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Author: RYAN, MICHAEL
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Ryan, Michael    Poet's Biography
46 poems available by this author


A POSTHUMORIST POETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: From embarrassment, I made statements.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


A SHAPE FOR IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when time goes by
Subject(s): Time


A THANK-YOU NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter made drawings with the pens you sent,
Subject(s): Children; Love; Childhood


AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The space we feel inside us
Subject(s): Self; Fortitude


AGAINST WHICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Habit smacks / its dull skull
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


AN OLD STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an old story's need for detail
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


CONTENTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fragile, provisional, it comes unbidden
Subject(s): Contentment


COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Amost anyone, I guess, can rent booth space
Subject(s): Country Fairs; Hawks; Man-women Relationships; Dancing & Dancers; Girls


DICKHEAD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Alienation (Social); Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


GARBAGE TRUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I had two strong young men hanging off my butt
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Removal; Garbage; Sanitation Collection; Trash; Sewers And Sewage; Street Cleaners


GIRLS' MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Girls; Schools; Music & Musicians; Students


HALF MILE DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: My sick heart and my sick soul
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


HARD TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The lousy job my father lands
Subject(s): Family Life; Food & Eating; Relatives


HERE I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: On a subway station bench
Subject(s): Subways; Relationships


HOPELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: All this endless unconnected desire
Subject(s): Despair


I    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Self


I HAD A TAPEWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a tapeworm, and imagined it
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Illness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


IN WINTER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Winter; Love - Loss Of


LARKINESQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Reading in the paper a summary
Subject(s): Beauty


LETTER FROM AN INSTITUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The ward beds float like ghost ships
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Dreams; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums; Nightmares


MY YOUNG MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: What she couldn't give me
Subject(s): Mothers


ODD MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Live your values said a voice
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


OUTSIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dead thing mashed into the street
Subject(s): Death; Love - Loss Of; Dead, The


POEM AT THIRTY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Aging


PROTHALAMION    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


REMINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Torment by appetite
Subject(s): Love


SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: After the earth finally touches the sun
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Loneliness


SLEF-HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of delusion are you under?
Subject(s): Marriage; Disappointment; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: They don't change, or change so slowlhy
Subject(s): Stones; Death; Granite; Rocks; Dead, The


SWITCHBLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most of the past is lost
Subject(s): Nostalgia


TANGLEWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: We were trying to talk about love
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


THE BLACK HOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The black hole from which nothing comes
Subject(s): Nothingness; Relationships; Nihilism; Voids


THE DITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ditch, half-ton sections of cast-iron molds
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE DOG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dogs


THE GREAT DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Before anything else


THE OTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They slept and ate like us.
Subject(s): War; Social Commentaries


THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It shows up one summer in a greatcoat,
Subject(s): Past


THE PURE LONELINESS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Loneliness; Jesus Christ


THE USE OF POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day a fourteen year old disappaered in ojai, california
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a thin rock spinning across the lake
Subject(s): Truth


TUTELARY    Poem Text    
First Line: What a fuckup you are
Subject(s): Conscience; Death; Skulls; Dead, The


VERY HOT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I know what's going to happen
Subject(s): Ice; Heat


WAKING AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I won't die in my sleep
Subject(s): Night; Loss; Bedtime


WHEN I WAS CONCEIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: It was 1945, and it was may
Subject(s): Birth; Conception; Child Birth; Midwifery


WHERE I'LL BE GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanting leads to worse than oddity.
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Middle Age


WINTER DROUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: First you cut your wrists and throat
Subject(s): Suicide; Friendship