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Author: BRODSKY, JOSEPH
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Brodsky, Joseph    Poet's Biography
141 poems available by this author


17TH SONNET TO MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS       
First Line: The thing that dragged from english mouths a shout
Last Line: Among spectators, even so %it brought your enemies to their feet
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Scottish Translations


24-MAY-80       
First Line: I have braved, for want of wild beasts, steel cages
Last Line: Only gratitude will be gushing from it


25. XII. 1993       
First Line: For a miracle take one shepherd's throw
Last Line: And follow you forever with its gaze


A PART OF SPEECH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As for the stars they are always on]


A SEASON    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The time of the hawk counting chickens, of haystacks in


AB OVO       
First Line: Ultimately, there should be a language
Last Line: Whose immaculate zeroes won't ever hatch


ADMONITION       
First Line: Trekking in asia, spending nights in odd dwellings, in
Last Line: And it's only you who can do the job


AFTER US       
First Line: After us, it is certainly not the flood
Last Line: In the anteroom of the golden age


ALMOST AN ELEGY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In days gone by I too would stand and wait
Last Line: Not music yet, already more than noise
Subject(s): Waiting; Jacob (bible); Love Ė Complaints; Memory


ALMOST AN ELEGY       
First Line: In days gone by I too would stand and wait
Last Line: Only the downpour to my slumbering mind: %not music yet, already more than noise
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


ANGEL       
First Line: A white, pure-cotton angel
Last Line: With happiness whose diameter lies somewhere in evergreen ca


ANTHEM       
First Line: Praised be the climate %for putting a limit
Last Line: To the rest of matter %should please the latter


ANTI-SHENANDOAH: TWO SKITS AND A CHORUS       
First Line: Why don't we board a train and go off to persia
Last Line: Always be ready to say kaput, %but wear a helmet


AT A LECTURE       
First Line: Since mistakes are inevitable, I can easily be taken
Last Line: To the lake: I don't like myself. But you are welcome to my


AT THE CITY DUMP IN NANTUCKET       
First Line: The perishable devours the perishable in broad daylight
Last Line: Swells the darkening overcast


AUGUST RAIN       
First Line: In broad daylight it starts to get dark with breathless
Last Line: -- almost my own but muted by years' vast distance -- %barit


AXIOM       
First Line: The world was wrought of a mixture of dirt, water, fire
Last Line: We, the deposits, eagerly multiply


BELFAST TUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's a girl from a dangerous town
Last Line: Because the town's too small
Subject(s): Belfast, Northern Ireland


BELFAST TUNE       
First Line: Here's a girl from a dangerous town
Last Line: I dream of her either loved or killed %because the town's too small
Subject(s): Belfast, Northern Ireland


BERLIN WALL TUNE       
First Line: This is the house destroyed by jack
Last Line: Or that the quacks ask too high a fee, %come to this wall, and see
Subject(s): Berlin Wall


BLUES       
First Line: Eighteen years I've spent in manhattan
Last Line: Money is green, and I am gray


BRISE MARINE       
First Line: Dear, I ventured out of the house late this evening, merely
Last Line: Ebb tide; I smoke in the darkness and inhale rank seaweed


CAPE COD LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: The eastern tip of the empire drives into night
Last Line: Depends on the sleeper. A cod stabds at the door
Subject(s): Cape Cod


CAPE COD LULLABY       
First Line: The eastern tip of the empire drives into night
Last Line: For good or ill, in the dreams that such sleep brings %depends on the sleeper. A cod stands at the d
Subject(s): Cape Cod


CAPPADOCIA       
First Line: A hundred and forty thousand warriors of mithridates ponticus
Last Line: Trophy: the features of nobody's cappadocia


CATCH       
First Line: From the dress-box's plashing tissue paper


CENTAURS I       
First Line: They briskly bounce out of the future and having cried 'futile!'
Last Line: Profile, there is no tomorrow


CENTAURS II       
First Line: Part ravishing beauty, part sofa, in the vernacular -- sophie
Last Line: Which is what we were, frankly, in our era


CENTAURS III       
First Line: A marble-white close-up of the past-cum-future hybrid
Last Line: The six-winged mixture of faith and the stratosphere


CENTAURS IV       
First Line: The instep-shaped landscape, the shade of a jackboot, with nothing moving
Last Line: Into, escaping the telescope


CLOUDS       
First Line: Ah, summer clouds %of the baltic! I swear
Last Line: And was lighter than body, %better than soul


CONSTANCY       
First Line: Constancy is an evolution of one's living quarters into
Last Line: Spineless, soggy, pearl-shrouding contents


DAEDALUS IN SICILY    Poem Text    
First Line: All his life he was building something, inventing something
Last Line: Straightens up wsith a grunt, and heads out for hades
Subject(s): Daedalus


DAEDALUS IN SICILY       
First Line: All his life he was building something, inventing something
Last Line: Straightens up with a grunt, and heads out for hades
Subject(s): Daedalus


ECLOGUE IV: WINTER       
First Line: In winter it darkens the moment lunch is over
Last Line: As long as the whiteness lasts. And after


ECLOGUE: 5. SUMMER       
First Line: I hear you again, mosquito hymn of summer


ELEGY       
First Line: Whether you fished me bravely out of the pacific
Last Line: Memory, though to you this makes indeed no difference


ELEGY       
First Line: Sweetheart, losing your looks, go to live in a village
Last Line: You'll make out yourself, and a colorless brushstroke near


ELEGY       
First Line: About a year has passed. I've returned to the place of battle
Last Line: But it reads 'in grief,' or 'in brief,' or 'in going under'


EPITAPH FOR A CENTAUR       
First Line: To say that he was unhappy is either to say too much
Last Line: Turned out to be less durable than his humanity
Variant Title(s): Cenataurs:


ETUDE       
First Line: I embrace these shoulders and I look
Last Line: Then it has left this house and gone


EXETER REVISITED       
First Line: Playing chess on the oil tablecloth at sparky's
Last Line: Its pale, cloud-swaddled lux


FIFTH ANNIVERSARY (4 JUNE 1977)       
First Line: A falling star, or even more so, an asteroid
Last Line: Since I no longer know what earth I will lie in. %squeak away, squeak away, pen! Use up the paper


FIN DE DIECLE       
First Line: The century will soon be over, but sooner it will be me
Last Line: Nor the charms of new latitudes, but the other way around: %ount


FLIGHT TO EGYPT       
First Line: Inside the cave (an off-plumb dugout, %but a roof above their heads, for all
Last Line: Was the infant. But he was infans, silent


FLOURISH       
First Line: O if the birds sang while the clouds felt bored by singing
Last Line: Decembrist, beheaded later and breathing hard


FLY       
First Line: While you were singing, fall arrived


FOOTNOTE TO WEATHER FORECASTS       
First Line: A garden alley with statues of hardened mud
Last Line: And where snowflakes float in the air as a good example %of


FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN       
First Line: You know, I try, when darkness falls,
Last Line: They count on meeting in the sun


FOREWORD TO PETER VIERECK'S NEW BOOK, TIDE AND CONTINUITIES       
First Line: An introduction to a book
Last Line: The gods may feel quite lost for words


FROM SONNETS ON THE STATUE OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, IN THE LUXEMBOURG       
First Line: Mary, the scots are sots in any case
Last Line: Of paper I've crumpled up and thrown away


FUNERAL OF BOBO       
First Line: Bobo is dead, but don't take off your hat


HAWK'S CRY IN AUTUMN       
First Line: Wind from the northwestern quarter is lifting him high


HAWK'S CRY IN AUTUMN       
First Line: Wind from the northwestern quarter is lifting him high above
Last Line: With a loud shout in english, winter's here!


HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, ACT I       
First Line: Ladies and gentlemen and the gay!


HOMAGE TO CHEKHOV       
First Line: Sunset clings to the samovar, abandoning the veranda
Last Line: In the provinces, too, nobody's getting laid, %as throughout the galaxy


HOMAGE TO GIROLAMO MARCELLO       
First Line: Once in winter, I, too, sailed in
Last Line: Is but water and me, since water also %has no past


HOW LONG I'VE BEEN TAPPING AROUND, YOU CAN SEE BY THE HEEL       
Last Line: So that my heart %might know something that god knows


I HAVE ENTERED A CAGE IN PLACE OF A WILD BEAST       
Last Line: But until [they] cram my mouth with clay, %from it will resound only gratitude


I SIT BY THE WINDOW       
First Line: I said fate plays a game without a score
Last Line: Which is worse: the dark inside, or the darkness out


I WAS ONLY THAT WHICH       
Last Line: Lost in the firmament, %the sphere spins


IN FRONT OF CASA MARCELLO       
First Line: The sun's setting, and the corner bar bangs its shutters
Last Line: Now a line scrawled in haste and rhyming


IN MEMORIAM       
First Line: The thought of you is receding like a chambermaid given notice


IN MEMORY OF CLIFFORD BROWN       
First Line: It's not the color blue, it's the color cold
Last Line: Aping the ice floe and waxing polar


IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER: AUSTRALIA       
First Line: You arose -- I dreamt so last night -- and left for
Last Line: For the first time since you formed a cloud above a chimney


IN THE LAKE DISTRICT       
First Line: In those days, in a place where dentists thrive
Last Line: Across my cheek and down onto my pillow


ISCHIA IN OCTOBER       
First Line: Once a volcano here belched with zest
Last Line: Than what aeneas saw sailing through


JEWISH CEMETERY NEAR LENINGRAD       
Last Line: A couple of miles from the tram terminus


KELOMYAKKI       
First Line: Dumped in the dunes snatched from the witless finns


KOLO       
First Line: In march the soldiers %with rifles on their shoulders
Last Line: In some concrete lair %facing betrayal


LAGOON       
First Line: Down in the lobby three elderly women, bored
Last Line: The speed of light equals a fleeting view, %even when blackout robs us blind


LAGOON       
First Line: In the lobby, three old women, in deep armchairs, sit
Last Line: When no light exists


LEAVING       
First Line: As we left the garden-party


LETTERS FROM THE MING DYNASTY       
First Line: Soon it will be thirteen years since the nightingale
Last Line: Rustling across the wild barley's withered blade


LOVE SONG       
First Line: If you were drowning, I'd come to the rescue
Last Line: Because the church is firmly against divorce


LULLABY       
First Line: Birth I gave you in a desert
Last Line: Just a lamp to guide the treasured %child who's late, %lit by someone whom that desert %taught to wa


MCMXCIV       
First Line: Lousy times: nothing to steal and no one to steal from
Last Line: Their desire to multiply. In this white captivity


MCMXCV       
First Line: The clowns are demolishing the circus. The elephants have run off to india
Last Line: She'll be hitting nineteen ninety-five


MONUMENT TO PUSHKIN       
First Line: And silence %not another word
Last Line: Is more comfortable than standing %on pedestals


MY DEAR, I LEFT THE HOUSE TODAY LATE IN THE EVENING       
Last Line: I smoke in the darkness and inhale the rottenness of the ebb tide


NATIVITY       
First Line: No matter what went on around them; no matter
Last Line: For taking an alien for its neighbor


NATIVITY POEM       
First Line: Imagine striking a match that night in the cave
Last Line: Of man: his homelessness plain to him now in a homeless one


NATURE MORTE       
First Line: People nd things crowd in
Last Line: Son or god, I am thine


NEW JULES VERNE       
First Line: A perfect line of horizon. Without a blot. A swanky


NEW LIFE       
First Line: Imagine that war is over, that peace has resumed its reign
Last Line: I am nobody, as ulysses once muttered to polyphemus


NEW STANZAS TO AUGUSTA, SELS       
First Line: I held those shoulders in my arms, and glanced
Last Line: He disappeared-abandoned it to me


NEW STANZAS TO AUGUSTA: 1       
First Line: September came on tuesday
Last Line: Rain-curtains close the last clear spot. %I need no south


NORTH OF DELPHI       
First Line: The plight of a pawn tells the king what it's all about
Last Line: It's the fear of tautology that guarantees well-being


OCTOBER TUNE       
First Line: A stuffed quail
Last Line: Keeps the corner lit


ODE TO CONCRETE       
First Line: You'll outlast me, good old concrete
Last Line: And wrapped in a petrified long skirt


ODYSSEUS TO TELEMACHUS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My dear telemachus,
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


ONLY ASHES KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BURNED OUT       
Last Line: Because carrion is freedom from cells, freedom from %the whole: an apotheosis of particles


PERSIAN ARROW       
First Line: Your wooden shaft has vanished; so has the body
Last Line: That of the human hand is more so


PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: We lived in a city tinted the color of frozen vodka
Last Line: Birds of paradise sing, despite no bouncing branches


PILGRIMS       
First Line: Past arenas, sanctuaries %past smart cemeteries
Last Line: With soldiers for dung %with poets for a song


POLAR EXPLORER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: All the huskies are eaten. There is no space
Subject(s): Explorers; Arctic; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers


POLONAISE: A VARIATION       
First Line: Autumn in your hemisphere whoops cranes and owls


PORTA SAN PANCRAZIO       
First Line: The bees haven't buzzed away, nor has a horseman galloped
Last Line: Triumphs, with its physique, over a chance to touch you


PORTRAIT OF A TRAGEDY       
First Line: Let's look at the face of tragedy. Let's see its creases
Last Line: Come on! Fly the gates of your pigsty open


POSTCARD       
First Line: The country is so populous that polygamists and serial
Last Line: Not the army and navy stadium but the cemetery


POSTCARD FROM LISBON       
First Line: Monuments to events that never took place: to bloody
Last Line: On matter, by dint of the population


REVEILLE       
First Line: Birds acquaint themselves with leaves
Last Line: Hearts as well. But rocks will last


ROMAN ELEGIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The captive mahogany of a private roman
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


ROMAN ELEGIES       
First Line: The captive mahogany of a private roman
Last Line: Enough to last one through the whole blackout
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


SEVEN STROPHES       
First Line: I was but what you'd brush


SEXTET       
First Line: An eyelid is twitching. From the open mouth
Last Line: Will splash in a pond and repeat your oval


SIR, YOU ARE TOUGH       
First Line: Sir, you are tough, and I am tough
Last Line: But who will write whose epitaph


SIX YEARS LATER    Poem Text    
First Line: So long had life together been that now
Subject(s): Time


SIX YEARS LATER       
First Line: So long had life together been that now
Last Line: Through them into the future, into night
Subject(s): Time


SO FORTH       
First Line: Summer will end. September will come. Once more it's okay to shoot
Last Line: The more speckled turn the eggs of quail, woodcock, grouse,


SOHO       
First Line: Reflected in a venetian mirror, heavy-framed
Last Line: Leave no trace on the snow


SONG       
First Line: I wish you were here, dear
Last Line: If it's followed by dying


SONG       
First Line: I wish you were here, dear


SONG       
First Line: From all the days ahead %I'll bring a tear I've shed
Last Line: It's something you can drop %to the bottom of the well'


SONG OF WELCOME       
First Line: Here's your mon, here's your dad
Last Line: And saturn holds the wreath


SONNET TO MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The thing that dragged from english mouths a shout
Last Line: It brought your enemies to their cold feet
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Scottish Translations; Mary Stuart


SPEECH OVER SPILLED MILK: 1       
First Line: I arrive at christmas without a kopeck
Last Line: Houses aren't themselves at all


SPEECH OVER SPILLED MILK: 2       
First Line: Equality, pal, throws brotherhood off
Last Line: (what's poetry but a review %of the existing evidence?)


SPEECH OVER SPILLED MILK: 3       
First Line: I sit alone on new year's eve
Last Line: I'd take her for my daughter! Look, %a little swallow in the sky


STAR OF THE NATIVITY       
First Line: In the cold season, in a locality accustomed to heat more than
Last Line: Was looking into the cave. And that was the father's stare


SUMMER WILL END. SEPTEMBER WILL BEGIN. THERE WILL BE OPEN S       
Last Line: The more speckles there are on the lost at hide and seek %eggs of the grouse, woodcock, and scared p


TALE       
First Line: In walks the emperor, dressed as mars
Last Line: But there is one's cigar


TAPS       
First Line: I've been reproached for everything save the weather
Last Line: Might use my pinhole, at any rate


THE BERLIN WALL TUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the house destroyed by jack
Last Line: At pendulums they donít shoot
Subject(s): Berlin Wall


TO A FRIEND: IN MEMORIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: It's for you whose name's better omitted - since for
Last Line: From the shores = who knows which? Though for now it has no importance
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


TO A FRIEND: IN MEMORIAM       
First Line: It's for you whose name's better omitted - since for
Last Line: Now it has no importance
Subject(s): Mourning


TO A TYRANT       
First Line: He used to come here till he donned gold braid
Last Line: Oh yes!' if only they could rise and be there


TO MY DAUGHTER       
First Line: Give me another life, and I'll be singing
Last Line: Hence, these somewhat wooden lines in our common language


TO URANIA       
First Line: There is a limit to everything: including grief
Last Line: And further on battleships sail, %and the wide expanse is sky blue, like linen edged with lace


TO URANIA       
First Line: Everything has its limit, including sorrow
Last Line: And the expanse grows blue like lace underware


TORNFALLET       
First Line: There is a meadow in sweden
Last Line: Stars. Here's venus; %no one between us


TRANSATLANTIC       
First Line: The last twenty years were good for practically everybody
Last Line: Even a proper flag to hoist


VENICE: LIDO       
First Line: A rusty romanian tanker, wallowing out in the azure
Last Line: Rustle their soiled banknotes, anticipating payment


VERSES ON ACCEPTING THE WORLD       
First Line: All this was, was
Last Line: Our planet is like a recruit %sweating on a march


VERTUMNUS       
First Line: I met you for the first time ever in latitudes you'd call foreign
Last Line: Against yellow floorboards. 'return, vertumnus.'


VIA FUNARI       
First Line: Ugly gargoyles peek out of your well-lit window
Last Line: And not in the vigilant, telescope-hugging nightime


VIEW FROM THE HILL       
First Line: Here is your frozen city cut into marble cubes
Last Line: Like a church, lost somewhere amid the fields


VIEW WITH A FLOOD       
First Line: A somewhat familiar landscape, currently flooded. Currently
Last Line: To spot the faraway enemy battleships steaming fast


WINTER WEDDING       
First Line: We said our vows in the new year
Last Line: And I count all I see


YORK       
First Line: The butterflies of northern england dance over the goosefoot
Last Line: Which turns the source of love into an object of hate


YOU, GUITAR-SHAPED THING WITH A TANGLED SPIDER'S WEB       
Last Line: Putting out the stars of the salute, hissing loudly, in a glass, %and the decanters standing like a