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Author: STERN, GERALD
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Stern, Gerald    Poet's Biography
114 poems available by this author


1940 LASALLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Did I or didn't I write about lucky burkin?
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Gambling; Death; Wagering; Betting; Dead, The


3/27/2013       
First Line: The hat he bought in 1949, for


A GARDEN; FOR GRETCHEN CARACAS AND HOWARD ROGOVIN    Poem Text    
First Line: This was my garden in 1985
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


ACACIA    Poem Text    
First Line: In locust trees the roots run along the ground
Subject(s): Locust Trees; France


ADLER    Poem Text    
First Line: The jewish king lear is getting ready
Last Line: That isadora duncan came to worship him
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)


ALREADY APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The second day in a row I watched the same
Subject(s): April


ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Lost; Cats; Food & Eating; Hunger


APOCALYPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all sixty of us I am the only one who went
Subject(s): Judgment Day; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


ART    Poem Text    
First Line: When he died, or when he was thinking of dying
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Death; Dead, The


AT BICKFORD'S    Poem Text    
First Line: You should understand that I use my body now for everything
Subject(s): Aging; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


AUGUST 20-21    Poem Text    
First Line: In the age of loosestrife
Subject(s): August; Weeds


BEE BALM    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I'm sticking a shovel in the ground
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


BEHAVING LIKE A JEW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I got there the dead opossum looked like
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


BELOW FOURTEENTH STREET       
First Line: Somewhere above fourteenth he pulled up his shirt sleeves
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


BIG ANNIE ROONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Counting the beats in a different way he used
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is that they spend so much time in the sky
Subject(s): Nature


BITTER THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't listen to one stone this year
Last Line: That saved the world and an overcoat that renewed it
Subject(s): Nature


BOB SUMMERS' BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: I never told this -- I saw bob summers' body
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


BOLERO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: So one day when the azalea bush was firing
Subject(s): Songs; Nostalgia


BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: How you loved to read in the snow and when your
Subject(s): Books; Librarians & Libraries; Reading; Library; Librarians


BOTH OF THEM WERE SIXTY-FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ordinarily I wouldn't be introducing aaron copland to ida stern
Subject(s): Birthdays; Love


BOX OF CIGARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Io tried either one or two but they were stale
Subject(s): Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


BRAIN OF MY HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank god for the walnut in 1986
Subject(s): Mind, The; Walnuts


CHEESE    Poem Text    
First Line: And those who live on government cheese and carry it
Subject(s): Welfare; Social Commentaries


COUNTING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You remind me always it's thirteen years
Subject(s): Time


DAY OF GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: I was forcing a wasp to the top of a window
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


DAYS OF 1978    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the only thing that clarifies my life
Subject(s): Memory; Cavafy, Constantine P. (1863-1933)


DEATH BY WIND        Recitation by Author


DID I SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This time of year I kneel on my jacket. The ice
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Winter


DOMESTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: He picked a leaf, there just had to be
Subject(s): Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids


DROWNING ON THE PAMET RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Because of the pull I ended up swimming in the grasses
Subject(s): Drowning; Love; Rivers


EGGSHELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The color of life is an almost pale white robin's green
Subject(s): Eggs


GLUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole point was getting rid of glut
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


GRAPEFRUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: M eating breakfast even if it means standing
Subject(s): Food & Eating


GRASS AND WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The geese have their heaven and I have mine,
Subject(s): Geese; Social Commentaries


GREEK NEIGHBOR HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL       
First Line: Where he hung the bird feeder a month ago
Subject(s): Greece; Home; Neighbors; Greeks


HANGING SCROLL    Poem Text    
First Line: I have come back to princeton three days in a row
Last Line: Waiting for love
Subject(s): Art & Artists


HATS    Poem Text    
First Line: For the sake of the fleabane growing rose a little
Subject(s): Roses; Hats


I REMEMBER GALILEO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I remember galileo describing the mind
Subject(s): Galileo (1564-1642); Squirrels; Paper; Galileo Galilei


IN BEAUTY BRIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Lilies; Blake, William (1757-1827)


IN MEMORY OF W.H. AUDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am going over my early rages again
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry & Poets


IN TIME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Clocks


IT WAS IN HOUSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: It was in houston I saw this disgusting sideboard
Subject(s): Furniture; Writing & Writers


JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: How dumb he was to wipe the blood from his eye


JUNE FIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: Some blossoms are so white and luscious, when they
Subject(s): Love


JUNE FOURTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Today as I ride down twenty-fifth street I smell honeysuckle
Subject(s): Medmory


KINGDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: As far as the color red
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Property; Possessions


KISSING STIEGLITZ GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every city in america is approached
Subject(s): Farewell; Stieglitz, Alfred (1864-1946); Parting


LAST BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: You want to get the color blue right
Last Line: It always sounded like that--everything living
Subject(s): Blue (Color); Colors


LAVENDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Just for experiment I am burning the lavender
Subject(s): Fire; Lavender; Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


LEAVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He was cleaning leaves for one at a time
Subject(s): Trees


LET ME PLEASE LOOK INTO MY WINDOW    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The second day of eastern standard
Subject(s): Birds


LILACS FOR GINSBERG    Poem Text    
First Line: I was most interested in what they looked like dead
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilacs


LITTLE DID THE JUNCO KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Little did the junco know who he was keeping cmpany with this christmas
Subject(s): Birds


LOVE FOR THE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Before he opened his eyes, as he lay there under the window
Subject(s): Dogs


LUCKY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lucky life isn't one long string of horrors
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


MAGNOLIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The mayor, in order to marry us, borrowed
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MAGRITTE DANCING    Poem Text    
First Line: Every night I have to go to bed twice
Subject(s): Insomnia; Neighbors; Dancing & Dancers; Sleeplessness


MATINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look in whose clouded eye behind the red vein
Subject(s): Social Classes; Caste


MEXICAN    Poem Text    
First Line: By holding the mirror above my head your face
Subject(s): Love


MIMI    Poem Text    
First Line: For all the grackles are despised
Subject(s): Grackles; Nature; Animals


MORNING HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Pennsylvania spiders / not only stretch their silk between the limbs
Subject(s): Civilization; Insects; Pennsylvania; Spiders; Bugs


MY FAVORITE FAREWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a kind of mop hanging down from the tree
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


MY SISTER'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Since there was no mother for the peach tree we did it
Subject(s): Sisters; Death - Children; Funerals; Grief; Death - Babies; Burials; Sorrow; Sadness


MY SWALLOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: For hours I sit here facing the white wall
Subject(s): Swallows


NEAR EASTON    Poem Text    
First Line: January 2 there was a body moving north
Subject(s): Pennsylvania


NEVER WENT TO BIRDLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Never went to birdland, so what, went to the y,
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Jews; Love - Beginnings; Heritage; Heredity; Judaism


NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: If only the bell keeps him alive though that is
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


OF BLESSED NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this huge dining room
Subject(s): Spinoza, Baruch (1632-1677)


ONE BIRD TO LOVE FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were to pick one bird to love forever
Subject(s): Sparrows


ONE OF THE SMALLEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Made of the first grey light
Subject(s): Imagination; Night; Fancy; Bedtime


PAG    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know his name yet nor that his eyes
Subject(s): Mjusic & Musicians


PAMET HARBOR        Recitation by Author


PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: As I recall the meal I ate was liver
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Paris, France; Travel; Journeys; Trips


PLUMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, when there were no riches, somewhere in southern
Last Line: A dog had started to bark arid lights were burning
Subject(s): Mexico; Pens & Pencils; Writing & Writers


POTPOURRI    Poem Text    
First Line: I see my wife struggling in the dirt
Subject(s): Flowers


ROMANIA, ROMANIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand like some country crow across the street
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a rose called guy de maupassant,
Subject(s): Roses; Brotherhood


SAVING MY SKIN FROM BURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a hole in the ground once; there was a manhole
Last Line: Into a pillow; I lay on my back recovering
Subject(s): Escapes; Fugitives


SHORT WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some dried-up phlox so old the blue was white
Subject(s): Death; Language; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary


SOAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is a green jew
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not knowing what a mulberry sidewalk looks like
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees


STILL BURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Me trying to understand say whence
Subject(s): Books; Thought; Reading; Thinking


STOPPING SCHUBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Stopping schubert, ejecting him, changing the power
Subject(s): Composers; Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)


STRAUS PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: If you know about the babylonian jews
Subject(s): Nostalgia


SWAN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: A bunch of old snakeheads down by the pond
Last Line: Bolts of wisdom from their foreheads
Subject(s): Animals


SWIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bing crosby died in spain
Subject(s): Crosby, Bing (Harry Lillis) (1904-1977); Franco, Francisco (1892-1975); Singing & Singers; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


SYCAMORE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was march third I came outside and saw
Subject(s): Plane Trees; Sycamores


SYLVIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Across a space peopled with stars I am
Subject(s): Sisters; Death - Children; Grief; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


THE BULL-ROARER    Poem Text    
First Line: I only saw my father's face in butchery
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE DANCING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture


THE DOG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What was I doing with my white teeth exposed
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE DOVE'S NECK    Poem Text    
First Line: The dove's neck is so thin
Subject(s): Doves


THE EXPULSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm working like a dog here, testing my memory


THE EYES ARE ALWAYS BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I spent an hour watchjing the yellow parrots
Last Line: Did I stop to listen to that music, poor love?
Subject(s): Travel; Conduct Of Life; Irish; Judaism


THE HAMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: What did a foot of snow matter when
Subject(s): Cold


THE JEW AND THE ROOSTER ARE ONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After fighting with his dead brothers and his dead sisters
Subject(s): Soutine, Chaim (1893-1943); Paintings & Painters; Jews; Butchery; Judaism


THE MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: He is not the only one getting ready only
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE NAME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Having outlived allen I am the one who
Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997); Social Commentaries


THE NEW MOSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at those poor cattails
Last Line: Of ancient new york
Subject(s): Future


THE NIGHT-WIND OF AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: For hours I sit here facing the white wall
Last Line: Singing my dirges
Subject(s): Swallows


THE PICASSO POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was when the bridal wreaths were all out
Subject(s): Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)


THE POWER OF MAPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: F you want to live in the country you have to understand the power of maples.
Subject(s): Maple Trees


THE PREACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: As if the one tree you love so well and hardly
Subject(s): Old Age; Nature; Social Commentgaries; Country Life; Death; Dead, The


THE SACRED SPINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It will always be invisible, it will
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


THE SPARROW    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sparrows; Food & Eating; Mothers; Miami Beach


THERE IS WIND, THERE ARE MATCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand times I have sat in restaurant windows
Subject(s): Civilization; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THINKING ABOUT SHELLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Arm over arm I swam out into the rain
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers; Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


THIS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mostly I opened my napkin with a flair
Subject(s): Clouds; Gifts & Giving; Life


THIS TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: That was his picnic table and those were his two
Subject(s): Change; Time


UNDERGROUND DANCING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Birds


VISITING MY OWN HOUSE IN IOWA CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The three large dogs in my house
Subject(s): Houses; Iowa


WAVING GOOD-BYE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I wanted to know what it was like before we
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters