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Author: BUNTING, BASIL
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Bunting, Basil    Poet's Biography
117 poems available by this author


ATTIS: OR, SOMETHING MISSING: 1.       
First Line: Out of puff %noonhot in tweeds and gray felt
Last Line: Are sent by her. Praise her and call her %mother and mother of gods and eunuchs


ATTIS: OR, SOMETHING MISSING: 2.       
First Line: I thought I saw my late wife (a very respectable woman
Last Line: I will not look on any, %maybe all are jilts.'


ATTIS: OR, SOMETHING MISSING: 3.       
First Line: What mournful stave, what bellow shakes the grove?
Last Line: Attis his embleme: %nonnulla deest


AUS DEM ZWEITEN REICH: 1.       
First Line: Women swarm in tauentsienstrasse
Last Line: If, smoothing this silk skirt, you piknch my thighs, %that will be fabelhaft


AUS DEM ZWEITEN REICH: 2.       
First Line: Herr lignitz knows old berlin. It is near the post office
Last Line: Or a department store? They are said to be %almost equal to macy's in america


AUS DEM ZWEITEN REICH: 3.       
First Line: The renowned author of
Last Line: Stillborn fecundities, %frostbound applause


BRIGGFLATTS: 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Brag, sweet tenor bull
Subject(s): England; English


BRIGGFLATTS: 1       
First Line: Brag, sweet tenor bull
Last Line: Split in soft slate %a few months obliterate
Subject(s): England


BRIGGFLATTS: 2.       
First Line: Poet appointed dare not decline
Last Line: Nor loaded spirit sink %till it had gloried in unlike creation


BRIGGFLATTS: 3.       
First Line: Down into dust and reeds
Last Line: So he rose and led home silently through clean woodland %where every bough repeated the slow worm's


BRIGGFLATTS: 4.       
First Line: Grass caught in willow tells the flood's height that has sub
Last Line: Further from neighbours %now the year ages


BRIGGFLATTS: 5.       
First Line: Drip - icicle's gone
Last Line: Starlight quivers. I had day enough. %for love uninterrupted night


BRIGGFLATTS: CODA       
First Line: A strong song tows
Last Line: To fell kings, guesses %where we go?


CHOMEI AT TOYAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Swirl sleeping in the waterfall!
Last Line: Clacked a few prayers
Subject(s): Hermits; Japan; Kamo Chomei (1155-1216); Japanese


CHOMEI AT TOYAMA       
First Line: Swirl sleeping in the waterfall!
Last Line: My tongue %clacked a few prayers
Subject(s): Hermits; Japan; Kamo Chomei (1155-1216)


CODA    Poem Text    
First Line: A strong song tows
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Weeping oaks grieve, chestnuts raise
Last Line: Is everlasting / resurrection
Subject(s): Spring


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 1       
First Line: Weeping oaks grieve, chestnuts raise
Last Line: Is everlasting %resurrection
Subject(s): Spring


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 10. CHORUS OF FURIES       
First Line: Let us come upon him first as if in a dream
Last Line: Impotent to outpace %dispersion of the soul, disruption of the brain


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 11.       
First Line: Narciss, my numerous cancellations prefer
Last Line: To one review-rid month's printed ignominy, %the public detection of your decay, that reeks


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 12.       
First Line: An arles, an arles for my hiring
Last Line: (he is cadging for drinks at the streetcorners


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 13.       
First Line: Muzzle andjowl and beastly brow
Last Line: He is said to have eaten several persons %but of course you can never be quite sure of these things


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 13. FEARFUL SYMMETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Muzzle and jowl and beastly brow


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 14. GIN THE GOODWIFE STINT    Poem Text    
First Line: The ploughland has gone to bent
Last Line: On a c.P.R. Packet
Subject(s): Hate


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 14. GIN THE GOODWIFE STINT       
First Line: The ploughland has gone to bent
Last Line: Taw pund emigrant %on a c.P.R. Packet
Subject(s): Hate


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 15       
First Line: Nothing %substance utters or time
Last Line: Ears heavy to breeze of speech and %thud of the ictus


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 16.       
First Line: Molten pool, incadescent spilth of
Last Line: No turmoil nor peril left you, %rusty ingot, bleak paralysedblob!


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 17       
First Line: Now that sea's over that island
Last Line: Very likely I shall never meet her again %or if I do, fear the latch as before


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 18. COMPLAINT OF THE MORPETHSHIRE FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: On the up-platform at morpeth station
Last Line: As barren as her deck
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 18. COMPLAINT OF THE MORPETHSHIRE FARMER       
First Line: On the up-platform at morpeth station
Last Line: My sons'll see the land I am leaving %as barren as her deck
Subject(s): Farm Life


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 19.       
First Line: Fruits breaking the branches
Last Line: Where shall I hide?


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 2.       
First Line: Farewell ye sequent graces
Last Line: Long blown barren sown gathered %haphazard to wither


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 20. VESTIGES - 1.       
First Line: Salt grass silent of hooves, the lake stinks
Last Line: No litigation. The laws were simple


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 20. VESTIGES - 2.       
First Line: Jengiz to chang chun: china
Last Line: And the girls can be sent on %separately if he insists


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 21. TWO PHOTOGRAPHS       
First Line: It's true then that you still overeat, fat friend
Last Line: Excite its dislike


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 22.       
First Line: Mesh cast for mackerel
Last Line: We have the sea to stare at, %its treason, copiousness, tedium


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 23. THE PASSPORT OFFICER       
First Line: This impartial dog's nose
Last Line: Barely a precedent. %his actions are reflex


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 24.       
First Line: Vessels thrown awry by strong gusts
Last Line: Spare the owners and underwriters %lititation


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 25.       
First Line: As appleblossom to crocus
Last Line: In the old days %before thirty


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 26.       
First Line: Two hundred and seven paces
Last Line: Girls! Girls!


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 27.       
First Line: On highest summits dawn comes soonest
Last Line: (but that is not the time to give over loving)


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 28.       
First Line: You leave %nobody else
Last Line: Nobody else mad %but me


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 29.       
First Line: Southwind, tell her what
Last Line: Know I am lying %alone?


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 3.       
First Line: I am agog for foam. Tumultuous come
Last Line: Into our catalepsy, dreaming foam, %while the dry shore awaits another tide


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 30. THE OROTAVA ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Four white heifers with sprawling hooves
Subject(s): Passion


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 30. THE OROTAVA ROAD       
First Line: Four white heifers with sprawling hooves
Last Line: And sharing our %desires and lack of faith in desire
Subject(s): Passion


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 31.       
First Line: The soil sandy and the plow light, neither
Last Line: Anything except your own numb toil, the %seasonal plod to spoil the land, alone
Variant Title(s): O Ubi Campi


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 32.       
First Line: Let them remember samangan, the bridge and tower
Last Line: Let them remember samangan, remember %they wept to remember the hour and go


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 33.       
First Line: Not to thank dogwood nor
Last Line: Cool breezes. Lips %moistened, there are woods


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 34.       
First Line: These tracings from a world that's dead
Last Line: And this unread memento be %the only lasting part of me


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 35.       
First Line: Search under evry veil
Last Line: Say: who am I to doubt: %but every vein cries out


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 36.       
First Line: See! Their verses are laid
Last Line: A glory not made %for which all else was made


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 4.       
First Line: After grimaces of capitulation
Last Line: In noctambulistic exile to penetrate %secrets that moon and stars and empty death deride?


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 5.       
First Line: Empty vast days built in the waste memory seem a jail for
Last Line: Strong with cadence multiply song, voices enmeshed by music %respond bringing the savour of our sadn


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 6.       
First Line: As to my heart, that may as well be forgotten
Last Line: Previous experience desired but not essential %or let on a short lease to suit convenience
Variant Title(s): Personal Colum


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 7.       
First Line: The day being whitsun we had pigeon for dinner
Last Line: Never a spark of sedition %amongst the uneducated workingmen


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 8       
First Line: Loud intolerant bells (the shrinking nightflower closes
Last Line: Leave desiccated names: rabbits sucked by a ferret


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 9.    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear be still! Time's start of us lengthens slowly
Last Line: Lusts explode slambang at the first touch like bombs
Subject(s): Time


FIRST BOOK OF ODES: 9.       
First Line: Dear be still! Time's start of us lengthens slowly
Last Line: Lightnings. Leave it to me. Only a savage's %lusts explode slapbang at the first touch like bombs
Subject(s): Time


HOW DUKE VALENTINE CONTRIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Duke valentine had been in lombardy with the king
Last Line: They were strangled in the same manner
Subject(s): Italy; Murder; Italians


HOW DUKE VALENTINE CONTRIVED       
First Line: Duke valentine had been in lombardy with the king
Last Line: They were strangled in the same manner
Subject(s): Italy


KEEP TROTH    Poem Text    
First Line: When algebra is done, boys
Last Line: Keep troth and spoken time
Subject(s): Schools; England; Patriotism; Duty; Students


KEEP TROTH       
First Line: When algebra is done, boys
Last Line: Keep troth, and spoken true
Subject(s): Schools


LIMERICK    Poem Text    
First Line: That volatile poet called jonathan
Last Line: But folks think he's just making fun o'them
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Williams, Jonathan (1929-2008); Wit & Humor


LIMERICK    Poem Text    
First Line: What a pity that bela bartok
Last Line: Yes, obviously
Subject(s): Bartok, Bela (1881-1945)


LIMERICK       
First Line: That volatile poet called jonathan
Last Line: But folks think he's just making fun o' them
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


LIMERICK       
First Line: What a pity that bela bartok
Last Line: And conducting the piece with
Subject(s): Bartok, Bela (1881-1945); Composers


ODES: 10. CHORUS OF FURIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us come upon him first as if in a dream
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ODES: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing/substance utters or time
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects


ODES: 30. THE OROTAVA ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Four white heifers with sprawling hooves


ODES: 36    Poem Text    
First Line: See! Their verses are laid


ON THE FLY-LEAF OF POUND'S CANTOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are the alps. What is there to say about them?
Last Line: Fools! Sit down and wait for them to crumble!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


ON THE FLY-LEAF OF POUND'S CANTOS       
First Line: There are the alps. What is there to say about them?
Last Line: Fools! Sit down and wait for them to crumble!
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: A thrush in the syringa sings
Subject(s): Birds; Thrushes


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 1.       
First Line: A thrush in the syringa sings
Last Line: O gay thrush!
Subject(s): Birds; Thrushes


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 10.       
First Line: Stones trip coquet burn
Last Line: And silent taste %with all my skin


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 11       
First Line: Boasts time mocks cumber rome. Wren %set up his own monument
Last Line: Under the wind's wing, and leaves %delight in transience


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 12       
First Line: Now we've no hope of going back
Last Line: Only to drift too long, watch too glumly, and wait, wait


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Three michaelmas daisies
Last Line: And the bees' [lay
Subject(s): Daisies


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 2.       
First Line: Three michaelmas daisies
Last Line: The root, the sap %and the bees's play


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 3. BIRTHDAY GREETING    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone to hunt; and my brothers
Last Line: Today I am fourteen years old
Subject(s): Birthdays; Growth; Teenagers


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 3. BIRTHDAY GREETING       
First Line: Gone to hunt; and my brothers
Last Line: Today I am fourteen years old
Subject(s): Birthdays; Growth


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: You idiot! What makes you think decay will
Last Line: The slack leaf from which judah had sucked life?
Subject(s): Deer; Death


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 4.       
First Line: You idiot! What makes you think decay will
Last Line: Ribs, deaath shakiang them, and milk dry %the slack teat from which judah had sucked life?


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 5.       
First Line: Under sand clay. Dig, wait
Last Line: This brine slaked him as %this sun shrinks


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 6. WHAT THE CHAIRMAN TOLD TOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Poetry? It's a hobby
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965); Poetry & Poets; Eliot, T. S.


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 6. WHAT THE CHAIRMAN TOLD TOM       
First Line: Poetry? It's a hobby
Last Line: He ought to know. %go and find work
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965); Poetry And Poets


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 7.    Poem Text    
First Line: O, it is godlike to sit selfpossessed
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 7.       
First Line: O, it is godlike to sit selfpossessed
Last Line: When her chin rises and she turns to smile. %o, it is godlike!
Subject(s): Erotic Love


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 8.       
First Line: Carmencita's tawny paps %glow through a threadbare frock
Last Line: Ay de mi muchachita!


SECOND BOOK OF ODES: 9.       
First Line: All the caunts they peddle
Last Line: Each dancer alone %with his foolhardy feet


SONG OF ACKWORTH CLOCK       
First Line: Clock beneath the cupola
Last Line: Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, slow
Subject(s): Clocks; Schools; Time


SPOILS: 1       
First Line: Man's life so little worth
Last Line: Without noting beggar, dealer, changer; %pence we drop in the sawdust with split wine


SPOILS: 2       
First Line: They filled the eyes of the vaulting
Last Line: Dazzle rebuts our stare, %wonder our fright


SPOILS: 3       
First Line: All things only of earth and water
Last Line: What else do we live for and take part, %we who would share the spoils?


THE SPOILS €    Poem Text    
First Line: Man's life is so little worth


THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing/substance utters or time


THEY SAY ETNA       
First Line: They say etna %belches as much poison


TO VIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: These tracings from a world that's dead


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 1       
First Line: Coryphee gravefooted precise, dance to the gracious music
Last Line: Thoughts make moving about, dance to the mind's delicate symphony


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 10       
First Line: To abate what swells
Last Line: No swathe from a cheek's bloom


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 11       
First Line: Such syllables flicker out of grass
Last Line: Thick with dust and breath


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 12       
First Line: Yan tan tethera pethera pimp
Last Line: Where nothing whatever's bitter but beer


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 2. AGAINST THE TRICKS OF TIME       
First Line: Why should I discipline myself to verse
Last Line: He unsays all words that have passed between men


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 3. READING X'S COLLECTED WORKS       
First Line: Cemetery of other men's bastards let
Last Line: Like you in the main


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 4. HYMN TO ALIAS THOR       
First Line: Strength %inked with a light brush
Last Line: Oftener the soil accepts the lightning


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 5       
First Line: The flat land lies under the water
Last Line: The flat land hedge-grilled heliotrope under water


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 6       
First Line: Gertie gitana's hymn to waltzing
Last Line: With your head in the gas oven


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 7. ENVOI TO THE READER       
First Line: From above the moon
Last Line: And have it printed?


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 8. TRINACRIA       
First Line: Child, I have counted
Last Line: There are fairer women than you


UNCOLLECTED ODES: 9. A SONG FOR RUSTAM       
First Line: Tears are for what can be mended
Last Line: Truth is asleep


VILLON    Poem Text    
First Line: He whom we anatomized
Subject(s): Villon, Francois (1431-1463)


WELL OF LYCOPOLIS: 1.       
First Line: Slinking by the jug-and-bottle
Last Line: Just lit and flickering out already: %and we used to be so pretty!


WELL OF LYCOPOLIS: 2.       
First Line: May my libation of flat beer stood ovrnight
Last Line: Under the nail %when we reef


WELL OF LYCOPOLIS: 3.       
First Line: Infamous poetry, abject love
Last Line: Ay-o! Bully boys blow! %the gadarene swihine have got us in two


WELL OF LYCOPOLIS: 4       
First Line: Stuck in the mud they are saying: 'we were sad
Last Line: As though styx were silvered by a wind from heaven


WHAT THE CHAIRMAN TOLD TOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Poetry? It's a hobby
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets