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Author: ALCOSSER, SANDRA
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Alcosser, Sandra    Poet's Biography
66 poems available by this author


ANATOMY OF AIR       
First Line: Two clouds form, writhe
Last Line: By the palpitating air


APPROACHING AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Night takes on its own elegance
Last Line: And then the moon
Subject(s): Nature


APPROACHING AUGUST       
First Line: Night takes on its own elegance
Last Line: And then the moon
Subject(s): Nature


ARTIE       
First Line: Among the claw-foot sofas, under the looming
Last Line: Who'd curl on their beaten mohair sofa cooing just like us


ASSEMBLY LINE       
First Line: If you saw mercedes-benz flying
Last Line: Poses from girlie magazines?


AZALEAS       
First Line: Sisters climb the bedroom window, lay themselves on the night table like
Last Line: Hours between the wicker and dying rafters like opulent clouds of steam


BECAUSE THE BODY IS NOT A WEAPON       
First Line: In this town of date palms
Last Line: Have I become a foreign country?


BUREAU OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY       
First Line: The progranm's two-person staff is too small to do much searching
Last Line: Others have value known %only to the dead


BURYING THE CARNIVAL       
First Line: Fat tuesday the parade route turned
Last Line: The watery faces watching through the trees


BUT THIS IS NOT THE YUCATAN       
First Line: No grandmother twinkles


BY THE NAPE       
First Line: Though sun rubbed honey slow
Last Line: The vulnerable question of a nape


CARD GAME BLIND RIVER       
First Line: I was not afraid of the alligator gar exploding round the boat
Last Line: Damnit to hell. Was I the only human


CRY    Poem Text    
First Line: White legs and pink footpads, the black cat
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women; Southwest; Pacific States


CRY       
First Line: White legs and pink footpads, the black cat
Last Line: In his teeth and offers half to me
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women


DANCING THE TARENTELLA AT THE COUNTY FARM       
First Line: Our teachers prepared us years ahead
Last Line: Not a drop would be left


EACH BONE A PRAYER       
First Line: Your letters arrive frail from nepal


ENTOMOLOGIST'S LANDSCAPE       
First Line: He picks through the couchgrass, here a black-eared


FEEDING THE BABIES       
First Line: In her eightieth year, my mother cries for a baby, she lifts her hands
Last Line: The topknots of the little ones, in unison, begin to quiver


FLAME       
First Line: When my husband went away


FOX FIRE       
First Line: Once, I thought we would know everything


GLORY MONSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Tipped goblets, the blue heron
Last Line: Against the damp / and shivering flesh
Subject(s): Nature


GLORY MONSTER       
First Line: Tipped goblets, the blue heron
Last Line: And shriveling flesh
Subject(s): Nature


GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Obsequious. You come begging
Last Line: They smell so sweet
Subject(s): Nature


GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL       
First Line: Obsequious. You come begging
Last Line: They smell so sweet
Subject(s): Nature


GREENHAND       
First Line: She's crying again
Last Line: Digs deeply at my back


HATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Auntie lies in the rest home
Last Line: Point their fingers, run as fast as they can in the opposite direction
Subject(s): Prose Poem; Old Age; Illness


HATS       
First Line: Auntie lies in the rest home with a feeding tube and a bedpan, she
Last Line: Point their fingers, run as fast as they can in the opposite direction


HE PAINTS THE KINGDOM OF DECAY: HIS GODDESS ESCAPES       
First Line: Thirty-one days of october the opalescent monsoons
Last Line: Sigh from her radio to the saturated leaves


IN CASE OF RAPTURE THIS TAXI WILL EXPLODE       
First Line: Would you ride with a man who advertised
Last Line: Company into my life


IN THE JITTERING WORLD       
First Line: I carry a chameleon in a glass as if he were wild game
Last Line: Aquatic, otherworldly %slow like mine


INTRICACY OF THE SONG INVERSE TO THE DULL LORES       
First Line: We learned the song of swainson's thrush
Last Line: Twenty decibels in the womb


LIKE LEONARDO, LIKE A DOG       
First Line: I'll sit by the ditch this morning like leonardo da vinci
Last Line: Afraid of being eaten--sleep best


LIMITS OF BEAUTY       
First Line: When I am sad I buff and shine
Last Line: The dark bristles of my body just fly away


MAXIMUM SECURITY       
First Line: So I was sticking
Last Line: I listen for his breathing


MICHAEL'S WINE       
First Line: Winter again and we want
Last Line: This moment in my glass


MICHEL'S WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter again and we want
Last Line: This moment in my glass
Subject(s): Wine; Automobile Accidents


MY NUMBER       
First Line: My number is small. A hundred pounds of water
Last Line: Together we dance-my number and her best dresses


ON THE VERANDA WE DRINK GIN AND TONIC       
First Line: The elephant ears
Last Line: With zippers, as if anyone could %enter his curious skin


POLE BOAT AT HONEY ISLAND       
First Line: The way he pushes deeper
Last Line: We begin to screech


POSSESSIONS       
First Line: Veronika said when her father died, the mother moved from their
Last Line: Photograph of veronika. Later still, the entire family album. And %that was all


RAGS       
First Line: The piebald dog, the scalded shreds
Last Line: Through a ragged face


RED DRESS       
First Line: Cousin char and I are doing the splelndor in the grass thing, where the
Last Line: Blood oranges from mexico, this boy makes our blood tingle


SALVATION ARMY       
First Line: Pennsylvania dutch, my family taught me
Last Line: His cardgame, his moon-shaped platter of brains and eggs


SAWYER'S WIFE       
First Line: We could go like your grandmother, over
Last Line: And how seductive, the dark broth
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women


SKIING BY MOONLIGHT       
First Line: Gray cloud like a sweater pulled over the heart of the moon
Last Line: Except by nature-as a woman, I will be ungovernable


SPITTLE BUG       
First Line: I watched an insect dive
Last Line: I think I shall call it %gossip bug


STRAY SOD       
First Line: Even though you started on a small errand
Last Line: See if you can find a pulse


SWEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Friday night I entered a dark corridor
Last Line: From the raunchy fume of strangers
Subject(s): Odors


SWEAT       
First Line: Friday night I entered a dark corridor
Last Line: From the raunchy fume of strangers


TABOO       
First Line: Like a marriage. Like a nation. Like a haunting, this story tells me
Last Line: A life's work. To sip and gather. To hover. Above these murky waters


THICKET AND THORN       
First Line: Anthers of wildflowers close when damp. All the voices
Last Line: To do with the existence of the world all brief flesh and %stiletto


THIRST       
First Line: Smack, smack, go our heels on the earth
Last Line: Our bodies rub together, powder like dirt


THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF A PULSE A HEART CHANGES FORM       
First Line: Tonight as you return
Last Line: They ripped open everything. They spit out the seeds


TO TOUCH WITH A SMOOTHING IRON       
First Line: Yellow with water stains
Last Line: At he the same time


TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a man under the wheel of my truck
Last Line: Sweeping the hills with branches
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women; Southwest; Pacific States


TRACKS       
First Line: There is a man under the wheel of my truck
Last Line: It smells of tar and sage. There is blood on the tip, %still wet
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women


TRAJECTORY       
First Line: The ice dam broke, slabs
Last Line: As we know it-radiant, beyond rescue


WARRIOR'S TALE       
First Line: We sat under a rotunda, so the smallest sound reverberated, came back
Last Line: Heard richard's story, but she broke down in another room so that the %men could not see her


WHAT MAKES THE GRIZZLIES DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: June and finally the snowpeas
Last Line: To waltz the hills / like a beast?
Subject(s): Nature


WHAT MAKES THE GRIZZLIES DANCE       
First Line: June and finally the snowpeas
Last Line: Have you never wanted %to waltz the hills %like a beast?
Subject(s): Nature


WILDCAT PATH       
First Line: What if I tell you I walked with a lion
Last Line: Nothing else will ever give me such pleasure in my body


WOODPECKER    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day the poppies
Last Line: Undulantg, raw flight
Subject(s): Nature


WOODPECKER       
First Line: On the day the poppies
Last Line: The irregular flags of our body %into undulant, raw flight
Subject(s): Nature


WORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some days he'd rub two pegs together
Last Line: Through the slippery tunnels of worms
Subject(s): Worms


WORMS       
First Line: Some days he'd rub two pegs together
Last Line: Through the slippery tunnels of worms


ZULU TIME       
First Line: Only my cousin with high blood pressure traveled widely. He was
Last Line: Shakes the jar. Does it only appear to be drying up, to be getting %smaller