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Cooper, Jane    Poet's Biography
98 poems available by this author


95 DEGREES       
First Line: Lost in summer, I worry about your silence
Last Line: Seem hardly real enough yet to write you about


AFTER ALL       
First Line: He has forgotten the moon
Last Line: For as long as I live on this earth


AFTER THE BLACKOUT (1965)       
First Line: Clocks are wrong, watches
Last Line: What was never done to me %outright


AFTER THE BOMB TESTS       
First Line: The atom bellies like a cauliflower
Last Line: Or virgin artist gave himself to his power


ALL THE LEAVES WERE GREEN       
First Line: Darling, I had my hand on you khaki
Last Line: Mouth open and screaming?


ALL THESE DREAMS       
First Line: All these dreams: the dream of the mountain cabin
Last Line: As all that light pours down, it is pouring down


BEDSIDE RUNE       
First Line: Not jealousy but pale disgust complains
Last Line: Life-death sighed the small heartbeat


BEING SOUTHERN       
First Line: It's like being german
Last Line: All he could vouch for. Not famous. At their backs %the six million


BLOODROOT       
First Line: Reading your words
Last Line: Releasing its unhurried freshness, %half earth, half air


BLUE ANCHOR       
First Line: The future weighs down on me
Last Line: Over the fragile human settlement


CHILDHOOD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA       
First Line: What is happening to me now that loved faces
Last Line: Flights of strings above the orange trees!


CHILDREN'S WARD       
First Line: Nanny was irish, I told my mother, born in scotland. Her sister was
Last Line: Sound from across their paved field. But didn't she know we all had %something?


CIRCLE, A SQUARE, A TRIANGLE AND A RIPPLE OF WATER       
First Line: Sex floated like a moon
Last Line: Shuddered off around her


CLASS       
First Line: How the shrimp fisherman's daughter did a handstand against the
Last Line: And found only the bootleggers' empties


CLEMENTENE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I always thought she was white, I thought she was an indian
Subject(s): Women


CLEMENTENE       
First Line: I always thought she was white, I thought she was an indian
Last Line: Did I feel -- do I feel still -- this complex shame?


CONVERSATION BY THE BODY'S LIGHT       
First Line: Out of my poverty
Last Line: The still not-believed-on %heartbeat of the glacier


DOOR       
First Line: Intelligent companion
Last Line: I wait for eyes, then tongues to join, %intelligent, companions


DREAM IN WHICH THE ROUTINE QUALITY OF MY IMAGINATION IF FULLY EXPOSED       
First Line: Yes they set the house on fire, my father
Last Line: Only I wanted to survive?


EARTHQUAKE       
First Line: Two people wakened suddenly by an earthquake
Last Line: She lies awake explaining her usual day


ESTRANGEMENT       
First Line: You dream someone is leaving you, though he says kindly, it's not that
Last Line: You watch your own back growing smaller up the beach


EVE       
First Line: Now she is still not beautiful but more
Last Line: While through her thigh-trees water strikes like a snake


EVENING STAR (GEORGIA O'KEEFFE)       
First Line: Evening star unfurling like an embryo
Last Line: If he saw it he didn't know it was to him


FIGURE ON THE FAR SIDE       
First Line: Once it was my brother on
Last Line: Nurse such secrets and keep still?


FOR A BOY BORN IN WARTIME       
First Line: Head first, face down, into mercator's world
Last Line: Just as we rise to slap your fluttering cry?


FROM THE JOURNAL CONCERNING MY FATHER       
First Line: It all started with the maps. Hanging in the living room, the hall, on
Last Line: Into the uncharted silences that had terrified pascal?


GAZA       
First Line: Too calm to beg for pity yet too strained
Last Line: Unmouthed, you groped like samson to be dethroned


GREEN NOTEBOOK       
First Line: There are 64 panes in each window of the harrisville church
Last Line: Now thunder joins in, scurry of leaves


HOBBY LOBBY       
First Line: A stalwart country woman
Last Line: Of the 1939 world's fair


HOLDING OUT       
First Line: Letters come, the phone rings, you sit by your window
Last Line: Your grief, his grief--these serious possessions


HOW CAN I SPEAK FOR HER?       
First Line: First there is my little grandfather, I think he is no more than four or
Last Line: Converse. That--but how can I speak for her, whose name would again %be lost-- they embraced


HUNGER MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The last full moon of february


IN A ROOM WITH PICASSOS       
First Line: Draw as you will there are no images
Last Line: Anyone, no matter how far away he is from love


IRON       
First Line: Every morning I wake
Last Line: To its red undoing


JITTOKU, BUDDHIST MYSTIC--15TH CENTURY       
First Line: Everything is blowing, his
Last Line: Moon! Old boat of the white full moon!


LETTERS       
First Line: That quiet point of light
Last Line: On the ground white petals: %my rain-soaked letters


LITTLE VESPER       
First Line: Another day gone, and still
Last Line: Breathe goodnight to the first strangers


LONG VIEW FROM THE SUBURBS       
First Line: Yes, I'm the lady he wrote the sonnets to
Last Line: Until a streetlamp yawns in reckoning


LONG, DISCONSOLATE LINES       
First Line: Because it is a gray day but not snowy, because traffic grinds by outside
Last Line: As if she gave up nothing, as if she sang


MARCH 1. FEATHERS       
First Line: I've died, but you are still living!
Last Line: Nothing can stop the huzzah of the male wind!


MARCH 2.HUNGER MOON       
First Line: The last full moon of february
Last Line: In my body, turns and turns


MARCH 4.BACK       
First Line: I was prepared for places
Last Line: With salt as I choose my elegy


MARCH 5.NO MORE ELEGIES       
First Line: Everyone rushed into town
Last Line: Fools--it's not even spring


MARCH 6.IN SILENCE WHERE WE BREATHE       
First Line: As a boy he was so silent
Last Line: But he never cried, not once


MARCH 7.MIDDLE AGE       
First Line: At last it's still--a gray thaw
Last Line: Only the miracle is real


MARCH 8.CODA       
First Line: An air of departure. Silences
Last Line: Leaving behind a breath of loves and angers


MARCH: 3. EL SUENO DE LA RAZON       
First Line: Cousin, it's of you I always dream
Last Line: Alike (your nurse told me), discreet and gentle


MARY COLDWELL       
First Line: How short their lives were then, but how crammed!
Last Line: I like to think of my mind as a machine


MESSAGES       
First Line: Ragged and thrashing
Last Line: Stones in a ring can't define it: %night. Lake. Mirror. Deep. Only


METEORS       
First Line: Whom can we love in all these little wars?
Last Line: Cartoons of wit and sex, skeletons of leaders


MISSION WITH THE NIGHT       
First Line: She is like that man
Last Line: Smiling, asking for food


MOURNING PICTURE       
First Line: A shower of stones. Volcano? There is no color
Last Line: And the abrupt head, indecipherable still


MY FRIEND       
First Line: Sylvia said: when I was younger
Last Line: Whether I'm making myself clear


MY MOTHER IN THREE ACTS       
First Line: At the top of the hill you were muriel
Last Line: Deception, who saved me once, the one who evades me still?


MY YOUNG MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My young mother, her face narrow
Last Line: Calling me from sleep after decades
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


MY YOUNG MOTHER       
First Line: My young mother, her face narrow
Last Line: Calling me from sleep after decades
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Women


NIGHTMARE OF THE SUBURBS       
First Line: I'll be in my own room, upstairs
Last Line: Now that he's here %only blood can appease him


NOTHING I MEANT TO KEEP       
First Line: Nick said, radiant, being helped upstairs
Last Line: Conversations, or nothing


OLYMPIC RAIN FOREST       
First Line: I left the shutter open, the camera
Last Line: The print of you heels that morning on the spongy forest floor, there, not there


ORDINARY DETAIL       
First Line: I'm trying to write a poem that will alert me to my real life
Last Line: The girl is walking furiously, under a mild, polluted sky


P.O.W.       
First Line: Suffering sets us apart. We enjoy too strongly
Last Line: Which keeps even the girls he kisses from touching his face


PAST       
First Line: It seemed, when I was a child, as if you could just reach back and rum
Last Line: Parent and begin to shiver apart?


PENCIL SKETCH OF SELF & OTHER       
First Line: When you kissed me it was as if
Last Line: Yet I want to forgive us both %as if it still matters


POETRY AS CONTINUITY       
First Line: The young doctor dreamed of revolution
Last Line: You are all we have left, in the end you were scarcely a man


PRAISE       
First Line: Between five and fifty
Last Line: I would live to write at fifty?


RENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you want my apartment, sleep in it


RENT       
First Line: If you want my apartment, sleep in it
Last Line: Not a roof but a field of stars


ROMAN DREAM       
First Line: She-death, my green mother, you
Last Line: One will know, no one in rome %will ever know to find me


S.ELIASON66:DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF EMILY DICKINSON AND THE REV.CHARLES WAD       
First Line: She is just leaving the room
Last Line: E...I...Son! I made this. The date %name within name


SCATTERED WORDS FOR EMILY DICKINSON       
First Line: Inside the crate, dark
Last Line: There is room %for mystery


SEVENTEEN QUESTIONS ABOUT KING KONG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If so, what does it tell us about ourselves?
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


SEVENTEEN QUESTIONS ABOUT KING KONG       
First Line: Is it a myth? And if so, what does it tell us about ourselves?
Last Line: Passed a washcloth over his face: but I've had a very good marriage


SONG       
First Line: Here I am yours, and here, and here
Last Line: Brutal before biblical innocence


STARTING WITH A LINE FROM ROETHKE       
First Line: To have the whole air!
Last Line: Cliffs ringing with the calm off tintagel. %calm off tintagel


SUICIDE NOTE       
First Line: It's not that I'm out of touch
Last Line: No trespassing beyond this point. Anyone found here with dog or %gun will be


THE BLUE ANCHOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The future weighs down on me


THE BUILDER OF HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: What was the blond child building


THE FAITHFUL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE FIGURE ON THE FAR SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once it was my brother on
Subject(s): Chess


THE FLASHBOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: A high deck. Blue skies overhead. White distance.
Subject(s): Boats


THESE HIGH WHITE WALLS       
First Line: So now to write the journal of this house
Last Line: Frozen panes stare


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 1. WRONKE, SPRING 1917    Poem Text    
First Line: A huge white poplar half fills the prison garden
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 1. WRONKE, SPRING 1917       
First Line: A huge white poplar half fills the prison garden
Last Line: Color-starved winter days-gray and resurgent green
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919)


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 2. BRESLAU, NOVEMBER-DEC. 1917    Poem Text    
First Line: Hans is killed
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 2. BRESLAU, NOVEMBER-DEC. 1917       
First Line: Hans is killed
Last Line: The mythical herdsman's call
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919)


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 3. BRESLAU, SPRING 1918       
First Line: My window looks on the red brick wall
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 3. BRESLAU, SPRING 1918       
First Line: My window looks on the red brick wall
Last Line: The radiant skin %of the globe
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919)


TWINS       
First Line: You ask for love but what you want is healing
Last Line: Hesitate and can neither live nor die


URGE TO TELL THE TRUTH       
Last Line: And marriage break


VOCATION: A LIFE 1.DESIRE       
First Line: 1915 it begins in indolence
Last Line: From that bed %in a crack %of the world


VOCATION: A LIFE 2. ROMANCE       
First Line: 1909 down by the republican or little blue
Last Line: By the star of her railroadman's lantern %at an open window


VOCATION: A LIFE 3.POSSESSION       
First Line: 1925 to begin %with the window
Last Line: Not possessing but %possessed


VOCATION: A LIFE 4. UNFURNISHING       
First Line: 1927 upon this rock
Last Line: Light by which the writing %was composed


WAITING    Poem Text    
First Line: My body knows it will never bear children
Last Line: Filling you with poems
Subject(s): Emptiness; Infertility


WAITING       
First Line: My body knows it will never bear children
Last Line: Breathe in and out of you
Subject(s): Emptiness; Infertility


WHAT THE SEER SAID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She said I would see the future
Subject(s): Fathers


WHAT THE SEER SAID       
First Line: She said I would see the future
Last Line: I sat down by the water's edge, old, %deprived, at home, at peace


WINTER ROAD       
First Line: Late winter light
Last Line: This landscape is not human %I was meant to take nothing away



Cooper, Jane (marvel)   
1 poems available by this author


ACCEPTANCES 3.THE RACETRACK       
First Line: Under our stillness fled the same low hooves
Last Line: Slowly we learn our long wave's luminous motion



Cooper, Jane Marvel   
30 poems available by this author


ACCEPTANCES 1. THE SUNDIAL       
First Line: Take out of time that moment when you stood
Last Line: Spent with sane joy beyond the bees' numb drone


ACCEPTANCES 2. THE GRAVEYARD       
First Line: Where five old graves lay circled on a hill
Last Line: As free as if all guilts were closed and done


BERMUDA       
First Line: Old man, come out in the sun
Last Line: Your shaking plumes, step out!


BLIND GIRL       
First Line: I take your hand. I want to touch your eyes
Last Line: Only to know a little more what love is


BUILDER OF HOUSES       
First Line: What was the blond child building
Last Line: And sovereign childhood with its unrelenting hand


CALLING       
First Line: All the voices of the sea called muriel!
Last Line: I a lost voice %moving, calling you %on the edge of the moment that is now the center. %from the ope


DISPOSSESSIONS: 1. THINGS       
First Line: Things have their own lives here. The hall chairs
Last Line: It was no one's voice, perhaps it came from the umbrella stand


DISPOSSESSIONS: 2. SOUVENIRS       
First Line: Anyway we are always waking
Last Line: Even of our violent and faithful lives


DISPOSSESSIONS: 3. INHERITANCES       
First Line: Malte laurids, peevish: and one has
Last Line: Must turn to blood inside you


FAITHFUL       
First Line: Once you said joking slyly, if I'm killed
Last Line: At my blameless life and shaking its flamelike head?


FLASHBOAT       
First Line: A high deck. Blue skies overhead. White distance
Last Line: A rope ladder drops over. My voice with its crunch of bone %wakes me: I choose %the flashboat! %work
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


FOR A VERY OLD MAN, ON THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE       
First Line: So near to death yourself
Last Line: Or praise her uncovered hair


FOR MY MOTHER IN HER FIRST ILLNESS, FROM A WINDOW OVERLOOKING NOTRE DA       
First Line: Why can I never when I think about it
Last Line: I try to read. Which one of us is absent?


FOR THE RECORDER OF SUICIDES       
First Line: With a pocketful of stones
Last Line: Composure wears the heart out. Child-- %where he stopped thecar, the stones


FOR THOMAS HARDY       
First Line: But you were wrong that desolate dusk
Last Line: Took life from the same dawn


HOTEL DE DREAM       
First Line: Suppose we could telephone the dead
Last Line: How to relish yet redress %my sensuous, precious, upper-class, %unjust white child's past


IN THE HOUSE OF THE DYING       
First Line: So once again, hearing the tired aunts
Last Line: Upstairs she lies, washed through by the two miracles


IN THE LAST FEW MOMENTS CAME THE OLD GERMAN CLEANING WOMAN       
First Line: Our last morning in that long room
Last Line: The door pressed, dutiful, idiot


INFUSION ROOM       
First Line: Mercy on maryanne who through a hole beneath her collarbone drinks
Last Line: On our black recliners. %it is almost time for the soaps


KNOWLEDGE THAT COMES THROUGH EXPERIENCE       
First Line: I feel my face being bitten by the tides
Last Line: It seems to me I maybe capable %once I'm a skeleton, of love and wars


LEAVING WATER HYACINTHS       
First Line: I see you, child, standing above the river
Last Line: Music that cradles grief to an atlantic


MORNING ON THE ST. JOHN'S       
First Line: This is a country where there are no mountains
Last Line: Or mirrored in a river brings delight %and shakes a man as dawn shakes birds and flowers


OBLIGATIONS       
First Line: Here where we are, wrapped in the afternoon
Last Line: And our defense, which we cannot evade


POEM WITH CAPITAL LETTERS       
First Line: John berryman asked me to write a poem about roosters
Last Line: And even princeton struts like one god's betters?
Subject(s): Berryman, John (1914-1972); Man-woman Relationships; Poetry And Poets; Women's Rights


PRACTICING FOR DEATH       
First Line: Monarch and fritillary, swallowtail
Last Line: Once more, live butterflies? Ablaze, scared child!


RIVER IN ALL LIGHTS, FROM AN UPSTAIRS WINDOW       
Last Line: We call the river. Now there is only sky
Subject(s): Rivers


ROCK CLIMBING       
First Line: Higher than gulls' nests, higher than children go
Last Line: And looking back to hillsides build %imaginary houses


SNOW IN THE CITY       
First Line: Snow is a process of thinking. Down the street
Last Line: Looking through snow, you can't see the end of the street


WANDA'S BLUES       
First Line: Wanda's daddy was a railroadman, she was his little wife
Last Line: Wanda-a-a-a the steam whistle hollered. O my american refrain!
Subject(s): Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians


WEATHER OF SIX MORNINGS       
First Line: Sunlight lies along my table
Last Line: Why should I sign %my name?



Cooper, Jane Todd   
4 poems available by this author


FOR A BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Something is dragging me backward
Last Line: And the book of impersonal love


NAZI'S WIDOW       
First Line: I want his skin again


SONOGRAM       
First Line: Before she left, the tech
Subject(s): Sonograms


TOUCHING WOMEN       
First Line: Twice I never touched a woman