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Author: WILNER, ELEANOR
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Wilner, Eleanor    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
117 poems available by this author


... ZERO AT THE BONE'; FOR MARIANNE BORUCH       
First Line: I've never seen a field on fire, a field


A DOGGEREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Quel dommage, no more
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


A POEM OF EXILE; FOR NELL ALTIZER    Poem Text    
First Line: The boat is always going by, set afloat
Last Line: Alone along the looming foreign shore.
Subject(s): Boats; Courts & Courtiers; Exiles; Seashore; Travel; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


A PRIVATE SPACE; FOR STEPHANIE SUGIOKA    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the space where
Last Line: Beyond suspicion.
Subject(s): Privacy


ABSTRACTION    Poem Text    
First Line: They came that morning, in gowns of pale green and white
Last Line: Unprovisioned and naked, had fled.
Subject(s): Escapes; Forests; News; Secrets; Soldiers; Fugitives; Woods


ADMONITION    Poem Text    
First Line: You are / their sister. Nevertheless
Last Line: Pure and deadly.
Subject(s): Poisons And Poisoning; Sisters


ALL THE WIDE GRIN OF HIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Is hovering in the air, there, in the highest
Last Line: Soft, unsuspecting, milk rimming its grin.
Subject(s): Animals; Bombs; Cats; Smiles; Teeth; Toothaches


AMBITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't always think penelope
Last Line: Drunken war.
Subject(s): Ambition; Courage; Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Valor; Bravery; Odysseus


AMELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: We had lived centuries apart. The imperial
Last Line: Of sky and scudding clouds.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Marriage; Women; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AMERICAN PAINTING, WITH RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates have closed to the rotted park
Last Line: Greeting the rain.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; England; Paintings And Painters; Rain; Thunder; English


ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: They wanted from us
Last Line: Is our continual surprise.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Despair; Poetry & Poets


AS SOFT AND AS PINK AS A NURSERY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the good child
Subject(s): Babies


ATGET'S GARDENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it always a dream then?
Last Line: Water, in the eyes of the poet
Subject(s): Emptiness; Silence; Solitude; Loneliness


ATTIC LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The light moved with a kind of languor
Subject(s): Attics; Time


BAILING OUT-A POEM FOR THE 1970S    Poem Text    
First Line: The landings had gone wrong; white silk
Last Line: I can't help you, help me.
Variant Title(s): Bailing Out -- A Poem For The 1970s
Subject(s): Accidents; Air; Storms


BAT CAVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The cave looked much like any other
Last Line: Encrusted with shit.
Variant Title(s): Return To Bali
Subject(s): Caves; Caverns


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU REMEMBER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Vatican Palace; Statues; Memory


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Her fur new-licked, the whitetail fawn
Last Line: As they depart, and curse them.
Subject(s): Animals; Beauty And The Beast; Cruelty; Zoos


BEING AS I WAS, HOW COULD I HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the noise that drew me first
Last Line: I would give it again.
Subject(s): Animals; Forgiveness; Hunger; Tigers; Wolves; Clemency


CANDIED    Poem Text    
First Line: In eden it was never winter, the ground
Last Line: Its sticky, sticky rivers.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Eden


CLASSICAL PROPORTIONS OF THE HEART; FOR FONTAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone here knows how it ends, in the stone
Last Line: With ease.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Oedipus; Plays & Playwrights; Tragedy


CLOSING CEREMONIES FOR THE BICENTENNIAL (AFTER VIETNAM)       
First Line: It was a long fall, that particular
Last Line: Outside of our reach, unwinding.
Subject(s): Death; Leaves; Snow; Winter; Dead, The


CODA, OVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: She stepped out of the framing circle of the dark
Last Line: Of hoofs trampling the wind.
Subject(s): History; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Paintings And Painters; Statues; Stones; Historians; Granite; Rocks


CONVERSATION WITH A JAPANESE STUDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: That lovely climbing vine, so fresh
Last Line: And tears.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Japan; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Nagasaki, Japan; Nuclear War; Paintings & Painters; Women; Japanese; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


DAPHNE PLANET AS URN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fall-out from there: a silver


DESERT PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Miles above them, miles below
Last Line: Than night
Subject(s): Canyons; Deserts; Drought; Food & Eating; Heat


DINNER PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fire is lit in the hearth, and flickers
Last Line: Lifts his cup, and calls for more wine.
Subject(s): Conversation; Dinners & Dining; Fire; Guests; Tableware; Visiting; Cutlery; Forks; Plates


DON'T LOOK SO SCARED! YOU'RE ALIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who speaks? Now that the muses
Subject(s): Radio; Truth


ELEGY FOR A WRITER    Poem Text    
First Line: We met where people like us meet
Last Line: And get it right.
Subject(s): Authors - Conferences And Workshops; Love; Writing & Writers; Writer's Conferences And Workshops


EMANATIONS, OFF-PLANET    Poem Text    
First Line: The rings of saturn singing,
Subject(s): Saturn (Planet)


EMIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There are always, in each of us
Last Line: The reach of fantasy, or fiction.
Subject(s): Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


ENCOUNTER IN A LOCAL PUB    Poem Text    
First Line: As he looked up from his glass, its quickly melting ice
Subject(s): Goats; Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Young then
Last Line: Tongue; these painted eyes.
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


EX LIBRIS    Poem Text    
First Line: By the stream, where the ground is soft
Last Line: No title, no name.
Subject(s): Cold; Earth; Seasons; Snow; Winter; World


FACING INTO IT; FOR LARRY LEVIS    Poem Text    
First Line: So it is here, then, after so long, and after all
Last Line: And winter in straw.
Subject(s): Autumn; Desolation; Disasters; October; Seasons; Storms; Fall


FIELD OF VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: And if the bee, half-drunk
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


FILLING IN THE BLANKS; FOR CONSTANCE MERRITT       
First Line: Blank verse, as good as marlowe's mighty line
Last Line: Overhead, the circling, screaming birds.
Subject(s): Birds; Crossword Puzzles; Games; Messengers; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


FOR A POET OF NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Opinions we only deemed to hold, to hoe
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Nature


FOUND IN THE FREE LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: And we were made afraid, and being afraid
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


FREED FROM ANOTHER CONTEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, the foreground of the other
Last Line: The other side.
Subject(s): Birds; Eyes; Owls; Sight; Vision; Wings


GUARDIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The heroes and the heroines of the day, in gray suits
Subject(s): Nature


HER BODY IS PRIVATE    Poem Text    
First Line: In spite of all
Last Line: Has the shield, and the last word.
Subject(s): Privacy


HIGH NOON AT LOS ALAMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: To turn a stone / with its white squirming
Last Line: For the silence
Subject(s): Fire; Heat; Noon; Solitude; Sun; Loneliness


HUNTING MANUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The unicorn is an easy prey: its horn
Last Line: In the dark.
Subject(s): Animals; Hunting; Unicorns; Hunters


IPHIGENIA, SETTING RHE RECORD STRAIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The towers waited, shimmering just
Last Line: And sacrificed for wind.
Subject(s): Mythology; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


IT'S NOT COLD HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere the flags are frozen
Last Line: For the pure abandoned joy of sliding down.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Home; Refugees; Rest


JOB'S WIFE, A TWENTIETH-CENTURY CASTING SCRIPT       
First Line: Job's wife, bereft, without
Last Line: And it was not of god they spoke.
Subject(s): Grief; Marriage; Torture; Sorrow; Sadness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


JUDGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: When they removed the bandages
Last Line: On them -- for what they couldn't say -- they wept.
Subject(s): Blindness; Cold; Eyes; Judgments; Solitude; Visually Handicapped; Loneliness


KNOWING THE ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun strikes the whale's back
Last Line: As st. Sebastian, bristling harpoons.
Subject(s): Enemies


LABYRINTH    Poem Text    
First Line: You've lost the clue -- somewhere
Last Line: The long climb down.
Subject(s): Animals; Monsters; Stones; Granite; Rocks


LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a pure white cloud that hung there
Last Line: Direction to their endless drift.
Subject(s): Clouds; Mankind; Mirages; Sky; White (Color); Human Race


LAST SELF-PORTRAIT, AS REMBRANDT, FOR INSTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The three birds had sat on the table by the tall
Subject(s): Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


LEDA'S HANDMAIDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I was leda's intimate, and slave
Last Line: We share.
Subject(s): Household Employees; Slavery; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Serfs


LIKE WARMED, VAGUE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunken objects in the tidal flat
Subject(s): Stars


LIKE, I REALLY LIKE THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Beverley said, though you could barely hear her
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Likes & Dislikes; Dramatists


LOOKING BACK AT YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun in the leaves again. Yeats stares
Last Line: Through the broken ozone, burns.
Subject(s): Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


LOVE UNCOMMANDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Extraordinary. Our friends
Last Line: When they rest upon the waters.
Subject(s): Friendship; Love


LYRICS FOR A VIRTUAL FOLK SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: We had this one-trick pony,
Subject(s): Ponies


MAGNIFICAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When he had suckled there, he began
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Murder; Mourning; Bereavement


MIDWAY THE JOURNEY OF THIS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: We reach a place without a border
Last Line: For the slow, unwinding spiral of our dance.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF ...    Poem Text    
First Line: I have watched you crank that sun up


MINOR EPIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The rock where the sword was stuck
Last Line: Beneath the sovereign english rain.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Youth


MIRIAM'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Death to the first-born sons, always
Last Line: For the breast.
Variant Title(s): It's A Boy
Subject(s): Babies; Birth; Infants; Child Birth; Midwifery


MOON GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: And they will gather by the well
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


MOONSNAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: The size, you said, of silver dollars
Last Line: Its artless slice of life.
Subject(s): Hallucinations And Illusions; Night; Snails; Bedtime


MULTIPLE IMAGE, RETRO-GIRLHOOD '40S STYLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dionne Quintuplets


MUSICAL CHAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: The chairs were set up on the hillside
Subject(s): Chairs; Games; Insects; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Bugs


MY MOTHER'S PORTRAIT; FOR GERTRUDE SHERBY RAND 1913-1958       
First Line: Those sumptuous, lacquered oils, a renaissance
Last Line: Back, yisborach, v'yistabach, v'yispoar...
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Portraits


NEBRASKA HYMN TO DEMETER    Poem Text    
First Line: What we all worried most about
Subject(s): Rivers; Worry


NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR POETRY'; FOR MY STUDENTS       
First Line: Despite the times, the tedious self


NIGHT FISHING IN THE SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The sound is dark; you can barely hear
Last Line: Safe, into the cauldron of dawn.
Subject(s): Dawn; Fish & Fishing; Sea; Water; Waves; Sunrise; Ocean


NO HIGH GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I see a man get up
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


OF A SUN SHE CAN REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: After they had been in the woods
Last Line: The golden net of meaning in the light.
Subject(s): Light; Sun


ON ETHNIC DEFINITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the jewish cemetery in prague
Last Line: With a sigh, they'll at last lie down.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Ghosts; Judgment Day; Supernatural; Graveyards; Dead, The; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


ON THE ROAD TO LARRY ROBIN'S BOOKSTORE       
First Line: Are many monsters -- the ashes of the members
Last Line: 100 poets reading for robin's
Subject(s): Booksellers; Language; Literature; Pornography; Bookstores; Words; Vocabulary


OPERATIONS: DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Who / are these two women, walking
Last Line: America, welcome home.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Grief; Gulf War (1991); History; Sorrow; Sadness; Operation Desert Storm (1991); Historians


POSTSCRIPT; TO MAXIME KUMIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear max. I call you that because
Last Line: "here, it hurts."
Subject(s): Disasters; Kumin, Maxine; Lightning; Pain; Trees; Lightning Rods; Suffering; Misery


READING THE BIBLE BACKWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: All around the altar, huge lianas
Last Line: The spirit moved upon the face of the waters.
Subject(s): Bible


REMEDIOS VARO AS DAPHNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the rooms are tall, begin to open
Last Line: And a welter / of water
Subject(s): Daphne (Mythology); Water; Paintings & Painters


SALUTE TO DONALD DAVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine david, how a single
Last Line: Though only for a visit.
Subject(s): England; Hunting; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Waves; English; Hunters; Ocean


SARAH'S CHOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: A little late rain
Last Line: "but it is written what will happen if you stay."
Subject(s): Bible; Egypt; Isaac (Bible); Prophecy & Prophets; Sarah (Bible)


THE AMERICAN SUBLIME: ROBERT PENN WARREN    Poem Text    
First Line: High in the mountain pass, tucked in a crevice
Last Line: Against the cold galactic night.
Subject(s): Warren, Robert Penn (1905-1989)


THE APPLE WAS A NORTHERN INVENTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When she ate the pomegranate
Subject(s): Apples; Pomegranates


THE BIRD IN THE LAUREL'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: How long have I been here? I can't recall
Last Line: My wings, and nested here out of love.
Subject(s): Birds; Love; Wings


THE CONTINUOUS IS BROKEN, AND RESUMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam made the world
Last Line: Anyone is out there, listening.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Creation; Earth; Sin; World


THE FOURTH DAVID: 1. DONATELLO 1430-32: 62-1/4'       
First Line: He stands there sleek and calm


THE FOURTH DAVID: 2. MICHELANGELO 1501-4: 13'5'       
First Line: And now he feels the weight


THE GIRL WITH BEES IN HER HAIR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Came in an envelope with no return address;
Subject(s): Bees; Fear; Beekeeping


THE GYRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The world was a globe that sat on a table
Subject(s): Earth; God; World


THE LAST MAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Here, in our familiar streets, the day
Last Line: Little hands of silver on his brow.
Variant Title(s): The Last Man; For Vivian Schatz
Subject(s): Harvest; Peasantry


THE LITERAL = THE ABSTRACT: A DEMONSTRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: After all those swerving arcs in air
Last Line: Of what is absolutely there.
Subject(s): Birds; Feathers; Hunting; Literary Form; Wings; Hunters


THE MESSENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The messenger runs, not carrying the news
Last Line: And again, on his way?
Subject(s): Feet; News; Sailing & Sailors; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: There she was, for centuries, the big
Last Line: The writer.
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Language; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Psychoanalysis; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary; Psychoanalysts; Psychotherapy


THE ROUND FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: With neither bones nor skin
Last Line: From the one that you are making as you go.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Roads; Sea; Swimming & Swimmers; Paths; Trails; Ocean; Swimmers


THE SECRET GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The way you see it first is through
Last Line: Before we're through with tea.
Subject(s): Flowers; Food & Eating; Gardens & Gardening; Green (Color); Guests; Lilies; Secrets; Tea; Worms; Visiting


THE SHOW MUST GO ON    Poem Text    
First Line: The play had been staged as long as we could remember,
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Reality; Dramatists


THE WHITE-THROATED SPARROW CAN'T COMPARE    Poem Text    
First Line: He had made it through so many winters
Subject(s): Sparrows; Air Raids


THEORY AND PRACTICE IN POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The idea that freezes me this time
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Poetry & Poets


THINK WHAT WE MIGHT HAVE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, pompeii - on view; the ultimate interruption


THOSE WHO COME AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Will never say of us: / what wonderful myths they had
Last Line: Endlessly nibbled and gnawed
Subject(s): Explorers; Greece; Mythology; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Greeks


THOUGHTS OF A RETIRED DIAMOND CUTTER       
First Line: Care, carefully chosen, even
Last Line: To design?
Subject(s): Diamonds; Retirement


TRACKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, carolyn, the ocean has its depths, it mezzanine
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


TRANSACTIONS IN FIELD THAT'S OVERGROWN: CALL AND RESPONSE WITH MERRITT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is dusk in the field, uncanny, those calls


TRUMMERFRAUEN (THE RUBBLE-WOMEN)       
First Line: In the old paintings, the ones with silken oils
Last Line: Never stop: tap tap, tap tap, tap tap.
Subject(s): Altars; Architecture & Architects; Museums; Paintings And Painters; Pyramids; Art Gallerys


UNSTITCH THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Unwind the winding sheets,


UNSTRUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a jeweled tapestry
Last Line: A face so like its own.
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Birds; Bones; Death; Dead, The


UP AGAINST IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The wall was white, whitewash lime
Last Line: The small leaves trembling with light.
Subject(s): Dreams; Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936); Murder; Walls; Nightmares


WATCH THIS POEM DISAPPEAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WATER LACE AND WHITE EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: And the mist rising
Last Line: In the northern dawn.
Subject(s): Bones; Frost; Ice; North, The; Snow


WHAT IT HINGES ON    Poem Text    
First Line: When everything is going


WHAT LOVES, TAKES AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: If the nose of the pig in the market of firenze
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


WHAT NARCISSUS GAVE THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lake loves what it sees, and what it sees
Subject(s): Lakes; Mythology - Classical; Narcissus (Mythology); Pools; Ponds


WHAT WAS LEFT OVER; FOR SUJATA BHATT    Poem Text    
First Line: As you said, sujata, it was not
Last Line: Atomized silk of its spray.
Subject(s): Altars; Church Burnings; Clergy; Sacrifices; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


WINTER CONCEPTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Silence in the forest's heart, and snow.
Subject(s): Winter


WITHOUT REGRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Nights, by the light of whatever would burn
Last Line: Baskets of wicker, baskets of straw.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Fields; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


WRECK' AND 'RISE' ABOVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Because of the first, the fear of wreck


YOU, FAILED PRONOUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Direct address to the swans: you, whose feet
Last Line: On a dark ground. Eft. Splash. Gone.
Subject(s): Birds; Spring; Swans; Wilderness; Wings