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Author: SMITH, WILLIAM JAY
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Smith, William Jay    Poet's Biography
126 poems available by this author


3 OF 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Downing his drink to toasts of cut-rate jokes
Last Line: When camera clicks, with quick, conclusive fact
Variant Title(s): 3 For 25
Subject(s): War


A GREEN PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I know a place all fennel-green and fine
Subject(s): Landscape


A PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thougjh well acquainted, mind and heart
Subject(s): Hearts; Mind, The


A PAVANE FOR THE NURSERY        Recitation
First Line: Now touch the air softly
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


A PLAQUE FOR FOREST PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The terrapin at times must surely tire
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A TUNE FOR THE TELETYPE    Poem Text    
First Line: O teletype, tell us of time-clocks and trouble
Subject(s): Machinery & Machinists; Office Work; Life, Modern


ABRUPTLY ALL THE PALM TREES ROSE LIKE PARASOLS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Palm Trees; Time


ACADEMIC PROCESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Conversant with a day no longer ours
Subject(s): Graduations & Graduates; Academia


AFRICAN SEQUENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Down from the woodlands and over the whispering dunes
Subject(s): Africa


ALL EARFTH'S DEVIDED    Poem Text    
First Line: All earth's divided in two parts
Subject(s): Activity; Thought; Exercise; Thinking


AMERICAN PRIMITIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at him there in his stovepipe hat
Subject(s): Men; Social Protest


AT THE TERMINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Time is perched on the wrist in fond farewell
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


AT THE THEATER: THE DEATH OF OSCEOLA       
First Line: The theater was packed, and just before the curtain rose
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


AT THE TOMBS OF THE HOUSE OF SAVOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Turin beneath, on the green banks of the po
Subject(s): Graves; Italy; Tombs; Tombstones; Italians


AU TOMBEAU DU MARECHAL PET-DE-NAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Travelers, pause - and lift your caps
Subject(s): Graves; Petain, Phillipe (1859-1951); Tombs; Tombstones


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The color of stone when leaves are yellow
Subject(s): Autumn, Time; Squirrels


BALLAD OF THE LADY QUID PRO QUO    Poem Text    
First Line: On the coasts of consternation
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; Likes & Dislikes; Conduct Of Life


BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Of living creatures most I prize
Last Line: When mother leans to say good night
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Cats are not at all like people
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


COLUMBIS CIRCLE SWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Old mr. Christopher sailed an egg
Subject(s): Modern Life


CONTEMPLATION OF A CONSPIRACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the table-leg projects into the yellow autumn sunlight
Subject(s): Conspiracy


DARK VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: This daylit doll, this dim divinity
Variant Title(s): Neo-classical Poem
Subject(s): War


DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Dogs are quite a bit like people
Subject(s): Dogs


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Look to the heavens, heliotrope
Subject(s): Heliotropes


EPIGRAM: 'POET'    Poem Text    
First Line: After,each,word,he,places,a,comma
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EPIGRAM: CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: A short-order cook is the mealymouthed critic,
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


EPIGRAM: LADY BIOGRAPHER    Poem Text    
First Line: She devotes her life to the lives of others,
Subject(s): Biography; Women - Writers; Biographers


EPITAPHS: A GREENSKEEPER    Poem Text    
First Line: With patient care and sublety
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


EPITAPHS: A LAWYER    Poem Text    
First Line: In life each man is tried
Subject(s): Biddle, Francis (1886-1968); Law & Lawyers


EPITAPHS: A STRIPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies the stripper stripped, disrobed for good
Variant Title(s): Epitaph Of A Stripper
Subject(s): Striptease Dancers


EPITHALAMIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: O orange were her underclothes
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Death; Epithalamium; Dead, The


EVENING AT GRANDPONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Who under a stone bridge in the dark
Variant Title(s): Evening At Grandpoint
Subject(s): Swans; Bridges


FISHING FOR ALBACORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Past oil derricks, gray docks. Intracite layout of oil pipes
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Tuna Fish; Anglers


FOR A DEAF ANGORA CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The jungle lies about you, and the ground
Subject(s): Cats; Deafness


FULL CIRCLE: THE CONNECTICUT CASINO       
First Line: O / o / o the first full moon of the year 2000
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


GIRAFFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I invite the giraffe to dine
Last Line: A meal of bananas, figs, and dates
Subject(s): Friendship


HATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Round or square
Subject(s): Hats


HE WILL NOT HEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: He will not see the leaf-green sky
Last Line: By their transparent number
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology)


HIPPOPOTAMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hippopotamus -- hippo for short
Last Line: Then sinks back under, and disappears
Subject(s): Animals


HOTEL CONTINENTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: O I feel like the kinks in the paws of the sphinx!
Last Line: On goes the phone with a tone all its own / p - lease! P lease! P lease!
Subject(s): War


HOW LIKE THE GALLERY YOU ARE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


IN MEMORIAM WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: One summer day a blackbird sang
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


INTERIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He took the universe in his room
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


INVITATION TO GROUND ZERO    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the smouldering ruin now go down:
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


JOURNEY TO THE INTERIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He has gone into the forest
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


LAUGHING TIME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It was laughing time, and the tall giraffe
Subject(s): Noises; Sound


LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Because a stamp will beat the damp
Subject(s): Letters; Suicide


LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Temptation, oh, temptation, sang the singers
Subject(s): London


LOVE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Above finespun, unruffled sheets
Subject(s): Birds


MADISON AVENUE OVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come join us, huck, upon the raft
Subject(s): Advertising; Madison Avenue, New York


MARCEL PROUST       
First Line: His childhood he gave to a public which had none
Subject(s): Proust, Marcel (1871-1922)


MARINE    Poem Text    
First Line: A boat is cutting into the sea
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a white cat whose name is moon
Subject(s): Animals; Authors And Authorship; Cats; Poetry & Poets


MORELS    Poem Text    
First Line: A wet gray day - rain falling slowly, mist over the
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


MOVIES FOR THE TROOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: In hollywood the pale white stars
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Soldiers; War; Movies; Cinema


MR. SMITH    Poem Text    
First Line: How rewarding to know mr. Smith,
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


MY BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever I go, it also goes,
Subject(s): Body, Human; Self


NATURAL HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I knew the reason for
Subject(s): Dinosaurs


NIGHT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone for hours on end, he meditated on his mission
Last Line: Will break with even fury from our breasts
Subject(s): Night


NIGHTWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Speaking in squalor mean, elusive youth
Subject(s): Women; Bad Behavior


NORTHERN LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I stepped out here on the mountainside, and saw the northern
Subject(s): Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights


O LOVE, O LOVE, THESE OCEANS VAST    Poem Text    
First Line: He who has felt on his dark bed
Subject(s): Life


OF ISLANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the islands sailing down the west
Subject(s): Islands


OLD CHEROKEE WOMAN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: They have taken my land
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


ON PARTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Time that is recorded is not now
Subject(s): Farewell; Time; Parting


ON THE REEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I have touched the earth and the earth's three quarters
Subject(s): War


ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Orpheus with music charms the birds
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OSTRICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandmother ostrich goes to bed
Last Line: Then pokes her head in an ostrich hole
Subject(s): Ostriches


OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: The owl that lives in the old oak tree
Last Line: And flies and flies
Subject(s): Owls


PENATES IN PERIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Caught within this cavernous disaster
Subject(s): Horses


PENGUIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I think it must ve v ery nice
Subject(s): Penguins


PLAIN TALK    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Truth; Ignorance; Dullness; Stupdity


POEM NEAR PEARL HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Angelica, the princess pomponelli
Subject(s): Hawaii


POLAR BEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The polar bear never makes his bed
Subject(s): Bears


POLYNESIAN IN KHAKI    Poem Text    
First Line: Polynesian in khaki leaning on the jukebox
Subject(s): Polynesia


PORTRAIT FOR A LAPIDARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Perfection is the sense of being whole
Subject(s): Art & Artists


PRAIRIE CHICKEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at him there in that prairie dirt
Last Line: He looks for another prairie chicken
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


QUAIL IN AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn has turned the dark trees toward the hill
Subject(s): Autumn; Poetry & Poets; Quails; Seasons; Fall


RANDOM GENERATION OF ENGLISH SENTENCES OR, THE REVENGE OF THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: What does she put four whistles beside heated rugs for?
Subject(s): Computers; Poetry & Poets


REAR VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: The cars in the mirror come swiftly forward
Subject(s): Automobiles; Time; Cars


RHINOCEROS    Poem Text    
First Line: You may hang your hat on the nose of a rhino
Subject(s): Rhinoceroses


RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It leads you a chase through a tangle of words
Subject(s): Riddles


SAGE GROUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: When he starts to rant
Last Line: Out of the house
Subject(s): Grouse


SEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: See how he dives
Subject(s): Animals


SITTING BULL IN SERBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: A hundred years ago, they say, buffalo bill
Last Line: Headlong into the night
Subject(s): "cody, William ""buffalo Bill"" (1846-1917); Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Sioux Chief);


SONG FOR A COUNTRY WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: We have come in the winter


THE BONE-PICKER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old days, when a choctaw died
Subject(s): Native Americans


THE BURNING OF MALMAISON    Poem Text    
First Line: On a brisk cool evening when the wind
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Politics & Government; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


THE CHEROKEE LOTTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the cherokees refused to leave
Subject(s): Native Americans


THE CLOSING OF THE RODEO       
First Line: The lariat snaps, the cowboy rolls
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Rodeos; Sports; Work; Workers


THE CROSSING    Poem Text    
First Line: That winter the southern land had all the contours
Subject(s): Cherokee Indians; Trail Of Tears (1838-39); Native Americans - Removal


THE DESCENT OF ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: A cockatoo with nervous, quick cockade
Last Line: What shall I do without lher? / che faro?
Subject(s): Orpheus; Love Loss Of


THE DRESSMAKER'S WORKROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: The dressmakers' dummy
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


THE EAGLE WARRIOR: AN INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This life-size ceramic man costumed as an eagle
Subject(s): Native Americans


THE FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Old macdonald had a farm
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE FLOOR AND THE CEILING    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter and summer, whatever the weather,
Subject(s): Houses; Loss


THE GIRL IN THE GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: You've stood there long enough.' I said
Subject(s): Time; Hair


THE INHABITANTS OF ATLANTIS    Poem Text    
First Line: In an aquarium under the bar, the fish
Subject(s): Aquariums; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


THE KING OF SPAIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Books; Reading


THE LADY IN ORANGE COUNTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful lady, loops of country road
Subject(s): Seashore; Beauty; Beach; Coast; Shore


THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I believe in the community of little children
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


THE PEACOCK OF JAVA    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of the mariners of solomon
Subject(s): Birds; Peacocks


THE PIAZZA    Poem Text    
First Line: When all the world was out-of-doors
Subject(s): Crowds; Landscape


THE PLAYERS    Poem Text    
First Line: A curtain of green divides--and there they are
Subject(s): Seminole Indians; Acting & Actors


THE STRUCTURE OF SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Its syllables should come
Last Line: What torment gave it birth
Subject(s): Songs


THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine that july morning: cape henry and virginia
Subject(s): Pioneers


THE TIN CAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have gone into the tin can; not in late spring, fleeing a stewing
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


THE TOASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A silver-scaled dragon with jaws flaming red
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


THE TOUNG LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: These two went with cautious smile
Last Line: And find their bird at the end of the day
Subject(s): Birds


THE VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood above you, and the mountain flamed
Subject(s): Native Americans - Pre-columbian


THE WAVES WHICH CAME DOWN FROM THE EDGE OF SKY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Waves


THE WORLD BELOW THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The geraniums I left last night on the windowsill
Subject(s): Sight


THER PANTHER FROM ITS DARK AND HIDDEN LAIR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Panthers


TODAY I HAVE TOUCHED THE EARTH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): God


TORTOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tortoise, when it makes its rounds
Last Line: Sets out again. And on it creeps
Subject(s): Turtles


TULIP    Poem Text    
First Line: A slender goblet wreathed in flame
Subject(s): Tulips


VINCENT VAN GOGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking at night in a hat fitted with twelve candles
Subject(s): Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


VISION AT TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The lamps are lit: I gaze into the dark
Subject(s): Night; Dreams; Bedtime; Nightmares


W IS FOR WELL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Alphabets; Wit & Humor


WHEN ALL THE WILD VALLEY RECOVERS THE LEAF    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Beauty


WHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do apricots look like eggs?


WINTER MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: All night the wind swept over the house
Subject(s): Winter; Nature; Landscape


X IS FOR X    Poem Text    
First Line: And x marks the spot
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry & Poets


Y IS FOR YARN    Poem Text    
First Line: The wool that's unwound
Subject(s): Alphabets; Wit & Humor


YAK    Poem Text    
First Line: The long-haired yak has long black hair
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry & Poets


YOUR EYES, MY HARLEQUINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eyes, my harlequins of dark and light
Subject(s): Love