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Author: COLLINS, MARTHA
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Collins, Martha    Poet's Biography
194 poems available by this author


373 EAST PARK STREET       
First Line: The way I see it, he waves to a neighbor


A BOOK OF DAYS. 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In the story, she gives him everything
Last Line: And where shall I go to find her?
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships


A BOOK OF DAYS; 2. VETERANS DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The game is to kill the king, he said
Last Line: Understand: I was trying to win myself
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships


A BOOK OF DAYS; 10. EPIPHANY    Poem Text    
First Line: At last, snow, flocked
Last Line: Its breath that breathes
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


A BOOK OF DAYS; 25. PENTECOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun gone for a moment, air
Last Line: Of the word that was, that was to be
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


AFTER       
First Line: At night, the multiple shadows


AFTER       
First Line: After the scattering, after the nights of shattered
Last Line: The paper bridges that bridge the most the best we can


AFTER ONTARIO       
First Line: That fall morning, in owen sound
Last Line: Part of what's good is letting go. %the other part is holding on. %today I lean, in this mid-june wi


ALONE, ONE MUST BE CAREFUL       
First Line: Alone means finding stranger ways to get


AS BOATS, OVER THAT DARKNESS       
First Line: The underboat is upside down, blurred, like a reflection
Last Line: The undersea holding it up


AS IF YOU HAD PROMISED       
First Line: Not to steer but to steady
Last Line: The house come home to


BACKGROUND/INFORMATION       
First Line: As if a child dialed 411
Last Line: --but I got a neat idea %that day, I decided to paint a war


BAD AIR       
First Line: No one is climbing the mountain %streaks of red on the heaving chest
Last Line: Sleep till we wake them %snakes curled up in jars


BEFORE THE PLANES       
First Line: We will/we won't they will/they won't
Last Line: Aims to please to kill to please bang bang


BLUE ROSES       
First Line: Someone brought me blue roses


BODIES       
First Line: A man runs toward me, long
Last Line: Something is not enough


BOOK OF DAYS 1       
First Line: In the story, she gives him everything
Last Line: And where shall I go to find her


BOOK OF DAYS 10       
First Line: At last, snow, flocked
Last Line: That whimpers that turns that catches %its breath that breathes
Variant Title(s): Epiphan
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


BOOK OF DAYS 11       
First Line: Late afternoon, the eight-chimneyed building
Last Line: Nothing slips through the net, falls from the basket. %the earth, inside its porous skin, is whole


BOOK OF DAYS 12       
First Line: Like two sides of a leaf
Last Line: That's skin, or pollen, %to the belly
Variant Title(s): Lea


BOOK OF DAYS 13       
First Line: A man in a little white truck
Last Line: The heart, warm, in a safe place, lies %and goes, little machine, about its work


BOOK OF DAYS 14       
First Line: On a train I rarely take, I look up
Last Line: Who can think of ending everything, %as if won't were another, greener side of won't do


BOOK OF DAYS 16       
First Line: Last night I woke with a great fright
Last Line: I loved her. %and then I let go
Variant Title(s): Before Sprin


BOOK OF DAYS 17       
First Line: This is one of those days of days
Last Line: A brilliantly opened and entered %and living space


BOOK OF DAYS 18       
First Line: The sign taped to the telephone pole
Last Line: It keeps on raining. %it keeps on raining rain


BOOK OF DAYS 19       
First Line: The facade of the building across the yard
Last Line: Here are my days, my prayers, my penance, %my breath, my unburned sins, my undone loves


BOOK OF DAYS 2       
First Line: The game is kill the king, he said
Last Line: Now we remember the ones who fought. %understand: I was trying to win myself


BOOK OF DAYS 20       
First Line: Once, running for life, having nothing
Last Line: Should wish the whole world %to die with him, wife for his pyre


BOOK OF DAYS 21       
First Line: The sycamores down by the river lean
Last Line: The bark from the bone-white trees, %is clean


BOOK OF DAYS 22       
First Line: In the rain, the bark of the plane trees shines
Last Line: In the largest rains, borders emerge- %a puzzle coming apart, becoming the world


BOOK OF DAYS 23       
First Line: Light! Light! The white inside
Last Line: The place we are going %to now, through the clear rain


BOOK OF DAYS 24       
First Line: Waiting, one feels time
Last Line: That scoops %the fat black seeds


BOOK OF DAYS 25       
First Line: The sun gone for a moment, air
Last Line: Of the body the tongue of the holiest ghost %of the word that was, that was to be
Variant Title(s): Pentecos
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


BOOK OF DAYS 26       
First Line: As if the windows
Last Line: I were the very first %of my kind
Variant Title(s): Wing


BOOK OF DAYS 27       
First Line: Beautiful is what she was
Last Line: After pearl after pearl against %her skin, making sure


BOOK OF DAYS 28       
First Line: A simple plot
Last Line: At night, when the story's over, a light goes out


BOOK OF DAYS 29       
First Line: The roses are washed out, the iris brown
Last Line: A bee disturbs its surface. %nothing's whole


BOOK OF DAYS 3       
First Line: After nine years,' you said last night
Last Line: Over meaning again, and never again, and I have spoken


BOOK OF DAYS 30       
First Line: Heavy the leaves, burdens
Last Line: Can this be power, this open


BOOK OF DAYS 4       
First Line: Ice this morning, cracked, by the curb
Last Line: To someone who's always someone else %on the other side of the space, the air we breathe


BOOK OF DAYS 5       
First Line: The screen grids, grays a little the dappled sky
Last Line: Life's below, where snow patches grass. %I have held on


BOOK OF DAYS 7       
First Line: On the plane the babies are starting to sing
Last Line: No harness %to no balloon, no plodding thing


BOOK OF DAYS 8       
First Line: They've drained the old pond, they're digging it deeper
Last Line: Everyone alive in the world is very nearly the same age. %I am still the baby in that house


BOOK OF DAYS 9       
First Line: People with two dogs run in the yard with their two dogs
Last Line: Starts %and stops an starts and stops and claps her hands


BORDER       
First Line: Hasta luego and over you go and it's not
Last Line: Border? You crossed the border hours ago


BURN       
First Line: A slow, to feel the pain as if or from
Last Line: Cinders, bones, charred head on a post


CAR IS RED       


CATASTROPHE OF RAINBOWS       
First Line: We are killed all day long


CHAIN LETTER       
First Line: There is no penalty this time


CLEFT       
First Line: Cut in half, the breast bone broken, opened
Last Line: Bones of the child's small back, wings, %she could fly, she could walk out the kitchen door
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Women


CLOUD-PLAY FOR FOUR HANDS       
First Line: Let's play clouds. %let's play clouds
Last Line: He played %into her hands


COAST       
First Line: Eucalyptus stripping %itself, scenting the air
Last Line: Pacific night, arms find %arms in the blank bed


CONCRETE MIXER       
First Line: The clapboard house, %lined like paper. Shadows
Last Line: Gray, between the lines


CONJUGATION       
First Line: The latin teacher wore flowers
Last Line: Violets on that blouse, in little bunches


CONVEYANCE       
First Line: We rend, undo, blather still
Last Line: Dust whom light cannot quicken


COPY CENTER       
First Line: Stars and planets on one %side, darkness on
Last Line: All the way back %before there was darkness


CURRENT AFFAIRS       
First Line: Man in desperate
Last Line: To knock-out night


CUTS       
First Line: A mother holds a girl's legs
Last Line: The name he gave her


DEER CROW FOX       
First Line: Fox from woods to woods across
Last Line: It back, no door to open


DISCOURSE       
First Line: Still night. Still %stars. But the chart
Last Line: Better to think of the arrow, %and the bow. There, that's the way


DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Sound me out
Last Line: Myself - / you
Subject(s): Relationships


DOOR       
First Line: Sound me out
Last Line: Myself- %you


DOWN THE ROAD       
First Line: You think food and you're fed
Last Line: But only the road is passing by


ECLIPSE       
First Line: Not nothing, not space, not


EXPOSURE       
First Line: Exposed roots, pond, swamp, somebody's
Last Line: If she was good like me her time would come


FARM       
First Line: It's important not to say gold when I mean fields


FIELD       
First Line: The window fell out the window
Last Line: With particles stirred %into being where we touch


FINDINGS       
First Line: Find me out %of this dark place
Last Line: I found myself %at the bottom %nothing's sound


FLOOR STUDY       
First Line: Sorry, kids, you messed
Last Line: To clean-slate work again. %then it's a question of
Subject(s): Schools


FOREST FOR THE TREES       
First Line: You think trees you think
Last Line: The forest, the water %absorbs the stone


GLYPHS: 1       
First Line: A woman strokes her finger with her finger
Last Line: Who came with his fat black bag


GLYPHS: 2       
First Line: A woman makes tiny cuts on her arm
Last Line: What do you do with your rage?


GLYPHS: 3       
First Line: Bitten thumb %to be in touch with
Last Line: What if there's no way to (something) %keep watching this spot


GLYPHS: 4       
First Line: What is touched? %things we have done, left, undone
Last Line: Please note here %inscriptions in a cave


GLYPHS: 5       
First Line: Hands at rest %do not disturb do not deface
Last Line: Someone else %because of the red road


GLYPHS: 6       
First Line: Hand on hand on hand on
Last Line: Snug little house at the end %coming soon


GOOD FRIDAY       
First Line: The man in my mind is red
Last Line: The edge where edges meet, the one %theif, the nothing between %the line that heals--


GOOD GRAY WOLF       
First Line: Wanted that red, wanted everything tucked inside
Last Line: By love, were all she ever dreamed of


GREEN HOUSE       
First Line: A way to begin is to name an orphan, to say


HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: He sat on the stool waiting
Last Line: Of her there
Subject(s): Hair


HAIR       
First Line: He sat on the stool waiting
Last Line: The shape %of her there


HAMMERS       
First Line: A woman, who all year has drifted
Last Line: La la, the right and the left, a man %and a woman are building a house in the rain


HANG       
First Line: As a mirror on a wall, or the fall
Last Line: A shirt. Without, like an empty sleeve


HER MOTHER SAID       
First Line: We heard it at dinner, chicken marsala, rice
Last Line: Yourself, and only then your child


HER RAGE       
First Line: Hurl hurl hurl hurl


HERS       
First Line: Without her, we forget. But our dreams blaze with her
Last Line: She named her martha. But mary is always with her


HISTORY OF SMALL LIFE ON A WINDY PLANET       
First Line: First they came in ones %but there was not enough: %they blew away
Last Line: Be long. Relax, enjoy. %one's enough. Love


HOME FIRES       
First Line: A furnace broke, children disturbed
Last Line: It's the nature of fallen bodies. %nothing's given. Nothing gives


HOW IT'S BEEN       
First Line: Saturday night, after the rage, it was rome


IN A NORTHERN STATE       
First Line: A woman who fled through a city park


IN ARGENTINA       
First Line: I want to tell you everything


IN BLACK AND WHITE       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: Moved into their skin, %they saw entirely


IN THE DAYS OF       
First Line: Once dew leapt over the dome. %a sunning wife yawned
Last Line: The blunt knee nudges on


IN THE MIST OF ALMOST BLUE       
First Line: And just when I'd thought of a trip
Last Line: We're at, so early these late mornings


INSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: This time she called across the room while the rain
Last Line: She moved inside, as a woman moves into a room.
Subject(s): Relationships; Snow


INSIDE 1.       
First Line: This time she called across the room while the rain
Last Line: Lost %in the verbless snow


INSIDE 2.       
First Line: Inside, she was under someone, child
Last Line: Under the dining room table, %hugging its thick legs


INSIDE 3.       
First Line: And waht if she couldn't get out
Last Line: A window faces out %on her


INSIDE 4.       
First Line: She touched her over
Last Line: She called her by her name


INSIDE 5.       
First Line: That night, asleep, she wrapped him up
Last Line: When the package arrived, she let it in. %it thumped across the room


INSIDE 6.       
First Line: Inside, the light came on, sun
Last Line: She moved inside, as a woman moves into a room


JOANIE       
First Line: Her name was next to mine


LAKE       
First Line: It's in there somewhere
Last Line: The waves of sound light mind


LANGUAGE IT WOULD SPEAK       
First Line: Below, on the off-white surface graphed
Last Line: You were a new word


LAST THINGS       
First Line: Cows' hooves crack, crows %gather, a hard winter
Last Line: Will ever be born or cold or dead again


LATER THAT DAY       
First Line: Your mother doesn't see the animals
Last Line: And it was me. Of course I was crying


LETS       
First Line: He let her in, he let her out, and then
Last Line: A little room, our own, to live and breathe


LIES       
First Line: Anyone can get it wrong, laying low
Last Line: Dear friends. If we must lie, let's not lie around


LIKES       
First Line: There was like this guy she said with really
Last Line: Were both in both of us two like to like


LINES        Recitation
Subject(s): Relationships


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Draw a line. Write a line. There.
Last Line: To y, let x be me, let y be you
Subject(s): Love


LINES       
First Line: Draw a line. Write a line. There
Last Line: To y, let x be me, let y be you


LITTLE BOY       
First Line: They called the big one little boy
Last Line: Man, all gone, and then we can wake up %and start over again, now can't we


LOVE LETTUCE       
First Line: The boston lettuce sprawled
Last Line: Of love, where one still throbs inside %another, also throbbing, rose to meet them


LYNCH       
First Line: Not as in pin, the kind that keeps the wheels
Last Line: Right to the prized parts, to the body undone


MASS       
First Line: It starts when a boy, or someone
Last Line: Ending nowhere but rising and being now


MEANS       
First Line: But what does it mean, and when does it mean it?
Last Line: Things. Marrying means to mean. I mean it. I do


MESSAGES       
First Line: Hello, this is your mama calling
Last Line: I was just I was okay sometime bye-bye


MIDDLE       
First Line: Start in the middle. Stay
Last Line: While the small hand %of under tugs and tugs


MORE       
First Line: So what do you want, another
Last Line: You, you, you, all the way home


MORE ABOUT THE BEAR       
First Line: This winter I live in a small house at the edge


MOZART       
First Line: Pigeons walk a green-white line


MYSTERY RIDES       
First Line: Mystery rides the train to work
Last Line: Mister angel, is that you?


NEWS OF THE WORLD       
First Line: The election was won, the game
Last Line: Going to die. Someone you know


NOTES ON       
First Line: No the no a no no
Last Line: Are empty full %of space %o moon o o


NOTHING DOING       
First Line: Dull afternoon, summer sun, it doesn't
Last Line: It's in is what. Something's brewing. %front burner. Something's up


OKAY SO WHAT       
First Line: Okay so there was a gun okay so what
Last Line: Those dreams I didn't even kill him


ON THE TRAIN       
First Line: What new york is this


ON YOUR WALL       
First Line: The mountains are clouds


OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: That yard half-blue with scylla,
Last Line: Between its banks -- I am waiting for you
Subject(s): Relationships


OPEN       
First Line: That yard half-blue with scylla
Last Line: In your arms all night, a river %between its banks - I am waiting for you


ORANGE ROOM       
First Line: Today is pentecost, in the calendar of my mind


OWL       
First Line: Owl leans into the tree and disappears
Last Line: But just before dawn he may answer if you call


PASSAGE       
First Line: Jacket, tie, trousers, vest


PHASE THREE       
First Line: Driving with her eyes closed
Last Line: What you ate-and honey, it was good


PINKS       
First Line: If you wanted flesh you had to wait
Last Line: As pink as riven snow


PLOT       
First Line: Just the cabbages


POEM IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION       
First Line: As if space itself had moved


POINTS       
First Line: Knife, sword, gun, we meet at some
Last Line: Knows. We know better. That's our point


PURPLE TREE       
First Line: Dear friend, there's nothing else to be done


RACES       
First Line: The race is on the run, you said. It's not
Last Line: Even the time you run against is on your side


RE: HOUSE(S)       
First Line: I'm in the doghouse now, he used %to say, and he often was
Last Line: Wh at if you haven't %got a door to close?


REMEMBER THE TRAINS?       
First Line: The friendly caboose. The whistle
Last Line: In the field, while they wept, %they waited, they asked for water


RETREAT       
First Line: I would say a band
Last Line: Like a whisper before the fall %of the thin baton


RETURNS       
First Line: Excuse me you have mistaken me for your page
Last Line: These words are mine


RIGHTS       
First Line: He had no rights, they beat him up, you've got
Last Line: Of the body's on the other side of the heart


RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: As the plane flew in I followed
Last Line: Somewhere and now I am saying goodbye
Subject(s): Rivers; Childhood Memories


RIVER       
First Line: As the plane flew in I followed
Last Line: Of the river islands as if they were going %somewhere and now I am saying goodbye


RUINS       
First Line: Worn stones, broken walls
Last Line: As you walk, a little %too quickly, back to the station


SCRIBE, DISTRACTED FROM HER LABORS       
First Line: The letters grow on the page
Last Line: That fell on those branches. It's that deep


SEVERAL THINGS       


SHOOT       
First Line: To kill. To more than kill. To kill again
Last Line: How many bullets in it? Go ahead, tell


SIDES       
First Line: All you need is two and an angle, a side
Last Line: Just siding with, beside, not out or in?


SLEEP, BABY, SLEEP!       
First Line: Gotcha! She cried and grabbed a wolf
Last Line: Bless mother and father, the lambs, %the good gray wolf, oh love bless you


SLUG       
First Line: Organ adrift in a chipped dish, dime- %store item at garden's edge
Last Line: Without a face, sliding into the slot


SMALLEST SONG       
First Line: For the days that are left the smallest song


SNOW       
First Line: Gloves on the table. A walnut table


SOME THINGS WORDS CAN DO       
First Line: Play. Teach us
Last Line: Leave us. Leave %us wanting


STORY WE KNOW       
First Line: The way to begin is always the same. Hello
Last Line: Good-bye is the only story. We know, we know


TESTIMONY       
First Line: There was no paper
Last Line: Then I remembered: there was no paper


THAT TIME       
First Line: The trees were filled with tiny worms -- caterpillars, I guess -- that hung
Last Line: Do you want? He asked, and I wasn't sure %when the child came in from play, it was almost dark


THE GOOD GRAY WOLF    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanted that red, wanted everything tucked inside
Last Line: By love, were all she ever dreamed of
Subject(s): Wolves


THE STORY WE KNOW    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: Good-bye is the only story. We know, we know
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THEIR HOUSES THERE WITHOUT THEIR BODIES       
First Line: No one is there but someone will be there
Last Line: And breathing without their bodies they are home
Subject(s): Home; Houses, Deserted


THEIR WORK       
First Line: These are the ones who don't
Last Line: For there is no work more difficult %than theirs, sitting and waiting
Subject(s): Idleness; Unemployment; Waiting


THEM       
First Line: They sit in a circle, a semi
Last Line: Are center, circumference, everyone


THINGS       
First Line: Someone has taken my mirror
Last Line: I could see it all. So clear


THINKING OF NEED       
First Line: First you see the two gray shapes


THROUGH       
First Line: Clouds broke and through %dreamed her hands on
Last Line: Press my body down %through her body into light


TIMES       
First Line: The times is right, he said at breakfast, time
Last Line: Time, one time, her own sweet time of life?


TRAINS ARE RUNNING, WE WILL NOT MISS THEM       
First Line: The silver train on the first track the last


TRANSGRESSION       
First Line: Thick green thighs birch bones shining %through is she trying to hide them
Last Line: Anyone ever %later a loss of mind


TREE       
First Line: Tree tree tree tree leaf tree tree tree
Last Line: Heavenly o u o me-oh-my oh you oh my-o


VACANT LOTS       
First Line: That's it, the gunshots said
Last Line: Is altogether, is what's what


VALLEY       
First Line: As the sun slid
Last Line: I have learned there is no promise I can keep


VALSE TRISTE       
First Line: Not full but gibbous, she said
Last Line: Would have to do, to round things out


WARMER       
First Line: Red eye, red foot: the pigeons are finding
Last Line: The single eye of the pigeon's the eye, %in the dream, of a cheap stuffed toy.
Variant Title(s): A Book Of Days 1


WHEREVER YOU FIND IT       
First Line: Where do I find jesus, he asked
Last Line: She needed you


WHITE ROOM       
First Line: A woman sits in a white room


WIND CHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow blowing across the road
Last Line: Of snow blowing like god across the road
Subject(s): Snow


WIND CHILL       
First Line: The snow blowing across the road
Last Line: Of the organs, the chords, the rush %of snow blowing, like god across the road
Subject(s): Snow


WITNESS       
First Line: If she says something now he'll say
Last Line: What she pleases she says what she means


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 1       
First Line: This is the story some of us tell, the one
Last Line: Rose. Red. Blue. And violates


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: We're deep in the hills, in the noon sun, when we come
Last Line: Of the white election 
Variant Title(s): A Book Of Days: 6 Dickinso
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 2       
First Line: We're deep in the hills, in the noon sun, when we come
Last Line: And opposition's %complement is opposition still
Variant Title(s): A Book Of Days 6; Dickinso
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 3       
First Line: At the edge of the next state she waits in a house
Last Line: Trying to think-your hand like clouds- %the hills inside-sarah and danny-'oh!'


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 4       
First Line: Look at that!' danny cries. I wake
Last Line: But at last %he stands, guns on his hips, in his white hat


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 5       
First Line: This is my father's kind of place, clean
Last Line: They are not willing that I should write %sometimes, susan, I struggle in deep waters


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 6       
First Line: Now we're headed west again, sarah
Last Line: I'll take him back %to his mother,' you say; 'then we'll be on our way'


WOMEN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION: 7       
First Line: This is someone else's land, we've crossed
Last Line: Because there was something she had to learn. %because, she thought, he was different: it might be h


WORDS       
First Line: Axes %after whose stroke the wood rings
Last Line: From the bottom of the pool, fixed stars %govern a life


WRAPPED       
First Line: Sweater, jacket, patchwork quilt, chair
Last Line: In flames, wrapped in god, dear shoulder, %father, ashes in the warming, swaddling ground


[WHITE PAPER #14]    Poem Text    
First Line: Black keys from trees white keys locked
Last Line: Https://www.Poets.Org/poetsorg/poem/14
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


[WHITE PAPER #28]    Poem Text    
First Line: Could get a credit card loan car
Last Line: Before me where to choose to and I
Subject(s): Race Awareness