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Author: PRATT, MINNIE BRUCE
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Pratt, Minnie Bruce    Poet's Biography
57 poems available by this author


A COLD NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE       
First Line: Nothing but pine boards between her and wind that would not
Last Line: Nothing but pine boards between her and wind that would not
Subject(s): Nothing But Pine Boards Between Her And Wind That Would No


AFTER THE ANTI-WAR MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: We had a different driver on the way home. I sat
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


ALL THE WOMEN CAUGHT IN FLARING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine a big room of women doing anything
Subject(s): Women; Mothers; Gays & Lesbians; Children; Grief; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Childhood; Sorrow; Sadness


AT DEEP MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: It's at dinnertime the stories come, abruptly
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Night; Women - Old Age; Bedtime


BLUEBERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, I know you well: how you look, desiring
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Rush hour, and the short order cook lobs breakfast
Subject(s): Food & Eating


BURNING WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the youtube video a man flips a lighter, flare
Subject(s): Water


CAHABA    Poem Text    
First Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Last Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Subject(s): Rivers


CAHABA    Poem Text    
First Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Subject(s): Cahaba River, Alabama


CENTRAL PRISON       
First Line: A sign passed on her way to work
Last Line: So she could eat a berry and fly away, gone home
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Women; Prisons & Prisoners


CUTTING HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: She pays attention to the hair, not her fingers, and cuts herself
Subject(s): Hair; Hands; Single People; Women; Bachelors; Unmarried People


EATING CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Face damp on a lover's thigh and scratchy
Last Line: Surrender, the tongue's flame in the furnace of the mouth
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love Erotic


EATING CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Face damp on a lover's thigh and scratchy
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


FIGHTING FIRE       
First Line: First the fire engines shake the night, the red blare
Last Line: Blazes up, light flickers over mouths shut on the word / nothing
Subject(s): Fire; Homeless


GIVING A MANICURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman across from me looks so familiar,
Subject(s): Nailshops; Women; Korea


IN A SOLITARY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was going to write to you about romance
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


JUSTICE, COME DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: A huge sound waits, bound in the ice,
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Stories; Disappointment


LEARNING TO TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: On magnolia avenue there are no magnolias. Someone bought
Subject(s): Neighbors; Birds; Mothers; Babies; Infants


MY MOTHER LOVES WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: She sends me gold & silver earrings for valentine's
Last Line: That I might love women too
Subject(s): Mothers; Women; Familylife


MY MOTHER LOVES WOMEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


NEW YEAR'S, 1984    Poem Text    
First Line: I avoid the stalled elevator, walk up five flights
Last Line: Your hand has written your name inside me forever
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


NOT A GUN, NOT A KNIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't want this to be happening again, and to you
Last Line: Twist the blue chalk with tensile fingers against the cue
Subject(s): Rape


NOT THE END OF THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying on you naked, naked skin to skin
Last Line: As wet dirt under me, to go to sleep before the candle goes out
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


OPENING THE MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: She used to work down in the copy center, and
Subject(s): Women - Employment; Ambition; Automobile Racing; Postal Service; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers; Race Car Driving; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


PARTITIONS: THE LOT OF BEING COMMON TO ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: At the windowless west wall
Subject(s): Air Travel; Women


PEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: My tongue, your ass
Last Line: Eat you? I ask
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


PICKING UP A JOB APPLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A spring wind hustles hundreds of pages into the street
Subject(s): Women - Employment; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers


PLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the way you
Last Line: Way you give me tongues
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


POEM FOR MY SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were born, all the poets I knew
Last Line: Like a woman on foot, in a long stepping out
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


POEM FOR MY SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were born, all the poets I knew
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Women; Conduct Of Life


RED STRING    Poem Text    
First Line: At first she thought the lump in the road
Subject(s): Ku Klux Klan; Women


SECOND DIGHT       
First Line: In savoy heights, two dark men stand, faced
Last Line: The only eyes that see her stare back in the rearview glass
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Night


SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask for justice but do not release
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mothers & Sons; Divorce; Grief; Loss; Shame; Guilt; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Sorrow; Sadness


SHARP GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shattered glass in the street at maryland and 10th
Last Line: Sliver to blink in the light, sharp as a question
Subject(s): Glass


SNAKE EYES       
First Line: At the corner wall, boys huddle and squat, playing
Subject(s): Boys; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


STUBBORN AS A YEAR AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thistles in my house in a blue bottle
Last Line: Thistledown in the air was your hair, my breath
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Thistles; Aging


SWINGBLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: She swung the red-rust triangle blade
Subject(s): Home


TEMPORARY JOB    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Farewell; Grief; Women - Employment; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers


THE A & P       
First Line: She rolled a tomato in her hand, pink rubber
Subject(s): Farm Life; Migrant Workers; Food & Eating; Supermarkets


THE BLUE CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Through binoculars the spiral nebula was
Subject(s): Coffee


THE CHILD TAKEN FROM THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I could do nothing. Nothing. Do you
Last Line: And women, lovers, mothers, lesbians. Yes
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Child Custody; Sacrifices; Women's Rights


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn the sky is chrome yellow. We turn over
Subject(s): Storms; Love


THE FACT OF THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: With this rain I am satisfied we will be together
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE FERRY       
First Line: Today, she tells the woman close beside her, I saw a man
Last Line: Today, she tells the woman close beside her, I saw a man
Subject(s): Homeless


THE GATE       
First Line: The gate is ajar in the iron-barred fence so she goes in
Last Line: Caught under circling fingers. Like something about to break
Subject(s): Cemeteries


THE GREAT MIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The third question in spanish class is: de donde eres tu?
Subject(s): Learning; Migration


THE PETRIFIED WOMAN       
First Line: As she turns the corner, daylight begins to fail
Last Line: Inside out, potosi become huakajchi, the mountain that cried
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners; Women; Strikes


THE ROAD TO SELMA       
First Line: In her birthplace, she's a tourist in the shrine to martyrs
Last Line: Prisoners of starvation, their hungry mouths chew the bloody word, / arise
Subject(s): Selma, Alabama; Civil Rights Movement


THE SHRINE       
First Line: At noon the veiled woman sat and wailed on the curb
Last Line: Intentions and goals
Subject(s): Women; Cities; Grief; Childhood Memories


THE SOUND OF ONE FORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the window screen I can see an angle of grey roof
Subject(s): Aging; Loneliness; Women; Neigbors; Longing


THE SUBWAY ENTRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: He was her guide. He lived in hell. Every day he thought
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Fathers & Daughters; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


THE WOOD THRUSH SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the end of day, at the beginning of night
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


WALKING BACK UP DEPOT STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: In hollywood, california (she'd been told), women travel
Last Line: Without, send money, call home long distance about the heat
Subject(s): Women


WAULKING SONG: TWO       
First Line: At first she would not answer
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


WE SAY WE LOVE EACH OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You say: the trouble is: we don't understand
Last Line: After a while, we say again we love each other
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


WHAT THE CAT KNOWS       
First Line: The cat sleeps with her, back to back
Last Line: Beats, invisible, the heart of a bird
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Sleep


WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: July is over, four hot weeks
Last Line: How to slow it then, when I call your name
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic