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Author: ATWOOD, MARGARET
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Atwood, Margaret    Poet's Biography
286 poems available by this author


1837 WAR IN RETROSPECT       
First Line: One of the %things I found out be being
Last Line: Made actual through a child's fingers


A HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: My child in the smoke of the fire
Last Line: And no farther
Subject(s): Nature


A WOMAN'S ISSUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman in the spiked device
Last Line: Who invented the word love?
Subject(s): Women


ACCIDENT HAS OCCURRED       
Last Line: Which of us will survive %which of us will survive the other


AFTER ALL       
First Line: After all you are quite
Last Line: Only alive & stuck with it


AFTER THE FLOOD, WE       
First Line: We must be the only ones
Last Line: Brutal faces forming %(slowly) %out of stone


AGAINST STILL LIFE       
First Line: Orange in the middle of a table
Last Line: Just as it was %from the beginning


ALTERNATE THOUGHTS FROM UNDERGROUND       
First Line: Down. Shovelled. Can hear
Last Line: Uncalloused and armourless mammals


ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY       
First Line: In that country the animals
Last Line: They have faces of %no-one
Subject(s): Animals


ASPARAGUS    Poem Text    
First Line: This afternoon a man leans over
Last Line: You're very lucky
Subject(s): Asparagus; Love - Nature Of; Vegetables


ASPARAGUS       
First Line: This afternoon a man leans over
Last Line: Listen, I say to him, %you're very lucky
Subject(s): Asparagus; Love - Nature Of; Vegetables


AT FIRST I WAS GIVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: At first I was given centuries
Last Line: Before you run out into the street and they shoot
Subject(s): War; Life Change Events; Memor


AT FIRST I WAS GIVEN       
First Line: At first I was given centuries
Last Line: Before you run out into the street and they shoot
Subject(s): Widows And Widowers


AT THE TOURIST CENTER IN BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: There is my country under glass
Subject(s): Canada; Canadians


AT THE TOURIST CENTER IN BOSTON       
First Line: There is my country under glass
Last Line: Was the sky ever that blue? %who really lives there
Subject(s): Canada


AVA GARDNER REINCARNATED AS A MAGNOLIA       
First Line: Somehow I never succeeded
Last Line: I ever had for anything. The joy


AXIOM       
First Line: Axiom: you are a sea
Last Line: All earth: a known %land, a country


BACKDROP ADDRESSES COWBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Starspangled cowboy
Subject(s): Cowboys


BACKDROP ADDRESSES COWBOY       
First Line: Starspangled cowboy %sauntering out of the almost
Last Line: I am the space you desecrate %as you pass through


BEYOND TRUTH       
Last Line: The best it can


BLACKIE ON ANTARCTICA       
First Line: My sister phones long distance: %blackie's been put out
Last Line: Justice is what we'll turn into. %then there's mercy)


BOOK OF ANCESTORS       
First Line: Book of ancestors: these brutal, with curled
Last Line: Alive, open yourself like this and become whole


BORED       
First Line: All those times I was bored
Last Line: Now I would know


BUFFALO IN COMPOUND, ALBERTA       
First Line: The marsh flat where they graze
Last Line: The shade of the gold-edged trees


BULL SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: For me there was no audience
Subject(s): Bullfights & Bullfighters


BULL SONG       
First Line: For me there was no audience
Last Line: But the grace with which they disguise it %justifies them


BUS ALONG ST CLAIR: DECEMBER       
First Line: It would take more than that to banish
Last Line: Your place is empty


CARRYING FOOD HOME IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk uphill through the snow


CARRYING FOOD HOME IN WINTER       
First Line: I walk uphill through the snow
Last Line: This grapefruit %will become a thought


CELL       
First Line: Now look objectively. You have to
Last Line: Are not unknown. Look in the mirror


CHAPECHANGERS IN WINTER       
First Line: Through the slit of our open window, the wind
Last Line: It's still you. It's still you


CHARIVARI       
First Line: They capped their heads with feathers, masked
Last Line: Drumbeats. Stop this. Become human


CIRCE/MUD POEMS, SELS.       


CIRCLE GAME       
First Line: The children on the lawn
Last Line: I want the circle %broken


CITY PLANNERS       
First Line: Cruising these residential sunday


COMIC BOOKS VS. HISTORY (1949, 1969)       
First Line: On the blackboard map your country
Last Line: Of campfires, pieces of fur


CORPSE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I enter your night


CORPSE SONG       
First Line: I enter your night
Last Line: Not as I am but as I am


CRESSIDA TO TROILUS: A GIFT       
First Line: You forced me to give you poisonous gifts
Last Line: You won't be cured


CRICKETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spetember. Wild aster. Fox grapes
Last Line: Come back as our heartbeats
Subject(s): Crickets


CRICKETS       
First Line: Spetember. Wild aster. Fox grapes
Last Line: Come back as our heartbeats
Subject(s): Crickets


CROW SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: In the arid sun, over the field


CROW SONG       
First Line: In the arid sun, over the field
Last Line: And left me alone with politics


CYCLOPS       
First Line: You, going along the path
Last Line: You are the hugest monster


DAGUERREOTYPE TAKEN IN OLD AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I know I change
Subject(s): Old Age


DAGUERREOTYPE TAKEN IN OLD AGE       
First Line: I know I change
Subject(s): Old Age


DAMSIDE       
First Line: This used to be a dam
Last Line: And the stained river %a prayer, a sewer, a prayer


DANCING       
First Line: It was my father taught my mother
Last Line: He didn't want to


DAPHNE AND LAURA AND SO FORTH       
First Line: He was the one who saw me
Last Line: He wanted something or other


DEATH OF A YOUNG SON BY DROWNING    Poem Text    
First Line: He, who navigated with success
Subject(s): Death - Children; Drowning; Death - Babies


DEATH OF A YOUNG SON BY DROWNING       
First Line: He, who navigated with success
Last Line: I planted him in this country %like a flag
Subject(s): Death - Children; Drowning


DEATHS OF THE OTHER CHILDREN       
First Line: The body dies
Last Line: They catch at my heels with their fingers


DEPARTURE FROM THE BUSH       
First Line: I, who had been erased
Last Line: I came away not having learned


DIGGING       
First Line: In this yard, barnyard
Last Line: Symbols, monuments, %forgiveness, treaties, love


DISEMBARKING AT QUEBEC       
First Line: Is it my clothes, my way of walking
Last Line: I am a word %in a foreign language


DOUBLE VOICE       
First Line: Two voices %took turns using my eyes
Last Line: Half-buried among the sweet peas


DOWN       
First Line: They were wrong about the sun
Last Line: With all this loss


DREAM 1: THE BUSH GARDEN       
First Line: I stood once more in that garden
Last Line: Anything planted here %would come up blood


DREAM 2: BRIAN THE STILL-HUNTER       
First Line: The man I saw in the forest
Last Line: I remembered: he has been gone %twenty years and not heard from


DREAM 3: NIGHT BEAR WHICH FRIGHTENED CATTLE       
First Line: Horns crowding toward us
Last Line: A mute vibration passing %between my ears


DREAM: BLUEJAY OR ARCHEOPTERYX    Poem Text    
First Line: Kneeling on rock


DREAMS OF THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mostly the animals dream / of other animals
Last Line: Dreams of sawdust
Subject(s): Animals; Dreams


DREAMS OF THE ANIMALS       
First Line: Mostly the animals dream %of other animals
Last Line: Dreams of sawdust
Subject(s): Animals


EATING FIRE       
First Line: Eating fire %is your ambition
Last Line: As it falls. In its own way


ELEGY FOR THE GIANT TORTOISES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let others pray for the passenger pigeon
Last Line: Our holy and obsolete symbols
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


ELEGY FOR THE GIANT TORTOISES       
First Line: Let others pray for the passenger pigeon
Last Line: The relics of what we have destroyed, %our holy and obsolete symbols
Subject(s): Turtles


EVENTUAL PROTEUS       
First Line: I held you %through all your shifts
Last Line: The caustic remark of your kiss


EXPLORERS       
First Line: The explorers will come
Last Line: At the two skeletons


FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter. Time to eat fat
Subject(s): Winter; Cats; Food & Eating


FEBRUARY       
First Line: Winter. Time to eat fat
Last Line: Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring


FEMALE BODY       
First Line: I agree, it's a hot topic. But only one? Look around, there'
Last Line: As if it were flesh and blood, hunting for what's out there,tle it down, so I can never get away fro


FIRE PLACE       
First Line: Here is the place where the lightning fire one time
Last Line: Only we could call it a wound


FIRST NEIGHBOURS       
First Line: The people I live among, unforgivingly
Last Line: Prediction is forever impossible


FISHING FOR EEL TOTEMS       
First Line: I stood on the reed bank
Last Line: By the first tribes, the fish %people


FIST, WITHERED AND STRUNG       
Last Line: You order me to trust you


FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Right now I am the flower girl
Last Line: Hoping I could still save him
Subject(s): Flowers


FLOWERS       
First Line: Right now I am the flower girl
Last Line: Hoping I could still save him
Subject(s): Flowers


FOOTNOTE TO THE AMNESTY REPORT ON TORTURE       
First Line: The torture chamber is not like anything


FOR ARCHEOLOGISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep under, far back


FORTIFICATION       
First Line: Upon waking a nerve complains in the
Last Line: Back to the lost forest of being vulnerable


FOUNDLING       
First Line: He left himself on my doorstep
Last Line: That no-one else has ever been


FOX/FIRE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't enjoy it here


FROGLESS       
First Line: The sore trees cast their leaves
Last Line: Travel anywhere in a year, five years, %and you'll end up here


FROM AN ITALIAN POSTCARD FACTORY        Recitation by Author


FURTHER ARRIVALS       
First Line: After we had crossed the long illness
Last Line: Real or not %depends on who lives there


GAME AFTER SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: This is before electricity
Last Line: If we are lucky
Subject(s): Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


GAME AFTER SUPPER       
First Line: This is before electricity
Last Line: He will be an uncle %if we are lucky
Subject(s): Games


GIRL AND HORSE, 1928       
First Line: You are younger than I am, you are
Last Line: As though you do not notice


GIRL WITHOUT HANDS       
First Line: Walking through the ruins
Last Line: And you would feel nothing, but you would be %touched all the same


HABITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Marriage is not / a house or even a tent
Subject(s): Love


HABITATION       
First Line: Marriage is not %a house or even a tent
Last Line: We are learning to make fire
Subject(s): Love


HALF-HANGED MARY       
First Line: Rumour was loose in the air
Last Line: All fullness, all vacancy


HEADS AGAINST WHITE       
First Line: Swift curve of the lip, nose, forehead
Last Line: Faces, burials %to rise up living


HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Some people sell their blood. You sell your heart
Last Line: Deep in your shirt and chest / shyly, heartless
Subject(s): Soul


HEART       
First Line: Some people sell their blood. You sell your heart
Last Line: Deep in your shirt and chest, %shyly, heartless
Subject(s): Soul


HELEN OF TROY DOES COUNTER DANCING    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is full of women
Last Line: Touch me and you’ll burn
Subject(s): Troy


HELEN OF TROY DOES COUNTER DANCING       
First Line: The world is full of women
Last Line: Touch me and you'll burn
Subject(s): Troy


HERE ARE THE HOLY BIRDS,       
Last Line: Round as a target, stopped %dead, intense as love


HESITATIONS OUTSIDE THE DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm telling the wrong lies
Subject(s): Loss


HESITATIONS OUTSIDE THE DOOR       
First Line: I'm telling the wrong lies
Last Line: In the room we will find each other


HIGHEST ALTITUDE       
First Line: Here, our possessions are cut
Last Line: Not the mountains but the moving %car, and each other


HOLDING MY ARMS DOWN       
Last Line: What do yu want me to admit


HOLIDAY       
First Line: My child in the smoke of the fire
Last Line: Too much dust in the stratosphere %this year, they say. Unseasonal
Subject(s): Nature


I AM SITTING       
First Line: I am sitting on the
Last Line: Shine briefly in your empty hands


I CAN'T TELL YOU       
First Line: I can't tell you my name
Last Line: When you are lost already


I LOOK UP       
First Line: I look up, you are standing
Last Line: You descend on me like earth


I SEE YOU       
First Line: I see you fugitive, stumbling across the prairie
Last Line: Now you have one enemy %instead of many


I WAS READING A SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE       
First Line: They have photographed the brain
Last Line: Its other air %its claws %its paradise rivers


IMMIGRANTS       
First Line: They are allowed to inherit
Last Line: Land to an unknown land


IN LOVE WITH RAYMOND CHANDLER       
First Line: An affair with raymond chandler, what a joy! Not because of the
Last Line: Lime-green chenille-covered?), ready at last to do the same things to %each other


IN THE SECULAR NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the secular night you wander around
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


IN THE SECULAR NIGHT       
First Line: In the secular night you wander around
Last Line: The century grinds on


INTERVIEW WITH A TOURIST       
First Line: You speed by with your camera and your spear
Last Line: Now this country is underwear; %we can love only the drowned


IS/NOT       
First Line: Love is not a profession
Last Line: Fighting our ways, our way %not out but through


IT IS DANGEROUS TO READ NEWSPAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: While I was building neat
Last Line: Another village explodes
Subject(s): Newspapers; War; Journalism; Journalists


IT IS DANGEROUS TO READ NEWSPAPERS       
First Line: While I was building neat
Subject(s): Newspapers; War


IT'S THE STORY THAT COUNTS. NO USE TELLING ME THIS       
Last Line: The story and the story is ruthless


JOURNEY TO THE INTERIOR       
First Line: There are similarities
Last Line: It is easier for me to lose my way %forever here, than in other landscapes


KING LEAR IN RESPITE CARE       
First Line: The daughters have their parties
Last Line: He hears her say - %I love you like salt


LANDCRAB       
First Line: A lie, that we come from water
Last Line: My momentary face in the mirror %my tiny nightmare


LANDLADY       
First Line: This is the lair of the landlady
Last Line: Of what is real, %solid as bacon


LAST POEM       
First Line: Tonight words fall away from me like shed clothing
Last Line: Each poem is my last and so is this one


LAST YEAR I ABSTAINED       
Last Line: Which is also an art


LATE AUGUST       
First Line: This is the plum season, the nights


LATER IN BELLEVILLE: CAREER       
First Line: Once by a bitter candle
Last Line: There is no use for art


LONELINESS OF THE MILITARY HISTORIAN       
First Line: Confess: it's my profession
Last Line: For every year of peace there have been four hundred %years of war


LOOKING IN A MIRROR       
First Line: It was as if I woke
Last Line: Or discover you %have never known


LYING HERE, EVERYTHING IN ME       
Last Line: I bend and enter


MAN IN A GLACIER       
First Line: Now see: they've found a man in a glacier
Last Line: The curse on us: you will not sleep forever


MAN LOOKS       
First Line: A man looks at a beautiful woman
Last Line: He thinks, I will die soon


MANET'S OLYMPIA       
First Line: She reclines, more or less
Last Line: You, sir, are furniture %get stuffed


MARRYING THE HANGMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She has been condemned to death by hanging
Last Line: They both kept their promises.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


MARRYING THE HANGMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She has been condemned to death by hanging. A man
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Crime & Criminals; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


MARRYING THE HANGMAN       
First Line: She has been condemned to death by hanging
Last Line: They both kept their promises
Subject(s): Crime And Criminals


MARSH LANGUAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark soft languages are being silenced
Last Line: The one language that has eaten all the others.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


MEN WITH THE HEADS OF EAGLES       
Last Line: Wrong somehow, they would rather be trees


MIDWINTER, PRESOLSTICE       
First Line: The cold rises around
Last Line: Turnips and apples and my %head, the eyes closed


MIGRATION: C.P.R.       
First Line: Escaping from allegories
Last Line: In the %inescapabale mists


MISS JULY GROWS OLDER       
First Line: How much longer can I get away
Last Line: What you get is no longer %what you see


MOMENT       
First Line: The moment when, after many years
Last Line: It was always the other way round


MORE AND MORE       
First Line: More and more frequently the edges
Last Line: A starved dog's logic about bones


MORNING       
First Line: Because we couldn't sleep we went on
Last Line: We knew we had been there before


MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the burned house I am eating breakfast
Subject(s): Breakfast


MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE       
First Line: In the burned house I am eating breakfast
Last Line: Radiant fresh. Incandescent


MY BEAUTIFUL WOODEN LEADER       
Last Line: Ride off in the other direction


MY FACE, MY OTHER FACES       
Last Line: Look at me and see your reflection


NATURE OF GOTHIC       
First Line: I show you a girl running at night
Last Line: To choose. To make your way


NEWSREEL: MAN AND FIRING SQUAD       
First Line: A botched job
Last Line: Bodies, from a distance we could be dancing


NINE UNTITLED POEMS: 3       
First Line: After the agony in the guest
Last Line: Are sick in the bathtub


NINE UNTITLED POEMS: 5       
First Line: Your back is rough all


NINE UNTITLED POEMS: 7       
First Line: This year I intended children


NINE UNTITLED POEMS: 8       
First Line: We are standing facing each other


NOT YOU I FEAR BUT THAT OTHER       
Last Line: Get out of here. %get out of here


NOTES TOWARDS A POEM THAT CAN NEVER BE WRITTEN       
First Line: This is the place
Last Line: Elsewhere you must write this poem %because there is nothing more to do


NOVEMBER       
First Line: This creature kneeling
Last Line: It is always heavier than you thought


NOW IT IS WINTER.       
Last Line: Wall, this puzzle. You solve it


OH       
First Line: It's christmas, and the green wreaths
Last Line: This is a good thought


OTTAWA RIVER BY NIGHT       
First Line: In the full moon you dream more
Last Line: To decipher where you are


OWL BURNING       
First Line: A few inches down and the soil stops
Last Line: So close to bedrock


OWL SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the heart of a murdered woman
Subject(s): Owls; Death; Dead, The


OWL SONG       
First Line: I am the heart of a murdered woman


PATHS AND THINGSCAPE       
First Line: Those who went ahead
Last Line: Around me %into its place


PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER TO CONSULT ME,       
Last Line: I said, I am a desert island. It was not what he ahd in mind


PINK HOTEL IN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: My father chops with is axe
Last Line: Where everything recurs %and nothing is elsewhere


PLACE: FRAGMENTS       
First Line: Here on the rim, cringing
Last Line: Something too huge and simple %for us to see


PLANTERS       
First Line: They move between the jagged edge
Last Line: In upon by branches, roots, tendrils, the dark %side of light %as I am


POSTCARD       
First Line: I'm thinking about you. What else can I say?


PRE-AMPHIBIAN       
First Line: Again so I subside
Last Line: With sunlight steaming merciless on the shores of morning


PROCEDURES FOR UNDERGROUND       
First Line: The counry beneath %the earth has a green sun
Last Line: With love, none without fear


PROGRESSIVE INSANITIES OF A PIONEER       
First Line: He stood, a point
Last Line: The green %vision, the unnamed %whale invaded


PROJECTED SLIDE OF AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon a wall a face


PROJECTED SLIDE OF AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER       
First Line: Upon the wall a face
Last Line: Uttered itself, pushing %aside the light


PROVISIONS       
First Line: What should we have taken
Last Line: Printed with important facts


PUPPET OF THE WOLF       


QUESTIONING THE DEAD       
First Line: Go the the mouth of a cave
Last Line: You should have asked. %also the answer


QUESTIONS THAT EXPECT THE ANSWER YES       
First Line: Are you a morning person %or a night person?
Last Line: When can we go home? %how long have we got?


RAT SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When you hear me singing
Subject(s): Rats


RAT SONG       
First Line: When you hear me singing
Last Line: I can hear him singing


RED FOX       
First Line: The red fox crosses the ice
Last Line: Some chicken, or one more chance, %or other life


REINCARNATION OF CAPTAIN COOK       
First Line: Earlier than I could learn
Last Line: Its beach gleaming with arrows


RESURRECTION       
First Line: I see now I see
Last Line: Judgement we will all be trees


RIVER       
First Line: Here the river %closes on twigs, dried weeds
Last Line: Hook %locked in the ice
Subject(s): Rivers


ROBBER BRIDEGROOM       
First Line: He would like not to kill. He would like
Last Line: White stone, ignorant and singing %dreaming of him as he is


ROMANTIC       
First Line: Men and their mournful romanticisms
Last Line: Scars, and the chance to touch them


ROOMINGHOUSE, WINTER       
First Line: Catprints, dogprints, marks
Last Line: Nobody ever survives


SAD CHILD       
First Line: You're sad because you're sad
Last Line: Or else we all are


SEKHMET, THE LION-HEADED GODDESS OF WAR ET AL CONTEMPLATES       
First Line: He was the sort of man
Last Line: And caress you into darkness and paradise


SETTLERS       
First Line: A second after %the first boat touched the shore
Last Line: The fields of our open hands


SHE CONSIDERS EVADING HIM       
First Line: I can change my- %self more easily
Last Line: Which would be inconvenient %but final


SIGNER       
First Line: In city after city
Last Line: One; and the hands also)


SIREN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the one song everyone
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Man-woman Relationships; Mythology; Poetry & Poets; Sirens (mythology); Women's Rights; Iliad; Odyssey; Male-female Relations; Feminism


SIREN SONG       
First Line: This is the one song everyone
Last Line: But it works every time
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Man-woman Relationships; Mythology; Poetry And Poets; Sirens (mythology); Women's Rights


SMALL CABIN       
First Line: The house we built gradually
Last Line: When we have said them


SNAKE WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I was once the snake woman
Last Line: Now I'd consider the snake
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SNAKE WOMAN       
First Line: I was once the snake woman
Last Line: Now, I don't know. %now I'd consider the snake
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes


SOLIPSISM WHILE DYING       
First Line: The skeleton produces flesh -- enemy
Last Line: I held between. The lake %boats %t o r o n to o


SOME OBJECTS OF WOOD AND STONE: I. TOTEMS       
First Line: We went to the park
Last Line: Dead roots bleaching in the swamps


SOME OBJECTS OF WOOD AND STONE: II. PEBBLES       
First Line: Talking was difficultg. Instead
Last Line: Against the sky %flight of words


SOME OBJECTS OF WOOD AND STONE: III. CARVED ANIMALS       
First Line: The small carved
Last Line: Hands holding %the half-formed air


SONG OF THE FOX       
First Line: Dear man with the accurate mafia
Last Line: Licks through your body also


SONG OF THE HEN'S HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: But you were serious


SONG OF THE HEN'S HEAD       
First Line: After the abrupt collision
Last Line: The word is no


SONG OF THE WORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: We have been underground too long
Subject(s): Worms


SONG OF THE WORMS       
First Line: We have been underground too long
Last Line: You will hear nothing %at first


SONGS OF THE TRANSFORMED: PIG SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: This is what you changed me to
Last Line: This is a hymn
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


SONGS OF THE TRANSFORMED: PIG SONG       
First Line: This is what you changed me to
Last Line: I will sing a song of garbage. %this is a hymn
Subject(s): Pigs


SOR JUANA WORKS IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: Time for gardening again; for poetry; for arms
Last Line: To heaven, your exploding %syllables litter the lawn


SOUL, GEOLOGICALLY       
First Line: The longer we stay here the harder
Last Line: To the sun and erode slowly


SPEECHES FOR DR FRANKENSTEIN       
First Line: I, the performer
Last Line: I will not come when you call


SPELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter plays on the floor
Last Line: Your first word
Subject(s): Daughters; Women; Language


SPELLING       
First Line: My daughter plays on the floor
Last Line: Your first naming, your first name, %your first word
Subject(s): Daughters; Women


SPRING AGAIN, CAN I STAND IT       
Last Line: Wind, long hairs of water


STATUARY       
First Line: Wingtips, fingertips, nipples, and penises
Last Line: And embody, like you. Until we are like you


THE ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Animals; Animals


THE ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In that country the animals
Subject(s): Animals


THE CIRCLE GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The children on the lawn
Subject(s): Games; Children; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Childhood


THE LONELINESS OF THE MILITARY HISTORIAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): War


THEIR ATTITUDES DIFFER       
First Line: To understand %each other: anything
Last Line: So I can write about it


THERE ARE HOSTILE NATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In view of the fading animals
Subject(s): Togetherness; Survival


THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WANT       
Last Line: Without noticing it, %you know how to take


THERE ARE TWO ISLANDS       
Last Line: Beside it the track of a deer


THERE IS ONLY ONE OF EVERYTHING       
First Line: Not a tree but the tree
Last Line: Last: I want this. I want %this


THERE WAS ONCE       
First Line: There was once a poor girl, as beautiful as she was good
Last Line: So, why not here?


THEY ARE HOSTILE NATIONS       
First Line: In view of the fading animals
Last Line: The (possibly) last summer


THEY EAT OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: In restaurants we argue
Variant Title(s): Nine Untitled Poems: 2
Subject(s): Restaurants; Immortality; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners; Cafes; Diners


THEY EAT OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: In restaurants we argue
Variant Title(s): Nine Untitled Poems: 2
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THEY EAT OUT       
First Line: In restaurants we argue
Last Line: I liked you better the way you were, %but you were always ambitious
Variant Title(s): Nine Untitled Poems:
Subject(s): Restaurants


THEY WERE ALL INACURRATE       
Last Line: My reasons but your own


THIS IS A MISTAKE       
Last Line: Choose in advance what to kill


THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF ME    Poem Text    
First Line: It was taken some time ago
Subject(s): Drowning


THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF ME       
First Line: It was taken some time ago
Last Line: You will be able to see me
Subject(s): Drowning


THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE RENOUNCED.       
Last Line: The hand clutches at freedom


THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO ME BY ANOTHER TRAVELLER       
Last Line: This is what I would like to be? It would be so simple


THOUGHTS FROM UNDERGROUND       
First Line: When I first reached this country
Last Line: Fast belleville is growing %(though it is still no place for an english gentleman)


THREE DESK OBJECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: What suns had to rise and set
Subject(s): Machines


THREE DESK OBJECTS       
First Line: What suns had to rise and set
Last Line: I think you will be warm, like skin


THROUGH THIS FOREST       
Last Line: You find what there is


TIME       
First Line: You'd better come down, my brother said
Last Line: With him. Not very long. Alone


TRAINRIDE, VIENNA-BONN       
First Line: It's those helmets we remember
Last Line: The backs of three men returning from the hunt, their hounds following %stark lines against the snow


TRICKS WITH MIRRORS       
First Line: It's no coincidence %this is a used
Last Line: Perhaps I am a pool. %think about pools


TWO DREAMS       
First Line: In the seven days before his death
Last Line: The bright leaves rustle, we can't call %he doesn't look


TWO DREAMS, 2       
First Line: Sitting at noon over the carrot salad
Last Line: We won't let go


TWO FIRES       
First Line: One, the summer fire
Last Line: Now around which I %try to grow


UP       
First Line: You wake up filled with dread
Last Line: Who is it, exactly, you have needed %all these years to forgive?


VARIATION ON THE WORD SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to watch you sleeping
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Sleep; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


VARIATION ON THE WORD SLEEP       
First Line: I would like to watch you sleeping
Last Line: Only. Would like to be that unnoticed %& thay necessary
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Sleep


VARIATIONS ON THE WORD LOVE       
First Line: This is a word we use to plug


VERMILION FLYCATCHER, SAN PEDRO RIVER, ARIZONA    Poem Text    
First Line: The river's been here, violent, right where we're standing
Last Line: "only. I would like to be that unnoticed
Subject(s): Rivers


VERMILION FLYCATCHER, SAN PEDRO RIVER, ARIZONA       
First Line: The river's been here, violent, right where we're standing
Last Line: You could drown in, face down
Subject(s): Rivers


VISIT       
First Line: Gone are the days
Last Line: Which is now a beach


VISIT TO TORONTO, WITH COMPANIONS       
First Line: The streets are new, the harbour
Last Line: All kinds of answers


VOICE       
First Line: A voice from the other country
Last Line: How he had managed to think us


VULTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hung there in the thermal / whiteout of noon
Last Line: Carnage, could you do better?
Subject(s): Birds


VULTURES       
First Line: Hung there in the thermal %whiteout of noon
Last Line: Well, heart, out of all this %carnage, could you do better?
Subject(s): Birds


WAITING       
First Line: Here it is then, the dark thing
Last Line: You have long since forgotten %and that has now come true


WAKING AT 3 A.M.       
First Line: Evein in the cave of the night when you


WAVE       
First Line: He was sitting in a chair at dinner
Last Line: It will be bad


WE ARE HARD       
First Line: We are hard on each other
Last Line: It is only %here or not here


WE HEAR NOTHING       
First Line: We hear nothing these days
Last Line: Is for the weak only


WE WALK IN THE CEDAR GROVES       
Last Line: The heart; as long %as there is blood


WEREMAN       
First Line: My husband walks in the frosted field
Last Line: When he opens the door


WHAT IS IT       
First Line: What is it, it does not
Last Line: Last chance for freedom


WHEN YOU LOOK AT NOTHING       
Last Line: The only one you will hear


WISH: METAMORPHOSIS TO HERALDIC EMBLEM       
First Line: I balance myself carefully
Last Line: Opal %no %eyes glowing


WOMAN SKATING    Poem Text    
First Line: A lake sunken among
Last Line: Over all I place / a glass bell
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


WOMAN SKATING       
First Line: A lake sunken among
Last Line: Over all I place %a glass bell
Subject(s): Skating And Skaters; Sports


WOMAN WHO COULD NOT LIVE WITH HER FAULTY HEART       
First Line: I do not mean the symbol
Last Line: One night I will say to it: heart, be still %and it will


WOMAN'S ISSUE       
First Line: The woman in the spiked device
Subject(s): Women


WOMEN'S NOVELS       
First Line: 1. Men's novels are about men. Women's novels are about men too
Last Line: Air. Which one?


YES AT FIRST       
First Line: Yes at first you
Last Line: Each time/too much of %this is fatal


YOU ARE HAPPY       
First Line: The water turns %a long way down over the raw stone
Last Line: Like needles, crystals, you are happy


YOU ARE THE SUN       
Last Line: Why did I create you


YOU BEGIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


YOU BEGIN       
First Line: You begin this way
Last Line: Come back to, this is your hand


YOU COME BACK       
First Line: You come back into the room
Last Line: Words for you, because there was no time off


YOU DID IT       
Last Line: I judge you as the trees do %by dying


YOU FIT INTO ME    Poem Text    


YOU FIT INTO ME       
Last Line: An open eye
Subject(s): Hate


YOU MAY WONDER WHY I'M NOT DESCRIBING THE LANDSCAPE       
Last Line: Right now I %mean. See for yourself


YOU REFUSE TO OWN       
Last Line: Only the eyes show through


YOU STAND AT THE DOOR       
Last Line: These are your choices


YOU TAKE MY HAND AND       
Last Line: The smell of popcorn and worn plush %lingers for weeks


YOU THINK YOU ARE SAFE AT LAST. AFTER YOUR MISADVENTURES,       
Last Line: So much for art. So much for prophecy


YOU WANT TO GO BACK       
Last Line: This is the way it is, get used to it


YOUNGER SISTER, GOING SWIMMING       
First Line: Beside this lake
Last Line: Move outwards toward the shore


YOUR FLAWED BODY, SICKLE       
Last Line: But I want this also