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Author: PASTAN, LINDA
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Pastan, Linda    Poet's Biography
188 poems available by this author


1932       
First Line: I saw my name in print the other day
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


25TH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: We come to hear the endings
Subject(s): Reunions; Aging


A CRAVING FOR SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I don't trust the future
Last Line: Was simply everything.
Subject(s): Past


A DANGEROUS TIME       
First Line: November is a dangerous time for trees
Last Line: And a wolf is at the door
Subject(s): November; Trees


A NEW POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Finding a new poet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A RAINY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The headlines and feature stories alike


A REAL STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sucking on hard candy
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


A SHORT HISTORY OF JUDAIC THOUGHT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: The rabbis wrote
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


A TOURIST AT ELLIS ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I found him, jankel olenik,
Subject(s): Immigrants; Fathers; Ellis Island, New York Harbor; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


ACCIDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no infant
Subject(s): Accidents; Hospitals


ADULTERY;       
First Line: What does it mean
Last Line: We would hardly listen
Subject(s): Adultery


AFTER A MONTH OF RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything I thought I wanted
Subject(s): Nature


AFTER AGATHA CHRISTIE       
First Line: In the locked room
Subject(s): Fictional Characters; Criminal Investigation & Detection


AFTER AN ABSENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After an absence that was no one's fault
Subject(s): Absence; Marriage; Separation; Isolation; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AFTER MINOR SURGERY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the dress rehearsal
Subject(s): Surgery


AFTER X-RAY       
Last Line: To shine somewhere like strung beads of coral
Subject(s): X-rays; Bones


AGORAPHOBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine waking / to a scene of snow so new
Subject(s): Home


ALGEBRA       
First Line: I used to solve equations easily
Last Line: At a fixed rate
Subject(s): Mathematics


ALL I WANT TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I pass you this bowl
Subject(s): Talk


ALL WE HAVE TO GO BY    Poem Text    
First Line: As if I had dreamed the snow
Subject(s): Snow


ALMOST AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have always lived in the shadows cast
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Change; Aging


AM       
First Line: The child gets up
Last Line: Over the side of the bed
Subject(s): Waking; Morning; Cold; Childhood Memories


AN EARLY AFTER LIFE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


AN EVENING OUT       
First Line: I have wandered into chekhov
Last Line: Velvety and dark / finally falling
Subject(s): Introspection; Life; Self


ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am tired of angels
Subject(s): Angels


ANNA AT 18 MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as it did
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: A whole new freshman class
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


APRIL AGAIN       
First Line: April again, / the funeral month, heaping
Last Line: Under my feet
Subject(s): April; Farm Life; Spring


ARITHMATIC LESSON: INFINITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture a parade of numbers: 1
Subject(s): Numbers


ARK       
First Line: We all know
Last Line: We all know
Subject(s): Arks; Noah (Bible); Rites & Ceremonies; Jews; Women's Rights


ASPECTS OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: To have been one / of many ribs
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


AT GETTYSBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: These fields can never be
Subject(s): Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Gettysburg, Battle Of


AT MY DESK    Poem Text    
First Line: How many times
Subject(s): Stafford, William Edgar (1914-1993); Poetry & Poets


AT THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was / nearly six my
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Childhood Memories


AT THE EQUESTRIAN MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to be that dark woman
Subject(s): Horseback Riding


AT THE LOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: You sit at the loom
Subject(s): Weavers & Weaving


AT THE TRAIN MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Topeka ... Junction city
Subject(s): Museums; Railroads; Art Gallerys; Railways; Trains


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN       
First Line: At summer camp, / I wrapped my arms around
Last Line: In my own small commonwealth
Subject(s): Camping; Trees; Bronx, New York City; Country Life; City & Town Life; Nature; Camps; Summer Camps


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to mention
Subject(s): Autumn; Death; Fall; Dead, The


BARBECUE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the late light
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: When you tried to tell me
Subject(s): Sports


BEAUTY SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Named for the archangel michael
Subject(s): Hair; Barbers


BEAVERS       
First Line: The way beavers make
Last Line: That beavers mate for life
Subject(s): Beavers


BESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When bess, the landlord's black-eyed
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Dreams; Nightmares


BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow / has forgotten
Subject(s): Snow


BREAD    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems to be the five stages
Subject(s): Bread


CAMPING AT THE HEADLANDS OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: We love each landscape
Subject(s): Camping; Camps; Summer Camps


CLOCK    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Clocks; Transience; Impermanence


COUNTING BACKWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: How did I get so old
Subject(s): Aging


COUSINS    Poem Text    
First Line: We meet at funerals
Subject(s): Cousins


CROCUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: They come / by stealth, spreading
Subject(s): Crocuses; Plants; Seasons; Planting; Planters


DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: This one, said the sculptor, is the last of the biblical figures
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


DEATH IS INTENDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't that what eskimos did when they were old
Subject(s): Death; Eskimos; Ice; Native Americans; Old Age; Dead, The; Inuit; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


DEATH'S BLUE-EYED GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: When did the garden with its banked flowers
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


DECEMBER 18: FOR M    Poem Text    
First Line: At the waning of the century
Subject(s): Time


DONATELLO'S MAGDALENE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old woman / enrobed in nothing
Subject(s): Women - Old Age; Donatello (1386-1466)


DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dreams are the only
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: In this kingdom
Subject(s): Eggs


ELIZABETHAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Her sex sent her mother
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: We think of her hidden in a white dress
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


EPILOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Years later the girl died
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


EROSION    Poem Text    
First Line: We are slowly / underminded. Grain
Subject(s): Environment; Change; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


ESPALIERED PEAR TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: You tack the pear trees to the wall
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Pears


ETHICS    Poem Text    
First Line: In ethics class so many years ago
Subject(s): Woman - Old Age; Paintings & Painters


EVENING AT BIRD ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I travel to bird island
Subject(s): Birds


EXCURSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a tourist
Subject(s): Self


EXTREMITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday I feared
Subject(s): Fear; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


EYES ONLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear lost sharer
Subject(s): Letters


FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: With the seal of science / emblazoned
Subject(s): Creation; Faith; Science; Belief; Creed; Scientists


FAMILY TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: How many leaves
Subject(s): Death; Trees; Dead, The


FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The deep strangeness
Subject(s): Flowers


FOLK TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: All knobs and knuckles, hammer knees and elbows
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


GLADIOLA    Poem Text    
First Line: In noisy shades of
Subject(s): Gladiola


GRACE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the young professor folded
Subject(s): Grace


GRAMMAR LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Move into / the past tense / where memory
Subject(s): Grammar; Poetry & Poets


GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: How did your grief
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


GRUDNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When he spoke of where he came from
Subject(s): Grandparents; Immigrants; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


HELEN BIDS FAREWELL TO HER DAUGHTER HERMIONE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is time before I go
Subject(s): Farewell; Mothers & Daughters; Coming Of Age; Parting


HIPPOLYTE AT BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: She has forgotten
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Family Life; Relatives


HOME FOR THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The gathering family
Subject(s): Thanksgiving Day


I AM LEARNING TO ABANDON THE WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


I MARRIED YOU    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IDEAL CITY       
First Line: Set in the silence of pure perspective
Last Line: With the scarlet graffiti of laughter
Subject(s): Cities; Italy; Pleasure


IF I HAD TO LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had to live / my life again
Subject(s): Life


IN A NORTHERN COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday in a northern country
Subject(s): Aunts; Death; Dead, The


IN THE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees are lit
Subject(s): Jews; Autumn; Judaism; Fall


IN THE OLD GUERRILLA WAR       


INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember when my body
Subject(s): Aging


INTERLUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are waiting for snow
Subject(s): Snow


IT IS RAINING ON THE HOUSE OF ANNE FRANK    Poem Text    
First Line: It is raining on the house
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945); Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


JUMP CABLING    Poem Text    
First Line: When our cars touched
Subject(s): Automobiles - Mantenace & Repair


LATE AFTERNOON, ST. JOHN    Poem Text    
First Line: A little blue heron has landed
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


LE SENSE DE LA NUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are some clues
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


LEAVING THE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: We roll up the rugs and strip the neds by rote
Subject(s): Summer; Vacation; Moving


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to write you
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


LULLABY FOR 17    Poem Text    
First Line: You are so young
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Youth


MARKET DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: We have travelled all this way
Subject(s): Markets; France; Supermarkets


MARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband gives me an a
Subject(s): Judgments; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MEMORIAL GARDENS, QUEENS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this tenement
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


MIGRAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ambushed by / pins and needles
Subject(s): Headaches


MISREADING HOUSMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: On this first day of spring, snow
Subject(s): Housman, Alfred Edward (1859-1936)


MOSAIC    Poem Text    
First Line: On this tile
Subject(s): Jews; Travel; Judaism; Journeys; Trips


MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: No angel speaks to me
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


MY ACHILLES SON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


NEAR THE SACRIFICAL SITE    Poem Text    
First Line: On an afternoon like this
Subject(s): Memory


NOCTURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: If animals think
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dead, The


NOEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a single / ornament,
Subject(s): Cardinals (Birds); Christmas; Nativity, The


NOTES FROM THE DELIVERY ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Strapped down, / victim in an old comic book,
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


NOVEMBER RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: How separate we are
Subject(s): Rain


ODE TO LYSENKO    Poem Text    
First Line: Couldn't it be a just so story
Subject(s): Genetics


ON HEARING THE TESTIMONY OF THOSE REVIVED AFTER CARDIAC ARREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Wrenched back to life
Subject(s): Heart Disease


ON THE STEPS OF THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: We invent our gods
Subject(s): Mythology; Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)


ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: When orpheus turned
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the way
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: More faithful / than lover or husband
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


PASS/FAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: You will never graduate
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


PASSOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I set my table with metaphor
Subject(s): Passover


PENELOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is scarcely
Subject(s): Penelope (Mythology); Patience


POETRY READING    Poem Text    
First Line: Your words are like the knife
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


POISON IVY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even then the leaves shone
Last Line: And innocent of harm as they were.
Subject(s): Poison Ivy


PRACTICING    Poem Text    
First Line: My son is practicing the piano.
Subject(s): Family Life; Conduct Of Life; Relatives


PROCLAMATION AT A BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Let every tree
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


RACHEL (RACHEL [RA'CHAL,] A EWE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We named you
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


REMEMBERING FROST AT KENNEDY’S INAUGURATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the flags seemed frozen
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Last year an army
Subject(s): Trees; Caterpillars


REREADING FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I think all the best poems
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Frost, Robert (1874-1963)


RESPONSE       
First Line: It is not dusk / in jerusalem
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath; Jews; Judaism


ROOT CANAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the anesthetic
Subject(s): Dentists


SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained in my sleep / and in the morning the fields were wet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SESTINA AT 3 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: In the imperfect dark
Subject(s): Night; Insomnia; Longing; Bedtime; Sleeplessness


SHORT STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the short story
Subject(s): Short Stories


SNOW SHOWERS, A PROTHALAMION    Poem Text    
First Line: You are teaching my daughter the language
Subject(s): Sky


SOMETIMES IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look into
Subject(s): Envy; Conduct Of Life


SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Hope; Luck; Optimism


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes at night
Subject(s): Subways


SUFFOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In chekhov's three sisters, everyone
Subject(s): Boredom; Ennui


THE ALMANAC OF LAST THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the almanac of last things


THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a suckling pig turn
Subject(s): Animals


THE ANSWERING MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I call and hear your voice
Subject(s): Telephones


THE APPLE SHRINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Last week you gathered armfuls of apple blossoms
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Are heading south, pulled
Subject(s): Nature


THE BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: In the book of shadows
Subject(s): Books; Death; Reading; Dead, The


THE COMING ON OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When ambition, like a faulty
Subject(s): Ambition


THE COSSACKS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For jews, the cossacks are always coming.
Subject(s): Paranoia; Jews; Conduct Of Life; Judaism


THE DEATH OF THE SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like discarded pages
Subject(s): Self


THE DEATHWATCH BEETLE    Poem Text    
First Line: A cardinal hurls itself
Subject(s): Death; Beetles; Dead, The


THE DOGWOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember, in the week
Subject(s): Dogwood; Beauty


THE HAPPIEST DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was early may, I think
Subject(s): Family Life; Happiness; Relatives; Joy; Delight


THE HAT LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a childhood of hats
Subject(s): Hats


THE IMPERFECT PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Which season is the loveliest of all?
Subject(s): Seasons; Gardens & Gardening; Squirrels; Nature


THE LAST TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: There may have been a boy
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE LAST UNCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The last uncle is pushing off
Subject(s): Uncles; Death; Dead, The


THE LOST KINGDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the castle
Subject(s): Memory


THE LUMBERJACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: They entered eden
Subject(s): Eden; Deforestation


THE MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Contorted by wind
Subject(s): Nature; Seasons; Time


THE MYTH OF PERFECTABILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hand the still life of flowers
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE NEWBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in sleep her face changes
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE OBLIGATION TO BE HAPPY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is more onerous
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


THE ORDINARY WEATHER OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ordinary weather of summer
Subject(s): Summer


THE PRINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Baskerville, perpetua, garamond
Subject(s): Printing And Printers; Typesetting


THE QUARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: If there were a monument
Subject(s): Silence; Quarrels; Arguments; Disagreements


THE SAFECRACKER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS    Poem Text    
First Line: They say that midas
Subject(s): Gluttony; Pride; Envy; Greed; Lust; Anger;sloth; Self-esteem; Self-respect; Avarice; Cupidity


THE SONORAN DESERT, JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In this unfinished landscape
Subject(s): Deserts


THE WAY THE LEAVES KEEP FALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is november
Subject(s): Leaves; Autumn; Fall


THERE ARE POEMS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW I LOVED: AFTER NAZIM HIKMET    Poem Text    
First Line: I always knew I loved the sky,
Subject(s): Nature


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 5. GRETEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leaving a trail of poems
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THREE PERFECT DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle seat of an airplane,
Subject(s): Air Travel; Wishes


TO A DAUGHTER LEAVING HOME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I taught you / at eight to ride
Subject(s): Growth; Home; Mothers; Women


TO MY IMAGINARY SIBLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear brother and sister
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Imagination; Fancy


TO THE FIELD GOAL KICKER IN A SLUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: It must be something
Subject(s): Sports


TRAVELING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm only leaving you
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


UNVEILING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cemetery
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Ancestors & Ancestry; Graveyards; Heritage; Heredity


VERTICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps the purpose
Subject(s): Trees


WAITING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: On line once, waiting
Subject(s): Waiting


WAKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Floating down the stream
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Because of the menace


WHAT WE WANT    Poem Text    


WHEREVER WE TRAVEL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bright spectrum of years
Subject(s): White (Color); Likes & Dislikes


WHOM DO YOU VISUALIZE AS YOUR READER?    Poem Text    
First Line: The humanities 5 section man
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WHY ARE YOUR POEMS SO DARK?    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't the moon dark too, / most of the time?
Subject(s): Grief; Poetry & Poets; Sorrow; Sadness


WIDOW'S WALK, SOMEWHERE INLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This landlocked house should grace a harbor
Subject(s): Fanily Life


WILDFLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave me dandelions
Subject(s): Love


WIND CHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The door of winter
Subject(s): Winter


WISTERIA FLORIBUNDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Half drunk / on the heavy scent


YOM KIPPUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree beside the synagogue atones
Subject(s): Fasts & Feasts; Jews; Yom Kippur; Judaism