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Author: SWENSON, KAREN
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Swenson, Karen    Poet's Biography
166 poems available by this author


A CAPPELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Five days of driving with no voices
Last Line: Earth to the contour of its eloquence.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Solitude; Travel; Loneliness; Journeys; Trips


A COLONIAL MORNING DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Cocks crow memories
Last Line: Narrates the halftones of love.
Subject(s): Memory; Morning


A PROBLEM IN AESTHETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: They sent him away
Last Line: And one of us forgot.
Subject(s): Immigrants; Poetry & Poets; Russia; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; Soviet Union; Russians


A SENSE OF DIRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: It was moonless the night I drove my son
Last Line: Am shivering in its draft.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Maps; Mothers & Sons


ADAM AND HIS FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam's father, always a good provider
Last Line: "perhaps what I have always wanted is to want."
Subject(s): Desire; Fathers & Sons; Thailand; Travel; Journeys; Trips


AFTER DIVORCE; FOR NAHID SARMAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Every sunday at 9 pm
Last Line: Walk from the potter's field of the past.
Subject(s): Divorce; Memory


AKHMATOVA    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark stair's colder than the snow-wan world
Last Line: He who would torture for such adulation.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Russia; Soviet Union; Russians


ALIEN WOMEN; SONGKHLA, THAILAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun-blind in the pharmacy's dim light
Last Line: Back into the sun's fistful of blades.
Subject(s): Intermarriage; Marriage; Shopping; Thailand; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AN AMERICAN IN BANGKOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps the polluted air
Last Line: Still he's optimistic.
Subject(s): Americans; Culture Conflict; Ignorance; Thailand; Dullness; Stupdity


ANDROGYNY    Poem Text    
First Line: They nestle in the hairs of your chest
Last Line: Suckling her thirst at a man's breast.
Subject(s): Bodies; Sex


APOLLO AT LAX    Poem Text    
First Line: At lax, wandering among lost luggage
Last Line: In wreaths of another god.
Subject(s): Los Angeles; Love Affairs


BACKGROUND AND DESIGN    Poem Text    
First Line: On tv in a bangkok shop window
Last Line: From fiend to lover and back.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Music & Musicians; Thailand


BARE FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: The vulnerable, bare feet of old men
Last Line: Is bearable but filling it brings tears.
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Daughters; Hospitals; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


BILLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Returning to the beginning
Last Line: And descend the hill balanced in their weight.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Winter; Childhood; Dead, The


CHADOR    Poem Text    
First Line: In a taxi in isfahan we have no language
Last Line: As the river bosoms the brooch of the sun.
Subject(s): Arabs - Women; Travel; Journeys; Trips


CITY COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: 5:30 and the winter dark
Last Line: Gargoyles smirk into the dusk.
Subject(s): City College Of New York; Education


CLOSING TIME AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The keepers / walk among galapagos turtles
Last Line: In the san diego dusk.
Subject(s): Caregivers; Galapagos Islands; Turtles; Zoos; Tortoises


COLD BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: After murdering his father
Last Line: On limber fingers.
Subject(s): Burma; Fear; Murder; Punishment; Reincarnation; Transmigration; Pretas


COLD HANDS WARM HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Every winter friday
Last Line: As the ice of ladyhood gloves my fingers.
Subject(s): Cold; Dancing & Dancers


COLLISION    Poem Text    
First Line: In wind and change
Last Line: A hand of leaves into dawn.
Subject(s): Birds; Healing; Marriage; Cures; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


COME WITH ME INTO WINTER'S DISHEVELED GRASS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Now that death is gone
Subject(s): Death


COOPER SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: A mother on long island buys her son
Last Line: And beg beyond all affluence.
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


DEAR ELIZABETH: (FOR ELIZABETH DIFIORE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We are almost all homely
Last Line: Told by a wanderer totally blind.
Subject(s): Beauty; Women


DECEPTION PASS; FOR JUDY AND MARK KAWASAKI    Poem Text    
First Line: It is very high here
Last Line: Lingers upon this thigh of tide.
Subject(s): Islands; Nature


DEXTER GORDON: COPENHAGEN/AVERY FISHER HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Last time I listened I turned thirty-six
Last Line: Leaving nothing left to play.
Subject(s): Gordon, Dexter (1923-1990); Memory; Music & Musicians; Saxophones


DINOSAUR NATIONAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Jewelers, / in goggles and buttercup hardhats,
Last Line: Footprints, as they passed in the ashes.
Subject(s): Archeology; Dinosaurs; Fossils; Mothers


DRIFTERS: BELLA COOLA TO WILLIAMS LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Used to being his own listener
Last Line: He travels this road.
Subject(s): Conversation; Hitchhikers; Solitude; Loneliness


FAREWELL TO FARGO: SELLING THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Olivia is dying. Bring your best black dress
Last Line: Its spring and slams.
Subject(s): Death; Family Life; Property; Dead, The; Relatives; Possessions


FISHERMAN IN SONGKHLA    Poem Text    
First Line: His mirror shines back with approval, god's
Last Line: Palms open in the gesture of forgiveness.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Thailand


FOREST LAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an amusement park, the cemetery grounds
Last Line: Is death and reproduction.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Imitation; Graveyards; Dead, The


FOUR WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Near grandma's tree-sconced house in brooklyn
Last Line: My fact - touches me so quick, quick as life.
Subject(s): Life; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


GARDENS    Poem Text    
First Line: In my walled california patio
Last Line: Speaks on this bell's voice.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Marriage; Memory; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GETTING A PURCHASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoring? I guess I thought it was part
Last Line: I can send a small check from time to time.
Subject(s): Love; Prostitution; Thailand; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


GOOD-BYE DOROTHY GAYLE: HOME TO FARGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Mortals live by mutual interchange
Last Line: Drive to the next time zone.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Fargo, North Dakota; Mothers & Daughters; Graveyards


GOOD-BYE DOROTHY GAYLE: OVER THE MACKINAC    Poem Text    
First Line: She always wanted to be dorothy gayle
Last Line: Sailboats like dropped handkerchiefs below me.
Subject(s): Legacies; Mothers & Daughters; Travel; Journeys; Trips


GOOD-BYE DOROTHY GAYLE: ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: A small square with elms
Last Line: "but she does. She has to."
Subject(s): Memory; Mothers & Daughters


GOOD-BYE DOROTHY GAYLE: THE ROAD TO BUFFALO    Poem Text    
First Line: Take all her belongings
Last Line: And drove with her knuckles.
Subject(s): Legacies; Mothers & Daughters


GRAND ARMY PLAZA    Poem Text    
First Line: 10:00 at night in brooklyn
Last Line: Where the sky salts a wither of grass.
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Brooklyn, New York


HATCHING; FOR DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI    Poem Text    
First Line: On university avenue in rangoon
Last Line: To crack its walls with wings.
Subject(s): Burma; Revolutions; Silence; Solitude; Loneliness


HENRY MOORE'S STATUE AT LINCOLN CENTER    Poem Text    
First Line: After listening to durufle's requiem
Last Line: Of shapes which refuse to explain.
Subject(s): Moore, Henry (1898-1986); New York City; Statues; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


HOOKS AND EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Irish lace and linen
Last Line: Again, and sewed me in.
Subject(s): Seamstresses; Sewing; Women


HUFFMAN'S PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GRAVES OF THE UNKNOWN AT LITTLE BIGHORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Taken a year after, in '77
Last Line: Turning silver in the wind.
Subject(s): Death; Little Bighorn, Battle Of; War; Dead, The


HYBRIDS OF WAR: A MORALITY POEM: 1. VIETNAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Shadow cleaves
Last Line: Bowl broken by his birth.
Subject(s): Children; Vietnam; Childhood


HYBRIDS OF WAR: A MORALITY POEM: 2. CAMBODIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the rats came
Last Line: For a face to match her mirrors'.
Subject(s): Abandonment; Cambodia; Children; Desertion; Childhood


HYBRIDS OF WAR: A MORALITY POEM: 3. THAILALND    Poem Text    
First Line: His eyes were made green in
Last Line: His within this citadel.
Subject(s): Children; Thailand; Childhood


HYBRIDS OF WAR: A MORALITY POEM: 4. THE MORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: In a world of face values, what
Last Line: Into the marrow of your bones?
Subject(s): Morality; War; Ethics


I HAVE LOST THE ADDRESS OF MY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
Last Line: I have lost the address of my country
Subject(s): Women Immigrants - United States; Islam


IMPRESSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I pluck the leaves and print them
Last Line: The fingerprints still wet upon its flank.
Subject(s): Artifacts; Mothers & Sons


ISHMAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Fifteen years I have known your face
Last Line: Turns with us lashed to its flank and sounds.
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Ships & Shipping


ISN'T IT ROMANTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The guide book promised birds of paradise
Last Line: Whirl me from this place I most wanted to be.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Indonesia; Tourists; Dutch East Indies


JOHANNA PEDERSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Mouth prickled by crumbs of flatbrod
Last Line: Rocked in the swell of the old.
Subject(s): Denmark; Immigrants; Danes; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


JOSIE MORRIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Beyond the petroglyph, / a child's greasy handprint on rock
Last Line: In the sun.
Subject(s): Graves; Imagination; Women; Tombs; Tombstones; Fancy


KALIGHAT IN CALCUTTA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Calcutta, India; City & Town Life


KATHMANDU GUEST HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dogs bark themselves
Last Line: On whose faces the times keep changing.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Travel; Journeys; Trips


LENNIE SWENSON    Poem Text    
First Line: 6:00 in the super's smell of pine sol
Last Line: Lay still on the white tile, his pockets empty.
Subject(s): Memory; Murder; Uncles


LIKE A HENRY MOORE STATUE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And suspend it in my opening
Subject(s): Moore, Henry (1898-1986); Body, Human; Self; Mothers & Daughters


LOVE IN BLACK AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mouth salty with the taste of your flesh
Last Line: Across the sparrow's waking.
Subject(s): Love; Sex


MAKING THE BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Her regimen's inviolate. They squabble
Last Line: Side smoothing the fold of sheet over blanket.
Subject(s): Marriage; Tourists; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MANOKWARI, IRIAN JAYA; IN MEMORIAM, ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dangling rainbows of skipjack swing
Last Line: Of notes, a little twilight music.
Subject(s): Evolution; Indonesia; Wallace, Alfred Russel (1823-1913); Dutch East Indies


MARKET WOMEN: LAKE TOBA    Poem Text    
First Line: They've come on board their grocery baskets full


MEDIAS RES    Poem Text    
First Line: The middle's where I wonder why as I wake
Last Line: Imagination, I wonder knowing why.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Indonesia; Travel; Dutch East Indies; Journeys; Trips


MISSIONARIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Rusted helmets, dog tags in the garden
Last Line: How to iron their new white shirts.
Subject(s): Civilization; Indonesia; Missions & Missionaries; Dutch East Indies


MOON WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: My son lies a monochrome of the moon
Last Line: Leaving no mark on this side of space.
Subject(s): Children; Moon; Childhood


MOTHER AND SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Still, in the stale cigarette smell
Last Line: Drift separately into dawn.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Mothers & Sons; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


MOVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tenderly I swathe cups in the times
Last Line: As I box my life.
Subject(s): Memory; Moving & Movers


MY LAI    Poem Text    
First Line: An embassy's tall gate off a dirt road
Last Line: Of their lives by what death holds apart.
Subject(s): Death; Massacres; Vietnam; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; War; Dead, The


MY MOTHER LEFT ME    Poem Text    
First Line: 24 pairs of unmatched white gloves
Last Line: She left me.
Subject(s): Death; Gloves; Legacies; Mothers & Daughters; Dead, The; Mittens; Muffs


MY MOTHER, 1930    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't worry, mom,' she wrote from tunis to fargo
Last Line: Her secret refuge of remembrance.
Subject(s): Marriage; Mothers & Daughters; Travel; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Journeys; Trips


NEW NEIGHBORHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I sold my brownstone windows full of leaves
Last Line: Their clopping rhythm muffled in fresh snow.
Subject(s): Cities; Moving & Movers; Winter; Urban Life


NIGHT CRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The radiator taps like a frantic blind man
Last Line: A crocheted cap for a stillborn baby.
Subject(s): Babies; Death; Infants; Dead, The


NO EXEMPTION FOR TOURISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A foreign family -- mother, father
Last Line: To the bright ribbon of river.
Subject(s): Indonesia; Suicide; Tourists; Dutch East Indies


NURSING HOME: THE CANARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In this hospital odor
Last Line: Spokes down the hall.
Subject(s): Canaries; Nursing Homes; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


NURSING HOME: THE DOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: Rouge the cracked china of her cheeks
Last Line: Put her away unbroken.
Subject(s): Facades; Nursing Homes; Appearances; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


NURSING HOME: THE VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The wild-animal fear is upon him
Last Line: His hair through the cage.
Subject(s): Grandchildren; Grandparents; Nursing Homes; Grandsons; Granddaughters; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


OFFICE PARTY: DISTAFF VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: My mind is in the deep freeze
Last Line: Stylized beyond reality.
Subject(s): Facades; Marriage; Office Employees; Appearances; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Clerks


ON THE IRT    Poem Text    
First Line: A lily in a burdock nosegay
Last Line: Swarms fireflies in a jar sealed by aphasia.
Subject(s): Caregivers; Children; Subways; Childhood


ONE AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF    Poem Text    
First Line: One came home from forced labor to
Last Line: The fields of where we all are one.
Subject(s): Cambodia; Death; Graves; War; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


ORANGUTAN REHAB    Poem Text    
First Line: A circle of unbarbered redheads round
Last Line: Limb toward a cultivated taste for freedom.
Subject(s): Animals; Apes; Freedom; Indonesia; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans; Liberty; Dutch East Indies


PALOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Chaff hovers like pollen
Last Line: Spattered with stars.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


PEOPLE ARE    Poem Text    
First Line: We forget some things are only
Last Line: Degradable.
Subject(s): Mortality; Nature


PLATO'S CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blood is red. They say napalm
Last Line: In the fire a day before my eyes.
Subject(s): Television; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; War; Tv


PLAYING JACKS IN BHAKTAPUR    Poem Text    
First Line: On a cruciform cloth squared in black and white
Last Line: She names.
Subject(s): Games; Travel; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Journeys; Trips


PLAYING SOMEONE ELSE'S PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Touching you / slipping fingers between your thighs
Last Line: Which only the other can hear.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos; Sex


POCKETS    Poem Text    
First Line: The point of clothes was line
Last Line: To find both hands and pockets empty.
Subject(s): Legacies; Mothers & Daughters; Sewing


POLYGAMY    Poem Text    
First Line: When an official goes upcountry
Last Line: His name green as unreaped fantasy.
Subject(s): Children - Illegitimate; Polygamy; Thailand; Birth - Out Of Wedlock; Bastards


REVAMPING THE VIRGIN    Poem Text    
First Line: How green the grass looks on the other side
Last Line: To get it right this time and have a girl.
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Religion; Women; Women - Bible; Virgin Mary; Theology


SARAH'S MONSTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is an entire row of monsters lined up
Last Line: Across the front lawn's shadows.
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


SELLING HER ENGAGEMENT RING    Poem Text    
First Line: You'd have thought her diamond was set in my flesh
Last Line: Wahpeton - mandan - medora - to vanishing point.
Subject(s): Jewelry & Jewelers; Legacies; Mothers & Daughters


SIGNATURE OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In missoula, someone has punched
Last Line: Beneath the signature of love on the ceiling.
Subject(s): Hotels; Love; Sex; Vandalism; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where roof-ends rise up into dragons
Last Line: To be caged once again in the dark.
Subject(s): Buddhism; Salespersons; Sparrows; Buddha; Buddhists; Selling


SPRING WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: My father and I go for a walk
Last Line: Rotting in the green spring sun.
Subject(s): Fathers; Mortality; Time


SPRING'S NEBRASKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring's nebraska / is no eyelet damsel but a bawd
Last Line: Prisms through the air.
Subject(s): Nebraska; Spring


STALKING LEMURS    Poem Text    
First Line: 4 a.M., the moon down world is dark
Last Line: Into leaves and dawn.
Subject(s): Hunting; Indonesia; Hunters; Dutch East Indies


SURFACE AND STRUCTURE: BONAVENTURE HOTEL, LOS ANGELES    Poem Text    
First Line: Four black glass silos
Last Line: Broken from a necklace.
Subject(s): Decay; Hotels; Los Angeles; Rot; Decadence; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


SURVIVORS    Poem Text    
First Line: They came up to her, strangers in the street
Last Line: Mirrors, for bargirls who ask no questions.
Subject(s): Cambodia; Death; Vietnam; Dead, The


TEH LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is enough left, he says
Last Line: Come in cold and content from his quest.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Love Affairs; Men


THAT KIND OF POEM'    Poem Text    
First Line: He called our son to ask if he
Last Line: "of poem"" to keep her alive."
Subject(s): Death; Family Life; Women; Dead, The; Relatives


THAT KIND OF POEM'    Poem Text    
First Line: He called our son to ask if he


THE ARCHITECT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The only places I can find you
Last Line: Forms most faithfully the face of god.
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Churches; Faith; Fathers & Daughters; Cathedrals; Belief; Creed


THE ARCHITECT (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever his dreams have been it is now hard to say
Last Line: He hears the wind that cries through feathered wings.
Subject(s): Ambition; Architecture & Architects; Memory


THE ARCHITECT AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: My stride was two to my father's by the sea
Last Line: Surge, master of the arch of element.
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Fathers & Daughters; Memory; Poetry & Poets


THE BALINESE WITCH DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He sits in the circle of his simmering
Last Line: Baby chicken stirs in moonlight's shadows.
Subject(s): Indonesia; Religion; Dutch East Indies; Theology


THE BARMAID AND THE ALEXANDRITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Route 66, a rut of scenery and cigarettes
Last Line: From telluride, to taos, to galisteo.
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Stones; Travel; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Granite; Rocks; Journeys; Trips


THE BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The teak is carved, fine as mantilla lace
Last Line: The cupped hands of love, to change the beast within.
Subject(s): Burma; Fables; Love; Prudence; Allegories; Caution


THE BRACELET    Poem Text    
First Line: Two days I bargained over this brass round
Last Line: "not at least the way we would mind, for sure."
Subject(s): Indonesia; Jewelry & Jewelers; Tourists; Travel; Dutch East Indies; Journeys; Trips


THE CAMBODIAN BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: The silver betel box is formed by two geese
Last Line: Mated perfectly as these shining geese.
Subject(s): Cambodia; Carving (Arts)


THE CHAM TOWERS AT DA NANG    Poem Text    
First Line: God-faces that once glared at the sun
Last Line: Their great-grandparents could not recollect.
Subject(s): Colonialism; Sculpture & Sculptors; Vietnam


THE CHICAGO HERMIT AT MOTHER TERESA'S    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Teresa Of Calcutta, Blessed (1910-1997); Poverty; Charity; Philanthropy


THE CHINESE LAUNDRYMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He is a librarian of laundry
Last Line: To make, one more time, the fabric hold.
Subject(s): China; Laundry & Laundering


THE DADDY STRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two friends over a chinese lunch
Last Line: Can hatch any bird but flightless bromides.
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Comfort; Death; Fear; Dead, The


THE DEATH OF A PHOTOGRAPHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Light was his paradigm
Last Line: Down to its dark frame.
Subject(s): Death; Photography & Photographers; Unfaithfulness; Dead, The; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE DIORAMA PAINTER AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: His enormous hands / with fingers long and white
Last Line: As violently foreshortened as a life.
Subject(s): Museums; Nature; Paintings And Painters; Art Gallerys


THE ENGLISH GRAVEYARD IN MALACCA    Poem Text    
First Line: Downhill from the roofless portuguese cathedral
Last Line: Of the tree that spreads its shade across their clay.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Malaysia; Missions & Missionaries; Graveyards


THE FLOATING MORMON    Poem Text    
First Line: That summer she hadn't struggled
Last Line: Like parents' front-seat voices.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Mormons; Women; Estrangement; Outcasts


THE FOREIGN VOLUNTEERS AT MOTHER TERESA'S       
First Line: In rubber gloves we strip the beds
Subject(s): Missions & Missionaries


THE FUN HOUSE FABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: After the mirror of his mother died
Last Line: And the roller coaster clocked to the top.
Subject(s): Amusement Parks; Death; Dead, The


THE GARDEN AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The romans, retreating from the wilderness
Last Line: A compost of leaves and wings.
Subject(s): Burma; Imperialism


THE GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Woodsmoke guides us through the mist
Last Line: Wept as though he'd met his future's ghost.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Thailand; Tourists


THE GUIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: He leads us to our village destination
Last Line: The culture with the most things wins.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Thailand; Tourists


THE HEROINES    Poem Text    
First Line: The heroines lived with their husbands'
Last Line: And drowned in the attic.
Subject(s): Attics; Heroism; Women; Heroes; Heroines


THE HIGHWAY DEATH TOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: The highway's edge / of unmalicious deaths
Last Line: If I'd turned it off before I might have heard.
Subject(s): Death; Driving & Drivers; Fathers; Popes; Dead, The; Papacy


THE ICE-CREAM SANDWICH    Poem Text    
First Line: In second grade I felt about him, and
Last Line: Relive the inexplicable in middle age.
Subject(s): Children; Love; Memory; Childhood


THE IDAHO EGG WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Halfway between troy and moscow
Last Line: Her age a cipher of circles.
Subject(s): Eggs; Idaho; Women


THE ITINERANT POET'S ROAD SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Comin' out of lolo pass
Last Line: All you got is the changes in time... The changes in time.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE LADIES OF LEWISTON    Poem Text    
Last Line: Pour syrup over their husbands' silence
Subject(s): Women; Conduct Of Life


THE LANDLADY IN BANGKOK       
First Line: Because, separated from us by a language
Last Line: From samsara to nirvana.
Subject(s): Hotels; Landlords & Tenants; Thailand; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


THE LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: A cranky child curled in my lap
Last Line: Who says he'll stay.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Poetry & Poets; Inspiration; Creativity


THE LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Keeping hope in the field of next year's harvest
Last Line: Dreams, he finds her barren and love spent.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Love; Agriculture; Farmers


THE MAD WOMAN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My downy head, dream head, sleep my son
Last Line: I sing him safe, my pale chestnut bloom.
Subject(s): Comfort; Mothers & Sons


THE MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: In open palm the old man cradles his
Last Line: I leave with her naked countenance.
Subject(s): Language; Travel; Words; Vocabulary; Journeys; Trips


THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Their footprints on her face
Last Line: For women are, after all, only space.
Subject(s): Earth; Snow; Women; World


THE PHOSPHORESCENT MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The smell of roast beef and browning potatoes
Last Line: Clung to the stair obstinate as salt.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Memory; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


THE PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: He wouldn't buy her shoes
Last Line: A portrait of a woman as less than one.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Poverty; Women


THE PRICE OF WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Every woman, you say, has her price
Last Line: And asked for my life?
Subject(s): Trade; Women


THE QUARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: You sit behind your coffee
Last Line: Lurches a path across the table.
Subject(s): Quarrels; Arguments; Disagreements


THE QUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: Alive in a brown stucco house
Last Line: She smoothed the quilt across their bed.
Subject(s): Quilts; Sewing; Women


THE RAND MCNALLY ATLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Belly down on the rug
Last Line: Durango, chinook, ramona, monongahela.
Subject(s): Maps; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE RED TURTLENECK    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand for approval
Last Line: As I wear it into my scent.
Subject(s): Beauty; Fashion; Sand, George (1804-1876); Seduction; Women; Dupin, Amanda. Baronne Dudevant


THE SAGA OF THE SMALL-BREASTED WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A prepuberty owl with popcorn
Last Line: Delights in dumplings at the feast.
Subject(s): Beauty; Breasts; Women


THE SEALS IN PENOBSCOT BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The seals dive in the sun-dimpled bay
Last Line: Closest to the meaning of our awe.
Subject(s): Happiness; Seals (Animals); Joy; Delight


THE SERE AND YELLOW LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it time to write the sere
Last Line: The brass flower of his horn into the city's evening.
Subject(s): Hope; Love; Poetry & Poets; Optimism


THE SONG OF THE MAD WOMAN'S SON    Poem Text    
First Line: High in the chestnut tree
Last Line: I watch for daddy's sail on the tide.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Sailing & Sailors


THE STATE OF WYOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps a childhood magic-writing tablet
Last Line: To the shadow of an antelope stare.
Subject(s): History; Imagination; Wyoming; Historians; Fancy


THE STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: All day I carry the stone
Last Line: Weep when it won't nurse.
Subject(s): Babies; Death - Mothers; Stones; Infants; Dead, The; Granite; Rocks


THE STRAPLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: A scrawny yank of a kid
Last Line: Paint in the women never filled.
Subject(s): Beauty; Fashion; Women


THE TRANSIENCE OF HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A swirl of dead skin
Last Line: On a schoolroom counter.
Subject(s): Hands; Memory; Men; Touch (Sense)


THE VIKING GRAVE AT LADBY    Poem Text    
First Line: An old whale hump of earth
Last Line: They have grown their wheat out of his grave.
Subject(s): Christianity; Graves; Vikings; Tombs; Tombstones


THE VIREO    Poem Text    
First Line: An adam and eve in the autumn of their fall
Last Line: Flutters a blessing about our nettled knees.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Love


THE WHITE RABBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, mother / holding the banister with five-year-old fingers
Last Line: Come back to climb the stairs.
Subject(s): Memory; Mothers & Daughters


THREE SILENCES IN THAILAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the mekong's silt-thick flow
Last Line: I bear no offering but the abstinence of silence.
Subject(s): Culture Conflict; Silence; Thailand


TIDE POOLS IN DECEPTION PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: A child's microcosm of monsters
Subject(s): Crabs; Sea; Ocean


TIME AND THE PERFUME RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Small buddhas smile above their blooms
Last Line: Along the curves of the perfume.
Subject(s): Death; Vietnam; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; War; Dead, The


TOWERS OF SIMON RODIA; FOR HOWARD W. SWENSON 1903-1081    Poem Text    
First Line: Trapped in a tunnel
Last Line: The day he locked the door on eden.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Rodia, Simon (1875-1959); Watts Towers, Los Angeles (1921-1955); Work; Workers


TREKKING THE HILLS OF NORTHERN THAILAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The english girl is being sick in the bushes
Last Line: That there always be other hills.
Subject(s): Thailand; Tourists; Travel; Journeys; Trips


TUOL SLENG: POL POT'S PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Like photographs of dutch schultz which show a slick
Last Line: But all I can do is make them into words.
Subject(s): Cambodia; Photography & Photographers; Prisons & Prisoners


TWO TREES IN KATHMANDU    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember, in that garden eastward
Last Line: East of wherever the gate closed on eden.
Subject(s): Cows; Eden; Travel; Journeys; Trips


VIRGINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: First they took off one breast
Last Line: The more multiples there are.
Subject(s): Death; Surgery; Women; Dead, The


WE    Poem Text    
First Line: In a museum of the city
Last Line: They they they they they they they they.
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Guilt


WEDDING BED IN MANGKUTANA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the village guesthouse
Last Line: From the same soil.
Subject(s): Indonesia; Marriage; Sex; Dutch East Indies; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT?    Poem Text    
First Line: We read the same books as children - kipling
Last Line: Line, gathering my way before the salty wind.
Subject(s): Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936); Travel; Women; Journeys; Trips


WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL HESTER PRYNNE?    Poem Text    
First Line: Pity him up to his waist in middle age
Last Line: "gabriel told me to."
Subject(s): Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864); Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible; Virgin Mary


WHY?    Poem Text    
First Line: Why? Friends ask. Why there? Why not
Last Line: Around the why? The shrug of friends.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WOMAN, GALLUP, N.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadow of her profile lay stringent
Last Line: She shattered on the pavement.
Subject(s): Loss; Mothers; Silence


WORD POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: First doll, I rocked her blue-eyed blink in my lap
Last Line: "I proclaimed, ""dirty."
Subject(s): Dolls; Language; Names; Toys; Words; Vocabulary


WUPATKI    Poem Text    
First Line: When a people abandon their town
Last Line: And the small bones of a family.
Subject(s): Abandonment; Legacies; Moving & Movers; Desertion


YELLOW COIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the only changes are
Last Line: The only wall that holds my history.
Subject(s): Change; Cities; Memory; Urban Life