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Author: BERNARD, APRIL
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Bernard, April    Poet's Biography
48 poems available by this author


ACROSS FROM GRACE       
First Line: What had been hovering in the air all evening
Last Line: As the fox waits for the hullabaloo to pass


ANOTHER MAN       
First Line: I want to touch his eyes,' she said
Last Line: This drowning. But she has known %even greater pleasure


BEAGLE OR SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: The composer's name was beagle or something
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


BOYACA IS THE LAND OF LIBERTY       
First Line: Take that hand away, the hand


ELEPHANT LANGUOR       
First Line: Some days go by 'like elevators' while others do not
Last Line: Rise up in their sweetness and dawdle the days past clocking


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE       
First Line: That voice--from the tv--that voice
Last Line: You dared not put your hands


EXEGESIS       
First Line: The careful toe-step of the tabby out on errands. She provides the condition
Last Line: Sky-lit in the tooth of this time, reaches


KTAADN       
First Line: What was lost, again, the hot sap
Last Line: When the mountain is set to the match


LAMENTATIONS AND PRAISES       
First Line: Yet I have sat and waited for the sunlight like one unable to finger
Last Line: Sky-lit in the tooth of this time, reaches


LITTLE MELODY PSALM       
First Line: If you like what you saw, then, why close your eyes
Last Line: Those he killed, he said, would get married again


MASABEESEC       
First Line: Those tracks in the snow, could it be
Last Line: Where it is not difficult to call back happiness


NOT ROME       
First Line: How the car radio carols pushed against the long dusk
Last Line: If we were giants who played with little humans %and their little toys, then


PRAISE PSALM OF THE CITY-DWELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lift your heads, all you peoples, to the wet heat rising
Last Line: In the heat of further days
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


PRAISE PSALM OF THE CITY-DWELLER       
First Line: Lift your heads, all you peoples, to the wet heat rising
Last Line: In the heat of further days
Subject(s): Cities


PSALM OF A DARK DAY       
First Line: There is no god, mohammed is his last prophet, and my car
Last Line: This day, sun-filled and white-knuckled, do not recant


PSALM OF RESCUE       
First Line: She lay on the carpet with both toes pointed
Last Line: Best comfort, and may I presume to offer you my arm


PSALM OF THE APARTMENT-DWELLER       
First Line: Take the feet of those who march
Last Line: On my tongue and swiftly will you seize it. Selah


PSALM OF THE BEATEN       
First Line: When they hit me, it was like flowers, bright and exploding
Last Line: Dance above the dirt of the body, unbeaten at the last


PSALM OF THE BELOVED       
First Line: Encircled as a stone is held in the hand, flinty, like flint
Last Line: For the small black stone within that prays leave not to be thrown


PSALM OF THE BEREFT       
First Line: His mind was wandering, but he remembered
Last Line: But which you clutch to your breast like salvation itself


PSALM OF THE CANAL-DWELLER       
First Line: What difference can there be with, say, a long large gun of
Last Line: Smell of mud in the morning as the crabs with claws %that look like paper wings flutter, flutter


PSALM OF THE CARD-READERS       
First Line: Knave that shows one eye, and a smile traveling sidewise
Last Line: They are good for something, after all-they keep the edges dry


PSALM OF THE CITY-DWELLER GONE HOME       
First Line: There must be as many windows as possible, while the long
Last Line: Older now and tired, looking for god, as for my bitterest enemy


PSALM OF THE DISARRANGED       
First Line: Low at the ground, swiping the machete, then
Last Line: But fills it, everywhere, with tall, tall trees of fire


PSALM OF THE EXPLANATION-DWELLERS       
First Line: See, here's how it is, there's two different ways we look at the world
Last Line: And unlikely to melt in the damp of your mouth


PSALM OF THE HISTORIAN       
First Line: Not possible to take comfort: how they descended
Last Line: Of supplication and gratitude, haunched upon this new world


PSALM OF THE ONE WHO HAS NO DWELLING PLACE       
First Line: Himself is awed: headlines announce
Last Line: I rest my head in you, that is, in the uttermost parts of the sea


PSALM OF THE RING-BEAER       
First Line: Who knew what dread fire would settle on what small hand
Last Line: I declare and make another stand, whence will I walk


PSALM OF THE SLEEPING       
First Line: It is not only that the waves roll in
Last Line: In a finer blood than blood


PSALM OF THE SPIT-DWELLER       
First Line: The wavelets hot against my toes, the distinctive smell: of grouper
Last Line: Tell their own biblical comedy, as it will %someday also please the storm to laugh out loud


PSALM OF THE SURPRISED       
First Line: The world lay worm and sugared at waking
Last Line: Rounded and polished, slick with shine


PSALM OF THE SURVEYOR IN THE MIDDLE LATITUDES       
First Line: It could have been like that
Last Line: You would cough on my freshly ironed, pearl-grey shirt


PSALM OF THE TREE-DWELLER       
First Line: Do not reward those who walk at night with torches
Last Line: I may look upon your face


PSALM OF THE WIND-DWELLER       
First Line: High, where the curl of cloud moves across the biggest face
Last Line: And let me on your wind pass one dreamless night


PSALM OF THE WITNESS       
First Line: That one I have seen, yes that one
Last Line: Masters of the huddle, all of you, I have seen %mine eyes have seen


PSALM OF THOSE IN NEED       
First Line: Frost sifts against the hay, another turn in the year
Last Line: Quizas, quizas, you are more than what you dream


PSALM OF WITHDRAWL       
First Line: My hair tossed up, lofty, top-lofty, french courtly
Last Line: We cannot take him


PSALM ON THE EVE       
First Line: Why does the man on the radio play only strings today
Last Line: In the cold and salt of all I have left undone


PSALM: CRIS DE COEUR       
First Line: Help (for which we have cried since morning)
Last Line: Help (for which my heart has cried since morning)


PSALM: IT MUST BE THE MEDICATION       
First Line: So the hip rises, oh so slightly, in its golden socket
Last Line: For them moment without remove, write, I can't stop laughing


ROY ORBISON AND JOHN MILTON ARE STILL DREAMING    Poem Text    
First Line: You know what I mean: in the instant
Subject(s): Separation; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SONNET IN E       
First Line: The diction of the dispossessed, clattering
Last Line: On a table in the corner of the room


THE GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: The cloth edge of certainty


TORCH PSALM       
First Line: A piano pounded like a loom, across a big room
Last Line: Honey drips from the spoon, will you open your mouth


TRIO PSALM       
First Line: And sometimes we are cut off
Last Line: Somehow we were cut off


WAY WE LIVE NOW       
First Line: Come as you are %the difficulties, in passion
Last Line: To give everything away


WHAT WOULD HAPPEN THEN       
First Line: A bird, quick, blue with livid streaks
Last Line: And why not would replace all other dicta %but gently, as a sunlit nudge