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Author: SEXTON, ANNE
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Sexton, Anne    Poet's Biography
298 poems available by this author


45 MERCY STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dream, / drilling into the marrow
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A CURSE AGAINST ELEGIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, love, why do we argue like this
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A LITTLE UNCOMPLICATED HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Is what I wanted to write
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A STORY FOR ROSE ON THE MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Until tonight they were separate specialties
Subject(s): Air Travel; Theology


ADMONITIONS TO A SPECIAL PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Watch out for power
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AFTER AUSCHWITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Anger, / as black as a hook
Subject(s): God; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Religion; Shoah; Judaism; Theology


AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You said the anger would come back
Subject(s): Anger; Theology


ALL MY PRETTY ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, this year's jinx rides us apart
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


AN OBSESSIVE COMBINATION OF ONTOLOGICAL INSCAPE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Busy, with an idea for a code, I write
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AND ONE FOR MY DAME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A born salesman, / my father made all his dough
Subject(s): Americans; Fathers; United States; America


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 1. ANGEL OF FIRE AND GENITALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of fire and genitals, do you know slime
Variant Title(s): Slime
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 2. ANGEL OF CLEAN SHEETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of clean sheets, do you know bedbugs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 3. ANGEL OF FLIGHT AND SLEIGH BELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of flight and sleigh bells, do you know paralysis
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 4. ANGEL OF HOPE AND CALENDARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of hope and calendars, do you know despair
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 5. ANGEL OF BLIZZARDS AND BLACKB    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of blizzards and blackouts, do you know raspberries
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 6. ANGEL OF BEACH HOUSES AND PICNICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of beach houses and picnics, do you know solitaire
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANNA WHO WAS MAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Anna who was mad, / I have a knife in my armpit
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AS IT WAS WRITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Earth, earth, / riding your merry-go-round
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AUGUST 17TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Good for visiting hospitals or charitable work.
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AUGUST 8TH    Poem Text    
First Line: And do not be indiscreet or unconventional. Play it safe
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: His awful skin
Subject(s): Bats; Theology


BAYONET    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do with this bayonet
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: FOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I want mother's milk
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: THE MONEY SWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, father, / I hold this snapshot of you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: HORNET    Poem Text    
First Line: A red-hot needle
Subject(s): God; Hornets; Religion; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: STAR-NOSED MOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mole, angel-dog of the pit
Subject(s): Moles; Religion; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: WHALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whale on the beach, you dinosaur
Subject(s): God; Religion; Whales; Theology


BRIAR ROSE (SLEEPING BEAUTY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider / a girl who keeps slipping off
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BUYING THE WHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: You are the roast beef I have purchased
Subject(s): Whores; Theology


CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh sharp diamond, my mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CIGARETTES AND WHISKEY AND WILD, WILD WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps I was born kneeling
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CINDERELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: You always read about it
Subject(s): Cinderella


CINQUAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Evil / beware!
Subject(s): Evil; Mothers; Spring


CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Put on a clean shirt
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CONSORTING WITH ANGELS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was tired of being a woman
Subject(s): Women


COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is in the small things we see it
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CRIPPLES AND OTHER STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: My doctor, the comedian
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CROSSING THE ATLANTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: We sail out of season into an oyster-gray wind
Subject(s): Atlantic Ocean; God; Religion; Sea; Sea Voyages; Theology; Ocean


DADDY WARBUCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's missing is the eyeballs
Subject(s): Fictional Characters; Fathers & Daughters; Incest; Death


DEMON    Poem Text    
First Line: I mentioned my demon to a friend
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is he? / a railroad track toward hell
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have killed our lives together
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: They work with herbs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 1. OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Old man, it's four flights up and for what
Subject(s): Old Age; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 2. SEAMSTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm at pains to know what else I could have done
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 3. YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear love, as simple as some distant call
Subject(s): Family Life; Love; Theology


DREAMING THE BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, / strange goddess face
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


EARTHWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Slim inquirer, while the old fathers sleep
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: DIVORCE, THY NAME IS WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am divorcing daddy - dybbuk! Dybbuk
Subject(s): Divorce; God; Religion; Theology


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: THE CONSECRATING MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand before the sea
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


EIGHTEEN DAYS WITHOUT YOU: DECEMBER 1ST    Poem Text    
First Line: As we kissed good-bye


EIGHTEEN DAYS WITHOUT YOU: DECEMBER 2ND    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept last night
Subject(s): Sleep; Dreams; Mothers; Death; Nightmares; Dead, The


ELEGY IN THE CLASSROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the thin classroom, where your face
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ELIZABETH GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: You lay in the nest of your real death
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


END, MIDDLE, BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an unwanted child
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FAUSTUS AND I    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to the opera and god was not there
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 11TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for real-estate affairs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 17TH       
First Line: Take nothing for granted
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 20TH       
First Line: Concentration should be easier
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 4TH       
First Line: The day is good for attempts to advance a secret hope or dream
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FLEE ON YOUR DONKEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Because there was no other place
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion; Madness; Mental Illness; Theology


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thinking that I would find you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR ELEANOR BOYLAN TALKING WITH GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: God has a brown voice
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR GOD WHILE SLEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleeping in fever, I am unfit
Subject(s): Illness; Theology


FOR JOHN, WHO BEGS ME NOT TO ENQUIRE FURTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Not that it was beautiful
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR JOHNNY POLE ON THE FORGOTTEN BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: In his tenth july some instinct
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR MR. DEATH WHO STANDS WITH HIS DOOR OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Time grows dim. Time that was so long
Subject(s): Death; Theology


FOR MY LOVER, RETURNING TO HIS WIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She is all there
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


FOR THE YEAR OF THE INSANE    Poem Text    
First Line: O mary, fragile mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FRENZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not lazy
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FROM THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, my beloved
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


FUNNEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The family story tells, and it was told true
Subject(s): Family Life; Ancestors & Ancestry; Religion; Theology


GHOSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some ghosts are women
Subject(s): Women


GOD'S BACKSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold / like grandfather's icehouse
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GODFATHER DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurry, godfather death
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs. Sexxton went out looking for the gods
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GOING GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over stone walls and barns
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GRANDFATHER, YOUR WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The wound is open
Last Line: Your head is what I remember
Subject(s): God; Grandparents


HANSEL AND GRETEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Little plum, said the mother to her son
Last Line: And I would be a cannibal
Subject(s): Cannibalism & Cannibals; Theology


HER KIND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I have gone out, a possessed witch
Subject(s): Women


HOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh you brown bacon machine
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


HOUSEWIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some women marry houses
Subject(s): Housewives


HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: What is death, I ask
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: By the first of august
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IMITATIONS OF DROWNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear / of drowning / fear of being that alone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN CELEBRATION OF MY UTERUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone in me is a bird
Subject(s): Women; Body, Human; Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


IN EXCELSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is half winter, half spring
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN THE BEACH HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The doors open
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN THE DEEP MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: My god, my god, what queer corner am I in
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IRON HANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take a lunatic
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IT IS A SPRING AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything here is yellow and green
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JANUARY 19TH       
First Line: Your home can be helpful to your health through rest
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JANUARY 1ST       
First Line: Today is favorable for joint financial affairs but do not
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JESUS WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: When jesus walked into the wilderness
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JESUS, THE ACTOR, PLAYS THE HOLY GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, mother, / virgin mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JUNE BUG    Poem Text    
First Line: June bug came on the first of june
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JUST ONCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Just once I knew what life was for
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


KE 6-8018    Poem Text    
First Line: Black lady, / two eyes
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KILLING THE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the love killer
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KILLING THE SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring had been bulldozed under
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KIND SIR: THESE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Kind sir: this is an old game
Subject(s): Children; Games; Self; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


KNEE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Being kissed on the back
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is dead
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LESSONS IN HUNGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you like me?'
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LETTER WRITTEN DURING A JANUARY NORTHEASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Monday / dearest, / it is snowing, grotesquely snowing
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LETTER WRITTEN ON A FERRY WHILE CROSSING LONG ISLAND SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I am surprised to see / that the ocean is still going on
Subject(s): Ferry Boats; God; Long Island Sound; Nuns; Religion; Theology


LITTLE GIRL, MY STRING BEAN, MY LOVELY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter, at eleven (almost twelve), is like a garden
Subject(s): Daughters


LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Many are the deceivers
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, death's been here
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A shoe with legs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOCKED DOORS    Poem Text    
First Line: For the angels who inhabit this town
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVE LETTER WRITTEN IN A BURNING BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Dearest foxy, / I am in a crate
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I was / the girl of the chain letter
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVING THE KILLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Today is the day they shipped
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a summer evening
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MAKING A LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Jonah made his living
Last Line: Mine comes from th exact same place
Subject(s): Bellies


MAN AND WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are not lovers
Last Line: It is a kind of beathing
Subject(s): Marriage


MARCH 4TH       
First Line: The high ones, berryman said, die, die, die
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MARCH 7TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for creative work
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MAY 30TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't look now, god, we're all right
Last Line: Donít send death in his fat red suit and his ho-ho baritone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Death; Theology


MENSTRUATION AT FORTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was thinking of a son
Subject(s): God; Menstruation; Middle Age; Religion; Theology


MOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: American archangel you are going
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MOTHER AND DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Linda, you are leaving
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MOTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh mother / here in your lap
Subject(s): Family Life; God; Religion; Relatives; Theology


MR. MINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Notice how he has numbered the blue veins
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MUSIC SWIMS BACK TO ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wait mister. Which way is home?
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


MY FRIEND, MY FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Who will forgive me for the things I do?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


NOON WALK ON THE ASYLUM LAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The summer sun ray
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Theology


NOT SO. NOT SO    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot walk an inch
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


O YE TONGUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let there be a god as large as a sunlamp to laugh his heat at you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is snowing and death bugs me
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm afraid of needles
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OLD DWARF HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: When I lie down to love
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ON THE DUNES    Poem Text    
First Line: If there there is any life when death is over
Subject(s): Seashore; Future Life; Beach; Coast; Shore; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


ONE-EYE, TWO-EYES, THREE-EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in the pink crib
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PAIN FOR A DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Blind with love, my daughter
Subject(s): Horses; Mothers & Daughters


PORTRAIT OF AN OLD WOMAN ON THE COLLEGE TAVERN WALL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Oh down at the tavern
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PRAYING ON A 707    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, / each time I talk to god
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PRAYING TO BIG JACK    Poem Text    
First Line: God, jack of all trades
Last Line: And you banish all the world
Subject(s): God; Religion; Prayer; Theology


PROTESTANT EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When he was a little boy
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RACCOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Coon, why did you come to this dance
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RAPUNZEL    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman / who loves a woman
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: After adam broke his rib in two
Last Line: Like a watermelon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Rats; Theology


RED ROSES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tommy is three and when he's bad
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RIDING THE ELEVATOR INTO THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: As the fireman said
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RINGING THE BELLS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And this is the way they ring
Subject(s): Bells; Depression, Mental; Insanity; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Madness; Mental Illness


ROWING    Poem Text    
First Line: A story, a story!
Subject(s): God; Rowing


RUMPELSTILTSKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside many of us
Subject(s): Doppelgangers; Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


SAID THE POET TO THE ANALYST    Poem Text    
First Line: My business is words. Words are like labels
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SELF IN 1958    Poem Text    
First Line: What is reality
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SIXTH PSALM    Poem Text    
First Line: For america is a lady rocking on a porch in an unpainted house
Last Line: Activity. / for america only your dolls are cheerful
Subject(s): United States; Social Commentaries


SMALL WIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: My faith / is a great weight
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SNAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The snail in his museum
Last Line: They swallow the rest
Subject(s): Snails; Food & Eating; Theology


SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow, / blessed snow, / comes out of the sky
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: No matter what life you lead
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SO    Poem Text    
First Line: I search within
Subject(s): Self


SOME FOREIGN LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew you forever and you were always old
Subject(s): God; Religion; Spinsters; Theology; Old Maids


SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Must you leave, john holmes, with the prayers and psalms
Subject(s): Holmes, John (1904-1962); Poetry & Poets; Religion; Theology


SONG FOR A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day of breasts and small hips
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; God; Religion; Theology


SONG FOR A RED NIGHTGOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: No. Not really red
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SUICIDE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Better, / despite the worms talking to
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SYLVIA'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: O sylvia, sylvia / with a dead box of stones and spoons
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


THAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the desk I sit at
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


THE ABORTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody who should have been born / is gone
Last Line: Yoiu coward Ė this baby that I bleed
Subject(s): Abortion


THE ADDICT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleepmonger / deathmonger
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; God; Religion; Suicide; Theology


THE AMBITION BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: So it has come to this
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ANGEL FOOD DOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaping, leaping, leaping
Subject(s): Christianity; Women; Theology


THE ASSASSIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The correct death is written in
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE AUTHOR OF THE JESUS PAPERS SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dream
Subject(s): Christmas; God; Women; Nativity, The


THE BALANCE WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I waved at the sky
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BALLAD OF THE LONELY MASTURBATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The end of the affair is always death
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


THE BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Today the circus poster
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BIG BOOTS OF PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: There can be certain potions
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BIG HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Big heart, / wide as a watermelon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BLACK ART    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman who writes feels too much
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: It was also my violent heart that broke
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAK AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Your daisies have come
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAST    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the key to it
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CHILD BEARERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jean, death comes close to us all
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The childen are all crying in their pens
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CIVIL WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am torn in two
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEAD HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not a turtle
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was an ice baby. / I turned to sky blue
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH KING    Poem Text    
First Line: I hired a carpenter
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 1. OYSTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oysters we ate, / sweet blue babies
Last Line: The woman won
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Oysters; Food & Eating; Coming Of Age


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 2. HOW WE DANCED    Poem Text    
First Line: The night of my cousin's wedding
Last Line: Like two lonely swans
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Marriage; Dancing & Dancers


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 3. THE BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Father / (he calls himself 'old sea dog')
Last Line: Bailing the boat
Subject(s): Fathers; Boats


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 4. SANTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, / the santa claus suit
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DIVISION OF PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, my mary gray
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DOCTOR OF THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Take away your knowledge, doktor
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DOUBLE IMAGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am thirty this november
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: God loafs around heaven
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EARTH FALLS DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could blame it all on the weather
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ERRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been going right on, page by page
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EVIL EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: It comes oozing / out of flowers at night
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EVIL SEEKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are born with luck
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EXORCISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: And I solemnly swear


THE EXPATRIATES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My dear, it was a moment
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FALLEN ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: They come on to my clean
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FALLING DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dolls, / by the thousands
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FARMER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: From the hodge porridge
Subject(s): Despair; Farm Life; Marriage; Agriculture; Farmers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE FIERCENESS OF FEMALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am spinning, / I am spinning on the lips
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FIREBOMBERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are america
Subject(s): United States; Theology


THE FISH THAT WALKED    Poem Text    
First Line: Up from oysters / and the confused weeds
Last Line: In this country of dirt
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FORTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the pink quilted covers
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FROG PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Frau doktor / mama brundig
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF ABANDONMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone lives in a cave
Subject(s): Abandonment; Desertion


THE FURY OF BEAUTIFUL BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing me a thrush, bone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF COCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There they are
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sex; Theology


THE FURY OF COOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Herbs, garlic
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The day of fire is coming, the thrush,
Subject(s): Environmental Abuse; God


THE FURY OF FLOWERS AND WORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the flowers make a journey
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF GOD'S GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: One day he
Subject(s): God


THE FURY OF GUITARS AND SOPRANOS    Poem Text    
First Line: This singing
Subject(s): Singing & Singers


THE FURY OF HATING EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to bury
Subject(s): God; Hate; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF OVERSHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: They sit in a row / outside the kindergarten
Subject(s): Children; God; Kindergarten; Religion; Shoes; Childhood; Theology; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


THE FURY OF RAINSTORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain drums down like red ants,
Subject(s): Rain


THE FURY OF SUNDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moist, moist, / the heat leaking through the hinges,
Subject(s): Sabbath; Conduct Of Life; Sunday


THE FURY OF SUNRISES    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness / as black as your eyelid
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF SUNSETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Something / cold is in the air
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE GOD-MONGER    Poem Text    
First Line: With all my questions
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE GOLD KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The speaker on this case
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE HOARDER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is something there
Last Line: "I am not an idler
Subject(s): Family Life; Dolls


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 11TH    Poem Text    
First Line: The day is favorable for real-estate affairs
Last Line: As we dance the karate, and mad burlesque
Subject(s): Divorce


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 21ST    Poem Text    
First Line: The day is favorable for teamwork


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 3RD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your own ideas may be too fanciful to be practical


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY3RD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your own ideas may be too fanciful to be practical
Last Line: Useful, graceful, sturdy, and with no caper no plan
Subject(s): Ideas; Books; Reading


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY 1ST    Poem Text    
First Line: My daddy played the market
Last Line: With poems that think they're money
Subject(s): Familylife; Stock Exchange; Money; Speculation


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY 24TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Originality is important


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY24TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Originality is important
Last Line: Or maybe you did
Subject(s): Women; Dreams; Hope


THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In dreams / the same bad dream goes on
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE INTERROGATION OF THE MAN OF MANY HEARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who's she, / that one in your arms
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE INVENTORY OF GOODBYE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a pack of letters
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: My mouth blooms like a cut
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE KITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, in front of the summer hotel
Last Line: "maybe, after all, he knew something more
Subject(s): Seashore


THE LEGEND OF THE ONE-EYED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like oedipus I am losing my sight
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE LITTLE PEASANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh how the women
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE LOST INGREDIENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost yesterday, those gentle ladies stole
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE MAIDEN WITHOUT HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it possible / he marries a cripple
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE MOSS OF HIS SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was only important
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE NUDE SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: On the southwest side of capri
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sports; Theology


THE OPERATION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the sweet promise
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under my bowels, yellow with smoke, it waits
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PAPA AND MAMA DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking into consideration all your loveliness
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PASSION OF THE MAD RABBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: While the carrots sang arias into the holy earth
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the only actor
Last Line: Donít you agree?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE POET OF IGNORANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps the earth is floating
Last Line: But who am I to believe in dreams?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE RED DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a girl
Last Line: Dancing all the way
Subject(s): Charles River, Massachusetts


THE RED SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand in the ring
Last Line: What they did would do them in
Subject(s): Women; Shoes; Theology


THE RISK    Poem Text    
First Line: When a daughter tries suicide
Last Line: And eats up her heart like two eggs
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Suicide


THE ROAD BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The car is heavy with children
Subject(s): God; Religion; Vacation; Theology


THE ROOM OF MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, / in the room of my life
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ROWING ENDETH    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm mooring my rowboat
Last Line: That untamable, eternal, gut-driven ha-ha and lucky love
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SERMON OF THE TWELVE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: January? / the month is dumb
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SICKNESS UNTO DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: God went out of me
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: My room is whitewashed
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE STAND-INS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dream / the swastika is neon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE STARRY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The town does not exist
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890); Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Theology


THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard of fish
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SURGEON    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack, oh big jack
Last Line: Up into your hands
Subject(s): Surgery


THE TAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: While the house was away
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: For months my hand had been sealed off
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE TRUTH THE DEAD KNOW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Gone, I say and walk from church
Subject(s): Death; God; Parents; Religion; Dead, The; Parenthood; Theology


THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: If you danced from midnight
Last Line: With their lucifer kicking
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Air Travel


THE WALL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Nature is full of teeth
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WEDDING NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: There was this time in boston
Last Line: And before it was time
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WEDDING RING DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I dance in circles holding
Last Line: Waiting for a magnet
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Marriage


THE WHITE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a day
Last Line: A cold sweat broke out on his upper lip for now he was wise
Subject(s): Charms (Magic); Snakes; Wisdom


THE WIFEBEATER    Poem Text    
First Line: There will be mud on the carpet tonight
Last Line: And the wife and daughter knit into each other / until they are killed
Subject(s): Women Ė Abused; Family Life; Theology


THE WITCH'S LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a child
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My sisters, / do you remember the fiddlers
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THOSE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: At six / I lived in a graveyard full of dolls
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Dolls


THREE GREEN WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Half awake in my sunday nap
Last Line: It is a time of water, a time of trees
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO TRIUMPH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Consider icarus, pasting those sticking wings on
Subject(s): Icarus; Man-woman Relationships; Mythology - Classical; Snodgrass, William Dewitt (1926-2009); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


TORN DOWN FROM GLORY DAILY    Poem Text    
First Line: All day we watched the gulls
Subject(s): Birds; God; Theology


TWO HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the sea came a hand
Subject(s): Hands


UNKNOWN GIRL IN THE MATERNITY WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Child, the current of your breath is six days long
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


US    Poem Text    
First Line: I was wrapped in black
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


VENUS AND THE ARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The missile to launch a missile
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WALKING IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I come back to your youth, my nana
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WALLFLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Come friend, / I have an old story to tell you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WANTING TO DIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since you ask, most days I cannot remember
Subject(s): Suicide


WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: We are fishermen in a flat scene
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WELCOME MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There is joy / in all
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHAT THE BIRD WITH THE HUMAN HEAD KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to the bird
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHAT'S THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Before it came inside / I had watched it from my kitchen window
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHEN MAN ENTERS WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When man / enters woman / like the surf biting the shore
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHEN THE GLASS OF MY BODY BROKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh mother of sex, / lady of the staggering cuddle
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHERE I LIVE IN THIS HONORABLE HOUSE OF THE LAUREL TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I live in my wooden legs and o
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHERE IT WAS AT BACK THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Husband, / last night I dreamt
Subject(s): Marriage; Dreams; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Nightmares


WITH MERCY FOR THE GREEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Concerning your letter in which you ask
Subject(s): Confessions; God; Greed; Religion; Avarice; Cupidity; Theology


WOMAN WITH GIRDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your midriff sags toward your knees
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Be careful of words
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When they turn the sun
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YOU ALL KNOW THE STORY OF THE OTHER WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a little walden
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YOU, DOCTOR MARTIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You, doctor martin, walk
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion; Madness; Mental Illness; Theology


YOUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand doors ago
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Relatives


YOUR FACE ON THE DOG'S NECK       
First Line: It is early afternoon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology