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Ciardi, John    Poet's Biography
872 poems available by this author


0.22       
First Line: The legend is bull's eye, part of a local scene
Last Line: Death was once a barefoot boy
Subject(s): Guns


1-JAN-73       
First Line: If caledars are made of square holes, something
Last Line: Between the year and the year, where zero is
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


11:02 A.M. THE BIRD DISAPPEARED       
First Line: A humming bird darning the trumpet vine
Last Line: And somewhere an examiner shakes his head
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


11:02 A.M. THE BIRD DISAPPEARED       
First Line: A humming bird darning the trumpet vine
Last Line: And somewhere an examiner shakes his head
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


13-DEC-79       
First Line: Three squirrels wound and sprung to this remitted
Last Line: In the feast of being able to. Amen


2-JAN-78       
First Line: My neighbor and his children are shoveling snow
Last Line: I don't much like fish, and don't care what I catch
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


20-MAR-70       
First Line: It snowed too thin to fall


4:00 A.M. ON THE TERRACE       
First Line: I should -- but anyone can and
Last Line: Regularly never bring home?


A BOX COMES HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the united states of america
Last Line: By the rain and oak leaves on the domino
Subject(s): Coffins; Homecoming; World War Ii; Second World War


A CONVERSATION WITH LEONARDO    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a stew of a night. The power failed
Last Line: You make me grateful I died in in god's formed day
Subject(s): Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519); Paintings & Painters


A CRATE OF STERLING SILVER LOVING CUPS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had gone to the freightyard auction of steel crates
Subject(s): Auctions


A LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I have labored to for her love
Last Line: I can no longer beat time
Subject(s): Love – Unrequited


A MAN CAME TUESDAY    Poem Text    
Last Line: What are you prepared to believe?
Subject(s): Future; Debt


A MEMORY OF THE SAD CHAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: All in a dream of the time it was
Last Line: We had shared that sadness, but what's the use?
Subject(s): Chairs


A POEM FOR BENN'S GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I have an appointment to see the assistant
Last Line: To be terrified by that thought and its possibilites
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


A SUCCESFUL SPECIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Horeshoe crabs, which are not crabs at all
Last Line: But the one success of species is to endure
Subject(s): Survival


A THANKS TO A BOTANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Setting his camera to blink a frame
Last Line: Would be a / visible symphony
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


A THOUSANDTH POEM FOR DYLAN THOMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking outside his babylonian binge
Last Line: The chlorophyllous dough of the vast ravens of the future
Subject(s): Thomas, Dylan (1914-1953)


A TRENTA-SEI OF THE PLEASURE WE TAKE .. EARLY DEATH OF KEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is old school custom to pretent to be sad
Last Line: The saddest music keeps the sweetest time
Subject(s): Customs, Social; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


ABOUT ESKIMOS (AND WHY THEY WEAR PANTS)       
First Line: The eskimos wears pants because
Last Line: And thaws his wife, and sing with her: %brrrr! Brrrr! Brrrr! Brrrr!


ABOUT MOOSE OR, TO HAIRY COWS, THE HAIRY BULL IS HANDSOMER THAN....       
First Line: Bull moose are beastly and contrary
Last Line: And so should I. And so would you


ABOUT RIVERS AND TOES       
First Line: A river has a way to go
Last Line: To a river most things are the same


ABOUT THE TEETH OF SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The thing about a shark is - teeth
Last Line: I’ll never know now! Well, goodbye
Subject(s): Sharks; Teeth; Toothaches


ABOUT THE TEETH OF SHARKS       
First Line: The thing about a shark is - teeth
Last Line: I'll never know now! Well, goodbye
Subject(s): Sharks; Teeth


ABUNDANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I had 1000 roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Disappointment


ABUNDANCE       
First Line: Once I had 1000 roses
Last Line: Know -- have known and must remember -- %you


ADDIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The corpse my mother made
Last Line: Oh, daughter, if I could call
Subject(s): Death – Mothers; Corpses


ADDIO       
First Line: The corpse my mother made
Last Line: Oh, daughter, if I could call
Subject(s): Mothers


ADVERTISEMENT       
First Line: This itch to sit at paper and to say
Last Line: They have forgotten, what they itched to make
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


AFTER SUNDAY DINNER WE UNCLES SNOOZE       
First Line: Banana-stuffed, the ape behind the brain
Last Line: O angels and attendants past the world, %what shall the sleeps of heaven dream but time?


AFTER SUNDAY WE UNCLES SNOOZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Banana-stuffed, the ape behind the brain
Last Line: What shall the sleeps of heaven dream but time?
Subject(s): Apes; Uncles; Food ^ Eating; Sleep


AFTERNOON IN THE PARK       
First Line: I lived an age that could not be
Last Line: And, yes, I knew which I had seen


AGING LOVERS       
First Line: Why would they want one another
Last Line: To the persuasion fo kindness, and they sing


ALEC    Poem Text    
First Line: At niney-seven my uncle found god heavy
Last Line: And gilded an unfinished god for its vault
Subject(s): Old Age; Uncles


ALEC       
First Line: At ninety-seven my uncle found god heavy
Last Line: And gilded an unfinished god in its vaults


ALL ABOUT BOYS AND GIRLS       
First Line: I know all about boys, I do
Last Line: That's not for girls! That's not for boys


ALPHABESTIARY: A       
First Line: A is for ant
Last Line: Practically %forever
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Ants; Insects


ALPHABESTIARY: B       
First Line: B is for bombers, our national pride
Last Line: And for bills and buck, who are studying braille
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; B (letter Of Alphabet)


ALPHABESTIARY: C       
First Line: C is for camel, a very right beast
Last Line: From the camel's point of view
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Camels


ALPHABESTIARY: G       
First Line: G, also inevitably, is for the gnu
Last Line: To final view the rear end of a horse?
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Gnus


ALPHABESTIARY: H       
First Line: H is, reluctantly, for human, a word
Last Line: By a less visible conclusion
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Mankind


ALPHABESTIARY: I       
First Line: I, naturally enough, any author
Last Line: In whatever I-dea time is
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Self


ALPHABESTIARY: J       
First Line: J is, splendidly, for john, my
Last Line: Name. I mean truly have it
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Names


ALPHABESTIARY: M       
First Line: M is for mothers, who are, above all
Last Line: Kept this, things would go badly
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Mothers


ALPHABESTIARY: N       
First Line: N is for nannygoat -- the silly
Last Line: And write your own end to my poem
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Goats


ALPHABESTIARY: O       
First Line: O is for ox, by which word we
Last Line: Even it would blush for shame
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Animals; Oxen


ALPHABESTIARY: Q       
First Line: Q may as well be for queen
Last Line: Than to keep the money up to face value
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


ALPHABESTIARY: R       
First Line: R is for rat, the noise in man's wall
Last Line: Don't start saving words till you learn to select
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Rats


ALPHABESTIARY: T       
First Line: T, the turtle, has been a long time coming
Last Line: Armor is its own species and survives
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Turtles


AN ALPHABESTIARY: B    Poem Text    
First Line: B is for bombers, our national pride
Last Line: And for billy and buck, who are studying braille
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; B (letter Of Alphabet)


AN ALPHABESTIARY: G    Poem Text    
First Line: G, also inevitably, is for the gnu
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Gnus


AN APARTMENT WITH A VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in rome, vatican bells tolling
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Christianity


AN APOLOGY FOR NOT INVOKING THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Erato popped in. What a talent for suspicion!
Last Line: By those who haven't had your advantages
Subject(s): Muses; Poetry & Poets


AN ASPECT OF THE AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Through my hemlocks and the spruce beyond
Last Line: The sourceless light. An aspect of the air
Subject(s): Light


AN EMERITUS ADDRESSES THE SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: No one can wish nothing
Subject(s): Life


AN INSCRIPTION FOR RICHARD EBERHART       
First Line: I do not intend the people I know to believe me
Subject(s): Eberhart, Richard


AN OLD MAN CONFESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no cause, and god has not confessed
Last Line: Inside the fact had drained. And then he died
Subject(s): Old Age; Boredom


ANATOMY LAB       
First Line: Wavering his scums and incisions
Last Line: Let any man have a slice
Subject(s): Corpses


AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST       
First Line: It was seven slow years and three months-to the day
Last Line: And got on. And %we never %were heard %of again


AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT       
First Line: Miss myra and small benn and john l.-those three
Last Line: Of miss myra and small benn and john l.-those three


AND OFF HE WENT JUST AS PROUD AS YOU PLEASE       
First Line: Said billy to willy, %'you have a silly name'
Last Line: For my name, my name, %my name is mine!


AND THY MOTHER       
First Line: In my first dark before the world began
Last Line: And nothing happens but the world whirled out


ANNALS       
First Line: Tricodon of bruges, a flemish
Last Line: Speaks into van gogh's ear, and all perceive %the action of incorrigible farce


ANOTHER COMEDY       
First Line: In storms of half-light, in a separate, dim
Last Line: Goddamn the wood that made his death so long


ANSWER       
First Line: A man I knew met a man he knew
Last Line: To ask if it is true


APARTMENT WITH A VIEW       
First Line: I am in rome, vatican bells tolling
Last Line: Be all that he was schooled to do


APOLOGY FOR A LOST CLASSICISM       
First Line: I was writing a trentesei for the boat-people
Last Line: And need not grieve alone for the boat-people


APOLOGY FOR NOT INVOKING THE MUSE       
First Line: Erato popped in. What a talent for suspicion
Last Line: And yet ...


APPREHENDEE THEN EXITED VEE-HICLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sorry, said the cop who had shot me
Subject(s): Identity; Police; Wit & Humor


APPREHENDEE THEN EXITED VEE-HICLE       
First Line: Sorry,' said the cop who had shot me
Last Line: Thank you,' I told him, 'I feel it coming on'


AQUARIUM       
First Line: There is almost no such fish as this which is
Last Line: Seeing and being seen
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


ARE WE THROUGH TALKING, I HOPE?       
First Line: Why do I have to make
Last Line: And what sense is there %in that?


AS I WOULD WISH YOU BIRDS       
First Line: Today -- because I must not lie to you
Last Line: With me might be, but close your eyes and see


ASPECT OF THE AIR       
First Line: Through my hemlocks and the spruce beyond
Last Line: The sourceless light. An aspect of the air


AT COCKTAILS       
First Line: Benny, the albino marmoset
Last Line: And ours, and thus, in fact, unequal


AT FIRST FLOWER OF THE EASY DAY       
Last Line: And waved me off the premises


AT LEAST WITH GOOD WHISKEY       
First Line: She gave me a drink and told me she had tried
Last Line: Too busy to make a hobby of being sad
Subject(s): Drinks And Drinking


AT O'HARE       
First Line: You!' we chanted together. 'how long has it been'
Subject(s): O'hare Airport (chicago); Time


AT O'HARE       
First Line: You!' we chanted together. 'how long has it been'
Last Line: Longer now. This time forever
Subject(s): O'hare Airport (chicago); Time


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now from the trumpeted and towering morning


AUDIT AT KEY WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: You could put silver dollars on my eyes
Last Line: Thumbing my clogged skull at the sons of bitches
Subject(s): Key West, Florida


AUDIT AT KEY WEST       
First Line: You could put silver dollars on my eyes
Last Line: A bomb of lit fuses sputtering day
Subject(s): Key West, Florida


AUNT MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt mary died of eating twelve red peppers
Last Line: I pray the tear she taught me of us all
Subject(s): Death; Aunts; Gluttony; Dead, The


AUNT MARY       
First Line: Aunt mary died of eating twelve red peppers
Last Line: I pray the tear she taught me of us all


AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A COMEDIAN       
First Line: Years long in the insanities of adolescence
Last Line: Though, having no other, we must, somehow, try


€ŚNOTHING IS REALLY HARD BUT TO BE REAL€”€?    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Religion; Poetry & Poets; Theology


BABOON AND THE STATE       
First Line: A dog snout puzzles out the look of a man
Last Line: The killers kill. They kill because they can


BACK       
First Line: On the mountain after vesuvius
Last Line: Is good. The fave and the olives %are good


BACK HOME IN POMPEII    Poem Text    
Last Line: A curiosity / on holiday
Subject(s): Pompeii, Ital


BACK HOME IN POMPEII       
Last Line: A curiosity %on holiday
Subject(s): Pompeii, Italy


BACK THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TO THIS SIDE       
First Line: Yesterday, in a big market, I made seven thousand dollars
Last Line: A good guy coming home, the long day done


BALANCING ACT    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere between miss porter (seventh grade)
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


BALLAD OF HOW ADAM SAW IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Proverbially, old adam
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Eve


BALLAD OF THE ICONDIC       
First Line: It was the year of the incondic
Last Line: (now sleep, and you may dream just what %the gawnose watt was doing)


BARMECIDE FEAST       
First Line: I have been told, and have been glad to hear
Last Line: My animal could range on feasted assumptions


BASHING THE BABIES; EASTER, 1968       
First Line: Sometimes you have hardly been born
Last Line: Any suggestions? Well, have a good day
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


BASHING THE BABIES; EASTER, 1968       
First Line: Sometimes you have hardly been born
Last Line: Any suggestions? -- well, have a good day
Subject(s): Babies


BEDLAM       
First Line: Nobody told me anything much. I was born
Last Line: Later they changed the number and we moved away


BEDLAM REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody told me anythng much. I was born
Last Line: Later they changed the number and we moved away
Subject(s): Family Life


BEES AND MORNING GLORIES       
First Line: Morning glories, pale as a mist drying
Last Line: And the prize was there to be taken


BEES AND MORNING GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning glories, pale as a mist drying
Subject(s): Bees; Morning Glories; Transience; Beekeeping; Impermanence


BEING CALLED; A BREAKFAST REVERIE IN KEY WEST       
First Line: The resident dispenser of bromides
Last Line: Wrong quaver that began as mozart


BENEFITS OF EDUCATION; BOSTON, 1931       
First Line: A hulk, three masted once, three snubbed now
Last Line: And for the kingdoms opening like a book


BENN       
First Line: There once was a something-a boy, I guess
Last Line: And better than that , he was my boy-benn!


BETTY BOOPER       
First Line: This is little betty booper
Subject(s): Dinners & Dining; Food & Eating; Gluttony; Popcorn


BETTY BOOPER       
First Line: This is little betty booper
Last Line: Chop the door down! %... Well, too late
Subject(s): Dinners And Dining; Food And Eating; Gluttony; Popcorn


BETWEEN       
First Line: I threw a stick. The dog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BETWEEN       
First Line: I threw a stick. The dog
Last Line: And I threw, and he fetched
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BICENTENNIAL       
First Line: This official bicentennial arts person programming
Subject(s): American Revolution Bicentennial (1976); Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


BICENTENNIAL       
First Line: This official bicentennial arts person programming
Last Line: A wall of buttons blinking data dead
Subject(s): American Revolution Bicentennial (1976); Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


BIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: He will not answer now
Last Line: But will not answer now and not answer
Subject(s): Science


BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: He will not answer now. He will go down
Last Line: But will not answer now and will not answer


BIRD IN WHATEVER NAME       
First Line: A bird with a name it does not itself
Last Line: Told od itself, whatever name is given
Subject(s): Names


BIRD WATCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Every time we put crumbs out and sunflower
Last Line: Be bread and seed in time: all else will follow
Subject(s): Bird-watching


BIRD WATCHING       
First Line: Every time we put crumbs out and sunflower
Last Line: Be bread and seed in time: all else will follow
Subject(s): Bird-watching


BIRDS, LIKE THOUGHTS       
First Line: Watch a wild turkey come in to land
Last Line: More instant as they stay light. Both come and gone


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: A fat sicty-year-old man woke me. 'hello
Subject(s): Aging


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: A fat sicty-year-old man woke me. 'hello
Last Line: Don't shrug away,' he said, 'there's nowhere to go'
Subject(s): Aging


BLABBERHEAD       
First Line: The blabberhead is blubbery
Last Line: That a universal snubbery %will certainly ensue


BLUE MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no cause for love in such a script
Last Line: The disassembled gestures of the dead
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Pornography; Movies; Cinema


BLUE MOVIE       
First Line: There is no cause for love in such a script
Last Line: The disassembled gestures of the dead
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Pornography


BOX COMES HOME       
First Line: I remember the united states of america
Last Line: At the red-taped grave in woodmere %by the rain and oakleaves on the domino
Subject(s): Coffins; Homecoming; World War Ii


BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: He is in his room sulked shut. The small
Last Line: May sons forgive the fathers they obey
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


BOY       
First Line: He is in his room sulked shut. The small
Last Line: May sons forgive the fathers they obey
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


BOY OR GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: White rows of suburbs alternate with trees
Last Line: Turn off your light and take the nighttime in
Subject(s): Youth; Suburbs; Night


BOY OR GIRL       
First Line: White rows of suburbs alternate with trees
Last Line: Turn off you light and take the nighttime in


BRIDAL PHOTO, 1906    Poem Text    
First Line: A ceremonial rose in the lapel
Last Line: Her hand at total rest under his hand
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


BRIDAL PHOTO, 1906       
First Line: A ceremonial rose in the lapel
Last Line: I am the son of this man and this woman
Subject(s): Parents


BUMP! BANG! BUMP!       
First Line: Someone-and I mean you, my sweet
Last Line: And lock him up and feed him hay!


CALL IT A DAY       
First Line: On a day I long since started
Last Line: And I did. And we started to


CALLING ALL COWBOYS       
First Line: Some of the cowboys I know best
Last Line: And I'm out to get him. He's wanted-for bed!


CAMPTOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The streets that slept all afternoon in sun
Last Line: And we're late and lost unless we run
Subject(s): War


CAMPTOWN       
First Line: The streets that slept all afternoon in sun
Last Line: And we're late and lost unless we run
Subject(s): War


CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY?       
Last Line: Is there anymore here who can tell me why?


CAPTAIN NICHOLAS STRONG       
First Line: The moon with venus in her sickle blade
Last Line: Troubled his health for mercies with no name


CAPTAIN SPUD AND HIS FIRST MATE, SPADE       
First Line: Tough captain spud and his first mate, spade


CARTOGRAPHER OF MEADOWS       
First Line: The cartographer of meadows does not rose
Last Line: As he moves to amber from his resinous drowning


CARVING THE TURKEY       
First Line: Meleager, one of jason's heroes, died
Last Line: If only by error. Is everyone served? -- dig in
Subject(s): Meleager (100 B.c.); Turkeys


CAT HEARD THE CAT-BIRD       
First Line: One day, a fine day, a high-flying-sky day
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CATALPA       
First Line: The catalpa's white week is ending there
Last Line: What should I keep if averages were all?


CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: One by one the bells have broken their music
Last Line: And sun beats down beyond the broken door
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


CATHEDRAL       
First Line: One by one the bells have broken their music
Last Line: And sun beats down beyond the broken door
Subject(s): Churches


CAUGHT AS WE ARE       
First Line: Caught as we all are in the human condition


CENSORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Damn that celibate farm, that cracker-box house
Last Line: We're watching you!
Subject(s): Hate; Parents; Sex; Parenthood


CENSORSHIP       
First Line: Damn that celibate farm, that cracker-box house
Last Line: And the plumbing would howl from hell, 'we're %watching you'
Subject(s): Hate; Parents; Sex


CEZANNE       
First Line: When I returned from you in the blue of midnight
Last Line: Yet she believes a man may say 'I love you' %on arriving, leaving, and all the night between
Subject(s): Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Love; Paintings And Painters; Truth


CHANG MCTANG MCQUARTER CAT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Cats; Mathematics


CHAP WHO DISAPPEARED       
First Line: There was a drowsy sort of chap
Last Line: Why he was never seen again


CHELSEA NAVAL HOSPITAL       
First Line: Oceans beyond the nearest war we fought
Last Line: And the barbed fences that defend your wound
Subject(s): Hospitals; Veterans


CHILDE HAROLD TO THE DARK TOWER CAME       
First Line: Well, they loaded him with armor and left
Last Line: Or if you're real %magic, change him! Change him!


CHRISTMAS ALONE IN KEY WEST       
First Line: That christmas alone in no difference really
Last Line: Is there's no reason to go and less to stay
Subject(s): Christmas; Selkirk, Alexander (1676-1721); Solitude


CHRISTMAS CAROL       
First Line: The stores wore christmas perfectly
Last Line: Morning after memory
Subject(s): Christmas Gifts


CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Salvation's angel in a tree
Last Line: I leave it on and go to bed
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: Salvation's angel in a tree
Last Line: I leave it on and go to bed
Subject(s): Christmas


CLOCK IN THE MIRROR       
First Line: This is the blur of dimension, the past arriving
Last Line: In a cubic mirror. Which if ourselves shall we be?
Subject(s): Relativity


COLOSSUS IN QUICKSAND       
First Line: One night I read philosophy
Last Line: Still standing higher than the sky


COME MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: A young cock in his plebe strut
Last Line: For it, and makes it official. It's / morning
Subject(s): Morning


COME MORNING       
First Line: A young cock in his plebe strut
Last Line: For it, and makes it official. It's %morning
Subject(s): Morning


COME TO THINK OF IT       
First Line: I know someone who lives at the zoo
Last Line: But, yes, come to think of it, the monkey would do!


COMPOSITION FOR A NATIVITY; ISTE PERFECIT OPUS       
First Line: There are three central figues preoccupied by toplighting
Last Line: To rescue identity from all assemblage %of night wonders, a way of wishing well


CONVERSATION WITH LEONARDO       
First Line: It was a stew of a night. The power failed
Last Line: I went down and opened a bottle and sat to the dark
Subject(s): Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519); Paintings And Painters


COQ AU VIN       
First Line: In paris once, just as the waiter
Last Line: And I flung down my napkin and fled %with a sound in me like ripped cloth
Subject(s): Paris, France; Restaurants


CORPUS CHRISTI       
First Line: Once a year in some self-secreting lent
Last Line: The dark and drift of whatever it is we do


COUNTING ON FLOWERS       
First Line: Once around a daisy counting
Last Line: Entirely a flower at the end


COW       
First Line: A greensweet breathing
Last Line: In a foreground of the hills
Subject(s): Cows


CRAFT       
First Line: A cherry red chrome dazzle
Last Line: Some loud night on the interstate


CRATE OF STERLING LOVING CUPS       
First Line: I had gone to a freightyard auction of sealed crates
Last Line: Soup is a good that doesn't invite ambition


CREDIBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who could believe an ant in theory?


CREDIBILITY       
First Line: Who could believe an any in theory?
Last Line: And therefore to teach reason reason


CREDO (1)       
First Line: Today %dr. William carlos williams
Last Line: And wrote the name of sunlight on a plum
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


CREDO (2)       
First Line: I asked the doctor who had pronounced me dead
Last Line: Assured that every error must yield to style


DAEMONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I pass enough savages on the street
Last Line: In you, living what you live by
Subject(s): Mothers


DAEMONS       
First Line: I pass enough savages on the street
Last Line: Making the music you didn't know was %in you, living at what you live by


DAMN HER       
First Line: Of all her appalling virtues, none
Last Line: Says over empty shells. 'bring on %the body and the blood'


DAMNATION OF DOVES       
First Line: Where did doves perch before there were telephone wires
Last Line: Or whatever does for ritual in a.D.
Subject(s): Doves


DARLING       
First Line: Some have meant only, though curiously
Last Line: But in one slow though gentling to forgiveness


DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: First a monkey, then a man
Last Line: Just the way the world began
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE       
First Line: First a monkey, then a man
Last Line: Just the way the world began
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


DAY OF THE PEONIES       
First Line: This is the day of the peonies. My daughter


DAYS       
First Line: Something in the wild cherry
Last Line: And the long weather, %what walks the field is man


DEAD PIGEON ON SOUTH STREET       
First Line: A crumb or maybe a peanut dropped in the suburb
Last Line: The lawns had been saved for auntie and we all felt good
Subject(s): Pigeons


DEAR SIR       
First Line: Dear sir: we haven't met but my father knew you
Last Line: And in some sense I suppose yours also -- %john


DEATH OF A BOMBER       
First Line: We saw the smoke. The blue skull of the sky
Last Line: Someone began a drawn-out bedroom joke
Subject(s): Air Warfare


DEATH'S THE CLASSIC LOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Death's the classic look, it goes
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEATHS ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU STIR IN SLEEP       
Last Line: Our best will be to dream what we were
Subject(s): Death; Sleep


DEATHS THEY ARE, THOSE GREAT EYES FROM THE AIR       


DIALOGUE       
First Line: Good-morning,' says the fine brisk man in the mirror
Last Line: But we musn't -- now must we? -- tell


DIALOGUE IN THE SHADE       
First Line: Said the damaged angel to the improved ape
Last Line: Among them soul-sure of his father and mother


DIALOGUE WITH OUTER SPACE       
First Line: Do you?
Last Line: Because I was born


DIARY ENTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was in a mood for disaster
Last Line: Trying to do business on his scale
Subject(s): Diaries


DIARY ENTRY       
First Line: I was in a mood for disaster
Last Line: Trying to do business on his scale
Subject(s): Diaries


DIFFERENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Choose your own difference between surgery
Last Line: And what difference will it make?
Subject(s): Surgery


DIFFERENCES       
First Line: Choose your own difference between surgery
Last Line: And what difference will it make?
Subject(s): Surgery


DIVORCED HUSBAND DEMOLISHES HOUSE; NEWS ITEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is time to break a house
Last Line: Done with. Let it come down
Subject(s): Divorce


DIVORCED HUSBAND DEMOLISHES HOUSE; NEWS ITEM       
First Line: It is time to break a house
Last Line: Done with. Let it come down
Subject(s): Divorce


DOGMATISM       
First Line: Between my right big toe, sir, and my bent
Last Line: And I am just the dog you are


DOING A GOOD DEED       
First Line: At the foot of the hill, the ice-cream truck
Last Line: Especially when he's the ice-cream man


DOLLAR DOG (1)       
First Line: A dollar dog is all mixed up
Last Line: Flap-eared, bull-faced, bumble-paw, %stub-tailed, short-haired, biscuit hound
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOLLAR DOG (2)       
First Line: I had a dollar dog named spot
Last Line: But a lot of kinds to get for a dollar
Subject(s): Animals


DOLLS       
First Line: Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff
Last Line: Their eyes wide open forever, while all the children slept
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


DOMESTIC SONNET       
First Line: The cat gave birth to an adder. The dog died
Last Line: It works somehow, never entirely well
Subject(s): Pets


DOMESTICITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the cat is hungry I must not nap
Subject(s): Cats


DONE FOR THE DOING       
First Line: Ape-handed, too bungle -knuckled
Last Line: And then, having been


DONNE CH'AVETE INTELLETTO D'AMORE; AN ELEGY FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM       
First Line: Mary and I were having an emotion
Last Line: O intellect of love, may I prove worthy?
Subject(s): Education


DONNE CH'AVETE INTELLETTO D'AMORE; AN ELEGY FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM       
First Line: Mary and I were having an emotion
Last Line: O intellect of love, may I prove worthy
Subject(s): Education


DOODLES       
First Line: Except for abstract liberty and susan b.


DOWN NARROW STAIRS FROM A THIN EYE       
First Line: If all example is from nature, I
Last Line: Except to go away from an gladly


DRAGONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dragons are not the only beasts
Last Line: May be very much to your advantage
Subject(s): Dragons


DRAGONS       
First Line: Dragons are not the only beasts
Last Line: May be very much to your advantage
Subject(s): Dragons


DREAM       
First Line: I had a dream once of dancing with a tiger. As it took
Last Line: To one side of all tigers in my arms?


DRIVING ACROSS THE AMERICAN DESERT AND THINKING OF THE SAHARA       
First Line: I hang the cloth water bag from the door mirror
Last Line: Outside dens we come to -- form again


EARLY BIRD       
First Line: The early bird - so I have read
Last Line: Spoils mine. Call me at noon


EAST SIXTY-SEVENTH STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Any man -- god, if he had the money
Last Line: Because we are what we are and that hurts
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Poetry & Poets; Gays &y Lesbians; O'hara, Frank (1926-1966)


EAST SIXTY-SEVENTH STREET       
First Line: Wondering what to take seriously
Last Line: But because we are what we are and some of it hurts


EASTER BUNNY, SELS.       
First Line: There once was an egg that felt funny
Last Line: There's a date I must keep,' %said the bunny, and hip-hopped away
Subject(s): Spring


ECHOES       
First Line: Mother and father knew god and were glad to explain
Last Line: Except that it pleased me to be touched in the telling


EGGS       
First Line: The egg a chick pokes its head out of
Last Line: That they are all hell to fertilize
Subject(s): Eggs


ELAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Elaine, the counter-girl from the hat department
Last Line: Nor the toes of the silver slippers worn
Subject(s): Girls; Salespersons; Selling


ELAINE       
First Line: Elaine, the counter-girl from the hat department
Last Line: Nor the toes of the silver slippers worn
Subject(s): Girls; Salespersons


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: My father was born with a spade in his hand and traded it
Last Line: Hymned out my blood to glory, for one good reason
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I dram awake in the uptown morning
Last Line: I dram awake in the uptown morning
Subject(s): Death


ELEGY       
First Line: My father was born with a spade in his hand and traded it
Last Line: Hymned out my blood to glory, for one good reason
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY 1       
First Line: I fell from the bouncing tailgate to roll in traffic
Last Line: Till all my tears had whispered 'make me whole'
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents


ELEGY 2       
First Line: I dream awake in the uptown morning
Last Line: In a dream-assaulted morning of the dead


ELEGY 3. CAVALCANTE       
First Line: It was cavalcante,' my mother said, 'killed you father'
Last Line: I stood in the wreck of the death that had been my blood
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Fathers


ELEGY FOR A CAVE FULL OF BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tibia, tarsal, skull, and shin
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ELEGY FOR A CAVE FULL OF BONES       
First Line: Tibia, tarsal, skull, and shin
Last Line: I have seen our failure in %tibia, tarsal, skull, and shin
Subject(s): World War Ii


ELEGY FOR A SEAMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: They say there is no motion undersea
Subject(s): Seamen


ELEGY FOR A SWEET SHARPY       
First Line: When everyone else dropped in a handful of dirt
Last Line: It is longer than lilies to be remembered in kind


ELEGY FOR G.B. SHAW    Poem Text    
First Line: Administrators of minutes into hours
Last Line: The race we are not in the race we are
Subject(s): Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)


ELEGY FOR G.B. SHAW       
First Line: Administrators of minutes into hours
Last Line: The race we are not in the race we are
Subject(s): Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)


ELEGY FOR JOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Stiff-dog death, all froth on a bloody chin
Last Line: He had to bite the tire. Fools have no luck
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ELEGY FOR JOG       
First Line: Stiff-dog death, all froth on a bloody chin
Last Line: He had to bite the tire. Fools have no luck
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ELEGY FOR MORAL SELF-ASSURANCE AND COUNTRY VIRTUE       
First Line: I could have plowed the slim forty and back in eighty
Last Line: On shares to jimmy lee shaw and his boy fred


ELEGY FOR SAM       
First Line: Here's one more dead man, boxed, nosegayed
Last Line: Hello. Mrs. Buff-orpington. Cluck-cluck


ELEGY FOR SANDRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Read down into the dead and close


ELEGY FOR THE FACE AT YOUR ELBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: You know and I know what breeds in the dark
Last Line: And nothing you do or dare to drink will break it out of your mind
Subject(s): "cody, William ""buffalo Bill"" (1846-1917);


ELEGY FOR THE FACE AT YOUR ELBOW       
First Line: You know and I know what breeds in the dark
Last Line: And nothing you do or dare or drink will break it out of your mind


ELEGY JUST IN CASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lie ciardi's pearly bones
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ELEGY JUST IN CASE       
First Line: Here lie ciardi's pearly bones
Last Line: Fragments of a written stone %undeciphered but surmised
Subject(s): World War Ii


ELEGY. CAVALCANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was cavalcante,' my mother said, 'killed you father'
Last Line: I stood in the wreck of the dead that had been my blood
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Fathers


ELEGY: 1. AS I FIND MYSELF REMEMBERING       
First Line: But because he bought me my first puppy (a brownsilk
Last Line: And I am ashamed to remember how he could laugh once
Subject(s): Uncles


ELEGY: 1. AS I HEAR THE FAMILY THINKING       
First Line: This is the body of my good gray practical dead
Last Line: But a family. And one that knows what to do
Subject(s): Funerals; Uncles


ELEGY: FOR YOU, FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, under the stone, accept your ruin
Last Line: The end of heaven and the need of earth
Subject(s): Death – Fathers


ELEGY: FOR YOU, FATHER       
First Line: Father, under the stone, accept your ruin
Last Line: The end of heaven and the need of earth
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY; FOR KURT PORJESCZ, MISSING IN ACTION, 1 APRIL 1945    Poem Text    
First Line: Some gone like boys to school wearing their badges
Last Line: Discuss our futures, and have not concurred
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ELEGY; FOR KURT PORJESCZ, MISSING IN ACTION, 1 APRIL 1945       
First Line: Some gone like boys to school wearing their badges
Last Line: Discuss our futures, and have not concurred
Subject(s): World War Ii


EMERITUS ADDRESSING THE SCHOOL       
First Line: No one can wish nothing
Last Line: Begun and lived and slept on and begun


ENCOUNTER       
First Line: We,' said my young radical neighbor, smashing my window
Last Line: Given young legs, they have no trouble at fences


ENGLISH A       
First Line: No paraphrase does
Last Line: You whatsoever %wish. Period
Subject(s): English Language


EPITAPH       
First Line: Here, time concurring (and it does)
Last Line: This one, beside it, is a slum


EPITHALAMIUM AT ST. MICHAEL'S CEMETERY       
First Line: My father lay fifty years in st. Michael's bed
Last Line: He sets his bounds by. Or that simply is
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Fathers


EVENING OF THE PRIVATE EYE       
First Line: I live, therefore I love, said the excerpt-lifter
Last Line: Including airs, and summoning bones to sing


EVENSONG       
First Line: In late afternoon, when the light
Last Line: Is, finally, the grace there is


EVERYTIME YOU ARE SLEEPING AND I       
Last Line: Thus thought of in any way nor I


EVERYWHERE THAT UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even wisteria, carefully looked at


EVERYWHERE THAT UNIVERSE       
First Line: Even wisteria, sufficiently looked at
Last Line: Behind any leaf his waiting turns?


EVIL EYE       
First Line: Nona poured oil on the water and saw the eye
Last Line: Though I had one already and the other came
Subject(s): Italy; Superstition


EXEGESIS OF AN ALLEGORICAL TEXT       
First Line: So xiii, 1, 'I yearn, therefore, I am'


EXIT LINE       
First Line: Love should intent realities. Goodbye


EXPENDABILITY       
First Line: Thinking too much of death by curves of chance
Last Line: Nearest to hand to prove I will not die


FABLE OF SURVIVAL       
First Line: One of my neighbors began digging himself
Last Line: That's when I understood about survival
Subject(s): Survival


FACES       
First Line: Once in canandaigua, hitchhiking from ann arbor
Last Line: You know as much about that face as I do
Subject(s): Faces


FANTASY ECHO       
First Line: Miss merely asked me about 'the fantasy echo'


FAST AS YOU CAN COUNT TO TEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


FAST AS YOU CAN COUNT TO TEN       
Last Line: If you please, your used mercies


FEASTS       
First Line: My uncle alec's friend, dominic cataldo
Last Line: That flowered forever, till it wasn't there


FIDDLE PRACTICE       
First Line: I guess you know
Last Line: That's good enough for me


FIGURE DRAWN IN WIRE; TO MARY AND JOHN AND DICK AND DICK       
First Line: The curlicue ego bends its own way
Last Line: The all-in-all, the me in you, the you in me


FINALLY THAT BLUE RECEDING SPHERE       
First Line: It is only after
Last Line: At least you have said it


FIRST SNOW ON AN AIRFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: A window's length beyond the pleiades
Subject(s): Airports


FIRSTS       
First Line: At forty, home from traveled intention
Last Line: For what I had done with his gift, once perfect


FLOWERING QUINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: This devils me: uneasy ease at my window
Subject(s): Trees


FLOWERING QUINCE       
First Line: This devils me: uneasy at my window
Last Line: Nor than the dreams of angels which they fling %age after age at the invincible world


FOOD NOTES       
First Line: Asparagus is back in all its glory
Last Line: Asparagus is here in all its glory
Subject(s): Asparagus; Vegetables


FOOLISH WING       
First Line: Is done now with bright thinness of upper air. Weight
Last Line: It is time's journalism only: we are reporting merely
Subject(s): Time Magazine


FOR INSTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy came up the street and there was a girl


FOR INSTANCE       
First Line: A boy came up the street and there was a girl
Last Line: Is a learning experience. Maybe nothing is


FOR JUDITH       
First Line: Waiting %seems to be most of everything
Last Line: It ends where you begin


FOR MILLER WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though miller lives in arkansas
Last Line: The chicken-shit of death
Subject(s): Williams, Miller


FOR MILLER WILLIAMS       
First Line: Though miller lives in arkansas
Last Line: That sugars sorghum and turns white %the chicken-shit of death
Subject(s): Williams, Miller


FOR MY 25TH BIRTHDAY IN 1941       
First Line: So sleep undoes itself and I arrive
Subject(s): War


FOR MY NEPHEW GOING TO BED       
First Line: It takes a whole house to put a child to bed
Last Line: Surprised that I have this much pity left
Subject(s): Night


FOR MY SON JOHN    Poem Text    
First Line: Jonnel, this is for you -- my river-saint-named
Last Line: The first life and the first and still the first
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


FOR MY SON JOHN       
First Line: Jonnel, this is for you -- my river-saint-named
Last Line: The first life and the first and still the first
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


FOR MYRA OUT OF THE ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I changed the baby,fed it, dithered
Last Line: I have been here, and some of it was love
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


FOR MYRA OUT OF THE ALBUM       
First Line: I changed the baby,fed it, dithered
Last Line: I have been here, and some of it was love
Subject(s): Babies


FOR MYRA, JOHN L., AND BENN    Poem Text    
First Line: If poets are evidence, let's begin with the fact
Last Line: I hope I was never too much in your way
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood


FOR MYRA, JOHN L., AND BENN       
First Line: If poets are evidence, let's begin with the fact
Last Line: I hope I was never too much in your way
Subject(s): Children


FOR SOMEONE ON HIS TENTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: So you're ten! When that's two numbers old?
Last Line: By the time you change from two numbers to three?


FORMALITIES       
First Line: On september 2, 1945
Last Line: If only he were a civilian
Subject(s): Macarthur, General Douglas (1880-1964); World War Ii


FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was. I explained to judith
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FOUR THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT A GOAT       
First Line: Four things about a billy goat
Last Line: (and the 'baaaah!' you hear then means 'that's that!')


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To the laboratory then I went. What little
Last Line: I saw an ogre's eye leap from his face


FRAGMENT       
First Line: To the laboratory then I went. What little
Last Line: I saw an ogre's eye leap from his face


FRAGMENT OF A BAS RELIEF       
First Line: The knife, the priest, the heifer
Last Line: How shall I ever believe the world is real?


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Nona domenica garnaro sits in the sun
Last Line: Both of her thumbs, and she look down at it
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 1       
First Line: Nona domenica garnaro sits in the sun
Last Line: Both of her thumbs, and she look down at it
Subject(s): Italy


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 2       
First Line: One day I went to look at the mediterranean
Last Line: And I saw there was no practice in the sea
Subject(s): Italy; Mediterranean Sea


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 3       
First Line: A man-face gathered on the eyes of a child
Last Line: A gargoyle might stare down at running water
Subject(s): Italy


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 4       
First Line: You would never believe to watch this man
Last Line: Through all of europe and the island-south %the kingdoms and their kings were told about
Subject(s): Italy


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 5       
First Line: What the roman sun says to the romans
Last Line: I have said to you in all the tongues of sleep
Subject(s): Italy


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 6       
First Line: The mountains quiver like a low flame
Last Line: All but these repetitions of the air
Subject(s): Italy


FRAGMENTS FROM ITALY: 7. NAPLES       
First Line: I saw at a table of the bombed cafe
Last Line: Changed into flies and drew a cloud about him
Subject(s): Flies; Naples, Italy; Ruins


FRESHMAN SONNET: SUCCESS       
First Line: Success in life is when one has a goal
Last Line: Depends, of course, on getting along with your wife


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man from a house not far who rode the train
Last Line: To all the people there we think we know
Subject(s): Friendship


FRIENDS       
First Line: A man from a house not far who rode the train
Last Line: To all the people there we think we know
Subject(s): Friendship


FRIENDSHIP       
First Line: Willy the weep and sad terry and I
Last Line: We knew it just had to be true


FROM ADAM'S DIARY       
First Line: In the planetarium of an apple tree
Last Line: It all would be. Some day. Whatever tree


GALILEO AND THE LAWS       
First Line: Galileo thought he saw
Last Line: Galileo thought he saw?
Subject(s): Galileo (1564-1642)


GARDEN NOTES FROM ZANZIBAR       
First Line: The roses down in zanzibar
Last Line: What zanzibarians call zinnias


GENERATION GAP       
First Line: He parted a beard where his mouth might be
Last Line: I hadn't known till now I was giving it


GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The buttresses of morning lift the sun
Last Line: The eye's adagio and the blood's excitement
Subject(s): George Washington Bridge


GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE       
First Line: The buttresses of morning lift the sun
Last Line: The eye's adagio and the blood's excitement
Subject(s): George Washington Bridge


GET UP OR YOU'LL BE LATE FOR SCHOOL, SILLY!       
First Line: Someone I know-and he's very near
Last Line: You had better get up! %-well! How do you do?


GIFT       
First Line: In 1945, when the keepers cried kaput
Last Line: That clean white paper waiting under a pen %is the gift beyond history and hurt and heaven
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


GIRLS GOING TO CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning is easter on the lawns
Subject(s): Public Worship; Girls; Church Attendance


GLORY       
First Line: My wife said, 'there's an angel at the door'
Last Line: Thew glory is met in ritual, there is none


GOD       
First Line: I used to be good friends with god, but he
Last Line: But she's dead. And who is left to lie to?


GOING LATE TO NEW BRUNSWICK       
First Line: When you have exactly two dollars and the fare


GOING TO THE DOGS       
First Line: The head of the german shepherd I have now
Last Line: Even by a gut that pretends love
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


GOOD AND BAD HABITS (THEY ARE SOMETIMES MIXED.)       
First Line: There once were two slovenly chaps
Last Line: Is the sign of a well-ordered mind


GOOD MORNING WITH LIGHT; TO TOM AND HELEN FERRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Civilian for a pause of hours
Last Line: The starting spectrum of the dawn
Subject(s): War


GOOD MORNING WITH LIGHT; TO TOM AND HELEN FERRIL       
First Line: Civilian for a pause of hours
Last Line: The starting spectrum of the dawn
Subject(s): War


GOODNIGHT       
First Line: An oyster that went to bed x-million years ago
Last Line: If I am not here for breakfast, geologize at will


GRAY SPRING MORNING       
First Line: I can just see from the attic window
Last Line: To out-echo all arches %by looking there


GREAT NEWS       
First Line: Someone heard the whole town saying
Last Line: Went to bed when it was time!


GUIDE TO POETRY; FOR CID CORMAN, WHO NEEDS IT LEAST       
First Line: One good poet gives an age its voice
Last Line: And all you'll lack is sense and poetry
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


GULLS LAND AND CEASE TO BE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spread back across the air, wings wide
Last Line: And are aground
Subject(s): Death – Animals; Gulls


GULLS LAND AND CEASE TO BE       
First Line: Spread back across the air, wings wide
Last Line: And are aground


HABITAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The satellite telephone building has no lights


HAIRY-NOSED PREPOSTEROUS       
Last Line: On the end of his capable nose


HAPPINESS       
First Line: Whenever I waken and this animal
Last Line: To live and die inaccurately. Amen


HAPPY FAMILY       
First Line: Before the children say goodnight
Last Line: Sweetly screaming to be fed


HAWK       
First Line: It circled, hand, and circled. I watched it come
Last Line: To keep the symbol but to shoot the bird
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


HEALTH OF CAPTAINS       
First Line: The health of captains is the sex of war
Last Line: The womb of woman is the kit of war
Subject(s): War


HEARSAY       
First Line: The whispering hearsay lives its life
Last Line: It snarls back, 'could you do it?'


HEATWAVE       
First Line: By ten we know the day is out of order
Last Line: All given to being, a gentler way to die
Subject(s): Heat


HIGH TENSION LINES ACROSS A LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are diagrams on stilts all wired together


HIGH TENSION WIRES ACROSS A LANDSCAPE       
First Line: There are diagrams on stilts all wired together
Last Line: And what a bald head chewed on my sick heart


HOME REVISITED: MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the shadow in the shadow of the wicker
Last Line: At the center of the center where the shadows throng
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOME REVISITED: MIDNIGHT       
First Line: I am the shadow in the shadow of the wicker
Last Line: At the center of the center where the shadows throng?
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMECOMING - MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the satyr's twilight in the park
Last Line: Nothing in our beginnings know our ends
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMECOMING - MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: After the satyr's twilight in the park
Last Line: Nothing in our beginnings know our ends
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMETOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The three pronged armory tower, the civic statue
Subject(s): Home; City & Town Life


HOMETOWN AFTER A WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The river blackens in a frame of snow
Last Line: Before the war war was ended we were gone from there
Subject(s): Homecoming; Veterans


HOMETOWN AFTER A WAR       
First Line: The river blackens in a frame of snow
Last Line: Learning what we left for lost, was not
Subject(s): Homecoming; Veterans


HOW TO TELL THE TOP OF A HILL       
First Line: The top of a hill %is not until
Last Line: The next step up is sky


I PICKED A DREAM OUT OF MY HEAD    Poem Text    
Last Line: To find in just one head
Subject(s): Dreams


I PICKED A DREAM OUT OF MY HEAD       
Last Line: To find in just one head
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry And Poets


I REMEMBER THE HOUSE THAT WAS DOWN FROM PORTLAND ROAD       
Last Line: Was at the party in the house that was
Subject(s): Houses


I WAS NOT SLEEPING NOR AWAKE       
First Line: I was not sleeping nor awake. It was
Last Line: When I woke, all I thought would be there, was


I WISH I COULD MEET THE MAN THAT KNOWS       
Last Line: And as I do, I want to spank him


I'M NO GOOD FOR YOU AND YOU       
Last Line: Rarely) does (now) entirely %come


IF YOU SHOULD FALL, DON'T FORGET THIS       
First Line: Someone big and someone small
Last Line: You have less to pick up. Now isn't that true?


IMAGE OF MAN AS A GARDENER, AFTER TWO WORLD WARS       
First Line: In the dead hour of the afternoon
Last Line: Through every cat's-paw on the procurable stones


IMPROVISATION FOR A SOUTHERN NIGHT       
First Line: The native's myth, as lavish as the night
Last Line: To certify a human night again
Subject(s): Night


IN PAUL'S ROOM       
First Line: This is paul whose habits are
Last Line: Could I taste the paul in you?


IN PITY AS WE KISS AND LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Softly wrong, we lie and kiss
Last Line: In pity as we kiss and lie
Subject(s): Pity; Love - Erotic


IN PITY AS WE KISS AND LIE       
First Line: Softly wrong, we lie and kiss
Last Line: In pity we kiss and lile
Subject(s): Pity


IN PLACE OF A CURSE       
First Line: At the next vacancy for god, if I am elected
Last Line: Beware the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing, %gave nothing, and could never receive eno


IN SOME DOUBT BUT WILLINGLY       
First Line: Nothing is entirely as one
Last Line: A piece of the world awake


IN SPECIES, DARLING       
First Line: In species, darling, consider how the whale


IN THE AUDIENCE       
First Line: A sparrow lights on wisteria
Last Line: When the shadow is over


IN THE HOLE       
First Line: I had time and a shovel. I began to dig
Last Line: Is what a man uncovers by digging for it. %damn my neighbors. Damn brewster diffenbach


IN THE RICH FARMER'S FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: A black stallion and a white mare
Last Line: Too obvious to invent or not to know
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


IN THE RICH FARMER'S FIELD       
First Line: A black stallion and a white mare
Last Line: Original energy in its place below, %too obvious or not to know
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


IN THE YEAR OF MANY CONVERSIONS AND THE PRIVATE SOUL       
First Line: A sun gas coughed. A million miles of flames
Last Line: The world-offended child, the surplus man, %picking the horn of plenty's garbage can


INCIDENT       
First Line: Not that it matters, or not much, and not
Last Line: The madman was shot running over the same flowers %the children had dropped. His. Ours


INDIGENOUS       
First Line: I am home,' said the turtle, as it pulled in its head
Last Line: And its feet, and its tail. 'I am home and in bed.'


INSCRIPTION FOR RICHARD EBERHART       
First Line: I do not intend the people I know to believe me
Last Line: A vision of the bones that speak themselves
Subject(s): Eberhart, Richard


INSTANCES       
First Line: Walt whitman took the earth to bed
Last Line: Poets are mad. Are bankers sane?
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Millay, Edna St. Vincent (1892-1950); Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


INTERRUPTION       
First Line: Aphrodite phoned. Could I come over?
Last Line: How goddesses, above all, must be said


INTERSTELLAR       
First Line: I have an intercom in my attic study


INVASION OF SLEEP WALKERS (WHAT I SHALL SAY TO MY FATHER)       
First Line: They were weeding out the dead at the funeral home
Last Line: Can hell be taken more seriously than the world?
Subject(s): Death


IS THIS SOMEONE YOU KNOW?       
First Line: There was a boy who skinned his knees
Last Line: But he %l %a %n %d %e %d %s %o %hard it made him cry


ISLAND GALAXY       
First Line: Once on saipan at the end of the rains
Last Line: I could not read its reasons for its proofs
Subject(s): Saipan (island)


IT IS FOR THE WAKING MAN TO TELL HIS DREAMS       
First Line: In the stupors before sleep
Last Line: Because the fool's awake
Subject(s): Sleep


IT IS SPRING, DARLING       
First Line: It is spring, darling, and the five feathers


IT IS THE SAME PLACE ALWAYS ONCE AGAIN       
First Line: The most truth of what is most usual
Last Line: From which they turn once, and never again


IT IS TIME, YOU KNOW       
First Line: Someone I met %downtown today
Last Line: Now can you hear? %good-go to bed!


IT TOOK FOUR FLOWERBOATS TO CONVEY MY FATHER'S BLACK    Poem Text    
Last Line: Old salt of new, between black and triumph
Subject(s): Funerals


IT TOOK FOUR FLOWERBOATS TO CONVOY MY FATHER'S BLACK       
Last Line: Old salt of new, between black and triumph


JOE WITH A WOODEN LEG       
First Line: Joe with a wooded leg comes home
Last Line: Without %pity
Subject(s): Pity


JOHN THE FIRST       
First Line: King john the first %was terribly cursed
Last Line: He had his choice, and he liked the worst


JOSHUA ON EIGHTH AVENUE       
First Line: A man can survive anything except not caring
Last Line: More pieces than I can put to one %man


JOURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mounts on the living energy of grace


KEEPING       
First Line: Put a dog in a bottle. It won't bark
Last Line: And remember there is the bottle, and what's in it


KISS ME, HARDY       
First Line: The last of the unabashed tragedians


KNOTHOLE IN SPENT TIME       
First Line: I have to believe it's a limited society
Last Line: And what is, but this lingering back of ghosts?


KNOWING BITCHES       
First Line: I was spading a flower bed while the old dog
Last Line: The thing about bitches is knowing who you are
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


KNOWING BITCHES       
First Line: I was spading a flower bed while the old dog
Last Line: The thing about bitches is knowing who you are
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


L'INGLESE       
First Line: Walpole, traveling in the alps
Last Line: They, milord upon their backs
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains


LAMB       
First Line: A month before easter
Last Line: After the lamb had been wept for %its flesh was easter
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Lambs


LANDSCAPES OF MY NAME       
First Line: Like trumpets on a dry mountain, I blow
Last Line: From the muddy throat of the gulf
Subject(s): Names


LAST RITES       
First Line: A jay slants into a dogwood cloud, then out
Last Line: Now for then, at these stations of the air


LATE PEACHES       
First Line: Whatever this is of nature, the peach tree
Last Line: Inside each peach, stand by the tree and be
Subject(s): Fruit; Peaches


LAUNCELOT IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: That noon we banged like tubs in a blast from hell's mouth
Last Line: Because no other iron dared me whole
Subject(s): Arthurian Legend


LAUNCELOT IN HELL       
First Line: That noon we banged like tubs in a blast from hell's mouth
Last Line: Because no other iron dared me whole


LEAVING LONGBOAT KEY; IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM SLOANE, III       
First Line: The drawbridge blinks red, yawns. The airport limo
Last Line: I touch my inside pockets and feel my ticket
Subject(s): Farewell; Longboat Key, Florida


LESSON       
First Line: Of all the fleas that ever flew
Last Line: ((((and you'll be wiser when you do.)))) ))) )))


LESSON FOR TONIGHT       
First Line: Which is: when you do you things, do them right
Last Line: Know you've always been polite


LESSON IN MANNERS       
First Line: Someone told me someone said
Last Line: Don't be bad till you've been fed
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry And Poets


LETTER FOR THOSE WHO GREW UP TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who remembers now the backyards of our innocence
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


LETTER FOR THOSE WHO GREW UP TOGETHER       
First Line: Who remembers now the backyards of our innocence
Last Line: Are we ready yet? Is the pretense ended? May we advance now?


LETTER FROM A DEATH BED       
First Line: This afternoon, darling, when you were here
Last Line: To praise you as you are from all I have


LETTER FROM A METAPHYSICAL COUNTRYSIDE; FRANKFORD, MISSOURI       
First Line: A summer's pastoral looks on barn and bib
Last Line: Metaphysics must end in boredom or neuroses
Subject(s): Metaphysics; Missouri


LETTER FROM A PANDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing, the cross-haired sky tells lenses
Last Line: And loved you as god should
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


LETTER FROM A PANDER       
First Line: Nothing, the cross-haired sky tells the lenses
Last Line: And loved you as god should


LETTER FROM A RUBBER RAFT       
First Line: Every sleep is a new confusion of hope
Last Line: I may live another day
Subject(s): Disasters; Shipwrecks; Survival


LETTER FROM AN EMPTY HOUSE       
First Line: The hour pings like a bird hatched from a bell
Last Line: And cannot sleep, and then at last I do


LETTER FROM AN ISLAND       
First Line: I gave our difference 10,000 miles
Last Line: Stay hungry with my hunger, and we win
Subject(s): War


LETTER HOMEWARD       
First Line: Noon breaks to thunder and the iron hawk
Last Line: I wait impatiently my turn across these clouds


LETTER TO DANTE       
First Line: I'm doing you a wrong and well I know it
Last Line: That hell's the place where dante left argenti
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Translating And Interpreting


LETTER TO MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was good. You found your america. It was worth all
Last Line: But there will be no america discovered by analogy
Subject(s): Letters; Mothers; United States; America


LETTER TO MOTHER       
First Line: It was good. You found your america. It was worth all
Last Line: But there will be no americas discovered by analogy
Subject(s): Letters; Mothers; United States


LETTER TO VIRGINIA JOHNSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Our times, virginia, of which you are a doctor
Subject(s): Johnson, Virginia Eshelman (b. 1925)


LETTER TO VIRGINIA JOHNSON       
First Line: Our times, virginia, of which you are doctor
Last Line: And by a studious decision %be the mechanic of revision


LIMITS OF FRIENDSHIP; FOR JOE, THE SULLEN BASTARD       
First Line: Dinner was duckling with tangerine sauce
Last Line: After eveything possible had been said and done
Subject(s): Friendship - Selectivity


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not have exactly a way of life


LINES       
First Line: I did not have exactly a way of life
Last Line: And woke to find I had not lost my way


LINES FOR MYRA TO GROW TO       
First Line: A line drawn straight from my heart to your heart
Last Line: But see, I have said 'true.' -- so there is a moral


LINES WHILE WALKING HOME FROM A PARTY ON CHARLES STREET       
First Line: Suffer, do you? I think if wounds were art
Last Line: Has more basis in to breakfast than you to your nightmares


LITTLE ONE       
Last Line: To slide into %to nothing


LOGICIAN'S NOCTURNE       
First Line: The fundamental characteristic of matter
Last Line: Reason to prattle till you come to bed


LOUD PROUD SOMEONE       
First Line: Someone I knew was very proud
Last Line: Just so long as he stays away!


LOVE MAKES NO MUSIC    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is spring, darling, and the five feathers
Subject(s): Love


LOVE POEM       
First Line: I have labored for her love
Last Line: I can no longer beat time


LOVE SONNET: BELIEVING PART OF ALMOST ALL I SAY       
First Line: It was a day that licked envelope flaps
Last Line: No message. No medium. But still something to do


LOVING YOU IS SOMETHING TO DO       
First Line: Imagine having forever nowhere to go
Last Line: Until you smile and make me busy being


LUNG FISH       
First Line: In africa, when river beds
Last Line: On what we are while we learn it
Subject(s): Lung Fish


MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It goes, all inside. It keeps touching


MACHINE       
First Line: It goes, all inside itself. It keeps touching
Last Line: Of being inside itself, always that stink


MAGNUS       
First Line: A missionary from the mau maul told me
Last Line: Then he closes his fist and there is nothing there


MAN AND A WOMAN MIGHT AT THIS MOMENT       
Last Line: To waken a resonant place at the core of things


MAN CAME TUESDAY       
Last Line: What are you prepared to believe?


MAN WHO SANG THE SILLIES       
First Line: I met a man with a triple-chin


MANOCALZATTA (GLOVED HAND)       
First Line: Outside my mother's town in avellino
Last Line: Being convinced at last of my presence there


MARCH MORNING       
First Line: Black snow, the winter's excrement
Last Line: That shines, and is surprised it does not break


MASSACHUSETTS BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Go south from marblehead and weep for heroes
Subject(s): Massachusetts


MASSIVE RETALIATION; SAIPAN 1944-1945; AERIAL OFFENSIVE AGAINST JAPAN       
First Line: I gaped, admitted, at some what we did
Last Line: So far from home, almost beyond return
Subject(s): Air Raids; Air Warfare; Saipan (island); World War Ii


MATINS       
First Line: It froze in paris last night and a rag doll
Last Line: From which mad francis learned to be a priest


MEASUREMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've zeroed a barometer on the floor


MEASUREMENTS       
First Line: I've zeroed an altimeter on the floor
Last Line: The instruments of april in the seed


MEMO:PRELIMINARY DRAFT OF A PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER       
First Line: Sir, it is raining tonight in towson, maryland
Last Line: With the tv on you do not hear the rain


MEMOIR OF A ONE-ARMED HARP TEACHER       
First Line: Of my three certaintly most impassioned students
Last Line: Passion is a crippling hobby, a killing trade


MEMORIAL DAY       
First Line: Well,' they were saying, 'the war's over'
Last Line: There are pictures and parades for all the rest, %but you have to dream the buzzard
Subject(s): Holidays; Memorial Day


MEMORY OF THE SAD CHAIR       
First Line: All in a dream of the time it was
Last Line: We had shared that sadness, but what's the use?


MEN MARRY WHAT THEY NEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Last Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Subject(s): Love; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MEN MARRY WHAT THEY NEED       
First Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Last Line: Men marry what they need. I marry you
Subject(s): Love; Marriage


METROPOLITAN ICE CO.    Poem Text    
First Line: Metropolitan on watery calendars


MIDDLE CLASS POEM       
First Line: Some of the itme when nothing ever happens


MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: He runs in hnis sleep, snaps, leaps up, without
Last Line: Who know? His next kioll may be his to keep
Subject(s): Rabbits


MIDNIGHT       
First Line: He runs in his sleep, snaps, leaps up
Last Line: Who knows? His next kill may be his to keep


MINUS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of seven sparrows on a country wire
Last Line: Hawk in this now? Unchosen? Come to choose?
Subject(s): Sparrows; Hawks; Fathers & Sons


MINUS ONE       
First Line: Of seven sparrows on a country wire
Last Line: Again and again with your sparrows, father, and whose %hawk is this now? Unchosen? Come to choose?


MISS OLIVIA BRANTON       
First Line: I remember miss olivia branton, which
Last Line: About saying goodbye, when I got home I cried
Subject(s): Teaching And Teachers


MISS PRISS       
First Line: Whenever miss myra walks like this
Last Line: (if you guessed how it goes, then you know why)


MISSION    Poem Text    
First Line: On shadowy chairs. Now let one sudden spark


MISSOURI FABLE       
First Line: A man named finchley once
Last Line: You may, in logic, have to %accept his conclusion


MONDAY MORNING REVEILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Birdless, the blood red dawn the engines roar
Subject(s): Army Life; Drills & Minor Tactics


MONDAY MORNING: LONDON       
First Line: Sunlight crumbling from rooftops beheads
Last Line: All's well. All's well. All's well. All's well. All's well


MONSTER DEN       
First Line: I met your mummy long ago
Last Line: We turned into monsters, too!


MORE ABOUT PREPOSTERI       
First Line: Preposteri are born at birth
Last Line: In bands, and schools, and herds


MORNING       
First Line: A morning of the life there is
Last Line: Do as they say -- I'll meet you here tonight
Variant Title(s): Two Hours: 1. Mornin


MORNING IN THE PARK       
First Line: A green morning of indolence one hedge beyond
Last Line: In a multi-million stirring of affluent air, %adorations of my rich escape
Subject(s): Morning


MORNING: I KNOW PERFECTLY HOW IN A MINUTE YOU WILL STRETCH AND SMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: As pilots pay attention to the air
Last Line: Spills our precisions in us as we nod
Subject(s): Morning


MORNING: I KNOW PERFECTLY HOW IN A MINUTE YOU WILL STRETCH AND SMILE       
First Line: As pilots pay attention to the air
Last Line: Spins our precisions in us as we nod


MOST LIKE AN ARCH THIS MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most like an arch - an entrance which upholds
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MOST LIKE AN ARCH THIS MARRIAGE       
First Line: Most like an arch - an entrance which upholds
Last Line: In faultless failing, raised by our own weight


MR. & MRS.       
First Line: It came bone-time. The metric of ten thousand
Last Line: Which would be first, and each prayed for himself


MULE       
First Line: See what a trick this is: two meeting bloods
Last Line: Planners of species, pity your useful child
Subject(s): Asses And Mules; Genetics


MUMMY SLEPT LATE AND DADDY FIXED BREAKFAST       
First Line: Daddy fixed the breakfast
Last Line: I'd sooner eat the plate!


MUSEUM       
First Line: Age sits gracefully upon old canvasses


MUSIC MASTER       
First Line: My sons,' said a glurk slurping soup
Last Line: But don't spill. Like this, children -- oop!'


MUTTERINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have nothing more to say to my left arm


MUTTERINGS       
First Line: I may have no more to say to my left arm
Last Line: The questions come, and one of them is the answer


MY CAT, MRS. LICK-A-CHIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Some of the cats I know about
Last Line: No one knows it less than my cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


MY CAT, MRS. LICK-A-CHIN       
First Line: Some of the cats I know about
Last Line: And I'll tell you something about that: %no one knows it less than my cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


MY FATHER DIED IMPERFECT AS A MAN       
Last Line: My father's love, imperfect as a man
Subject(s): Fathers


MY FATHER'S WATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: One night I dreamed I was locked in my father's watch
Last Line: I saw my father's face frown through the glass
Subject(s): Dreams; Fathers; Watches; Nightmares


MY FATHER'S WATCH       
First Line: One night I dreamed I was locked in my father's watch
Last Line: I saw my father's face frown through the glass
Subject(s): Dreams; Fathers; Watches


MY TRIBE       
First Line: Everyone in my tribe hates
Last Line: Shall all finally kick all of your %heads. We are united


MYRA SONG       
First Line: Myra, myra, sing-song
Last Line: What a lot of her there are! %I love them all


MYSTIC RIVER; MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: The dirty river by religious explorers
Last Line: The death of gods, and makes a life of light - %that breaks,but calls a million birds to flight
Subject(s): Mystic River, Massachusetts


NAPPING BY THE FENCE       
First Line: A green-drooled cow all rumpled suede


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow came with dusk, building itself on windows
Last Line: Steel guitars played auld lang syne on oaho
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEW YEAR'S EVE       
First Line: Snow came with dusk, building itself on windows
Last Line: And one more number chanhed inside the mind
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIGHT CELESTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: You know the towns by neon. The plants and camps
Subject(s): City & Town Life


NIGHT FREIGHT, MICHIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Punctual to the midnight - lurch, ruck and chime
Last Line: From kalamazoo to the junction
Subject(s): Michigan; Railroads; Railways; Trains


NIGHT FREIGHT, MICHIGAN       
First Line: Punctual to the midnight - lurch, ruck and chime
Last Line: From kalamazoo to the junction
Subject(s): Michigan; Railroads


NIGHT MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: By blast and sputter and black oil on the grass


NIGHT PIECE FOR MY TWENTY-SEVENTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Punctually now, by all we learned at school
Last Line: Law is the last law to be understood
Subject(s): Army Life; Birthdays; Drills & Minor Tactics


NIGHT PIECE FOR MY TWENTY-SEVENTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Punctually now, by all we learned at school
Last Line: Law is the last law to be understood
Subject(s): Army Life; Birthdays


NIGHTMARE       
First Line: Just before dawn the world became a smother


NINE GRAY GEESE       
First Line: I saw nine gray geese flying by


NO WHITE BIRD SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Can white birds sing? An ornithologist
Subject(s): Birds


NO WHITE BIRD SINGS       
First Line: Can white birds sing? An ornithologist
Last Line: One sings from, colored to its accidents %which are never entirely accidents. Not when one sings


NOON: ROMAGNA    Poem Text    
First Line: You would never believe to watch this man
Last Line: The kingdoms and their kings are told about
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


NOTES       
First Line: I found myself at the conceptual tomb
Last Line: There will be experience and they should be noted


NOTHING IS REALLY HARD BIT TO BE REAL --'       
First Line: Now let me tell you why I said that
Last Line: Is only that sound which is exactly not music


O CHILD, DO NOT FEAR THE DARK AND SLEEP'S DARK POSSESSION       
First Line: O child, when you go down to sleep and sleep's secession
Last Line: Gleaming serenely and sleekly


OBIT       
First Line: After retired, for something to do
Last Line: Day after day when there is nothing to do


OBSOLESCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: My wife, because she day-dreams catalogues
Subject(s): Watches; Gifts & Giving


OBSOLESCENCE       
First Line: My wife, because she daydreams catalogues
Last Line: Programmed to project a 4-d god


OCTOBER: A SNOW TOO SOON       
First Line: The mower just back from the shop. Chrysanthemums


ODE FOR SCHOOL CONVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mechanically, the academic file
Last Line: Suggests the frosted cakes, and prefers lemon
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


ODE FOR SCHOOL CONVOCATION       
First Line: Mechanically, the academic file
Last Line: Suggests the frosted cakes, and prefers lemon
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


ODE FOR THE BURIAL OF A CITIZEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Recorder, tax collector, landlord, friends


OEDIPUS TYRANNUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Catharsis builds across the dreadful air
Last Line: Is turned – exclusive spotlight – on the high tragedian
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers


OEDIPUS TYRANNUS; FOR MY TEACHERS       
First Line: Catharsis builds across the dreadful air
Last Line: Is turned -- exclusive spotlight -- on the high tragedian


OF FISH AND FISHERMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish are subtle. Fishermen
Last Line: It needn't be? That's what you think
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


OF FISH AND FISHERMEN       
First Line: Fish are subtle. Fishermen
Last Line: It needn't be? That's what you think
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


OF HURRICANES, SUMMER DAYS, AND MISS MYRA       
First Line: Most of what a girl should be
Last Line: Hurricane's over. You're back again


OLD MAN       
First Line: When the old man who had bought all his wives
Last Line: Sun about him and learned he would die a lover


OLD MAN CONFESSES       
First Line: I have no cause, and god has not confessed
Last Line: Inside the fact had drained. And then he died


ON A PHOTO OF SGT. CIARDI A YEAR LATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sgt. Stands so fluently in leather
Last Line: The camera photographs the photographer;
Subject(s): World War Ii; Photography & Photographers; Soldiers; Second World War


ON A PHOTO OF SGT. CIARDI A YEAR LATER       
First Line: The sgt. Stands so fluently in leather
Last Line: The shadow under the shadow is never caught: %the camera photographs the cameraman
Subject(s): World War Ii


ON A PHOTOGRAPH OF A GERMAN SOLDIER DEAD IN POLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Grant him at the end his common humanity
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


ON BEING MUCH BETTER THAN MOST AND YET NOT QUITE GOOD ENOUGH       
First Line: There was a great swimmer name jack
Last Line: Who swam ten miles out - and nine back
Variant Title(s): On Being Much Better Than Most And Not Quite Good Enoug


ON BEING SURE AND OF WHAT       
First Line: Salmon are very sure
Last Line: Here ends this bestiary


ON FLUNKING A NICE BOY OUT OF SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I could teach you how ugly
Last Line: These sheepfaces to tuesday
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Timidity; Educators; Professors


ON FLUNKING A NICE BOY OUT OF SCHOOL       
First Line: I wish I could teach you how ugly
Last Line: Than all these martyred repentances from you
Subject(s): Teaching And Teachers; Timidity


ON LEARNING TO ADJUST TO THINGS       
First Line: Baxter bickerbone of burlington


ON LOOKING EAST TO THE SEA WITH A SUNSET BEHIND ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a detachment cool as the glint of light


ON LOOKING EAST TO THE SEA WITH A SUNSET BEHIND ME       
First Line: In a detachment cool as the glint of light
Last Line: To save unsaved. I practice the man in all, %clutching the world from the world to praise it


ON MEETING MISS B       
First Line: I should have something to say of/to this
Last Line: Pretension to one is an assertion of inhumanity


ON PASSION AS A LITERARY TRADITION       
First Line: Asked by a reporter out of questions
Last Line: And go home to nick yourself on poetry
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Passion


ON PASSION AS A LITERARY TRADITION       
First Line: Asked by a reporter out of questions
Last Line: And go home to nick yourself on poetry
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Passion


ON SENDING HOME MY CIVILIAN CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: -good duds, goodbye before I shut
Last Line: The postage to a lost address
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Veterans


ON SENDING HOME MY CIVILIAN CLOTHES       
First Line: Good duds, good-bye. Before I shut
Last Line: The postage to a lost address


ON SOMETHING LIKE THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY       
First Line: The devil that came closest was all sincerity


ON THE ISLAND       
First Line: Wading a summer edge, a naked love


ON THE ORTHODOXY AND CREED OF MY POWER MOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: All summer in power, outroaring the bull fiend
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Lawn Mowers


ON THE ORTHODOXY AND CREED OF MY POWER MOWER       
First Line: All summer in power, outroaring the bull fiend
Last Line: The dangerous blind beast tame in service
Subject(s): Mowing And Mowers


ON THE PATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The rose at the end of my tax structure


ON THE PATIO       
First Line: The rose at the edge of my tax structure
Last Line: And must be painstaken beyond nature


ON THE POET AS A DAMNED POOR THING       
First Line: I adored her and she giggled and I adored her
Last Line: She giggles and I died and still she giggled


ONE BETTY – FIVE SKULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The search lights caught your enemy and mine
Last Line: Turned down a wheel of dials, and fell, and burned
Subject(s): World War Ii; Saipan (island)


ONE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I lay in the grass and looked at the sky


ONE DULL THING YOU DID WAS TO DIE, FLETCHER; FOR FLETCHER PRATT       
First Line: To you, fletcher, from my dark house asleep
Last Line: Maudlin, but in the best that money can buy


ONE EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The stores wore christmas perfectly
Last Line: And bit by bit the page begins to fill
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Easter; Dogs


ONE EASTER NOT ON THE CALENDAR I WOKE       
Last Line: And bit by bit the page begins to fill


ONE JAY AT A TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I have never seen a
Last Line: I am! And here I go!
Subject(s): Bluejays


ONE JAY AT A TIME       
First Line: I have never seen a
Last Line: I am! And here I go!


ONE MORNING       
First Line: I remember my littlest one in a field
Last Line: So light-struck, flower-sparked-full between him and me


ONE NIGHT ON LAKE CHAUTAUQUA       
First Line: The lake, two miles out, was all fireflies


ONE WET IOTA       
First Line: I could see god once when I believed telling
Last Line: Start like that wet iota and become


ORDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gulls in wyoming, utah, follow the plows
Last Line: Put wings to a stomach and all the world is reached
Subject(s): Birds; Migration


ORDERS       
First Line: Gulls in wyoming, utah, follow the plows
Last Line: Put wings to a stomach and all the world is reached
Subject(s): Birds; Migration


OVERTHROW       
First Line: Under the cottonwoods
Last Line: Wishing her moonlight


P-151    Poem Text    
First Line: It fills the sky like wind made visible
Last Line: Her birth above the hill like a crowd's cheer
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


P-151       
First Line: It fills the sky like wind made visible
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators


PALAVER'S NO PRAYER       
Last Line: And throws rocks through the window


PEAKS       
First Line: One day when I was feeling absolutely healthy
Last Line: Absolute tibetans in an upper air of their best days to dream us whole
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: CHOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: George says he chooses poverty. That's rash
Last Line: I've an experienced aversion to it
Subject(s): Poverty; Life Choices


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: CHOICES       
First Line: George says he chooses poverty. That's rash
Last Line: I've experienced an aversion to it
Subject(s): Poverty


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: FOR CLAVIA ON A REJECTION SLIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your soul is full of yearning? So is this prose
Last Line: You set to tick and rhyme under my nose
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: FOR CLAVIA ON A REJECTION SLIP       
First Line: Your soul is full of yearning? So is this prose
Last Line: You set to tick and rhyme under my nose


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON AN EXALTED NONENTITY    Poem Text    
First Line: A summer's pastoral looks on barn and bib
Last Line: The eagle's ticks are airborne but no flyers
Subject(s): Flight; Ambition


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON AN EXALTED NONENTITY       
First Line: Must we believe that what ascends aspires?
Last Line: The eagle's ticks are airborne but no flyers


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON EVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Pithecanthropus erectus
Last Line: Could he see us, would reject us
Subject(s): Evolution


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: ON EVOLUTION       
First Line: Pithecanthropus erectus
Last Line: Could he see us, would reject us


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: PARENTHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: My son was insolent to me
Last Line: I hit him: libery is to defend
Subject(s): Discipline; Fathers & Sons


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: PARENTHOOD       
First Line: My son was insolent to me
Last Line: I hit him: liberty is to defend
Subject(s): Discipline; Fathers And Sons


PHILOSOPHICAL POEM       
First Line: The disease of civilization is not tools, citizen
Last Line: And columns of soldiers marching


PILOT IN THE JUNGLE       
First Line: Machine stitched rivets ravel on a tree
Last Line: Past heads and tails, past vertebrae and gill %to bedrocks out of time, with time to kill
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Jungles


PLEA       
First Line: I said to her tears: 'I am fallible and hungry
Last Line: Or starve yourself, and starve me, and be right


PLEASE DON'T TELL HIM       
First Line: I know and you know and billy knows, too
Last Line: If he doesn't know that-please, don't tell him so


PLEASE TELL THIS SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE       
First Line: Someone I know- %it might be you
Last Line: Before you fall through %or-goodbye! Boo-hoo!


PLEASE!       
First Line: Someone about %as big as a mouse
Last Line: Take a tip from me- %stop it!


PLEASE, JOHNNY!       
First Line: The shreek is a shiverous beast
Last Line: Nothing human could live through its boom. %it's as loud as a boy-and-a-half
Subject(s): Monsters


POEM FOR A SOLDIER'S GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever your mirrors tell you, morning and evening
Subject(s): War - Home Front


POEM FOR A SOLDIER'S GIRL       
First Line: Whatever your mirrors tell you, morning and evening
Last Line: Is not your image but your history


POEM FOR BENN'S GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL       
First Line: Whenever I have an appointment to see the assistant
Last Line: To be terrified by that thought and its possibilities
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


POEM FOR MY THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The clock that splits
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FOR MY THIRTY-NINTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Itchy with time in the dogday summer stew
Last Line: The stuck air open, like a death blown over
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FOR MY THIRTY-SECOND BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I have driven north after midnight, machined
Last Line: Anonymous as catacombs of you, %your unknown twin in the debris of time


POEM FOR MY TWENTY-NINTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the predawn throbs on engine sound
Last Line: The last compassionate necessity
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FOR MY TWENTY-NINTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Once more the predawn throbs on engine sound
Last Line: The last compassionate necessity
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEM FROM A HIRED ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: You press a switch - too sudden for a word


POET'S WORDS       
First Line: Language ends in the tongue's clay pit
Last Line: From what first wells our most thoughts think
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


POETRY (1)       
First Line: Whether or not you like it is not my
Last Line: Busyness, it does tell whether or not
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


POETRY (2)       
First Line: Death is everywhere in it. Yet
Last Line: An echo off the ice. %oompah!


POETRY (3)       
First Line: All poetry up to the present time
Last Line: Meant only, 'folks, our boys have won the trophy'


POOR LITTLE FISH       
First Line: There was a fish who was born in a cup
Last Line: I know someone, but I won't say


PORT OF AERIAL EMBARKATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no widening distance at the shore
Last Line: Corrects his role, his gesture, and his walk
Subject(s): Air Warfare


PORT OF AERIAL EMBARKATION       
First Line: There is no widening distance at the shore
Last Line: Each man looks down and sees he will not die
Subject(s): Air Warfare


POSSIBILITIES       
First Line: A week ago on longer clocks than ours
Last Line: When the last ape has grunted from his throat


POSTHUMOUS       
First Line: The honor guard at the tomb of the unknown citizen


PRAISE       
First Line: If the art is praise, do saints have it common


PRAISE OF GOOD POETS IN A BAD AGE; TO THE MEMORY OF WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: Any man -- god, if he had the money
Last Line: His news from bronze, most houses will come down
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


PRAYER TO THE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Of the electric guitar as a percussion instrument
Last Line: I ask as a son in thy son's name for my son


PROGRAM       
First Line: The emperor of sax, two eunuch tenors


PSALM       
First Line: I am thinking, sir, how many conversations


QUIRKS: 1. BREAKFAST ON THE PATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Not much but something; before the morning glories
Last Line: The phone rang. And the day trekked on and out
Subject(s): Breakfast


QUIRKS: 1. BREAKFAST ON THE PATIO       
First Line: Not much but something. Before the morning glories
Last Line: The phone rang. And the day trekked on and on


QUIRKS: 2. THAT AFTERNOON I REMEMBERED    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a photo of walt whitman posed
Last Line: Back through drowsy nowhere to nothing much
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


QUIRKS: 2. THAT AFTERNOON I REMEMBERED       
First Line: There is a photo of walt whitman posed
Last Line: Back through drowsy nowhere to nothing much
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


RAIN SIZES       
First Line: Rain comes in various sizes
Last Line: The big rain that rattles and roars


READ THIS BEFORE YOU COME IN       
First Line: Someone told the rhino it
Last Line: Yes, you, young man-get out!


READ THIS WITH GESTURES       
First Line: It isn't proper, I guess you know


REALITY AND WILLIE YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Reality and yeats were two
Last Line: Signals from some reality
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Reality; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


REALITY AND WILLIE YEATS       
First Line: Reality and yeats were two
Last Line: Signals from reality
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Reality; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


REASON FOR THE PELICAN       
Last Line: It's really quite a splendid beak %in quite a splendid size


RECORD CROWD AT BEACHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Delicatessen and carnival, the beach
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


REFLECTIONS WHILE OILING A MACHINE GUN    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of plato in a schoolroom dusk
Subject(s): Army Life; Memory; Drills & Minor Tactics


REPLY TO S.K.    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, barcelona in three thousand miles
Last Line: Crossed wide with danger where the armed men run
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


REPLY TO S.K.       
First Line: Yes, barcelona in three thousand miles
Last Line: Crossed wide with danger where the armed men run
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


REQUISITIONING       
First Line: There are no imperfect answers from perfect data
Last Line: The need that shall be given perfect answers


RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the searchlights beckon from the night
Last Line: Reel after reel of how a city burned
Subject(s): World War Ii; Saipan (island); Second World War


RETURN       
First Line: Once more the searchlights beckon from the night
Last Line: Reel after reel of how a city burned
Subject(s): World War Ii


RETURNING HOME       
First Line: I want to tell you a
Last Line: Across whatever room %I look at you


REVEILLE FOR MY TWENTY-EIGHTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now on the bluster and roil of the wind
Subject(s): Birthdays


REVERIE DURING BRIEFING    Poem Text    
First Line: The simplest memory is books by ferny windows
Subject(s): Army Life; Memory; Drills & Minor Tactics


REVERIE DURING BRIEFING       
First Line: The simplest memory is books by ferny windows
Last Line: And did not know the world they left was dead


RHETORIC FOR DANNY KEOUGH TO RECITE AT THE BAR       
First Line: Leaving -- for the present -- sunsets, bluebirds, pussywillows
Last Line: The bottle on the bar and a round on the house


RITE       
First Line: I wrote the president
Last Line: The same, then turned to go %with no viaticum


RITUAL FOR SINGING BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Must we believe that what ascends aspires?
Last Line: Into a misty forest of a cloud
Subject(s): Soldiers; Native Americans; World War Ii; Death


RITUAL FOR SINGING BAT       
First Line: One part indian, one part tennessee
Last Line: For a tennessee man who shot the sky -- and made it


RIVER IS A PIECE OF SKY       
First Line: From the top of a bridge
Last Line: The river has splashes, %the sky hasn't any


ROMAN DIARY: 1951       
First Line: A rag woman, half a child
Last Line: “if I go broke,” I said, “I'll rent a baby”
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Begging & Beggars


ROMAN DIARY: 1951       
First Line: A rag woman, half a child
Last Line: If I go broke, I said, I'll rent a baby
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


ROVER       
First Line: The rover arrived at a river
Last Line: What rock-wracking river's rage can?


RULES       
First Line: Whatever way a thing is done
Last Line: That is the rule of four times four


S.P.Q.R. A LETTER FROM ROME       
First Line: It does for the time of man to walk here
Last Line: And still a marble marriage pomps the light


S.P.Q.R.€”A LETTER FROM ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: It does for the time of man to walk here


SAIPAN       
First Line: In times like lenses, magnified and calm
Last Line: To be the following weathers of the dead
Subject(s): Saipan (island); World War Ii


SATURDAY       
First Line: The power-mown morning of this spang
Last Line: Pattern to newark, and then lunch


SATURDAY – MARCH 6    Poem Text    
First Line: One morning you step out, still in pajamas
Last Line: It's on the table and that's what day it is
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SEA BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the sea's crust of prisms looking up
Last Line: And ran on grass as if it could not die
Subject(s): Funerals - At Sea; World War Ii; Burials At Sea; Second World War


SEA BURIAL       
First Line: Through the sea's crust of prisms looking up
Last Line: The memory that kissed a mountain girl %and ran on grass as if it could not die
Subject(s): Funerals - At Sea; World War Ii


SEA MARSHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Marsh hummocks that were were a sabbath hill
Last Line: Worlds as worlds will be seen - in what light there is
Subject(s): Light


SEA MARSHES IN WINTER       
First Line: Marsh hummocks that were a sabbath hill
Last Line: World as worlds will be seen -- in what light there is


SEA SHINES       
First Line: The sea shines. Wind-raked, the waters run tight
Last Line: Of what abundance, on what hammered shore
Subject(s): Sea


SEA-BIRDS       
First Line: Sea-birds on a windy carousel
Last Line: Never saw the navies go


SELECTIVITY       
First Line: Now mist takes the hemlocks and nothing
Last Line: I do not hear it. I am listening selectively


SERENADE IN A DRUGSTORE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am my verified and proper self
Last Line: And home is where the cap comes off the bottle
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Veterans; Drug Store; Apothecary


SERENADE IN A DRUGSTORE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am my verified and proper self
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Veterans; Drug Store; Apothecary


SERENADE IN A DRUGSTORE       
First Line: I am my verified and proper self
Last Line: And home is where the cap comes off the bottle
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pharmacy And Pharmacists; Veterans


SERMON NOTES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's easy to walk out of hell. But there
Last Line: The anti-hell is not heaven but the void
Subject(s): Hell


SERMON NOTES       
First Line: It's easy to walk out of hell. But there
Last Line: The anti-hell's not heaven but the void
Subject(s): Hell


SHAFT       
First Line: At first light in the shadow, over the roach
Last Line: But one more scurry sounding down the shaft?


SHARK       
First Line: My dear, let me tall you about the shark
Last Line: Be careful where you swim, my sweet
Subject(s): Animals


SHORE PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is someone's deserted private beach
Last Line: I am my own wind to erase myself
Subject(s): Seashore


SHORE PIECE       
First Line: It is someone's deserted private beach
Last Line: I am my own wind to erase myself


SIT UP WHEN YOU SIT DOWN!       
First Line: Someone about as big as a bump
Last Line: And now he's the very best boy in town!


SITTING BULL AT THE CIRCUS       
First Line: The treaty broken again, the lands lost
Subject(s): Native Americans - History; Sitting Bull (hunkpapa Sioux Chief)


SIZE OF SONG       
First Line: Some rule of birds kills off the song
Last Line: To anything that sings


SLEEP (BY ROUSSEAU)       
First Line: The deer stand black by water, the lion's head
Last Line: The trees fall back and back into the dawn
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Rousseau, Theodore (1812-1867)


SLEEPLESS BEAUTY       
First Line: There once was a girl who never went to bed
Last Line: But what I feel most is: she just wasn't bright


SMALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Swatted by a custardy small thing
Subject(s): Size & Shape


SMALL       
First Line: Swatted a custardy small thing
Last Line: We could have loved through


SMALL BENN       
First Line: Look outside. Do you see small benn
Last Line: But we want you to know we'll miss you, benn


SMALL ELEGY       
First Line: I saw a bird pasted to muck
Last Line: We leave him guessing our first laws
Subject(s): Birds; Death - Animals


SNOWY HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: What lifts the heron leaning on the air
Last Line: Its heron back. All doubt all else. But praise
Subject(s): Herons


SNOWY HERON       
First Line: What lifts the heron leaning on the air
Last Line: Its heron back. And doubts all else. But praise
Subject(s): Herons


SOCIALIZING WITH A CREATURE       
First Line: Creature,' I said to the blue jay nesting
Last Line: Why not nest on the hardtop and be done?


SOME FIGURES FOR WHO I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Forget understanding. There will be none


SOME FIGURES FOR WHO MUST SPEAK       
First Line: Forget understanding. There will be none
Last Line: Wins this war must hunt that elk or starve


SOME SORT OF GAME       
First Line: Toy-maker ptolemy
Last Line: If any; this may be


SOMEONE ASKED ME       
First Line: What do you think a kite would do
Last Line: How would it drop? %flip... %flip... %flip... %flop!


SOMEONE AT MY HOUSE SAID       
First Line: Those things you have on the sides of your head
Last Line: And what I am saying is-time for bed!'


SOMEONE COULD WIN A POLAR BEAR       
First Line: I met a polar bear among the floes
Last Line: Someone could win a polar bear.-maybe you!


SOMEONE HAD A HELPING HAND       
First Line: Someone I know had a helping hand
Last Line: That it made me want to help you, too


SOMEONE LOST HIS HEAD AT BEDTIME BUT HE GOT IT BACK       
First Line: Someone said %that someone I knew
Last Line: One more? %good night!


SOMEONE MADE ME PROUD OF YOU       
First Line: Someone-I forget just who
Last Line: I hope that all he said was true!


SOMEONE SHOWED ME THE RIGHT WAY TO RUN AWAY       
First Line: Someone fast and someone slow
Last Line: And play a game-like joe, like jack


SOMEONE SLOW       
First Line: I know someone who is so slow
Last Line: #name?


SOMEONE WAS UP IN THAT TREE       
First Line: Someone up in a tree-that tree
Last Line: It was just part ape-was the other part you?


SOMETHING / NOTHING ANY LOVE CAN TELL       


SOMETIMES EVEN PARENTS WIN       
First Line: There was a young lady from gloucester
Last Line: Not at all - they were glad to have lost her


SOMETIMES I FEEL THIS WAY       
First Line: I have one head that wants to be good
Last Line: I wish I knew. They are both some fun


SOMETIMES RUNNING       
First Line: To yes nothing and


SOMETIMES THE FOUNDERING FURY       
First Line: Sometimes the foundering fury that directs
Last Line: There is no other body in all myth


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The bells of sunday rang us down
Last Line: And all seas were running late
Subject(s): War


SONG       
First Line: The bells of sunday rang us down
Subject(s): War


SONG FOR AN ALLEGORICAL PLAY       
First Line: Ah could we wake in mercy's name
Last Line: Shall rise, grown admirable, and be, %in mercy, each by each set free


SORROW OF OBEDIENCE       
First Line: The lieutenant ordered me to ask abdhul
Last Line: I was once more left to grieve for my imperfections
Subject(s): Obedience


SOUND TRACK JUMPS       
First Line: Book falls from the table crying 'leave me!'


SOUNDS       
First Line: Sin for my master's sake
Last Line: Hardly explain, says man


SPEED ADJUSTMENTS       
First Line: A man stopped by and he wanted to know
Last Line: For since that time he hasn't been late


SPRING IN THE STATUE SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring is open windows and molly picardo
Last Line: That later you remember was your own
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING IN THE STATUE SQUARE       
First Line: Spring is open windows and molly picardo
Last Line: And the boys needing to stretch
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Wake early to the early robin
Last Line: It is spring
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (1)       
First Line: Wake early to the early robin
Last Line: It is spring
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember by morning when the sun
Last Line: Thunder's artillery m\named the name of this spring
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING SONG (2)       
First Line: Do you remember by morning when the sun
Last Line: Thunder's artillery named the name of this spring
Subject(s): Spring


STARLET       
First Line: Tilda trimpett and her seventh stage name
Last Line: But made a wrong connection and went to the dogs
Subject(s): Actors And Actresses


STARRY HEAVENS, THE MORAL LAW       
First Line: Kant saw them as the two eternal sources of awe
Last Line: Who will stop by another man's life may need to sit down


STATEMENT       
First Line: Our fathers, whose art was heaven
Last Line: For yours is the kindling, and the pyre, and the storied endeavor. -- %a man


STATIONS       
First Line: An organization of clear purposes
Last Line: Country keep to the station
Subject(s): Rattlesnakes


STATIONS       
First Line: An organization of clear purposes
Last Line: Country kept to the stations
Subject(s): Rattlesnakes


STILLS AND RAPIDS OF YOUR NAKEDNESS       
Last Line: I start from wood to praise you and grow green
Subject(s): Desire; Nudity


STONE WITHOUT EDGES HAS NOT BEEN MINED       
Last Line: I love you of that health


STORM       
First Line: The morning after moonsnow, the bone dunes
Last Line: How it grows back to resemblance in a day


STRANGER IN THE PUMPKIN SAID       
Last Line: Go and get your candle lit


STYLES       
First Line: Assuming, in some dreamscape, some
Last Line: What time's left over drifts asprawl %on really nothing after all


SUBURBAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday mrs. Friar phoned. 'mr ciardi
Last Line: When even these suburbs will give up their dead
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Suburbs


SUBURBAN       
First Line: Yesterday mrs. Friar phoned. 'mr ciardi
Last Line: When even these suburbs shall give up their dead
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Suburbs


SUBURBAN HOMECOMING       
First Line: As far as most of what you call people, my darling, are
Last Line: If we do and if I stay to be (I doubt it) introduced, I'm still not going


SUCCESFUL SPECIES       
First Line: Horeshoe crabs, which are not crabs at all
Last Line: But the one success of species is to endure
Subject(s): Survival


SUITE FOR LOVE       
First Line: How shall I reach you till I have imagined


SUMMER EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The torches of the twilight blur
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


SUMMER SONG       
First Line: By the sand between my toes
Last Line: You must answer right or.....!


SUNDAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I light a cigarette, my dead mouth steaming


SURVIVAL IN MISSOURI       
First Line: When willie crosby died I thought too much
Last Line: I am beginning to understand %the rain


TAKE-OFF OVER KANSAS    Poem Text    
First Line: At first the fences are racing under. Horses and men
Last Line: That later you remember was your own
Subject(s): Air Travel


TAKE-OFF OVER KANSAS       
First Line: At first the fences are racing under. Horses and men
Last Line: That later you remember was your own
Subject(s): Air Travel


TALKING MYSELF TO SLEEP AT ONE MORE HILTON       
First Line: I have a country but no town
Last Line: It does. Or it will have to do


TEMPTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: St. Anthony, my father's holy man
Subject(s): Temptation; Devil; Temptation; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


TEMPTATION       
First Line: St. Anthony, my father's holy man
Last Line: I think the devil almost hooked his saint
Subject(s): Devil; Temptation


TEN MINUTES MY CAPTIVE       
First Line: A turtle, rattlesnake-backed but horny


TEN YEARS AGO WHEN I PLAYED AT BEING BRAVE       
First Line: Sleep was what deviled it. The days were easy
Last Line: A thousandth and a thousandth time again %come from the shapeless waters under time


TERZONE: BODY TO SOUL       
First Line: That grave, secretive, aspirant even, and bang-kneed
Last Line: Of today's air, to glitter me time and place


TERZONE: SOUL TO BODY       
First Line: That affable, vital, inspired even, and well-paid
Last Line: Look at him guzzle. He actually likes it here!


THANKS TO A BOTANIST       
First Line: Setting his camera to blink a frame
Last Line: Would be a visible symphony
Subject(s): Photography And Photographers


THAT SUMMER'S SHORE       
First Line: On the island, finding you naked and pearled


THE BIRD IN WHATEVER NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird with a name it does not itself
Last Line: Told of itself, whatever name is given
Subject(s): Names


THE BIRD IN WHATEVER NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird with a name it does not itself
Subject(s): Birds; Names


THE CARTOGRAPHER OF THE MEADOWS    Poem Text    
Last Line: As he moves to amber from his resinoujs drowning
Subject(s): Fields; Maps


THE CAT HEARD THE CAT-BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: One day, a fine day, a high-flying-sky day
Last Line: I don't see any cat-bird here
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE CATALPA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE CLOCK IN THE MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the blur of dimension, the past arriving
Last Line: In a cubic mirror. Which of ourselves shall we be?
Subject(s): Relativity; Mirrors


THE COW    Poem Text    
First Line: A greensweet breathing
Last Line: In a foreground of the hills
Subject(s): Cows


THE DAY OF THE PEONIES    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the day of the peonies. My dfaughter
Last Line: Of feasted day, half holy and half daft
Subject(s): Peonies


THE DEATHS ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU STIR IN SLEEP    Poem Text    
Last Line: Our best will be to dream of what we were
Subject(s): Love; Death; Fear; Sleep


THE DOLLAR DOG     Poem Text    
First Line: I had a dollar dog named spot
Last Line: But a lot of kinds to get for a dollar
Subject(s): Dogs


THE DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff
Last Line: Their eyes wide open forever. While all the children slept
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


THE DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff
Subject(s): Dolls; Dolls; Toys


THE EVIL EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nona poured oil on the water and saw the eye
Last Line: Though I had one already and the other came
Subject(s): Italy; Superstition; Italians


THE FOOLISH WING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is done now with bright thinness of upper air. Weight
Last Line: It is time's journalism only; we are reporting merely
Subject(s): Time Magazine


THE GIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1945, when the keepers cried kaput
Last Line: Is the gift beyond history and hurt and heaven
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


THE HEALTH OF CAPTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: The health of captains is the sex of war
Last Line: Sleep through the mornings where the captains rise
Subject(s): War; Sex Role


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I went through the forest without a tree
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE LAMB    Poem Text    
First Line: A month before easter
Last Line: Its flesh was easter
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Lambs; The Resurrection


THE LIMITS OF FRIENDSHIP; FOR JOE, THE SULLEN BASTARD       
First Line: Dinner was duckling with tangerine sauce
Subject(s): Friendship - Selectivity


THE LUNG FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In africa, when river beds
Last Line: On what we are while we learn it
Subject(s): Lung Fish


THE LUNGFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In africa, when river beds
Subject(s): African Lungfish


THE MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: There was this young fellow named chet


THE ONE DULL THING YOU DID WAS TO DIE, FLETCHER    Poem Text    
First Line: To you, fletcher, from my dark house asleep
Last Line: To you, fletcher, from my dark house asleep
Subject(s): Death


THE PILOT IN THE JUNGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Machine stitched rivets ravel on a tree
Last Line: To bedrocks out of time, with time to kill
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Jungles


THE PILOT IN THE JUNGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Machine stitched rivets ravel on a tree
Subject(s): Airplane Accidents; Air Warfare; Jungles; Air Crashes; Aeronautics - Accidents; Airplane Collisions


THE POET'S WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Language ends in the tongue's clay pit
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Language


THE PROJECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Three or four percent of all the ants


THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN    Poem Text    
Last Line: To quite a splendid size
Subject(s): Pelicans


THE SEA SHINES    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea shines. Wind-raked, the waters run tight
Last Line: Of what abundance, on what hammered shore
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE SHARK    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, let me tall you about the shark
Last Line: Be careful where you swim, my sweet
Subject(s): Sharks


THE SORROW OF OBEDIENCE       
First Line: The lieutenant ordered me to ask abdhul
Last Line: I was once more left to grieve for my imperfections
Subject(s): Obedience; Army Life; Dogs


THE STILLS AND RAPIDS OF YOUR NAKEDNESS    Poem Text    
Last Line: I start from wood to praise you and grow green
Subject(s): Love; Desire


THE STRANGER IN THE PUMPKIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Pumpkins


THINKING ABOUT GIRLS       
First Line: All day I been thinking girls
Last Line: Which came to nothing really. Where it began


THIS MORNING       
First Line: This morning in installment property
Last Line: His strew of announcements, and back to nothing to do


THIS MOVING MEANINGLESSNESS       
First Line: It is, I think a robin tinkling away
Last Line: It was not much song but may it repeat and repeat


THOUGHT ABOUT SHEIK BEDREDDEN       
First Line: I read in a tattered book about sheik bedreddin
Last Line: There must be something to say of that much death


THOUGHTS ON LOOKING INTO A THICKET    Poem Text    
First Line: The name of a fact: at home in that leafy world


THOUGHTS ON LOOKING INTO A THICKET       
First Line: The name of a fact: at home in that leafy world
Last Line: I speak from thickets and from nebulae: %till their damnation feed them, all men starve


THOUSANDTH POEM FOR DYLAN THOMAS       
First Line: Waking outside his babylonian binge
Last Line: Our addict, and our angel of defeat
Subject(s): Thomas, Dylan (1914-1953)


THREE A.M. AND THEN FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you like your life?
Last Line: Yawningly, “yes”. “yes”
Subject(s): Life; Likes & Dislikes


THREE A.M. AND THEN FIVE       
First Line: Do you like your life'
Last Line: Yawningly, 'yes. Yes'


THREE EGGS UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Three sunset eggs on a white plate
Subject(s): Eggs; War


THREE EGGS UP       
First Line: Three sunset eyes on a white plate
Last Line: The protein of eternity
Subject(s): War


THREE SONGS FOR CADAVER: 1       
First Line: Cadaver's a box of cold meat
Last Line: And the scholar has opened him wide
Subject(s): Corpses


THREE SONGS FOR CADAVER: 2       
First Line: Oh where is the soul in the meat?
Last Line: And what of the stuff of our wish?
Subject(s): Corpses


THREE SONGS FOR CADAVER: 3       
First Line: At that supper the paraclete
Last Line: The feast, and the feeder are one
Subject(s): Christianity; Corpses


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Good soul, my mother holds my daughter
Last Line: Leaving the trail of its going wet on the world
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 1       
First Line: Good soul, my mother holds my daughter
Last Line: Leaving the trail of its going wet on the world
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I see her in the garden, loam-knuckled in spring
Last Line: But she can be sure there is time for one more garden?
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 2       
First Line: I see her in the garden, loam-knuckled in spring
Last Line: But can she be sure there is time for one more garden?
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Three rainy days and the fourth one sunny
Last Line: But oh, if you could have seen it in that tree!
Subject(s): Mothers


THREE VIEWS OF MOTHER: 3       
First Line: Three rainy days and the fourth one sunny
Last Line: But oh, if you could have seen it in that tree!
Subject(s): Mothers


THURSDAY       
First Line: After the living, the attic. Then the rain
Last Line: But oh, children, what eyes our father had!


THURSDAY ALSO HAPPENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday when the leaves blew off the elm


THURSDAY ALSO HAPPENS       
First Line: Yesterday when the leaves blew off the elm


TIME IS THE LATE TRAIN INTO ALBANY    Poem Text    
Last Line: To get down to cases
Subject(s): Sex; Railroads; Time; Opportunity


TIME IS THE LATE TRAIN INTO ALBANY       
Last Line: To get down to cases
Subject(s): Railroads; Time


TIME LEAVES NO TIME WHEN YOU'RE A BOY       
First Line: Just being a boy takes all (about)
Last Line: Time leaves no time as a boy grows


TO A LOVELY LADY GONE TO THEORY       
First Line: You could be the beginning of treated birds
Last Line: Everything responding but in no sequence


TO A REVIEWER WHO ADMIRED MY BOOK       
First Line: Few men in any age have second sight
Last Line: But never doubt your gift. You are right! You are right!
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


TO A REVIEWER WHO ADMIRED MY BOOK       
First Line: Few men in any age have second sight
Last Line: But never doubt your gift. You are right! You are right!
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism


TO A YOUNG AMERICAN THE DAY AFTER THE FALL OF BARCELONA    Poem Text    
First Line: Boy with honor in your heart
Last Line: And leave your world to be undone
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Innocence; Evil


TO A YOUNG AMERICAN THE DAY AFTER THE FALL OF BARCELONA       
First Line: Boy with honor in your heart
Last Line: And leave your world to be undone
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


TO BE DELIVERED ON ARRIVAL       
First Line: I thought to send roses. Masses of roses


TO DUDLEY FITTS; SOME MORTAL LINES WHILE LYING IN BED WITH SACROLILIAC       
First Line: Patience, dudley. We are two dried paltries
Last Line: Old paltry bones, these two sticks clacked together
Subject(s): Aging; Fitts, Dudley (1903-1968)


TO JUDITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now by a ritual of legality
Subject(s): Marriage; Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TO JUDITH ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, darkened in sleep, turned from the moon
Last Line: Time still must tick this, I am, we are are
Subject(s): Sleep; Time; Togetherness


TO JUDITH ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, darkened in sleep, turned from the moon
Subject(s): Sleep


TO JUDITH ASLEEP       
First Line: My dear, darkened in sleep, turned from the moon
Last Line: Saga and century, sleep in familiar-far. %time still must tick this is, I am, we are
Subject(s): Sleep


TO LUCASTA, ABOUT THAT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A long winter from home the gulls blew
Last Line: Which is called (as noted) war. And it stinks
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


TO LUCASTA, ABOUT THAT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A long winter from home the gulls blew
Subject(s): War; World War Ii; Second World War


TO LUCASTA, ABOUT THAT WAR       
First Line: A long winter from home the gulls blew
Last Line: Which is called (as noted) war. And it stinks
Subject(s): World War Ii


TO MY STUDENTS; LAST CLASS, LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are dancing the rain dance in bali
Last Line: Go out and make a dollar, and god will love you
Subject(s): Schools; Advice; Students


TO MY STUDENTS; LAST CLASS, LAST WORDS       
First Line: They are dancing the rain dance in bali
Last Line: Go out and make a dollar, and god will love you
Subject(s): Schools


TO ONE 'INVESTIGATED' BY THE LAST SENATE COMMITTEE, OR THE NEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: And though the walls have ears
Last Line: To make a craven safety / count for honor's part
Subject(s): Mccarthyism; United States - Congress - Senate


TO ONE 'INVESTIGATED' BY THE LAST SENATE COMMITTEE, OR THE NEXT       
First Line: And though the walls have ears
Last Line: To make a craven safety %count for honor's part
Subject(s): Mccarthyism; U.s. - Congress - Senate


TO W.T. SCOTT; WITH THANKS FOR A POEM       
First Line: I like that poem, win. There's a green world in it
Last Line: The eighth day of the world, by a man told
Subject(s): Scott, Winfield Townley (1910-1968)


TO WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward I had expected reminders: somewhere in the dakota's carpet
Last Line: Men going nowhere, hands pocketed, heels kicking the wall
Subject(s): Middle West; Travel; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States; Journeys; Trips


TO WESTWARD       
First Line: Westward I had expected reminders: somewhere in the dakota's carpet
Last Line: Men going nowhere, hands pocketed, heels kicking the wall
Subject(s): Middle West; Travel


TOMMY'S POND    Poem Text    
First Line: Frogs' eggs in globular clusters
Last Line: Unsaid as galaxies. In any pond
Subject(s): Ponds


TOMMY'S POND       
First Line: Frogs' legs in globular clusters
Last Line: Unsaid as galaxies. In any pond


TRAFFIC VICTIM SENDS A SONNET OF CONFUSED THANKS TO GOD       
First Line: Please do not think of me as a surly guest
Last Line: To say you host a sweet world, all in all


TRAGEDY-MAKER       
First Line: Everything you/I do in the natural course
Last Line: Poor sufferer at everything, and at last done


TREE       
First Line: There was a tree whose leaves were flowers
Last Line: And saw its fruit -- like shrunken heads


TREE TRIMMING    Poem Text    
First Line: There's this to a good day's sweat
Last Line: A whole wood and touch no memory
Subject(s): Trees


TREE TRIMMING       
First Line: There's this to a good day's sweat
Last Line: He who could sweat down, tree by tree, %a whole wood and touch no memory
Subject(s): Trees


TRENTA-SEI OF THE PLEASURE WE TAKE .. EARLY DEATH OF KEATS       
First Line: It is old school custom to pretent to be sad
Last Line: Pale, dying poet, fading as soft as rhyme, %the saddest music keeps the sweetest time
Subject(s): Customs, Social; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry And Poets


TRUE OR FALSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard as the olympian quelque chose


TRUE OR FALSE       
First Line: Real emeralds are worth more than synthetics
Last Line: From a truth too late. Iknow the principle


TRYING TO FEEL SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is always trying to feel something
Last Line: Although I drink it anyway for something to do?
Subject(s): Judges; Youth; Conduct Of Life; Judgments


TRYING TO FEEL SOMETHING       
First Line: Someone is always trying to feel something
Last Line: Though I drink it anyway for something to do?


TWENTY-THREE SKIDOO       
First Line: When we were grown up the swinging doors


TWICE, AWAY FROM JACK, I THOUGHT OF HIM       
First Line: Once in snowed-in winter I was caught
Last Line: Of its own carved canyon -- and I thought of jack


TWO DRY POEMS: DROUGHT       
First Line: Will prayer temper the wind to the shorn lamb?
Last Line: My tongue cracks when I call thee, israel


TWO DRY POEMS: PRAYING FOR RAIN IN A CRACKED FIELD       
First Line: Few get wet by it. Nevertheless, the fact
Last Line: And, while the words lift, has its kingdom come


TWO EGRETS    Poem Text    
First Line: On easter morning two egrets
Last Line: And the idea of prayer
Subject(s): Egrets; Prayer


TWO EGRETS       
First Line: On easter morning two egrets
Last Line: Turned the air -- a prayer %and the idea of prayer
Subject(s): Egrets; Prayer


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 1. THE ABSTRACT CALORIE       
First Line: A doughnut is no sculpture
Last Line: Ten ton concrete doughnuts
Subject(s): Doughnuts; Donuts


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 1. THE ABSTRACT CALORIE       
First Line: A doughnut is no sculpture
Last Line: Especially that of people who assert %ten ton concrete doughnuts
Subject(s): Doughnuts


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 2. THE TITLE OF THE LAST POEM WAS WRONG AGAIN       
First Line: To trap a chipmunk put a bait of nuts
Last Line: Difference, but hopeless not to
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TWO FOR GERTRUDE KASLE: 2. THE TITLE OF THE LAST POEM WAS WRONG AGAIN       
First Line: Put a dot in an infinite plain
Last Line: Difference, but helpless not to


TWO HOURS: 1. EVENING       
First Line: The low-fi scrapes the phrases from the strings
Last Line: They still may learn. Come here. We'll show them how


TWO POEMS FOR BENN: 1. ROMPING       
First Line: Silly, all giggles and ringlets and never
Last Line: All right. Once more, then. But just once. You hear?


TWO POEMS FOR BENN: 2. STOPPED SUDDENLY THAT HE IS BEAUTIFUL       
First Line: It happens at once and unthought of: what bumbled zooms
Last Line: To cry: 'my son! My son! I am well traded!'


TWO SONGS FOR A GUNNER: 1. FIRING TRACERS       
First Line: When I was dangerous tracers leaped from me
Last Line: And luminous a sperm I spend in play


TWO SONGS FOR A GUNNER: 2. BEING FIRED AT       
First Line: When I was danger's the tracers' endless
Last Line: How deep an egg I curled it very well


UGLINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The windows I see into
Last Line: What tear shall I ever / be some of a man to?
Subject(s): Cousins; Youth; Juvenile Delinquency


UGLINESS       
First Line: The windows I see into
Last Line: What tear shall I ever %be some of a man to?


USELESS KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: To trap a chipmunk put a bait of nuts
Last Line: It is useless knowledge, but what other is there?
Subject(s): Knowledge


V-J DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the tallest day in time the dead came back
Last Line: Wheels jammed and flaming on a metal sea
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


V-J DAY       
First Line: On the tallest day in time the dead came back
Last Line: On the tallest day in time we saw them coming %wheels jammed and flaming on a metal sea
Subject(s): World War Ii


VAGARY OF THE SIMPLE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: The technicolor virgin sang


VALE (TO IRWIN SWERDLOW)       
First Line: Cambridge, an outdoor library stack full of books
Last Line: All we are sure of is goodbye, goodbye
Subject(s): Farewell


VERBAL GENERATION       
First Line: As the hostess said
Last Line: About being a generation


VISIBILITY ZERO    Poem Text    
First Line: All day with mist against the hurdling wind
Last Line: We need not waken what we need not see
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


VISIBILITY ZERO       
First Line: All day with mist against the hurdling wind
Last Line: We need not waken and we need not see
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii


VISIT FOR AUNT FRANCESCA       
First Line: Pigment of wax apples bleeds into
Last Line: And footsteps sounding on our last goodnights


VODKA       
First Line: Vodka, I hope you will note, is
Last Line: Seems to be coming of that
Subject(s): Drinks And Drinking


WAFFLEBUTT    Poem Text    
First Line: Reveille rung on the telephone awakes
Last Line: Where day and day destroys us after all
Subject(s): Army Life; Drills & Minor Tactics


WAFFLEBUTT       
First Line: Reveille rung on the telephone awakes
Last Line: Where day and day destroys us after all
Subject(s): Army Life


WARD THREE: FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: I only had a tack hammer, an ice pick, faith
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


WARD THREE: FAITH       
First Line: I had only a tack hammer, an ice pick, faith


WARNING ABOUT THE PREPOSTEROUS       
First Line: The hairy-nosed preposterous %is lost. His three fat tails
Last Line: And have to go live at the zoo


WAS A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ted roethke was a tearing man
Last Line: From the town's biggest crooks
Subject(s): Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963)


WAS A MAN       
First Line: Ted roethke was a tearing man
Last Line: Of what words are, found time and place %in saginaw, in michigan
Subject(s): Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963)


WASHING YOU FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: Washing you feet is hard when you get fat
Last Line: It is sad to be fat and have dirty feet
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Feet; Obesity


WASHING YOU FEET       
First Line: Washing you feet is hard when you get fat
Last Line: It is sad to be fat and to have dirty feet
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Feet; Obesity


WATCHING A KETTLE BOIL       
First Line: Watching a kettle boil, a puddle
Last Line: How life will dare itself from any wet


WEEK THAT WAS       
First Line: The pet shops were advertising non-rabid bats
Last Line: Comment? No comment. This is pure mood


WHAT DID YOU LEARN AT THE ZOO       
First Line: What did I learn at the zoo?
Last Line: (and so is a bag of peanuts


WHAT JOHNNY TOLD ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to play with billy. He
Last Line: A true good friend is a lot of fun!
Subject(s): Friendship


WHAT JOHNNY TOLD ME       
First Line: I went to play with billy. He
Subject(s): Friendship


WHAT SOMEONE SAID WHEN HE WAS SPANKED ON THE DAY BEFORE HIS BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Some day %I may %pack my bag and run away
Last Line: -but right now I think I'll stay


WHAT SOMEONE TOLD ME ABOUT BOBBY LINK       
First Line: What do you think %of bobby link?
Last Line: That he isn't dry yet. %-I hope he didn't drown


WHAT WAS HER NAME?       
First Line: Someone must make out the cards
Last Line: Someone will do the work %she used to do better


WHAT WORLD IT IS THE CROCODILE MAY KNOW       


WHATCHAMACALLIT       
First Line: There once was a thingumajig
Last Line: But it stayed and turned into a pig


WHEN A MAN DIES       
First Line: When a man dies angels tick
Last Line: Of -- whatever it was about
Subject(s): Death


WHEN I AM NOT DEAD       
First Line: When I am not dead I
Last Line: Not know it) waiting


WHILE I WAS SHAVING       
First Line: Daddy, you know that billy fitch?
Last Line: Someday will I be rich as you?


WHY DON'T YOU WRITE FOR ME?       
First Line: For you, or of you? It can't be
Last Line: And nothing can feed you better


WHY I HAVE TO WAIT ALL DAY TO KISS BENN       
First Line: Being a boy begins with noise
Last Line: Y-a-w-n!-and that's when I get my kiss


WHY NOBODY PETS THE LION AT THE ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning that the world began
Subject(s): Lions


WIDGEONRY (AND WHY SHOULDN'T YOU USE YOUR DICTIONARY?)       
First Line: A widgeon in a wicopy
Last Line: A widowed widgeon was


WIND       
First Line: The morning after the night before
Last Line: Till I opened a window and kicked it out
Subject(s): Wind


WINTER MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: November and trees blown bare and leaves stippling
Last Line: For wisdom, there is the sunlight falling unbent across such fury
Subject(s): Winter


WINTER MUSIC       
First Line: November and trees blown bare and leaves stippling
Last Line: For wisdom, there is the sunlight falling unbent across such fury
Subject(s): Winter


WORD ABOUT THE TRUE-PREPOSTEROUS       
First Line: The true-preposterous is a beast
Last Line: And in the park and square, sir


WOULDN'T YOU?    Poem Text    
First Line: If I / could go
Last Line: I'd go!
Subject(s): Imagination; Wind; Farewell; Fancy


WOULDN'T YOU?       
First Line: If I %could go
Last Line: I'd go!
Subject(s): Imagination; Wind


YET NOT TO LISTEN TO THAT SUNG NOTHING       
First Line: I woke in florida, late and lazy, my sill
Last Line: From winter again, sings, and a man, wakened, hears


YOU KNOW WHO       
First Line: You-know-who knows all there is
Last Line: That's just what I mean,' said you-know-who