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Author: WARREN, ROBERT PENN
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Warren, Robert Penn    Poet's Biography
72 poems available by this author


A WAY TO LOVE GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the shadow of truth, for only the shadow is true
Subject(s): Nothingness; God; Nihilism; Voids


ALF BURT, TENANT FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Despite that it is summer and the sun
Last Line: Thistle and drouth and the crops that never came
Subject(s): Tenant Farming


ARIZONA MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The grief of the coyote seeems to make
Last Line: Its own necessary beauty
Subject(s): Night; Grief; Coyotes


ASPEN LEAF IN WINDLESS WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Watch how the aspen leaf, pale and windless, waggles
Subject(s): Leaves


BALLAD: BETWEEN THE BOXCARS (1923)    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't remember the name of the one who fell
Subject(s): Railroads; Wandering & Wanderers; Railways; Trains


BEARDED OAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The oaks, how subtle and marine
Subject(s): Oak Trees


BOY WANDERING IN SIMMS' VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Through brush and love-vine, well blooded by blackberry thorn
Last Line: And stood wondering what life is, and love, and what they might be
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


CARIBOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Far, far southward, the forest is white, not merely
Subject(s): Deer


CHIEF JOSEPH OF THE NEZ PERCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The land of the winding waters, wallowa
Last Line: Eyes of the fathers are suddenly fixed on him. To know
Subject(s): Joseph, Chief (1840-1904)


DEBATE: QUESTION, QUARRY, DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Asking what, asking what? - all a boy's afternoon
Subject(s): Youth; Childhood Memories; Sons; Hunting; Hunters


DREAM, DUMP-HEAP, AND CIVILIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the stench and smudge of the old dump-heap
Last Line: Is civilization possible without it?
Subject(s): Civilization; Refuse & Refuse Disposal


ENGLISH COCKER: OLD AND BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: With what painful deliberation he comes down the stair
Last Line: The kinship of all flesh defined by a hlting paradigm
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


EVENING HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


FALL COMES IN BACK-COUNTRY VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Deader they die here, or at least
Last Line: I touch the hand there on the pillow
Subject(s): Vermont; Country Life; Autumn


FAR WEST ONCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Aloud, I said, with a slight stir of heart
Last Line: Far off, far off, in vendurous shade, first birdsong
Subject(s): Memory


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 1. HIS SMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over peoria we lost the sun
Last Line: When I was a boy I had a wart on the fight finger
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 2. THE WART    Poem Text    
First Line: At 38,000 feet you had better
Last Line: At 38,000 feet that is hard to remember
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 3. THE SPIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The spider has more eyes than I have money
Last Line: All you have to do it not argue
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 4. ONE DRUNK ALLEGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not argue, unless, that is, you are the kind
Last Line: To my right, far over kentucky, the stars are shining
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 5. MULTIPLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: If the christmas tree at rockefeller center were
Last Line: In a room, somewhere, a telephone keeps ringing
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 6. WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind comes off the sound, smelling
Last Line: The wind gouges its knuckles into my eye. No wonder there are tears
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 7. DOES THE WILD ROSE?    Poem Text    
First Line: When you reach home tonight you will see
Last Line: Is it merely a delusion that they seem about to smile?
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


I AM DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: No, not that door - never! But
Last Line: May be converted into the future tense / of joy


IN MOONLIGHT, SOMEWHERE, THEY ARE SINGING    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the maples at moonrise
Last Line: Some faith in life yet, by my years, unrepealed


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 12. THE RED MULLET    Poem Text    
First Line: The fig flames inward on the bough, and I
Last Line: Burns in the shadow of the black shoal
Variant Title(s): The Red Mulle
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 14. MASTS AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Past second cock-crow yacht masts in the harbor go slowly white
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


LAST LAUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The little sam clemens, one night back in hannibal
Last Line: And was left alone with his joke, god dead, till he died
Subject(s): Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


LOVE RECOGNIZED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are many things in the world and you
Last Line: "covered in a glitter of crystalline whiteness.
Subject(s): Love


MAN COMING OF AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: What rime, what tinsel pure and chill
Subject(s): Coming Of Age


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY; FOUR STUDIES IN NATURALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Butterflies, over the map
Subject(s): Mexico; Butterflies; Mangoes; Soldiers; Nature; Old Age


MORTAL LIMIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over wyoming
Subject(s): Hawks


NATURAL HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the rain the naked old father is dancing; he will get wet.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


OLD DOG DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Cocker. English. Fifteen years old. Tumor
Subject(s): Dogs; Death - Anim Als


ORIGINAL SIN: A SHORT STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Nodding, its great head rattling like a gourd
Subject(s): Sin


PATRIOTIC TOUR AND POSTULATE OF JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, once, in washington
Last Line: To live by, in sunlight and moonlight, until they died
Subject(s): Mockingbirds; Patriotism; Washington, D.c.


PROMISES: 1. WHAT WAS THE PROMISE THAT SMILED FROM THE MAPLES AT EVENNG?    Poem Text    
First Line: To a place of ruined stone we brought you, and sea reaches
Subject(s): Promises


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYOUS LABOR WITHOUT PAY AND HARVEST HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: By breakfast time the bustle's on
Last Line: That field, pale, under starlit air


PROMISES: 2. COURT-MARTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the cedar tree
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lynching; Confederate States Of America; Soldiers; Veterans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Confederacy; Heritage; Heredity


PROMISES: 3. GOLD GLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering, in autumn, the woods of boyhood
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


PROMISES: 3. GOLDEN GLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering, in autumn, the woods of boyhood
Last Line: I shall set my foot, and go there
Subject(s): Religion; Childhood Memories; Theology


PURSUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The hunchback on the corner, with gum and shoelaces
Subject(s): Guilt


QUESTION AND ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: What has availed
Subject(s): Success; Failure


REVELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Because he had spoken harshly to his mother
Last Line: Something important about love, and about love's grace.
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


RUMOR AT TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rumor at twilight of whisper, crepuscular
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: So hangs the hour like fruit fullblown and sweet,
Subject(s): San Francisco


SILA    Poem Text    
First Line: Upgrade, past snow-tangled bramble, past
Last Line: The dog exploded
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Deer; Dogs; Eskimos; Native Americans; Dead, The; Inuit; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


SO FROST ASTOUNDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thought: this will be so
Subject(s): Frost


SWIMMING IN THE PACIFIC    Poem Text    
First Line: At sunset my foot outreached the mounting pacific's
Last Line: Like a dream all years moved to
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers; Pacific Ocean


SYNONYMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where eons back earth slipped and cracked
Subject(s): Beauty; Reality; Nature


TELL ME A STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Long ago, in kentucky, I, a boy, stood
Subject(s): Geese; Time


TERROR    Poem Text    
First Line: Not pinics nor pageants or the improbable
Subject(s): Terror; War; Airplane Accidents; Air Crashes; Aeronautics - Accidents; Airplane Collisions


THE CARDINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Cardinal, lover of shade
Subject(s): Cardinals (Birds)


THE DAY DR. KNOX DID IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Heat-blaze, white dazzle: and white is the dust
Last Line: It us night. In the next room she weeps
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Suicide; Southern States; Death


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: How kind, how secretly, the sun
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Autumn; Fall


THE LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, meriwether, murdered by your lie
Subject(s): Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809); Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826); Suicide; Lies


THE LIMITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Since there's no help, come, let them kiss and part
Last Line: Wheels from last week's newspaper to the broom
Subject(s): Drayton, Michael (1563-1631)


THE MOONLIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did I wake at night, all the house at rest?
Subject(s): Family Life; Sleep; Dreams; Night; Relatives; Nightmares; Bedtime


THE NATURE OF A MIRROR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The sky has murder in the eye, and I
Subject(s): Time


THE OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Here was the sound of water falling only
Subject(s): Nature; Owls


THE RETURN: AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The east wind finds the gap bringing rain
Subject(s): Grief; Death; Pine Trees; Nature; Sorrow; Sadness; Dead, The


THERE'S A GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK IN THE HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a grandfather's clock in the hall, watch it closely. The minute hand
Subject(s): Time


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 1. SIROCCO    Poem Text    
First Line: To a place of ruined stone we brought you, and sea-reaches
Last Line: And on the exposed approaches the last gold of gorse bloom, in the sorocco, shakes
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 2. GULL'S CRY    Poem Text    
First Line: White goose by palm tree, palm ragged, among stones the white oleander
Last Line: Hands and sing, redeem, redeem!
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 3. THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The child next door is defective because the mother
Last Line: I smile stiff, say ciao, and think: this is the world
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 4. THE FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the beach, the vineyard
Last Line: It will rustle all night, darling
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 5. COLDER FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained toward day. The morning came sad & white
Last Line: But defines, for the fortunate, that joy in which all joys shall rejoice
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Childhood Memories


TRUE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In silence the heart raves. It utters words
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Youth


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 1. BEAR TRACK PLANTATION: SHORTLY AFTER SHILOH    Poem Text    
First Line: Two things a man's built for, killing and you-know-what
Last Line: Hell, no. I'd lie if jeff had just give me that ten
Subject(s): Idealism


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 2. HARVARD '61: BATTLE FATIGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't mind dying - it wasn't that at all
Last Line: Where people who haven't the right just die, with ghastly impertinence
Subject(s): Harvard University; Idealism


VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: The vision shall come - the truth be revealed - but
Subject(s): Truth


WATERSHED    Poem Text    
First Line: From this high place all things flow
Subject(s): Watersheds


WHAT VOICE AT MOTH-HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: What voice at moth-hour did I hear calling
Last Line: Once heard, hear the voice: its is late. Come home!
Subject(s): Voices