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Author: UPDIKE, JOHN
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Updike, John    Poet's Biography
288 poems available by this author


61 AND 2/3    Poem Text    
First Line: How many more I must ask myself
Subject(s): Aging


A MODEST MOUND OF BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: That short-sleeved man, our
Last Line: It sags! What buntingis flesh to be hung from such ele- gant balconies?
Subject(s): Bones


A PEAR LIKE A POTATO    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it worms, having once bitten
Last Line: Like this poor pear
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


A RACK OF PAPERBACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gateway, grove, / and dover say
Subject(s): Paperback Books


A RESCUE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I wrote some words today that will see print
Last Line: To all that lovely perishing outdoors
Subject(s): Nature


A SONG OF PATERNAL CARE    Poem Text    
First Line: A lithuanian lithographer
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Said harvey swados to herbert gold
Last Line: American fiction wept, and gave thanks
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics


ACCUMULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Busbound out of new york
Subject(s): Time


AERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: By following many a color-coded corridor
Subject(s): Barbers; Hospitals


AIR SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In shapes that grow organic and bizarre
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


AMERICANA    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray within and gray without: the dusk
Subject(s): United States; America


AN IMAGINABLE CONFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Exchanging gentle grips, the men retire
Last Line: Vistas of lilac weighted their shrewd lids
Subject(s): Language; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Words; Vocabulary


AN ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to write a novel, hey
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


AN OPEN LETTER TO VOYAGER II       
First Line: Dear voyager: / this is to thank you for
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


ANOTHER DOG'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: For days the good old bitch had been dying, her back
Last Line: In a wheelbarrow up to the hole, her warm fur shone
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ANTIGUA    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind, transparent, cannot displace
Subject(s): Antigua


APOLOGIES TO HARVARD; THE PHI BETA KAPPA POEM, 1973    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair, square harvard, crib of the pilgrim mind
Subject(s): Harvard University


AUTHORS' RESIDENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mark twain's opinion was, he was entitled
Subject(s): Hartford, Connecticut; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


AZORES    Poem Text    
First Line: Great green ships
Last Line: Ahead are one
Subject(s): Azores; Mountains


B.W.I.    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a priceless sun
Last Line: Goats and airmail / stationery
Subject(s): British West Indies


BACK BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: My adult unemployed son and I
Subject(s): Boston; Clothing & Dress; Shopping


BACK FROM VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from vacation,' the barber announces
Last Line: The evidence says, though their hearts cry, 'not so!'
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Vacation; Work; Workers


BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: It looks easy from a distance,
Subject(s): Baseball


BATH AFTER SAILING    Poem Text    
First Line: From ten to five we whacked the waves
Last Line: Of flirting with immersion
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors


BEAUVAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gigantic spiky head without a body
Last Line: It counted, leaving god his vaults of air
Subject(s): Animals


BENDIX    Poem Text    
First Line: This porthole overlooks a sea
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Washing Machines


BINDWEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Intelligence does help, sometimes
Last Line: Whose intelligence mirrors ours, twist for twist
Subject(s): Weeds


BIRD CAUGHT IN MY DEER NETTING    Poem Text    
First Line: The hedge must have seemed as eve
Last Line: Nor gravity-defying bird bones break. 
Subject(s): Birds


BOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night the white skin
Last Line: Undoubted through the infection
Subject(s): Boils (Skin Swellings)


BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dreams I am always trying to get to the dummy
Last Line: Which grinds, grinds away while we age and chat
Subject(s): Bridge (Card Game)


BURNING TRASH    Poem Text    
First Line: At night - the light turned off, the filament
Last Line: Hypnotic tongues of order intervened
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


CALDER'S HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the little movie / at the whitney
Last Line: Never doubted, never rested
Subject(s): Calder, Alexander (1846-1923); Sculpture & Sculptors


CALENDAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Toward august's end
Last Line: Looks white to men
Subject(s): Seasons


CALIGULA'S DREAM       
First Line: Of gold the bread on which he banqueted
Subject(s): Caligula (12 A.d.- 41 A.d.); Insomnia; Sleeplessness


CAMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me gaze, gaze forever
Last Line: Of my eyes' axed rapture
Subject(s): Cameras


CELERY    Poem Text    
First Line: So near to air and water merely
Last Line: Your dancer’s legs long as they leap
Subject(s): Celery


CHAMBERED NAUTILUS    Poem Text    
First Line: How many rooms one occupies to lead
Subject(s): Room; Life


CHICORY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


CLOUD SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: That white coconut, the sun
Subject(s): Clouds


COLONOSCOPY    Poem Text    
First Line: Talk about intimacy! I'd rather not
Subject(s): Colonoscopies


COMMENCEMENT, PINGREE SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Among these north shore tennis tans I sit
Last Line: Up pops a daddy with a nikon. Click
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


COMP. RELIGION    Poem Text    
First Line: It all begins with fear of mana
Last Line: Of mana as they ever were
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


COMPLIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We were both of two minds about adultery
Subject(s): Adultery; Love - Erotic


CONDO MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: When plans were announced to tear down
Last Line: And the black ocean where no microbe marred it
Subject(s): Condominiums


CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: My little girl keeps talking to me
Last Line: Don't leave. Don't leave me yet
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


CORPUS CHRISTI    Poem Text    
First Line: Corpus,' they say, as in 'habeas.'
Last Line: A christ the angelo half chews down with shrimp
Subject(s): Texas


COSMIC GALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Neutrinos, they are very small
Last Line: It wonderful; I call it crass
Subject(s): Physics


COURTESY CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: My clothes leaped up when I came in
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


CRAB CRACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue crabs come to the brown pond's edge
Last Line: Against their burning walls, into us
Subject(s): Crabs


CUNTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The venus de milo didn't have one, at least no pussy
Last Line: Daphne, your fortune moistens. Stand. Bend down. / smile
Subject(s): Reproductive System; Sex Organs; Genitalia


DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was awakened from a dream
Last Line: My daughter is a lioness, taken as a cat
Subject(s): Daughters


DEA EX MACHINA    Poem Text    
First Line: My love is like mies van der rohe's
Last Line: Her supple shoulders call
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig (1886-1969); Poetry & Poets


DECEMBER, OUTDOORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds like fish shedding scales are stretched
Subject(s): Winter; Nature


DECOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Brown dominates this bar
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Brown (Color); Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


DEITIES AND BEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tall atlas, jupiter, hercules, thor
Last Line: Is never mentioned in the press at all
Subject(s): Cold War; Missiles; Guided Missiles; Ballistic Missiles


DOG'S DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dogs; Dead, The


DOWN TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wiating for tom, the boy who can fix my computer if anyone can
Subject(s): Aging


DREAM AND REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in a room
Last Line: And this is reality
Subject(s): Reality


DUE RESPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Come moo, dear moo, let's you and me
Last Line: And that's the way it shapes up, moo
Subject(s): Language; Mothers; Words; Vocabulary


DUET, WITH MUFFLED BRAKE DRUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where gray walks slope through shadows shaped like lace
Last Line: Two gold and velvet notes – there rolls met royce
Subject(s): Automobiles; Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877-1910); Royce, Frederick Henry (1863-1933); Cars


DUTCH CLEANSER    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother used it, dutch cleanser
Last Line: The hour hand pushes around
Subject(s): Cleansing Agents; Detergents; Soap; Cleansing Compounds; Disinfection And Disinfectants


EACH SUMMER'S SWALLOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: How do they know
Last Line: Us even in air
Subject(s): Swallows


EARTHWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: We pattern our heaven
Last Line: Us even in air
Subject(s): Worms


EAST HAMPTON-BOSTON BY AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh dear, / the plane is so small the baggage
Subject(s): Air Travel


ELDERLY SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Life's buried treasure's deeper still
Subject(s): Old Age; Love - Erotic


ELM    Poem Text    
First Line: My thousand-thousand-leaved
Last Line: Returning to dye the night
Subject(s): Elm Trees


ENEMIES OF A HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dry rot intruding where the wood is wet
Last Line: Carpenter ants; adultery; drink; death
Subject(s): Houses


ENERGY: A VILLANELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The logs give back, in burning, solar fire
Last Line: Nothing is lost but , still the cost grows higher
Subject(s): Gasoline


ENGLISH TRAIN COMPARTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: These faces make a chapel where worship comes easy
Last Line: As across the eye of a bathysphere surfacing
Subject(s): England; English


EROTIC EPIGRAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The landscape of love
Subject(s): Love


EURYDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Negress serene though underground
Last Line: Tugged northward into night
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


EVENING CONCERT, SAINTE-CHAPELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The celebrated windows flamed with light
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pearl avenue runs past the high-school lot
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Basketball; Sports; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


EXPOSURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Please do not tell me there is no voodoo
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The undertaker, who was with the local minister
Last Line: Her mama. I didn't take very good care of you
Subject(s): Mothers


FARGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The fertillest soil this side of the tigris
Last Line: Rewards those god's grandeur does not drive mad
Subject(s): Fargo, North Dakota


FEBURARY 22    Poem Text    
First Line: Three boys, american, in dungarees


FELLATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: How beautiful to think
Last Line: With a silver silo
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


FEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have brough back a good message from the land of 102 degrees
Last Line: That some secrets ard hidden from health
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


FLIGHT TO LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: The line didn't move, though there were not
Last Line: That some secrets are hidden from health
Subject(s): Air Travel


FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: What have we done this winter to deserve
Last Line: Swat not, not I at the moment, all eye
Subject(s): Flies


FOOD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is always there
Last Line: Whatever is you, is pure
Subject(s): Food & Eating


GENERIC COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The statue of the founder wears a green
Last Line: Well, time to brush the teeth and face the students
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


GLASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I wear them. They help me. But I
Last Line: From tabletops, and women frown
Subject(s): Eyeglasses; Spectacles


GOLFERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One-gloved beasts in cleats, they come clattering
Last Line: Mere men, old boys, lost, the last hole a horror
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOODBYE, GOTEBORG    Poem Text    
First Line: The countries we depart will manage without us
Last Line: As if they relish our absence from this eden
Subject(s): Sweden


GRADATIONS OF BLACK (THIRD FLOOR, WHITNEY MUSEUM)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ad reinhardt's black, in 'abstract painting 33'
Last Line: And lets leak through the dead white underneath
Subject(s): Black (Color); Kline, Franz (1910-1962); Paintings And Painters; Reinhardt, Ad (1913-1967); Rothko, Mark (1903-1970); Stella, Frank (B. 1936); Still, Clyfford (1904-1980); Reinhardt, Adolf Frederick


GRANDDAUGHTER, FIRST MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the best place for our meeting, this
Last Line: I feel you around my finger like a ring
Subject(s): Grandchildren


HEAD OF A GIRL, AT THE MET    Poem Text    
First Line: Vermeer's girl in your turban and pearl:
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Museums; Time; Art Gallerys


HEADING FOR NANDI    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of honolulu
Last Line: Or would be, but for me
Subject(s): Air Travel


HOEING    Poem Text    
First Line: I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived
Last Line: Has never rendered thus the world fecunder
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Benign big blond machine beyond all price,
Subject(s): Hospitals; Death; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The


HOW TO BE UNCLE SAM    Poem Text    
First Line: My father knew
Subject(s): Fathers; Parades


HUMANITIES COURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Professor varder handles dante
Last Line: The “pageantry” of “western thought.”
Subject(s): Harvard University


I MISSED HIS BOOK, BUT I READ HIS NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Though authors are a dreadful clan
Last Line: "of anantanarayanan —
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


IDYLL    Poem Text    
First Line: Within a quad of aging brick


IN EXTREMIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw my toes the other day
Last Line: I hid them quickly in my shoes
Subject(s): Toes


IN MEMORIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Fate lifts us up so she can hurl
Last Line: Watch o'er the happier of his lives: say, does he ewake, or sleep?
Subject(s): Books; Motion Pictures; Reading; Movies; Cinema


IN MEMORIAM FELIS FELIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The pussycat on causeway street is closed
Subject(s): Pornography


IN PRAISE OF (C10H9O5)X    Poem Text    
First Line: My tie is made of terylene
Last Line: Shall never be unknotted
Subject(s): Chemistry; Synthetic Fabrics


INSOMNIA THE GEM OF THE OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I lay me down to sleep
Last Line: In restless sympathy here lie
Subject(s): Waterbeds


IOWA    Poem Text    
First Line: White barns this morning match the trees
Last Line: Our fruited plains as virgin as the moon
Subject(s): Iowa


ISLAND CITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
Last Line: Dewdrops of longing, jewels boxed in these blocks
Subject(s): Air Travel


ISLAND CITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
Last Line: Dewdrops of loning, jewels boxed in these blocks
Subject(s): Air Travel; Cities; United States


JACOPO PONTORMO    Poem Text    
First Line: Pontormo, hailed by michelangelo
Last Line: Became the painted shell of disbelief
Subject(s): Pontormo, Jacobo (1494-1557)


JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The days are short
Subject(s): January


JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is rich
Subject(s): June; Nature


L.A.    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo, at its center one can find oneself
Last Line: To this waste of angels, of ever-widening gaps
Subject(s): Los Angeles


LAMENT, FOR COCOA    Poem Text    
First Line: The scum has come
Last Line: Is come for good
Subject(s): Cocoa


LANDING IN THE RAIN AT LA GUARDIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The death-grip of the chalky clouds lets slip
Last Line: Unpreaching stony water. Whumppf; we're down
Subject(s): Air Travel; La Guardia Airport, New York City


LATE JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The elms' silhouettes
Last Line: Time's sharp edge is slitting another envelope
Subject(s): Winter


LEAVING CHURCH EARLY       
First Line: What, I wonder, were we hurrying to do
Subject(s): Churches; Family Life; Forgiveness; Worship; Cathedrals; Relatives; Clemency


LES SAINTS NOUVEAUX    Poem Text    
First Line: Proust, doing penance
Subject(s): Brancusi, Constantin (1876-1957); Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Paintings And Painters; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Sculpture & Sculptors


LIGHT SWITCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, but one wearies of flipping them
Subject(s): Light Switches


LITERARY DUBLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Damn near where'er you look, a writer's ghost
Last Line: Above the city like a blindman's blessing
Subject(s): Behan, Brendan (1923-1964); Dramatists; Dublin, Ireland; Joyce, James (1882-1941); Plays & Playwrights; Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


LIVING WITH A WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Barefoot in purple pants
Last Line: Where I would scour my teeth
Subject(s): Love – Marital; Family Life


LONG SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Crossing from a chore as the day
Last Line: Makes a path from my feet; I am my path
Subject(s): Shadows


MAPLES IN A SPRUCE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: They live by attenuation
Last Line: In its mouth my body tastes like stale milk
Subject(s): Maple Trees


MARCH: A BIRTHDAY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: My child as yet unborn, the doctors nod
Last Line: You, red and blind and blank, gulp the air
Subject(s): March (Month)


MARCHING THROUGH A NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Each morning my characters
Last Line: The marsh of blank paper
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


MARRIAGE COUNSEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Why marry ogre
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now children may
Last Line: Look at some baseball / on tv
Subject(s): Spring; Baseball


MIAMI    Poem Text    
First Line: As in some car chase on sunday night tv
Last Line: The moon keeps skidding through the gilded clouds
Subject(s): Miami, Florida


MILADY REFLECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was known as aphrodite, men
Subject(s): Venus (Planet); Venus (Goddess)


MINORITY REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: My beloved land
Last Line: You are the only land
Subject(s): United States; America


MOBILE OF BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is something / in their planetary weave that is comforting
Last Line: Alone in their suspenseful world
Subject(s): Birds


MODIGLIANI'S DEATH MASK; FOGG MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shell of a doll's head
Last Line: An oddly favored grapefruit rind
Subject(s): Modigliani, Amedeo (1884-1920)


MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Money is such a treat.
Subject(s): Money


MOUNTAIN IMPASSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stravinsky looks upon the mountain
Last Line: Igor, you never listen
Subject(s): Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)


MOUSE SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: In my cellar the poisoned mice, thirsty to death
Last Line: Rises about us like a hostile house
Subject(s): Mice


MR. HIGH-MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Eleven rogues and he to judge a fool
Last Line: To see it coinciding with the rest
Subject(s): Bunyan, John (1628-1688); Names


MUNICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here hitler had his first success, disguised
Last Line: In markets far removed from earth and blood
Subject(s): Munich, Germany


NATURAL QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: What rich joke does
Last Line: As if to tickle it forth?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


NEW ORLEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fruit of a french scam, the new world being
Last Line: And bad rock outshouts jazz's gracious ghost
Subject(s): New Orleans


NIGHT FLIGHT, OVER OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet fish tinned in the innocence of sleep
Last Line: Dim swimmers borne toward the touchdowb spank
Subject(s): Air Travel


NOT CANCELLED YET    Poem Text    
First Line: Some honorary day
Subject(s): Postage Stamps


NOTE TO THE PREVIOUS TENANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for leaving the bar of soap
Last Line: And dried in the air like the floor
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The light the sun withdraws the leaves replace
Last Line: Misstrums me, or tries a new tune
Subject(s): November


NUDA NATENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Anthea, your shy flanks in starlight
Last Line: Bent silver about your pudenda
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ODE III.II: HORACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the boy, timber-tough from vigorous soldering
Last Line: Though he has the head start, and her step is hesitant
Subject(s): Soldiers; Death


ODE TO ROT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


OHIO: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Rolling along through ohio
Last Line: The stars sit athwart our thoughts / just so
Subject(s): Ohio


OHIO: 2       
First Line: To be fair, though, about that day
Subject(s): Ohio


OMEGA    Poem Text    
First Line: This little lightweight manacle whereby
Last Line: And add me to the unseen trapper’s kill
Subject(s): Watches


ON AN ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Islanded, my wife turned on the radio for news of home
Last Line: A still moon plates the sealed spot where they were
Subject(s): Vacation


ON INCLUSION OF MINIATURE DINOSAURS. BREAKFAST CEREAL BOXES    Poem Text    
First Line: A post-historic herbivore
Last Line: And thus begins the dawn of man
Subject(s): Cereals, Prepared


ON THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Those dutiful dogtrots down airport corridors
Last Line: At whose end a man just like you guards the grail
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


ON THE WAY TO DELPHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Oedipus slew his father near this muddy field
Last Line: All out: parnassus. The oracle's voice is wild
Subject(s): Delphi; Castri


ONE TOUGH KERATOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: My hands have had their fun, and now must suffer
Last Line: A tidy rosy trace has still to heal
Subject(s): Hands


ORTHODONTIA    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them everywhere, the grinning martyrs
Last Line: Adds a fanatic gleam
Subject(s): Braces (Orthodontia)


ORVIETO    Poem Text    
First Line: The train stopped. We stood at a taxi stand
Last Line: Hills, fields, a train, not ours, glinting toward rome
Subject(s): Italy


OXFORD, THIRTY YEARS AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The emperors' heads around the sheldonian
Last Line: Old england's sky of hurrying gray stones
Subject(s): Oxford University


PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Pain flattens the world - its bubbles
Last Line: Pain leads us to consider anew
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


PAINTED WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Soot, house-dust, and tar didn't go far
Last Line: She smiles through the brushstrokes at someone still there
Subject(s): Marriage; Paintings And Painters; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PALE BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: Splitting a bottle of white wine
Last Line: In the middle of the day
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


PARTY KNEE    Poem Text    
First Line: To drink in moderation, and to smoke
Last Line: A buffered aspirin for a splitting leg
Subject(s): Parties; Human Behavior


PENUMBRAE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows have their seasons, too
Last Line: Like a stairway that does not rise
Subject(s): Shadows


PERFECTION WASTED    Poem Text    
First Line: And another regrettable thing about death
Last Line: Imitators and descendants aren't the same
Subject(s): Life


PIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How strange to see a career straight as an arrow!
Last Line: A grid of streets that proved his dream to be (bull's-eye!) the fact
Subject(s): Business; Labor & Laborers; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Work; Workers


PIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How strange to see a career straight as an arrow!
Last Line: That proved his dream to be (bull's-eye!) the fact
Subject(s): Business; Labor & Laborers


PILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Plump mate to my head, you alone absorb
Last Line: When the morning discloses your wrinkles
Subject(s): Pillows


PLANTING A MAILBOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Prepare the ground when maple buds have burst
Last Line: A branch post office blooms
Subject(s): Mailboxes; Moving & Movers


PLANTING TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Our last connection with the mythic
Last Line: Told me over and over, spreading
Subject(s): Trees


PLAYER PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: My stick fingers, click with a snicker
Last Line: Misstrums me, or tries a new tune
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


PLOW CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The plow: one of the three-mile inns that nicked
Last Line: Plow cemetery, downhill from the church
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Family Life; Grandparents; Homecoming; Graveyards; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


POOEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, once hoped to have a hoopoe
Last Line: (sighed) your far-off friend, u.E.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


POPULAR REVIVALS 1956    Poem Text    
First Line: The thylacine, long thought to be extinct
Last Line: And in the films, co-starred with stewart granger
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: KIEV    Poem Text    
First Line: Clutching his cross, st. Vladimir
Last Line: With gilt above the purple parks
Subject(s): Kiev, Ukraine


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: LENINGRAD    Poem Text    
First Line: To build a window on the east'
Last Line: Some couples twist in our hotel
Subject(s): Saint Petersburg, Russia; Leningrad; Petrograd


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: MOSCOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold onions rooted in the sky
Last Line: To keep such beauty singular
Subject(s): Moscow


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: TBILISI       
First Line: Rich georgian farmers send their sons
Subject(s): Tbilisi, Georgia


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: YEREVAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Armenia, asia's waif, has here
Last Line: Begins the brutal, ancient west
Subject(s): Yerevan, Armenia


POSTCARDS ON MY WINDOW LEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: He's there, yes with hardy, larkin heaney
Last Line: My face, tiny, watching him
Subject(s): Great Britain; Soccer; Writing & Writers; Fathers; Poetry & Poets; Childhood Memories


PRAGUE, AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: First seen in '64, a city then
Last Line: Besiege the castle and its phantom lord
Subject(s): Prague, Czech Republic


PUBLIUS VERGILUS MARO, THE MADISON AVENUE HICK    Poem Text    
First Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Last Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Subject(s): Guest, Edgar Albert (1881-1959); Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Vergil


PURA VIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Such heat! It brings the brain back to its basic blank
Subject(s): Heat; Mnd, The


QUERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Pear tree, why blossom?
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


RATS    Poem Text    
First Line: A house has rotten places: cellar walls
Last Line: Fallen to dust, and droppings, and dry clues
Subject(s): Rats


RECITAL; ROGER BOBO GIVES RECITAL ON TUBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Eskimos in manitoba
Last Line: Solo, quite like roger bubo!
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


RELATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Just the thought of them makes your jawbone ache
Last Line: To love one's self is to love them all
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


RELIGIOUS CONSOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: One size fits all. The shape or coloration
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


REPORT OF HEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am alone tonight
Last Line: Inviting me into your hair
Subject(s): Love


REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It came to me the other day
Subject(s): Death; Self; Transience; Dead, The; Impermanence


RETURNING NATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What can you say about pennsylvania
Last Line: And gets the cement to deliver a kiss
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pennsylvania


REVELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Two days with one eye
Last Line: A kind of joke, a pop-up book
Subject(s): Eye Patches


RICHMOND    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows in his eye sockets like shades
Last Line: An etching of, wry-necked in death, virginia
Subject(s): Richmond, Virginia


RIO DE JANEIRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Too good to be true - a city that empties
Last Line: Far off in brasilia's cubes, feign impotence
Subject(s): Rio De Janeiro


ROMAN PORTRAIT BUSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Others in museums pass them by
Last Line: But their putrefying individuality
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


SAYING GOODBYE TO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: They will not be the same next time. The sayings
Last Line: This world brave with hellos turns all goodbye
Subject(s): Change; Children; Childhood


SCENIC    Poem Text    
First Line: O when in san francisco do
Last Line: And, in its center, alcatraz
Subject(s): San Francisco


SEAGULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: A gull, up close, / looks surprisingly stuffed
Last Line: Among our mortal apprehensions
Subject(s): Birds; Gulls; Poetry & Poets; Seagulls


SEATTLE UPLIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain, now as all night, is tapping
Last Line: But nothing distinct enough; I am still up too high
Subject(s): Seattle, Washington


SELF-SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Always I wanted to do it myself
Last Line: I pinch off my share, and pay
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO HEALING    Poem Text    
First Line: A scab / is a beautiful thing - a coin
Last Line: Of better proof of le bon dieu
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO ROT    Poem Text    
First Line: Der gut herr gott
Last Line: Achieves in plants, in living plants
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO ENTROPY    Poem Text    
First Line: Some day - can it be believed?
Last Line: To power all the heavens madmen have ever proposed
Subject(s): Entropy


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO GROWTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an awl-tip breaking ice
Last Line: Within us of less dimension than a freckle
Subject(s): Growth


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO CRYSTALLIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The atom is a crystal
Last Line: The form of crystal admits no angle but its own
Subject(s): Crystallization; Physics


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO EVAPORATION       
First Line: What lifts the ocean into clouds
Subject(s): Evaporation


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO FRAGMENTATION       
First Line: Motion, motion
Subject(s): Fragmentation


SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Make no mistake if he rose at all
Last Line: And crushed by remonstrance
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


SHILLINGTON       
First Line: The vacant lots are occupied in the woods
Subject(s): Home; Shillington, Pennsylvania


SHIPBORED    Poem Text    
First Line: That line is the horizon line
Last Line: The blue below and I are, too
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


SIN CITY, D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: Hays says ray lies
Last Line: Into paperback runaway
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


SKYEY DEVELOPMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds within the milky way
Last Line: The scales against a battleship.
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers


SLEEPING WITH YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: One creature, not the mollusk
Last Line: Behind like matereial in a trench
Subject(s): Love


SLUM LORDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Upper Classes; Absence; Neighbors; Separation; Isolation


SOLITAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Black queen on the red king
Last Line: Behind like materiel in a trench
Subject(s): Card Games; Playing Cards


SOME FRENCHMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Monsieur etienne de silhouette
Last Line: Developed just in time for bed
Subject(s): Ampere, Jean Jacques Antoine (1800-1864); Capital Punishment; Daguerre, Louis (1789-1851); France; Guillotin, Joseph Ignace (1738-1814); Paintings And Painters; Sax, Adolph (1814-1894); Silhouette, Etienne De (1709-1767); Writing & Writers; Hanging; Exec


SONG OF MY SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: What is there about me that likes the arly dark?
Last Line: In a sort of cosmic sourness, the sweat of my mind
Subject(s): Self


SONIC BOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm sitting in the living room
Last Line: I shant look up to see it drop
Subject(s): Air Travel


SONNET TO MAN-MADE GRANDEUR       
First Line: The pyramids rooted in a rubble of beggars and bored camels
Subject(s): Churches; Graves; Monuments; Pantheon, Rome; Parthenon; Pyramids; Cathedrals; Tombs; Tombstones


SONNET: THE DYING PHOBIAC TAKES HIS FEARS WITH HIM       
First Line: Visions of flame fanned out from the cigarette


SONNET: TRY - NO MORE ACCESS TO HER UNDERPANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her red dress stretched across the remembered small
Last Line: Said he, ''my last steps aren't propelled by just schweppes!''


SPANISH SONNETS: 1       
First Line: By the light of insomnia, truths
Subject(s): Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: The land is dry enough to make the rivers
Last Line: Road maps pour out of me in a stream
Subject(s): Spain


SPRING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The fiddlehead ferns down by our pond
Last Line: All growth's a slave, and rot is boss
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


SQUIRRELS MATING    Poem Text    
First Line: In fits and starts around
Last Line: Their chase in fits and starts
Subject(s): Reproduction; Squirrels; Mating


SUBTROPICAL NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Orion is upstanding overhead
Last Line: A cadillac prowls by, in search of sleep
Subject(s): Florida; Night; Bedtime


SUBURBAN MADRIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting here in my house
Last Line: A gorgeous gree
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUMMER: WEST SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: When on the coral-red steps of old brownstones
Last Line: By one more night’s deposit of vigil
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


SUNDAY IN BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The fags and their gay dogs are patrolling
Last Line: In turn give back the hollow sound of bells
Subject(s): Boston


SUNDAY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The window screen / is trying to do
Last Line: Only the words / across
Subject(s): Rain; Crossword Puzzles


SUNFLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunflower, of flowers
Last Line: You wear a girl's / bonnet behind?
Subject(s): Sunflowers


SUNGLASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: On an olive beach, beneath a turquoise sky
Last Line: "
Subject(s): Sunglasses


SUPERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I drive my car to supermarket
Last Line: Super-super-superwho?
Subject(s): Super (Word)


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: Hold motionless while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TELEPHONE POLES    Poem Text    
First Line: They have been with us a long time
Last Line: By being never green
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Telephones; Work; Workers


THE AMISH    Poem Text    
First Line: The amish are a surly sect
Last Line: To gaze upon these simple folk
Subject(s): Amish; Mennonites


THE ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are above us all the time
Last Line: Comfort with terror our mortal afternoons
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE BEAUTIFUL BOWEL MOVEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Though most of them aren't much to write about
Last Line: Stardust, how can I keep you? With this poem.
Subject(s): Excrement


THE BLESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: The room darkened, darkened until
Last Line: The blessÈd slenderness
Subject(s): Love


THE CLAN       
First Line: Emlyn reads in dickens' clothes
Subject(s): Williams (Family Name)


THE DESCENT OF MR. ALDEZ    Poem Text    
First Line: That cloud - ambiguous, not
Last Line: Smiles knowingly, and dissipates
Subject(s): Clouds


THE FURNITURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To things we are ghosts, soft things
Subject(s): Furniture; Mankind; Human Race


THE GREAT SCARF OF BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ripe apples were caught like red fish in the nets
Last Line: The southward cloud withdrew into the air
Subject(s): Birds


THE HANDKERCHIEFS OF KHAIBAR KHAN       
First Line: In nishapur did khaibar khan
Subject(s): Iran; Petroleum; Persia; Oil


THE MENAGERIE AT VERSAILLES IN 1775    Poem Text    
First Line: Cygnets dark; their black feet
Subject(s): Animals; Versailles, Frances


THE MILLIPEDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oi! Oi! Noli me tangere, no argument
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE MOSQUITO    Poem Text    
First Line: On the fine wire of her whine she walked
Last Line: By side we, murderer and murdered, sleep
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


THE NAKED APE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dinosaur died, and small
Last Line: The upright life
Subject(s): Anthropology


THE ORIGIN OF LAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunched in the dark beneath his mother's heart
Last Line: Where the known rhythm holds its secret place
Subject(s): Laughter


THE PLACE LEFT BEHIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Look. The place left behind sits in a pale sun
Last Line: She was! The deep echoes! The way I care!
Subject(s): Past


THE ROCKETTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now when those girls, all thirty-six, go
Last Line: They know we know they know we know
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE SOLITARY POND    Poem Text    
First Line: The fall we moved to the farm, I was thirteen
Last Line: The very scratches left by my experiment
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE SOMETIME SPORTSMAN GREETS THE SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: When winter's glaze is lifted from the greens
Last Line: Hope springs eternally, but spring hopes fade
Subject(s): Sports; Spring


THE STORY OF MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enthused I went to yale, enthused
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Wit & Humor; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE STUNT FLIER    Poem Text    
First Line: I come into my dim bedroom
Last Line: To demonstrate how easy gliding is
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE VISIONS OF MACKENZIE KING       
First Line: I, william lyon mackenzie king
Subject(s): Canada; King, William Lyon Mackenzie (1874-1950); Canadians


THE WITNESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: From anne frank's house in amsterdam
Last Line: But these, of hatchlings wakening at night
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945)


THIN AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: By holding one's head stock-still and measuring
Last Line: Squashed snails, were the world one shade more solid
Subject(s): Air Travel


THOUGHTS WHILE DRIVING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Was I clever enough? Was I charming?
Last Line: He's deep. He's deep. He's deep?
Subject(s): Parties


TIME'S FOOL       
First Line: Frederick alexander pott
Subject(s): Punctuality


TO A BOX TURTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Size of a small skull, and like a skull segmented
Last Line: But nature’s tumults pool to form a giant peace
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TO A FORMER MISTRESS, NOW DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear x, you wouldn't believe how curious
Last Line: Or putting myself to bed, but it's a lie


TO A WATERBED    Poem Text    
First Line: No frog prince ever had a pond
Last Line: I love you so much I cannot sleep
Subject(s): Waterbeds


TO ED SISSMAN       
First Line: I think a lot about you, ed
Subject(s): Sissman, Louis Edward (1928-1976)


TO TWO OF MY CHARACTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily, as I entered a real greenhouse
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


TOME THOUGHTS, FROM THE 'TIMES'       
First Line: Oh, to be orville prescott
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Novels & Novelists; Prescott, Orville (1906-1996)


TOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me, how do the manufacturers of tools
Subject(s): Tools


TOSSING AND TURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit has infinite facets, but the body
Last Line: We are turning
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


TOUCH OF SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thin wind winds off the water
Subject(s): Spring


TRANSPARENT STRATAGEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: To be unseen: a key to sea survival
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


TULSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Not oral roberts' city of heavenly glitz
Last Line: The cherokee street people blink away
Subject(s): Tulsa, Oklahoma


TWO HOPPERS; DISPLAYED IN THE THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA COLLECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The smaller, older 'girl at a sewing machine'
Last Line: The letter. Hopper is saying , I am vermeer
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an old poop from poughkeepsie
Last Line: Said he, ''when I say 'noli tangere,' me is implicit but not, I think, tacit!
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear: 2
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: A touchy old gent from cohasset
Last Line: Said he, ''when I say 'noli tangere,' me is implicit but not, I think, tacit!'
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear: 1
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


UPON LEARNING THAT A BIRD EXISTS CALLED THE TURNSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: A turnstone turned rover
Last Line: The terns cried, 'return!'
Subject(s): Turnstones


UPON LOOKING INTO SYLVIA PLATH'S LETTERS HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, this is how it was to have been born
Last Line: My works overweight; yet we feel twins
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


UPON SHAVING OFF ONE'S BEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The scissors cut the long-grown hair
Last Line: At the forgotten boy I was
Subject(s): Beards; Shaving


V.B. NIMBLE, V.B. QUICK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: V.B. Wiggelsworth wakes at noon
Subject(s): Harvard University; Science; Scientists


VENETIAN CANDY    Poem Text    
First Line: How long will our bewildered heirs
Subject(s): Venice, Italty; Tourists


VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here green is king again
Last Line: Comes further south
Subject(s): Vermont


VERO BEACH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Three score three years ago, a thousand miles
Last Line: The forceps tug me one notch further out
Subject(s): Birthdays


WAITING ROOMS: BOSTON LYING-IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here women, frightened, bring their sex
Last Line: Our bottoms betray us and beg for the light
Subject(s): Hospitals; Women; Sex


WAITING ROOMS: MASS. MENTAL HEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad are mad for cigarettes
Last Line: Murder to out; when women crack sex
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


WASH    Poem Text    
First Line: For seven days it rained that june
Last Line: With hosannas of cotton and hallelujahs of wool
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering


WASHINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Diagonal white city dreamed by a frenchman
Last Line: And of sleep
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


WHITE DWARF    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome, welcome, little star!
Last Line: An antidote to cosmic fright
Subject(s): Stars


WHY THE TELEPHONE WIRES DIP & POLES ARE CRACKED & CROOKED    Poem Text    
First Line: The old men say
Last Line: Each pole, a c aw
Subject(s): Telephones


WIDENER LIBRARY, READING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Eight years removed from them, I sit among
Last Line: Ill, here in thr vault of its vague inten
Subject(s): Harvard University; Librarians & Libraries


WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: If god has any voice it is the wind
Last Line: "wheerrre, and begging,
Subject(s): Wind


WINTER OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Many-maned scud-thumper, tub
Last Line: Portly pusher of waves, wind-slave
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


YOU WHO SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: You who in water move as one
Last Line: Are shut. We swim our dead men's lives
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


YOUTH'S PROGRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was born, my mother taped my ears
Last Line: At twenty-one, I was elected zeus
Subject(s): Growth; Youth


ZIP CODE ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: America, you catnip bin
Last Line: Frpm tx. To vt.
Subject(s): Zip Codes


ZOO BATS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the central park zoo, just past the ants
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Zoos


ZULUS LIVE IN LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: In zululand the huts are round
Last Line: There are no squares in zululand
Subject(s): Zulus