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Author: SHAPIRO, KARL
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Shapiro, Karl    Poet's Biography
100 poems available by this author


A CUT FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand on slenderness all fresh and fair
Subject(s): Nature


A GARDEN IN CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mid-city, under an oiled sky
Subject(s): Chicago; Gardens & Gardening


A MODEST FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Death passed by on fervid rubber wheels
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


A ROBBERY    Poem Text    
First Line: By day I had dispraised their life
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


A ROOM IN ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: The water-poet lay down with flowers
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Keats, John (1795-1821)


AMERICANS ARE AFRAID OF LIZARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: My american host in madras in his moist air-conditioned apartment
Subject(s): Lizards


AN ANNIVERSARY FOR F. O. MATTHIESSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: To learn the meaning of his leap to death
Subject(s): Matthiessen, F. O. (1902-1950); Suicide


ASIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mail-day, and over the world in a thousand drag-nets
Subject(s): War; Letters


ATTENTION OF HYMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The atheist bride is dressed in blue
Subject(s): Marriage; Jews; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Judaism


AUTO WRECK    Poem Text    
First Line: Its quick soft silver bell beating, beating
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents


BALLADE OF THE SECOND-BEST BED    Poem Text    
First Line: In the name of the almighty god, amen
Variant Title(s): The Second-best Bed
Subject(s): Wills; Beds; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


BOY-MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: England's lads are miniature men
Subject(s): England; English


BUICK    Poem Text    
First Line: As a sloop with a sweep of immaculate wing on her delicate spine
Subject(s): Automobiles; Love - Erotic; Cars


CALLING THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: From the third floor I beckon to the child
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


CHRISTMAS EVE: AUSTRALIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind blows hot. English and foreign birds
Subject(s): Australia; Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the tree is joyous and as a child
Subject(s): Christmas Trees


CONSCRIPTION CAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Subject(s): Virginia (State)


D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: The bad breed of the natives with their hates
Subject(s): Confederate States Of America; Georgia (State); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); Confederacy


DRUG STORE    Poem Text    
First Line: It baffles the foreigner like an idiom
Subject(s): Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Drug Store; Apothecary


EDEN RETOLD: 1. THE SICKNESS OF ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the beginning, at every step, he turned
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Longing; Anger; God; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 2. THE RECOGNITION OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever it was she had so fiercely fought


EDEN RETOLD: 3. THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: The first kiss was with stumbling fingertips
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Kisses; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 4. THE TREE OF GUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, on her way to the oracle of love
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Trees; Guilt; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 5. THE CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: As on the first day her first word was thou
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Sin; Trees; Food & Eating; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 6. SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The hard blood falls back in the manly fount
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Shame; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 7. EXILE    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who gave the warning with his wings
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Exiles; Eve


ELEGY FOR A DEAD SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: A white sheet on the tail-gate of a truck
Subject(s): Death; Soldiers; World War Ii; Dead, The; Second World War


ELEGY FOR TWO BANJOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Haul up the flag, you mourners
Subject(s): War


EMILY DICKINSON AND KATHERINE ANNE PORTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily dickson's father yanked on the baptist bell
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Baptists; Porter, Katherine Anne (1890-1980)


GOING TO WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me not, evelyn, I fail
Subject(s): War


HAIRCUT    Poem Text    
First Line: O wonderful nonsense of lotions of lucky tiger
Subject(s): Barbers; Hair


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost in the vastness of the void pacific
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside or out, the key is pain. It holds
Subject(s): Hospitals; Pain; Suffering; Misery


HUMAN NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: For months and years in a forgotten war
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


I AM AN ATHEIST WHO SAYS HIS PRAYERS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Atheism; Social Commentaries


ISRAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of the liberation of palestine
Subject(s): Israel (State)


ISRAFEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture the grave in his diabolical dream
Subject(s): Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry & Poets


JEFFERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: If vision can dilate, my noble lord
Subject(s): Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)


JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The name is immortal but only the name, for the rest
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


LOVE FOR A HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Two hands lie still, the hairy and the white,
Subject(s): Marriage; Hands; Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Attempted suicide was your tour de force
Subject(s): Suicide; Conduct Of Life


MANHOLE COVERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The beauty of manhole covers - what of that?
Subject(s): Streets; Avenues


MIDNIGHT SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The year is done, the last act of the vaudeville
Subject(s): New Year


MONGOLIAN IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: A dog that spoke, a monster born of sheep
Subject(s): Disability


MOVIE ACTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I shal sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Actors & Actresses; Movies; Cinema; Actresses


MOVING IN    Poem Text    
First Line: May roses bloom beside the bloomberg windows
Subject(s): Houses; Furniture


MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother moves to my mind in context of sorrow
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NECROPOLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in death they prosper; even in the death
Subject(s): Wealth; Poverty; Death; Social Commentaries; Riches; Fortunes; Dead, The


NEWSBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bearing his way through the traffic, under his arm
Subject(s): Newspapers; Boys; Journalism; Journalists


NIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: And did ever a man go black with sun n a belgian swamp
Subject(s): Blacks


NOSTALGIA    Poem Text    
First Line: My soul stands at the window of my room
Subject(s): Memory; Nostalgia


ON BEING YANKED FROM A FAVORITE ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fame gave me a wrench and I cried ouch
Subject(s): Fame; Poetry & Poets; Reputation


ON READING KEATS IN WAR TIME       
First Line: As one long lost in no-man's-land of war
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: City of man
Subject(s): Paris, France


PHARMACY    Poem Text    
First Line: It baffles the foreigner like an idiom
Subject(s): Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Drug Store; Apothecary


PHILOMELA. PROCNE. TEREUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Procne said, it happened at my wedding
Subject(s): Mythology; Marriage; Rape; Sisters; Revenge; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Left leg flung out, head cocked to the right
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Randall, I like your poetry terribly, yet I'm afraid to say so. Not that my
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


RECAPITULATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was born downtown on a wintry day
Subject(s): Birth; Family Life; Jews; World War Ii; Coming Of Age; Youth; Blacks; Divorce; Christianity; Conduct Of Life; Child Birth; Midwifery; Relatives; Judaism; Second World War


RED INDIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Purest of breed of all the tribes
Subject(s): Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Something tells him he is off-limits
Subject(s): Retirement


SCYROS    Poem Text    
First Line: The doctor punched my vein
Subject(s): War


SHYLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Home from the court he locked the door and sat
Subject(s): Hate; Despair; Conduct Of Life


SNOB    Poem Text    
First Line: At what time in its little history
Subject(s): Snobs & Snobbery


SUNDAY: NEW GUINEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The bugle sounds the measured call to prayers
Subject(s): New Guinea; Sabbath; Soldiers; Sunday


SURROUNDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly my suburb is surrounded by churches
Subject(s): Suburbs; Christianity; Churches; Cathedrals


TEASING THE NUNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Up in the elevator went the nuns
Subject(s): Nuns


TENNYSON       
First Line: Like many of us he was rather disgusting
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


TERMINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Over us stands the broad electric dace
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


THE ALPHABET    Poem Text    
First Line: The letters of the jews as strict as flames
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates clanged and they walked you into jail
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


THE CONTRABAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed I held a poem and knew
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE CROSS-TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Doctor, doctor, a little of your love
Subject(s): Soldiers; War; Army Life; Suicide; Drills & Minor Tactics


THE CRUCIFIX IN THE FILING CABINET    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the filing cabinet of true steel
Subject(s): Cross, The; Jews; Judaism


THE DIRTY WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The dirty word hops into the cage of the mind
Subject(s): Jews; Birds; Survival; Judaism


THE DOME OF SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: With focus sharp as flemish-painted face
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; War; Middle Class


THE FIGUREHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Watching my paralytic friend
Last Line: With rosy clouds of sediment
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


THE FIRST TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind shut doors, in shadowy quarantine
Subject(s): Sex


THE FLY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O hideous little bat, the size of snot
Subject(s): Flies; Hate


THE INTELLECTUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The man behind the book may not be man
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE INTERLUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Much of transfiguration that we hear
Subject(s): Insects; Death; Religion; Transfiguration; Bugs; Dead, The; Theology


THE LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the iodoform, in twilight-sleep
Subject(s): Amputees; Healing; War; Cures


THE OLD HORSEFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Unseasonable weather, says the commentator
Last Line: Did I get it? I feel a pang of what?


THE OLIVE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Save for a lusterless honing-stone of moon
Subject(s): Jews; Olive Trees & Olives; Judaism


THE POETS OF HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Poe, a very sick man in baltimore
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry & Poets; Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-1891)


THE POTOMAC       
First Line: The thin potomac scarcely moves
Subject(s): Potomac River; Rivers; Washington, D.c.


THE PROGRESS OF FAUST    Poem Text    
First Line: He was born in deutschland, as you would suspect
Subject(s): Faust


THE PURITAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In tender may when the sweet laugh of christ
Subject(s): Puritans


THE RECOGNITION OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever it was she had so fiercely fought
Last Line: She was already turning beautiful
Subject(s): Adam & Eve


THE SICKNESS OF ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: He entered with the authority of politeness
Last Line: On earth. Sadly the angel watched them go
Subject(s): Adam & Eve


THE TWINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Likeness mas made them animal and shy
Subject(s): Twins


TORNADO WARNING       
First Line: It is a beauteous morning but the air turns sick
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TRAVELOGUE FOR EXILES    Poem Text    
First Line: Look and remember. Look upon this sky
Subject(s): Exiles


TROOP TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It stops the town we come through. Workers raise
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


UNIVERSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: To hurt the negro and avoid the jew
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


V-LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you first because your face is fair
Variant Title(s): Love Letter (By V-mail From Australia)
Subject(s): Love; War


WAITING FOR THE POPE    Poem Text    
First Line: We have stood for hours in front of the yellow palace
Subject(s): Pius Xii, Pope (1876-1958)


WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever with the compasses of his eyes
Subject(s): Restaurants; Waiters & Waitresses; Women; Cafes; Diners


WASHINGTON CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: From summer and the wheel-shaped city
Last Line: He's only a good alien, nominally happy
Subject(s): Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.c


WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like queen victoria, he used the regal we
Last Line: Messiah!, muse of the modern, mother!
Subject(s): Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)