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Author: SZE, ARTHUR
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Sze, Arthur    Poet's Biography
128 poems available by this author


A GREAT SQUARE HAS NO CORNERS    Poem Text    
Last Line: "writes with a mop, ""a great square has no corners."
Subject(s): Time; Language; Words; Vocabulary


A SINGER WITH EYES OF SAND    Poem Text    
First Line: A singer with eyes of sand they said
Last Line: In my hands.
Subject(s): Nature


ACANTHUS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you shut your eyes, you find a string
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


APACHE PLUME; 1. THE BEGINNING WEB    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue flax blossoming near the greenhouse
Last Line: Hear free-tailed bats swirling out into the dark.
Subject(s): Nature


APACHE PLUME; 2. REDUCTIONS AND ENLARGEMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A chippewa designer dies from pancreatic cancer
Last Line: See the string pulse and stretch into curved light.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Death; Dead, The


APACHE PLUME; 4. THE ARCHITECTURE OF SILENCE       
First Line: The gate was unlocked. We drove to the road's end; grapefruit lay
Last Line: Stop dropping
Subject(s): Nature; Rain


APACHE PLUME; 5. HOURGLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pere lachaise: breaking bread on a green bench
Last Line: As white sand begins to touch the bottom of an hourglass.
Subject(s): Desire; Memory


APACHE PLUME; 6. ENTELECHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Placing long-stemmed sunflowers in a vase
Last Line: Your sharp wild cries.
Subject(s): Metamorphosis


APACHE PLUME; 7. APACHE PLUME    Poem Text    
First Line: Climbing out of an arroyo, I reach my hand
Last Line: I know this instant moment which is ours.
Subject(s): Desire; Nature


APACHE PLUME; 8. ANAMNESIS       
First Line: Wind erases our footprints on a transverse dune
Last Line: One by one they flare off into indigo air.
Subject(s): Desire; Knowledge; Nature


APACHE PLUME; 9. STARLIGHT       
First Line: Here skid marks on I-25 mark a head-on collision
Last Line: Here is the origin of starlight.
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


AT THE EQUINOX    Poem Text    
First Line: The tide ebbs and reveals orange and purple sea stars
Subject(s): Sun; Eatrh


AXOLOTL    Poem Text    
First Line: I may practice divination with the bones
Last Line: Now the face of an axolotl.
Subject(s): Salamanders


BEFORE COMPLETION    Poem Text    
First Line: I gaze through a telescope at the orion nebula
Last Line: Persimmons ripening on leafless trees.
Subject(s): Loss; Metamorphosis


BEFORE SUNRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: The myriad unfolds from a progression of strokes
Last Line: Wake to human bones carved and strung into a loose apron
Subject(s): Aging


BLACK JAVA PEPPER       
First Line: Despair, anger, grief
Last Line: Rain forest islands -- song.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


BLACK LIGHTNING       
First Line: A blind girl
Last Line: Lightning.
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


BRUEGHEL       
First Line: The haystacks burned to black moss
Last Line: Tuned his ears to the wind.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


CEDAR FIRES       
First Line: Cedar fires burn in my heart
Last Line: Cedar fires burn in my heart.
Subject(s): Cedar Trees; Nature


CHRYSALIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Corpses push up through thawing permafrost
Subject(s): Landscape; Nature


COMET HYAKUTAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Comet hyakutake's tail stretches for 360 million miles
Subject(s): Comets


DO NOT SPEAK KERESAN TO A MESCALERO APACHE       
First Line: Do not speak
Last Line: Is unmarked.
Subject(s): Apache Indians; Conversation; Native Americans; Poetry & Poets; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


EARLY AUTUMN       
First Line: I almost squashed a tarantula on the road
Last Line: A blue tarantula crossed highway 286.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


EARTHSHINE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


EDNA BAY       
First Line: One day the men pulled a house off float logs
Last Line: See sheets of thin ice floating out in the bay.
Subject(s): Alaska; Fish & Fishing


EMPTY WORDS       
First Line: He describes eagle feathers with his hands
Last Line: Empty hands, and words, empty words.
Subject(s): Conversation; Deafness; Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


EVERY WHERE AND EVERY WHEN       
First Line: Catch a moth in the amazon; pin it under glass
Last Line: When we spin and shine.
Subject(s): Memory; Nature


EVIL GRIGRI    Poem Text    
First Line: Evil grigri / taste acid in the word sybaritic
Last Line: Say mango-river, eucalpytus-scented fang.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FAUVE       
First Line: Caw caw, caw caw caw
Last Line: Of a wolf, and turn wild.
Subject(s): Life


FERN, COAL, DIAMOND       
First Line: The intense pressure of the earth
Last Line: Clear molten light.
Subject(s): Diamonds; Growth


FORGET FEZ       
First Line: Algol, mizar
Last Line: Forget fez.
Subject(s): Stars


FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: Notice each windowpane has a different
Last Line: Simply to live is a joy.
Subject(s): Frost


HE WILL COME TO MY FUNERAL WITH A WHITE FLOWER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Funerals


HERE       
First Line: Here a snail on a wet leaf shivers and dreams of spring
Last Line: Here one is clear pine.
Subject(s): Peace


IMPRESSIONS OF THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE       
First Line: The lieutenant governor sits in the center
Last Line: "may say 'ay', those opposed may raise their feet."
Subject(s): Legislation; New Mexico; Politics & Government


IN THE LIVING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I turn this green hexagonal tile with
Subject(s): Drawing; Love - Erotic


IN YOUR HONOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In your honor, a man presents a sea bass
Last Line: The host slices slice after slice of glistening sashimi.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks


JUNE GHAZAL       
First Line: Is the sun a miner, a thief, a gambler
Last Line: In silence to clear water.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Sun


JUNIPER FIRES       
First Line: Juniper / fires burn in the crisp night
Last Line: Creek.
Subject(s): Nature


KAISEKI       
First Line: An aunt has developed carpal tunnel syndrome
Last Line: Water flows to what is wet.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Metamorphosis; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


KAYAKING AT NIGHT ON TOMALES BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Kayak on the black water
Last Line: Thousand years to arrive.
Subject(s): Death; Kayaks; Dead, The


KEOKEA       
First Line: Black wattles along the edge of the clearing
Last Line: How many pearls imelda marcos owns.
Subject(s): Hawaii; Maui Island, Hawaii


KNIFE AT THE JUGULAR       
First Line: Sentenced to two consecutive
Last Line: May be terrors of the earth.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


LAMENT       
First Line: Let me pick
Last Line: Let me die in a war.
Subject(s): Nature; War


LI PO       
First Line: Jarred / the oars creaked in their locks
Last Line: A dreamer's silver hands were at work.
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Poetry & Poets


LISTENING TO A BROKEN RADIO       
First Line: The night is / a black diamond
Last Line: Broken radio.
Subject(s): Poverty; Radio; Television; Tv


LOOKING BACK ON THE MUCKLESHOOT RESERVATION FROM GALISTEO STREET, SANTA FE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bow of a muckleshoot canoe, blessed
Subject(s): Native Americans - Reservations


LUPINE       
First Line: I planted lupine and nasturtiums
Last Line: In the pines.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


MIDNGHT LOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Burglars enter an apartment and ransack drawers;
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


MIRACLES       
First Line: His lens misses her
Last Line: Is no longer his wife.
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


MISTAKING WATER HEMLOCK FOR PARSLEY    Poem Text    
Last Line: To the floor, die of a ruptured aorta
Subject(s): Death; Suicide


MOENKOPI       
First Line: Your father had gangrene and
Last Line: Out of sand, barren sand.
Subject(s): Poisons And Poisoning; Pollution


MORNING ANTLERS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Morninb


MORNING SHUTTERS       
First Line: We extend arms
Last Line: With the lost years.
Subject(s): Desire


MUSHROOM HUNTING IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Walking in a mountain meadow toward the north slope
Last Line: And hear them vanish in the white-pored silence.
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


NEW WAVE       
First Line: He listens to a punk rock group
Last Line: Due to the effects of listening to agent orange.
Subject(s): Adolescence; Music & Musicians; Parents; Teen Agers; Parenthood


NOAH'S/DOVE       
First Line: The moon is black
Last Line: For the first time...
Subject(s): Nature


NORTH TO TAOS       
First Line: The aspen twig
Last Line: The boat is moored to sky.
Subject(s): Boats; Nature; West (U.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


NOTHING CAN HEAL THE SEVERED NERVES OF A HAND?    Poem Text    


OLIVE NIGHT       
First Line: The jemez / indians mention the los ojos bar
Last Line: Summer night.
Subject(s): Night; Violence; Bedtime


OOLONG       
First Line: Tea leaves wilted in sunlight are shaken
Last Line: Along a rice-paper screen.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Tea


PARALLAX       
First Line: Kwakwha / askwali
Last Line: Whenever, wherever.
Subject(s): Hopi Indians; Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


PENTIMENTO       
First Line: In sepia, I draw a face and hands
Last Line: In a moment of grace.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


PIG'S HEAVEN INN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): China; Country Life


PIRANHAS       
First Line: Piranhas / in a wine-dark river
Last Line: River.
Subject(s): Oppression


POUILLY-FUISSE       
First Line: Foxes and pheasants adorn
Last Line: Leeks and roses.
Subject(s): Poverty


RED OCTOPUS       
First Line: She folds the four corners into the center
Last Line: Inflates the body of the octopus.
Subject(s): China; China - Red Guards


SHOOTING STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In a concussion / the mind severs the pain
Last Line: Shooting star.
Subject(s): Calligraphy; Life; Violence


SHUTTLE       
First Line: She is making stuffing for the turkey
Last Line: As he watches the snow fall and fall.
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


SIX PERSIMMONS       
First Line: Carbon, rings in his ears as he walks down
Last Line: Their fingertips glow in the skin of their days.
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Nature; Dead, The


SLANTING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Slanting light casts onto a stucco wall
Last Line: Death as the stark light sifts the branches of the plum.
Subject(s): Death; Light; Dead, The


SLIDING AWAY       
First Line: Your hand rigid, curled into its final shape
Last Line: Sliding away.
Subject(s): Death; Nature; Dead, The


SOUND LAG       
First Line: His glazed lips / moved slower
Last Line: Into the living world.
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


SPLASH, FLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The unerring tragedy of our lives is to sail
Last Line: As you hold the woman you love in your arms.
Subject(s): Life


SPRING SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: A spring snow coincides with plum blossoms
Last Line: In memory people outline bodies on walls.
Subject(s): Atomic Bomb - Victims; Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


STRAWBERRIES IN WOODEN BOWLS    Poem Text    
First Line: You carry flowers in a jug of green wine
Last Line: Are half-covered with curdled milk.
Subject(s): Change; Nature


STREAMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: As an archaeologist unearths a mask with opecular teeth


SYZYGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I notice headlights out the living room window
Subject(s): Mind, The


TEN THOUSAND TO ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The phoenicians guarded a recipe that required
Last Line: Hanging, at the tip.
Subject(s): Nature; Science; Scientists


THE ANSEL ADAMS CARD       
First Line: You left a trail of bad checks in forty-six states
Last Line: Against a forest, one aspen bright in the sun.
Subject(s): Con Artists; Prisons & Prisoners


THE APHRODISIAC    Poem Text    
First Line: Power is my aphrodisiac
Last Line: Before a grenade explodes.
Subject(s): Conspiracy; Politics; Violence; War; Politicians; Political Poetry


THE AXIS       
First Line: I hear on the radio that anastasio somoza
Last Line: And the others appear infinite.
Subject(s): History; Knowledge; Historians


THE CHANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The blue-black mountains are etched
Last Line: Us, we have a chance, briefly, to shine.
Subject(s): Passion


THE CLOUD CHAMBER       
First Line: A neighbor / rejects chemotherapy and the hospital
Last Line: Is immortal.
Subject(s): Mortality


THE COMMENT OF CREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A painter indicates the time of day
Subject(s): Creation


THE CORNUCOPIA       
First Line: Grapes grow up a difficult and
Last Line: Drifting at night in the sea.
Subject(s): Italy; Nature; Italians


THE CORONA       
First Line: Knife-edge / days and shimmering nights
Last Line: Makes us pause and move on.
Subject(s): Fire; Parents; Parenthood


THE DIAMOND POINT       
First Line: Use the diamond point of grief
Last Line: Incise a clear hibiscus in the windowpane.
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Sorrow; Sadness


THE EXECUTION OF MAXIMILIAN       
First Line: Muskets triggered a white smoke
Last Line: Like friends long unseen, now returned.
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Maximilian, Emperor Of Mexico (1832-67); Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


THE FLOWER PATH       
First Line: Down to this north end of the verandah, across the view
Last Line: An actor walks off the flower-path ramp cross-eyed amid shouts.
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


THE GIFT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pieces of this jigsaw puzzle
Subject(s): Jigsaw Puzzles


THE GIRL IN WHITE STOCKINGS    Poem Text    


THE GREAT WHITE SHARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For days he has dumped a trail of tuna blood
Last Line: The seasons are not yet human forms of desire.
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Dead, The


THE HALIBUT       
First Line: Dipping spruce branches into the calm water
Last Line: Rising a two-hundred-pound halibut with bulging eyes.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE LEAVES OF A DREAM ARE THE LEAVES OF AN ONION    Poem Text    
First Line: Red oak leaves rustle in the wind


THE LIGATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some days are zigzags through a mine field;
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE LOS ALAMOS MUSEUM       
First Line: In this museum is a replica of little boy and fat man. In
Last Line: Speed of light, but you can see it here in slow motion.
Subject(s): Hiroshima, Japan; Museums; Nagasaki, Japan; Nuclear War; Art Gallerys; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


THE MOMENT OF CREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A painter indicates the time of day
Last Line: A floor of jade, obsidian, turquoise, ebony, lapis.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Creation


THE MOON IS A DIAMOND       
First Line: Flavio gonzales, seventy-two, made jackhammer
Last Line: "is a diamond."
Subject(s): Old Age; Poetry & Poets


THE MURMUR    Poem Text    
First Line: The doctor flicks on a light
Last Line: Red and green and indigo.
Subject(s): Birth; Children; Medicine; Parents; Child Birth; Midwifery; Childhood; Drugs, Prescription; Parenthood


THE NEGATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A man hauling coal in the street is stilled forever.
Last Line: Lovers in the summer palace park.
Subject(s): Time; Social Commentaries


THE NETWORK       
First Line: In 1861, george hew sailed in a rowboat
Last Line: The sound barrier and shatters glass.
Subject(s): History; Historians


THE OLIVE GROVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up on the hill
Last Line: Rinsed in the moonshine.
Subject(s): Nature


THE OPAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Nailing up chicken wire on the frame house
Last Line: Adobe wall -- are facets of a cut opal.
Subject(s): Carpenters


THE OWL       
First Line: The path was purple in the dusk
Last Line: May light.
Subject(s): Birds; Owls


THE PULSE       
First Line: A woman in a psychiatric ward
Last Line: In the acequia never returns.
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


THE REDSHIFTING WEB    Poem Text    
First Line: The dragons on the back of a circular bronze mirror
Last Line: 1054, a supernova.


THE REHEARSAL       
First Line: Xylophone, triangle, marimba, soprano, violin
Last Line: When what you want is no longer possible.
Subject(s): Desire; Music & Musicians


THE SHAPES OF LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ginkgo, cottonwood, pin oak, sweet gum, tulip tree
Last Line: I am living at the edge of a new leaf.
Subject(s): Leaves


THE SILENCE       
First Line: We walk through a yellow-ocher adobe house
Last Line: Water is, taking the shape of the container.
Subject(s): Decay; Houses; Silence; Rot; Decadence


THE SILK ROAD       
First Line: The blood in your arteries is contaminated with sugar
Last Line: Reflected deflected my intention as now I say now.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE SILVER TRADE       
First Line: You will hammer silver into a heart
Last Line: And throw them behind the mountain.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Judas Iscariot (D. 30 A.d.); Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


THE SOLDERER       
First Line: I watch a man soldering positive and negative speaker
Last Line: Die suspended in air like gold dust flecked by sunlight.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE STRING DIAMOND       
First Line: An apricot blossom opens to five petals
Last Line: Sensing in slow seconds the tilt of the milky way.
Subject(s): Grief; Metamorphosis; Sorrow; Sadness


THE TAOIST PAINTER       
First Line: He begins with charcoal and outlines
Last Line: The leaves drift to their death.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Taoism


THE THERMOS       
First Line: Poppy seeds from a north bennington garden
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


THE UNNAMABLE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it in the anthracite face of a coal miner
Last Line: Of an avocado blossom, and in the true passion of a kiss.
Subject(s): Life; Perception


THE WAKING       
First Line: Blue plums in the pewter bowl
Last Line: I breathe moths in my cupped hands.
Subject(s): Sleep; Waking


THE WEATHER SHIFTS       
First Line: Unemployed. I recollect setting a plumb
Last Line: Sings, somewhere, out in the junipers.
Subject(s): January; Weather


THE WOOD WHITTLER       
First Line: Whales and fish
Last Line: Witless earth.
Subject(s): Carving (Arts); Nature


THREE A.M., IN WINTER       
First Line: When I went to zuni
Last Line: I touch sparks, I fly.
Subject(s): Travel; West (U.s.); Journeys; Trips; Southwest; Pacific States


THROWING SALT ON A PATH       
First Line: I watch you throw salt on the path
Last Line: Expands the edges of the universe.
Subject(s): Salt


TO A COMPOSER       
First Line: Red chair, blue chair, white chair, big chair, chair
Last Line: Become a style of living.
Subject(s): Composers; Music & Musicians


TSANKAWI       
First Line: The men hiked on a loop trail
Last Line: "you live, I live, we live."
Subject(s): Marriage; Native Americans; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


WANG WEI       
First Line: At my window
Last Line: The moon.
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Poetry & Poets


WHITEOUT       
First Line: You expect to see swirling chunks of ice
Last Line: "no shooting from here."" but ""here"" is ""there."
Subject(s): Ice


WRITTEN THE DAY I WAS TO BEGIN A RESIDENCY AT THE STATE PENITENTIARY       
First Line: Inmates put an acetylene torch to another inmate's face
Last Line: "are ""an ice cube's chance in hell."
Subject(s): Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989); Prisons & Prisoners


X RAY       
First Line: In my mind a lilac begins to leaf
Last Line: A luna moth opening its wings.
Subject(s): Nature