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Bell, Marvin    Poet's Biography
513 poems available by this author


3 CORNERS OF REALITY       
First Line: One might speak to great length


3 STANZAS ABOUT A TREE       
First Line: The tree, too, wants to bend over


A LESSON FROM THE CORPS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you find the body, it has cauliflower ears
Last Line: Only the dead can tell you the distance from here to there - see more at: http://iwp.Uiowa.Edu/91st/
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


A MAN MAY CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: As simply as a self-effacing bar of soap
Subject(s): Change


A MOTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The heavy, wet, guttural
Last Line: Now and later.
Subject(s): Air; Aviation & Aviators; Blake, William (1757-1827); Cancer (disease); Airplanes; Air Pilots


A PICTURE OF SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are doughboys, of doughboy bearing
Last Line: The next invention, the next impossible president.
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Soldiers; War; World War I; First World War


A POOR JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Left in a world of relatives
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


A PRIMER ABOUT THE FLAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Or certain ones. There are bed & breakfast flags
Last Line: But didn't first tell people what it stood for
Subject(s): Flags


A SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky had been burning for some time, and our eyes hurt
Subject(s): Sky


A TRUE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: One afternoon in my room
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE NATIONAL PASTIME       
First Line: When the dead man sees a rock, he remembers the hidden ball trick
Last Line: The dead man knows why the players don't step on the chalk lines as they %change from out to up and


ACCEPTANCE SPEECH       
First Line: My friends


ADDRESS TO THE PARENTS       
First Line: The children are not visas, sure to enter


AFTER THE DUCKS WENT IN       
First Line: We picked up eggs


AFTER TU FU (THEY SAY YOU'RE STAYING IN A MOUNTAIN TEMPLE)    Poem Text    
First Line: In the damp evenings of summertime
Last Line: On the other side of the clouds
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Summer; Winter; Fall


AFTERWORD TO MY FATHER       
First Line: Still the wood I knocked on


AGAINST STUFF       
First Line: What is it that I should be


AMSTERDAM, THE DAM       
First Line: Milk-spills, guitars, drums and some smoke
Last Line: And the didgeridoo player sneaks a breath


AN AFTERWORD TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Still the wood I knocked on
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


AN ELEGY FOR THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be darker soon, colder. You see
Last Line: To do was wait, and everything was time
Subject(s): Change; Evolution; Fate; Universe; Destiny


AN INTRODUCTION TO MY ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Such a book must contain
Last Line: But only as a peacock among barn fowl.
Subject(s): Books; Flowers; Love; Poetry & Poets; Reading


AN OLD TREMBLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Often one wonders what the snake does all day in its pit
Subject(s): Nature; Snakes


ANOTHER PRIMER ABOUT THE FLAG       
First Line: And what it means. Flags have been planted
Last Line: Sometimes it just means you gave up your shirt


AROUND US    Poem Text    
First Line: We need some pines to assuage the darkness
Last Line: Of whatever good we did
Subject(s): Gratitude; Pleasure; Thought; Thinking


AROUND US       
First Line: We need some pines to assuage the darkness
Last Line: Of whatever good we did
Subject(s): Gratitude; Pleasure; Thought


ARS POETICA AT THE WINDOW       
First Line: The history of this moment lengthens in shadow
Last Line: True today, true tomorrow, true in the posthumous present


ASHES POETICA       
First Line: Concerning a pair of shoes that stands beside the bed
Last Line: And because of fate someone has had to invent fire


AT THE WRITERS' CONFERENCE       
First Line: This is the writers' conference, blankingly overhead
Last Line: The poetry police will tell us %when it's time for poetry. %for now, it's been done


BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN, 2002    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The interrogation celebrated spikes and cuffs
Subject(s): Afghanistan War


BANYAN TREE BEFORE THE CIVIC CENTER, HONOLULU       
First Line: Hairy %like a man wearing a dress


BEING IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: With someone who is not in love with
Last Line: Love, being in love with being in love
Subject(s): Love


BEING IN LOVE       
First Line: With someone who is not in love with
Last Line: Love, being in love with being in love
Subject(s): Love


BONES REPEAT THEMSELVES FROM THE BOTTOM UPWARD       
First Line: It was not the time to be thinking of spring
Last Line: See the end coming


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#27)       
First Line: The dead man thinks he is hungry when he hears his
Last Line: The resident tautologist in an oval universe that is %robin's-egg-blue to future generations


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#34)       
First Line: Disquieting muses disquiet the dead man
Last Line: His is the commonplace essence that maketh us do things %twice


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#36): 1. DRINKING GLASS, PENCIL AND COMB       
First Line: This dead man's threesome is the true menagerie
Last Line: Will the pencil have been fingerprinted, the graphite carbon-dated?


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#36): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DRINKING       
First Line: The dead man's comb shall fall from favor, his glass shall kiss
Last Line: The dead man's relics are primitive by any standard


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#37): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND LITTLE MUCH       
First Line: High density sunshine adds weight to the dead man's eyelids
Last Line: The dead man doesn't spit straight up


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#37): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND LITTLE       
First Line: It's little enough to be voiceless in a clamor
Last Line: His lips, his covenant unbroken


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#38): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND SAP       
First Line: The dead man will not add 1 + 1
Last Line: Okay it's the way it is, not the way we remember


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#38): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND SAP       
First Line: The milk, juice and pitch of the dead man ebb and flow
Last Line: Departed who was just leaving


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#39) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE INTERIOR       
First Line: When the dead man's arm goes numb, he thinks an emotion is leaving
Last Line: For all who attended the dead man, none carries a key to the interior


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#39) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE       
First Line: The dead man is the forked bearer of a swaddling cloth, many
Last Line: Why did the dead man step on the gas when the tank was empty?


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#40) 1. SOCKS, SOAP AND HANDKERCHIEF       
First Line: The dead man is haunted by socks and soap
Last Line: The dead man wears socks on his hands to effect the look of mittens


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#40) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S SOCKS       
First Line: The dead man slid on soap, eased his way, stepped with care, wiped his glasses
Last Line: The dead man, gathering the used and lost, adds one more


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#41) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HOT ...       
First Line: The dead man has a bone to pick
Last Line: The dead man loves you because your brain kills him


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#41): ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HOT TOPICS       
First Line: Reactive, resurgent, the dead man welcomes a steamy updraft
Last Line: Tell me that, says the dead man, tell me, why not that?


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#43): ABOUT DEAD THE MAN ... YUGOSLAVIA       
First Line: When the dead man feels nausea, he thinks he is in the balkans
Last Line: The dead man is the last one of many


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#43): MORE ABOUT ... CORPSE OF YUGOSLAVIA       
First Line: The dead man sees the head, then the heart, of a dismembered state
Last Line: The dead man picks among the living for future specimens


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HUMOR       
First Line: The dead man is very very laughing
Last Line: The dead man very very laughing to be open and thought


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HUMOR       
First Line: Too hard to be the only survivor terrifies
Last Line: He laughs to be knowing when knowing is laughing, with the punch line riding up just in time


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44): ABOUT DEAD MAN AND DEADLINES       
First Line: Under deadline, the dead man hunkers down and
Last Line: The dead man is at hand


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44): MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DEADLINES       
First Line: The dead man has manned the news desk, the sports
Last Line: The dead man hastens so that late he may have all %the time in the world


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#45)       
First Line: The dead man's parable is loosed like a fish that eats air and
Last Line: Wait under your feet


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#45) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE GREAT BLU       
First Line: When the dead man stands on one leg, he thinks he's a heron
Last Line: Habitual, the proximate flocks took stock until nightfall


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#45) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE GREA       
First Line: The dead man, rickety, compelled to wade the shallows with a
Last Line: Why is because he is dizzy, not daft


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#46) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DOG       
First Line: The dead man, that man, consorted with canines in the turmoil of a
Last Line: The dead man's dog plays dead


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#46) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DOG       
First Line: When there is no more approbation, no license, no all-time
Last Line: He bestirs the dead man's fortitude


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#48) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DIMINISHMENT       
First Line: Haply, the dead man has been reduced to the basics
Last Line: But the dead man is happy to be sleepy


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#48) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DIMINISH       
First Line: After tea, the dead man traces his chronology as well as those early
Last Line: Kook, weirdo, oddball, nut, the dead man's makeup is one-part matter to one-part essence


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#49) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN       
First Line: The dead man is very very laughing
Last Line: The dead man very very laughing to be open and thought


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#49) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ELUSIVE       
First Line: The dead man has not and, having not, has
Last Line: A fox, and once by an animal like a large weasel


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#49) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN       
First Line: Too hard to be the only survivor terrifies
Last Line: Riding up just in time


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#49) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ELUS       
First Line: You will not rid yourself of the dead man at the margins
Last Line: His time is the space between two hands about to clap


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#50) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND ONE OR       
First Line: Enthralled, the dead man lay waste to the picayune by gathering them into one
Last Line: Particle upon particle the dead man heaps to slay the beast by its own weight


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#50): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND ONE OR ...       
First Line: Within the range of the sodden fanfare
Last Line: It is apt to stay the course if one would see the flayed reclothed


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND TAXIDERMY       
First Line: Out of a suitcase of discards there came dead lilacs and a dead abe
Last Line: The dead man will put the world back together, wait and see


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND TAXIDER       
First Line: It is as if you were a roustabout in outer space, collecting the burntout hardw
Last Line: It is as if you were the last one, out looking for a tar pit so that later they will know


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51): ABOUT DEAD MAN & EVIDENCE OF DEAD MAN       
First Line: Having appendages, the dead man has donned shoes
Last Line: The dead man's bones will be turned up as rods and %staffs


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51): MORE ABOUT DEAD MAN & EVIDENCE ...       
First Line: Ornamentally, the dead man is as spare as a white
Last Line: Terrestrial accounts, to the dead man, are no more %than gross sums


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#52): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S CONTRITION       
First Line: The dead man's acquired cackle is a kind of repentence
Last Line: The distance has narrowed between the known and the unmentionable


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#52): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S CONTRITIO       
First Line: It is as if the dead man employed a skull hammer to drive home his point
Last Line: Chauffer who knew only the road to the cemetery


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#53) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND SAP       
First Line: The dead man will not add 1 + 1
Last Line: Okay it's the way it is, not the way we remember


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#53) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN...       
First Line: The milk, juice and pitch of the dead man ebb and flow
Last Line: Departed who was just leaving


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#53): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE CARDBOAR       
First Line: Low sounds roll over the dead man in his cardboard box
Last Line: The dead man stifles deconstruction of the homeless


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#53): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE CAR       
First Line: The dead man goes home, he goes back to where he came from, he
Last Line: The dead man finds out after the fact whether or not he has made the rent


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#54): ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DR. SCIENCE       
First Line: When the dead man meets dr. Science, he can't
Last Line: Aerial world of witness, neighbors-to-be in the %humus


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#54): MORE ABOUT DEAD MAN AND DR. SCIENCE       
First Line: The dead man's preposthumous condition is
Last Line: Shall call the preposthumous to their task


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#55): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND FAMINE       
First Line: When the dead man feels pangs, he thinks he is in the sudan or
Last Line: The dead man is free to go


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#55): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND FAMINE       
First Line: The dead man's condemnation would be for all time, so he does not condemn
Last Line: The dead man wonders not what but when


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#56): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE JURY       
First Line: Hast thou witnessed what the dead man hath witnessed, seeing the
Last Line: The dead man was the first to arm the sentence


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#56): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE JUR       
First Line: When nothing more can be done, when the jurors have sunk into
Last Line: Was part of a hand at the time of the crime


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#57): 1. 'HE IS NOT KAFKA AND YET HE IS KAPK       
First Line: Like the hero of the trial, the dead man is and is not
Last Line: Nothing else, a garden beyond the grasp of prolonged sighs


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#57): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND KAFKA       
First Line: Nothing more than a white apron now holds a residue of the dead
Last Line: The dead man is and is not an insect and a dog


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#58) 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN       
First Line: The dead man has up-the-stairs walking disorder
Last Line: The dead mans language for love is largely blue-collar whatchamacallit


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#58) 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN       
First Line: The dead man rubs salt in his wound anyway
Last Line: The dead man stands for living anyway


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59) 1. ABOUT ... DEATHSTYLE       
First Line: The dead man practices a healthy deathstyle
Last Line: Forgive me, whispers the dead man, rehearsing an apology for your %imminent long memory


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59) 2. MORE ABOUT ... DEATHSTYLE       
First Line: The dead man will last, but not for the usual reasons
Last Line: Of the green reed a whistle on which to solo


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND CONSCIOUSNES       
First Line: If numb, the dead man may think himself unfeeling
Last Line: Time is moving through him, unwavering, insensate


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND CONSCIO       
First Line: In the domestic alphabet, the symbol for the dead man is a clothespin
Last Line: The dead man is a means to an end, the later that defines the now


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#60)       
First Line: This dead man's threesome is the true menagerie
Last Line: The dead man's relics are primitive by any standard


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#60): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND LESS       
First Line: Now the dead man quivers with increasing abnormality
Last Line: The dead man does not come from this direction or that one


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#60): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND LESS       
First Line: To the dead man, all is written but not in so many words
Last Line: The dead man is a proponent of winner-take-less


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#61): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE LATE CON       
First Line: The dead man heard a clucking in the trees at maple-sugaring time
Last Line: The dead man feels like the tree which was tapped for syrup, all in good time


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#61): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE LAT       
First Line: The dead man readies himself for the ice skaters whirling overhead
Last Line: The dead man has written an elegy for autumn and a postscript to the apocalypse


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#63)       
First Line: The dead man lives in the flesh, in memory, in absentia, in fact
Last Line: Sweetmeat, slices and scraps and a mouthful of quills


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#64): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DEATHSTYLE       
First Line: The dead man practices a healthy deathstyle
Last Line: Forgive me, whispers the dead man, rehearsing an apology for your imminent long memory


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#64): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DEATHSTYL       
First Line: The dead man will last, but not for the usual reasons
Last Line: Of the green reed a whistle on which to solo


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#67): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S FURTHER HAPPPI       
First Line: If truth begins in heresy, then the dead man's capacity is the root cause
Last Line: The dead man in his earthly joy has taken transcendence down a peg


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#67): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S FURTHER       
First Line: That he wanted to be there and not there was to him to feel desire doubly
Last Line: Measured by their distance from the moon


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#68)       
First Line: The dead man, that man, consorted with canines in the turmoil
Last Line: He bestirs the dead man's fortitude
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#69): 1. IN WHICH THE DEAD MAN SPEAKS FOR       
First Line: Conclusively, concussively, decidedly - the dead man went beyond
Last Line: I leave it to the future to say why


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#69): 2. IN WHICH THE DEAD MAN SPEAKS AGAIN       
First Line: That there was an I who saw it all
Last Line: He makes me smile


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#70)       
First Line: Ten to one, the one in question made it home safely
Last Line: Not a man or woman does not envy the owl its privacy, the dead %man besides


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#87): 1. ACCOUNTS OF THE DEAD MAN       
First Line: The dead man likes it when the soup simmers and the kettle hisses
Last Line: Now he must scrub his brain before a jury of his peers


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#87): 2. MORE ACCOUNTS OF THE DEAD       
First Line: The dead man has caused a consternation, but he didn't mean to
Last Line: Some day the dead man was miserable to be so happy


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#10): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS POETRY       
First Line: The dead man has poetry in his stomach, bowels and genitals
Last Line: Reflecting, the dead man is one of one, two of two, three of %three, etc


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#10): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS...       
First Line: When the dead man writes a poem worth preserving, he immediately %burns it
Last Line: No manifestation bypasses his bottomless hourglass


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#12): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MIRRORS       
First Line: The dead man is a receptacle for ideas, not images!
Last Line: Goes because he admires optical artifice


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#12): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MIRRORS       
First Line: To the dead man, the surface of a lake is a window, not a mirror
Last Line: Image, each statement, each crystalline midnight


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#16): 1. THE DEAD MAN'S DEBT TO HARRY HOUDINI       
First Line: The dead man thinks himself invisible because of harry houdini
Last Line: The dead man thinks houdini is a real einstein


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#16): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S DEBT TO...       
First Line: The dead man challenges the living to escape from his cuffs
Last Line: The dead man's broken wings deny gravity


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#17): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DREAMS       
First Line: Enough,' says the dead man, grinding his teeth, checking his bite
Last Line: Interrupts, he insists, he bends light


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#17): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND DREAMS       
First Line: To the dead man, north dakota is in the closet
Last Line: The dead man drinks from a fractured goblet


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#18): 1. THE DEAD MAN'S ADVICE       
First Line: Well, I wouldn't be so hurry if I was you'
Last Line: The dead man sees the leaves sweat before they lose their umbilicals


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#18): 2. MORE DEAD MAN'S ADVICE       
First Line: Between a rock and a hard place, between sleeping and waking
Last Line: Oh, how slappy the dead man chokes time, heimlich to make it talk


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#2): 1. FIRST POSTSCRIPT: ABOUT A DEAD MAN       
First Line: The dead man thinks he is alive when he hears his bones rattle
Last Line: When the dead man turns his neck, it's something to see from %a distance


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#2): 2. SECOND POSTSCRIPT: MORE ABOUT THE ...       
First Line: Asleep, the dead man sinks to the bottom like teeth in water
Last Line: The dead man's shoes are muddy from being constantly on stage


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#20): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MEDICINAL...       
First Line: The dead man's press makes a balm of beeswax
Last Line: The dead man uses death and dying for medicinal purposes


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#20): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND ......       
First Line: When the dead man's fever breaks, he thinks the earth sweats
Last Line: The condition of the dead man has been upgraded


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#22): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MONEY       
First Line: Strange to say it, but the dead man needs sleep
Last Line: Faithful, and the dead man needs sleep


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#22): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MONEY       
First Line: The dead man made a living-an outpouring of roses at the end
Last Line: The dead man keeps no accounts


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#24): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S NOT SLEEPING       
First Line: The dead man squirms under a cow-jumped-over-the-moon moon
Last Line: Flatbed of minuses that lead a change to ground


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#24): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S NOT ....       
First Line: The dead man's blood rises and falls with the days: monday
Last Line: The dead man short-circuits infinity to bring life to the eyes of cattle


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#25): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND SIN       
First Line: The dead man's brain has undergone metaphysical surgery
Last Line: The dead man mixes with those in black suits to hear who judges


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#25): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND SIN       
First Line: When the dead man finds a coin, he wants it to be heads-up
Last Line: The dead man's good deeds are ever-bearing fruit


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#26): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS CORTEGE       
First Line: Dead man says 'cortege' because, who knows?, means to be watched
Last Line: The dead man's shoulders a faulty yoke, ill-fit to the oxen


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#26): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS....       
First Line: Drying, the dead man rises at dawn like active yeast
Last Line: The dead man has plenty of company


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#27): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE BOOK OF..       
First Line: The dead man thinks he is hungry when he hears his stomach %rumble
Last Line: The dead man lives on hunger because, what is more filling?


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#27): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ....       
First Line: The dead man thinks he is satisfied when he is satiated, a mistake
Last Line: Tautologist in an oval universe that is robin's-egg blue to %future generations


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#28): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE CONTINUUM       
First Line: Music stirs the dead man to nostalgia, he bubbles, he ferments
Last Line: To the dead man, body heat is something to die for


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#28): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE...       
First Line: Like rip van winkle, the dead man is not dead, he is just sleeping
Last Line: Time was, the dead man could see his face on the bottom


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#31): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE DEAD       
First Line: The dead man and his wife have an ongoing conversation, make that
Last Line: To wit: if they can't go together they aren't going at all


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#31): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ....       
First Line: The dead man asks the lanterns to please whisper
Last Line: Because night tickles his fancy, strikes his funny bone and %otherwise breaks him up


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#32): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE .......       
First Line: When the dead man feels the heat, he thinks he's in the spotlight
Last Line: Eyeball into space to start the whole thing up again


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#32): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ...       
First Line: To have come to an impassable barrier, to have reached an
Last Line: The dead man's love for you is timeless and free


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#33): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND A PARALLEL...       
First Line: Perhaps it is not so important that the dead man lives
Last Line: Him, this is mental parallax


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#33): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND A ....       
First Line: It is as if there were being a woven a cloth shirt made of the fibers of
Last Line: The dead man is over the top


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#4): 1. SHOES, LAMP AND WRISTWATCH       
First Line: The dead man has a fixation on shoes
Last Line: Long since the dead man made a fetish of entropy-shoes, lamp %and wristwatch


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#4): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S SHOES....       
First Line: The dead man's shoes are two columns of x's, two fabricated facts
Last Line: Man stands upright but weightless in his still beautiful shoes


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#5): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND PAIN       
First Line: When the dead man's ankle breaks, he is stoical
Last Line: Precursor events of the future in which the dead man would %forever be victorious


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#5): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND PAIN       
First Line: The dead man's condition is chronic, no longer acute, a constant
Last Line: The dead man is like a stone reduced to tears


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#6): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S SPEECH       
First Line: The dead man is part of the chorus that sings the music of the %spheres
Last Line: When the dead man, in a gravelly voice, sings gospel, hammers %descend upon anvils


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#7): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE NATIONAL..       
First Line: When the dead man sees a rock, he remembers the hidden ball trick
Last Line: They change from out to up and up to out


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#7): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE ...       
First Line: The dead man remembers the great individualists: ruth swinging
Last Line: Keeping hidden until the end of the seventh inning stretch


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#8): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S HEAD       
First Line: The dead man puts another head on his shoulder and thinks he's a
Last Line: Compared to the wealth of petrified knowledge he already %contains


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#8): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S HEAD       
First Line: When the dead man stays up too late, his brain empties out, whoosh
Last Line: The presence of the dead man means two of everything


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#9): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND NATURE       
First Line: When the dead man emerges in high grass, he thinks he sees his %shadow
Last Line: Eurydice depends on the dead man too


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN(#9): 2. MORE ABUT THE DEAD MAN AND NATURE       
First Line: Under his malthusian covers, all is not lost
Last Line: All but the dead man shall bow down for nothing


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN: ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS CORTEGE       
First Line: Dead man says 'cortege' because, who knows? Means to be watched from
Last Line: The dead man's shoulders a faulty yoke, ill-fit to the oxen


BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN: MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND HIS CORTEGE       
First Line: Drying, the dead man rises at dawn like active yeast
Last Line: The dead man has plenty of company


BOYS WALKING       
First Line: When the famine had spread as far as the shadow
Last Line: Found hundreds of miles from home


BRIGHT LIGHTS OF JANUARY       
First Line: An oak branch chewed down to the meat
Last Line: Man may be king but the gods are blind


BY ALL ACCOUNTS: A DROWNING       
First Line: Lamps running the riverbank draw a bead
Last Line: Forever damp, fresh and posthumous


BY DIFFERENT PATHS       
First Line: We have all had our heads in a book
Last Line: Now love is easy, pleases; no answer.
Subject(s): Love; Roads; Paths; Trails


CARGO MOVING TO GAZA (1988)    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree donated years back struggles
Subject(s): Arabs; Israel (state); Life; Middle East - Conflicts; Arab-israeli Conflict


CASE FOR THE POSTHUMOUS PRESENT       
First Line: Fat twists down a rope like suet at the flaming end of the world
Last Line: More than just alive, we are possible


CASTLE       
First Line: There is a house being moved uphill
Last Line: When I wake again, the castle is dark


CAT WHO CAUGHT A PIGEON       
First Line: Walking a proud line to dinner


CATALOG WITH ILLUSTRATIONS       
First Line: The beauty of an old desk blotter where ink stains grew into
Last Line: Under the glass that covered the desktop, a map and %family photos


CATATONIA       
First Line: In the country of catatonia
Last Line: Wait all year to go to camp


CHANGES       
First Line: I have hung and hung around


CHICAGO, 1959       
First Line: That was the time when photography approached


CHILDREN       
First Line: The death of the father is my shepherd


CLIMBING MT. BALDY AT THE DUNES       
First Line: There's always a boom in sand-a business
Last Line: Hourglass,' we answered, gripping %our way up. 'broken', itsaid, and, 'c'mon'


CODA: SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (ABANDONMENT OF..       
First Line: When there is no good or bad, no useful or useless, no up, no down, no
Last Line: As he blows a kiss through the wispy curtain of closure


COFFEE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The house smells of coffee, and I want some
Subject(s): Coffee; Vietnamese Conflict


COMMUNICATION ON HIS THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: You didn't have to travel to become an airplane
Last Line: Under the antenna, down the long path intended for your feet


CONSIDERING MY WORDS UNDER THE WILD CHERRY TREE       
First Line: Already twenty-two years have elapsed


CONSTANT FEELINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some acts I could never, not
Last Line: Which are lives, but do not depend on lives.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets; Sex


CORALVILLE, IN IOWA       
First Line: Worldly skiinflints! We have your homestead - remember the one you wanted
Last Line: In several times in this place %then as now, a coral city %is rising from the hardest parts of us
Subject(s): Coral


CORNET       
First Line: Still the grass contsins for me the notes


DANGER AT FUNNY JUNCTION       
First Line: A gallon of gas at a gaudy igloo


DEAD HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BY TELLING THE TRUTH       
First Line: He sees the leaves fly free
Last Line: He feels the human cry in his bones


DEFEAT OF THE INTELLECT       
First Line: We have boxed it into a corner, where


DELICATE BIRD WHO IS FLYING UP OUR ASSES       


DELUGE       
First Line: That a single drop of rain might hold within it a mile
Last Line: When as now I am wet through to my liquid bones


DRAFT AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You probably thought you were going to go through life
Subject(s): Military Service, Compulsory; Conscription; Military Draft; Selective Service


DRAFT AGE       
First Line: You probably thought you were going to go through life


DRAWN BY STONES, BY EARTH, BY THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN FIRE       
First Line: I can tell you about this because I have held in my hand
Last Line: Like inky sponges that walk away in the deep water.
Subject(s): Craftsmanship; Elephants


DREAM JOURNALS    Poem Text    
First Line: A pen wearing its sock for a cap rested on paper
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


DREAM...OR WAS IT?       
First Line: After a certain time, an uncertain time
Last Line: Granted, things are usually fine. %when the mind leaves the brain-that's scary


DURING THE WAR       
First Line: I was one of those who sees something


EASTERN LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Beach grass tangled by wind--the sound rushes
Last Line: Reclamation by the proximate meek, who shall inherit.
Subject(s): Long Island (n.y.); Nature; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Seashore; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Beach; Coast; Shore


EINSTEIN POEMS       
First Line: Fall, and the sick elms pour themselves


ELM WE LOST       
First Line: On it we wrote a little essay


ENDING WITH A LINE FROM LEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I will try to remember. It was light
Last Line: Never. Never. Never. Never. Never.
Subject(s): Children; Dramatists; Fathers & Sons; Funerals; Graves; Grief; Lear, King; Parents; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Childhood; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood; Dramatists


EPITHALAMIUM       
First Line: If you twist a rope
Last Line: Forever in darkness


ESCAPE INTO YOU       
First Line: Eight years of making it, who deserves


EXOTICA: 1. BRAIN, GRAIN AND BUCKLE       
First Line: These rainfalls gossip of summer to the corn seeds and beans
Last Line: Acres held by a belt with no buckle


EXOTICA: 2. BEAN, SICKLE AND BUCKER       
First Line: There will be no baseball in circe's garden
Last Line: They had history in their thoughts, but they could dance


EXTRAVAGANZA: DISMAL WATER OF THE SWAMP       
First Line: This I know. As scientists who long to ride a beam of sunlight
Last Line: Hear a sputtering under the rushes, beneath the mud


EYELASHES, DOORKNOB AND PEN       
First Line: He who has no handhold will slide over the edge
Last Line: Then he blinks, and blinks again, his lashes sticky in the heat


FAIRY TALES       
First Line: When he finds in myth


FIFTIES       
First Line: Miles davis is on a night off
Last Line: Miles has started to use a mute %on all standards
Subject(s): Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music And Musicians


FISH: ON BEAUTY       
First Line: The catfish I'd caught was more whiskery


FROM THE WARDROBE       
First Line: Collecting hearts, drawing you out


FURTHER PULSATIONS       
First Line: One sees the leaves let go, and sees the leaves falling
Last Line: One smells the leaves burning and thinks of them falling
Subject(s): Nature


FUTURE TALK       
First Line: Germs, viruses and parasites
Last Line: Which they did not have or need


GETTING LOST IN NAZI GERMANY    Poem Text    
First Line: You do not move about, but try
Last Line: Calling you home, little jewboy in alarm.
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Nazis; Shoah; Judaism; National Socialism


GIVE BACK, GIVE BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: If I married him for length
Last Line: At the long entrance of the children.
Subject(s): Children; Disappointment; Marriage; Pleasure; Childhood; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GIVING IN       
First Line: Once I could ignore %birds everywhere


GLOSS OF THE POEM SALOME       
First Line: They say to eat your peas or the children will starve in somalia and the sudan
Last Line: That moment when you change your mind about who is in charge


GOLDFINCH       
First Line: The baltimore oriole, seldom an iowan


GONE       
First Line: The sound of the piano being moved
Last Line: And so on, and so on, with the piano and so on %untuned, wrapped, closeted, ready and still


GRADUALLY, IT OCCURS TO US    Poem Text    
Last Line: Time is memory. We have the time
Subject(s): Time; Love; Absence


GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We are victims of wars we didn't start
Last Line: The regret. Grief is a long time green
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


GREEN       
First Line: We are victims of wars we didn't start
Last Line: Not to remember the wars - but not to forget %the regret. Grief is a long time green
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


GROWTH       
First Line: It's the great leap forward


HALEAKALA CRATER, MAUI       
First Line: I'm not going to reveal


HE HAD A GOOD YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: While he was going blind. Autumnal light
Last Line: He said, he would see things this way.
Subject(s): Autumn; Blindness; God; Rainbows; Seasons; Fall; Visually Handicapped


HE SAID TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Crawl toward the machine guns
Last Line: Being a man.
Subject(s): Army Life; Men; Soldiers; Drills & Minor Tactics


HE SEES HIMSELF       
Last Line: He keeps his thoughts to himself


HEADLINES       
First Line: In the big world, the flame bites through the beams


HEDGEAPPLE       
First Line: I wish we'd gone back


HEN       
First Line: Hungers to whistle. She longs to hear a cry ring out
Last Line: A straw mattress and an underestimated egg
Subject(s): Farm Life


HER DREAM HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Birds cannot fly over it
Subject(s): Houses


HERE       
First Line: On venus, time passes slowly because


HISTORY OF CAMERAS AND CAMERAMEN       
First Line: Once it took 5 minutes and 20 seconds to make a portrait. (dark


HOMAGE TO ALFRED STIEGLITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: The address of the equivalent
Subject(s): Stieglitz, Alfred (1864-1946); Homage & Respect


HOMAGE TO ALFRED STIEGLITZ       
First Line: The address of the equivalent


HOMAGE TO THE RUNNER       
First Line: The form of this 'sport' is pain


HOW I CAME TO RULE THE WORLD       
First Line: It was easy %I was appointed from the very first


HOW I GOT THE WORDS       
First Line: I was in hawaii, but the letter


HOW TO EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: These half-glasses I wear on my nose


HOW TO EVERYTHING       
First Line: These half-glasses I wear on my nose
Last Line: And bad there. 'what became of pythias?' %'the dog?' 'he never could keep his mouth shut.'


HURT TREES       
First Line: These are bit black flowers


I DIDN'T SLEEP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Sleep; Vietnamese Conflict


I WILL NOT BE CLAIMED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am happy, nothing can divide me
Last Line: I see the white stuff and the black stuff and decide
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Humanity; Strength; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


I'LL BE THERE       
First Line: The grass and the water receive me


I, OR SOMEONE LIKE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a wilderness, in some orchestral swing
Subject(s): Forests; Music & Musicians; Vision; Woods


I, OR SOMEONE LIKE ME       
First Line: In a wilderness, in some orchestral swing
Last Line: And someone like me listening for a resolution
Subject(s): Forests; Music And Musicians; Vision


ICARUS THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The nature of a circle prevents it
Last Line: And a dawn that looks like evening
Subject(s): Icarus; Mythology - Classical; Sun


IF I HAD ONE THING TO SAY       
First Line: I see words effaced in the footprints of the conquered
Subject(s): Creation; Life; Modern Man


IN       
First Line: In the earth, where there are stones, dimes, fingers


IN AMERICA       
First Line: These things happen: I am taken
Last Line: America, thought - %too big to be seen


IN BEIRUT, AT THE WORST OF IT       
Last Line: Makes a bird you can make the tail wave on


IN THE HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing in thick clothes is
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


INITIAL CONDITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The way the sun will slant
Last Line: As you breathe, let your chest sag to feel bone
Subject(s): Books; History; Restaurants; United States; Washington (state); Reading; Historians; Cafes; Diners; America


INSTRUCTIONS TO BE LEFT BEHIND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've included this letter in the group
Last Line: All that you (and I too) wanted to be: you.
Subject(s): Legacies; Letters; Love; Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


INTERVIEW       
First Line: Do you believe that actors are dumb? Writers?
Last Line: Are there things you would say to one sex but not to the other?
Subject(s): Death; Ignorance; Privacy; Torture; Dead, The; Dullness; Stupdity


IOWA LAND       
First Line: O barn reality! I saw you swimming
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


IT'S WHO I AM       
First Line: The smell of dead fish belly-up in the creek
Last Line: And an incoming tide wrap the clam boats at the pier


ITALIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It would be enough
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN       
First Line: It would be enough


JANE WAS WITH ME    Poem Text    
Last Line: If jane were with me
Subject(s): Death Animals; Squirrels


JAY'S ALMOSTS       
First Line: To have almost see a whale crossing an ocean


JUST A MOMENT€I AM BUSY BEING A MAN    Poem Text    


LANDSCAPE WITH OPEN SPACES    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't stand this much open space, with joy
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


LATE NAPS       
First Line: There is a dead part of the day


LEAVING A RESORT TOWN       
First Line: Get away, said something that wasn't


LESSON FROM THE CORPS       
First Line: When you find the body, it has cauliflower ears
Last Line: Only the dead can tell you the distance from here to there
Subject(s): Politics; War


LETTERS FROM AFRICA       
First Line: The self is small, and growing smaller


LIGHT POEM       
First Line: I'm in a phone booth in saratoga springs


LOCATION OF THE QUESTION: SEURAT'S ILE DE LA GRANDE JATTE       
First Line: He sat before the canvas and asked it, 'what is beauty?'
Last Line: It was warm and wet, and the leaves dripped ink into his veins


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The things I did, I did because of trees
Last Line: And life in the upturned bellies of the fishkill in the creek.
Subject(s): Children; Long Island (n.y.); Mathematics; Memory; Childhood


LOUIS BRAILLE       
First Line: The disinterment of louis braille carried out
Last Line: Speak and who has chosen %not to


LOVESONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Even cream in a wound would hurt
Subject(s): Love


MAKING WAY       
First Line: The husband's ribs like the tree


MAN MAY CHANGE       
First Line: As simply as a self-effacing bar of soap
Last Line: And lives and dies before anyone can find out
Subject(s): Change


MARCO POLO    Poem Text    
First Line: He was heroic, fugitive, in love with the machinery
Last Line: Devoured by the oriental machinery of the silkworm
Subject(s): Explorers; Insects; Money; Polo, Marco (1254-1324); Sea; Skeletons; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Bugs; Ocean


MARS BEING RED    Poem Text    
First Line: Being red is the color of a white sun where it lingers
Subject(s): Red (color)


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to place a chair in the middle of the room


MEDITATION       
First Line: You have to place a chair in the middle of the room
Last Line: And twenty strings of beads, the room was bare


MEMORIES OF BRAGG AND KLEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: All this was fine, you said
Subject(s): Soldiers; Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975)


MEMORY       
First Line: The first wife floats in memory calmly


MOON IS VISIBLE TONIGHT       
First Line: The moon is visible tonight even to the realists among us


MORE ABOUT DEAD MAN AND DEAD MAN'S BELOVED       
First Line: The dead man asks the lanterns to please whisper
Last Line: Tickles his fancy, strikes his funny bone and otherwise breaks him up


MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THE NATIONAL PASTIME       
First Line: The dead man remembers the great individualists: ruth swinging just beneath
Last Line: Popup which landed nearby and which he is keeping hidden until the end %of the seventh inning stretc


MORE GOING FOR WALKS    Poem Text    
First Line: This was the moon, which once was green


MUSIC LESSONS       
First Line: The best place to hear a cornet played is the local gymnasium


MY HATE    Poem Text    
First Line: My hate is like ripe fruit
Last Line: I must be stopped.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Fruit; Gardens & Gardening; Hate


NATURE       
First Line: A hand that tries to shake a hand
Subject(s): Earth; Nature; World


NATURE MORTE?       
First Line: I was standing at the corner of main street
Last Line: In its resolution but distorted by the aged glass


NEW STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old already? Provable still
Subject(s): Students


NEW WORLD       
First Line: Light hung back at the horizon
Last Line: The whitecaps are part of their future


NOTHWEST PASSAGE       
First Line: In eastern washington


OBSESSIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It could be a clip, it could be a comb
Last Line: The father of a friend just sickened and sickened.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Games; Obsessions; Childhood; Relatives; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


OF A STUDENT       
First Line: A lit cigarette is building an ash column
Last Line: In air now too brittle to reach zero


OF SALOME: ON DEATH AND BEAUTY       
First Line: I was not, in the beginning of time, a head on a plate
Last Line: Others judge me by the resolve with which I continue to speak


OF THE FILM DANCER IN THE DARK : ON THE RELATION OF EMPATHY TO BEAUTY       
First Line: I told them it was powerful, don't go
Last Line: Told them not to tell me about it


ON RETURNING TO TEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: At a distance. Young voices are whooping
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


ON RETURNING TO TEACH       
First Line: At a distance, young voices are whooping


ON THE DEATH OF A GREAT CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I look up into the death of my father
Subject(s): Death - Fathers


ON THE INSULARITY OF THE AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE: THE USELESS UMBRELLA       
First Line: Today we will find out art hand- and wind-tossed
Last Line: Ballast from a gale made of sense and nonsense


ON UTILITARIANISM       
First Line: Everyone wants to feed everyone else


ONE OF THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does a dog get sick
Last Line: — you tell me.
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dogs; Dead, The


OPERA OF THE ICE       
First Line: Once more, icy fingers
Last Line: Your town again, ok
Subject(s): Ice


OUR NEIGHBOR'S CAKE       
First Line: Today I prefer the cup to the coffee


OUR ROMANCE       
First Line: The road is narrow which leads to that house
Last Line: And saved the parents, being children.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Home; Parents; Childhood; Relatives; Parenthood


PAGES, SELS.       
First Line: The new ink mixes with the old in the fall. The booming of


PAPERS       
First Line: Peer over the edge of the paper if you dare
Last Line: Too, and it burned away the evidence


PARABOLIC CURVE OF THE RED STEM OF A DANDELION GONE TO SEED       
First Line: Anything tasting like moist straw is good now
Last Line: And carry it awhile, and taste it and drop it


PARIS, BASTILLE DAY 2002       
First Line: Let's film it wherever there is venom
Last Line: But distort it a bit for art's sake


PASTICHE       
First Line: Were we ever in nimes at the temple of diana?
Last Line: I have met a man who lives in utopia, which is not a place


PATH AMONG THE DUNES       
First Line: Long waves of form


PERFECTION OF DENTISTRY       
First Line: Here I am, an industry without chimneys
Last Line: The masterful units of his siesta, and always did


PERSISTENT MEMORY       
First Line: There was a twenty-four greasy spoon
Last Line: Of one breast. I have a cold spot in my brain %where the light settled


PERSONAL REASONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your hair - short, long, stars, a bed
Last Line: Or not so very much that very way — us.
Subject(s): Loss; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


PIONEER NIGHT       
First Line: After the parade, the indians scattered


POEM       
First Line: Would you like me more


POEM AFTER CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's life that is hard: waking, sleeping, eating, loving
Last Line: Arrive once more at the house where love seemed to be in the air
Subject(s): Andrade, Carlos Drummond De; Death; Life; Dead, The


POEM IN ORANGE TONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Curtains hung closed, sealing off the window
Last Line: To come out on top.
Subject(s): Dawn; Nature; Waking; Sunrise


PORTAL       
First Line: He was given to see through time
Last Line: City is city


PRICE IS RIGHT       
First Line: They turned over the wrong card but then


PULSATIONS       
First Line: One sees the trees ahead and the shadows underneath them
Last Line: Thought how birds are so little bother considering their numbers
Subject(s): Nature


PUT BACK THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's not stop in cold, in drought
Last Line: When your hand into mine put back the dark.
Subject(s): Death; Decay; Dead, The; Rot; Decadence


QUESTIONS TO ANSWERS       
First Line: For my unique voice


QUILT, DUTCH CHINA PLATE       
First Line: This was sanity - of star and snowflake


RAMPANT       
First Line: His eyes have lodged in the mirror
Last Line: Not knowing %what is out there


REFLEXES       
First Line: There was a powder the druggist had
Subject(s): Family Life


REPLICA    Poem Text    
First Line: The fake parthenon in nashville, stonehenge reduced by a quarter
Last Line: Everything of which there's one only in the form of its only maker.
Subject(s): Life; Reproduction; Statues; Mating


REPORT FROM THE WRITERS' CONVENTION       
First Line: Someone said the eskimos have thirteen words for snow
Last Line: The subject should be, 'writers versus writers.' %anyway, the unanimous conclusion was that bad poet


RESCUE, RESCUE       
First Line: I need you like a sailor needs
Last Line: The rescues succeed without regrets.
Subject(s): Desire; Sailing & Sailors; Seamen; Sails


RESIDUE OF SONG       
First Line: You were writing a long poem, yes


RESOLVING THE COLD       
First Line: Sunshine greases the streets at thirty degrees
Last Line: To start from fresh, intoxicated by youth


SCHOOLS OF LITTLE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling in snow beyond the window
Last Line: Until you can carry your brains in your open hands
Subject(s): Film (photography); Fish & Fishing; Photography & Photographers; Anglers


SERVICE FOR TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: Those rose-colored glasses - effacement


SEVENS (VERSION 3): IN THE CLOSED IRIS OF CREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A pair of heavy scissors lay across the sky
Last Line: Began to sever us
Subject(s): Creation; Humanity; Life; Perception


SHE CAN'T STOP HERSELF       
First Line: Where is 'desire like a leaf without a twig'


SHOULDERS OF TROPICAL RAIN       
First Line: It was plenty


SHRUG       
First Line: Let's see


SIX POEMS TO TAO YUAN-MING       
First Line: A friend first showed me your poems


SKY       
First Line: The sky had been burning for some time, and our eyes hurt
Last Line: But the new sky was still out of reach, though it seemed lower


SLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I go out to find whatever comes / but the first fifteen minutes
Last Line: When it gets easier
Subject(s): Running & Runners


SLOW       
First Line: I go out to find whatever comes %but the first fifteen minutes
Last Line: After the first two hours %(when it gets easier)
Subject(s): Sports


SOME SHADOWS       
First Line: On the snow at night


SOMEONE IS PROBABLY DEAD       
First Line: I already knew the secrets of light


SONG FOR A LITTLE BIT OF BREATH       
First Line: I still have this vertical pain under my left shoulder blade


SONG OF SOCIAL DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Ethics without faith, excuse me
Last Line: Inevitably on the wrong side looking out.
Subject(s): Faith; Family Life; Morality; Belief; Creed; Relatives; Ethics


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS #52    Poem Text    
First Line: William shakespeare of an actual presence


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS #68    Poem Text    
First Line: These raindrops gossip of summer


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS #68: 1. BRAIN, GRAIN       
First Line: These rainfalls gossip of summer to the corn seeds and %beans
Last Line: They had history in their thoughts, but they could %dance


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#12)    Poem Text    
First Line: One day I have fifteen minutes to stop the ruination
Last Line: Other places, other days, but today tibet
Subject(s): Tibet


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#15)    Poem Text    
First Line: The growth underfoot, the amputated remains
Last Line: An egg that was dropped from a rooftop to see what.
Subject(s): Firel; Fear


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, said a piece of tree bark in the wind, and the night froze
Last Line: Colorful yarmulke that lifted the high holy days
Subject(s): Skulls; Jews


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#20): 1. SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: William shakespeare of an actual presence
Last Line: That hamlet will kill himself first in word, then in deed.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare - Hamlet; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#20): 2. SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't say why he thinks himself shakespeare at the window
Last Line: Across the stage when she thought he was not coming.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters; Dramatists; Stage Life


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#21): 2. LESS SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Throwing your voice is one of those things also
Last Line: Green remains.
Subject(s): Self; Ventriloquists & Ventriloquist Dummies


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#24)       
First Line: A common goal-to defy gravity
Last Line: He is not mass but ballast %his fingerprints are intimate with gravity
Subject(s): Athletes; Sports


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#26): 1. BODY ...       
First Line: A chip on the shoulder and bedroom eyes
Last Line: Don't say you don't remember it


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#26): 2. BODY ...       
First Line: Leaned down to say goodnight, kiss kiss
Last Line: Some kisses irregular but when it feels that good who's counting


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#27)       
First Line: Rolls up his sleeves to work on a paper
Last Line: Tries not to leave a mess for the maid


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#29)       
First Line: Sami's memory returned and kelly came clean
Last Line: There's more, but much of it concerns trying to find christina


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#3): 1. BEAST, PEACH..    Poem Text    
First Line: He couldn't say it or write it or sign it or give it a name
Last Line: His small star would someday pass close to him but not yet.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791); Religion; Spirituality; Nativity, The; Theology


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#3): 2. ANGEL ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The hands that were nailed, the ankles that were pierced as if one
Last Line: The cloud appeared to him by day and the little star by night.
Subject(s): Angels; Concentration Camps; Crucifixion; Death; Jews; Religion; Spirituality; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Dead, The; Judaism; Theology


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#62): 1. MODEL OF...       
First Line: His dingy crooked teeth the skill of a scavenger
Last Line: These miniature grim reapers are funny to the young


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#62): 2. OUR LIVES...       
First Line: Age has its secrets, starting with the new lucidity
Last Line: The crab can't swim straight ahead so he rows sideways


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#8)    Poem Text    
First Line: Whereas yesterday he made his hand feel the sky, his leg fathom the
Last Line: Ask me again if who I was is who I have become
Subject(s): Middle Age


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#9): 1. BRACELET ...       
First Line: I'll give myself an hour, I said, and then it was over
Last Line: I could feel the ground reshaping itself under my feet
Subject(s): Love


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#9): 2. SOUP TOAST ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man must deal with life
Last Line: Love is not pretty.
Subject(s): Love; Death


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#9): 2. SOUP TOAST ...       
First Line: I married my shy mistress, the one who made two eggs, bacon and toast
Last Line: She can sit for hours watching the fireflies showing off in the dark
Subject(s): Love


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN? (#17): 2. WALKING IN THE DROWNING FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Pitch pine, thirty-five foot oaks to their necks in sand
Last Line: To be spoken of, though nobody knows
Subject(s): Seashore


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN?S FOOTSTEPS #17    Poem Text    
First Line: That a bent piece of straw made a circle in the sand
Last Line: Sand: the moral infinitude of a single rock
Subject(s): Seashore; Long Island (n.y,)


SPECIFIC TO OAHU       
First Line: Goofyfoot is through the tall grasses and down
Last Line: They are standing up on the water as it coils


SPOT SIX DIFFERENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hand is moved. Sleeve is longer. Hat is
Last Line: Shapes are open. Gloves are general- ized. / mouth is open. Hand is hiding
Subject(s): Riddles


STARS WHICH SEE, STARS WHICH DO NOT SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: They sat by the water. The fine women
Last Line: And then its promise, but never the water.
Subject(s): Beauty; Seine (river), France; Water; Women


STUDY GUIDE FOR THE ODYSSEY       
First Line: Briefly %in ten years what happened


TALL SHIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who reaches the crow's-nest
Last Line: And by turning his face to the blind dial of the cosmos
Subject(s): Boats; Perception; Vision


TEMPER    Poem Text    
First Line: The seed, in its grave
Last Line: Clear through to the center.
Subject(s): Anger


TEN THOUSAND QUESTIONS ANSWERED       
First Line: It is close, large, moving up rapidly


THE ADMISSION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If you love me
Last Line: To you.
Subject(s): Language; Love; Words; Vocabulary


THE AFFAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: He could do no wrong
Subject(s): Love Affairs


THE BODY BREAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been wiping the clear lens
Last Line: That I know of
Subject(s): Bodies


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#1): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks he is alive when he sees blood in his stool
Subject(s): Blood; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#1): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man can balance a glass of water on his head without trembling
Subject(s): Bodies; Corpses; Death; Cadavers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#11): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MEDUSA       
First Line: When the dead man splays his arms and legs, he is a kind of medusa
Last Line: Mortal among immortals, the dead man can change you to stone.
Subject(s): Death; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Vanity; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#11): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND MEDUSA       
First Line: The dead man mistakes his rounded shoulders for wings
Last Line: The dead man speaks also for those who were turned into stone.
Subject(s): Death; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Women; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#13): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THUNDER       
First Line: When the dead man hears thunder, he thinks someone is speaking
Last Line: The dead man speaks god's language.
Subject(s): Death; God; Language; Religion; Speech; Spirituality; Thunder; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Theology; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#13): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND THUNDER       
First Line: The dead man counts the seconds between lightning and thunder to
Last Line: Smell of solder at the junction of earth and sky.
Subject(s): Death; God; Lightning; Religion; Speech; Spirituality; Thunder; Dead, The; Lightning Rods; Theology; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#14)    Poem Text    
First Line: Under communism, the dead man's poems were passed around hand-to-hand
Last Line: You have only to believe in the past
Subject(s): Death; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-18665); Communism


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#15)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks his resolve has stiffened when the ground dries
Last Line: You think its hilarious, comedy upstanding, crackers to make sense of?


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#15): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND RIGOR       
First Line: You think it's funny, the dead man being stiff?
Last Line: You think it's hilarious, comedy upstanding, crackers to make sense of?
Subject(s): Bodies; Death; Humorists; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#19): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND WINTER       
First Line: When the dead man's skin turns black and blue, he thinks it is winter
Last Line: The dead man in winter is not just winter.
Subject(s): Death; Winter; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#19): 2. MORE ABOUT THE DEAD MAN AND WINTER       
First Line: The dead man in winter is the source of spring
Last Line: The dead man in winter is in heaven.
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Spring; Winter; Dead, The; Paradise


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#21): 1. ABOUT THE DEAD MAN'S HAPPINESS       
First Line: When the dead man hears the thunderous steps of an ant, he feels eager
Last Line: The dead man has it all, even the worms and the dogs.
Subject(s): Death; Happiness; Nature; Dead, The; Joy; Delight


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#21): MORE ABOUT DEAD MAN'S HAPPINESS       
First Line: The dead man wanted more until he had everything and wanted none of it
Last Line: The dead man did the same with substance and shadow.
Subject(s): Death; Happiness; Dead, The; Joy; Delight


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#23)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man thinks himself exposed, he puts on a mask
Last Line: The dead man's first mask was a hand over his mouth
Subject(s): Death; Masks


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#27)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man thinks he is hungry when he hears his stomach rumble


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#29)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man lowers standards, ha ha, sinking, steadily sinking
Last Line: All these things the dead man does and more
Subject(s): Death; Sex


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#3)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man throws up, he thinks he sees his inner life
Last Line: The dead man has both feet in the past and his head in the clouds
Subject(s): Death;


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#30)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man cannot go to sleep, he squeezes blood from a stone
Last Line: The dead man is mad to ride the wheel to the end of the circle
Subject(s): Death; Night


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#34)       
First Line: The dead man is slag ash soot cinders grime powder embers flakes
Last Line: Sides of a simple box.
Subject(s): Death; Dust; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#35)       
First Line: In an evening of icicles, tree branches crackling as they break
Last Line: Of the old songbooks, taped and yellowed, held there in time.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#42)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man encounters horrific conditions infused with beauty
Last Line: The dead man counts by ones and is shy before your mildest adoration
Subject(s): Death


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#43)        
First Line: When the dead man itches, he thinks he has picked up a splinter
Last Line: Stinger that cost something its life.
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Touch (sense); Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#44)    Poem Text    
First Line: Under deadline, the dead man hunkers down and lightens up


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#47)        
First Line: The dead man lives in the flesh, in memory, in absentia, in fact and
Last Line: Scraps and a mouthful of quills.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Death; Cookery; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#51)    Poem Text    
First Line: Having appendages, the dead man has shoes


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#54)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dead man feels nausea, he thinks he is in the balkans
Last Line: Shall call the preposthumous to their task
Subject(s): Death; Science


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#58)       
First Line: They came to the door because he was small or went to some
Last Line: This time the dead man will see them in hell.
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Death; Dissenters; Exiles; Funerals; Graves; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts; Dead, The; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#59)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man practices a healthy deathstyle.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#6)       
First Line: Will the dead man speak? Speak, says the lion, and the dead man
Last Line: Anvils.
Subject(s): Death; Nature; Speech; Dead, The; Oratory; Orators


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#62)       
First Line: When the dead man opens himself up, he is blown about, showered
Last Line: Music, and your heart blows up when you gasp.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#63)       
First Line: The dead man has up-the-stairs walking disorder
Last Line: The dead man stands for living anyway.
Subject(s): Death; Language; Love; Sickness; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Illness


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#65)       
First Line: The dead man struggles not to become crabby, chronic or hypothetical
Last Line: When the river met the shore.
Subject(s): Death; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Language; Poetry & Poets; Reason; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#66)       
First Line: That one was lost at sea and another to rot, that one threw himself
Last Line: Do not let them tell you that the dead man has gone on ahead.
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#67)       
First Line: The dead man, that man, consorted with canines in the turmoil
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (#68)       
First Line: The dead man likes it when the soup simmers and the kettle hisses
Last Line: Some say the dead man was miserable to be so happy.
Subject(s): Death; Language; Happiness; Story-telling; Dead, The; Words; Vocabulary


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (DRUGS)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man tried to read the small type, but it was too small.
Subject(s): Medicine; Drugs, Prescription


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (FOOD)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man likes chocolate, dark chocolate


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (FUNGI)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man has changed his mind about moss and mold


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (NOTHING)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man knows nothing


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (PEACETIME)    Poem Text    


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (RHINO)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dead man rode a rhino into congress.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (THE FOUNDRY)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man hath founded the dead man's foundry


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (WARTIME)    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead man, dead and alive at the same time, joins up.


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MAN (YOUR HANDS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Mornings, he keeps out the world awhile, the dead man


THE BRIDE IN WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is customary to conceive
Subject(s): Brides


THE COAT OF ARMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am seen in a landscape sometime before


THE CONDITION    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness within me is growing
Last Line: Like a thing seen.
Subject(s): Growth; Self


THE DAILY GRIND    Poem Text    
First Line: How to account - if you can't


THE DIFFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is descending on china


THE DRIFTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Who called a crisis a spade?


THE ESCAPE INTO YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Eight years of making it, who deserves
Subject(s): Togetherness


THE EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWS; TO DONALD JUSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand years from now / they will be remembered as heroes
Last Line: Continues ceasing and ceasing.
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Survival; Shoah; Judaism


THE FIFTIES       
First Line: Miles davis is on a night off
Subject(s): Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE HOLE IN THE SEA       
First Line: It's there
Last Line: The driest thing there is.
Subject(s): Courage; Language; Religion; Sea; Secrets; Spirituality; Story-telling; Valor; Bravery; Words; Vocabulary; Theology; Ocean


THE ISRAELI NAVY    Poem Text    


THE LAST THING I SAY       
First Line: To a thirteen-year-old sleeping
Last Line: A small part of himself and sweet dreams.
Subject(s): Children; Fathers & Sons; Love; Parents; Sleep; Childhood; Parenthood


THE MEDICINE    Poem Text    
First Line: He's in love with sex, but he'd give it up


THE MOON IS VISIBLE TONIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Moon


THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard knowledge to come by. Finally


THE MYSTERY OF EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the weather goes on for days
Last Line: Unless there was time, and eternity's plenty.
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Poetry & Poets; Women


THE NEST       
First Line: The day the birds were lifted from my shoulders
Last Line: It killed me — and almost cost me a life...
Subject(s): Birds; Grief; Life; Loss; Sorrow; Sadness


THE PAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Peer over the edge of the paper if you dare


THE PARENTS OF PSYCHOTIC CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: They renounce the very idea
Last Line: Like the crazy birds, to their offspring.
Subject(s): Children; Insanity; Parents; Childhood; Madness; Mental Illness; Parenthood


THE PILL       
First Line: The pill, in the pill bottle, humming like a wheel at rest, confident ...
Last Line: Could have sworn that it could see them, and that it blinked.
Subject(s): Humanity; Medicine; Reason; Self-consciousness; Drugs, Prescription; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE PRESENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We wrapped up a trip to mexico


THE RING    Poem Text    
First Line: A puzzle for keeping, four bands


THE SELF AND THE MULBERRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to see the self, so I looked at the mulberry
Last Line: Let nature take a turn at saying what love is!
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees; Nature; Self; Trees


THE SELF-MADE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is almost christmas, and I have decided


THE STONES       
First Line: One night in my room
Last Line: Among the excellent vegetables.
Subject(s): Environment; Happiness; Nature; Self; Stones; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Joy; Delight; Granite; Rocks


THE STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are using the stairs as a ladder
Subject(s): Students


THE UNIFORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the sleeves, I remember their weight, like wet wool
Last Line: A wounded eardrum wasn't much in the scheme.
Subject(s): Army - United States; Clothing & Dress; Military


THE WAR PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dove has entered the hawk farm


THE WISDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly my wife's cheeky


THESE GREEN-GOING-TO-YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: This year / I'm raising the emotional ante
Subject(s): Comfort; Gingko Trees; Leaves


THESE GREEN-GOING-TO-YELLOW       
First Line: This year, %I'm raising the emotional ante,
Last Line: Which would not be our way %if we truly thought we were gods.


THEY    Poem Text    
First Line: My destiny has been to prune one tree
Subject(s): Simplicity; Trees


THEY       
First Line: My destiny has been to prune one tree
Subject(s): Simplicity


THINGS I TOOK       
First Line: The back shell of a crab


THINGS WE DREAMT WE DIED FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Flags of all sorts
Last Line: By the many who have not one.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Literature; Soldiers; War; Dead, The; Nightmares


THREE IMPLEMENTS, SELS.       


THREE LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am green, and I may well misunderstand your words, as


THREE LETTERS       
First Line: Dear-------,


THREE LETTERS       
First Line: Dear %I am green, and I may well misunderstand your words


TIDELINE       
First Line: There I buried the wishfulness


TIE-DOWN OF A BONSAI    Poem Text    
First Line: A ladder propped against a rainbow
Subject(s): Bonsai; Language; Music & Musicians; Rainbows; Words; Vocabulary


TIME WE TOOK TO TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The sign said no trespassing


TO AN ADOLESCENT WEEPING WILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know what you think you're doing
Last Line: It means you are a boy.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Grief; Willow Trees; Youth; Sorrow; Sadness


TO DOROTHY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You are not beautiful, exactly / you are beautiful, inexactly
Last Line: I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep.
Subject(s): Beauty; Loss; Love; Poetry & Poets


TO NO ONE IN PARTICULAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether you sing or scream
Last Line: To no one in particular.
Subject(s): Language; Murder; Poetry & Poets; Singing & Singers; Words; Vocabulary; Songs


TO THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: We are green with our haggard deities


TO THE SKY       
First Line: We are green with our haggard deities


TOWARD CERTAIN DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: High-beams stabbing the eyes of animals


TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The park's trees have been growing all week


TRAVELS WE TOOK IN OUR TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Place become enough and too much
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TREES STANDING BARE       
First Line: Those that do are not ashamed


TREETOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: My father moves through the south hunting duck
Last Line: Probable volume of dreams, think so.
Subject(s): Death; Ducks; Fathers & Sons; Hunting; Dead, The; Mallards; Drakes; Hunters


TRIAL NOVELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone was guilty (they always are)


TRINKET    Poem Text    
First Line: I love watching the water
Last Line: Small enough to contain it.
Subject(s): Plants; Self; Time; Water; Planting; Planters


TROUBLING       
First Line: I still think of the suicide standing on a ladder
Last Line: Just up the street from the bus station


TRUE STORY       
First Line: One afternoon in my room
Last Line: Will do what the romans do
Subject(s): Hotels


TWO DIFFICULT IMAGES       
First Line: Braids in the sky as day hugged the edge


TWO MEN IN WOOL CAPS CATCHING BEAVER       
First Line: Home is a white sheet of a tent


TWO PICTURES OF A LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: If I make up this leaf
Last Line: Come to resemble so much that does not.
Subject(s): Death; Fish & Fishing; Leaves; Survival; Trees; Dead, The; Anglers


TYPESETTING THE ODYSSEY       
First Line: Norton is smoking a pipe as he slots the letters
Last Line: Knocked you off your pins and troy fell


ULYSSES, TOO, WAS SOMETIMES DOWN AT HEART       
First Line: The way it happens, we go way up
Last Line: In a religious time. A time of voyages


UNHEARD SONG       
First Line: He has taken ether and peyote, but he cannot hear the song
Last Line: I knew the spheres were singing on both sides of me


UNLESS IT WAS COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Again today, balloons aloft in the hazy here
Last Line: But I was happy, and my happiness made others happy.
Subject(s): Courage; Happiness; Hot-air Balloons; Valor; Bravery; Joy; Delight


USING SOME WORDS THAT SHOWED UP RECENTLY: 1. HOMAGE TO STRAV       
First Line: Stravinsky charges into the crowd, cape flying
Last Line: Until black notes drop %like clothespins from a straight shot of old line


USING SOME WORDS THAT SHOWED UP RECENTLY: 2. TO BE PLACED IN       
First Line: Under low clouds, an eagle's fists
Last Line: And one was shot from the sky, one day when %the background was right for seeing what it was


USING SOME WORDS THAT SHOWED UP RECENTLY: 3. OUR CLAWFOOTED       
First Line: Over the lip went archimedes, displacing
Last Line: Then, just by bathing, %you shape a law, so greek it's a fact


USING SOME WORDS THAT SHOWED UP RECENTLY: 4. HOMAGE TO EDWAR       
First Line: His heart shot through by the sun, underneath
Last Line: You feel...You have the beginning. %will you go on?-I do not know'


USING SOME WORDS THAT SHOWED UP RECENTLY: 5. THE STEINHEIM:       
First Line: A castle that wasn't a castle but looked like it
Last Line: After, our castles lay in ruins, %the castles that had been castles but didn't look it


VACCINATION DAY       
First Line: A cracking splintering the air above
Last Line: The effort it takes to break through


VERSES VERSUS VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: First, there's courtship
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


VERSES VERSUS VERSES       
First Line: First, there's the courtship


VETERANS OF THE SEVENTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: His army jacket bore the white rectangle
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict


VICTIM OF HIMSELF       
First Line: He thought he saw a long way off the ocean
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Perception; Pride; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Self-esteem; Self-respect


VIEW       
First Line: When you look through the window in sag harbor and see
Last Line: We know it is morning by the dew and the frost on the %windowpanes


WALKING THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sidewalk is growing soft. I am growing soft
Subject(s): Conformity; Homecoming; Solitude; Loneliness


WANTING TO HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the man who discovered women


WAR PIECE       
First Line: The dove has entered the hawk-farm


WASHING OUR HANDS OF THE REST OF AMERICA       
First Line: The water is moving again in the lakes of central america
Subject(s): Allergies; Disease; Earth; Nature; Pollution; Sickness; Water; World; Illness


WATCH       
First Line: Sand pebbles the windowpanes of beachfront
Last Line: And metal detectors to search for the past


WATCHING THE BOMBER PASS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: How can we speak of eyes and seasons
Last Line: Not one of us escapes some little happiness!
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Bombs; War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


WATER, WINTER, FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the little light of dawn
Last Line: Now it is useless to be home.
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Home; Loss; Water; Winter; Dead, The


WATERCOLOR ON A BOOK JACKET: ART ABOUT ART       
First Line: Buoyant to look upon this illustration
Last Line: There is no back to the picture and no passage of time


WE HAD SEEN A PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: One man held the huge pig down
Last Line: When we looked.
Subject(s): Business; Butchers; Murder; Pigs; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Boars; Hogs


WE HAVE KNOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We have known such joy as a child knows
Last Line: And will not survive, though you have them.
Subject(s): Children; Happiness; Love; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Childhood; Joy; Delight; Parenthood


WE HAVE LIVED WITH IT       


WEDNESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray rainwater lay on the grass in the late afternoon
Last Line: Might drop his arms, that he had held up all day since the dew.
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature; Solitude; Loneliness


WHAT LASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: So help me, love, you and I
Last Line: The flower itself is to something or other.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


WHAT SONGS THE SOLDIERS SANG    Poem Text    
First Line: Those with few images, lyrics
Last Line: And that there were no words for others.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Soldiers; War; Songs


WHAT THEY DO TO YOU IN DISTANT PLACES       
First Line: I never told you %there was a woman - in the greening season
Last Line: In the gross odors of my labors %if I had known what she was doing %perhaps she's with you now
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Sports


WHEN I RUN    Poem Text    


WHERE HE STOOD: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PORTFOLIO       
First Line: The iowa land rolls and turns like the human body. Surprise ...


WHERE IS ODYSSEUS FROM AND WHAT WAS HE BEFORE HE LEFT       
First Line: By a city building in malaga


WHEREVER YOU ARE       
First Line: A thin silver whistle
Last Line: To be death's best friend
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


WHITE CLOVER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once when the moon was out about three-quarters
Last Line: Over all their property.
Subject(s): Clover; Light; Night; Bedtime


WHITE PONY       
First Line: Where is the book in which I wished to look again


WHITMAN'S GRASS       
First Line: Walt whitman, brother to brothers and brother to sisters
Last Line: Preferring the organic to the inorganic, yet awed by the stellar, %throw you my casual salute and co


WHO & WHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I live, it's a long uphill to


WHO & WHERE       
First Line: Where I live, it's a long uphill to


WINTER IN SITGES       
First Line: The old man building a boat on the beach
Last Line: Built to make shapes in the waves
Subject(s): Boats; Sea Voyages; Spain; Travel


WORLD WAR III       
First Line: You post a sign


WRITTEN DURING DEPRESSION: HOW TO BE HAPPY       
First Line: To be happy / a man must love death
Last Line: And why, my dear, I love you.
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Future; Happiness; Love; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Joy; Delight


YOU WOULD KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: That you, father, are 'in my mind'
Last Line: What I was, happy, maybe am, you would know.
Subject(s): Escapes; Fathers & Sons; Happiness; Past; Fugitives; Joy; Delight


YOUNG WOMAN SUNNING IN THE NUDE       
First Line: I didn't think she had put herself out


YOUR SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I am sentenced not to talk to you
Last Line: Bits of glass in the head's reticent weather.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Love; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


YOUTH       
First Line: Begins again in a kiss, in a passionate word