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Author: SADOFF, IRA
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Sadoff, Ira    Poet's Biography
63 poems available by this author


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: Personally I can't figure out the scale of things
Subject(s): Millenium


AN IMPROBABLE DELIRIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: An improbable delirium brings me
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION A)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I heard him play
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music & Musicians


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION B)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I heard him play
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


BEFORE AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was too sick to leave the factory
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Sickness; Work; Workers; Illness


BIRCHES, REVISITED: OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: At last the silver birches look like frost
Subject(s): Nature


BLEAK HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drunks in the courtyard, dung and driftwood
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


BRIEF AFTERNOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the brief afternoons of february,
Subject(s): Gods; Jehovah's Witnesses


BUD POWELL AT THE CLUB MONTMARTE, 1961       
First Line: All of paris was a hospital. / doctors stocked revolvers, smoked cigars\
Subject(s): Paris, France; Powell, Bud (Earl) (1924-1966)


DID YOU EVER GET A PHONE CALL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Dear gods, they say, you wouldn't pilfer a shadow, would you?
Subject(s): Telephones; Love; Past; Memory


ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: You can almost taste it
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: A mist appalls the windshield.
Subject(s): Faces; Winter


FOUR VARIATIONS ON THE HISTORY OF SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen the sabotage of the body
Subject(s): Speech; Language; Oratory; Orators; Words; Vocabulary


GRAZING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the rapid-fire channel switching is like eye music
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


HOPPER'S 'NIGHTHAWKS' (1942)       
First Line: Imagine a town where no one walks the streets. Where the sidewalks
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


I JOIN THE SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me join the sparrows
Subject(s): Nature


I LIKE IKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ike was whispering to his shadow cabinet
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


IN THE JEWISH MYSTICAL TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: In the jewish mystical religion, the bodies flying
Subject(s): Mysticism Judaism; Jews


IN THE OLD DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I lose track of my happiness
Subject(s): Change; Past


INCEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Indeed. Inscribed. Interred. In my house
Subject(s): Incest; Hate


INTERIM REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: The schoolhouse closet was my favorite house of prayer
Subject(s): Memory; Schools; Students


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: While I was gone, I lost my finches.
Subject(s): Birds; Lament


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've spent the last few years with an eraser
Subject(s): Long Island (N.y.)


MAHLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mahler endlessly repeats himself
Last Line: We'll sing again. My theory is no one
Subject(s): Jews; Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911); Judaism


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: One event stands out from childhood
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


MIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This is our last day together
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


MOOD INDIGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I've tried to trace the reverie
Subject(s): Blues (Mood); Music & Musicians


MY FATHER'S LEAVING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I came back, he was gone.
Subject(s): Fathers; Mothers; Abandonment; Family Life; Desertion; Relatives


MY FIRST ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: My first roses brought me to my senses.
Subject(s): Roses


MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The rabbi doesn't say she was sly and peevish,
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


MY WIFE'S UPSTAIRS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods are thick today
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old days there were characters
Last Line: They are soon after you clip them
Subject(s): Nature


NAZIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank god they're all gone
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


OKLAHOMA CITY: THE AFTERMATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sometimes I'm so lachrymose I forget I was there
Subject(s): Oklahoma City Tragedy (1995); Conduct Of Life; Oklahoma City Bombings (1995)


ON THE DAY OF NIXON'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's time to put the aside the old resentments; lies
Subject(s): Nixon, Richard (1913-1996); Death; Dead, The


ON THE JOB    Poem Text    
First Line: I support the animals' urge to survive
Subject(s): Nature


ONCE I COULD SAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Wrens


PALM ENDING IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Something simple, something clear
Subject(s): Winter; Family Life; Relatives


PROCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: We were floating downstream for hours
Subject(s): Boats; Rivers


REFLECTION OF A YOUNG WOMAN BY A LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Disease was spreading on the lawn
Subject(s): Loss


REMEMBRANCE OF A FALL WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Once we were tangled in the branches
Subject(s): Walking; Childhood Memories; Home


REVISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Someting stutters, falls out of a tree
Subject(s): Trees


SCENARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The restricted clubs were sticky with ardor.
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I sniff after the sparrow and the spaniel, flitting around
Subject(s): Self


SEURAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is sunday afternoon on the grand canal
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother might have drowned me
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Skin; Showers & Showering


THE DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: A critical mass came over me
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Recessions


THE HORSE WANTED SUGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Sascha shivered where the mare'd licked her hand
Subject(s): Horses


THE INNER LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm jittery, sleepless, I hover over a chair
Subject(s): Insomnia; Life; Sleeplessness


THE LETHAL TRAUMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the lethal traumas
Subject(s): Change; Children; Childhood


THE MCCARTHY HEARINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything's under suspicion
Subject(s): Army-mccarthy Hearings (1954); Family Life; Relatives


THE RAPTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tongue wagging, mumbling and moaning
Subject(s): Animals


THE ROMANCE OF THE RACER    Poem Text    
First Line: The race car driver was different. He made love with all his clothes on
Subject(s): Love; Romance


THE ROMANCE OF THE RORSCHACH    Poem Text    
First Line: The psychiatrist was the dullest, the man with the least imagination
Subject(s): Psychiatry; Psychiatrists


THE SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: The shaft of narrative peers down
Subject(s): Soul


THE SUBJECT MATTER    Poem Text    
First Line: How elusive - what we want
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories; Relatives


THE TRANSCENDENTALIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember that day in brewster, mass.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Nature


THERE'S NO RIGOR LIKE THE OLD RIGOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it something uncleaved, clean-cut you wanted?
Subject(s): Life


VIVALDI    Poem Text    
First Line: This terrified, castrated parasite
Subject(s): Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741)


WHAT KIND OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of man hides in the duck blinds?


WHILE WATCHING 'YOUNG AND INNOCENT' I THINK OF MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pull down the shades. Those waifs
Subject(s): Mothers; Fathers; Absence; Abandonment; Separation; Isolation; Desertion


WRITING POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I bear no grudge against the andes
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers