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Author: COLE, HENRI
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Cole, Henri    Poet's Biography
173 poems available by this author


26 HANDS       
First Line: Thus are we when gathering together
Last Line: So hard to swallow it unshackles us


40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Opening a vein he called my radial
Last Line: Rubbed my arm, which, once, pricked, had tingled, then bruised
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS       
First Line: Opening a vein he called my radial
Last Line: Rubbed my arm, which, once pricked, had tingled then bruised
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


A HALF-LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no sun today
Last Line: Even the gulls above the silver ferry
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


ADAM DYING       
First Line: Though the most we can say is that it is
Last Line: Mothers hunt among the decomposing dead


AIX       
First Line: Henceforth what had lain - in the detestable square
Last Line: In a tapestry anonymous - and faded as the human race


AMERICAN GIRL       
First Line: On the beachroad %to the paradise discotheque


AMERICAN KESTREL       
First Line: I see you sitting erect on my fire escape
Last Line: Nor abstract, like the moon breaking through the pines


ANAGRAM       
First Line: Scrawling the letters of my name
Last Line: Corn, rice &eel. %all I was I could feel


ANAGRAM       
First Line: Scrawling the letters of my name
Last Line: All I was I could feel


AND HE KISSED ME WITH THE KISSES FROM HIS MOUTH       
First Line: In the yellow cottage
Last Line: Undressed greedily %before me


ANNULMENT       
First Line: After a time, because they could not love


APE HOUSE, BERLIN ZOO       
First Line: Are the lost like this, %living not like a plant, an inch to drink each week
Last Line: Spitting mouthfuls of water into the face of the loved one, %the only thing to suffer for


APOLLO: 1       
First Line: With a shriek gulls fled across a black sky
Last Line: A fly investigating my wet face


APOLLO: 10       
First Line: To write what is human, not escapist
Last Line: Do not be anxious. The hand remembers them


APOLLO: 11       
First Line: When I was a boy our father cooked
Last Line: In the endless dragging of chains that signifies love


APOLLO: 12       
First Line: Morning of puritans. Ice on the pond
Last Line: The ineffable tongue arouses itself


APOLLO: 13       
First Line: I am here. I will always succor you'
Last Line: Poor apollo: nothing he loves can live


APOLLO: 14       
First Line: This is not a poem of resurrection
Last Line: I might have been, not liquid, not pent in


APOLLO: 2       
First Line: Stay married, god said. One marriage
Last Line: Of ecstasy forever. Don't fornicate


APOLLO: 3       
First Line: Hefting me onto him %he let me cling on
Last Line: I could feel like a stump %where love had been


APOLLO: 4       
First Line: The search for a single dominant gene
Last Line: Is a body contained by something bodiless


APOLLO: 5       
First Line: Knowledge enormous makes a god of me'
Last Line: Like a man whose being has miscarried


APOLLO: 6       
First Line: On the sand there were dead things from the deep
Last Line: On vellum after inking out what came before


APOLLO: 7       
First Line: Walking in woods, I found him bound to a tree
Last Line: Smearing out the white surplices of acolytes


APOLLO: 8       
First Line: Dirt so fine it is like flour
Last Line: In the mouth %dirt so fine it is like flour


APOLLO: 9       
First Line: All I want is to trust a man with plain
Last Line: And sounds are not what I feel. Make me a man


APOSTASY       
First Line: Father, when, when, when will you lift me
Last Line: Dirty baby needs you to teach him how to chew


ARTE POVERA       
First Line: In the little garden of villa sciarra
Last Line: My soul-animal prefers the choke-chain


AT THE GRAVE OF ELIZABETH BISHOP       
First Line: I, detaching myself from the human I, henri
Last Line: Like hadrian reunited with the place he loved


BEACH WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: I found a baby shark on the beach.
Subject(s): Seaside


BEARDED IRISES       
First Line: I was a stranger and you welcomed me
Last Line: Could be as good as what came before


BEAVERS AT SWEET BRIAR       
First Line: Big brown bats


BIBLICAL GARDEN       
First Line: Everything looked authentic and frail


BIRD SHOW AT AUBAGNE       
First Line: The lovebirds were shouting at us when we arrived
Last Line: To which wisdom's deep voice -- 'je suis socrate' -- replied


BIRTHDAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I was a boy, we called it punishment
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


BLACK JACKET       
First Line: At the hunt club, two architects
Last Line: Folding over the gated prison


BLACK MANE       
First Line: Do you hear him, how he's asking
Last Line: Must remember the flesh it once was


BLUE GROTTO       
First Line: Curlyhead was bellowing puccini
Last Line: To overcome the stick that is the body


BOWL OF LILACS       
First Line: My lilacs died today, floating in a bowl
Last Line: Saturated and raw as a bowl of lilacs


BOY'S LIFE       
First Line: Nappin pretzeled in plain old coach class


BUDDHA AND THE SEVEN TIGER CUBS       
First Line: Holding a varnished paper parasol
Last Line: Mother who abandons them forever


BUOYANT ENDING       
First Line: On an evening slumberous as this


CABBAGE BUTTERFLY       
First Line: Something like volcanic ash wafted in air.
Last Line: To my brow, it was lighter than a dollar, %yet nourished me like manna where I stood.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


CAESAR       
First Line: Nose pressed against the glass


CANARD       
First Line: No rapture exceeds driving south in august


CAPE COD ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it is only words


CAPE COD ELEGY       
First Line: Now it is only words


CARNATIONS       
First Line: At the pool he writes
Last Line: Far off, an ambulance %wails on the horizon


CARNATIONS       
First Line: At the pool he writes
Last Line: Wails on the horizon
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


CASABLANCA LILY       
First Line: It has the odor of mother leaving
Last Line: Caught in the stranglehold of her mind


CHARITY       
First Line: Naked but for dainty shoes, garter
Last Line: Knocked from the bed, she will not break


CHERRY BLOSSOM STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Draping my body in the usual sterile manner,


CHIFFON MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I am lying in bed with my mother
Last Line: If it's suffering or joy behind her tears
Variant Title(s): Chiffon Morning: I
Subject(s): Mothers


CHIFFON MORNING       
First Line: I am lying in bed with my mother
Last Line: If it's suffering or joy behind her tears
Variant Title(s): Chiffon Morning:
Subject(s): Mothers


CHIFFON MORNING: II       
First Line: In the oily black barbecue smoke,
Last Line: To sex, and peace, like an arrow, found us.


CHIFFON MORNING: III       
First Line: How many nights did I throw my arms around
Last Line: Whom she cradled. Father was out of town.


CHIFFON MORNING: IV       
First Line: On the mowed grass, I once posed in black tie;
Last Line: In a suburban dream house, for sale now.


CHIFFON MORNING: V       
First Line: As the cuckoo clock crows in the kitchen,
Last Line: My guilt seemed vain compared to what she felt.


CHIFFON MORNING: VI       
First Line: Mother is naked and holding me up
Last Line: If it's suffering or joy behind her tears.


CHILDLESSNESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For many years I wanted a child
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


CHILDLESSNESS       
First Line: For many years I wanted a child
Last Line: Dismal and greedy like the sea, to reclaim me


CHRISTMAS IN CARTHAGE       
First Line: The great hobbler is pain; not age
Last Line: Where there is a life, an everyman's paradise %of open-air porticoes and fruit and love and crematio


CHRISTOLOGICAL YEAR       
First Line: The record skips in the parlor
Last Line: Letting fall a kind of purple, metaphysical spray


CLEANING THE ELEPHANT       
First Line: Thirsty and pale, her face lowered in concentration
Last Line: And a red sun wraps everything in gold


COASTGUARD STATION       
First Line: At dawn, a few recruits have a smoke
Last Line: I hate what I am and I hate what I am not


COCONUTS AND PINK PAJAMAS       
First Line: A turtle-town of quonset huts


COLLOQUY       
First Line: All night I have slept by you
Last Line: Like moths singed by flame


COLOR OF FEELING AND THE FEELING OF COLOR       
First Line: While others were discussing %the styles of metopes
Last Line: The slope of a volcano, %a dolphin cut the sea


COLOR OF FEELING AND THE FEELING OF COLOR       
First Line: While others were discussing
Last Line: A dolphin cut the sea


CRAYOLA       
First Line: Pixilated %beneath a cloud-burst
Last Line: Across blue tiles, shampoo %stinging my eyes


DESERT DAYS ON THE RESERVOIR       
First Line: Talking town but always
Last Line: Catch the rising stars!'


DIANA AND THE ADDER       
First Line: Are asleep daintily on the lawn


DOROTHY'S FOSSILS       
First Line: Ninety million years ago a duck-billed


EATING FIGS UNDER THE WHITE ROCKS       
First Line: You were saying something about your father
Last Line: Or even you, who would betray me -- could ever return again


EMBERS        Recitation by Author


ETNA       
First Line: Who are you, whose pornographic voice
Last Line: Come, unlace my boots; I chose you


EX-VOTO       
First Line: At the garden party all talk
Last Line: Peaceably into the air, like women %taking baskets home, unadmittedly heavy


FATHER'S JEWELRY BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Home for a weekend retreat
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


FATHER'S JEWELRY BOX       
First Line: Home for a weekend retreat


FOLLY       
First Line: In the doria pamphili garden
Last Line: Their bloody embryos


FOUND SONNET ON A POSTCARD FROM MILWAUKEE       
First Line: My problems with monty have abated


GIALLO ANTICO       
First Line: None of the indolent christians could see
Last Line: Who is master of pain because he is not human


GONDOLAS       
First Line: It has been so long since he left his country
Last Line: Pummelling columbus's three little ships, %trying and trying to be lifted by it
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


GRAVITY AND CENTER    Poem Text    


GRAVITY AND CENTER       
First Line: I'm sorry I cannot say I love you when you say
Last Line: Or the sound of water poured in a bowl


GREEN SHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: With my head on his spotted back
Subject(s): Deer


GULLS       
First Line: Naked, hairy, trembling, I dove into the green
Last Line: I was straightening all that I had made crooked


HALF-LIFE       
First Line: There is no sun today
Last Line: Theirs is a world of joy trancing %even the gulls above the silver ferry
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


HARVARD CLASSICS       
First Line: It is the hour of lamps
Last Line: Remind us one swallow %doesn't make a summer


HEART OF THE MONARCH       
First Line: Lesser fritillaries or crescents might


HOLIDAY       
First Line: Another gemmy beginning


HOMOSEXUALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: First I saw the round bill, like a bud
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


HORSES       
First Line: Setting out on my bicycle alone
Last Line: How I yearned for my neck to be brushed


HOUSE GUEST LOOKS AT LOVE AND LIFE       
First Line: At other people's houses, at motels
Last Line: In a jar, shone its gaudy light through him


HOUSEKEEPER AND THE HANDYMAN       
First Line: The old port's modern armada
Last Line: A coded sentence of survival to the armada


IMMACULATE MARY BREATHES THE AIR WE BREATHE       
First Line: Immaculate mary breathed the air we breathed
Last Line: Even though I knew nothing could change me


INSOMNIA       
First Line: At night by lamplight certain insects
Last Line: We huddled together in the dark backward of the night


IRRADIATION       
First Line: The evening began like any other
Last Line: Like madeleine's cooing in her crib


JEALOUSY       
First Line: I, putative poet, I
Last Line: This is my autopsy


KATRINA'S BEDROOM       
First Line: Waterpots of the sky
Last Line: Ignorant thought in the mansion, %undisturbed, burns on and on


KID WAS ALREADY NOXIOUS CARRION       
First Line: The kid was already noxious carrion
Last Line: His would-be punisher, blessed be he, the holy one


LAND OF LEMONS       
First Line: Under burnt orange ceramic roofs
Last Line: Us and the wild unaffected poppies


LIMO-ANGEL       
First Line: Zigzagwise across the beltway


LINES ON SEEING A LOCK OF KEAT'S HAIR       
First Line: Bittersweet as fall, magnificent fall


LITTLE G MINOR LAMENT       
First Line: At the flea market a friend paid
Last Line: Atom, fission, radiation


LONG VIEW       
First Line: What I fear most are ordinary things
Last Line: Made of bronze or adirondack branches, I do not care


LOOK OF THINGS       
First Line: If my family has regrets
Last Line: Let it be love that tips the glass


LOST BEE       
First Line: In the hills, a boy drove a donkey cart
Last Line: Why must god always side with the brave?


LOST IN VENICE       
First Line: Across the continent the operator


MARBLE QUEEN       
First Line: Beneath the whorish scent of magnolia


MARE       
First Line: I remember the shade where I found her


MARIUS, SON OF SARKIS, NAMED FOR THE ROMAN CONSUL, SAVIOR       
First Line: Is feeding his canaries on the terrace
Last Line: Like a babel of sailors, will sing him %some vain reply


MEDUSA       
First Line: A vulture rose and flapped across the sand
Last Line: Obscuring pleasure in a flesh tunnel


MELON AND INSECTS       
First Line: Pedaling home at twilight, I collided
Last Line: Before sleep, waiting to show my drawing


MESMERISM       
First Line: Long afterward, people would say blandly
Last Line: All tht I am was membrane and nails


MIDNIGHT SAILING ON THE CHESAPEAKE       
First Line: The lavish canopy of crape myrtles


MIMOSA SENSITIVA       
First Line: Polishing your eyeglasses, I try them on
Last Line: And little beads run out, as from a draining bird


MINIMUM CIRCUS       
First Line: From the marks on their coats
Last Line: Well, this is what life is supposed to be


MIRROR       
First Line: After a season of war, darkness retreated
Last Line: Like a juicy's worm in straw, it wanted to be fed


MY SWEETEST LESBOS       
First Line: Erratic fruit-bats


NECESSARY AND IMPOSSIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a nation born in the quiet part of the mind
Last Line: Pushing out of their element into mine
Subject(s): Nations


NECTAR AND SEMEN OF CHANGE       
First Line: If I were a shepherd with flocks


NEW LIFE       
First Line: Through clouds of tiny rocks
Last Line: Are waving their flame-hands %in air


OCTOPUS ORCHID       
First Line: We sit for hours at the yellow kitchen table


OF ISLAND ANIMALS       
First Line: It's the lean-legged egrets


OIL & STEEL        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


OLD COUNTING-GAME       
First Line: What's all this fuss about 1? One?
Last Line: Tenderly awkward, as we all were then


OLYMPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Tired, hungry, hot, I climbed the steep slope


PAINTED EYES       
First Line: Dusty and treeless, the street sloped beneath us
Last Line: Except those the eyes mined


PALETTE       
First Line: Lying on the floor of anna's studio
Last Line: Ahead, they say - until anna rubs it out forever


PAPER DOLLS       
First Line: To some it might
Last Line: Like shackled lions %roared at his entrance


PAPILLOMA       
First Line: Naked, horizontal, marooned


PATROCLUS: A LOVE SONG       
First Line: I have been thinking of the son I might have had


PEARL       
First Line: At the ceremony commemorating me
Last Line: And meaning of human existence


PINK AD THE BLACK       
First Line: The sea a goblet of black currant liqueur
Last Line: I had been so lonely, hungry as a snake


PLASTILINA       
First Line: It was a game of truth more than dare
Last Line: For what, years hence, it might blissfully be


POENIES       
First Line: Ample creamy heads beaten down vulgarly
Last Line: Those of us who hear it know the feeling


POPPIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking from comalike sleep, I saw the poppies,
Subject(s): Poppies


POWDERED MILK       
First Line: Come to the garden, you said
Last Line: Solitude had made us her legitimate sons


PRINCE ENTERS THE FOREST       
First Line: Full of courage and promise like the geese gone away


ROMAN BATHS AT NIMES       
First Line: In the hall of mirrors nobody speaks
Last Line: And tongue, good things, make something sweet of fear


SACRAMENT       
First Line: On the way to mass, by chance
Last Line: They wouldn't let you go again


SAINT STEPHEN'S DAY WITH THE GRIFFINS       
First Line: Half-eagle, half-lion, the fabulous


SAUNA       
First Line: All the beast within
Subject(s): Saunas


SELF-PORTRAIT AS FOUR STYLES OF POMPEIAN WALL PAINTING       
First Line: To become oneself is so exhausting
Last Line: Imprinting me until I am born again


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH HORNETS       
First Line: Hornets, two hornets buzz over my head
Last Line: Teach me to love. Lie down on me


SILVER CUFFS       
First Line: Might come off but for our verdict: guilty
Last Line: Facing judgment, mecca and all the plundered within


SNOW MOON FLOWER       
First Line: In this place of rice fields
Last Line: Against the lonely surface of everything


SUICIDE HOURS       
First Line: Ignorant and unabashed, I sit in a tub of gas
Last Line: Toss against spent semen, saliva & tears


SUPPER WITH ROY       
First Line: Still in a sweat from the thirty
Last Line: Sit down with wine, fruit pie and your amaryllis


SWANS       
First Line: From above we must have looked like ordinary
Last Line: Yellow jackets hovering over an empty basket


SWIMMING WITH THE DEAD       
First Line: Pink chemicals in the school pool -- not you
Last Line: In a poncho showing off a dagger tattoo


SYCAMORES        Recitation by Author


TARANTULA       
First Line: At a petshop in the village
Last Line: Knowing a sad house has no escape


THE MINIMUM CIRCUS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the marks on their coats
Last Line: This is what life is supposed to be
Subject(s): Circus


THREE AURELIAN MOONS: CASSIS       
First Line: It was a mackerel sky that engulfed them
Last Line: Is so pretty there, it's the suicide's favorite leap


THREE AURELIAN MOONS: LES BAUX       
First Line: As in some parody of fallen nations
Last Line: Of maize and how a life, mine, once stopped, moved anyhow


THREE AURELIAN MOONS: MONT SAINTE-VICTOIRE       
First Line: To village children sleeping in the basin
Last Line: Where soldiers carved hearts with the heart's knife strokes


TO A PRINCE       
First Line: At the sound of your name, I turned my head
Last Line: Of private shame. Yours and hers


TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Then out of the darkness leapt a bare hand


TO THE FORTY-THIRD PRESIDENT       
First Line: Hip deep in the pit, wading through ruins
Last Line: Circling in the dark wood


TORSO       
First Line: Propped up in bed, my little waist a pedestal
Last Line: Heart is all I am, or was, and the pink dot %on the monitor a marker for the one I sought


UNE LETTRE A NEW YORK       
First Line: If it's spring in the city, have the marchers
Last Line: In between, the first sweet cherries of the season are being%delivered


V-WINGED AND HOARY       
First Line: All our pink and gold and blue
Last Line: In little os at the spectacle of gulls


VANESSA       
First Line: It was premonitions that kept us restless


VEIL       
First Line: We were in your kitchen eating sherbet
Last Line: Water and soil are striving to be flesh


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT       
First Line: Appearing in the times
Last Line: Long before one sprayed locusts %in locust valley


WEST POINT REMEMBERED       
First Line: Such is the way with monumental things
Last Line: Cut loose the very detritus of our lives
Subject(s): United States - Military Academy


WEST POINT REMEMBERED       
First Line: Such is the way with monumental things
Subject(s): U.s. - Military Academy


WHITE MARRIAGES       
First Line: Some days the white marriage has a black face
Last Line: That needs no body


WHITE SPINE       
First Line: Liar, I thought, kneeling with the others
Last Line: Reason, not faith, would change him


YOU COME WHEN I CALL YOU       
First Line: I was very rusting and very dangerous
Last Line: This was the congenial state I'd awaited