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Author: STRAND, MARK
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Strand, Mark    Poet's Biography
102 poems available by this author


A MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I have carried it with me each day: that morning I took
Subject(s): Boats; Solitude; Loneliness


A SHORT PANEGYRIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the vegetarian nightmare is over and we are back to
Subject(s): Food & Eating


A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: ... And here the dark infinitive to feel
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


ALWAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Always so late in the day
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


ANOTHER PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk / into what light


BLACK MAPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the attendance of stones
Subject(s): Self


BLACK SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: One clear night while the others slept, I climbed
Subject(s): Longing


COMING TO THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: We have done what we wanted.
Subject(s): Togetherness


COURTSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a girl you like so you tell her
Subject(s): Desire


DARK HARBOR: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night without end in the soaking dark
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


DARK HARBOR: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: It is true, as someone has said, that in
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


DARK HARBOR: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it you standing among the olive trees


DARK HARBOR: 29    Poem Text    
First Line: The folded memory of our great and singular elevations
Subject(s): Language; Self; Words; Vocabulary


DARK HARBOR: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh you can make fun of the splendors of moonlight


EATING POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 1. THE EMPTY BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The hands were yours, the arms were yours
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 2. ANSWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did you travel?
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 3. YOUR DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing could stop you
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 4. YOUR SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: You have your shadow
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 5. MOURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: They mourn for you / when you rise at midnight
Subject(s): Fathers; Mourning; Bereavement


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 6. THE NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: It is winter and the new year
Subject(s): Fathers; Holidays; New Year


FICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of the innocent lives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Novels & Novelists


FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes there would be a fire and I would walk into it
Subject(s): Fire


FIVE DOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the dog they call spot, was about to sing. Autumn
Subject(s): Dogs


FOR HER    Poem Text    
First Line: Let it be anywhere
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FOR JESSICA, MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I walked
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FROM A LOST DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: I had not begun the great journey I was to undertake. I did not
Last Line: Though the sun continues to stand at my door
Subject(s): Diaries; Conduct Of Life


FROM THE LONG SAD PARTY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Someone was saying
Subject(s): Parties


FUTILITY IN KEY WEST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was stretched out on the couch, about to doze off


GIVING MYSELF UP    Poem Text    
First Line: I give up my eyes which are glass eggs
Subject(s): Self


HARMONY IN THE BOUDOIR    Poem Text    
First Line: After years of marriage, he stands at the foot of the bed and
Subject(s): Marriage; Nothingness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Nihilism; Voids


HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun that silvers all the buildings here
Subject(s): Nature


I HAD BEEN A POLAR EXPLORER    Poem Text    
First Line: I had been a polar explorer in my youth
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Imagination; Fancy


IN CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: You sit in a chair, touched by nothing, feeling
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


KEEPING THINGS WHOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: In a field / I am the absence
Subject(s): Self


LEOPARDI    Poem Text    
First Line: The night is warm and clear and without wind
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


LIFE IN THE VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Always so late in the day
Subject(s): Valleys


LINES FOR WINTER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Tell yourself / as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
Subject(s): Winter; Self-love


MAN AND CAMEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ometimes there would be a fire and I would walk into it
Subject(s): Middle Age; Camels


MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: A white room and a party going on
Subject(s): Mirrors; Disappointment


MOONTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The bluish, pale
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The huge doll of my body
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MY LIFE BY SOMEBODY ELSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have done what I could but you avoid me.
Subject(s): Biography; Biographers


MY MOTHER ON AN EVENING IN LATE FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: When the moon appears
Subject(s): Mothers


MY NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Once when the lawn was a golden green
Subject(s): Self


MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: My son / my only son
Subject(s): Sons


MYSTERY AND SOLITUDE IN TOPEKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Afternoon darkens into evening. A man falls deeper and deeper into the slow spiral of
Subject(s): Sleep


NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: How those fires burned that are no longer, how the weather worsened
Subject(s): Languagel Time


NOCTURNE OF THE POET WHO LOVED THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I have grown tired of the moon, tired of its look
Subject(s): Moon


OLD PEOPLE ON THE NURSING HOME PORCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Able at last to stop
Subject(s): Emptiness; Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


ORPHEUS ALONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It was an adventure much could be made of: a walk
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OUR MASTERPIECE IS THE PRIVATE LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is there something down by the water keeping itself from us,
Subject(s): Privacy


POOR NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is cold, the snow is deep
Subject(s): Cold; Family Life; Relatives


POT ROAST    Poem Text    
First Line: I gaze upon a roast
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Solitude; Childhood Memories; Loneliness


READING IN PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine a poem that starts with a couple
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


SEVEN POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the edge
Subject(s): Relationships


SHOOTING WHALES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the shoals of plankton
Subject(s): Animals


SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unmoved by what the wind does
Subject(s): Night; Anxiety; Bedtime


SNOWFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Watching snow cover the ground, cover itself
Subject(s): Snow


SO YOU SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all in the mind, you say, and has
Subject(s): Relationships


THE BABIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us save the babies
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE COMING OF LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Even this late it happens
Subject(s): Love; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE CONTINENTAL COLLEGE OF BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the continental college of beauty opened its doors


THE CONTINUOUS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: What of the neighborhood homes awash
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


THE DREADFUL HAS ALREADY HAPPENED    Poem Text    
First Line: The relatives are leaning over, staring expectantly
Subject(s): Babies; Time; Ancestors & Ancestry; Infants; Heritage; Heredity


THE END    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Not every man [or, everyone] knows what he shall sing at the end
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT OF MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polishe
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: It shines in the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Family Life; Relatives


THE GHOST SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the crowded street
Subject(s): Ghost Ships


THE HISTORY OF POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Our masters are gone and if they returned
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE IDEA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For us, too, there was a wish to possess
Subject(s): Relationships


THE KING    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to the middle of the room and called out
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE KITE (FOR BILL AND SANDY BAILEY)    Poem Text    
First Line: It rises over the lake, the farms
Last Line: Slowly beginning to wake
Subject(s): Kites


THE LATE HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A man walks towards town
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


THE MAILMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is midnight
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Postal Service; Clemency; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


THE MAN IN THE MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk down the narrow
Subject(s): Mirrors; Self; Aging


THE MAN IN THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat in the cold limbs of a tree
Subject(s): Trees


THE MAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Composed, generally defined
Last Line: Perfect distance from what it is
Subject(s): Maps


THE MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind comes from opposite poles
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Love - Marital; Work; Workers; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE MIDNIGHT CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: The gifted have told us for years that they want to be loved
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THE MINISTER OF CULTURE GETS HIS WISH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The minister of culture goes home after a grueling day at the office
Subject(s): Patience; Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


THE MONUMENT: 29    Poem Text    
First Line: It occurs to me that you may be a woman. What then? I suppose I
Subject(s): Women


THE MONUMENT: 30    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when I wander in these woods whose prince I am, I hear a


THE MONUMENT: 34    Poem Text    
First Line: They are back, the angry poets. But look! They have come with hammers
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE MYSTERIOUS ARRIVAL OF AN UNUSUAL LETTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It had been a long day at the office and a long ride back to the small apartment
Subject(s): Letters; Fathers


THE NEW POETRY HANDBOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: If a man understands a poem,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE NIGHT, THE PORCH    Poem Text    
First Line: To stare at nothing is to learn by heart
Subject(s): Self


THE OLD AGE OF NOSTALGIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Those hours given over to basking in the glow of an imagined
Subject(s): Nostalgia


THE POEM OF THE SPANISH POET    Poem Text    
First Line: In a hotel room somewhere in iowa an american poet, tired of his poems
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE PREDICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: That night the moon drifted over the pond,
Subject(s): Future


THE REMAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: I empty myself of the names of others
Subject(s): Self


THE STORY OF OUR LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: We are reading the story of our lives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE TUNNEL    Poem Text    
First Line: A man has been standing
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


THE UNTELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: He leaned forward over the paper
Subject(s): Reality; Truth


THE WAY IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: I lie in bed
Subject(s): Modern Life; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


TO HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: So you've come to me now without knowing why
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Time


TOMORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Your best friend is gone
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


UNTITLED    Poem Text    
First Line: As for the poem the adorable one slipped into your pocket
Subject(s): Names


VIOLENT STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Those who have chosen to pass the night
Subject(s): Pessimism; Storms


WHAT TO THINK OF    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of the jungle,
Subject(s): Jungles; Paraguay


WHEN THE VACATION IS OVER FOR GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be strange
Last Line: We are dying.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Vacation; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


WHERE ARE THE ATERS OF CHLDHOOD?    Poem Text    
First Line: See where the windows are boarded up,
Subject(s): Children; Water; Childhood