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Author: WAKOSKI, DIANE
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Wakoski, Diane    Poet's Biography
43 poems available by this author


A POET RECOGNIZING THE ECHO OF THE VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are burning
Subject(s): Absence; Beauty; Identity; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


AN APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Past exchanges have left orbits of rain around my face
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


APPARITIONS ARE NOT SINGULAR OCCURRENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I rode the zebra past your door
Subject(s): Death; Man-woman Relationships; Dead, The; Male-female Relations


BELLY DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Can these movements which move themselves
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Dancing & Dancers; Desire; Women


BLACKJACK SESTINA    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty stories high above the desert
Subject(s): Cards Games; Gambling; Wagering; Betting


BLUE ICE WOLF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a paper with a bent corner, haphazardly
Subject(s): Hospitals; Wolves; Dogs; Supernatural


BLUE MONDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue of the heaps of beads poured into her breasts
Subject(s): Blue (Color)


COINS AND COFFINS UNDER MY BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Three children dancing around an orange tree
Last Line: And the sun catching it, as it swings
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DANAE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a shower of g(rain)
Subject(s): Danae; Mythology - Classical


DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF A SON OF A BITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: God damn it, / at last I am going to dance on your grave,
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationship; Divorce; Farewell; Money; Dancing & Dancers; Graves; Parting; Tombs; Tombstones


DIANE'S PERSONAL GHOST RANCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagine riding a ghost-stallion, my
Subject(s): Ghosts; O'keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986); Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Ranch Life


EMERALD ICE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a jeweler
Subject(s): Beauty; Emeralds; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


FOR WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have observed the learned astronomer
Last Line: The unnamed / the unnameable
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE LOSS OF HIS TEETH    Poem Text    
First Line: An ultimate / in the un-romantic
Last Line: Got the teeth in your mouth
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Teeth; Washington, George (1732-1799); Toothaches


INSIDE OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk the purple carpet into your eye
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Relationships


JUNK JEWELRY    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband buys me pearls
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


JUSTICE IS REASON ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: He, who was once my brother, is dead by his own hand
Last Line: Reason enough for anything ugly. It balances the beauty in the air
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Suicide; Incest


MEDEA THE SORCERESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She is in the home for unwed mothers
Subject(s): Women


MY MOTHER'S MILKMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Cloyce hamilton, / a slender tan man in white uniform
Subject(s): Milk; Milkmen; Milkmaids


MY TROUBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: My trouble / is that I have the spirit of gertrude stein
Last Line: Somebody's / secretary
Subject(s): Toklas, Alice B. (1877-1967)


PATRIOTIC POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: George washington, your name is on my lips
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


PICTURE OF A GIRL DRAWN IN BLACK AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl sits in a black room
Subject(s): Girls; Reality


RINGLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot stand the man who wears
Subject(s): Jewelry & Jewelers


SEA THRIFT & GORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As if the sea is not the most extravagant
Subject(s): Sea; Names; Ocean


SESTINA FROM THE HOME GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: These dried-out paint brushes which fell from my lips have been removed
Subject(s): Divorce


SMUDGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I come out of a california orange grove
Subject(s): Orange; Orchards


TEARING UP MY MOTHER'S LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain of summer thunders down past the sweet peas
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Letters; Grief; Self-hate; Sorrow; Sadness


THANKING MY MOTHER FOR PIANO LESSONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The relief of putting your fingers on the keyboard,
Subject(s): Education


THE ASIAN GAY DISCO IN LA    Poem Text    
First Line: He sits there with his pad of paper
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE DIAMOND DOG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dogs


THE DIAMOND DOG FOLLOWS ME TO THE COURT OF PONCE DE LEON    Poem Text    
First Line: They announce me as a princess,
Subject(s): Fountains; Gifts & Giving; Infinity


THE DUCHESS POTATOES    Poem Text    
First Line: My people grew potatoes
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


THE EMERALD TATTOOED ON MY ARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tattoos are taboo / in the bourgeois white world
Subject(s): Tattoos


THE FATHER OF MY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: All fathers in western civilization must have


THE HITCHHIKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They burn you
Subject(s): Hitchhikers


THE ICE EAGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was with resolution that she gave up the
Last Line: The ice people can do nothing / but melt
Subject(s): Reality; Swanson, Gloria (1897-1983); Women


THE PHOTOS    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister in her well-tailored silk blouse hands me
Subject(s): Family Life; Photography & Photographers; Relatives


THE PUMPKIN PIE, OR REASSURANCES ARE ALWAYS FALSE; THOUGH WE LOVE THEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Pumpkin, / freshly scraped out of its tightly adhering
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Pies; Pumpkins


THE RING    Poem Text    
First Line: I carry it on my keychain, which itself
Subject(s): Rings; Keys; Divorce


THE STORY OF RICHARD MAXFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: He jumped out of a window
Subject(s): Maxfield, Richard (1927-1969); Composers; Suicide; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


UNEASY RIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling in love with a mustache
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Motorcycles


WAITING FOR THE MORNING GLORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Each year, / no matter what seeds, out of
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


WHY I AM NOT A PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: No ideas / but in things? But then
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Landscape