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Simmons, James Wright   
1 poems available by this author


SUMTER'S BAND    Poem Text    
First Line: When carolina's hope grew pale
Last Line: Their watchword is thy memory!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Sumter, Thomas (1734-1832); Virginia (State)



Wright, James    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
92 poems available by this author


A BLESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Just off the highway to rochester, minnesota
Variant Title(s): The Blessing
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Men; Minnesota; Nature; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


A BREATH OF AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked, when love was gone
Last Line: And things were as they were
Subject(s): Love Ė Loss Of


A CENTENARY ODE: INSCRIBED TO LITTLE CROW, LEADER OF SIOUX REBELLION    Poem Text    
First Line: I had nothing to do with it, I was not here
Last Line: My own grave is
Subject(s): Native Americans - Wars


A DREAM OF BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing was left of me
Subject(s): Dreams; Self-pity; Nightmares


A FINCH SITTING OUT A WINDSTORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Solemnly irritated by the turn
Subject(s): Finches; Wind


A FIRST DAY IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some twenty years ago I was still a young man. I did not know
Subject(s): Paris, France


A FLOWER PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even if you were above the ground this year
Subject(s): Diving & Divers; Death; Childhood Memories; Dead, The


A GESTURE BY A LADY WITH AN ASSUMED NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Letters she left to clutter up the desk
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


A LAZY POEM ON SATURDAY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Right now, I'm going on a journey


A LITTLE GIRL ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dark dawn humped off to die
Subject(s): Morning; Birds; Walking


A MAD FIGHT SONG FOR WILLIAM S. CARPENTER, 1966    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick on my feet in those novembers of my loneliness,
Subject(s): Carpenter, William S., Jr.; Football; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


A NOTE LEFT IN JIMMY LEONARD'S SHACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the dry river's water-mark we found
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drowning; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A POEM ABOUT GEORGE DOTY IN THE DEATH HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lured by the wall, and drawn
Last Line: Crumbled his pleading kiss
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Death


A POEM BY GARNIE BRAXTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Garnie, I wish I was a sea gull
Last Line: I been there once
Subject(s): Birds; Children; Gulls; Labor & Laborers; Childhood; Seagulls; Work; Workers


A POEM WRITTEN UNDER AN ARCHWAY IN A DISCONTINUED RAILROAD STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the great clanging cathedrals of rust and smoke
Last Line: Of old age
Subject(s): Railroad Stations


A PRESENTATION OF TWO BIRDS TO MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Chicken. How shall I tell you what it is
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Birds


A SECRET GRATITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: She cleaned house, and then lay down long
Subject(s): Boissevain, Eugen (1881-1949); Millay, Edna St. Vincent (1892-1950); Man-woman Relationships; Death; Mourning; Male-female Relations; Dead, The; Bereavement


A SONG FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now first of all he means the night
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a boy, a relative
Subject(s): Jobs


A WINTER DAYBREAK ABOVE VENCE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Winter; Nature


AN OFFERING FOR MR. BLUEHART    Poem Text    
First Line: That was a place, when I was young
Subject(s): Orchards; Childhood Memories; Regret


ARRANGEMENTS WITH EARTH FOR THREE DEAD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet earth, he ran and changed his shoes to go
Last Line: The change of tone, the human hope gone gray
Subject(s): Death; Earth; Dead, The; World


ARRIVING IN THE COUNTRY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The white house is silent.
Subject(s): Country Life


AS I STEP OVER A PUDDLE AT THE END OF WINTER, I THINK OF AN ANCIENY CHINESE GOVERNOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Po chu-I, balding old politician,
Subject(s): Middle West; China; Seeking; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


AT THE EXECUTED MURDERER'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: My name is james a. Wright, and I was born
Last Line: Dirt of my flesh, defeated, underground
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


AUBADE AT THE ZAMA REPLACEMENT DEPOT    Poem Text    
First Line: At five o'clock I saw the sergeant slouch
Subject(s): Soldiers


AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the shreve high football stadium
Subject(s): Autumn; Education; Football; Industry; Labor & Laborers; High Schools; Fall; Work; Workers


AUTUMNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Soft, where the shadow glides
Last Line: Is whispered throgh , and gone
Subject(s): Love


BEAUTIFUL OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Those old winnebago men
Last Line: I call it beauty
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Ohio; Work; Workers


BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon drops one or two feathers into the fields.
Subject(s): Fields; Moon; Love; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


BY A LAKE IN MINNESOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Upshore from the cloud
Subject(s): Beavers


COME, LOOK QUIETLY    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird on the terrace has his own name in french, but I don't
Subject(s): Birds; French Langauge


COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: She's gone. She was my love, my moon or more
Last Line: And now lies down, who was my moon or more
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


CONFESSION TO J. EDGAR HOOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hiding in the church of an abandoned stone
Last Line: I did not know what I was doing
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


DEPRESSED BY A BOOK OF BAD POETRY, I WALK TOWARD AN UNUSED PASTURE AND INVITE THE INSECTS TO JOIN ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Relieved, I let the book fall behind a stone
Last Line: In the maple trees
Subject(s): Depression, Mental


DOG IN A CORNFIELD       
First Line: Fallow between the horny trees
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


EISENHOWER'S VISIT OF FRANCO, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: The american hero must triumph over
Last Line: Of bare fields, / in spain
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FEAR IS WHAT QUICKENS ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Many animals that our fathers killed in america
Last Line: O look about wildly
Subject(s): Nature


FROM A BUS WINDOW IN CENTRAL OHIO, JUST BEFORE A THUNDER SHOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cribs loaded with roughage huddle together
Subject(s): Farm Life; Storms; Agriculture; Farmers


GOODBYE TO THE POETRY OF CALCIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of roots, you have not seeded
Last Line: I do not even have ashes to rub into my eyes
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


HONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: My father died at the age of eighty. One of the last things he
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


HOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I was only a young man
Last Line: But I took it
Subject(s): Kindness; Phyusical Disabilities


HOTEL LENOX    Poem Text    
First Line: And she loved loving
Last Line: And the lemon light flew over the river
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


IN MEMORY OF A SPANISH POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you strangling
Last Line: Silos creep away toward the west
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


IN MEMORY OF MAYOR RICHARD DALEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When you get down to it
Last Line: This is what you're up against
Subject(s): Daley, Richard M. (1902-1976)


IN RESPONSE TO RUMOR THAT OLDEST WHOREHOUSE IN WHEELING, WV, CONDEMNED    Poem Text    
First Line: I will grieve alone
Subject(s): Hate; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


IN THE COLD HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept a few minutes ago,
Subject(s): Aging


LEAVE HIM ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The trouble with me is
Subject(s): Lizards


LITTLE MARBLE BOY    Poem Text    
Last Line: To catch a white fish
Subject(s): Statues


LIVING BY THE RED RIVER        Recitation by Author


LYING IN A HAMMOCK AT WILLIAM DUFFY'S FARM IN PINE ISLAND, MINNESOTA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly
Subject(s): Landscape; Nature


MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: A bear under the snow
Subject(s): Bears


MARY BLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit here, doing nothing, alone, worn out by long winter.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


MILKWEED    Poem Text    
First Line: While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself
Subject(s): Men; Nature


MUTTERINGS OVER THE CRIB OF A DEAF CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: How will he hear the bell at school
Subject(s): Babies; Deafness; Labor & Laborers; Physical Disabilities; Infants; Work; Workers; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


MY GRANDMOTHER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: She skimmed the yellow water like a moth
Subject(s): Grandparents; Ghosts; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NEAR MANSFIELD, OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The enormous muscle-bound dobbins of autumn
Subject(s): Death; Loneliness; Dead, The


NORTHERN PIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


ON THE SKELETON OF A HOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Nightfall, that saw the morning-glories float
Subject(s): Skeletons; Dogs; Death - Animals


OUTSIDE FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the sprawled body of the derailed great northern freight car
Last Line: And sick for home
Subject(s): Homesickness; Railroads; Railways; Trains


POEMS TO A BROWN CRICKET    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke / just about daybreak and fell back
Last Line: In a book that is shining
Subject(s): Crickets


RED JACKET'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a deep identity
Subject(s): Graves; Red Jacket. Seneca Chief (1756-1830); Tombs; Tombstones


SAINT JUDAS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I went out to kill myself, I caught
Subject(s): Humanity; Suicide


SITTING IN A SMALL SCREENHOUSE ON A SUMMER MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten more miles, it is south dakota.
Subject(s): Middle West; Horses; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


SMALL FROGS KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Still, I would leap too
Last Line: Of the moon, they can't see, / not yet
Subject(s): Frogs; Automobile Accidents


SON OF JUDAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I prayed to escape from my body
Last Line: And leave us go
Subject(s): Body, Human; Self


STAGES ON A JOURNEY WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I began in ohio / I still dream of home
Last Line: Of the sea again
Subject(s): West (U.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


THE FIRST DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The first thing I saw in the morning
Subject(s): Bees; Pear Trees; Beekeeping; Pears


THE FLYING EAGLES OF TROOP 62    Poem Text    
First Line: Ralph neal was the scoutmaster
Last Line: The country is enough to drive you crazy
Subject(s): Men; Boy Scouts; Childhood Memories


THE FRUITS OF THE SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a fresh morning of late august in padua. After the night's rain, the
Last Line: I have eaten the first fruit of the season, and I am in love
Subject(s): August; Love


THE GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot live nor die
Last Line: I fade to a broken hope
Subject(s): Fantasy


THE ICE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The house was really a cellar deep beneath the tower of the old
Subject(s): Ice Houses


THE JEWEL    Poem Text    
First Line: There is this cave
Subject(s): Body, Human


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Anghiari is medieval, a sleeve sloping down
Subject(s): Travel; Spiders; Journeys; Trips


THE MINNEAPOLIS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder how many old men last winter
Subject(s): Minneapolis; City & Town Life; Brothers; Death; Half-brothers; Dead, The


THE OLD DOG IN THE RUINS OF THE GRAVES AT ARLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard tell somewhere
Last Line: The old dogs donít know
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE SECRET OF LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sitting contented and alone in a little park near the palazzo scaligere in
Subject(s): Hair; Light


THE WHEELING GOSPEL TABERNACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Homer rhodeheaver, who was the evangelist billy sunday's psalmodist
Last Line: Homer had times between hymns to make some lonely widow happy
Subject(s): Evangelists; God; Public Worship; Religion; Church Attendance; Theology


TO A BLOSSOMING PEAR TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful natural blossoms,
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Old Age; Pears


TO CAROLEE COOMBS-STACY, WHO SET MY VERSES TO MUSIC       
First Line: One afternoon a few years ago, in a mountain forest in upstate new
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


TO CRITICS, AND TO HELL WITH THEM       
First Line: Poets are handsome, as a rule
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Poetry & Poets


TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In fargo, north dakota, a man
Last Line: At the dark water
Subject(s): Floods


TO THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all right. All they do
Last Line: Come down to you


TO THE SAGUARO CACTUS TREE IN THE DESERT RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I had no idea the elf owl
Subject(s): Cactus


TODAY I WAS SO HAPPY, SO I MADE THIS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: As the plump squirrel scampers
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


TRYING TO PRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
Subject(s): Prayer


TWO HORSES PLAYING IN THE ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Too soon, too soon, a man will come
Last Line: Too soon, too soon, already. Now
Subject(s): Animals


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 1. UNDER THE CANALS       
First Line: All one needs to do is follow the sound of water
Subject(s): Canals; Venice, Italy; Water


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 2. CITY OF EVENINGS       
First Line: It is still too early for evening, and the smoke of early september is gath
Subject(s): Cities; Venice, Italy; Urban Life


WITH A SLIVER OF MARBLE FROM CARRARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Old men beneath the mountain
Last Line: Could not live long enough
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


WITH THE SHELL OF A HERMIT CRAB    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely little life whose toes
Last Line: Stars in a wilderness of stars
Subject(s): Crabs


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange bird
Last Line: Than he is, or I am
Subject(s): Fathers; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers



Wright (1643-1713), James   
5 poems available by this author


A POEM, BEING AN ESSAY ON THE RUINS IN ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it a vain curiosity or no?
Last Line: A beauty grow out of deformity?
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


ECCLESIA RESTAURTA; .. REBUILDING OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: What beauteous tumor's this, with royal grace
Last Line: And beauty, equals their magnificence.
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


PHOENIX PAULINA    Poem Text    
First Line: I, he whose infant-muse did heretofore
Last Line: Down to whose soul even heaven itself descends.
Subject(s): St. Paul's Cathedral, London


THE CHOIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Th' almighty architect forms in mankind
Last Line: Twas fiction then, but now we see it, here.
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


THE CUPULO    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from fair augusta's city, lies
Last Line: And many copper-smiths will do thee right.
Subject(s): St. Paul's Cathedral, London