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Author: CERVANTES, LORNA DEE
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Cervantes, Lorna Dee    Poet's Biography
94 poems available by this author


A UN DESCONOCIDO    Poem Text    
First Line: I was looking for your hai
Subject(s): Infatuation


ABORTION       
First Line: Who is that keeps
Last Line: Doesn't she know, there's no one %at home? Doesn't he believe %this exit's not the last?


ARCHEOLOGY       
First Line: I can't keep my hands from stones
Last Line: Graves give out; and I endure


ASTRO-NO-MIA       
First Line: The closest we ever got


BEETLES       
First Line: A man who once loved me, told me


BENEATH THE SHADOW OF THE FREEWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the street -- the freeway
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


BENEATH THE SHADOW OF THE FREEWAY       
First Line: Across the street -- the freeway
Last Line: And trust only what I have built %with my own hands
Subject(s): Family Life


BIRD AVE       
First Line: Life on bird
Last Line: And we haven't %learned anything %since


BLUE FULL MOON IN WITCH       
First Line: I come to you on an angel's moon
Last Line: And heaven pulls its ring


BUCKSHOT       
First Line: My man wants to kill
Last Line: Of prey. He settles for my cold blood %but counts the nights before his holiday %of death


CANNERY TOWN IN AUGUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: All night it humps the air
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


CANNERY TOWN IN AUGUST       
First Line: All night it humps the air
Last Line: To palm them back to living
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


CAPTIVE'S VERSES       
First Line: There is another side to you
Last Line: Cocksure by doubt. By love %I swear by it. %bite by it. %swear


CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The man in the booth is talking
Last Line: The day ouyside the window. / boom, agua
Subject(s): Children; Growth; Self; Childhood


CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The man in the booth is talking
Last Line: As he watches the rain now dissolve %the day outside the window
Subject(s): Children; Growth; Self


COLORADO       
First Line: She asks the man who is absent
Last Line: But can't get rid of the hex of hair %falling across his face when she turns %to the door, to the de


COLORADO BLVD       
First Line: I wanted to die so I walked
Last Line: Poised at my nipple or the ear %I expose to witches and thieves: %here it is. Will you kill for it?


COMO LO SIENTO       
First Line: I heard an owl at midday


CONTINENTAL DIVIDE       
First Line: If x were a stream leading clear
Last Line: We shall stick the knife into %the carapace, split the claw %and ladle in every direction


DAFFODILS       
First Line: It is true--I love
Last Line: Weeds I once was when my brown soul %huddled in her winter grave of girlish earth


DEATH SONG       
First Line: The closer I come to death
Last Line: Wrecked love, demure demeaning %slush. You save. And %the body bears its choice


DRAWINGS: FOR JOHN WHO SAID TO WRITE ABOUT TRUE LOVE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love; Loss


DRAWINGS: FOR JOHN WHO SAID TO WRITE ABOUT TRUE LOVE       
First Line: The writer. It's a cul-de-sac,' you wrote that
Last Line: The game for the jack of all hearts, and for the queen of baguettes; %it's a cul-de-sac for a joker


EMPLUMADA    Poem Text    
First Line: When summer ended
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


EMPLUMADA       
First Line: When summer ended %the leaves of snapdragons withered
Last Line: They find peace %in the way they contain the wind %and are gone


EUROPA AND CALAFIA       
First Line: Sea moss and evergreen, glistening
Last Line: And califia sleep, their calligraphy %of coast defines the banking surf: %no limits but air, effort


FIRST BEATING       
First Line: What a strong little sucker you are!
Last Line: Made slayer, you are mine. My strength. Your own


FISHERMAN       
First Line: My love sleeps best
Last Line: Will weave themselves into a bridge, %a crossing into life, %the greatest death of all


FLATIRONS       
First Line: The mountains are there like ghosts
Last Line: And the dripping pursuance of thawing babies-- %specters in a sunset on the heights--after massacre


FOR VIRGINIA CHAVEZ    Poem Text    
First Line: It was never in the planning
Last Line: To palm them back to living
Subject(s): Friendship; Women


FOR VIRGINIA CHAVEZ       
First Line: It was never in the planning
Last Line: That always lit your bookless room
Subject(s): Friendship; Women


FOUR PORTRAITS OF FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I find a strange knowledge of wind
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FREEWAY 280    Poem Text    
First Line: Las casitas near the gray cannery
Last Line: Or a loose seed
Subject(s): Canneries; Canners


FREEWAY 280       
First Line: Las casitas near the gray cannery
Last Line: Or a loose end
Subject(s): Canneries


FROM THE BUS TO E.L. AT ATASCADERO STATE HOSPITAL       
First Line: Fall. Peppercorns %rouge into salmon roe
Last Line: In this life, the lockdown %of nothing


FROM THE CABLES OF GENOCIDE       
First Line: Who gave you permission to detonate
Last Line: The only gas breathed %is you


HOTEL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Loss; Disappointment


HOTEL       
First Line: I couldn't see in this light
Last Line: Like clots seeping through a wound, %our collision of tensi ons, a viscous %rendered fat, divorced,


HOUSE HE FALLS IN LOVE WITH       
First Line: Its greatest virtue is how it hides its emptiness
Last Line: An empty shell built for an island. %house for sale. There for the asking. %your property for a pri


INTERPRETATION OF DINNER BY THE UNINVITED GUEST       
First Line: In the evening dusk when earth
Last Line: And who knows what country %their bodies dwell in


ISLA MUJERES       
First Line: There's an arch in your heart
Last Line: Sun and the devil wind; a matrimony


LAPIZ AZUL       
First Line: A blast of the bluest
Last Line: How it is to dissolve %out of duty and air %and the thick grief %of the expendable


LAST MEAL       
First Line: Towards midnight our bodies turn into themselves
Last Line: Amaranth and maize, they're pulling in the nets, %the fresh haul, the first scent


LATIN DELI: AN ARS POETICA       
First Line: Presiding over a formica counter
Last Line: Closed ports she must trade with


LE PETIT MAL       
First Line: Love, if I die
Last Line: Bird, my murmuring heart, %my quiver and arrow; %my shot--I'm shot %full of you. Dead


LEVEE: LETTER TO NO ONE       
First Line: Today I watched a woman by the water
Last Line: For this silt and salt, this reservoir, %depository bank, for piss %and beauty's flush


LITOST       
First Line: I keep hoping she'll die but I think
Last Line: Of the pot it's stuck in, bonsai to the bone, I break it %atthe neck as I look at her, spitting spid


LOTS: 1       
First Line: He told her


LOTS: 2       
First Line: I picked myself up ignoring


LOVE OF MY FLESH, LIVING DEATH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


LOVE OF MY FLESH, LIVING DEATH       
First Line: Once I wasn't always so plain
Last Line: It's you! Sang the heart upon its mantel %pelvis. Blush of my breath, catch %of my see--beautiful bi


MACHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Slender, you are, secret as rail
Last Line: Remember: the word for machismo is real
Subject(s): Machismo


MACHO       
First Line: Slender, you are, secret as rail
Last Line: Your potent lure links hunger to flesh %as a frail eagle alights on my chest, %remember: the word fo
Subject(s): Machismo


MEDIUM'S BURDEN       
First Line: In the morning kitchens of my friends
Last Line: And I am tormented forever %by knowing


MEETING MESCALITO AT OAK HILL CEMETARY       
First Line: Sixteen years old and crooked %with drug, time warped blissfully
Last Line: The last of the sweet fruit, sucked the rich pit %and thought nothing of death


MY DINNER WITH YOUR MEMORY       
First Line: A woman's scent is nothing
Last Line: Who would hunger at the brink of this %feast? Who would go, uninvited, %but you and your ghost of a


MY GRANDFATHER'S HAT       
First Line: I cannot stop thinking of that old hat
Last Line: Glad that he could take it with him


NIGHT STAND       
First Line: Onions, lettuce, leeks, broccoli
Last Line: And here, writing, wearing things %the discarded dead have %bought and sold: we know


ODE TO A RANGER       
First Line: My poet, my fisherman, my lifesaver
Last Line: Who would rather die, cold as copper %death to touch; my solitary range, %my pen


ON FINDING THE SLIDE OF JOHN IN THE GARDEN, 1973       
First Line: Half my life I have slept beside a man
Last Line: My half-life, final delivery, a shucked single %kernel of care, my you and me transparency


ON LOCOMOTION       
First Line: If I gave you release you wouldn't like it
Last Line: As the exploded pods of weeds; the sear %of your eyes in a dim room, an ignition %of spark, of steam


ON LOVE AND HUNGER       
First Line: I feed you
Last Line: First word. %first sight. %food is love %in trust


ON SPEAKING TO THE DEAD       
First Line: Did you love them enough?
Last Line: The red and black surmise, %orderly, filed, and eat %the heart that ails them


ON THE FEAR OF GOING DOWN       
First Line: Boats on the bay cull the willing
Last Line: For arrival. They are leaning %on their nets. They are taking %what comes to them: the catch %of the


ON THE LAST ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Here in an immense forest of winter
Last Line: As my puzzled march through time seizes %me leaping the turnstile--I know %I will go on in this life


ON THE POET COMING OF AGE       
First Line: There was this poet %with a wandering eye
Last Line: And I dare it to say it %I am a poet


ON TOURING HER HOMETOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going away to where I'm from
Last Line: Last condor, last chance
Subject(s): Homecoming; Farewell


ON TOURING HER HOMETOWN       
First Line: I'm going away to where I'm from
Last Line: It won't ever pay. I'm going away %to where I'm from. I'm leaving, %last condor, last chance
Subject(s): Home


PERSONA INGRATA       
First Line: It didn't matter
Last Line: A simple matter %to matter as you %mean to me


PLEIADES FROM THE CABLES OF GENOCIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I view seven sisters
Subject(s): Pleiades (constellation)


PLEIADES FROM THE CABLES OF GENOCIDE       
First Line: Tonight I view seven sisters
Last Line: Who says: it happened. That's all. It just happened. %and runs on
Subject(s): Pleiades (constellation)


PLENOS PODERES       
First Line: Does it fill you with power
Last Line: Do I love you less? Do I spit %in the moon's single eye? %doi survive? Do I? Plenos poderes %and sin


POEM FOR THE YOUNG WHITE MAN WHO ASKED ME HOW I, AN INTELLIGENT ...    Poem Text    
First Line: In my land there are no distinctions
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


POEM FOR THE YOUNG WHITE MAN WHO ASKED ME HOW I, AN INTELLIGENT ...       
First Line: In my land there are no distinctions
Last Line: But in this country %there is war
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


POET IS SERVED HER PAPERS       
First Line: So tell me about fever dreams
Last Line: Sign me over with xxxs %and passion. Seal on the lick %of a phone, my life. And pay. %and pay. And p


POINT LOBOS       
First Line: If it's kindness you crave, here's the soft
Last Line: Lips of thunderhead upon a blue shell, %pearled, found, and full of wonder, %of you, of smoke, this


POLITENESS TAKES HER TURN       
First Line: At the fifth reconciliation
Last Line: And moored in the shadow %of their receipts. I smile %at her. I answer: %you call this standing?


RAISINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Raisins are my currency
Last Line: Memory, feeds / by chance
Subject(s): Raisins


RAISINS       
First Line: Raisins are my currency
Last Line: As you now soak %my spit, sweet as acid, damp as rot. %this hunger, as your %memory, feeds %by chanc
Subject(s): Raisins


REFUGEE SHIP       
First Line: Like wet cornstarch, I slide
Last Line: The ship that will never dock. %el barco que nunca atraca


SANTA CRUZ       
First Line: So what of our sputtering names
Last Line: What of this poet %reading season's end? %my worm heart, overwrought %as a slacked line, loses


SHOOTING THE WREN       
First Line: He sends trophies from sunday's kill: a china
Last Line: I will pray for, what you let live %we will praise, ignore it, and eat


STARFISH       
First Line: They were lovely in the quartz and jasper sand
Last Line: Splayed hands, the tide shoveled in


TO MY BROTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: We were so poor
Subject(s): Poverty


TO WE WHO WERE SAVED BY THE STARS       
First Line: Nothing has to be ugly. Luck of the dumb
Last Line: Boat to your destiny. A man's whole life %may be a metaphor--but a woman's lot %is symbol


UN DESCONOCIDO       
First Line: I was looking for your hair
Last Line: Throw, if only I could have you


UNCLE'S FIRST RABBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: He was a good boy
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Hunting; Rabbits; Hares


UNCLE'S FIRST RABBIT       
First Line: He was a good boy
Last Line: And get the next train out


VALENTINE    Poem Text    


VALENTINE       
First Line: Cherry plums suck a week's soak
Last Line: Folds and layers the %shedding petals of %my grief into a %decayed holo- %gram-my %for ever %empty %


VISIONS OF MEXICO WHILE ... IN PORT TOWNSEND, WASHINGTON       
First Line: When I'm that far south, the old words
Last Line: To gather my feathers %for quills


WALKING AROUND       
First Line: It's the waves,' he says, 'the closest
Last Line: Walk with me, will you? %you and I walk


Y VOLVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is to say love
Last Line: Horses' manes, and rides
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


Y VOLVER       
First Line: Who is to say love
Last Line: Free. Love, in her candor, %can't explain the attraction %but nuzzles the wild %horse's mane, and ri
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of