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Campo, Rafael    Poet's Biography
205 poems available by this author


10,000TH AIDS DEATH IN SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: A woman hurried past me in the street
Last Line: A woman hurries past me, frowning, far


A POET'S EDUCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In fact, the classroom overlooked a street
Last Line: His dusty classrom beckoned, high aloft
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Medical Students; Poetry & Poets; Education; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


ABDOMINAL EXAM       
First Line: Before the glimmer of his sunken eyes
Last Line: The treasures we can't hide, our swallowed gold


ADDRESSED TO HER       
First Line: On seeing you that second time last night
Last Line: Stretched taut-forgiving him, forgiving us


AGE 5, BORN WITH AIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In jaime's picture of the world, a heart
Last Line: Of art, except the names we give ourselves
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


AGE 5, BORN WITH AIDS       
First Line: In jaime's picture of the world, a heart
Last Line: Of art, except the names we give ourselves
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


AIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: I've never met the guy next door. I know
Last Line: Of sharing candlelight it falls, it falls
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


AIDA       
First Line: I've never met the guy next door. I know
Last Line: Of sharing candlelight -- it falls, it falls
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


ALLEGORY       
First Line: Outside somewhere, beneath an atmosphere
Last Line: So sad and happy, all at once, again


ANOTHER POEM IN ENGLISH       
First Line: Another night, gone. More forgetting of %the way nights end
Last Line: I'll let you wear me, blood-rubies clasped to your lapel


ASYLUM       
First Line: Demented underneath the moon, I watch
Last Line: Was busy, furious, bent to the loom.


AUNT TONI'S HEART       
First Line: A motorcycle roaring in the distance
Last Line: D her angel. My own heart felt new


BABY PICTURES: 1. IMAGINARY       
First Line: Now that we are mostly in our early thirties, it seems that so many of
Last Line: So unreal, so unimaginable


BABY PICTURES: 10. BABY PICTURES       
First Line: A friend of mine, a poet, is leaving his wife and three-year-old daughter. I
Last Line: Before taking out the milk for my cereal, that's what I secretly hoped, in %spite of myself


BABY PICTURES: 11. HYSTERECTOMY       
First Line: When my uterus was removed, no surgery was required. When my child
Last Line: There somewhere, looking for me, singing our song at the top of her lungs


BABY PICTURES: 12. EPIPHANY       
First Line: I want to go back to that small pond. I want just to stumble upon it again
Last Line: As much as I've wanted to, I never went back to that small pond


BABY PICTURES: 2. AIDS MOTHER       
First Line: When she refused my suggestion that she have an abortion, I was annoyed
Last Line: Had never really abandoned


BABY PICTURES: 3. ALIENS       
First Line: In the check-out line at the lil' peach, I saw the headline: woman
Last Line: Strangers to one another


BABY PICTURES: 4. PROM QUEEN       
First Line: A few nights ago I had a terrible nightmare. I dreamed I was that prom
Last Line: It. I woke up with a start, in a cold sweat


BABY PICTURES: 5. BARREN       
First Line: When I was a young child, I remember my mother explaining to me why
Last Line: Promise of my mysterious inheritance


BABY PICTURES: 6. DEMETER       
First Line: The first birth I attended during my medical training occurred at around
Last Line: Bring me my beautiful little girl, my perfect demeter'


BABY PICTURES: 7. AUGUST       
First Line: My sister was born when I was almost fourteen years old, and my mother
Last Line: Class of 2000, a place so far away I could almost imagine peace


BABY PICTURES: 8. FUCKING       
First Line: I think I know what birth feels like. Not literally, of course. It's the plea-
Last Line: Reducible ecstasy, what each one of us felt at the first moment after birth


BABY PICTURES: 9. DOCTOR KEVORKIAN       
First Line: At the hospice, there was a bowl of jelly beans on the coffee table in the
Last Line: That in death she would be reborn


BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC       
First Line: Defending you, my country, hurts
Last Line: Bring this love song to my mind
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BEGGING FOR CHANGE IN WINTER       
First Line: The season always makes me think of peace
Last Line: This season always makes me question peace


BELONGING       
First Line: I went to cuba on a raft I made
Last Line: That told the history of my lost people


CAFE PAMPLONA       
First Line: I know this really isn't spain. But still
Last Line: I'm spanish, since it's clear I can't forget


CAMINO REAL       
First Line: I speak by cutting ruts in air. The dust
Last Line: And watch the mission priests tame hawks for pets


CARDIAC EXAM       
First Line: Before the brainless heart gives out
Last Line: One world, a promise to be kept


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 1. THE GHOST OF EPIDEMIOLOGY       
First Line: Aisha got it from her husband dex
Last Line: My voice will drown you, like an undertow
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 10. REFINISHING THE HARDWOOD FLOORS       
First Line: The day he came to give his estimate
Last Line: I felt so clean I cried, and couldn't stop


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 11. MONOGAMY STRAYS       
First Line: Just once, I thought just once. I know you're not
Last Line: For once, I was what I would always be
Subject(s): Marriage; Self; Unfaithfulness


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 12. LAST ACT       
First Line: Not epidemiology, not love
Last Line: My heart restored that wasn't ever safe
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Death; Sickness


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 2. THE NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 11, 1997       
First Line: New aids drug promise cure, new york- 'before
Last Line: Of mr. Clinton's stooges could be reached


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 3. MONOGAMY RESPONDS       
First Line: I've lived with him for thirteen years. I cringe
Last Line: I wonder, bracing for the next attack
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 4. THE PUNDITS AND THE EXPERTS SPEAK       
First Line: If aids remains an epidemic in
Last Line: Most people don't believe in miracles


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 5. ELEGY FOR THE AIDS VIRUS       
First Line: How difficult it is to say goodbye
Last Line: Of nothingness, of clarity. We win!


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 6. MONOGAMY GETS MARRIED       
First Line: We planned the ceremony yesterday
Last Line: The sunset's wound-your love is why I'm saved


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 7. THE GHOST OF EPIDEMIOLOGY EXACTS REVENGE       
First Line: Perhaps it's childish, sending poisoned fruit
Last Line: Of pride. The virus makes them mine to kill


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 8. THE NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 1, 1997       
First Line: Hawaii-two physicians wed today %before a gathering of family
Last Line: They'd seen her gift: a perfect apple tree


CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 9. THE FAILURE OF EMPATHY ON CENTER STREET       
First Line: On center street, one finds all: the art
Last Line: Your heart is human. Never let it close
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Streets


CUBAN SKY       
First Line: Remembering is just another form
Last Line: Was, despite my father's love, not possible


DARKEST PURPLE       
First Line: Among the mourners gathered there were three
Last Line: And joy, one whose meaning was not to break


DEATH PERPLEXING       
First Line: And when you died, it was perplexing. Songs
Last Line: A death perplexing as the life I lead


DIALOGUE WITH SUN AND POET       
First Line: The sun is making arguments again
Last Line: Is what you say. Arise. I understand


DISTANT MOON       
First Line: Admitted to the hospital again
Last Line: Of concentration. In a mirror shines %the distant moon
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


DIVA       
First Line: Before I knew, I listened to their songs
Last Line: I knew a woman's voice was saving me


DRAWING BLOOD       
First Line: Today, I try to concentrate on veins
Last Line: To paint the world the color of a scream


DREAM OF LOVING CUBA       
First Line: The island wants me back. It's half-erect
Last Line: A truth I tell myself, your grateful liar


DYING ART       
First Line: The physical's your art: I see
Last Line: You live -- so write! Until we're cured


EL CURANDERO (THE HEALER)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am bathing. All my greyness
Last Line: The world away, I know it is my own
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


EL CURANDERO (THE HEALER)       
First Line: I am bathing. All my greyness
Last Line: The world away, I know it is my own
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians


EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS    Poem Text    
First Line: In mexico, I met myself one day
Last Line: In mexico, they sing so beautifully
Subject(s): Mexico; Gays & Lesbians; Illness


EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS       
First Line: In mexico, I met myself one day
Last Line: In mexico, they sing so exquisitely
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


ELEGY FOR THE AIDS VIRUS    Poem Text    
First Line: How difficult it is to say goodbye
Subject(s): Aids (disease)


END OF SHAME       
First Line: The faggot entertained %a certain king -- day in
Last Line: The faggot slowly learning how


FINALLY       
First Line: Two lovers met. It wasn't lovers' lane
Last Line: Two lovers met. The other man was me that night


FIVE PATIENTS: 1. MRS. G       
First Line: The patient is a sixty-odd-year-old
Last Line: On haldol, waiting for a bed upstairs


FIVE PATIENTS: 2. JAMAL       
First Line: The patient is a three-year-old black male
Last Line: That's her--the one who sings to him all night


FIVE PATIENTS: 3. H. K       
First Line: The patient is a twenty-nine-year-old
Last Line: What's scary is he isn't even gay


FIVE PATIENTS: 4. KELLY       
First Line: The patient is a twelve-year-old white female
Last Line: Her dad. He's sitting in the waiting room


FIVE PATIENTS: 5. JOHN DOE       
First Line: An elderly white male, unresponsive
Last Line: He's lucky, by tomorrow he'll be dead


FOR J. W.       
First Line: I know exactly what I want to say
Last Line: Except my poetry is imprecise


GIFT OF AIDS       
First Line: I saw you coming toward me with a gift
Last Line: Your beating heart, your beating, beating heart


HEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: While jogging on the treadmill at the gym


HER FINAL SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She said it was a better way to die
Last Line: Before pronouncing her to no applause
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians; Gays & Lesbians; Death; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


HER FINAL SHOW       
First Line: She said it was a better way to die
Last Line: Before pronouncing her to no applause
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians


I DON'T WANT WHAT I CAN'T SAY, OR, GENET ON KEATS       
First Line: There are two sides to life. The side where life
Last Line: How in our language there are hidden laws


ILLNESS       
First Line: Imagine that the bed is not a bed
Last Line: Has come, and she remembers everything


IN ENGLISH THAT IS SPANISH       
First Line: You'd never understand why I'm confused
Last Line: With no one ready to misunderstand


IN THE FORM       
First Line: A sonnet? Tension. Words withheld. A rhyme
Last Line: I can't -- I'm running out of time! Too late


LAST RITES       
First Line: Exhaustion enters me, as winter does
Last Line: But night had rendered it invisible


LOST IN THE HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hospitals


LOST PLAZA IS EVERYWHERE       
First Line: The protected venezuela, the rare
Last Line: Touching for a moment, the cafe


LOVE OF SOMEONE       
First Line: Behind him, saffron hills so passionate
Last Line: To my face, and imagine that it's always him


LUXURY OF REGRETS       
First Line: To everyone who died while I was free
Last Line: Please, read -- pretend with me that we are healed


MADONNA AND CHILD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Old Age


MADONNA AND CHILD       
First Line: By menopause, it's not just estrogen
Last Line: My mother's love. I wonder where it went


MADRID       
First Line: A glimpse of her. Dark sunglasses, her mouth
Last Line: The sun. I think her hair is beautiful


MARRY ME       
First Line: Imagine it's hawaii many years
Last Line: Like a white wedding dress, before we kiss again


MENTAL STATUS EXAM       
First Line: What is the color of the mind? Beneath
Last Line: For us? Do you remember those three things?


MY CHILDHOOD IN ANOTHER PART OF THE WORLD       
First Line: The world was quite then.
Last Line: Too young to be so unafraid.


MY REASONING       
First Line: Illogical, yet not illogical
Last Line: You dart away. The world moves, quietly


MY VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: To cure myself of wanting cuban song
Subject(s): Singing & Singersand Singers; Cuba


NEW WORLD'S HISTORY IN THREE VOICES       
First Line: Confusing cuba with a wealthy land
Last Line: But sing for this island, this miracle


NIGHT INEXPRESSIBLE       
First Line: Before it was malignancy, before
Last Line: In a gust, a vast, black woman embraces me


NIGHTFALL IN ASTURIAS       
First Line: Like eyebrows raised with weary resignation
Last Line: I grasp it when the gypsies start to sing %of night as sanctuary, love as hope


NOBODY KNOWS I'M QUEER       
First Line: Once I read poems by sappho so discreetly
Last Line: Honesty, same as your kiss, so it haunts


OBSESSIN WITH CURLERS       
First Line: My mother's looked like an ingenious
Last Line: (and that was how she knew) before she went


ON CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: One year you gave me lavish jewelry
Last Line: You knew I loved you. Night falls


OPPOSITES ATTRACT       
First Line: Imagine that you're home alone. You're bored
Last Line: You never will, you'll never get back home


OUTSIDE FAYETTEVILLE       
First Line: Come north to harvest strawberries and corn
Last Line: The black man, slowly moving onward, gleams


PANTOUM FOR OUR IMAGINED BREAKUP       
First Line: I can't imagine breaking up with you
Last Line: I can't imagine breaking up with you


PELVIC EXAM       
First Line: The speculum is silvery and cold
Last Line: The speculum is silvery and cold


PHONE MESSAGES ON CALL: 1. PLEASE CALL SOON. DIARRHEA X 2D. PS I...       
First Line: I let the phone ring thirteen times before
Last Line: And then proceed to offer my advice


PHONE MESSAGES ON CALL: 2. SHE JUST SAYS SHE IS AFRAID......       
First Line: Hello?' the desperation in her voice
Last Line: Of floorboards while her terrified heart breaks


PHONE MESSAGES ON CALL: 3. LOST HIS RX FOR PAIN PILLS.....       
First Line: It's fifteen minutes of his history
Last Line: That innocence is irreplaceable


PHONE MESSAGES ON CALL: 4. PLS CALL BACK. NO FURTHER INFO GIVEN.       
First Line: The first time that I called a girl picked up
Last Line: She didn't answer, though it rang and rang


PHONE MESSAGES ON CALL: 5. ER CALLING FOR APPROVAL OF HEAD TRAUMA       
First Line: An infinite variety of harm: the shovel to the head, knife gash to arm
Last Line: The heart I open, mortal wound of care


POEM FOR MY FAMILIAR       
First Line: She's sniffing out the garden's rancid truths
Last Line: My mute mistakes, my urgent need for more


POET'S EDUCATION       
First Line: In fact, the classroom overlooked a street
Last Line: His dusty classroom beckoned, high aloft
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PRESCRIPTION       
First Line: We need more drugs. For cancer, with its claws
Last Line: Where victims, all of us, are innocent


QUATRAINS FOR A SHRINKING WORLD,SELS: EL ORIENTAL DE CUBA       
First Line: Victorians surrounding it, the place
Last Line: If only they could get there, finally


RECOGNITION       
First Line: That night, while he was beaten, I was stretched
Last Line: What he found was anything like grace


REPEATING ISLAND       
First Line: In cuba, 1949, a boy %who almost was a man, who lived beneath
Last Line: A new divided nation would be born


RETURN       
First Line: He doesn't know it yet, but when my father
Last Line: I give him cuba, he will love me then


S.W.    Poem Text    
First Line: Extending from her left ear down her jaw
Last Line: Instructions on the care of wounds. She left
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


S.W.       
First Line: Extending from her left ear down her jaw
Last Line: Instructions on the care of wounds. She left
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians


SAN FERNANDO       
First Line: I write to you in english, father
Last Line: I'll keep this with the things I save, for you


SMALL COMFORT       
First Line: What else is there to say, when what I see
Last Line: As both of us are given to the grand


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 1. MY FATHER'S CHILDHOOD       
First Line: A beach. A cliff like walls, unscalable
Last Line: The wind for me, his son, to touch his son


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 10. ON VACATION FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL       
First Line: His ekg is unfamiliar ground
Last Line: His ekg. My love seizes me in bursts


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 11. WHAT MY MOTHER SAYS       
First Line: She gazes at him, pure, an urgent light
Last Line: I think of how she loves him, but I can't


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 12. LOVE POEM       
First Line: My father is another man I love
Last Line: I love my father. I am not alone


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 13. I DREAM I'M HIM       
First Line: It starts like this: my superstitious aunt
Last Line: Beneath my feet that vomits lambs in herds


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 14. I IMAGINE HE IS ILL       
First Line: My father worried over colleges
Last Line: Reminds me we're his heart, and what it means to break


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 15. UNTITLED       
First Line: They named me after him, and then he changed
Last Line: And sterilized it. I hardly bled or made a sound


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 16. SONNET FOR MY FATHER       
First Line: The secret man. He stands, an obelisk
Last Line: To give me continents of love -- is clear


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 2. KEATS AND SHAKESPEARE       
First Line: They met, their college english class like light
Last Line: Was what he'd dream he might have never found


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 3. PLANNING A FAMILY       
First Line: I wished to make a boy from her, a son
Last Line: To teach me my own life, to share my grief


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 4. FAMILY DINNER       
First Line: With dinner, questions came; geography
Last Line: Were mending bones; what meats were which animals


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 5. THEIR LONG VACATIONS IN HAWAII       
First Line: The slide projector always seemed a trap
Last Line: Slides, chipped from time's vast glacier gliding past


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 6. ADVICE FOR THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: I populate with you, my son, this place
Last Line: You must transport; make kneel the precipice


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 7. HONEST       
First Line: All honesty is made from fear of shame
Last Line: I offer him, as though it were a gift


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 8. MY FATHER'S VIEW OF POETRY       
First Line: You can't make much to live on doing it
Last Line: The murderers will drain your throat of sighs


SONG FOR MY FATHER: 9. MY PATIENT'S HEART ATTACK       
First Line: His room is just like mrs. Hanson's room
Last Line: Containing dying life, it seems to grow


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 1. GUANTANAMO       
First Line: My oldest country lies before me now
Last Line: His rosary rests in a silver tray


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 10. 10509 SW TERRACE       
First Line: Yellow stucco, swirling hot -- it burns to lean upon
Last Line: For lunch, grandpa mashes boiled yuca


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 11. ANATOMY LESSON       
First Line: Examine him,' my father said. 'that alone
Last Line: And soft as egret's wings, my hands flew off


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 12. CUBAN POETRY       
First Line: My grandfather loved my grandmother
Last Line: Who can't save anyone. Grandpa died last night


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 13. THE FUNERAL       
First Line: His corpse the blood and bitterness have left
Last Line: The constant turning from him as he fell


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 14. THE THINGS I DON'T REMEMBER       
First Line: His cufflinks. (he wore cufflinks made from shells.)
Last Line: Of goats I dreamt he raised. The rubber thing. Spain


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 15. THE DECLINE OF THE SPANISH EMPI       
First Line: The willows in the park across the way
Last Line: He begins again, 'not to see what they'd conquered.'


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 16. SONNET FOR MY GRANDFATHER       
First Line: My oldest country lies before me now
Last Line: He's already written it on my plantation


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 2. THE MEDICINE CABINET       
First Line: When I was weed-tall, I wondered whether
Last Line: Why I should live while he was dying crazy


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 3. THE CURE FOR CANCER       
First Line: The pool is clear, like the aqua lozenge
Last Line: Inside my heart that gives no shade to him


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 4. GRANDFATHER'S WILL       
First Line: On the subject of your inheritance
Last Line: In your coffee. It grows on your plantation


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 5. THE COCKROACH GAME       
First Line: He's dead now: there, I saw the shadow move
Last Line: His bed. And a cockroach on the laundry


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 6. ROSES IN LITTLE HAVANA       
First Line: Because the roses were deforming sunlight
Last Line: You must stay, to watch me die in peace'


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 7. HIS FACE       
First Line: In the distance, it looks like just another fist
Last Line: To hold her under lemon trees and cry


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 8. HIS HOUSE IN SPAIN       
First Line: He asked me, stooping over whatever
Last Line: Than my bone, it left this mark: 'in here,' he said


SONG FOR MY GRANDFATHER: 9. MIAMI SE HABLA ESPANOL       
First Line: When I'd see this sign in big store windows
Last Line: Near death. Our language was our secret code


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 1. THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE       
First Line: The narcissism universally
Last Line: Our love to a height where no descent begins


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 10. WE WEAR EACH OTHER'S LEVI'S       
First Line: The cardigans you wear I wear as well
Last Line: I find beneath my clothes myself, your sighs


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 11. A MEDICAL STUDENT LEARNS LOVE AND DEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The scalpel finds the heart. The heart is still
Last Line: I cut, and make from him the grave I rob
Subject(s): Surgery; Medical Students


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 11. A MEDICAL STUDENT LEARNS LOVE AND DEA       
First Line: The scalpel finds the heart. The heart is still
Last Line: I cut, and make from him the grave I rob
Subject(s): Medical Students


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 12. DENIAL       
First Line: I want to grow you an eternal tree
Last Line: And growing you a tree, a branch to hold


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 13. TOWARDS CURING AIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I slap on latex gloves before I put
Last Line: I leave him pleadinmg. Too much to do
Variant Title(s): Towards Curing Aids
Subject(s): Surgery; Aids (disease); Death; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 13. TOWARDS CURING AIDS       
First Line: I slap on latex gloves before I put
Last Line: I leave him pleading. There's too much to do
Variant Title(s): Towards Curing Aid
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 14. POEM IN JORGE'S VOICE       
First Line: We've always known together was the place
Last Line: Of love has led them. He can keep his home


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 15. POLITICAL POEM       
First Line: To write political poems, you need events
Last Line: Both unattainable and not unjust


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 16. SONNET FOR OUR SON       
First Line: Pretending fatherhood was simply sperm
Last Line: Forgive us, but we love you very much


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 2. WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY PARENTS       
First Line: Besides that anger in the kitchen drawers
Last Line: The chambered imprint of his heart's assent


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 3. OXFORD       
First Line: I read: the sunday morning bells bemoan
Last Line: Behind these unfamiliar doors aren't yours


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 4. WHEN RAFAEL MET JORGE       
First Line: The conversation floundered for awhile
Last Line: The open campus, our eyes everywhere


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 5. THE WEDDING GIFTS       
First Line: We didn't want a pressure cooker. Bowls
Last Line: The ocean, making satin from our tracks


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 6. OUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN       
First Line: I'm dreaming geographically these days
Last Line: To reach between your thighs was not a sin


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 7. HE INTERPRETS THE DREAM       
First Line: The globe that you're exploring represents
Last Line: A compass in my voice, the voice you seek


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 8. WE'RE MOVING TO SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: It isn't anything that anyone
Last Line: I touched your glass, and found it jewelled with dew


SONG FOR MY LOVER: 9. TRANSLATION       
First Line: The words are these queer, homo, maricon
Last Line: The water is our lives. It overflows


SONG FOR OUR SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Pretending fatherhood was simply sperm
Last Line: Forgive us, but we love you very much
Subject(s): Fathers; Gays & Lesbians


SONG FOR OUR SON: 1. THE CYCLE BEGINS ANEW       
First Line: To reproduce the pattern is a noose
Last Line: Near death. I have the vision of our son


SONG FOR OUR SON: 10. GAY PARENTS ARE NEITHER       
First Line: An unexpected sacrifice is friends
Last Line: We talk it out. Our son is all we know


SONG FOR OUR SON: 11. I TAKE OUR SON TO CUBA       
First Line: Until I take our son to cubs, glass
Last Line: Discover who their fathers are, and speak


SONG FOR OUR SON: 12. GAY FREEDOM PARK       
First Line: The activists all bring along their kids
Last Line: Belongs to every people. Even us


SONG FOR OUR SON: 13. THE PEDIATRICIAN WHO CURED HIMSELF       
First Line: The spanish-speaking kids he dreamed he'd cure
Last Line: Has grown. My son, it says you are my fate


SONG FOR OUR SON: 14. THE SONNET AFTER THIS MUST WAIT       
First Line: This fantasy is ending here: a ledge
Last Line: The future hurts -- another promise comes


SONG FOR OUR SON: 14. WHAT LOVING PARENTS ARE       
First Line: Our son will know what loving parents are
Last Line: The joy to be his loving parents is


SONG FOR OUR SON: 15. AFTERTHOUGHT       
First Line: Not now, elise. I'm busy writing verse
Last Line: Upon my face. Now go. I'm writing verse


SONG FOR OUR SON: 15. THE DAUGHTER OF MY IMAGINATION       
First Line: My country, if I were a potentate
Last Line: Is vanishing where seas and mountains meet


SONG FOR OUR SON: 2. ADOPTION       
First Line: It means, especially for us, the state
Last Line: Who'd been abandoned to, through us, such hate


SONG FOR OUR SON: 3. HE BECOMES A WORLD-RENOWNED SCIENTIST       
First Line: He's married to the woman of his dreams
Last Line: The man I was, so hungry is this pride


SONG FOR OUR SON: 5. KINDERGARTEN       
First Line: They stare, but we expected stares. The shock
Last Line: Our son is filthy. Hissing in the leaves
Subject(s): Kindergarten


SONG FOR OUR SON: 6. MY BROTHER'S OPINION       
First Line: It's not that homosexuality
Last Line: I love you guys. I'd hate to see you hurt


SONG FOR OUR SON: 7. I EXPLAIN AGAIN       
First Line: The orphanage imagines that a world
Last Line: They'll know the truth: no love's the only sin


SONG FOR OUR SON: 8. HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION       
First Line: One day, I started saving money. Ten
Last Line: To give my son one seed to cultivate


SONG FOR OUR SON: 9. BIRTHDAY PARTY       
First Line: My brother smokes a joint inside. My son
Last Line: My son looks down -- then opens in a grin


SONNET IN THE CUBAN WAY       
First Line: To make you fall in love with me, I'd curse
Last Line: In love at last, so naked you'd seem free


SONNET NO. 904       
First Line: This is too easy, all this afternoon
Last Line: We grope -- that card was directions! Those rhymes were our past


STILL MONOGAMOUS AFTER FOURTEEN YEARS       
First Line: Tonight I fell in love with not. I was
Last Line: Not kind. I'll never, ever be the same


SUICIDAL IDEATION       
First Line: Miami, near a hundred-eight degrees
Last Line: Of shame, I razed the island that he was


SUPERMAN IS DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to think that immortality
Last Line: Back into bed, your body hard and warm
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


SUPERMAN IS DEAD       
First Line: I used to think that immortality
Last Line: Back into bed, your body hard and warm
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE       
First Line: The transformation is complete. My eyes
Last Line: You're drying just like me; you are alive.'


TEST       
First Line: Singing to himself, waiting for the voice
Last Line: The virus, deadly, in the tears. Where else would it be


THE ABDOMINAL EXAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the glimmer of his sunken eyes,


THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Defending you, my country, hurts
Last Line: For once I would be what I would always be
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 1. THE GHOST OF EPIDEMIOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Aisha got it from her husband dex
Last Line: My voice will drown you in its undertow
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


THE CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 11. MONOGAMY STRAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Just once, I thought just once. I know you're not
Last Line: For once I would be what I would always be
Subject(s): Marriage; Self; Unfaithfulness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE CHANGING FACE OF AIDS: 12. LAST ACT    Poem Text    
First Line: Not epidemiology, not love
Last Line: My heart restored that wasn't ever safe
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Death; Sickness; Dead, The; Illness


THE DISTANT MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Admitted to the hospital again
Last Line: The distant moon
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


THE FOUR HUMOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: We wondered if the rumors got to her
Subject(s): Physicians; Sickness; Anger; Melancholy; Cancer (disease); Doctors; Illness; Dejection


THE X FILES    Poem Text    
First Line: In search of them - the aliens we don't
Last Line: In their precision when they stole my voice
Subject(s): Aliens; Extraterrestrials


THREE RECENT FILMS: 1. PHILADELPHIA       
First Line: A homophobic lawyer takes his case
Last Line: Again, dear brother, what I've always known


THREE RECENT FILMS: 2. THE HUNGER       
First Line: When susan sarandon and catherine deneuve
Last Line: This love undying, was happening to me


THREE RECENT FILMS: 3. KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN       
First Line: Imprisoned in a dream I had
Last Line: I recognize my face in his


UNDETECTABLE       
First Line: If love is not invisible, then they
Last Line: Them both, but it's impossible to see %their love's unmeasurable quantity


WHAT THE BODY TOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Not long ago, I studied medicine
Last Line: It was fabulous, what the body told
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


WHAT THE BODY TOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Not long ago, I studied medicine
Subject(s): Physicians; Medicine; Physicians; Doctors; Drugs, Prescription; Doctors


WHAT THE BODY TOLD       
First Line: Not long ago, I studied medicine
Last Line: I was fabulous, what the body told
Subject(s): Medicine; Physicians


WHAT WOULD I GIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What I would like to give them for a change
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


WRITER IN EXILE       
First Line: I've wished that I were born a soviet
Last Line: I'm nothing yet, although tomorrow's near


X FILES       
First Line: In search of them - the aliens we don't
Last Line: Were all erased but they were clinical %in their precision when they stole my voice
Subject(s): Aliens


YOU CAN JUST SEE THE CYNICISM       
First Line: That everyone in this society just loves
Last Line: Seem patient witnesses with longing in their eyes