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Author: TATE, JAMES
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Tate, James    Poet's Biography
109 poems available by this author


A DANGEROUS ADVENTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman I love is typing in a nearby room


A KNOCK ON THE DOOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They ask me if I've ever thought
Subject(s): Earth; Judgment Day; World; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


A NEW LIFESTYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: People in this town drink too much
Subject(s): Coffee; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A SHIPWRECKED PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: When I woke from my afternoon nap, I wanted
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


A VAGABOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: A vagabond is a newcomer
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


A WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: She was in terrible pain the whole day
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ACTING ON A TIP        Recitation by Author
First Line: We went to the bug-eating state
Subject(s): Camping; Insects; Camps; Summer Camps; Bugs


AT THE CLOTHESLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Millies was in the backyard hanging
Subject(s): Love; Pleasure; Laundry & Laundering


AT THE DAYS END MOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I turned on the waterworks and said
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


BANKING RULES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was standing in line at the bank and
Subject(s): Banks & Bankng' Human Behavior


CAMP OF NO RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat in the old tree swing without swinging. My loafer had fallen off
Subject(s): Sisters; Absence; Separation; Isolation


CITY AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue-black plumes of the fountain
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Night; Bedtime


CODA    Poem Text    
First Line: Love is not worth so much
Subject(s): Love


COMING DOWN IN CLEVELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The fumes from all kinds
Last Line: Into her proud, white skin
Subject(s): Love Erotic


CRYPTOZOA    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish the stone lady would come to me
Subject(s): Singers & Singers


DAYS OF PIE AND COFFEE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A motorist once said to me
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Conduct Of Life; Salespersons; Selling


DEMIGODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt myrtle was very old now and lived
Subject(s): Aunts; Old Age; Raccoons


DISTANCE FROM LOVED ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: After her husband died, zita decided to get the face-lift she had
Subject(s): Surgery, Plastic; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts


DREAM ON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Some people go their whole lives
Subject(s): Dreams; Human Behavior; Nightmares; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


EDITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a foggy day anyway
Subject(s): Editors


FAILED TRIBUTE TO THE STONEMASON OF TOR HOUSE, ROBINSON JEFFERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We traveled down to see your house
Subject(s): Disappointment; Carmel, California; Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


FATHER'S DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My daughter has lived overseas for a number
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a glum cricket
Subject(s): Neighbors


FUCK THE ASTRONAUTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Eventually we must combine nightmares
Subject(s): Relationships; Desire; Love - Complaints


GEESE AT IGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear geese passing over high in the darkness
Subject(s): Geese; Night; Bedtime


GOODTIME JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus got up one day a little later than usual.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


HALF-EATEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The fortune-teller told me I was going to
Subject(s): Fortune Tellers; Cougars; Marriage; Palmistry; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


HAPPY AS THE DAY IS LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room.
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Wit & Humor


HEAD OF A WHITE WOMAN WINKING    Poem Text    
First Line: She has one good bumblebee
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


HER FIRST NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When connie finished her novel she came
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


HONEY, CAN YOU HEAR ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Alison stared into the mirror and combed her hair. How
Subject(s): Hearing


HOW THE POPE IS CHOSEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Any poodle under ten inches high is a toy.
Subject(s): Dogs; Popes; Hair; Wit & Humor; Papacy


I AM A FINN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am standing in the post office, about
Subject(s): Finland


IMAGES OF LITTLE COMPTON, RHODE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Here the tendons in the swans' wings stretch
Subject(s): Airships


IN HIS HUT SAT BABA JAGA, HAG-FACED AND WITH A LEG OF CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the narrator's abrupt departure


IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was outside st. Cecelia's rectory
Subject(s): Goats; Patience


IT WASN'T ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I recall a miser's
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


JIM'S ALL-NIGHT DINER    Poem Text    
First Line: Solemnity around the samovar
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


JUST TO FEEL HUMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A single apple grew on our tree, which
Subject(s): Apples; Adam & Eve; Eve


LAND OF LITTLE STICKS, 1945    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the wife is scouring the frying pan
Last Line: Against his forearm, leaning up against the barn.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Victims; Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


LIKE A SCARF    Poem Text    
First Line: The directions to the lunatic asylum were confusing,
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


LOYALTY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hardest part
Subject(s): Reincarnation; Dogs; Politics & Government; Wit & Humor; Transmigration; Pretas


MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving north at sunset, we were sure we'd
Subject(s): Maine (State); Night; Travel; Bedtime; Journeys; Trips


MAKING THE BEST OF THE HOLIDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Justine called on christmas day to say she
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


MANNA    Poem Text    
First Line: I do remember some things
Last Line: And said something like my name
Subject(s): Memory


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A little bookstore used to call to me
Subject(s): Memory


MENTAL-HEALTH WORKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mostly we were able to ignore the hairy thing
Subject(s): Insanity; Labor & Laborers; Madness; Mental Illness; Work; Workers


MORE LATER, LESS THE SAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The common is unusually calm--they captured the storm


MY FELISBERTO    Poem Text    
First Line: My felisberto is handsomer than your mergotroid
Subject(s): Love


MY GREAT UNCLE PATRICK HENRY    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a fortune to be made in just about everything
Subject(s): Family Life; Disappointment; Ancestors & Ancestry; Relatives; Heritage; Heredity


NEIGHBORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Will they have children? Will they have more children?
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEVER AGAIN THE SAME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Speaking of sunsets
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


NIRVANA    Poem Text    
First Line: At the retreat, lee wasn't allowed
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


NO SPITTING UP    Poem Text    
First Line: People in glass elevators shouldn't caary snow shovels
Subject(s): Elevators; Anxiety


NON-STOP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It seemed as if the enormous journey
Subject(s): Railraods


NUISANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was more of a nuisance
Subject(s): Paranoia


ON THE SUBJECT OF DOCTORS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I like to see doctors cough
Subject(s): Physicians; Wit & Humor; Doctors


PER DIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Spherically wondrous sunbeam
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Women; Unemployment; Wine


PERFECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When cecilia smith moved to lunenburg
Subject(s): Snobbery & Snobs


PITY ASCENDING WITH THE FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: He had no past and he certainly
Last Line: Anything but august comedy.
Subject(s): Pity


POEM TO SOME OF MY RECENT POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: My beloved little billiard balls
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PRIDE'S CROSSING    Poem Text    
First Line: When the railroad meets the sea
Subject(s): Railroads; Sea; Togetherness; Railways; Trains; Ocean


READ THE GREAT POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: What good is life without music
Last Line: The great composers. It's the same everywhere. The masters. The thieves.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RED BRICKS AND CAMPHOR TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: A mandolin from the madhouse
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the burial
Subject(s): Legs


RIGHT CONDUCT    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy and a girl were playing together
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS IN PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Browsing among the zero-hours
Subject(s): John Of The Cross, Saint (1542-1591)


SAME AS YOUJ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I put my pants on one day at a time.
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


SHADOW BOXING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes you almost get a punch in
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers; Sports


SHROUD OF THE GNOME    Poem Text    
First Line: And what amazes me is that none of our modern inventions
Subject(s): Gnosticism


SHUT UP AND EAT YOUR TOAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The disorganization to which I currently belong


SOMALI SHOPPING FOR ORGANIC FIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was walking out of the health food store
Subject(s): Beauty; Surprise; Women


SPIDERWEBS    Poem Text    
First Line: The man sitting next to me on the airplane pulled our
Subject(s): Air Travel; Computers; Eccentrics & Eccentricites


STRAY ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the beauty of being alone
Last Line: This is where I am unborn.
Subject(s): Contentment


SUBURBAN BISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Joshua and I had decided to go bowling
Subject(s): Suburbs; Buffaloes


SUCCES COMES TO COW CREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit on the tracks
Subject(s): Railroads; Failure; Railways; Trains


TEACHING THE APE TO WRITE POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: They didn't have much trouble
Subject(s): Apes; Poetry & Poets; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans


THE BLEEDING MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A great man was giving a lecture in a town
Subject(s): Lectures; Crucifixion; Addresses; Speaking; Public Speaking; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


THE BLUE BOOBY    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue booby lives / on the bare rocks
Subject(s): Birds; Galapagos Islands


THE BOOK OF LIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd like to have a word
Last Line: That? I give you my word
Subject(s): Lies


THE BUDDHISTS HAVE THE BALL FIELD    Poem Text    


THE CHASTE STRANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: All the sexually active people in westport
Subject(s): Sex; Suburbs


THE COWBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone had spread an elaborate rumor about me, that I was
Subject(s): Practical Jokes; Imagination; Motion Pictures; Pranks; Fancy; Movies; Cinema


THE DEFINITION OF GARDENING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Jim just loves to garden, yes he does.
Subject(s): Gardening & Gardens


THE EAGLE EXTERMINATING COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: There are birds larger than us, I know that
Last Line: There is the birdcall. There is the wingspan.
Subject(s): Birds


THE LIST OF FAMOUS HATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Napoleon's hat is an obvious choice I guess to list as a famous hat
Subject(s): Hats; Napoleon I (1769-1821)


THE LOON    Poem Text    
First Line: A loon woke me this morning. It was like waking up
Subject(s): Loons; Anxiety


THE LOST PILOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your face did not rot
Subject(s): World War Ii; Fathers; Second World War


THE MAN WITHOUT LEATHER BREECHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grocery shopping can be such a mysterious
Subject(s): Shopping; Strangers


THE MOTORCYCLISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: My cuticles are a mess. Oh honey, by the way
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


THE NEW CHINESE FICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Although the depiction of living forms
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Motion Pictures; Wit & Humor; Movies; Cinema


THE NEW ERGONOMICS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The new ergonomics were delivered
Subject(s): Ergonomics


THE PAINTER OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone called in a report that she had
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Police


THE SEARCH FOR LOST LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was chasing this blue butterfly down
Subject(s): Butterflies


THE SHADOWMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the backyard, I saw the shadow of a
Subject(s): Shadows


THE SQUARE AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unconsumable material is everywhere
Subject(s): Morning


THE WHEELCHAIR BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: O sleepy city of reeling wheelchairs
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE WHOLE WORLD'S SADLY TALKING TO ITSELF - W. B . YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hands full of sand, I say
Subject(s): Language; Farewell; Words; Vocabulary; Parting


THE WORKFORCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Do you have adequate oxen for the job?
Subject(s): Jobs; Women; Wit & Humor


THE WRONG WAY HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: All night a door floated down the river
Subject(s): Doors


THINKING AHEAD TO POSSIBLE OPTIONS AND A WORST-CASE SCENARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: I swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Animals


TO FUZZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was standing outside this cocktail bar, see. On the nile
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


TREASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The man that was following me looked like a government
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Anti-war Protests


TRYING TO HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: On another planet, a silvery starlet is brooding
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


VERY LATE, BUT NOT TOO LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was the last one to leave the party. I
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Love - Beginnings; Male-female Relations


WHAT THE CITY WAS LIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The city was full of blue devils
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


WHERE BABIES COME FROM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Many are from the maldives,
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


WITH A CHILD ALL DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Little raffamuffin, brat, a craving for sen-sen
Subject(s): Children; Farewell; Childhood; Parting


YOUNG MAN WITH A HAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm watching him from my window. He's clutching
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race