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Author: SANDBURG, CARL
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Sandburg, Carl    Poet's Biography
408 poems available by this author


A COIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Your western heads here cast on money
Last Line: Good-by.
Subject(s): Money


A FENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the stone house on the lake front is finished
Last Line: Except death and the rain and to-morrow.
Subject(s): Fences; Houses


A MILLION YOUNG WORKMEN, 1915    Poem Text    
First Line: A million young workmen straight and strong lay stiff on the grass and roads
Last Line: God damn the grinning kings, god damn the kaiser and the czar.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A SPHINX    Poem Text    
First Line: Close-mouthed you sat five thousand years and never
Last Line: I am one of those who know all you know and I keep my questions: I know the answers you hold.
Subject(s): Curiosities & Wonders; Egypt; Sphinx


A TALL MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The mouth of this man is a gaunt strong mouth
Last Line: It is the many he knows, the gaunt strong hunger of the many.


A TEAMSTER'S FAREWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Good-by now to the streets and the clash of wheels and
Last Line: O god, there's noises I'm going to be hungry for.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A.E.F.    Poem Text    
First Line: There will bea rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart
Last Line: They will tell the spider: go on, you're doing good work.
Subject(s): Rifles; World War I; First World War


ACCOMPLISHED FACTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every year emily dickinson sent one friend
Last Line: So it goes....
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving


ADELAIDE CRAPSEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the bumble-bees in red-top hay, a freckled
Last Line: Shapes on the beach sand.
Subject(s): Crapsey, Adelaide (1878-1914)


ALICE CORBIN IS GONE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Henderson, Alice Corbin (1881-1949); Native Americans; Translating & Interpreting; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


ALIX    Poem Text    
First Line: The mare alix breaks the world's trotting record one day
Last Line: And I want to rub my nose against the nose of the mare alix.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


ALL DAY LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: All day long in fog and wind
Last Line: Against the palisades of adamant.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Naked I stood on the soft shingle of sand
Subject(s): Memory; Night; Sea; Bedtime; Ocean


ALWAYS THE MOB    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus emptied the devils of one man into forty hogs
Last Line: In the night of our tears.


AMONG THE RED GUNS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Dreams of the way and the end go on
Subject(s): War


AND SO TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: And so to-day-they lay him away
Last Line: Under a sky of promises.
Subject(s): Death; Patriotism; Soldiers; Washington, D.c.; Dead, The


AND THEY OBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Smash down the cities
Last Line: You are workmen and citizens all: we command you.
Subject(s): Duty; Soldiers; World War I; First World War


ANNA IMROTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Cross the hands over the breast here - so
Last Line: It is the hand of god and the lack of fire escapes.
Subject(s): Child Labor; Fire


ARITHMETIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head
Subject(s): Mathematics


ASHURNATSIRPAL III    Poem Text    
First Line: Three walls around the town of tela when I came
Last Line: There wasn't much left of the town of tela.
Subject(s): Ashurnatsirpal Iii; Babylon


AT A WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me hunger
Last Line: Of a little love.
Subject(s): Love


AUTUMN MOVEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts
Last Line: And the old things go, not one lasts.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


AZTEC    Poem Text    
First Line: You came from the aztecs
Last Line: Before the days are longer.
Subject(s): Aztecs


AZTEC MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted a man's face looking into the jaws and throat
Last Line: Proud-eyed gambler.
Subject(s): Aztecs; Masks


BABY FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: White moon comes in on a baby face
Last Line: Where you come in, white moon.
Subject(s): Moon


BACK YARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Shine on, o moon of summer
Last Line: Shake out more and more silver changes.
Subject(s): Moon


BALLOON FACES    Poem Text    
First Line: The balloons hang on wires in the marigold gardens
Last Line: Balloon spots on wires -- this will be about all, this will be about all.


BAND CONCERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Band concert public square nebraska city
Last Line: These know more of the story.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


BAS-RELIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Five geese deply mysteriously
Subject(s): Geese


BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: A man saw the whole world as a grinning skull and cross-bones
Last Line: Singing fire and a climb of roses everlastingly over the world he looked on.
Subject(s): Elman, Mischa (1891-1967)


BE READY    Poem Text    
First Line: Be land ready
Subject(s): Preparedness


BEE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Bees in the late summer sun
Subject(s): Animals


BETWEEN TWO HILLS       


BILBEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Bilbea, I was in babylon on saturday night
Last Line: And take care of yourself.


BLACKLISTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Why shall I keep the old name?
Last Line: Name to go by?
Subject(s): Blacklists; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


BLIZZARD NOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't blame the kettle drums - they are hungry
Last Line: A cradle moon rides out of a torn hole in the ragbag top of the sky.


BOES    Poem Text    
First Line: I waited today for a freight train to pass
Last Line: He had left over when he got drunk.
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


BOES    Poem Text    
First Line: I waited today for a freight train to pass


BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sling me under the sea
Last Line: Sling me . . . Under the sea.
Subject(s): Funerals; Sea; Burials; Ocean


BOY AND FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The boy alexander understands his father to be a famous lawyer.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; God; Mothers


BRICKLAYER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of killing myself because I am only a bricklayer
Last Line: Boards go wrong, I think of you.
Subject(s): Bricklayers; Love - Unrequited


BRINGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cover me over
Last Line: Bringers of dusk and dust and dreams.


BROADWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall never forget you, broadway
Last Line: In the dust of your harsh and trampled stones.
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City


BROKEN SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: May the weather next week be good to us
Subject(s): Weather; Birds


BRONZES    Poem Text    
First Line: They ask me to handle bronzes
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


BRONZES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The bronze general grant riding a bronze horse in
Last Line: And make to ride his bronze horse out into the hoofs and guns of the storm.
Subject(s): Lincoln Park, Chicago; Statues


BRONZES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I cross lincoln park on a winter night when the snow
Last Line: Hold them past midnight and into the dawn.
Subject(s): Lincoln Park, Chicago; Statues


BROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tommorrow waits with a big broom
Subject(s): Silence; Sleep; Laughter


BUBBLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves
Subject(s): Bubbles; Rainbows


BUFFALO BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Boy heart of johnny jones - aching today?
Last Line: Ambush.
Subject(s): "cody, William ""buffalo Bill"" (1846-1917);


BUFFALO DUSK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The buffaloes are gone
Subject(s): Buffaloes; Environment; Middle West; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


BUNDLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thought of beaches, fields,
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


BUTTONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been watching the war map slammed up for advertising
Last Line: Newspaper office where the freckle-faced young man is laughing to us?
Subject(s): Social Protest; World War I; First World War


CABOOSE THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's going to come out all right-do you know?
Last Line: They get along -- and we'll get along.
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


CAHOOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Play it across the table.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


CALIFORNIA CITY LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: On a mountain-side the real estate agents
Last Line: How long it might last, how young it might be.
Subject(s): California; Houses


CALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I have called to you
Subject(s): Waiting; Birds


CANADIANS AND POTTAWATOMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen a loneliness sit
Subject(s): Loneliness; Canada; Native Americans; Canadians; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


CARTOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I am making a cartoon of a woman. She is the people
Last Line: Feet, snuggle at her breasts.
Subject(s): Mothers


CHAMFORT    Poem Text    
First Line: There's chamfort. He's a sample
Last Line: "come and take me."
Subject(s): Suicide; Writing & Writers


CHEAP BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hill blue among the leaves I summer
Subject(s): Blue (Color); Money


CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Hog butcher for the world
Last Line: Player with railroads, and freight-handler to the nation.
Subject(s): Chicago


CHICAGO POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I saluted a nobody
Last Line: I lose all -- but not him.


CHICKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The chick in the egg picks at the shell
Last Line: Star.
Subject(s): Chickens


CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The young child, christ, is straight and wise
Last Line: For the young child. Christ, straight and wise.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth; Religion; Theology


CHILD MARGARET    Poem Text    
First Line: The child margaret begins to write numbers on a saturday morning
Last Line: Millions of rag dolls, millions and millions of new rag dolls!!)
Subject(s): Children; Dolls; Toys; Childhood


CHILD MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The child's wonder
Last Line: With babblings of the moon on her little mouth.
Subject(s): Children; Moon; Childhood


CHILD OF THE ROMANS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dago shovelman sits by the railroad track
Last Line: Standing slender on the tables in the dining cars.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


CHOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: They offer you many things
Last Line: And hate.


CHOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The single clenched fist lifted and ready
Last Line: For we meet by one or the other.
Subject(s): Anger; Friendship; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


CHROMO    Poem Text    
First Line: This old river town saw the
Subject(s): Wharves; Rivers; Piers


CIRCLES    Poem Text    
First Line: The white man drew a small circle in the sand
Subject(s): United States; America


CLARK STREET BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dust of the feet
Last Line: Softer than the mist.
Subject(s): Chicago


CLOCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is a face that says half-past seven the same way
Last Line: Eager to go to france...
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


COOL TOMBS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When abraham lincoln was shoveled into the tombs, he forgot the copperheads
Last Line: The dust ... In the cool tombs.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Graves; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


CORNUCOPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The naked cornucpoia of autumn fields
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


CRABAPPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweeten these bitter wild crabapples, illinois
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


CRICKET MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: As the corn becomes higher
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


CRIMSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Crimson is the slow smolder of the cigar end I hold
Last Line: Shadows and smoke and watch my thoughts come and go.)
Subject(s): Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


CRIMSON RAMBLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that a crimson rambler
Last Line: To keep strong hands and strong hearts?


CRIPPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once when I saw a cripple
Last Line: The clear silent processional of stars.
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


CROSSING OHIO WHEN POPPIES BLOOM IN ASHTABULA    Poem Text    
First Line: Go away. Leave the high winds of may
Subject(s): Ohio


CUMULATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Storms have beaten on this point of land
Last Line: Along the city streets.


DAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Early may, after cold rain the sun
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DAYBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Daybreak comes first / in thin splinters shimmering
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I will keep you and bring hands to hold you
Subject(s): Love


DEATH SNIPS PROUD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Death is stronger than all the governments because the governments are men
Last Line: Long sleep, child; what have you had anyhow better than sleep?
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DOCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Strolling along
Last Line: Into salt and mist and foam and sun.
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


DOORS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Doors; Conduct Of Life


DREAM GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: You will come one day in a waver of love
Last Line: A film of hope and a memoried day.


DREAMS IN THE DUSK    Poem Text    
Last Line: May find your heart at dusk
Subject(s): Dreams


DRUMNOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Days of the dead men, danny
Last Line: Drum on your remembering heart.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DUNES    Poem Text    
First Line: What do we see here in the sand dunes of the white moon
Last Line: Sun for -- what, bill?


DYNAMITER    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat with a dynamiter at supper in a german saloon
Last Line: Laughter everywhere -- lover of red hearts and red blood the world over.
Subject(s): Anarchism And Anarchists


EARLY MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby moon, a canoe, a silver papoose canoe
Last Line: Early moon, a silver papoose, in the indian west?
Subject(s): Moon


EVENING WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: What was the name you called me?
Subject(s): Names


FALLTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold of a ripe oat straw, gold of a southwest moon
Last Line: Is there something finished? And some new beginning on the way?
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


FEATHER LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Macabre and golden the moon opened a slant of light
Subject(s): Light


FELLOW CITIZENS    Poem Text    
First Line: I drank musty ale at the illinois athletic club with
Last Line: Presses are ready for work.


FIFTY-FIFTY    Poem Text    
First Line: What is there for us two
Subject(s): Friendship


FIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Red drips from my chin where I have been eating
Last Line: The child cries for a suck mother and I cry for war.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


FILMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have kept all, not one is thrown away, not one given to the ragman
Last Line: O there shall be no ragman have these yet a year, yet ten years.


FIRE DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember here by the fire
Last Line: "god."
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving Day


FIRE-LOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Nancy hanks dreams by the fire
Last Line: Time now for a tall man to come.
Subject(s): Hanks, Nancy (1783-1818)


FISH CRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: I know a jew fish crier down on maxwell street with a
Last Line: Wares from a pushcart.


FLANDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Flanders, the name of a place, a country of people
Last Line: Washing wooden bowls in the winter sun by a window.
Subject(s): Flanders, Belgium


FLAT LANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Flat lands on the end of town where real estate men are crying
Last Line: Stars wheel onward, the frogs sob this april night.


FLOWERS TELL MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold buttons in the garden today
Subject(s): Flowers; Spring


FLUX    Poem Text    
First Line: Sand of the sea runs red
Last Line: Where the moon slants and wavers.


FOG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The fog comes / on little cat feet
Last Line: And then moves on.
Subject(s): Fog; Haze


FOLLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Shaken / the blossoms of lilac
Last Line: Remembering all.


FOUR PRELUDES ON PLAYTHINGS OF THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman named tomorrow
Last Line: And the women warbled: nothing like us ever was.
Subject(s): Past; Rats


FOURTH OF JULY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The little boat at anchor
Subject(s): Fireworks; Fourth Of July; Independence Day


FROM THE SHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: A lone gray bird
Last Line: On the tides that plunge and rear and crumble.
Subject(s): Birds


GARDEN WIRELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: How many feet ran with sunlight, water, and rain
Last Line: Love me -- love me now.
Subject(s): Love


GARGOYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a mouth jeering. A smile of melted red iron ran over it
Last Line: Fist is pounding and pounding, and the mouth answering.


GIRL IN A CAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in a cage the dollars come down
Last Line: A flame of silk at the throat.
Subject(s): Money


GOLDWING MOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A goldwing moth is between the scissors and the ink bottle on the desk
Last Line: Manuscripts of the medieval monks.
Subject(s): Manuscripts; Moths


GONE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Everybody loved chick lorimer in our town
Last Line: Nobody knows where she's gone.
Subject(s): Absence; Women; Separation; Isolation


GOOD MORNING AMERICA: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it's uncle sam sitting on top of the world
Subject(s): United States


GOOD MORNING AMERICA: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: In god we trust; it so written
Subject(s): United States; God; America


GOOD MORNING AMERICA: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: The silent litany of the workmen go on -
Subject(s): United States; Labor & Laborers; America; Work; Workers


GOVERNMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The government - I heard about the government and
Last Line: Germs, traditions and corpuscles handed down from fathers and mothers away back.
Subject(s): Government


GRACELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Tomb of a millionaire
Last Line: Home town or the name people call her.)
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pile the bodies high at austerlitz and waterloo
Last Line: Let me work.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Grass; War; Graveyards; Dead, The


GRASSROOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grass clutches at the dark dirt with finger holds
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


GRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed one man stood against a thousand
Last Line: I love you and your great way of forgetting.
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


GYPSY    Poem Text    
First Line: I asked a gypsy pal
Last Line: Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.
Subject(s): Gypsies; Gipsies


GYPSY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: In a hole-in-the-wall on halsted street sits a gypsy woman
Subject(s): Gypsies; Gipsies


HALSTED STREET CAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Come you, cartoonists
Last Line: Empty of dreams.
Subject(s): Chicago; Streetcars


HANDFULS    Poem Text    
First Line: Blossoms of babies
Last Line: Handfuls again.


HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I asked professors who teach the meaning of life to tell
Last Line: And children and a keg of beer and an accordion.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HARMONICA HUMDRUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: And so the days pass
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


HARRISON STREET COURT    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard a woman's lips
Last Line: "every night's hustlin' I ever did."
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: When the corn stands yellow in september
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


HAUNTS    Poem Text    
First Line: There are places I go when I am strong
Last Line: Places when there is no other place to go.


HAVE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Have me in the blue and the sun
Last Line: Have me in the blue and the sun.


HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jugglers keep six bottles in the air
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


HAZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep a red heart of memories
Subject(s): Fog; Haze


HAZE GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun, you may send your haze gold
Last Line: Keep all we can of these haze gold yellows?
Subject(s): Autumn; Fog; Seasons; Yellow (Color); Fall; Haze


HEAVY FOLIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The mathematics of intimate questions
Subject(s): Love; Money; Death; Dead, The


HEMLOCK AND CEDAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Thin sheets of blue smoke among white slabs
Last Line: Mill to the ridge of hemlock and cedar.
Subject(s): Winter


HITS AND RUNS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the chillicothe ball players grappling the rock
Last Line: And the umpire's throat fought in the dust for a song.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HONKY TONK IN CLEVELAND, OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and cornet razzes
Subject(s): Jazz


HORSES AND MEN IN RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us sit by a hissing steam radiator a winter's day
Last Line: Men who rode horses in the rain.


HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two swede families live downstairs and an irish policeman upstairs
Last Line: Could be a soldier.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Home; U.s. - History


HOW MUCH?    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: How much do you love me, a million bushels?
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


HUMDRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had a million lives to live
Last Line: Or you?


HYDRANGEAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dragoons, I tell you the white hydrangeas
Last Line: Waiting, they look over the fence for what way they go.
Subject(s): Hydrangeas


I AM THE PEOPLE, THE MOB    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the people - the mob - the crowd - the mass
Last Line: The mob -- the crowd -- the mass -- will arrive then.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


I SANG    Poem Text    
First Line: I sang to you and the moon
Last Line: And is kind to me.


ICE HANDLER    Poem Text    
First Line: I know an ice handler who wears a flannel shirt with
Last Line: When he came around to the saloon to tell the boys about it.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


ILLINOIS FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Bury this old illinois farmer with respect
Last Line: Dream of illinois corn.
Subject(s): Farm Life; United States; Agriculture; Farmers; America


IMPOSSIBLE IAMBICS    Poem Text    
First Line: He saw a fire dancer take two flambeaus
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


IMPROVED FARM LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Tall timber stood here once, here on a corn belt farm along the monon
Subject(s): Deforestation; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


IN A BACK ALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Remembrance for a great man is this
Last Line: Dead lover of boys, what do you ask for now?


IN A BREATH; TO THE WILLIAMSON BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: High noon. White sun flashes on the michigan avenue
Last Line: Trapsing along in flimsy clothes, play of sun-fire in their blood.
Subject(s): Chicago


IN GOD, TOO, LONELY    Poem Text    
First Line: When god scooped up a handful of dust
Subject(s): God; Creation; Loneliness


IN TALL GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bees and a honeycomb in the dried head of a horse in
Last Line: The bees come home and the bees sleep.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


INTERIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cool of the night time
Last Line: And the clocks.


IRON    Poem Text    
First Line: Guns
Last Line: The shovel is brother to the gun.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


IT IS MUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Women of night life amid the lights
Last Line: It is much to be warm and sure of to-morrow.
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


JABBERERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I rise out of my depths with my language
Last Line: As the shower at a scissors grinder's wheel....
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


JACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack was a swarthy, swaggering son-of-a-gun
Last Line: Swarthy, swaggering son-of-a-gun.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


JACK LONDON AND O.HENRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Both were jailbirds; no speechmakers at all
Last Line: Who knew the hearts of these boozefighters?
Subject(s): London, Jack (1876-1916); O. Henry (1862-1910); Drinks & Drinking


JAN KUBELIK    Poem Text    
First Line: Your bow swept over a string, and a long low note
Last Line: (all the girls in bohemia are laughing on a sunday afternoon in the hills with their lovers.)
Subject(s): Kubelik, Jan (1880-1940); Music & Musicians


JAWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven nations stood with their hands on the jaws of
Last Line: "o hell!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


JAZZ FANTASIA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos
Subject(s): Jazz; Language; Music & Musicians; Words; Vocabulary


JERRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Six years I worked in a knitting mill at a machine
Subject(s): Women - Abused; Marriage; Murder; Prisons & Prisoners; Wife Beating; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Convicts


JOHN ERICSSON DAY MEMORIAL, 1918    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the gulf and the pit of the dark night, the cold night, there is
Last Line: Gave -- and gave all.
Subject(s): Soldiers


JOLIET    Poem Text    
First Line: On the one hand the steel works
Last Line: Claws of an avalanche loosed here.
Subject(s): Joliet, Illinois


JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Let a joy keep you
Last Line: Keep away from the little deaths.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Paula is digging and shaping the loam of a salvia
Last Line: And fluff of white from a cottonwood.


JUNGHEIMER'S    Poem Text    
First Line: In western fields of corn and northern timber lands
Last Line: Riots.
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


JUST BEFORE APRIL CAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow-piles in dark places are gone
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


KILLERS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am singing to you
Last Line: Sixteen million men.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


KIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Brother, I am fire
Last Line: Maybe thousands of years, brother.


KNUCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In abraham lincoln's city
Last Line: This is abraham lincoln's home town.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Secondhand Trade


KREISLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sell me a violin, mister, of old mysterious wood
Last Line: For one more song.
Subject(s): Kreisler, Fritz (1875-1962); Violins


LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: See the trees lean to the wind's way of leaning
Subject(s): Trees; Wind


LANGUAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are no handles upon a language
Last Line: Blowing ten thousand years ago.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


LAST ANSWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wrote a poem on the mist
Last Line: Go running back to dust and mist.


LAUGHING CORN    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a high majestic fooling
Last Line: The farmer and his wife talk things over together.
Subject(s): Corn


LAWYER    Poem Text    
First Line: When the jury files in to deliver a verdict after weeks of direct
Last Line: Of many preposterous, unjust circumstances.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers


LEATHER LEGGINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: They have taken the ball of earth
Last Line: We go.


LEGENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Five circus clowns dying this year, morning newspapers told their
Last Line: Farms?


LETTERS TO DEAD IMAGISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily dickinson
Last Line: Nor the mumblings and shots that rise from dreams on call.
Subject(s): Crane, Stephen (1871-1900); Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


LI PO AND LAO TSE COME TO NEBRASKA       
First Line: Make a dialy memo of your eggs
Subject(s): Farm Life; Nebraska; Travel; Agriculture; Farmers; Journeys; Trips


LIGHT AND MOONBELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The could bend low
Subject(s): Light


LIMITED    Poem Text    
First Line: I am riding on a limited express, one of the crack trains of the nation
Last Line: "I ask a man in the smoker where he is going and he answers: ""omaha."
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


LOAM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the loam we sleep
Last Line: A day.


LOCALITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Wagon wheel gap is a place I never saw
Last Line: Their mothers are through waiting for them to come home.
Subject(s): Harbors


LOIN CLOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Body of jesus taken down from the cross
Last Line: And christ-love.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


LOSERS    Poem Text    
First Line: If I should pass the tomb of jonah
Last Line: "come on, you ... Do you want to live forever?"
Subject(s): Courage; World War I; Valor; Bravery; First World War


LOSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have love
Last Line: Only the shadows.)


LOST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Desolate and lone
Last Line: And the harbor's eyes.
Subject(s): Boats; Great Lakes


LOVE BEYOND KEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: She had a box
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


MAG    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish to god I never saw you, mag
Last Line: I wish to god the kids had never come.


MAMIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mamie beat her head against the bars of a little indiana
Last Line: That never go smash.


MAMMY HUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the song I rested with
Last Line: Then the face of sleep must be the one face you were looking for.


MAN AND DOG ON AN EARLY WINTER MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a tall slough grass
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


MAN, THE MAN-HUNTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw man, the man-hater
Last Line: The -- son of a bitch.
Subject(s): Collective Behavior; Hate; Social Protest; Mobs; Crowds


MANITOBA CHILDE ROLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night a january wind was ripping at the shingles over our house
Last Line: It was beautiful to her and she could not understand.


MANUFACTURED GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: They put up big wooden gods
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


MARGARET    Poem Text    
First Line: Many birds and the beating of wings
Last Line: Eager as the great morning.


MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: Fling your red scarf faster and faster, dancer
Last Line: Summer and the sun command you.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


MASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and red crag and was amazed
Last Line: Humble ruins of nations.
Variant Title(s): The Poor
Subject(s): Justice


MEDALLION    Poem Text    
First Line: The brass medallion profile of your face I keep always
Last Line: Swears behind silent lips that the sea will bring home what is gone.


MEDLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ignorance came in stones of gold
Subject(s): Ignorance; Books; Crimes & Criminals; Dullness; Stupdity; Reading


MEMOIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Papa joffre, the shoulders of him wide as the land of france
Last Line: A lift of white sun on a stony beach.
Subject(s): Joffre, Joseph Jacques (1852-1931); World War I; First World War


MEMOIR OF A PROUD BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: He lived on the wings of storm
Last Line: Is a leather bag of poems and short stories.
Subject(s): Mexico; Murder; Villa, Francisco (Pancho) (1878-1923)


METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: When water turns ice does it remember
Subject(s): Middle West; Science; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States; Scientists


MILK-WHITE MOON, PUT THE COWS TO SLEEP    Poem Text    


MILL-DOORS    Poem Text    
First Line: You never come back
Last Line: You never come back.


MIST FORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sheets of night-mist travel a long valley
Last Line: A riddle here no man tells, no woman.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


MOMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Momus is the name men give your face
Last Line: And blood drops of undiminishing war.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical


MONOSYLLABIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me be monosyllabic today, o lord
Last Line: Enjoy slow-pacing clocks.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


MONOTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The monotone of the rain is beautiful
Last Line: And the peace of long warm rain.
Subject(s): Beauty


MOON-RIDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: What have I saved out of a morning?
Subject(s): Morning; Jobs; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


MOONSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaves of poplars pick japanese prints against the west
Last Line: Only dark listening to dark.
Subject(s): Moon


MR, LONGFELLOW AND HIS BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mr, longfellow, henry wadsworth longfellow, the harvard professors
Subject(s): Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)


MR. ATTILA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They made a myth of you, professor
Subject(s): Attila, King Of The Huns (434-453); Academia; Wit & Humor


MUCKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty men stand watching the muckers
Last Line: "ten others, ""jesus, I wish I had the job."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


MURMURINGS IN A FIELD HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to me only with playthings now
Last Line: And the world was all playthings.
Subject(s): Hospitals; World War I; First World War


MYSTERIOUS BIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Christofo columbo was a hungry man
Subject(s): Holidays


NEAR KEOKUK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty-two greeks are dipping their feet in a creek
Last Line: And then the deep sleep of children.
Subject(s): Greece; Greeks


NEW FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: Empty battlefields keep their phantoms
Last Line: Reaching a blossom in rust of shrapnel.
Subject(s): War


NIAGARA    Poem Text    
First Line: The tumblers of the rapids go white, go green
Subject(s): Niagara Falls; Waterfalls


NIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the nigger
Last Line: I am the nigger.
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


NIGHT BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two bells...Six bells
Subject(s): Bells; Night; Bedtime


NIGHT MOVEMENT - NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night, when the sea winds take the city in their arms
Subject(s): New York City; Night; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Bedtime


NOCTURN CABBAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cabbages catch all the moon
Subject(s): Cabbage


NOCTURNE IN A DESERTED BRICKYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Stuff of the moon
Last Line: Make a wide dreaming pansy of an old pond in the night.
Subject(s): Lakes; Pools; Ponds


NOON HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: She sits in the dust at the walls
Last Line: Of great free ways beyond the walls.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Women; Work; Workers


NORTH ATLANTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: When the sea is everywhere
Subject(s): Atlantic Ocean


NUMBER MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He was born to wonder about numbers.
Subject(s): Numbers


OLD DEEP SING-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old deep sing-song of the sea
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


OLD OSAWATOMIE    Poem Text    
First Line: John brown's body under the morning stars
Last Line: On a six-foot stage of dust.
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; U.s. - History; Anti-slavery; Serfs


OLD TIMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am an ancient reluctant conscript
Last Line: I am an ancient reluctant conscript.
Subject(s): Veterans


OLD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The owl-car clatters along, dogged by the echo
Last Line: Homeless.
Subject(s): Homeless; Old Age; Women


OLD-FASHIONED REQUITED LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have ransacked the encyclopedia
Subject(s): Love


ON A FLIMMERING FLOOM YOU SHALL RIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody noogers the shaff of a sloo
Subject(s): Macleish, Archibald (1892-1982)


ON THE BREAKWATER    Poem Text    
First Line: On the breakwater in the summer dark, a man and a
Last Line: And two on the breakwater keep their silence, she on his knee.


ON THE WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Little one, you have been buzzing in the books
Last Line: And all things human rise from the mob and relapse and rise again as rain to the sea?


ONE MODERN POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Having heard the instruction
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ONION DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs. Gabrielle giovannitti comes along peoria street
Last Line: Morning.


OSAWATOMIE    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know how he came
Last Line: And the fool killers had a laugh
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Crime & Criminals; Native Americans; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


OUR HELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Milton unlocked hell for us
Subject(s): Hell; Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Milton, John (1608-1674)


OUR PRAYER OF THANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: For the gladness here where the sun is shining at evening
Last Line: Our prayer of thanks.
Subject(s): Holidays; Religion; Thanksgiving; Theology


OUT OF WHITE LIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of white lips a question: shall seven million dead ask for their blood
Subject(s): War


PAINTED FISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Green fishes on a red-lacquered tray
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


PALLADIUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the newspaper office - who are the spooks?
Last Line: Speak easy -- the sacred cows must be fed.
Subject(s): Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


PALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take a hold now
Last Line: A locked-up story.
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


PASSERS-BY    Poem Text    
First Line: Passers-by, / out of your many faces
Last Line: When you passed by.


PEARL FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Open the door now
Last Line: Of the laws you have broken.
Subject(s): Fog; Sin; Haze


PEARL HORIZONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a prairie fog moon
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


PENCILS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pencils / telling where the wind comes form
Subject(s): Pens & Pencils


PEOPLE WHO MUST    Poem Text    
First Line: I put my easel on the roof of a skyscraper
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; City & Town Life


PERSONALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have loved forty women, but you have only one
Last Line: Of this.


PICNIC BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunday night and the park policemen tell each other it is dark as a stack ...
Last Line: For the home-comers.
Subject(s): Boats; Chicago


PLACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Roses and gold
Subject(s): Waiting; Fame; Reputation


PLANKED WHITEFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Over an order of planked whitefish at a downtown club
Last Line: "war is the game of a lot of god-damned fools."
Subject(s): Pacifism; World War I; Peace Movements; First World War


PLOWBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the last red sunset glimmer
Last Line: And haze of an april gloaming.
Subject(s): Plowing & Plowmen


POEMS DONE ON A LATE NIGHT CAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the great white way of the city


POEMS DONE ON A LATE NIGHT CAR: 3. HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is a thing my heart wishes the world had more of
Last Line: To a mother singing softly to a child restless and angry in the darkness.


POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the fire
Last Line: Writhed into a stiff pool.


POPPIES    Poem Text    
First Line: She loves blood-red poppies for a garden to walk in
Last Line: She loves blood-red poppies for a garden to walk in.
Subject(s): Poppies


POPULATION DRIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: New-mown hay smell and wind of the plain made her
Last Line: Of life again with tough hands and passion.


PORTRAIT OF A MOTOR CAR    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a lean car - a long-legged dog of a car - a gray ghost eagle car
Last Line: Gray-ghost car.
Subject(s): Automobiles; Cars


POTATO BLOSSOM SONGS AND JIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Rum tiddy um
Last Line: "let romance stutter to the western stars, ""excuse ... Me..."


PRAIRIE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was born on the prairie and the milk of its wheat, the red of its clover
Last Line: To-morrow is a day.


PRAIRIE WATERS BY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Chatter of birds two by two raises a night
Last Line: Running water.


PRAYERS OF STEEL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Lay me on an anvil, o god
Last Line: White stars.
Subject(s): Cities; Skyscrapers; Steel; Urban Life


PRIMER LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Look out how you use proud words
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


PSALM OF THOSE WHO GO FORTH BEFORE DAYLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The policeman buys shoes slow and careful
Last Line: Ears; they are brothers of cinders.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


QUESTIONAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Have I told any man to be a liar for my sake?


QUESTIONNAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Have I told any man to be a liar for my sake?
Last Line: Windows and the newspapers?


READY TO KILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten minutes now I have been looking at this
Last Line: Ready to run the red blood and slush the bowels of men all over the sweet new grass of the prairie.
Subject(s): Statues; World War I; First World War


RED AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody picks a red rose when the winter wind howls and the
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


REMEMBERED WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: For a woman's face remembered as a spot of quick light on the flat land
Last Line: The women they left behind, they fight on.
Subject(s): Soldiers; Women


REMORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The horse's name was remorse
Subject(s): Horses


REPETITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are crying salt tears
Subject(s): Milholland, Inez (1886-1916); Death; Boissevain, Inez Milholland; Dead, The


REPITITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are crying salt tears
Last Line: And morning air.


RIVER ROADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the crows go by hawking their caw and caw
Last Line: Shawl on lazy shoulders.


SALVAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Guns on the battle lines have pounded now a year
Last Line: Guns on the battle lines have pounded a year now between brussels and paris.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


SAND SCRIBBLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind stops, the wind begins


SANDHILL PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I took away three pictures
Last Line: Wears between sunset and dusk.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Silence; Dead, The


SANTA FE SKETCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The valley was swept with a blue broom to the west
Last Line: "we forget."
Subject(s): Sante Fe, New Mexico


SAYINGS OF HENRY STEPHENS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you get enough money
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Farm Life; Coal Mines & Miners; Springfield, Illinois'; Strikes; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Agriculture; Farmers; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


SEA-WASH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The sea-wash never ends
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SELLING SPIEL ON MAXWELL STREET       
First Line: This blanket is a tough weave, sir
Subject(s): Markets; Supermarkets


SHEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Thousands of sheep, soft-footed, black-nosed sheep
Last Line: Hills with your hoofs.
Subject(s): Sheep


SHENANDOAH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shenandoah valley, one rider grey and one rider blue, and
Last Line: Heads of a rider blue and a rider gray in the shenandoah.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; U.s. - History


SHIRT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember once I ran after you and tagged the fluttering
Last Line: Run away again when I tag the fluttering shirt of you.


SILVER NAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man was crucified. He came to the city a stranger
Last Line: John silvernail on the statue.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


SINGING NIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Your bony head, jazbo, o dock walloper,
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SIX FEET SIX WAS DAVY TIPTON    Poem Text    


SIXTEEN MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the lips of the child janet float changing dreams
Last Line: Young light blue calls to young light gold of morning.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


SKETCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows of the ships
Last Line: Are the shadows of the ships.


SKYSCRAPER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: By day the skyscraper looms in the smoke and sun and
Last Line: By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars and has a soul.
Subject(s): Skyscrapers; United States; America


SLANTS AT BUFFALO, NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: A forefinger of stone, dreamed by a sculptor, points to the sky
Last Line: ...Erie with norse blue eyes ... And the white sun.
Subject(s): Buffalo (City), New York


SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit in a chair and read the newspapers
Last Line: I sit in a chair and read the newspapers.
Subject(s): Smoke


SMOKE AND STEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Smoke of the fields in spring is one
Subject(s): Courage; Justice; Steel; Valor; Bravery


SMOKE ROSE GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The dome of the capitol ooks to the potomac river
Subject(s): Capitol, Washington, D.c.


SOAPSUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue and amber lay in the soapsuds
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Showers & Showering


SOILED DOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us be honest; the lady was not a harlot until she
Last Line: To year, and wonders sometimes how one man is coming along with six women.
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a famous man eating soup
Subject(s): United States; America


SOUTHERN PACIFIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Huntington sleeps in a house six feet long
Last Line: Blithery, sleep in houses six feet long.
Subject(s): Graves; Huntington, Collis Potter (1821-1900); Railroads; Tombs; Tombstones; Railways; Trains


SPLINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The voice of the last cricket
Subject(s): Animals


STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars are too many to count
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


STATISTICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Napoleon shifted
Last Line: And the cool night stars.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


STILL LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cool your heels on the rail of an observation car
Last Line: Lovers pass whispering.
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


STREET WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The pawn-shop man knows hunger
Last Line: They tell stories.
Subject(s): Justice


STYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Style - go ahead talking about style
Last Line: And you blind ty cobb's batting eye.
Subject(s): Style


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Down between the walls of shadow
Last Line: Throw their laughter into toil.
Subject(s): Subways


SUMMER GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer grass aches and whispers
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


SUMMER SHIRT SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The summer shirt sale of a downtown haberdasher is glorified
Last Line: Challenge to the ghost who walks on paydays.
Subject(s): Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


SUMMER STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bend low again, night of summer stars
Subject(s): Stars; Summer


SUNSET FROM OMAHA HOTEL WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the blue river hills
Last Line: They circle in a dome over nebraska.
Subject(s): Stars


SUNSETS    Poem Text    
First Line: There are sunsets who whisper a good-by
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


SWELL PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: There will always be monkeys and peacocks
Subject(s): Monkeys; Peacocks


TAKE A LETTER TO DMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: All over america last sunday afternoon goes your symphony no. 7
Subject(s): Russia; World War Ii; Soviet Union; Russians; Second World War


TANGIBLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen this city in the day and the sun
Last Line: There is ... Something ... Here ... Men die for.
Subject(s): Patriotism; Washington, D.c.


TESTAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I give the undertakers permission to haul my body
Last Line: One of the two and I have told no man why.


THE ABRACADABRA BOYS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Language; Social Classes; Words; Vocabulary; Caste


THE ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: You have spoken the answer
Last Line: Working.


THE FOUR BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Make war songs out of these
Last Line: New sleepy-time songs.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE GREAT HUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot tell you now
Last Line: Greater than you.
Subject(s): Love


THE HAMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen
Subject(s): Fame; Transience; Reputation; Impermanence


THE HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Passing through huddled and ugly walls
Last Line: Veering and wheeling free in the open.
Subject(s): Harbors


THE HAS-BEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A stone face higher than six horses stood five thousand
Last Line: Clutch a secret.
Subject(s): Statues


THE JUNK MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am glad god saw death
Last Line: Away.
Subject(s): Death; Junk And Junkyards; Dead, The


THE LAW SAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The law says you and I belong to each other, george
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Attorneys


THE LAWYERS KNOW TOO MUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The lawyers, bob, know too much
Last Line: The lawyers -- tell me why a hearse horse snickers hauling a lawyer's bones.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers


THE LONG SHADOW OF LINCOLN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Be sad, be cool, be kind
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


THE MAN WITH THE BROKEN FINGERS'    Poem Text    
Last Line: And death is a quiet step into a sweet clean midnight
Subject(s): Torture; World War Ii; Norway; Nazis


THE MAN WITH THE BROKEN FINGERS'    Poem Text    


THE MIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the mist, the impalpable mist
Last Line: Bar them all.
Subject(s): Mist


THE NAKED STRANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is five months' off
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE NEXT CHILD WAITS    Poem Text    
First Line: I know the city waits - the next child waits - there is a great singing, mother
Subject(s): Creation


THE PEOPLE, YES: 107    Poem Text    
First Line: The people will live on
Subject(s): Perseverance


THE PEOPLE, YES: 57    Poem Text    
First Line: Lincoln? / he was a mystery in smoke and flags


THE PEOPLE, YES: 86    Poem Text    
First Line: The people, yes, the people
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


THE POOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze
Subject(s): Thought; Poverty; Social Commentaries; Thinking


THE RED SON    Poem Text    
First Line: I love your faces I saw the many years
Last Line: You for the little hills and I go away.


THE RIGHT TO GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Take your fill of intimate remorse, perfumed sorrow,
Last Line: With a broom.
Variant Title(s): The Right To Grief; To Certain Poets About To Die
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE ROAD AND THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall foot it
Last Line: Shall touch my hands and face.


THE ROAN HORSE'    Poem Text    
First Line: The roan horse is young and will learn: the roan horse buckles into harness
Last Line: Hanging to a white star between the ears
Subject(s): Middle West; Horses; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


THE ROAN HORSE'    Poem Text    
First Line: The roan horse is young and will learn: the roan horse buckles into harness


THE SEA HOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea is large
Last Line: The sea must know more than any of us.
Subject(s): Chesapeake Bay; Sea; Ocean


THE SHOVEL MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: On the street / slung on his shoulder is a handle half way across
Last Line: Better than all the wild grapes that ever grew in tuscany.


THE WALKING MAN OF RODIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Legs hold a torso away from the earth
Last Line: The skull found always crumbling neighbor of the ankles.
Subject(s): Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)


THE WINDY CITY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The lean hands of wagon men
Subject(s): Chicago


THE WINDY CITY: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: The wheelbarrows grin, the shovels and the mortar
Subject(s): Chicago


THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A storm of white petals
Last Line: Great lullabies to the long sleepers.


THEME IN YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I spot the hills
Last Line: I am fooling.
Subject(s): Pumpkins


THEY ALL WANT TO PLAY HAMLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=undc7h-a7i4


THEY ASK: IS GOD, TOO, LONELY    Poem Text    
First Line: When god scooped up a handful of dust
Subject(s): Friendship


THEY WILL SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Of my city the worst that men will ever say is this
Last Line: For a little handful of pay on a few saturday nights.


THREE BALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jabowsky's place is on a side street and only the rain washes
Last Line: Place on a side street.
Subject(s): Pawnshops; Pawnbrokers


THREE PIECES ON THE SMOKE OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Smoke of autumn is on it all.
Subject(s): Autumn; Smoke; Fall


THREE SPRING NOTATIONS ON BIPEDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The down drop of the blackbird
Last Line: She throws a stone and laughs at the clug-clug.
Subject(s): Spring


THREES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a boy when I heard three red words
Last Line: Ham and eggs -- how much? -- and -- do you love me, kid?
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THROW ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Throw roses on the sea where the dead went down
Subject(s): Sea; Death; Roses; Ocean; Dead, The


TIMBER MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a way the moon looks into the timber at night
Subject(s): Middle West; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


TIMESWEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I was born in the morning of the world
Subject(s): Animals; Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


TO A CONTEMPORARY BUNKSHOOTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You come along...Tearing your shirt...Yelling about
Last Line: Nazareth.
Variant Title(s): Billy Sunday
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


TO A DEAD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the dead line we have called to you
Last Line: Splattering the sea with crimson.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TO BEACHEY, 1912    Poem Text    
First Line: Riding against the east
Last Line: With the cool, calm shadow at the wheel.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


TO CERTAIN JOURNEYMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Undertakers, hearse drivers, grave diggers
Last Line: And you earn a living by those who say good-by today in thin whispers.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


TO THE GHOST OF JOHN MILTON    Poem Text    
First Line: If I should pamphleteer twenty years against royalists
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


TRAFFICKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the shadows where two streets cross
Last Line: And no takers.
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


TRANSFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In many homes / one sees old shrapnel cases
Last Line: Let me work.
Subject(s): Change; Death; Social Protest; Soldiers; War; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


TROTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yellow dust on a bumble
Last Line: On some I keep.


TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: Memory of you is - a blue spear of flower
Last Line: And they cover you.
Subject(s): Flowers


TWO NEIGHBORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Faces of two eternities keep looking at me
Last Line: Let them look.


TWO NOCTURNS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat
Subject(s): Sea; Prairies; Loneliness; Ocean; Plains


UNDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the undertow
Last Line: To-morrow.


UNDER A HAT RIM    Poem Text    
First Line: While the hum and the hurry
Last Line: To a broken state-room door.


UNDER A TELEPHONE POLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a copper wire slung in the air
Last Line: A copper wire.
Subject(s): Telephones


UNDER THE HARVEST MOON       


UPLANDS IN MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Wonder as of old things
Last Line: The great strong hills are humble.
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


UPSTAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: I too have a garret of old playthings
Last Line: I too have a garret of old playthings.
Subject(s): Attics; Toys


UPSTREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The strong men keep coming on
Last Line: The strong men keep coming on.
Subject(s): Death; Freedom; Men; Dead, The; Liberty


USELESS WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: So long as we speak the same language and do not understand each other
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


VALLEY SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eyes and the valley are memories
Last Line: All three are gone -- and I keep all three.


VILLAGE IN LATE SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lips half-willing in a doorway
Last Line: And the farmers make half-answers.
Subject(s): Villages


WAITING    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I will let the old boat stand
Last Line: And we are husky and lusty and shouting-gay.
Subject(s): Waiting


WALL SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: These walls they knew those shadows
Subject(s): Supernatural


WARS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old wars drum of hoofs and the beat of shod feet
Last Line: Dreamed out in the heads of men.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


WASHERWOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The washerwoman is a member of the salvation army
Last Line: Rubbing underwear she sings of the last great washday.
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Washerwomen


WASHINGTON MONUMENT BY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The stone goes straight
Last Line: ... ... ...
Subject(s): Washington Monument


WE HAVE GONE THROUGH GREAT ROOMS TOGETHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And when on the dark steel came the roads
Last Line: We can always say we have gone through great rooms together.
Subject(s): Relationships; Stars


WE MUST BE POLITE: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: If we meet a gorilla
Subject(s): Animals; Apes; Etiquette; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans; Manners; Courtesy


WE MUST BE POLITE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: If an elephant knocks on your door
Subject(s): Elephants; Etiquette; Manners; Courtesy


WHIFFS OF THE OHIO RIVER AT CINCINNATI       
First Line: A young thing in spring green slippers, stockings, silk vivd as lilac-time gras
Subject(s): Cincinnati, Ohio; Ohio River


WHITE SHOULDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your white shoulders
Last Line: From your white shoulders.


WHITELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your whitelight flashes the frost to-night
Last Line: Remember me one of your lovers of dreams.


WHO AM I?    Poem Text    
First Line: My head knocks against the stars
Last Line: My name is truth and I am the most elusive captive in the universe.
Subject(s): Truth


WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a wolf in me - fangs pointed for tearing gashes
Last Line: Am a pal of the world: I came from the wilderness.
Subject(s): Men


WILDERNESS MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Whiskers a wren could nest in
Subject(s): Mankind; Wilderness; Human Race


WINDFLOWER LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: This flower is repeated
Last Line: The wind young and strong lets these last longer than stones.
Subject(s): Flowers; Wind


WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Night from a railroad car window
Last Line: Broken across with slashes of light.
Subject(s): Night; Railroads; Bedtime; Railways; Trains


WORK GANGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Box cars run a mile long
Subject(s): Americans; Justice; Labor & Laborers; United States; Work; Workers; America


WORKING GIRLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The working girls in the morning are going to work
Last Line: Streets.
Subject(s): Child Labor; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


YESSIR MISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Yessir mister mystery dwells in dese dose dem
Subject(s): Family Life; Language; Relatives; Words; Vocabulary


YOUNG BULLFROGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jimmy wimbleton listened a first week in june
Last Line: Jimmy wimbledon listened.
Subject(s): Animals; Frogs


YOUNG SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea is never still
Last Line: Where storms and stars come from.
Subject(s): Nature; Sea; Ocean