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Author: RUEFLE, MARY
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Ruefle, Mary    Poet's Biography
28 poems available by this author


A CERTAIN SWIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: The classroom was dark, all the desks were empty,
Subject(s): Schools; Language; Students; Words; Vocabulary


BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: When the heel came off my shoe
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


BAVARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountain skies were clear
Subject(s): Nature


BLOOD SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I saw father alive he was using
Subject(s): Fathers; Death; Soup; Dead, The


FOUR ANECDOTES FROM THE LIFE OF DANG YO-UNE    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood outside the gates of lhasa for four days
Subject(s): Life


HELIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: You are helium. You make everything rise
Subject(s): Gas; Death; Colors; Dead, The


KEEPING IT SIMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I take the bird on the woodpile,
Subject(s): Birds


LAST ON EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is said that many have been cured of madness by drinking
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Drinks & Drinking; Insanity; Wine; Madness; Mental Illness


MAGNIFICAT    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord, I did walk upon the earth
Subject(s): God


MATHEW BRADY ARRANGING THE BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: On a mountain flat with snow
Subject(s): War; Corpses; Cadavers


MIMOSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Pink dandruff of some tree
Subject(s): Time


MY HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I laid my happiness in a field
Subject(s): Happiness; Porcupines; Joy; Delight


NAKED LADIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Jean-jacques wanted: a cottage on the swiss shore
Last Line: Who wanted to stand up? Who felt like walking?
Subject(s): Hollins College, Virginia


PERPETUALLY ATTEMPTING TO SOAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy from brooklyn used to cruise on summer nights.
Subject(s): Likes & Dislikes; Wind; Breasts; Aging


RAIN EFFECT    Poem Text    
First Line: A bride and a groom sitting in an open buggy
Subject(s): Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849); Rain; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ann galbraith / loves barry soyers
Subject(s): Schools; Students


SEVEN POSTCARDS FROM DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The teacher said inner truth
Subject(s): Chalk


SHALIMAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: God put his finger on my sacrum


STORM WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She sat writing little poems of mist


THE ART OF HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am too weak to speak,
Last Line: What’s a phone call or two?
Subject(s): Happiness; Water; Joy; Delight


THE BENCH    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband and I were arguing about a bench we wanted to buy
Last Line: Bench we eventually placed in the meadow which continued to grow as if there were no bench at all
Subject(s): Chairs; Marriage; Quarrels; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Arguments; Disagreements


THE BUNNY GIVES US A LESSON IN ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: We are a sad people, without hats.
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE DAZE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was one of those mornings the earth seemed
Subject(s): Morning


THE HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The teacher asks a question.
Subject(s): Hands; Schools; Students


THE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, men in thick green coats came crunching
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE WIFE OF MISSION ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing curves at sea,
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


WHITE BUTTONS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Having been blown away
Subject(s): Books; Parents; Reading; Parenthood


WOMEN IN LABOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Women who lie alone at midnight
Subject(s): Women