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Author: RUKEYSER, MURIEL
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Rukeyser, Muriel    Poet's Biography
148 poems available by this author


1/26/39    Poem Text    
First Line: When barcelona fell, the darkened glass
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Lately having escaped three-kinded death
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


A CERTAIN MUJSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Never to hear, I know I know in myself
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Cantinflas (1911-1993)


A CHARM FOR CANTIFLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the lights and after the rumba and after the bourbon
Subject(s): Cantinflas


A LEG IN A PLASTER CAST    Poem Text    
First Line: When at last he was well enough to take the sun
Subject(s): Convalescence; Sin


ADVENTURE AT MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Watching, on piers, exuberant travelers
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


AFTER THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A seacoast late at night, and a wheel of wind
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


AJANTA: 1. THE JOURNEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Came in my full youth to the midnight cave
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 2. THE CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Space to the mind, the painted cave of dream
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 3. LES TENDRESSES BESTIALES    Poem Text    
First Line: A procession of caresses alters the ancient sky
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 4. BLACK BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A habit leading to murder, smoky laughter
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 5. THE BROKEN WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Came to ajanta cave, the painted space of the breast
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AKIBA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The night is covered with signs. The body and face of man
Subject(s): Jerusalem; Jews; Judaism


ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Pregnancy; Sons; Truth


ALONG HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Along history, forever
Subject(s): Lust


ASLEEP AND AWAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Asleep and awake, I awake
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


BALLAD OF ORANGE AND GRAPE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After you finish your work
Subject(s): Cities; Harlem (New York City); Urban Life


BOY WITH HIS HAIR CUT SHORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunday shuts down on this twentieth-century evening
Subject(s): Hair


BREAKING OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I come into the room. The room stands waiting
Last Line: "to discover the country of our waking
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Prisons & Prisoners; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Shoah; Judaism


BREATHING LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying in the sun
Subject(s): Landscape


BUNK JOHNSON BLOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: They found him in the fields and called him back to music
Last Line: We three slid down that san francisco hill
Subject(s): Jazz; Johnson, Bunk (1889-1949); Ledbetter, Huddie [leadbelly] (1888-1949; Music & Musicians; Leadbelly


CAMPAIGN: SUN ON THE FACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun on the faces. On the knotted rocks
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


CHILDREN, THE SANDBAR, THAT SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunlight the tall women may never have seen
Subject(s): Seashore; Children; Beach; Coast; Shore; Childhood


CITATION FOR HORACE GREGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: These are our brave, these with their hands in on the work
Subject(s): Gregory, Horace (1898-1982)


COLLEGE SPECIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Plush lines the metal train, making the steel
Subject(s): Railroad Stations; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


DELTA POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Among leaf-green


DESDICHADA    Poem Text    
First Line: For that you never acknowledged me, I acknowledge
Subject(s): Life; Death; Dead, The


DESPISALS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the human cities, never again to
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


EFFORT AT SPEECH BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Speak to me. Take my hand. What are you now?
Subject(s): Relationships


ELEGIES: FOURTH ELEGY. THE REFUGEES    Poem Text    
First Line: And the child sitting alone planning her hope
Subject(s): Refugees


EMPIRE STATE TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The far lands melt to orange and to grey
Subject(s): Empire State Building, New York City


ENDLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the tall black sky you look out of your body
Subject(s): War


FIGHTING FOR ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: After the last freeze, in easy air
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


FOGHORN IN HORROR    Poem Text    
First Line: I know that behind these walls is the city, over these rooftops in the sun
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Fog; Haze


FOR MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers,
Subject(s): Sons; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: During these nights
Subject(s): Night; Moon; Bedtime


GIBBS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was much later in his life he rose
Subject(s): Gibbs, J. Willard (1839-1903)


HERO SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: When the hero of the threshold enters our lives and our houses
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


HOMAGE TO LITERATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you imagine trumpet-faced musicians
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


HOW WE DID IT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We all traveled into that big room,
Last Line: Waiting for morning
Subject(s): Antiwar Movement; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


IN THE NIGHT THE SOUND WOKE US    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping; Death; Dead, The


ISLANDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Islands


KATHE KOLLWITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Held between wars
Subject(s): Women; Germany; Wars; Death; Children; Art & Artists; Germans; Dead, The; Childhood


KING'S MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In all the cities of this year
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Women and poets see the truth arrive


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Surely it is time for the true grace of women
Subject(s): Women & War


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Even during war, moments of delicate peace
Subject(s): War; Death; Dead, The


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: They called us to a change of heart
Subject(s): War


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 4. SESTINA    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming to spain on the first day of the fighting


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Much later, I lie in a white seaport night
Subject(s): Dreams; Peace; Nightmares


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Home thoughts from home; we read you every day,
Subject(s): War - Home Front


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: To be a jew in the twentieth century
Subject(s): Jews; Freedom; Judaism; Liberty


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening bringing me out of the government building,
Subject(s): War; Freedom; United States; Liberty; America


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Among all the waste there are the intense stories
Subject(s): United States - Politics & Government; Women & War


LONG PAST MONCADA    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing was less than it seemed, my darling
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


LOOKING AT EACH OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, we were looking at each other
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


M-DAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE    Poem Text    


MEDITERRANEAN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: At the end of july, exile. We watched the gangplank go
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Frontier of europe, the tideless sea, a field of power
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Seething, and falling back, a sea of stars
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the end now, morning. Sleepers cover the decks
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: The wheel in the water, green, behind my head
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea produced that town: sete, which the boat turns to
Subject(s): Sea


MENDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: You made healing as you wanted us to make bread and poems
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


METAPHOR TO ACTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether it is a speaker, taut on a platform,
Subject(s): Activity; Exercise


MORE OF A CORPSE THAN A WOMAN       
First Line: Give them my regards when you go to the school renuion
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


MOTHER GARDENS' ROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The year was river-throated, with the stare of legend
Subject(s): Gardebs & Gardening; Death; Dead, The


MOTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The motive of all of it was loneliness
Subject(s): Loneliness; Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924)


MRS. WALPURGA    Poem Text    
First Line: In wet green midspring, midnight and the wind


MURMURS FROM THE EARTH OF THIS LAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Aging; Nature


MYTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Long afterward, oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
Subject(s): Oedipus


NERUDA, THE WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the seas through whom the great fish passed
Subject(s): Sea


NIGHT FEEDING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Deeper than sleep but not so deep as death
Subject(s): Breast Feeding; Nursing (Infants)


NIGHT-MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: When those who can never again forgive themselves
Subject(s): Night; Music & Musicians; Human Behavior; Bedtime; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


NOTES FOR A POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the long fields inviolate of thought,
Subject(s): Landscape; Thought; Thinking


O CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: City / o my delilght! Nourishment to the fat
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


ONE SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of him, midnight
Subject(s): Soldiers


PAINTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: N the cave with a long-ago flare
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Women


PAPER ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The concert-hall was crowded the night of the crash
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Symphonies; Concerts


PHANERON    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever roams the air is traveling
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


PIECES OF ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountaintop stands in silence a minute after the murder
Subject(s): Orpheus


PLACE-RITUALS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the word our lips caress, our teeth bite
Subject(s): Prayer; Infinity; Christianity


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived in the first century of world wars.
Subject(s): World War I; World War Ii; Conduct Of Life; War - Home Front; First World War; Second World War


POEM OUT OF CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry :
Subject(s): Children; Youth; Comng Of Age; Human Behavior; Childhood; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


READING TIME: 1 MINUTE 26 SECONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The fear of poetry is the
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Love


RECOVERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Dream of the world
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


RONDEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that I am fifty-six
Subject(s): Middle Age


SAND-QUARRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Father and I drove to the sand-quarry across the wined marshlands
Subject(s): Quarries; Fathers & Daughters; Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


SAND-QUARRY WITH MOVING FIGURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father and I drove to the sand-quarry across the ruined
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


SEA MERCY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea dances in the morning
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEARCHING/NOT SEARCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of woman goes searching and searching?
Subject(s): Women; Guests; Visiting


SONG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The world is full of loss; bring, wind, my love,
Subject(s): Love


SONG FOR DEAD CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: We set wreaths of brightness on the graves of the passionate
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: My thoughts through yours refracted into speech
Subject(s): Relationships


ST. ROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: For that I never knew you, I only learned to dread you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


STUDY IN A LATE SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon revovles outside; possibly black air
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


SUICIDE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to speak in my voice!
Subject(s): Suicide


THE BIRTH OF VENUS        Recitation by Author
First Line: Risen in a / welter of waters
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Venus (Goddess)


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ABSALOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I first discovered what was killing these men.
Subject(s): Family Life; Labor & Laborers; Death; Relatives; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ALLOY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Furnaces; Landscape; Labor & Laborers; Kilns; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ARTHUR PEYTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Consumed. Eaten away. And love across the street
Subject(s): Physicians; Death; Doctors; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: GAULEY BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Camera at the crossing sees the city
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: GEORGE ROBINSON: BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Gauley bridge is a good town for negroes, they let us stand
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor & Laborers; Illness; Dust; Negroes; American Blacks; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: JUANITA TINSLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even after the letters, there is work,
Subject(s): Hope; Freedom; Optimism; Liberty


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: MEARL BLANKENSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood against the stove
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Illness; Death; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The quick sun brings, exciting mountains warm,
Subject(s): Machinery & Machinists; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: PRAISE OF THE COMMITTEE    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the lines on which a committee is formed.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Illness; Law & Lawyers; Work; Workers; Attorneys


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: STATEMENT: PHILLIPA ALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: You like the state of west virginia very much, do you not?
Subject(s): West Virginia


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The subcommittee submits:
Subject(s): United States - Congress; Minerals; Disease; Labor & Laborers; Legislation; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: These roads will take you into your own country.
Subject(s): Home; Progress; United States; Death; America; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE CORNFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Error, disease, snow, sudden weather.
Subject(s): Corn; Disease; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DAM    Poem Text    
First Line: All power is saved, having no end. Rises
Subject(s): Dams; Rivers; Business; Businessmen; Businesswomen


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a lung disease. Silicate dust makes it.
Subject(s): Lungs; Disease


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE: THE AFTER-EFFECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the life of a congressman.
Subject(s): United States - Congress; Minerals; Disease; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell the jury your name.
Subject(s): Trials; Physicians; Labor & Laborers; Death; Doctors; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE FACE OF THE DAM: VIVIAN JONES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the hour he shuts the door and walks out of town;
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Snow; Dams; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: These are roads to take when you think of your country
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Travel; Roads; Journeys; Trips; Paths; Trails


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: WEST VIRGINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: They saw rivers flow east and hoped again.
Subject(s): West Virginia


THE CHILD ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: What's over england? A cloud. What's over france? A flame
Subject(s): War; Night; Sleep; Bedtime


THE CHILD IN THE GREAT WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all much worse than I dreamed
Subject(s): Forests; Dreams; War; Woods; Nightmares


THE CHILDREN'S ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, I have seen their eyes. In peaceful gardens
Subject(s): Children; War; Childhood


THE CONJUGATION OF THE PARAMECIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: This has nothing
Subject(s): Reproduction; Mating


THE KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hold a key in my hand
Last Line: Guiltless turn to that mouth
Subject(s): Keys; Houses


THE OUTER BANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Horizon of islands shifting


THE OVERTHROW OF ONE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Night; Experience; Bedtime


THE PLACE AT ALERT BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing high on the shoulders of all things, all things
Subject(s): God


THE POEM AS MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: When I wrote of the women in their dances and
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Self


THE POWER OF SUICIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The potflower on the windowsill says to me
Subject(s): Suicide


THE RETURN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: An idea ran around the world
Subject(s): Life


THE SOUL AND BODY OF JOHN BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: His life is in the body of the living.
Subject(s): Brown, John (1800-1859)


THE SPEAKING TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Great alexander sailing was from his true course turned
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Identity; Trees


THE SPEED OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever despises the clitoris despises the penis
Subject(s): Sex; Reproduction; Love - Erotic; Mating


THE SUROUNDED    Poem Text    
First Line: They escape before, but their shadows walk behind
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am dead, even then / I will still love you, I will wait in these poems
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE STRUCTURE OF THE PLANE       
First Line: Kitty hawk is a caesar among monuments
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


THIS MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking this morning, / a violent woman in the violent day
Variant Title(s): Waking This Morning
Subject(s): Violence


THIS PLACE IN THE WAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having come to this place
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TIME EXPOSURES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the exposed spirit, busy in daytime
Subject(s): Time


TO BE A JEW IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother and listener she is, but she does not listen
Last Line: Daring to live for the impossible
Subject(s): Jews; Twentieth Century


UNBORN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Rabbits breed, flies breed, said the virgin lady
Subject(s): Reproduction; Mating


WAITING FOR ICARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: He said he would be back and we'd drink wine together
Subject(s): Icarus; Waitiing; Promises; Inventions & Inventors


WAKE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Proof of america! A fire on the sea,
Subject(s): Wake Island; World War Ii; Second World War


WALTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night-snow, the floating snow
Subject(s): Relationships; Snow; Dancing & Dancers


WATER NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky behind the farthest shore
Subject(s): Sleep


WATERLILY FIRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Girl grown woman ... Fire... Mother of fire
Subject(s): New York City; Fire; Life; Change; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


WOODEN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: How horrible late spring is, with the full death of the frozen tight bulbs
Subject(s): Spring


WORD OF MOUTH: I / THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from sete
Last Line: They wake
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


WORD OF MOUTH: I / THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from sete