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Ashbery, John    Poet's Biography
756 poems available by this author


... BY AN EARTHQUAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A hears by chance a familiar name, and the name involves a riddle of the past
Subject(s): Satire


37 HAIKU       
First Line: Old-fashioned shadows hanging down, that difficulty in love too soon


A BLESSING IN DISGUISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, they are alive and can have those colors
Subject(s): Love


A BLESSING IN DISGUISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, they are alive and can have those colors
Subject(s): Love


A MAN OF WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: His case inspires interest


A POEM OF UNREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Men duly understand the river of life


ABE'S COLLISION       
First Line: So much energy deployed
Last Line: The slate will light up and read itself


ABOUT TO MOVE       
First Line: And the bellybuttons all danced around
Last Line: And the others backtracked and soon all was well enough


ABSENCE OF A NOBLE PRESENCE       
First Line: If it was treason it was so well handled that it


ABSTENTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the shy tourist, hopping up the salty steps of rome


ADAM SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's try the ingenuous way, if for no better


ADAM SNOW       
First Line: Let's try the ingenuous mode, if for no better


ADDITIONAL POEM       
First Line: Where then shall hope and fear their objects find
Last Line: Rise with the night let out of the box of wind


ALBUM LEAF       
First Line: The other marigolds and the cloths
Last Line: If a bug fell from so high, would it land


ALCOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it possible that spring could be
Subject(s): Spring


ALLOTTED SPREE       
First Line: How the past filled its designated space
Last Line: List of the apartment, to the gemstone-crusted tankard


ALONE IN THE LUMBER BUSINESS       
First Line: It's still too early to make concessions


AMERICA       
First Line: Piling upward
Last Line: A signal from the great outside


AMID MOUNTING EVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was reading about dinosaurs


AMID MOUNTING EVIDENCE       
First Line: I was reading about dinosaurs


AMNESIA GOES TO THE BALL       
First Line: In the avuncular waiting rooms they begin handing out the handouts. For
Last Line: And probably lie at your side. We'll phone the neighbors and have them in


AN OUTING    Poem Text    
First Line: These things - that you are going to have


AND AGAIN, MARCH IS ALMOST HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a tree you'd say
Last Line: They offered me bluebeard
Subject(s): March (month); Trees


AND AGAIN, MARCH IS ALMOST HERE       
First Line: If I were a tree you'd say
Last Line: Who asks you this secret again
Subject(s): March (month); Trees


AND I'D LOVE YOU TO BE IN IT       
First Line: Playing alone, I found the wall


AND OTHERS, VAGUER PRESENCES       
First Line: Are built out of the meshing of life and space


AND SOME WERE PLAYING CARDS, AND SOME WERE PLAYING DICE       
First Line: And there you have it. I can't overpraise your response


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 1       
First Line: It was the solstice, and it was jumping on you like a friendly dog
Last Line: The steed returned home alone, requiting all previous loves


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 10       
First Line: Of course some of us were more risible--then
Last Line: Shooting the breeze with night and her swift promontories


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 11       
First Line: There is still another thing I have to do
Last Line: Improbably a little distance from the given grave


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 12       
First Line: A late glimmer read into it
Last Line: And the dead-letter office dissolves in the blue acquiescence of %spring


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 13       
First Line: You get hungry
Last Line: My shoelaces were untied, and--am I forgetting anything?


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 2       
First Line: To have been robbed of a downturn
Last Line: Uncovering what till now has been everyone's pill


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 3       
First Line: The nude thing was taken around
Last Line: To the toll-places the mind suggests


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 4       
First Line: Divide the answer among them
Last Line: Just another thing to fear


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 5       
First Line: The problem %would have to have had so many other things wrong with it
Last Line: That my mind is full of eyes, days like this


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 6       
First Line: A silly place to have landed
Last Line: As a small table with a cordless telephone on it, next to a television


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 7       
First Line: Rummaging through some old poems
Last Line: Roses are so beautiful. It doesn't mater if the corn is faded


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 8       
First Line: I've never really done this before
Last Line: Your ear's just the place for it


AND THE STARS WERE SHINING: 9       
First Line: New technology approaches the bridge
Last Line: Strange, how a few decibels can make your day


AND UT PICTURA POESIS IS HER NAME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AND UT PICTURA POESIS IS HER NAME       
First Line: You can't say it that way any more
Last Line: May begin, and in doing so be undone


AND YOU KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The girls, protected by gold wire from the gaze


ANGELS (YOU       
First Line: Know who you are), come back
Last Line: Suddenly the day is crocus-sweet


ANOTHER AARDVARK       
First Line: I cannot recommend your curls too highly
Last Line: That is sure to follow in its wake


ANOTHER CHAIN LETTER       
First Line: He had had it told to him on the sward


ANSWERING A QUESTION IN THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: I went into the mountains to interest myself
Last Line: The hosts of my young days


ANTICIPATED STRANGER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The bruise will stop by later
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ANXIETY AND HARDWOOD FLOORS       
First Line: Only a breath of this region
Last Line: Curtains. Pass me that box of gin %will you


APRIL GALLEONS       
First Line: Something was burning. And besides


ARCHIPELAGO       
First Line: Well, folks, and how
Last Line: But in the end they flag you down


AROUND THE ROUGH AND RUGGED ROCKS THE RAGGED RASCAL       
First Line: I think a lot about it


ART OF SPEEDING       
First Line: And when some sidle awkwardly
Last Line: With us to say we do. And then the game is darker; %no one pauses in the rain


ART SONGS       
First Line: While in the consulate a smell of onion


AS ONE PUT DRUNK INTO THE PACKET-BOAT       
First Line: I tried each thing, only some were immortal and free
Last Line: But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes


AS UMBRELLAS FOLLOW RAIN       
First Line: Too bad he never tried it- %he might have liked it
Last Line: She said as rain came and stole the king


AS WE KNOW       
First Line: All that we see is penetrated by it


AS YOU CAME FROM THE HOLY LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Of western new york state
Subject(s): Emptiness; Experience; Time


AS YOU CAME FROM THE HOLY LAND       
First Line: Of western new york state
Last Line: When that time is already past


AS YOU KNOW       
First Line: The girls protected by gold wire from the gaze
Last Line: And the night, the endless, muggy night that is invading our school


ASCETIC SENSUALISTS       
First Line: All- all these numbers easily - why
Last Line: Correctly ask that one day and now nothing more, politeness and the broad seas


ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING       
First Line: I like the integrity of what you have to say
Last Line: For now your glass prayer encases both of us


AT FIRST I THOUGHT I WOULDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT       
First Line: But then I thought keeping quiet about it might appear even ruder
Last Line: Go over everything that was stated. I prefer flowers and breathing


AT LIBERTY AND CRANBERRY       
First Line: The car bounds forward eagerly, and for a mement
Last Line: And, unruffled, we do


AT NORTH FARM       
First Line: Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you
Last Line: Sometimes and always, with mixed feelings?


AT THE INN       
First Line: It was me here. Though. And whether this


ATONAL MUSIC       
First Line: The hamlet strokd its reflection in a
Last Line: They observed me once, you know


AUTUMN BASEMENT       
First Line: I lost my notes, or they were useless. Luckily
Last Line: Or so I've been told


AVENUE MOZART       
First Line: Some of these houses are startlingly old
Last Line: But nobody feels like reading now


AWFUL EFFECTS OF TWO COMETS       
First Line: There will not always be a step
Last Line: With hunger and a big cow to fill


BAKED ALASKA    Poem Text    
First Line: It will do. It's not
Last Line: That's all there is to say, babe, make it a good one for me
Subject(s): Food & Eating


BAKED ALASKA       
First Line: It will do. It's not
Last Line: As the door is shutting, o shaft of life, o excellent, irascible
Subject(s): Food And Eating


BECALMED ON STRANGE WATERS       
First Line: In the presence of both, each mistook


BEER DRINKERS       
First Line: Think of it as something that is happening
Last Line: Rather, and hope I shall see him long %one of these evenings before the new snow starts


BEFUDDLED       
First Line: Ah, the farts %we used to let back then
Last Line: We sit beside a stone and grieve for them


BEVERLY OF GRAUSTARK (1)       
First Line: It's wind, it's sleeting
Last Line: The roof at night, the rent, and the violet pallor flooding us now always


BEVERLY OF GRAUSTARK (2)       
First Line: It's wind, it's raining
Last Line: No real need to reply


BIG CLOUD       
First Line: For ages man has labored to put his dreams in order. Look at the result


BILKING THE STATUES       
First Line: If I come to you empty-handed, thaumaturge-like


BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE TOOL AND DIE CO.       
First Line: For a long time I used to get up early


BLESSING IN DISGUISE       
First Line: Yes, they are alive and can have those colors
Last Line: And then I start getting this feeling of exaltation
Subject(s): Love


BLOODFITS       
First Line: As inevitable as a barking dog, second-hand music
Last Line: Triggering bloody nostalgia %for a hypotenuse that never was


BLOT PEOPLE       
First Line: Something's not right. There were vibrations
Last Line: That built the long log road from here to the east


BLUE SONATA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Long ago was the then beginning to seem like now


BLUE SONATA       
First Line: Long ago was the then beginning to seem like now


BOBINSKI BROTHERS       
First Line: Her name is liz, and I need her in my biz,' I hummed wantonly. A band
Last Line: That's what I think, he slapped


BOUNDARY ISSUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in life, they would understand


BOY       
First Line: I'll do what the raids suggest
Last Line: The observer, the mincing flag. An unendurable age


BRAND LOYALTY       
First Line: Father, you're destroying the collectibles!'
Last Line: Sounds like my friend casper, the girl said


BROMELIADS       
First Line: In my original philosophy for the age of gink
Last Line: And weary as the first gables of spring


BRUTE IMAGE       
First Line: It's a question of altitude, or latitude
Last Line: So thta what must come to pass shall pass


BUNGALOWS       
First Line: Impatient as we were for all of them to join us
Last Line: Moving on towards death. But sometimes standing still is %also life


BUSINESS PERSONALS       
First Line: The disquieting muses again: what are 'leftovers?'


BUT NOT THAT ONE       
First Line: The works, the days, uh %and weariness of the days
Last Line: Sometimes the agog spectator wrenches a cry %from its own h ouse. He thought he heard


BUT WHAT IS THE READER TO MAKE OF THIS       
First Line: A lake of pain, an absence


BY AN EARTHQUAKE       
First Line: A hears by chance a familiar name, and the name involves a riddle
Last Line: Gwen, falls into the trap and cannot escape


BY GUESS AND BY GOSH       
First Line: Even so, we have forgotten their graves
Last Line: In these unsightly parts. And who would want mothers %for supper


BY THE FLOODED CANAL       
First Line: Which custard? The dish of not-so-clean snow


CAESURA    Poem Text    
First Line: Job sat in a corner of the dump eating asparagus
Last Line: The weather of the soul, vandalized, out-at-elbow. A blight, spared though
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


CAESURA       
First Line: Job sat in a corner of the dump eating asparagus
Last Line: The weather of the soul, vandalized, out-at-elbow. A blight. Spared, though
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


CAN YOU HEAR, BIRD       
First Line: And for all the says it doesn't happen
Last Line: After all who blubbered the truth %it wasn't I


CANTILEVER       
First Line: I knew we should have stopped back there
Last Line: I am numb with thrips


CANZONE       
First Line: Until the first chill
Last Line: Fall on sinking clay


CAPTIVE SENSE       
First Line: Nothing I'd ever want to own
Last Line: Not fiends, surely. But not friends, either


CARAVAGGIO AND HIS FOLLOWERS       
First Line: You are my most favorite artist. Though I know
Last Line: Is ending. The time for standing to one side is near %now, very near


CHAOS       
First Line: Don't ask me to go there again
Last Line: But land flows more silently


CHAPTER II, BOOK 35       
First Line: He was a soldier or a shaker
Last Line: And he was a humorist, a genuine american humorist for the ages


CHATEAU HARDWARE       
First Line: It was always november there. The farms


CHINESE WHISPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And in a little while we broke under the strain


CHRONIC SYMBIOSIS       
First Line: These things can be arranged, he said
Last Line: We need for today. We can feed it to crows


CINEMA VERITE       
First Line: Be kind to your web-footed friends, I murmur to myself half anxiously,
Last Line: Side on the slippery alabaster stairs. Or in the roomful of people?


CITY AFTERNOON       
First Line: A veil of haze protects this
Last Line: Air lifting the hair of one %upside down in the reflecting pool


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A people chained to aurora


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS       
First Line: A people chained to aurora
Last Line: Performing once again, for you and for me


CLEPSYDRA       
First Line: Hasn't the sky? Returned from moving the other


CLOUD OF UNKNOWING       
First Line: Is not cloud at all
Last Line: To say urdu, which she did


CLOUDS       
First Line: All this time he had only been waiting
Last Line: Moves away, puzzled at the brown light above the fields


COLLECTED PLACES       
First Line: When you come on
Last Line: A place you want to hear


COMING DOWN FROM NEW YORK       
First Line: The harshness isn't intentional
Last Line: Only the insufficiently trained ought to try


COMMERCIAL BREAK       
First Line: Take care of values. The rest is shopping
Last Line: Sand in my shoes. The witch squints at the fire


CONFRONTERS       
First Line: Which of the incredible lies will prove true
Last Line: Impatient dawns arrive


CONVENTIONAL WISDOM       
First Line: Although I have known you for a long time
Last Line: And of a lost slip with my name on it in the cradle of the ages


CORRUPT TEXT       
First Line: The child is feather to the man
Last Line: Now is only sun, sunstrife and sea


COUPLE IN THE NEXT ROOM       
First Line: She liked the blue drapes. They made a star


COVENTRY       
First Line: There was one who was put out of his house
Last Line: Yet strangely dumb and rumorless %like all the sleep and games that jammed us here


CRAZY WEATHER       
First Line: It's this crazy weather we've been having


CROSSROADS IN THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: That night the wind stirred in the forsythia bushes
Subject(s): Time


CROSSROADS IN THE PAST       
First Line: That night the wind stirred in the forsythia bushes
Last Line: Amid the gray snow falling. Twilight had already set in


CROWD CONDITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the frontier, imperfect sympathies are twinkling
Last Line: Such, my friends, is life wondered the president
Variant Title(s): Always Merry And Bright
Subject(s): Happiness; Life; Joy; Delight


CROWD CONDITIONS       
First Line: Across the frontier, imperfect sympathies are twinkling
Last Line: Such, my friends, is life, wondered the president
Variant Title(s): Always Merry And Brigh
Subject(s): Happiness; Life


DAFFY DUCK IN HOLLYWOOD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


DAFFY DUCK IN HOLLYWOOD       
First Line: Something strange is creeping across me
Last Line: Always invoking the echo, a summer's day


DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT       
First Line: Of course you will. It happens even after you're dead
Last Line: Betterment, actually. Here, hand me that cod


DARLENE'S HOSPITAL       
First Line: The hospital: it wasn't her idea


DAY AT THE GATE       
First Line: A loose and dispiriting
Last Line: Said the sky shall be kelly green tonight


DE SENECTUTE       
First Line: Whatever charms is alien
Last Line: So we packed up and went home that day


DEBIT NIGHT       
First Line: We were coming down from the city the city is where you come
Last Line: All along along what I wanted all along


DECLINE OF THE WEST       
First Line: O oswald, o spengler, this is very sad to find
Last Line: Positions. O who could taste the crust of this love


DECOY       
First Line: We hold these truths to be self-evident
Last Line: Husband and wife %man and wife


DEFINITION OF BLUE       
First Line: The rise of capitalism parallels the advance of romanticism
Last Line: Waken each morning to the exact value of what you did and said, which remains


DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM       
First Line: Hell no, the creatures weren't anguished
Last Line: By all means, though I guarantee he won't know what you're saying


DESOLATE BEAUTY PARLOR ON BEACH AVENUE       
First Line: So much has impaired here
Last Line: For when the clipper blows astray and the %cheap shot is parted


DESPERATE HOURS       
First Line: The man, someone's uncle, went down
Last Line: Your intention to have made this once it has passed


DINOSAUR COUNTRY       
First Line: So, with a bath and tin words
Last Line: With the white haired acrobats


DISAGREEABLE GLIMPSES       
First Line: After my fall from the sixteenth floor my bones were lovingly assembled
Last Line: The last trail unspools beyond ohio


DISGUISED ZENITH       
First Line: All to do, all over again


DO HUSBANDS MATTER?       
First Line: Let's get this going again. It might work. To ask pardon
Last Line: Sometimes it comes from even farther back


DON'S BEQUEST       
First Line: It's often more crazy like this
Last Line: Yes, that's what we all do best


DOUBLE DREAM OF SPRING       
First Line: Mixed days, the mindless years, perceived
Last Line: As day comes up


DOWN BY THE STATION, EARLY IN THE MORNING       
First Line: It all wears out. I keep telling myself this, but
Last Line: From the lighthouse that protects as it pushes us away


DREAM SEQUENCE (UNTITLED)       
First Line: Yes, she chopped down a big tree
Last Line: To today's busy horizon, like hay, that seems to know where it's moving %when it's moving


DREAMS OF ADULTHOOD       
First Line: Who does he do it like they say it like that you might ask


DULL MAUVE       
First Line: Twenty miles away, in the colder
Last Line: To make one's task any easier, though we loved her


ECCLESIAST       
First Line: Worst than the sunflower, she had said
Last Line: We are together at last, though far apart


ECLOGUE       
First Line: Slowly all your secret is had
Last Line: And I depart unhurt


EL DORADO    Poem Text    
First Line: We have a friend in common, the retired sophomore


ENDLESS VARIATION       
First Line: At some point in the pageant there is a moment


ENJOYS WATCHING FOREIGN FILMS       
First Line: To stay here forever. To lie down
Last Line: And I've just landed in your hotel


ERRORS       
First Line: Jealousy. Whispered weather reports
Last Line: In the prophet's silence. Who doubts it is true


ETERNITY SINGS THE BLUES       
First Line: Music lovers everywhere
Last Line: And bold. Not to put too fine a point on it


EUROPE       
First Line: To employ her
Last Line: Light skyward, slowly sweeping in a circle %the breath


EVENING IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: I am still completely happy


EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the outlying districts where we know something
Last Line: And open it in my face. You knew that
Subject(s): Books; Reading


EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY       
First Line: In the outlying districts where we know something
Last Line: And open it in my face. You knew that
Subject(s): Books


FADE IN       
First Line: Continually detouring among the mountains
Last Line: Canceled civility, forcing huge residents to flee


FAINT OF HEART       
First Line: Were always right
Last Line: Someone said. But that's what I'm trying to oppose %how you been


FALL PAGEANT       
First Line: From this valley they say you are leaving


FALLS TO THE FLOOR, COMES TO THE DOOR       
First Line: That arrival, a foretaste of which appalls some
Last Line: The past was peaches then


FANTASIA ON THE NUT-BROWN MAID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Be it right or wrong, these men among


FANTASIA ON THE NUT-BROWN MAID, SELS.       
First Line: Unless this is the shelf of whatever happens?


FARM IMPLEMENTS AND RUTABAGAS IN A LANDSCAPE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The first of the undecoded messages read: 'popeye sits in thunder.'
Subject(s): Comic Strips


FARM IMPLEMENTS AND RUTABAGAS IN A LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The first of the undecoded messages read: 'popeye sits in thunder.'
Last Line: It sure was pleasant to spend a day in the country
Subject(s): Comic Strips


FASCICLE       
First Line: No one ever had to face such turmoil
Last Line: Know what I mean


FAUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If only the phantom would stop reappearing!
Subject(s): Faust; Opera; Phantom Of The Opera (movie, 1925), The


FAUST       
First Line: If only the phantom would stop reappearing!
Last Line: On the bare, sunlit stage the hungers could begin
Subject(s): Faust; Opera; Phantom Of The Opera (movie, 1925), The


FAVOR OF A REPLY       
First Line: Is requested. That's where it began
Last Line: Hung high up in the sky


FEAR OF DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What is it now with me
Last Line: But the breeze has dropped and silence is the last word
Subject(s): Old Age; Mortality


FEAR OF DEATH       
First Line: What is it now with me
Subject(s): Old Age


FILE ON THELMA JORDAN       
First Line: Coldly, we put away the cabin flatware
Last Line: Though, a great one. Want to hear


FINNISH RHAPSODY       
First Line: He managed the shower, coped with the small spattering drops


FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW       
First Line: Don't just stand there, kiki
Last Line: Climbing, tooth by tooth


FIVE PEDANTIC PIECES    Poem Text    
First Line: An idea I had and talked about


FLOW CHART    Poem Text    
First Line: Still in the published city but not yet
Last Line: Put up to warm us and as soon expunged, in part of wholly
Subject(s): Language Poetry; Life


FLOW CHART       
First Line: Still in the published city but not yet
Last Line: Again in earnest, color-coded. It's open: the bridge, that way
Subject(s): Language Poetry


FLOWERING DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ahead. Starting from the far north, it wanders


FLOWERING DEATH       
First Line: Ahead, starting from the far north, it wanders


FOOTFALLS       
First Line: O did he see something yesterday
Last Line: Two have already been supportive


FOR JOHN CLARE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Kind of empty in the way it sees everything
Subject(s): Clare, John (1793-1864)


FOR JOHN CLARE       
First Line: Kind of empty in the way it sees everything, the earth gets to its feet


FORGOTTEN SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: They tore down the old movie palaces
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


FORGOTTEN SEX       
First Line: They tore down the old movie palaces
Last Line: In a particular dream, they cannot always be seen
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FORGOTTEN SONG       
First Line: O mary, go and call the cattle home


FORTIES FLICK       
First Line: The shadow of the venetian blind on the painted wall


FORTUNE COOKIE CRUMBLES       
First Line: You have a kind and gentle nature. Not overly
Last Line: I mean, what am I going to tell my shoe?


FOURTH PRIZE       
First Line: Only the desire to get lost in everything


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The last block is closed in april. You


FRAGMENT       
First Line: The last block is closed in april
Last Line: Brown under the advancing signs of the air


FREE NAIL POLISH       
First Line: Cool enough. Granted
Last Line: Over the wallpaper's lilac lozenges


FRENCH POEMS       
First Line: The sources of these things being very distant
Last Line: The ether dividing our victories, past and future: teeth and blood


FRIENDLY CITY       
First Line: Unless you put it away
Last Line: Finally, a ducal palace, upended


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a cottage in the sky
Last Line: Thre feeling is a jewel like a pearl
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Nijinsky, Vaslav (1890-1950)


FRIENDS       
First Line: I saw a cottage in the sky
Last Line: The feeling is a jewel like a pearl
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Nijinsky, Vaslav (1890-1950)


FROGS AND GOSPELS       
First Line: A chance balloon drew these settlers nigh
Last Line: And still the feeling comes on


FROM THE OBSERVATORY       
First Line: When hey had climbed the valley of thieves
Last Line: Unknotted itself; the second agreeable ordeal began


FRONTISPIECE       
First Line: Expecting rain, the profile of a day


FROST       
First Line: Trapped in the wrong dream, you turn


FUCKIN' SARCOPHAGI       
First Line: And when they had mounted it on the flatbed
Last Line: Betimes the betises fall where they may


FULL TILT       
First Line: Disturbing news emanates from the wind tunnel
Last Line: Then this scene too faded away like a fable


GAZING GRAIN       
First Line: The tires slowly came to a rubbery stop


GENTLE READER       
First Line: Abruptly, unasertively, the year starts
Last Line: Will take it from you, needy thing


GET ME REWRITE       
First Line: The %ghoulish %resonance %of %a %cello %resonates in a neighbor's cabana
Last Line: Ah, %it is good %to be back %in the muck


GETTING BACK IN       
First Line: Melodies of the past, fibres, tangled tracings
Last Line: It's so lissome, the light! Rabbits everywhere


GHOST RIDERS OF THE MOON       
First Line: Today I would leave it just as it is
Last Line: That, and their tendency to fall apart


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: A great plane flew across the sun
Last Line: Before they get back. And, quivering, I took the pen
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 1       
First Line: A great plane flew across the sun
Last Line: And they all ran, and got out, and that was that for that day
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Often a strange desire
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 10       
First Line: Often a strange desire
Last Line: He counted good-humoredly. And these are our intuitions!
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 11       
First Line: First the cellos rebelled. Then a broader breaking-out erupted
Last Line: From itself, and if more sleep hadn't built up on the other side
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 12       
First Line: Other dreams. Judy the petulant watered her flowers
Last Line: If a cannonball was your uncle. Yipes, %the general said
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 13       
First Line: And some were vortices
Last Line: But it was too late to use it
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Heightened with a sense of mysterious confusion, or completion
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 14       
First Line: Heightened with a sense of mysterious confusion, or completion
Last Line: Until we are found at last behind the bathroom door, with the broom
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 15       
First Line: Fred began to get chills: it sure was his mission, he averred
Last Line: Another way, or brought our chairs back to where the laundry was spread out, effectively %drying
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 16       
First Line: Dolores...You wisteria
Last Line: She was begged. Bring us all to your birch tree
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 17       
First Line: After a few rounds of this the leader fell silent
Last Line: So the bad angels went away, and other creatures returned
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 18       
First Line: Did you read that book I was telling you about? Ach, it concerns puberty
Last Line: And fat disappointment, tears in the rain. Somebody is coming over the %radio. %a lull
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 19       
First Line: He complicated everything by dying. He wouldn't hear
Last Line: As pamela was at last captured
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Hungeringly, tidbit approached the crone who held the bowl
Last Line: If I had a handle, laure thought
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 2       
First Line: Hungeringly, tidbit approached the crone who held the bowl
Last Line: If I had a handle, laure thought
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 20       
First Line: A virtual rout ensued. Tell me, can you tell it any
Last Line: It was like everywhere. It was just average
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 21       
First Line: When more and more people come to you, you know
Last Line: The wide avenue smiles
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Out in michigan, or was it minnesota, though, time had stopped
Last Line: Of wood, yet it can cause everything to take place and change for you
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 3       
First Line: Out in michigan, or was it minnesota, though, time had stopped
Last Line: Of wood, yet it can cause everything to take place and change for you
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 4       
First Line: Dearest, we had waited for this star
Last Line: Worse, it was traditional to feel this way
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 5       
First Line: Just as a good pianist will adjust the piano stool
Last Line: Only I think we're...It's all coming nearer
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 6       
First Line: Nov 7. Returned again to the exhibition. How strange it is that when we
Last Line: So may it be until the end that is eternity
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: The thread ended up on the floor
Last Line: And so they left home that day
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 7       
First Line: The thread ended up on the floor
Last Line: And so they left home that day
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 8       
First Line: All aboard! If there's one thing I hate it's a loner,'
Last Line: Sinks and dies of its own weight. All the marbles have rolled inside the house
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: And now everyone must sleep
Last Line: On the iniquity scale, and nobody wanted to get involved
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 9       
First Line: And now everyone must sleep
Last Line: On the iniquity scale, and nobody wanted to get involved
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GLADYS PALMER       
First Line: Do not go into hawaii
Last Line: Feet over these smooth pebbles, the prisoner's %last question


GLAZUNOVIANA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The man with the red hat
Subject(s): Bears


GLAZUNOVIANA       
First Line: The man with the red hat
Last Line: In the flickering evening the martins grow denser. %rivers of wings surround us and vast tribulation


GODS OF FAIRNESS       
First Line: The failure to see god is not a problem
Last Line: Of spring planting, and the marvelous harvests to come


GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll see you in my dreams she said
Last Line: Puckered mists trash the hill ecstatic as lozenges
Subject(s): Abandonment; Dreams; Desertion; Nightmares


GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON       
First Line: I'll see you in my dreams she said
Last Line: Puckered mists trash the hill ecstatic as lozenges
Subject(s): Abandonment; Dreams


GORBODUC       
First Line: Well, I graduated, so you'll have to


GRADUAL       
First Line: This book of hours is piebald
Last Line: Just about anything %looks good under glass


GRAND ABACUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps this valley too leads into the head of long-ago days


GRAND ABACUS       
First Line: Perhaps this valley too leads into the head of long-ago days
Last Line: We do not want to fly away. But it is already too late. The children have vanished


GRAND GALOP    Poem Text    
First Line: All things seem mention of themselves


GRAND GALOP       
First Line: All things seem mention of themselves


GRAPEVINE       
First Line: Of who we and all they are
Last Line: To die, so you live and we know


GREEN MUMMIES       
First Line: Avuncular and teeming, the kind luggage
Last Line: The wrong kind of medlars


GUMMED REINFORCEMENTS       
First Line: Insane, trapped together in a
Last Line: Sign here for the coat of burrs, please


HAIBUN 6       
First Line: To be involved in every phase of directing, acting, producing and so on
Last Line: Throckmorton, white opera glasses and more


HANG-UP CALL       
First Line: Preposterous. That was the word she used
Last Line: Back and join the others. They're crying, you know


HARD TIMES       
First Line: Trust me. The world is run on a shoestring


HAS TO BE SOMEWHERE       
First Line: Having escaped the first box
Last Line: That's what you think,' came the curt reply. Now all is darkness


HAUNTED LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Something brought them here. It was an outcropping of peace


HE       
First Line: He cuts down the lakes so they appear straight
Last Line: He is dangerous even though asleep and unarmed


HEARTACHE       
First Line: Sometimes a dangerous slice-of-life
Last Line: Red. 'all beer on tap,' it said, and %'booths for ladies'


HEAVENLY DAYS       
First Line: The philosopher walked over to me and tapped me on the brow
Last Line: Go on turning themselves inside out for us, and trees warble for us, %but not often and not very wel


HEGEL       
First Line: Like a coffee table, the chair slides
Last Line: Always has the last word


HELD THING       
First Line: Then he sort of lobbed it
Last Line: It's colors, just like the ones were at the beginning


HERE EVERYTHING IS STILL FLOATING       
First Line: But, it's because the liquor of summer nights


HERE WE GO LOOBY       
First Line: Where is that tricycle, man?
Last Line: And a few of us learn something


HERO       
First Line: Whose face is this
Last Line: Dislike, the accurate one


HISTORY OF MY LIFE       
First Line: Once upon a time there were two brothers
Last Line: It up, for what seemed like months or years
Subject(s): History; Life


HOD CARRIER       
First Line: You have been declining the land's
Last Line: Light grinding into your heels


HONORED GUEST       
First Line: Accept these nice things we have no use for
Last Line: Boxed in forever, always getting closer


HOP O' MY THUMB       
First Line: The grand hotels, dancing girls
Last Line: Sucking the sherbets, crooning the tunes, naming the names


HOTEL DAUPHIN       
First Line: It was not something identical with my carnation-world
Last Line: In cheap gardens, fortunes. Or we might never depart


HOTEL LAUTRĂ©AMONT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Research has shown that ballads were produced by all of society
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Chaos


HOUSEBOAT DAYS       
First Line: The skin is broken. The hotel breakfast china


HOW DANGEROUS       
First Line: Like a summer kangaroo, each of us is a part
Last Line: A happy hospital-and that, yes, it would be worth waiting for


HOW MUCH LONGER WILL I BE ABLE TO INHABIT THE DIVINE SEPULCHER       
Last Line: Of the long sepulcher that hid death and hides me


HOW TO CONTINUE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Oh there once was a woman
Subject(s): Friendship


HUMBLE PIE       
First Line: Various flavors recite us
Last Line: Never to return, it seems, %though


HUNDRED ALBUMS       
First Line: Acts have been cleaned up
Last Line: What wretch hasn't taught me that


I SAW NO NEED       
First Line: I saw no need to paint the sky
Last Line: And leave these cherries in the urn


I, TOO       
First Line: Happy thoughts weren't made to last
Last Line: Kept it all in. That may be changing


ICE CREAM IN AMERICA       
First Line: All of us getting our licks
Last Line: Fill your cap with nuts


ICE STORM       
First Line: Isn't really a storm of course because unlike most storms it isn't one till


ICE-CREAM WARS       
First Line: Although I mean it, and project the meaning
Last Line: A randomness, a darkness of one's own
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IDAHO       
First Line: During the past few months, biff had become quite a frequent visitor
Last Line: A whistle blew shrilly


IF THE BIRDS KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Have their backs turned to the light


IF THE BIRDS KNEW       
First Line: It is better this year


IF YOU SAID YOU WOULD COME WITH ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In town it was very urban but in the country cows were covering the hills
Subject(s): Friendship


IF YOU SAID YOU WOULD COME WITH ME       
First Line: In town it was very urban but in the country cows were covering the hills
Last Line: Own time.' you should have paid attention. Now adjustments will have to be %made'


ILLUSTRATION       
First Line: A novice was sitting on a cornice
Last Line: Not meant for us, as the leaves are not %winter's because it is the end


IMPLICIT FOG       
First Line: We began adulating %what we were staring at %too
Last Line: It got lovely and then a little hirsute


IMPROVEMENT       
First Line: Is that where it happens
Last Line: See, our lips bend


IMPURE       
First Line: Your story...Most enjoyable
Last Line: We think we like you, ben


IN AN INCHOATE PLACE       
First Line: Is there another person you would like me to invite
Last Line: Through the vanilla-flavored venetian blinds


IN ANOTHER TIME       
First Line: Actually it was because you stopped


IN OLD OKLAHOMA       
First Line: A tad triste I too found it
Last Line: That flows as fondly as conversation among acquaintances %and as discreetly


IN THE MEANTIME, DARLING       
First Line: The time is for going out
Last Line: As night approaches


IN THE TIME OF PUSSY WILLOWS       
First Line: This is going to take some time
Last Line: Angel, come back please. Let us smell your heavenly smell again


INDUSTRIAL COLLAGE       
First Line: We are constantly running checks
Last Line: Only this new background, a finer needle to thread


INSANE DECISIONS       
First Line: Somehow I always do manage but


INSTEAD OF LOSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Anyone, growing up in a space you hadn't used yet


INTO THE DUSK-CHARGED AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from the rappahannock, the silent


INTO THE DUSK-CHARGED AIR       
First Line: Far from the rappahannock, the silent
Last Line: The ardeche glistens feebly through the freezing rain


INTRODUCTION       
First Line: To be a writer and write things


INVASIVE PROCEDURES       
First Line: Massachusetts rests its feet
Last Line: Not like the frayed december night


IRRESOLUTIONS ON A THEME OF LA ROCHEFOUCAULD       
First Line: We leave out old regrets
Last Line: And I try to cherish you


IT MUST BE SOPHISTICATED       
First Line: There are attics in old houses
Last Line: Here is another one unread, not written. Time for you to choose


IT WAS RAINING IN THE CAPITAL    Poem Text    


IT WAS RAINING IN THE CAPITAL       


IVORY TOWER       
First Line: Another season, proposing a name and a distant resolution


JUST FOR STARTERS       
First Line: Charges about this unhappiness
Last Line: Maybe unimportance isn't such a bad thing after all


JUST WALKING AROUND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: What name do I have for you
Last Line: But if I am still there, grant that we may see each other
Subject(s): Love


JUST WALKING AROUND       
First Line: What name do I have for you
Last Line: But if I am still there, grant that we may see each other
Subject(s): Love


JUST WHAT'S THERE       
First Line: Haven't you arrived yet
Last Line: The ushers will please take their seats


KNOCKING AROUND       
First Line: I really thought that drinking here would
Last Line: And would make lousy characters in a novel


KOREAN SOAP OPERA       
First Line: My sister and I don't seem to get along too well anymore
Last Line: Where anything can and does happen, and hours and hours %go by


LAMENT UPON THE WATERS       
First Line: For the disciple nothing has changed. The mood was still


LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The pest asked us to re-examine the screws he held
Last Line: The original paper outside. The ladder failed


LANDSCAPEOPLE       
First Line: Long desired, the journey is begun. The suppliants
Last Line: Until it ceases to be a problem


LAST LEGS       
First Line: My nephew-you remember him
Last Line: Besides, the tramp steamer was heading for bahia %or some such


LAST MONTH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


LAST MONTH       
First Line: No changes of support -- only
Last Line: And in the garden, cries and colors


LAST WORLD       
First Line: These wonderful things
Last Line: As we gallop into the flame


LATE ECHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone with our madness and favorite flower


LATE ECHO       
First Line: Alone with our madness and favorite flower


LATVIAN       
First Line: Knowing john, it might have been
Last Line: Let's leave it that way


LAUGHTER OF DEAD MEN       
First Line: Candid jeremiads drizzle from his lips
Last Line: And all the singular adventures it implies
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LE LIVRE EST SUR LA TABLE       
First Line: All beauty, resonance, integrity
Last Line: In the waves' minutes, or did the land advance


LEASING OF SEPTEMBER       
First Line: The sleeping map lay green, and we who were never much


LEAVE THE HAND IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Furthermore, mr. Tuttle used to have to run in the streets


LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION       
First Line: The arctic honey blabbed over the report causing darkness
Last Line: False loam imports %next time round


LEEWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Up, up it rises


LEEWARD       
First Line: Up, up it rises
Last Line: The travesty of night %we all must wear %for awhile?


LEMURS AND PHARISEES       
First Line: And of course one does run on too long
Last Line: Next time, you write this


LEOPARD AND THE LEMUR       
First Line: The voice is stilled, that once


LETTERS I DID OR DID NOT GET       
First Line: Because whenever we go somewhere we


LIFE AS A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN PUT DOWN       
First Line: We have erased each letter


LIFE DRAMA       
First Line: Yellow curtains
Last Line: The child falls sleep on the chalk breast


LIFE IS A DREAM       
First Line: A talent for self-realization
Last Line: So securely into mine, as though it intends to stay


LIKE A SENTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: How little we know
Subject(s): Life' Time


LIKE A SENTENCE       
First Line: How little we know
Last Line: Only that a motion is etched there, shaking to be free


LIMITED LIABILITY       
First Line: And one wants to know everything about everything
Last Line: Then meet me under the larch when the storm crackles. I'll tell you then


LINNET       
First Line: It crossed the road so as to avoid having to greet me. 'poor thing but mine
Last Line: Which he was so bent on fixing that wall


LITANY, SELS.       
First Line: Some certified nut %will try to tell you it's poetry


LIVELONG DAYS       
First Line: Feather in your cap? Not from heeding
Last Line: For the pauses just past, multiplying like mythologies, apples


LOCAL TIME       
First Line: What can we do
Last Line: Things were probably supposed to be all along anyway


LONEDALE OPERATOR       
First Line: The first movie I ever saw was the walt disney cartoon the three little pigs


LONG NOVEL       
First Line: What will his crimes become, now that her hands
Last Line: As it grew in the eyes of the beloved


LOST PROFILE       
First Line: I had a voice once
Last Line: Forever, and the dream of the oppressor had come true


LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO       
First Line: Dark days, lit by a falling flame %from time to time. A door stands open
Last Line: It took off prudently, however %then there were many napkins, many knives in the seine


LOUNGE       
First Line: That it was a relief to him, my lord
Last Line: The old way: cash and carry %no refunds


LOVE IN BOOTS        Recitation


LOVE IN BOOTS       
First Line: Our first assignment was to make a square
Last Line: Or demolish us. Thank heaven for zeno's paradox


LOVE POEM       
First Line: And they have to get it right. We just need
Last Line: Our notes to each other, always repated, always the same


LOVE SCENES       
First Line: After ten years, my lamp
Last Line: Where they may. Leaves say it's ok


LOVE'S STRATAGEM       
First Line: The comparison says enough, really, nay is eloquent on the subject
Last Line: The boiling point of minnesota, the town in nebraska


LOZENGES       
First Line: The division was unsuitable
Last Line: The broken pageant, the girls' %dormitory


LYRICIST       
First Line: So I was bewildered, ok? %around here we keep the toilets flushed
Last Line: Great looms the shadow of the shuttle %anglefish bloom in aquaria


MAN IN LUREX       
First Line: It's only a matter of days now
Last Line: Of home. As snowshoes are meant for snow


MANDRILL ON THE TURNPIKE       
First Line: It's an art, knowing who to put with what
Last Line: Why it was let for a song, and that seasons ago


MANY ARE DISSATISFIED       
First Line: Yet the wind from seattle blows over and over
Last Line: Mouthing the old pulchritude a house has


MANY WAGONS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: At first it was as though you had passed


MANY WAGONS AGO       
First Line: At first it was as though you had passed
Last Line: The injured, the adored


MARCHENBILDER       
First Line: Es war einmal ... No, it's too heavy
Last Line: Lying down in the frugality of sleep


MEANINGFUL LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What the bad news was
Subject(s): Maidens


MEANWHILE / FAR ABOVE       
Last Line: On us, on youth


MEASLES       
First Line: There was no longer any need for the world to be divided
Last Line: Can you let yourself, a moment, put down your work


MEDITATIONS OF A PARROT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh the rocks and the thimble
Last Line: And all day: robin hood! Robin hood!
Subject(s): Parrots


MEDITATIONS OF A PARROT       
First Line: Oh the rocks and the thimble
Last Line: And all day: robin hood! Robin hood!
Subject(s): Parrots


MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND       
First Line: It was an hour ago. I walked upstairs to dreamland
Last Line: If it was me I'd take a trip like this every day of my life


MELODIC TRAINS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A little girl with scarlet enameled fingernails
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


MELODIC TRAINS       
First Line: A little girl with scarlet enameled fingernails
Last Line: And we had focused back on the furniture of the air
Subject(s): Railroads


MEMORIES OF IMPERIALISM       
First Line: Dewey took manila %and soon after invented the decimal system
Last Line: Would have been the first to acknowledge


MERRILY WE LIVE       
First Line: Sometimes the drums would actually let us play
Last Line: And don't touch any breasts, at least until I get there


MILITARY BASE       
First Line: Now, in summer, the handiwork of spring
Last Line: Or insane buggery behind altars


MILITARY PASTORAL       
First Line: Hello, blubberface. You can come in now
Last Line: Might as well unpack the laurels -- they're starting to arrive


MINOR TRAVELER       
First Line: Then, everybody loved what they saw
Last Line: And sessions of internal rhyme, %too easily to climb. %we flowers fade, happy, at sunset


MIXED FEELINGS       
First Line: A pleasant smell of frying sausages
Last Line: As we babble about the sky and the weather and the forests of change


MODERATELY       
First Line: The fox brooding and the old people smelling
Last Line: It says about you, whatever saves


MOOD OF QUIET BEAUTY       
First Line: The evening light was like honey in the trees


MORE HOCKETING       
First Line: The fear was that they would not come
Last Line: Till one of them dies, whichever is shorter


MORE PLEASANT ADVENTURES       
First Line: The first year was like icing


MORNING JITTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And the storm re-established itself
Subject(s): Storms; Night; Bedtime


MORNING JITTERS       
First Line: And the storm re-established itself


MOTTLED TUESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Something was about to go laughably wrong


MOURNING FORBIDDING VALEDICTION       
First Line: And who, when all is said and done


MOUSE       
First Line: I like what you have given me


MUTT AND JEFF       
First Line: Actually the intent of
Last Line: As bluebottles kept a respectful distance


MY EROTIC DOUBLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self; Love - Erotic


MY EROTIC DOUBLE       
First Line: He says he doesn't feel like working today
Last Line: Thank you. You are too


MY GOLD CHAIN       
First Line: Under the big greenway hat, the diva
Last Line: So dark sometimes, you just want to stand and shake


MY NAME IS DIMITRI       
First Line: I am going to be your host tonight
Last Line: And the lives that extend it down to this trough


MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Just when I thought there wasn't room enough


MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE       
First Line: Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
Last Line: They don't come along every day. Look out! There's a big one


MYRTLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How funny your name would be
Last Line: Do what I want to do. But I want to stay here
Subject(s): Names


MYRTLE       
First Line: How funny your name would be
Last Line: While all along she is thinking, I can %do what I want to do. But I want to stay here
Subject(s): Names


MYTHOLOGICAL POET       
First Line: The music brought us what it seemed
Last Line: From loss grown merely a gesture


NEVER SEEK TO TELL THY LOVE       
First Line: Many colors will take you to themselves
Last Line: Tender speeches, until they feed us to the truth


NEVER TO GET IT REALLY RIGHT       
First Line: A tan light stalks the rooms now


NEW OCTAGON       
First Line: Over a cup of flaming tea, the ogre assessed
Last Line: The variance sequestered by others


NEW REALISM       
First Line: I have lost the beautiful dreams
Last Line: Yellow over the hot sand, green as the green trees


NEW SPIRIT       
First Line: I thought tht if I could put it all down, that would be one way.
Last Line: Kinds, to be proposed but never formulated


NICE MORNING BLUES       
First Line: The promised 'great getaway' turned out to be
Last Line: Like a child getting lost. What is there left to do


NICE PRESENTATION       
First Line: I have a friendly disposition but am forgetful
Last Line: It's all about this observatory a shout fills


NIGHT       
First Line: The evening I offer you the easy aspirin of death
Last Line: The kids came and we all went the briars


NO EARTHLY REASON       
First Line: There are additional reasons having to do with security
Last Line: I always linger. Behnd a tree. I capture a great big bonus


NO I DON'T       
First Line: I have no adventures, the adventurous one began


NO LONGER VERY CLEAR       
First Line: It is true that I can no longer remember very well
Last Line: I should have waited before I learned this


NO TWO ALIKE       
First Line: Wait - it has some kind of finish on it. No


NOBODY IS GOING ANYWHERE       
First Line: I don't really understand why you object
Last Line: Waiting to be considered, maybe loved a little %eventually. And I do, I do


NOT A FIST       
First Line: It's one of those days I guess


NOT ONLY / BUT ALSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Having transferred the one to the other


NOT PLANNING A TRIP BACK       
First Line: And the ignorance on your hands is august
Last Line: Of sleep. Forgets what there is to hide


NOT YOU AGAIN       
First Line: Thought I'd write you this poem. Yes
Last Line: No longer spewing. Just so you know


NOTES FROM THE AIR       
First Line: A yak is a prehistoric cabbage: of that, at least, we may be sure
Last Line: Chairs enough %for everbody to be seated in time for the lesson to begin


NOTHING TO STEAL       
First Line: What's growing? Will it start?


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: BENEFITS EXPLAINED FOR ...       
First Line: The little zebras are too young to understand anne
Last Line: But worse to be a pigeon with handcuffs always hanging over your head


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: EISENHOWER SURE PROGRAM...       
First Line: His books get under my wheels
Last Line: O last labor-cut adjective!
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: FLOODS WRECK MOUNTAIN...       
First Line: Pelvises teach boxing weekends to cheap summers
Last Line: Remember to come on over, though


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: FRENCH AIM TO SEE BAO DAI...       
First Line: Passing the playground I noticed the mayor
Last Line: A shower of pumpkins fell down from the skies


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: FRENCH BEAT BACK FOE IN...       
First Line: The last retreat in the snow
Last Line: Can you not accept this page of funnies?


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: FRENCH SAIL FROM KOREA       
First Line: The plaid ladders reaped unearthly fire
Last Line: I sensed how the foxes could have written up grapes in their%weekly paper


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: INDIA GETS FOUR JET PLANES       
First Line: Henry! His name is henry
Last Line: They really should grate cheese with such people!


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: ITALY FAVORS CUT IN...       
First Line: As I passed one day
Last Line: And, besides, her niece is in tripoli


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: JAPAN GETS NEW IMPORT FUND       
First Line: Spending your diamond liverwurst on gas
Last Line: As largesse dazzled the pickets?


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: MAJOR SPORTS NEWS       
First Line: White wove, bright white
Last Line: Each covers a red beach basket. %and wool, too wobbly berries


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: MILK STRIKE OFF FOR 24...       
First Line: The next time I visit randolph tooth
Last Line: I am going to take along my own grvy booth!


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: MUSHROOMING OF TROT RACES...       
First Line: Clay pants,' she screamed, and miles, miles of mushrooms
Last Line: Is my kind of february


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: NEUTRAL DEADLOCK ON...       
First Line: Which prisoner sighing of gravel
Last Line: And the prank lesson too came to an end


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: NEW KASHMIR HEAD SEEKS AID..       
First Line: Purple lemon and sailor
Last Line: Passion melts doves' blasting boss


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: NIXONS IN SINGAPORE GET A...       
First Line: Help the sandwich-pan in front
Last Line: I hope you have beefsteaked the shore


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: OFFICER WHO SOLVED KIDNAP...       
First Line: Foreign may socked jeer curio simplicity
Last Line: Blossom can't cheat sumps. Three witnesses


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: PAKISTANIS SPEED BIG POWER..       
First Line: The food lines dreamt of me
Last Line: Lanternslides cooped up like hazy strawberries


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: PAKISTANIS SPEED BIG POWER..       
First Line: Puffed money %large cherry-roll
Last Line: And big cabinet


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: PARLEY SET FOR KASHMIR POW'S       
First Line: The federation of tulips has been bleached by the tides
Last Line: When will each cry quietly shrimp its own beautiful city, %headless protector?


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: PIER CONCERNS FACE A ...       
First Line: The carbon flame of resentments
Last Line: And no fly flame in rosicrucian somersaults


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: POWER FOR PAKISTAN       
First Line: A funny but domineering ape
Last Line: Favors outrageous housecoats


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: SEA BED TO YIELD TIN ORE       
First Line: Ten o'clock,' said napoleon
Last Line: Owls have made a skating rink in peter pan's coffin


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: SOVIET GETS EAST GERMAN...       
First Line: I met my radiator on the street
Last Line: I kissed her good-bye and was awarded seventy points


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: SUIT TO FORCE STATE TO...       
First Line: O violent snag!
Last Line: And fay may hit no snag in albany


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: TOKYO MISSION OFF TO MOSCOW.       
First Line: Amazing for the largest booth in the world!
Last Line: Lest our doorknobs receive the franchise, o fragmentary %zoom!


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: U.S. SEEKS ACCORD OF ...       
First Line: A toy radio once spoke of mistrust
Last Line: Whispered father, 'and my bare feet are cold.'


NY TIMES, SUNDAY, 10-25-53: VARGAS RIDES IN JET PLANE       
First Line: The clouds were rinsed by moonlit zeppelins and silverware
Last Line: The cookie has glanced off its copper ricksha


OBEDIENCE SCHOOL       
First Line: Let us leave the obedience school
Last Line: But dad's with them now. Dad can conquer this thing


OBSIDIAN HOUSE       
First Line: As was proven %when they entered the house
Last Line: Among the madness of whirling wheat


OCTOBER AT THE WINDOW       
First Line: Do I really want to go to the city?


ODE TO JOHN KEATS       
First Line: From a dark land of figs
Last Line: Or lurking under a weeping beech


OEUVRES COMPLETES       
First Line: Everyone seemed pleased, even the then-invisible statisticians
Last Line: Anything, but you are loved and it's your responsibility


OF A PARTICULAR STRANGER       
First Line: My country is but scrubland
Last Line: To be read, lots of pages in this warehouse


OF DREAMS AND DREAMING       
First Line: Tell me more about that long street. Actually we're overextended
Last Line: No, that other one. Besides, when in doubt you can strike a match


OF LINNETS AND DULL TIME       
First Line: You said you don't want to know any more
Last Line: He may be up there now, trying to find us %if you let me, I'll drive you back to the fairgrounds


OF THE LIGHT       
First Line: That watery light, so undervalued
Last Line: From the thirties, when we and this light were all that mattered


OFFSHORE BREEZE       
First Line: Perhaps I have merely forgotten


OLD HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: The walls are whitish. Is it cold enough in here? No
Last Line: And that will save us some time


OLEUM MISERICORDIAE       
First Line: To rub it out, make it less virulent
Last Line: Without dog or woman %so far alone, unasked


ON A WHITE HORSE       
First Line: So unlike you too, though I had not
Last Line: The horse sits. It is my fate


ON AUTUMN LAKE       
First Line: Leading liot act to foriage is activity
Last Line: In each the potential is realized, the two wires %are crossing


ON HIS RELUCTANCE TO TAKE DOWN THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A nice. Normal morning
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


ON HIS RELUCTANCE TO TAKE DOWN THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS       
First Line: A nice, normal morning: %feet setting out as though in a trance
Last Line: It's great that you can be here too. %passivity rests its case


ON THE TOWPATH       
First Line: At the sign 'fred muffin's antiques' they turned off the road


ONE COAT OF PAINT       
First Line: We will all have to just hang on for a while


ONE THING THAT CAN SAVE AMERICA       
First Line: Is anything central?
Last Line: Our country, in fenced areas, in cool shady streets


ONGOING STORY       
First Line: I could say it's the happiest period of my life
Last Line: The people who own them seem rock-true and marvelously self-sufficient


ONION SKIN       
First Line: In the end it was their tales of warning stampedes
Last Line: Then I should have some pain, too?'


OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY       
First Line: In some of the stores they sell a cheese rinse
Last Line: On the plate glass for the benefit of some fish or other


OR IN MY THROAT       
First Line: To the poet as a basement quilt, but perhaps


ORIOLES       
First Line: What time the orioles came flying
Last Line: You know the peace they brought was long overdue


OSTENSIBLY    Poem Text    
First Line: One might like to rest or read


OSTENSIBLY       
First Line: One might like to rest or read


OTHER CINDY       
First Line: A breeze came to the aid of that wilted day


OTHER TRADITION       
First Line: They all came, some wore sentiments
Last Line: Rescues them at last, as a star absorbs the night


OTHERS SHIED AWAY       
First Line: And they have cooler armchairs
Last Line: Crude language, distemper -- wound into a ball for you


OTHERWISE       
First Line: I'm glad it didn't offend me


OUR LEADER IS DREAMING       
First Line: Up there our leader is dreaming again
Last Line: So the great brazen hump saw us, gazed out over the landscape


OUR YOUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Of bricks. Who built it? Like some crazy balloon
Subject(s): Youth


OUR YOUTH       
First Line: Of bricks - who built it? Like some crazy balloon
Last Line: Down the cloud ladder, but the problem has not been solved


OUTING       
First Line: These things that you are going to have
Last Line: The faucet drips, the minutes apply, denmark


OVER AT THE MUTTS'       
First Line: Funny, it says 'hidden drive.' look where you're going!
Last Line: And it'll be all right in the morning too. I guarantee it


PALE SIBLINGS       
First Line: Cheerio. Nothing on the shore
Last Line: Say, and leave it at that. Yes, I said, by all means, let's


PALINDROME       
First Line: In the days of french film and infanticide
Last Line: Etched on the air of my room


PANTOUM       
First Line: Eyes shining without mystery
Last Line: Through the vague snow of many clay pipes


PAPERWORK       
First Line: Waste time on these riddles?
Last Line: He is the one you ought to have invited


PARADOX: THE BIRDS       
First Line: Wrong about birds. I cannot call
Last Line: To love you for your turn and wheel and glide and song


PARADOXES AND OXYMORONS    Poem Text    
First Line: This poem is concerned with language on a very plain level
Subject(s): Language; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


PARADOXES AND OXYMORONS       
First Line: This poem is concerned with language on a very plain level
Last Line: Has set me softly down beside you. The poem is you
Subject(s): Language; Poetry And Poets


PARAPH       
First Line: I have to sign my name
Last Line: No chime break


PARERGON       
First Line: We are happy in our way of life


PASSIVE PREACHER       
First Line: The year books
Last Line: On that needle land


PASTILLES FOR THE VOYAGE       
First Line: If it is spring it matters a little
Last Line: I must try the new, fluid approach


PASTORAL       
First Line: Perhaps no vice endears me to the showboat
Last Line: You are my melodies, and you are handsome'


PATHETIC FALLACY       
First Line: A cautionary mister, %and thaumaturge poked holes in my trope
Last Line: As all were going away, thankful the affair had ended


PATHLESS WANDERINGS       
First Line: Whereas I, efficacious ruin
Last Line: And to have the exact change, %teeth for this meat


PEACE PLAN       
First Line: These are the eyes I have stared out
Last Line: As the virgins on the porch circle round, take up a collect ion %of obliging smiles


PEARL FISHERS       
First Line: And he would say, 'you ought to write him and thank him for it,' and I'd
Last Line: You can't rely on those, %they always win


PENITENT       
First Line: What are these apples doing here
Last Line: In the forest, with the cool sky %ambient with rubbings


PENTHESILEA       
First Line: No more odes, the good doctor said
Last Line: Half a century from the grouches of home


PICTURE OF LITTLE J.A. IN A PROSPECT OF FLOWERS       
First Line: Darkness falls like a wet sponge
Last Line: And only in the light of lost words %can we imagine our rewards


PIED PIPER       
First Line: Under the day's crust a half-eaten child
Last Line: Most civil, laughing not to return


PLAIN AS DAY       
First Line: With all its accoutrements
Last Line: Are you big bang


PLAINNESS IN DIVERSITY       
First Line: Silly girls your heads full of boys


PLEASURE BOATS       
First Line: Wash it again
Last Line: The four-leaf clover loses


PLURAL OF 'JACK-IN-THE-BOX.'       
First Line: How quiet the diversion stands


POEM       
First Line: While we were walking under the top
Last Line: Waiting for a tropical sky


POEM OF UNREST       
First Line: Men duly understand the river of life
Last Line: So the thought can erect itself, like plywood battlements


POEM ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS       
First Line: In truth there is room for disquiet
Last Line: It will turn out to be a popular color in the new century. %they will call it 'white'


POINT LOOKOUT       
First Line: The object of the game is, after all, not to die but to grow into easeful
Last Line: We mourn those who do briefly paddle


POLITE DISTORTIONS       
First Line: Already the conning tower is issuing conflicting bulletins


POOR KNIGHTS OF WINDSOR       
First Line: Say it was any day
Last Line: And the way back is polluted, the spears %almost indecent


POPULAR SONGS       
First Line: He continued to consult her for her beauty
Last Line: The actors prepare their first decline


POSTCARD FROM PONTEVEDRA       
First Line: Just how I feel %I feel today
Last Line: Though they answer me %like the risen sea


POSTCARD TO POPEYE       
First Line: Paolo heard the record of brahms' requiem in downtown
Last Line: Is inaudible. And the record of beer citrus fruits rolled over the %hill and was seen no more


POSTURE OF UNEASE       
First Line: It all seems like dirt now


POT LUCK       
First Line: You always leave me where we left off
Last Line: I thought I had gone to hell. Too bad I woke up in time


PRETTY QUESTIONS       
First Line: The two parks interfaced
Last Line: And the day that comes with them


PROBLEM OF ANXIETY       
First Line: Fifty years have passed
Last Line: From the bronze mantel, and will never be appeased
Subject(s): Anxiety; Time


PROXIMITY       
First Line: It was great to see you the other day
Last Line: At noon, for a moment of silence


PUNISHING THE MYTH       
First Line: At first it came easily, with the knowledge of the shadow line


PURISTS WILL OBJECT       
First Line: We have the looks you want


PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS       
First Line: It came aboujt that there was no way of passing


PYROGRAPHY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Out here on cottage grove it matters. The galloping
Subject(s): United States; America


PYROGRAPHY       
First Line: Out here on cottage grove it matters. The galloping
Last Line: To these bare fields, built at today's expense


QUALM       
First Line: Warren g. Harding invented the word 'normalcy.'


QUICK QUESTION       
First Line: We took to the lake
Last Line: When a favorable wind rustles the sheets


RAILROAD BRIDGE       
First Line: My relatives asked me over. Because I know


RAILROADED       
First Line: Job on the hills... %is that wrong too?
Last Line: No more angelfish for a while, at least. Too bad


RAIN       
First Line: The spoon of your head
Last Line: The flat sea rushing away


RAIN IN THE SOUP       
First Line: Raindrops fall on the treetops. A rainy day
Last Line: Good day mrs. Smith. Your daughter is as cute as anything


RAIN MOVING IN       
First Line: The blackboard is erased in the attic
Last Line: A place to be from, and have people ask about


RECENT PAST       
First Line: Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination


RECITAL       
First Line: All right. The problem is that there is no new problem


REDEEMED AREA       
First Line: Do you know where you live? Probably
Last Line: All the fuss has put me in a good mood, %o great sun


REVERIE AND CAPRICE       
First Line: It seems very unlikely that my wishes will
Last Line: All along you were trying to make me give up the other


REVISED WEATHER REPORT       
First Line: The rain continues and then stops


RIDDLE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Rainy days are best


RIDDLE ME       
First Line: Rainy days are best


RIDICULOUS TRANSLATOR'S HOPES       
First Line: Gracious exterior, but the rooms are small and mean
Last Line: To the cliff's edge as the photographer gets ready to smile


RITUAL II    Poem Text    
First Line: When the maids returned with the oil they'd bought


RITUAL II       
First Line: When the maids returned with the oil they'd bought
Last Line: Knowing it would all be on the evening news


RIVERS AND MOUNTAINS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: On the secret map the assassins
Subject(s): Separation; War; Cities; Urban Life


RIVERS AND MOUNTAINS       
First Line: On the secret map the assassins
Last Line: And the affliction of june ride %slowly out into the sun-blackened landscape


ROBIN HOOD'S BARN        Recitation by Author


ROMANTIC ENTANGLEMENT       
First Line: Ah, you don't know what fun it is


ROOF ARTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Crash baby, the new recruits have arrived


ROOF ARTIST       
First Line: Crash baby, the new recruits have arrived
Last Line: The chord desires resolution


RUNWAY       
First Line: We crawled out of the car %into the rest stop. Lady baltimore cake
Last Line: Just as the wind starts and darkness longs %to take us down a peg


RURAL OBJECTS       
First Line: Wasn't there some way in which you too understood
Last Line: Touching forever, water lifted out of the sea


SACRED AND PROFANE DANCES       
First Line: If all you want is kittens
Last Line: I said, it's funny the way things work out


SAFE CONDUCT       
First Line: The coast is clear. Bring me my scallop shell of quiet
Last Line: Is being fine-tuned for tonight's one-person recital


SALON DE THE       
First Line: Some time before you wore that belt
Last Line: And the shade was lowered as it is every doomsday


SAVAGE MENACE       
First Line: The castle was infested with rats


SAYING IT TO KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING       
First Line: Some departure from the norm


SCHEHERAZADE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Unsupported by reason's enigma


SCHEHERAZADE       
First Line: Unsupported by reason's enigma


SEA       
First Line: We carry our anxiety about the land with us
Last Line: Unsure of what to grab. The tuneless sing to me


SEE HOW YOU LIKE MY SHOES       
First Line: Two twisted dry turds on the sidewalk
Last Line: You. I like to titter


SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: As parmigianino did it, the right hand


SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR       
First Line: As parmigianino did it, the right hand
Last Line: Here and there, in cold pockets %of remembrance, whispers out of time


SHADOW TRAIN       
First Line: Violence, how smoothly it came
Last Line: The violence dreams. You are half-asleep at your instrument table


SHOCKER       
First Line: What would I learn? That this vale
Last Line: Briefly. Is that a hand on my sleeve


SHORT-TERM MEMORY       
First Line: A few things came to observe me
Last Line: And you'd want to be around me


SHOWER       
First Line: The water began to fall quite quietly
Last Line: These things that are the property of only the few


SICILIAN BIRD       
First Line: The perfume climbs into my tree
Last Line: In mist. Pardon. The landlord locked us out
Variant Title(s): Andante Misterios


SIGHS AND INHIBITIONS       
First Line: Starting well after the beginning, one invests


SILHOUETTE       
First Line: Of how that current ran in, and turned


SKATERS: 1       
First Line: These decibels %are a kind of flagellation, an entity of sound
Last Line: Yet knowing where men are coming from. It is this, to hold the %candle up to the album


SKATERS: 2       
First Line: Under the window marked 'general delivery'
Last Line: Holding a few horizontal lines. Then this vision, too, fades slowly away


SKATERS: 3       
First Line: Now you must shield with your body if necessary (you
Last Line: Is the continuation of your ecstasy and apprehension


SKATERS: 4       
First Line: The wind thrashes the maple seed-pods
Last Line: In perfect order: taurus, leo, gemini


SLEEPERS AWAKE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Cervantes was asleep when he wrote don quixote
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Sleep


SLEEPERS AWAKE       
First Line: Cervantes was asleep when he wrote don quixote
Last Line: Them, in a wordless implosion of sleep


SLUMBERER       
First Line: Bug-eyed at the possibilities %she slumbers
Last Line: To extricate ourselves, should we ever really want to


SMALL CITY       
First Line: Small city where I lived for some years in total darkness
Last Line: It is not a happy place to be %until after the rain has ended


SNOW FENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dieting aids posture


SNOW FENCE       
First Line: Dieting aids posture
Last Line: And the actors walked with me to those calms


SNOWBALL IN HELL       
First Line: In the beginning there are those who don't quite fit in


SOME MONEY       
First Line: I said I am awkward


SOME OLD TIRES       
First Line: This was mine, and I let it slip through my fingers


SOME TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: These are amazing: each
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


SOME TREES       
First Line: These are amazing: each
Last Line: These accents seem their own defense
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


SOMEONE YOU HAVE SEEN BEFORE       
First Line: It was a night for listening to corelli, geminiani


SOMETHING SIMILAR       
First Line: I, the city mouse, have traveled from a long ways away


SOMETHING TOO CHINESE       
First Line: For me now
Last Line: These are mere cavils


SONATINE MELANCOLIQUE       
First Line: Then I walked on a ways
Last Line: Pale bluster, flubbing today again and again


SONG       
First Line: The song tells us of our old way of living


SONG OF THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS       
First Line: We've kept these old things


SONG: 'MOSTLY PLACES ...'       
First Line: The quarries are closed now


SONGS WE KNOW BEST       
First Line: Just like a shadow in an empty room


SONNET       
First Line: Each servant stamps the reader with a look
Last Line: Worms be your words, you not safe from ours


SONNET       
First Line: The barber at his chair
Last Line: You guessed the reason for the storm


SOONEST MENDED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Barely tolerated, living on the margin
Subject(s): Language; Time; Words; Vocabulary


SOONEST MENDED       
First Line: Barely tolerated, living on the margin
Last Line: To the mooring of starting out, that day so long ago


SORTES VERGILIANAE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have been living now for a long time and there is nothing you do not know
Last Line: Only long patience, as the star climbs and sinks, leaving illumuniation to the setting sun
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SORTES VERGILIANAE       
First Line: You have been living now for a long time and there is nothing you do not know
Last Line: Only long patience, as the star climbs and sinks, leaving illumination to the setting sun
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT       
First Line: Say that this is a street therefore people walk down it
Last Line: No, something to lug up behind the office at noon
Subject(s): Change


SPOTLIGHT ON AMERICA       
First Line: I must proceed unflustered
Last Line: Passing moment be the last to know, as usual


SPRING CRIES       
First Line: Our worst fears are realized
Last Line: To the bight: adult swimmers, all of them


SPRING DAY       
First Line: The immense hope, and forbearance
Last Line: We shall soon give all our attention to you


STANZAS BEFORE TIME       
First Line: Quietly as if it could be
Last Line: In my flivver, miss ocean, honest, if I could


STAR BELCHED       
First Line: On she danced, but had forgotten
Last Line: The moment I stare I kiss you


STATUARY       
First Line: The prevailing winds lied in intent


STILL-LIFE WITH STRANGER       
First Line: Come on, ullrich, the great octagon


STONE-DEAF ALBERT LEAVES THE CONCERTINA       
First Line: All things being equal in this reservoir
Last Line: A man of state nonetheless, of many liaisons


STORY OF NEXT WEEK       
First Line: Yes, but right reason dictates...Yes, but the wolf is at the door
Last Line: Your passprt's in there too


STRANGE CINEMA       
First Line: In sooth, I come here sadly
Last Line: That is all I can offer you, %my lost, my beloved one


STRANGE OCCUPATIONS       
First Line: Once after school, hobbling from place to place
Last Line: Is even now humming her old song of antipathies


STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Without thinking too much about it


STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT NIGHT       
First Line: Without thinking too much about it
Last Line: Once the bosses and their beagles have passed through


STREET MUSICIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: One died, and the soul was wrenched out
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Homeless


STREET MUSICIANS       
First Line: One died, and the soul was wrenched out
Last Line: On the landscape, to make of us what we could


SUIT       
First Line: Maybe it only looks bedraggled
Last Line: Yes, I could have told you that some time ago


SUMMER       
First Line: There is that sound like the wind


SUNRISE IN SUBURBIA       
First Line: The tone is hard is heard
Last Line: In the morning holocaust become one vast furnace, engaging all tears


SUSPENDED LIFE       
First Line: She is under heavy sedation
Last Line: The weather continues, the children are on their way to school


SWAYING, THE APT TRAVELER EXITED MY HOUSE       
First Line: It's so easy to be attractive when
Last Line: To the overextended fruit of this day %this dream


SYRINGA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Orpheus liked the glad personal quality


SYRINGA       
First Line: Orpheus liked the glad personal quality
Last Line: In some small town, one indifferent summer


SYSTEM       
First Line: The system was breaking down
Last Line: Way leads to the pragmatic and kinetic future


TAHITI TROT    Poem Text    
First Line: We close in on ourselves


TAHITI TROT       
First Line: We close in on ourselves
Last Line: Can I get you anything?'


TAPESTRY       
First Line: It is difficult to separate the tapestry


TASK       
First Line: They are preparing to begin again


TAXI IN THE GLEN       
First Line: You throw matches on the floor
Last Line: To calm his romantic hopes


TENNIS COURT OATH       
First Line: What had you been thinking about
Last Line: Lilacs blowing across his face glad he brought you


TENTH SYMPHONY       
First Line: I have not told you
Last Line: Hope to have more time to tell you about %the latter in the foreseeable future


TERMINAL       
First Line: Didn't you get my card?
Last Line: In the garden. It can be anything


TERNINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Didn't you get my card?
Last Line: In the garden, it can be anything
Subject(s): Speeches & Addresses; Travel


THANK YOU FOR NOT COOPERATING       
First Line: Down in the street there are ice-cream parlors to go to


THE BUNGALOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Impatient as we were for all of them to join us


THE HISTORY OF MY LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once upon a time there were two brothers
Last Line: It up for what seemed like months or years
Subject(s): History; Life; Historians


THE ICE-CREAM WARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Although I mean it, and project the meaning
Last Line: A randomness, a darkness of one's own
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh how this sullen, careless world


THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As I sit looking out of a window of the building
Last Line: Rights reserved.
Subject(s): Boredom; Dreams; Guadalajara; Imagination; Ennui; Nightmares; Fancy


THE LAUGHTER OF DEAD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Candid jeremiads drizzle from his lips
Last Line: And all the singular adventures it implies
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE NEW HIGHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You meant more than life to me. I lived through


THE PAINTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sitting between the sea and the buildings
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE PIED PIPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the day's crust a half-eaten child


THE PROBLEM OF ANXIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fifty years have passed
Last Line: From the bronze mantel, and will never be appeased
Subject(s): Anxiety; Time


THE RECENT PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination
Subject(s): Separation


THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Say that this is a street therefore people walk down it
Last Line: No, something to lug up behind the office at noon
Subject(s): Change


THE SUN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The watermark said it was alone with us


THE TENNIS COURT OATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What had you been thinking about


THEIR DAY       
First Line: Each act of criticism is general


THEME    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a piano shawl


THEME       
First Line: If I were a piano shawl
Last Line: Around here and cannot find itself


THESE LACUSTRINE CITIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These lacustrine cities grew out of loathing
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THESE LACUSTRINE CITIES       
First Line: These lacustrine cities grew out of loathing
Last Line: Whose disappointment broke into a rainbow of tears


THEY DON'T JUST GO AWAY, EITHER       
First Line: In scandinavia, where snow falls frequently
Last Line: And the rabbit who await us in the dooryard
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Winter


THEY DREAM ONLY OF AMERICA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


THEY DREAM ONLY OF AMERICA       
Last Line: And I am lost without you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THINNEST SHADOW       
First Line: He is sherrier
Last Line: And his eyes are full of mold


THIS CONFIGURATION       
First Line: This movie deals with the epidemic of the way we live now


THIS ROOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The room I entered was a dream of this room
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THIS ROOM       
First Line: The room I entered was a dream of this room
Last Line: You are not even here


THOUGHTS OF A YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It is such a beautiful day I had to write you a letter
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THOUGHTS OF A YOUNG GIRL       
First Line: It is such a beautiful day I had to write you a letter
Last Line: May you not be long on the way!
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


THOUSAND ISLANDS       
First Line: Keeping warm now, while it lasts
Last Line: As clouds reappear after rains


THREE DUSKS       
First Line: I think it's nice of me
Last Line: The cranes have flown far from their perch


TICKET       
First Line: The experience of writing you these love letters
Last Line: Automatically taking the things in, that had not been spoiled, sordid


TILL THE BUS STARTS       
First Line: I like napping in transit
Last Line: Cover me with buttons


TITLE SEARCH       
First Line: Voices of spring. Vienna bonbons
Last Line: Less is roar. The bicyclist. The father


TO GOOD PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE       
First Line: Many couldn't stop being in love with you
Last Line: The fruit concurs. And now very seldom


TO REDOUTE       
First Line: To true roses uplifted on the bilious tide of evening
Last Line: Tears that streak the dusty firmament


TO THE SAME DEGREE       
First Line: From the frozen yelps squirted lust
Last Line: In little groups first, then by tens


TODAY'S ACADEMICIANS       
First Line: Again, what forces the critic to bury his
Last Line: More meteor magic. Seems like


TOKEN RESISTANCE       
First Line: As one turns to one in a dream
Last Line: My own shoes have scarred the walk I've taken


TONE POEM       
First Line: It is not longer night. But there is a sameness


TOO HAPPY, HAPPY TREE       
First Line: If the green felicity sits too readily on the lower lip


TOO MUCH SLEEP IS BAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't have a chronic cough


TOO MUCH SLEEP IS BAD       
First Line: I don't have a chronic cough
Last Line: And they finally get it wrong


TOUCHING, THE SIMILARITIES       
First Line: Surely it was the same blank wall of twenty years ago
Last Line: Yet the obtuse angle of evening is mum on the subject


TOWER OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot remain outside any longer


TOWER OF DARKNESS       
First Line: I cannot remain outside any longer
Last Line: Unlike the old healing that will come again in time


TOWN AND COUNTRY       
First Line: Enormous shadow, be gone
Last Line: Bull moose in a maine lake, %summer 1971


TOY SYMPHONY       
First Line: Out on the terrace the projector had begun
Last Line: Backward perhaps, into a cab


TRAIN RISING OUT OF THE SEA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is written in the book of usable minutes


TRAIN RISING OUT OF THE SEA       
First Line: It is written in the book of usable minutes


TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING       
First Line: According to most of these people, a good 'ladle'
Last Line: To chill those ways


TUESDAY EVENING       
First Line: She plundered the fun in his hair
Last Line: Slips nervously past. The heat, the stillness are oppressive, iguanas


TWILIGHT PARK       
First Line: Surely the lodger hadn't returned yet
Last Line: The ending is considered particularly fine


TWO FOR THE ROAD       
First Line: Did you want it plain or frosted? (plain vanilla or busted?)
Last Line: Soiled herself and brought eternal night upon our shy little country


TWO PIECES       
First Line: Edith and julian
Last Line: The horse's mane tears


TWO SCENES: 1       
First Line: We see us as we truly behave
Last Line: Air resting around the tips of mountains


TWO SCENES: 2       
First Line: A fine rain anoints the canal machinery
Last Line: Everything has a schedule, if you can find out what it is


TWO SONNETS: 1. DIDO       
First Line: The body's products become
Last Line: Inside it they had a record of 'the st. Louis blues'


TWO SONNETS: 2. THE IDIOT       
First Line: O how this sullen, careless world
Last Line: The spray made as it hit the front of the boat


UMPTEEN       
First Line: In this childhood you can
Last Line: These files have nothing on you


UNCTUOUS PLATITUDES       
First Line: There is no reason for the surcharge to bother you


UNDERWRITERS       
First Line: Sir joshua lipton drank this tea
Last Line: A little, you'll lean against my hip for comfort


UNKNOWN TRAVELERS       
First Line: Lugged to the gray arbor
Last Line: Purple and gray she starts upright in her chair


UNRELEASED MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's start in the middle as usual. Ever since I burnt my mouth


UNRELEASED MOVIE       
First Line: Let's start in the middle, as usual. Ever since I burnt my mouth


UNTILTED       
First Line: How tall the buildings were as I began


UNUSUAL PRECAUTIONS       
First Line: We, we children, why our lives are circumscribed, circumferential


UPTICK    Poem Text    
First Line: We were sitting there, and


VARIANT       
First Line: Sometimes a word will start it, like


VARIATIONS ON LA FOLIA       
First Line: Now another one who said it is gone
Last Line: I'm sick of that one


VARIATIONS, CALYPSO AND FUGUE ON A THEME OF ELLA WHEELER WILCOX       
First Line: For the pleasures of the many
Last Line: I will tell you nothing! Nothing, do you hear? He shrieked. Go away! Go away!


VASE OF FLOWERS       
First Line: The vase is white and would be a cylinder
Last Line: They mean absolutely nothing to me


VAUCANSON       
First Line: It was snowing as he wrote


VEGETARIANS       
First Line: In front of you, long tables, leading down to the sun


VENDANGES       
First Line: A tall building in the fifteenth arrondissement faded away slowly and then
Last Line: Wondering, what have I done to deserve this or anything else?


VETIVER       
First Line: Ages passed slowly, like a load of hay


VINTAGE MASQUERADE       
First Line: That article I'd meant to read
Last Line: Of your being, shaken clear of you like duck feathers


VOWELS       
First Line: Instant insufficiency edged eerily over our oasis
Last Line: Everything was at peace with everybody. A dark stone glistened


WAITING CEREMONY       
First Line: The binding clause
Last Line: Resuming and resuming. We are the thick %and the thin


WAKEFULNESS       
First Line: An immodest little white wine, some scattered seraphs
Last Line: Funny, none of us heard the roar


WAKING DREAM       
First Line: And the failing panopticon? That happened before
Last Line: To know, which way is upstream


WALKWAYS       
First Line: The man behind you spoke to the tracery
Last Line: Like a partially opened umbrella


WALTZ DREAM       
First Line: She wasn't having one of her strange headaches tonight
Last Line: All what am I doing
Variant Title(s): Heavenly Arts Polk


WATER CARRIER       
First Line: I did not, then
Last Line: Who do daylong things


WATER INSPECTOR       
First Line: Scramble the 'believer' buttons. Silence the chickens. We have more
Last Line: What I consider. Once it was all grace in the lifting. Awkward, yes, and not %a little disconcertin


WAVE       
First Line: To pass through pain and not know it


WAY THEY TOOK       
First Line: The green bars on you grew soberer
Last Line: Bye now. The jewels are for luck


WE HESITATE       
First Line: The days to come are a watershed


WEATHER AND TURTLES       
First Line: And patient, exacting
Last Line: No, that was mine


WEEKEND       
First Line: Swan filets and straw wine
Last Line: Thistles, dandelions, what do we care?


WELL, YES, ACTUALLY       
First Line: To whom it may concern: listen up
Last Line: With a wedge-shaped piece of wood, so that it stayed open all the time


WET ARE THE BOARDS       
First Line: Not liking what life has in it


WET CASEMENTS       
First Line: The concept is interesting: to see, as though reflected
Last Line: I shall not repeat others' comments about me


WHAT DO YOU CALL IT WHEN       
First Line: The fire betokened it
Last Line: I repeat it in paragraphs in these parts and am not ready togo home yet


WHAT IS POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The medieval town, with frieze / of boy scouts from nagoa?
Last Line: It might give us--what?--some flowers soon?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WHAT IS POETRY       
First Line: The medieval town, with frieze %of boy scouts from nagoa?
Last Line: It might give us -- what? -- some flowers soon?
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


WHAT IS WRITTEN       
First Line: What is written on the paper
Last Line: To call the shots pretty much as they come. %poor, bald thing


WHAT THE PLANTS SAY       
First Line: Don't cry it's lentil soup
Last Line: For sure we got to go. Now's %the time, ida


WHATEVER IT IS, WHEREVER YOU ARE       
First Line: The cross-hatching technique which allowed our ancestors to exchange
Last Line: Firmly in the good-natured circle of your ancestors' games and entertainments


WHEN ALL HER NEIGHBORS CAME       
First Line: The most beautiful combination appeared
Last Line: Is the essential spoon. We may live more patently %more expectantly now


WHEN HALF THE TIME THEY DON'T KNOW THEMSELVES       
First Line: Old cathedrals, old markets, good and firm things


WHEN PRESSED       
First Line: Why has the sailor come in
Last Line: Note that the box has been 'discontinued'


WHERE IT WAS DECIDED WE SHOULD BE TAKEN       
First Line: Your name here invisible as a headache
Last Line: Feed the horse on brambles the moon %is coming


WHETHER IT EXISTS       
First Line: All through the fifties and sixties the land tilted


WHITE PAPER       
First Line: And if he thought that
Last Line: The crushed paper heaps


WHITE ROSES       
First Line: The worst side of it all
Last Line: The new white flowers that are beginnng to shoot up about now


WHO KNOWS WHAT CONSTITUTES A LIFE       
First Line: Really? Uncle pedro is coming
Last Line: Or the calf given birth to calflets


WILLIAM BYRD       
First Line: With the precision of one who fights, slowly, the shadow of the battering
Last Line: In them we become magic and empty again


WING       
First Line: Among cool recesses of tombs
Last Line: Kilted men, some carrying birds


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY       
First Line: What have we proved? That we don't have the one idea


WITHIN THE HOUR       
First Line: The tea is too hot
Last Line: Why yes. Remember %me? Remember me %in any case


WOMAN LEANING       
First Line: However it may come back to you
Last Line: For our benefit, if we should ever get to know them


WOODEN BUILDINGS       
First Line: The tests are good. You need a million of them


WORKS ON PAPER 1       
First Line: Life in japan is one of the most famous with all these
Last Line: Before the tremendous dogs are unleashed


WORLD'S END       
First Line: Sometimes it's more time than we care to be
Last Line: And buy some cherries, greet old friends


WORSENING SITUATION       
First Line: Like a rainstorm, he said, the braided colors
Last Line: To get them really wife again. My wife %thinks I'm in oslo -oslo, france, that is


WRONG KIND OF INSURANCE       
First Line: I teach in a high school


YEARS OF INDISCRETION       
First Line: Whatever your eye alights on this morning is yours
Last Line: And yesterday the place where we left off a little while ago


YES, DR. GRENZMER. HOW MAY I BE OF ASSISTANCE TO YOU?       
First Line: We were stayng at the golden something-or-other
Last Line: With tellers and guards. Who liked the flowers


YESTERDAY, FOR INSTANCE       
First Line: No longer available is the hare
Last Line: Trailer ends. I promise the sun was a switch, or tickler


YOU DROPPED SOMETHING       
First Line: So what if it's brackish my love
Last Line: And the bride you brought from back east %nailed to the sun


YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT       
First Line: Meanwhile, back in
Last Line: The stone path wearying


YOU, MY ACADEMY       
First Line: Maybe untwine my breath, like
Last Line: Stops to give us a lift to the nearest menstruating sun


YOUNG MAN WITH LETTER       
First Line: Another feeble, wonderful creature is making the rounds again
Last Line: The sieved dark can tell you about it


YOUNG PEOPLE       
First Line: Slowly he is eating the stars
Last Line: Never to know what cut us loose


YOUNG PRINCE AND THE YOUNG PRINCESS       
First Line: The grass cuts our feet as we wend our way
Last Line: You will say, 'that is how we lived, you and I'


YOUNG SON       
First Line: The screen of supreme good fortune curved his absolute smile
Last Line: Lit, one by one, in the hushed and fast darkening room


YOUR NAME HERE       
First Line: But how can I be in this bar and also be a recluse?
Last Line: Light a candle in my wreath, I'll be yours forever and will kiss you