easy. Finally you are here
Subject(s): Marriage


WRINKLY LADY DANCER       
First Line: Going to be an old wrinkly lady dancer
Last Line: The afternoon! I danced! Naked with you!
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Women; Wrinkles


YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have wished you dead and myself dead
Subject(s): Relationships; Time


YOM KIPPUR       
First Line: We destroy we break we are broken
Last Line: But the foolish old woman who lives there refuses to leave
Subject(s): Yom Kippur


YOU WHO DENY: A HARANGUE       
First Line: You who deny, my impulse is to shake you
Last Line: We go on
Subject(s): Social Protest