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Dove, Rita    Poet's Biography
378 poems available by this author


2E2. TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING. THIRD DAY.       
First Line: Panel of gray silk. Liquefied ashes. Dingy percale tugged over
Last Line: Well. I'd go home if I knew where to get off
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Sea; Travel


A HILL OF BEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: One spring the circus gave
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


ABDUCTION       
First Line: The bells, the cannons, the house black with crepe
Last Line: I woke and oufnd myself alone, in darkness and in chains


ADOLESCENCE: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In water-heavy nights behind grandmother's porch
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 1       
First Line: In water-heavy nights behind grandmother's porch
Last Line: Against a feathery sky
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Although it is night, I sit in the bathroom, waiting
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 2       
First Line: Although it is night, I sit in the bathroom, waiting
Last Line: Night rests like a ball of fur on my tongue
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: With dad gone, mom and I worked
Subject(s): Adolescence; Baby Boom Generation; Women; Teen Agers


AFGHANI NOMAD COAT (PART V)       
First Line: The lawn is set for vacation
Subject(s): Nuclear War


AFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Out where crows dip to their kill


AFIELD       
First Line: Out where crows dip to their kill
Last Line: Then it's itch, scratch, putrescence


AFTER READING MICKEY IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN FOR THE THIRD TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter spreads her legs
Last Line: And the pink's in us
Subject(s): Daughters; Popular Culture - United States


AFTER READING MICKEY IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN FOR THE THIRD TIME       
First Line: My daughter spreads her legs
Last Line: That we're in the pink %and the pink's in us
Subject(s): Daughters; Popular Culture - United States


AFTER STORM       
First Line: Already the desert sky had packed


AGAINS REPOSE       
First Line: Nothing comes to mine
Last Line: In an inchful of hell


AGAINST FLIGHT       
First Line: Everyone wants to go up - but who can imagine
Last Line: Perdition or pity - bare to the stars, buoyant %in the sweet sink of earth


AGOSTA THE WINGED MAN AND RASHA THE BLACK DOVE       
First Line: Schad paced the length of his studio
Last Line: But their gaze %so calm %was merciless


AIRCRAFT       
First Line: Too frail for combat, he stands
Last Line: After lunch, they would bathe in fire


ALL SOULS       
First Line: Starting up behind them
Last Line: Played long ago, in a foreign land


AMERICAN SMOOTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


AMERICAN SMOOTH       
First Line: We were dancing-it must have
Last Line: Remembered who we were %and brought us down


AND COUNTING       
First Line: Well of course I'm not worth it but neither is


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Twelve years to the day
Last Line: And a wink to remember him by


ANTI-FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Contrary to / tales you told us
Last Line: Inconceivably intimate
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


ANTI-FATHER       
First Line: Contrary to %tales you told us
Last Line: Me and you, %woman to man, %outer space is %inconceivably %intimate
Subject(s): Healing


ANTS OF ARGOS       
First Line: There stood the citadel -- nothing left
Last Line: Marching skyward, had been in corinth


ARROW       
First Line: The eminent scholar 'took the bull by the horns,'
Last Line: Yellow brighter %than her hair so she can't be %seen at all


ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty miles to the only decent restaurant
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ARS POETICA       
First Line: Thirty miles to the only decent restaurant


AT THE GERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE IN MUNICH       
First Line: In the large hall of the hofbrauhaus
Last Line: Of the horse. And both %are in flowers


AURORA BOREALIS       
First Line: This far south such crippling
Last Line: For despair. %thomas, go home


BACKYARD, 6 A.M.       
First Line: Nudged by bees, morning brightens to detail


BANNEKER    Poem Text    
First Line: What did he do except lie / under a pear tree
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers; Banneker, Benjamin (1731-1806); Mathematics; Racial Equality


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST       
First Line: Darling, the plates habe been cleared away
Last Line: The expected, the handsome, the one who needs us?


BELINDA'S PETITION       
First Line: To the honorable senate and house
Last Line: Who would ride toward me steadily for twelve years


BIRD FRAU       
First Line: When the boys came home, everything stopped
Last Line: For rudi, come home on crutches, %the thin legs balancing his atom of life


BISTRO STYX       
First Line: She was thinner, with a mannered gauntness
Last Line: One really should try the fruit here.' %I've lost her, I thought, and called for the bill
Subject(s): Paris, France; Persephone


BLOWN APART    Poem Text    
First Line: Blown apart by loss, she let herself go
Last Line: Serves her right, the old mare
Subject(s): Literary Form; Grief


BLOWN APART       
First Line: Blown apart by loss, she let herself go
Last Line: Serves her right, the old mare
Subject(s): Literary Form


BOAST       
First Line: At the dinner table, before the baked eggplant
Last Line: With lies, with lies


BOCCACCIO: THE PLAGUE YEARS       
First Line: Even at night the aair rang and rang
Last Line: Falling in love again


BOLERO       
First Line: Not the ratcheting crescendo of ravel's bright winds
Last Line: Spot lit across %the hardwood floor


BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS       
First Line: Finally, overcast skies. I've crossed a hemisphere
Last Line: Though I pour myself the recommended bowlful, %stones are what I sprinkle among the chaff


BREATHING, THE ENDLESS NEWS       
First Line: Every god is lonely, an exile


BROWN       
First Line: Why you look good in every color!
Last Line: The dress in question was red


BUCKEYE       
First Line: We learned about the state tree


CAMEL COMES TO US FROM THE BARBARIANS       
First Line: This one is enormous: rough-cut
Last Line: What beauty wreaks, what mountains %pity moves
Subject(s): Camels


CAMEOS       
First Line: Lucille among the flamingos
Last Line: Of canebreak and blossoming flame


CANARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Billie holiday's burned voice
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Songs


CANARY       
First Line: Billie holiday's burned voice
Last Line: If you can't be free, be a mystery
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Drugs And Drug Abuse; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Singing And Singers


CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA       
First Line: Deprived of learning and
Last Line: A ring of milk


CATHERINE OF SIENA       
First Line: You walked the length of italy
Last Line: No one unpried your fists as you slept


CENTIPEDE       
First Line: With the storm moved on the next town
Last Line: I scream and let go of his hairy arm


CHAMPAGNE       
First Line: The natives here have given up their backyards
Last Line: All for ourselves and all for nothing


CHARM       
First Line: They called us %the tater bug twins
Last Line: I just gave you life


CHOLERA       
First Line: At the outset, hysteria
Last Line: It was a dance of unusual ferocity


CLAUDETTE COLVIN GOES TO WORK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Menial twilight sweeps the storefronts along lexington
Last Line: Whenever sleep comes down on me
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


CLAUDETTE COLVIN GOES TO WORK       
First Line: Menial twilight sweeps the storefronts along lexington
Last Line: Whenever sleep comes down on me
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Racism


CLIMBIN IN       
First Line: Teeth
Last Line: Head over tail %down the clinking gullet
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Survival


COMPANY       
First Line: No one can help him anymore
Last Line: And now he can't even touch her feet


COMPENDIUM       
First Line: He gave up fine cordials and
Last Line: The canary courting its effigy. %the girls fragrant in their beds


COPPER BEECH       
First Line: Aristocrat among patriarchs,
Last Line: The trunk: %living architecture


CORDUROY ROAD       
First Line: We strike camp on that portion of road completed
Last Line: Blazing from outstretched palms, a skunk bagged and eaten in tears


COURTSHIP       
First Line: Fine evening may I have %the pleasure
Last Line: His heart fluttering shut %then slowly opening


COURTSHIP, DILIGENCE       
First Line: A yellow scarf runs through his fingers
Last Line: Not that scarf, bright as butter. %not his hands, cool as dimes


COZY APOLOGIA; FOR FRED    Poem Text    
First Line: I could pick anything and think of you-
Last Line: I fill this stolen time with you
Subject(s): Boys; Hearts; Love - Beginnings; Youth


CRAB-BOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do I remember the sky
Last Line: We're kicked out now. I'm ready (emphasis mine)
Subject(s): Racism; Civil Rights Movement


CRAB-BOIL       
First Line: Why do I remember the sky
Last Line: We're kicked out now, I'm ready
Subject(s): Americans; United States


DAVID WALKER (1785-1830)       
First Line: Free to travel, he still couldn't be shown how lucky
Last Line: In the doorway at brattle street, %his frame slighter than friends remembered


DAWN REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine you wake up
Last Line: If you don't get up and see
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


DAWN REVISITED       
First Line: Imagine you wake up
Last Line: Who's down there, frying those eggs, %if you don't get up and see
Subject(s): Dawn


DAYSTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: She wanted a little room for thinking
Subject(s): Mothers


DAYSTAR       
First Line: She wanted a little room for thinking
Last Line: She was nothing %pure nothing, in the middle of the day
Subject(s): Mothers


DEDICATION       
First Line: Ignore me. This request is knotted


DEFINITION IN THE FACE OF UNNAMED FURY       
First Line: That dragonfly, bloated, pinned
Last Line: He threatens, 'I'll just %let go'


DELFT       
First Line: Flat, with variations. Not
Last Line: But the house behind us %is sinking


DEMETER'S PRAYER TO HADES    Poem Text    
First Line: This alone is what I wish for you: knowledge
Subject(s): Knowledge


DEMETER'S PRAYER TO HADES       
First Line: This alone is what I wish for you: knowledge
Last Line: Believe in yourself, %go ahead - see where it gets you


DEMETER, WAITING       
First Line: No. Who can bear it. Only someone
Last Line: Over. Then I will sit down to wait for her. Yes


DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS OR LESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm not the kind of person who praises
Subject(s): Self


DESK DREAMS       
First Line: Tempe, arizona %honeyed wood with one eye widening the grain
Last Line: As this one, the heavens scrubbed %and shining


DIALECTICAL ROMANCE       
First Line: He asked if she believed in god


DISSOLVE       
First Line: Durer rides into the mountains
Last Line: He will have figs and dancing lessons-- %and promise the mornings to watercolor
Subject(s): Nature


DOG DAYS, JERUSALEM       
First Line: Exactly at six every evening I go


DUSTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Every day a wilderness
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


DUSTING       
First Line: Every day a wilderness
Last Line: Long before the shadow and sun's accomplice, the tree %maur ice
Subject(s): African Americans


EARLY MORNING ON THE TEL AVIV-HAIFA FREEWAY       
First Line: The shore is cabbage green and reeks
Last Line: Gleams as it turns. We should stop %but drive on


EASTERN EUROPEAN ECLOGUES       
First Line: This melodious
Last Line: Is lovely %this time of year


ELEVATOR MAN, 1949       
First Line: Not a cage but an organ
Last Line: The slender breath of the piper


ENACTMENT       
First Line: Can't use no teenager, especially
Last Line: And sit down in the seat %we have prepared for her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Racism


EVENING PRIMROSE       
First Line: Neither rosy nor prim
Last Line: All night long %for no one


EVENT       
First Line: Ever since they'd left the tennessee ridge
Last Line: A stinking circle of rags, %the half-shell mandolin. %where the wheel turned the water %gently shirr
Subject(s): African Americans


EXEUNT THE VIOLS       
First Line: With their throb and yearn, their sad
Last Line: Smiling under the stars


EXIT       
First Line: Just when hope withers, the visa is granted
Last Line: What it took to be a woman in this life


FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION       
First Line: On my knees in the dark I looked out


FATHER OUT WALKING ON THE LAWN       
First Line: Five rings light your approach across
Last Line: If only you were bright enough to touch


FIAMMETTA BREAKS HER PEACE       
First Line: I've watched them, mother, and I know
Last Line: And I think we'll be spared


FIFTH GRADE AUTOBIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was four in this photograph fishing
Last Line: But I remember his hands
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Hands; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


FIFTH GRADE AUTOBIOGRAPHY       
First Line: I was four in this photograph fishing
Last Line: But I remember his hands
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Hands


FIRST KISS       
First Line: And it was almost a boy who undid
Last Line: In me, almost a boy


FISH IN THE STONE       
Last Line: Strokes the fern's %voluptuous braille
Variant Title(s): The Fish In The Ston
Subject(s): Fossils


FIVE ELEPHANTS       
First Line: Are walking towards me
Last Line: And for hours we meet no one else


FLASH CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In math I was the whiz kid, keeper
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Students; Educators; Professors


FLASH CARDS       
First Line: In math I was the whiz kid, keeper
Last Line: Ten, I kept saying, I'm only ten
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Teaching And Teachers


FLIRTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: After all, there's no need
Last Line: Walking through
Subject(s): Flirtation


FLIRTATION       
First Line: After all, there's no need
Last Line: So the pleasure's in %walking through
Subject(s): Flirtation


FOR KAZUKO       
First Line: The bolero, silk-tassled, the fuchsia
Last Line: If fucking were graceful, desire an alibi


FOR SOPHIE WHO'LL BE IN FIRST GRADE IN THE YEAR 2000       
First Line: No bright toy %this world we've left you
Last Line: Dear sophie, %littlest phoenix


FOX       
First Line: She knew what %she was, and so
Last Line: Than any man %could handle


FOX TROT FRIDAYS       
First Line: Thank the stars there's a day %each week to tuck in
Last Line: To count all the wonders in it


FREEDOM RIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As if, after high street
Last Line: Or a mosque adrift on a milk-fed pond
Subject(s): Buses; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Civil Rights Movement


FREEDOM RIDE       
First Line: As if, after high street
Last Line: But where you sit is where you'll be %when the fire hits
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Parks, Rosa (b. 1913)


GENETIC EXPEDITION       
First Line: Each evening I see my breasts


GENIE'S PRAYER UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK       
First Line: Hair and bacon grease, pearl button


GEOMETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I prove a theorem and the house expands
Subject(s): Geometry


GEOMETRY       
First Line: I prove a theorem and the house expands
Last Line: They are going to some point true and unproven
Subject(s): Geometry


GHOST WALK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The neighbors who never
Last Line: And a last glass of wine
Subject(s): Ghosts; Supernatural; Rosa Parkes (1913-2005); Civil Rights Movement


GHOST WALK       
First Line: The neighbors who never
Last Line: For his laughter %and a last glass of wine
Subject(s): Ghosts; Supernatural


GOLDEN OLDIE       
First Line: I made it home early, only to get
Last Line: Might be, or where to start looking


GOOSE       
First Line: Little cuyahoga's done up left town
Last Line: The poor man's history
Variant Title(s): The Gorg


GOSPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Swing low so I / can step inside
Last Line: Heavenward, warbling
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women & Religion


GOSPEL       
First Line: Swing low so I %can step inside
Last Line: Through god's net and swims %heavenward, warbling
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women And Religion


GOTTERDAMMERUNG       
First Line: A straw reed climbs the car antenna
Last Line: I'll never be through with my life


GRAPE SHERBERT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The day? Memorial. / after the grill
Last Line: You bothered, / father
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


GRAPE SHERBERT       
First Line: The day? Memorial. %after the grill
Last Line: Now I see why %you bothered %father
Subject(s): Healing


GREAT PALACES OF VERSAILLES       
First Line: Nothing nastier than a white person!
Last Line: I need a man who'll protect me %while smoking her cigarette down to the very end
Subject(s): Versailles, Frances; Violence; Women


GREAT PIECE OF TURF       
First Line: Dug out just before sunrise
Last Line: Magnificent edifice %dying before the very eye
Subject(s): Nature


GREAT UNCLE BEEFHEART       
First Line: It was not as if he didn't try
Last Line: There, I ain't wearing no clothes


GRIEF: THE COUNCIL       
First Line: I told her: enough is enough
Last Line: At last the earth cleared to the sea %at last composure


GROUND WE WALK ON       
First Line: Have you heard about bats storing themselves


HADES' PITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could just touch your ankle, he whispers, there
Subject(s): Hell


HAPPENSTANCE       
First Line: When you appeared it was as if
Last Line: You turned in the light, your eyes %seeking your name


HATTIE MCDANIEL ARRIVES AT THE COCONUT GROVE       
First Line: Late, in aqua and ermine, gardenias
Last Line: So go on %and make them wait


HEADDRESS       
First Line: The hat on the table
Last Line: With grace along beauty's seam


HEART TO HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: It's neither red / nor sweet
Last Line: To take me, , too
Subject(s): Desire; Emotions; Hearts


HEART TO HEART       
First Line: It's neither red %nor sweet
Last Line: To take me, %too
Subject(s): Desire; Emotions; Hearts


HER ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Around us, blazed stones, closed ground


HER ISLAND       
First Line: Around us blazed stones, closed ground
Last Line: Around us: blazed stones, the ground closed


HEROES    Poem Text    
First Line: A flower in a weedy field
Subject(s): Poppies


HEROES       
First Line: A flower in a weedy field
Last Line: It was going to die


HILL HAS SOMETHING TO SAY       
First Line: But isn't talking
Last Line: Who lives there still


HILL OF BEANS       
First Line: One spring the circus gave
Last Line: Beyond the tracks, the city blazed %as if looks were everything
Subject(s): Cities


HIS SHIRT    Poem Text    
First Line: Does not show his
Last Line: Fragile and / ordinary
Subject(s): Love


HIS SHIRT       
First Line: Does not show his
Last Line: Fragile and %ordinary
Subject(s): Love


HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything's a metaphor, some wise
Last Line: Will find its symbol†, the woman thinks
Subject(s): Literary Form


HISTORY       
First Line: Everything's a metaphor, some wise
Last Line: Will find its symbol, the woman thinks
Subject(s): Literary Form


HORSE AND TREE       
First Line: Everybody who's anybody longs to be a tree


HOUSE ON BISHOP STREET       
First Line: No front yard to speak of
Last Line: Growing just behind the last houses


HOUSE SLAVE       
First Line: The first horn lifts its arm over the dew-lit grass
Last Line: I weep. It is not yet daylight
Subject(s): Slavery


HULLY GULLY       
First Line: Locked in bathrooms for hours
Last Line: Above the exhausted chenille %in bedrooms upstairs everywhere
Subject(s): Music, Rock


I HAVE BEEN A STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND'    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't bliss. What was bliss
Last Line: Warming her outstretched palm
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Desire; Eden; Life; Temptation; Eve


IKE       
First Line: Grew hair for fun
Last Line: The whole night long


IN A NEUTRAL CITY       
First Line: Someday we'll talk about the day lily


IN THE BULRUSH       
First Line: Cut a cane that once
Last Line: To see if it's thinking %of water


IN THE LOBBY OF THE WARNER THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They'd positioned her - two attendants flanking the wheelchair
Last Line: Waiting for the moment to take her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Washington, D.c.


IN THE LOBBY OF THE WARNER THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC       
First Line: They'd positioned her - two attendants flanking the wheelchair
Last Line: Like the history she made for us sitting there, %waiting for the moment to take her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Washington, D.c.


IN THE MUSEUM       
First Line: A boy, at most


IN THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD       
First Line: Raccoons have invaded the crawl space
Last Line: As I had been taught to do


ISLAND WOMEN OF PARIS       


ISLAND WOMEN OF PARIS       
First Line: Skim from curb like regatta


JIVING       
First Line: Heading north, straw hat
Last Line: Sighing their sighs %and dimpling


KADAVA KUMBIS DEVISE A WAY TO MARRY FOR LOVE       
First Line: I will marry this clump of flowers
Last Line: Watching from a respectful distance


KENTUCKY, 1833    Poem Text    
First Line: It is sunday, day of roughhousing. We are let out in the woods
Last Line: If we could read, would change our lives
Subject(s): Slavery; Books & Reading


KENTUCKY, 1833       
First Line: It is sunday, day of roughhousing. We are let out in the woods
Last Line: Night; as if the sky were an omen we could not understand, the book that, if we could %read, would c
Subject(s): Healing


L'OPERA       
First Line: A friend, blonde pigtail flung over an ear


LADY FREEDOM AMONG US       
First Line: Don't lower your eyes
Last Line: And she is each of us


LAMENTATIONS       
First Line: Throw open the shutters
Last Line: You'd do well to stop crying %and suck the good milk in


LATE NOTEBOOKS OF ALBRECHT DURER       
First Line: Every face in nurnberg is beautiful
Last Line: & therefore no right to claim


LEFT-HANDED CELLIST       
First Line: You came with a cello in one hand
Last Line: You with the pewter hands


LIGHTIN' BLUES       
First Line: On the radio a canary bewailed her luck
Last Line: Kingfish addressing the mystic knights of the sea


LINES COMPOSED ON THE BODY POLITIC: AN ACCOUNTING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


LINES MUTTERED IN SLEEP       
First Line: Black chest hairs, soft sudden mass
Last Line: Pine scent, lake scent, gorse scent, bark


LINT       
First Line: Beneath [or, under] the brushed wing of the mallard


LOST BRILLIANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I miss that corridor drenched in shadow,


LOST BRILLIANCE       
First Line: I miss that corridor drenched in shadow
Last Line: One who wounded, %and one who served


LUCILLE, POST-OPERATIVE YEARS       
First Line: Most often she couldn't


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN'S RETURN TO VIENNA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Three miles from my adopted city
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827)


MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Practice makes perfect, the old folks said
Last Line: She would make it to paris one day
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


MAGIC       
First Line: Practice makes perfect, the old folks said
Last Line: She would make it to paris one day
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


MEDITATION AT FIFTY YARDS, MOVING TARGET    Poem Text    
First Line: Never point your weapon, keep your finger
Last Line: Sleeping in the next room, all with one shot
Subject(s): Bullets; Guns; Meditation


MEDITATION AT FIFTY YARDS, MOVING TARGET       
First Line: Never point your weapon, keep your finger
Last Line: Before you know it %I am home
Subject(s): Bullets; Guns; Meditation


MEDUSA       
First Line: I've got to go


MELENCOLIA I       
First Line: Dazzled by the mere contemplation


MERCY       
First Line: An absolute sound, %this soughing above
Last Line: And terrifying, just where %it was supposed to be


MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: In the beginning was the dark


MOTHER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can forget the attitude of mothering?
Last Line: To scream like that, to make me remember
Subject(s): Mothers


MOTHER LOVE       
First Line: Who can forget the attitude of mothering?
Last Line: To scream like that to make me remember
Subject(s): Mothers


MOTHER LOVE: STATISTIC - THE WITNESS       
First Line: No matter where I turn she is there
Last Line: I will lie down in its kindness, %in the bottomless lull of her arms


MOTHERHOOD       
First Line: She dreams the baby's so small she keeps
Last Line: Go opaque with confusion and shame, like a child's


MUSICIAN TALKS ABOUT 'PROCESS'       
First Line: I learned the spoons from
Last Line: That's when I left the south


MY FATHER'S TELESCOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The oldest joke
Last Line: In oak
Subject(s): Telescopes & Binoculars; Opera Glasses


MY FATHER'S TELESCOPE       
First Line: The oldest joke
Last Line: And his son %a telescope
Subject(s): Telescopes And Binoculars


MY MOTHER ENTERS THE WORK FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The path to abc business school
Subject(s): Mothers


NARCISSUS FLOWER       
First Line: I remember my foot in its frivolous slipper
Last Line: And become a queen %whom nothing surprises


NATURE'S ITINERARY       
First Line: Irene says it's the altitude
Last Line: A man's invention to numb us so we %can't tell which way the next wind's blowing


NESTOR'S BATHTUB       
First Line: As usual, legend got it all
Last Line: And the olive trees grew into the hill


NEXUS       
First Line: I wrote stubbornly into the evening
Last Line: A brontosaurus, a poet


NIGGER SONG: AN ODYSSEY       
First Line: We six pile in, the engine churning ink
Last Line: We croon, yeah


NIGHT WATCH       
First Line: In this stucco house there is nothing but air
Last Line: To the shanties in the mountains


NIGHTMARE       
First Line: She's dreaming %of salt again
Last Line: She wakes up


NOTES FROM A TUNISIAN JOURNAL       
First Line: This nutmeg stick of a boy in loose trousers
Last Line: The stars crumble, salt above eucalyptus fields


NOTHING DOWN       
First Line: He lets her pick the color
Last Line: That is why the petals had grown %so final


NOVEMBER FOR BEGINNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow would be the easy


NOVEMBER FOR BEGINNERS       
First Line: Snow would be the easy
Last Line: With your cargo of zithers


NOW       
First Line: The glass shone cold %with water fresh
Last Line: To reach for the glass and %drink it all


O       
First Line: Shape the lips to say an o, say a
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


O       
First Line: Shape the lips to say an o, say a
Last Line: Like it used to be, not even the future
Subject(s): Language


OBBLIGATO       
First Line: Patrons talk and talk and nothing


OBEDIENCE       
First Line: That smokestack, for instance
Last Line: She could never invent them


OLD FOLK'S HOME, JERASALEM       
First Line: Evening, the bees fled, the honeysuckle


OLD FOLK'S HOME, JERUSALEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening, the bees fled, the honeysuckle
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS       
First Line: They say I was struck down by the voice of an angel


ON VERONICA       
First Line: Exposed to light, %the shroud lifts
Last Line: Onto the glistening plate - %white room, white sky


ONE VOLUME MISSING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Green sludge of a riverbank
Last Line: No zebras, no virginia, / no wars
Subject(s): Encyclopedia; Healing; Cures


ONE VOLUME MISSING       
First Line: Green sludge of a riverbank
Last Line: No zebras, no virginia, %no wars
Subject(s): Healing


ORIENTAL BALLERINA       
First Line: Twirls on the tips of a carnation
Last Line: The walls exploding with shabby tutus


OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE       
First Line: I walk out the kitchen door


OZONE       
First Line: Everything civilized will whistle before


PAMELA       
First Line: At two, the barnyard settled
Last Line: Smiling, rifles crossed on their chests


PARSLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a parrot imitating spring
Subject(s): Dominican Republic; Language; Parsley; Racism; Trujillo, Rafael (1891-1961); Words; Vocabulary; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


PARSLEY: 2. THE PALACE       
First Line: The word the general's chosen is parsley
Last Line: For a single, beautiful word


PARTICULARS       
First Line: She discovered she felt better


PARTY DRESS FOR A FIRST BORN       
First Line: Headless girl so ill-at-ease on the bed
Last Line: A look, and I will smile, and wish them dead. %mother's calling. Stand up: it will be our secret


PASSAGE       
First Line: Got up %this morning at 2:45, breakfast at 3:30
Last Line: It must have been a whale!
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


PASTORAL       
First Line: Like an otter, but warm
Last Line: Desire, and the freedom to imagine it


PEARLS       
First Line: You have broken the path of the dragonfly
Last Line: A noose of guileless tears


PERSEPHONE IN HELL       
First Line: I was not quite twenty when I first went down
Last Line: And light will enter %you are on your way


PERSEPHONE UNDERGROUND       
First Line: If I could touch your ankle, he whispers, there
Variant Title(s): Hades' Pitch
Subject(s): Literary Form; Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


PERSEPHONE UNDERGROUND       
First Line: If I could touch your ankle, he whispers, there
Last Line: While the great man drives home his desire
Variant Title(s): Hades' Pitc
Subject(s): Literary Form; Persephone


PERSEPHONE, FALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: One narcissus among the ordinary beautiful
Last Line: Opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground
Subject(s): Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


PERSEPHONE, FALLING       
First Line: One narcissus among the ordinary beautiful
Last Line: This is how one foot sinks into the ground
Subject(s): Persephone


PITHOS       
First Line: Climb %into a jar
Last Line: Your spine is a flower


PLANNING THE PERFECT EVENING       
First Line: I keep him waiting tuck in the curtains
Last Line: You are, my dear, my sweet black bear
Variant Title(s): A Suite For Augustus: Planning The Perfect Evenin


POEM IN WHICH I REFUSE CONTEMPLATION       
First Line: A letter from my mother was waiting
Last Line: I'm still standing. Bags to unpack. %that's all for now. Take care


POLITICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a man spent seven years in hell's circles
Last Line: Of its own accord, is mistaken for song
Subject(s): Literary Form


POLITICAL       
First Line: There was a man spent seven years in hell's circles
Last Line: Of its own accord, is mistaken for song
Subject(s): Literary Form


POMADE    Poem Text    
First Line: She sweeps the kitchen floor of the river bed her husband saw fit


POMADE       
First Line: She sweeps the kitchen floor of the river bed her husband saw fit
Last Line: Herself slowly rolling down the sides of the earth


POND, PORCH-VIEW: SIX P.M., EARLY SPRING       
First Line: I sit, and sit, and will my thoughts
Last Line: Anyplace but here. %who am I kidding? Here I am
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Spring


PRIMER       
First Line: In the sixth grade I was chased home by
Last Line: I took the long way home, swore %I'd show them all: I would grow up


PRIMER FOR THE NUCLEAR AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the edge of the mariner's
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear Freeze


PRIMER FOR THE NUCLEAR AGE       
First Line: At the edge of the mariner's
Last Line: It will kill you


PROMISES       
First Line: Each hurt swallowed %is a stone. Last words
Last Line: The both of them blind


PROTECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you having a good time?


PROTECTION       
First Line: Are hou having a good time?
Last Line: Are you really all over with? How done %is gone?


QE2. TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING. THIRD DAY.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Panel of gray silk. Liquefied ashes. Dingy percale tugged over
Last Line: Well, I'd get off if I knew where to go
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


QUAKER OATS       
First Line: The grain elevators have stood empty for year


QUICK       
First Line: Look, a baby one! Wink of fuzz
Last Line: Poured into flight


READING HOLDERLIN ON THE PATIO WITH THE AID OF A DICTIONARY    Poem Text    
First Line: One by one, the words
Last Line: Remembering air
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


READING HOLDERLIN ON THE PATIO WITH THE AID OF A DICTIONARY       
First Line: One by one, the words
Last Line: I go under, %a skindiver %remembering air
Subject(s): Healing


RECEIVING THE STIGMATA       
First Line: There is a way to enter a field
Last Line: The hatchet's shadow on the %rippling green


RECOVERY       
First Line: He's tucked his feet into corduroy scuffs
Last Line: Secrets like birdsong in the air


REFRAIN       
First Line: The man inside the mandolin
Last Line: And the bandit gaze %of the old raccoon


REUNION 2005    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Thirty seconds into the barbecue,
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


REVERIE IN OPEN AIR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I acknowledge my status as a stranger
Last Line: But news of a breeze
Subject(s): Air; Calm; Human Behavior; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


RHUMBA       
First Line: Wait. %here comes
Last Line: Into applause %now


RIVE D'URALE       
First Line: That which is cut out
Last Line: Too many cracks to think about along this spine %each step %a bead


RIVE D'URALE: ASSASSINATED STORYLINES       
First Line: It begins with a bird who has something
Last Line: Patience: the song is rising


RIVE D'URALE: CEDAR WAXWING       
First Line: I am not a poem, not
Last Line: Pleasure arrives on wings of glass %and I pay with my red bead


RIVE D'URALE: FINGERTIP THOUGHTS       
First Line: Sehr geehrte zuschauer, do not believe
Last Line: Beyond my window, %small skull grinning through the leaves?


RIVE D'URALE: ONE IN THE PALM       
First Line: The bird? %the bird was
Last Line: No angels. %a cup of coffee %and a bead of red: %perfect coherence


RIVE D'URALE: THE MARCH OF PROGRESS       
First Line: The wall went up sleekly
Last Line: The wall would be so kind as to let in %light


RIVE D'URALE: THE STUDY       
First Line: In the luminous wood the gay sparrow
Last Line: Green sparrow %the face a dream before it reaches the mirror


ROAST POSSUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The possum's a greasy critter
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


ROAST POSSUM       
First Line: The possum's a greasy critter
Last Line: We enjoyed that possum. We ate him %real slow, with sweet potatoes
Subject(s): Healing


ROBERT SCHUMANN, OR: MUSICAL GENIUS BEGINS WITH AFFLICTION       
First Line: It began with a -- years before in a room
Last Line: Starting over as the sky rained apples


ROSA    Poem Text    
First Line: How she sat there
Subject(s): Etiquette; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Manners; Courtesy


ROSA       
First Line: How she sat there
Last Line: When they bent down to retrieve %her purse. That courtesy
Subject(s): Etiquette; Parks, Rosa (b. 1913)


ROSES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Roses


ROSES       
First Line: It's time you learned something
Last Line: The inculpable, blushing prize


ROYAL WORKSHOPS       
First Line: Stone kettles on the beach by sidon


RUSKS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how it happened
Last Line: Her purse. That courtesy
Subject(s): Nature


RUSKS       
First Line: This is how it happened
Last Line: As my mama always said: %than none at goddam all
Subject(s): Nature


SAHARA BUS TRIP       
First Line: Roofless houses, cartons of chalk
Last Line: So clear, it must come from the sky


SAILOR IN AFRICA       
First Line: There are two white captains
Last Line: But pass the time %playing cards


SAINTS       
First Line: She used to pull them


SAMBA SUMMER       
First Line: Broke-leg cakewalk of the drunken uncles
Last Line: Show me what I've been working for


SATISFACTION COAL COMPANY       
First Line: What to do with a day
Last Line: To stand for a while, and get warm
Subject(s): Cities


SECRET GARDEN       
First Line: I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers
Last Line: By a cliff of limestone that leaves chalk on my breasts


SEVEN VEILS OF SALOME: HEROD, WATCHING       
First Line: I should have avoided this, loving her mother
Last Line: You have outdone us all


SEVEN VEILS OF SALOME: HERODIAS, IN THE DOORWAY       
First Line: More than anything I ache to see her
Last Line: Under her flawless heel


SEVEN VEILS OF SALOME: SALOME AWAITS HER ENTRANCE       
First Line: I was standing in the doorway
Last Line: And beautifully arrogant head


SEVEN VEILS OF SALOME: SALOME, DANCING       
First Line: I have a head on my shoulders
Last Line: O mother, what else is a girl to do?


SEVEN VEILS OF SALOME: THE FOOL, AT HEROD'S FEET       
First Line: Just a girl, slim-hipped, two knots
Last Line: She rivets the world's desire


SHAKESPEARE SAY       
First Line: He drums the piano wood
Last Line: There'd be days like this


SIGHTSEEING       
First Line: Come here, I want to show you something
Last Line: To look at a bunch of smashed statues


SILOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Like martial swans in spring paraded against the city sky's
Last Line: Dreading math work
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


SILOS       
First Line: Like martial swans in spring paraded against the city sky's
Last Line: Were the ribs of the modern world
Subject(s): Americans; United States


SISTERS       
First Line: This is the one we called


SISTERS: SWANSONG       
First Line: We died one by one, %each plumper than the mirror
Last Line: We all died of insignificance


SIT BACK, RELAX    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, lord. No rest
Last Line: Just plain grieves
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Religion; Theology


SIT BACK, RELAX       
First Line: Lord, lord. No rest
Last Line: Stand by me in this, my hour
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Religion


SITUATION IS INTOLERABLE'       
First Line: Intolerable: that civilized word
Last Line: O yes. O mercy on our souls
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (b. 1913); Racism


SLAVE'S CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON       
First Line: Ain't got a reason
Last Line: No-good reasons %for sale


SMALL TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is sitting in the red house
Last Line: To avoid being laughed at during the day
Subject(s): Towns


SMALL TOWN       
First Line: Someone is sitting in the red house
Last Line: To avoid being laughed at during the day
Subject(s): Towns


SNOW KING       
First Line: In a far far land where men are men
Last Line: His cracked heart a slow fire, a garnet


SOMEONE'S BLOOD       
First Line: I stood at 6 a.M. On the wharf
Last Line: From that shadow floated on broken sunlight. %I stood there.I could not help her. I forgive


SON       
First Line: All the toothy frauleins are left behind
Last Line: Its reluctant arms to boarders


SONG SUMMER       
First Line: Sexless, my brother flies
Last Line: Straight for the blue cloud %of pine


SONNET       
First Line: Nothing can console me. You may bring silk
Last Line: But it will not be happiness, %for I have known that
Variant Title(s): Demeter Mourning (from Mother Love


SONNET IN PRIMARY COLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is for the woman with one black wing
Subject(s): Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954); Women


SONNET IN PRIMARY COLORS       
First Line: This is for the woman with one black wing
Last Line: Of the thumbprint searing her immutable brow
Subject(s): Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954); Women


SOPRANO       
First Line: When you hit %the center
Last Line: Gives up at last %and goes home


SPY       
First Line: She walked alone, as she did every morning
Last Line: Where was she but always coming in from the cold


STARGAZING       
First Line: The sky is not a glass of anything


STITCHES       
First Line: When skin opens


STRAW HAT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the city, under the saw-toothed leaves of an oak


STRAW HAT       
First Line: In the city, under the saw-toothed leaves of an oak
Last Line: But when she leaves, he always %tips his hat


STROKE       
First Line: Later he'll say death stepped right up
Last Line: Lem's heart, for safekeeping, %he shores up in his arms


SUITE FOR AUGUSTUS: 1963       
First Line: That winter I stopped loving the president
Last Line: Me, an erector set, spilled and unpuzzled


SUITE FOR AUGUSTUS: AUGUSTUS OBSERVES THE SUNSET       
First Line: July. The conspiracy of colors --
Last Line: The sky shakes like a flag
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


SUITE FOR AUGUSTUS: BACK       
First Line: Three years too late, I'm scholarshipped
Last Line: Dollars, they bring me back


SUITE FOR AUGUSTUS: D.C.       
First Line: Roosters corn wooden dentures
Last Line: The gray palms clap: de broomstick's jumped, the world's %not wide


SUITE FOR AUGUSTUS: WAKE       
First Line: Stranded in the middle of the nation like this
Last Line: But your breath, exalted and spearmint


SUMMIT BEACH, 1921       
First Line: The negro beach jumped to the twitch
Last Line: With her parasol and invisible wings


SUNDAY GREENS       
First Line: She wants to hear %wine puring
Last Line: And those collards, wild-eared %singing


SUNDAY NIGHT AT GRANDFATHER'S       
First Line: He liked to joke and all of his jokes were practical
Last Line: Got to be %kidding, %son


TAKING IN WASH    Poem Text    
First Line: Papa called her pearl when he came home
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TAKING IN WASH       
First Line: Papa called her pearl when he came home
Last Line: And I'll cut you down %just like the cedar of lebanon
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS'       
First Line: In the old neighborhood, each funeral parlor
Last Line: August. The mums nod past, each a prickly heart on a sleeve


TEOTIHUACAN       
First Line: The indian guide explains to the group of poets
Last Line: The poets scribble in assorted notebooks. The guide moves on


TESTIMONIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Back when the earth was new


TESTIMONIAL       
First Line: Back when the earth was new
Last Line: And the world followed me here


THE BISTRO STYX    Poem Text    
First Line: She was thinner, with a mannered gauntness
Last Line: Iíve lost her, I thought, and called for the bill
Subject(s): Paris, France; Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


THE BOAST    Poem Text    
First Line: At the dinner table, before the baked eggplant, you tell the story of your friend, ira


THE BREATHING, THE ENDLESS NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every god is lonely, an exile


THE ENACTMENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Can't use no teenager, especially
Last Line: We have prepared for her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE EVENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since they'd left the tennessee ridge
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE FISH IN THE STONE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Strokes the fern's / voluptuous braille
Subject(s): Fossils


THE GREAT PALACES OF VERSAILLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing nastier than a white person!
Subject(s): Versailles, Frances; Violence; Women


THE GREAT PIECE OF TURF    Poem Text    
First Line: Dug out just before sunrise
Last Line: Dying before the very eye
Subject(s): Nature


THE HOUSE SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first horn lifts its arm over the dew-lit grass
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE HOUSE SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first horn lifts its arm over the dew-lit grass
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Got up / this morning at 2:45, breakfast at 3:30
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


THE POND, PORCH-VIEW: SIX P.M., EARLY SPRING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I sit, and sit, and will my thoughts
Last Line: Who am I kidding? Here I am
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Spring


THE SATISFACTION COAL COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: What to do with a day
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE SECRET GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
Subject(s): Illness


THE SITUATION IS INTOLERABLE'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Intolerable: that civilized word
Last Line: O yes. O mercy on our souls
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE SPRING CRICKET CONSIDERS THE QUESTION OF NEGRITUDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was playing my tunes all by mysel
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE VENUS OF WILLENDORF    Poem Text    
First Line: She kneels on a work bench
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


THE WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your absence distributed itself
Subject(s): Wakes


THE ZEPPELIN FACTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The zeppelin factory / needed workers, all right
Subject(s): Airships


THEN CAME FLOWERS       
First Line: I should have known if you gave me flowers
Last Line: Plumage as proud, as cocky as firecrackers


THERE CAME A SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Http://www.Poetryfoundation.Org/poem/172126


THIS LIFE       
First Line: The green lamp flares on the table
Last Line: Nursing the tough skins of figs


THOMAS AT THE WHEEL       
First Line: This, then, the river he had to swim
Last Line: Rise as the keys swung, ticking


THREE DAYS OF FOREST, A RIVER, FREE       
First Line: The dogs have nothing better
Last Line: Ringing darkly, underground


TO BED       
First Line: We turn off
Last Line: Last one up %is the first %to go


TOU WAN SPEAKS TO HER HUSBAND, LIU SHENG       
First Line: I will build you a house
Last Line: Over the earth, just as the legends prophesy


TRANSPORT OF SLAVES FROM MARYLAND TO MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: I don't know if I helped him up
Last Line: Even flinch. Wait. You ain't supposed to act this way


TURNING THIRTY, I CONTEMPLATE STUDENTS BICYCLING HOME       
First Line: This is the weather of change
Last Line: The complaint of these %green hills


UMOJA: EACH ONE OF US COUNTS    Poem Text    
First Line: One went the way of water
Last Line: We walk on water, we write on air
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


UMOJA: EACH ONE OF US COUNTS       
First Line: One went the way of water
Last Line: Remember! %their whispers fill the arena
Subject(s): Politics; War


UNCLE MILLET       
First Line: He'd slip a rubber band around a glass of rye


UNDER THE VIADUCT, 1932    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He avoided the empty millyards


UNDER THE VIADUCT, 1932       
First Line: He avoided the empty millyards
Last Line: Tires slithered to a halt


UPON MEETING DON L. LEE, IN A DREAM       
First Line: He comes toward me with lashless eyes
Last Line: Rustling on brown paper wings


USED    Poem Text    
First Line: The conspiracy's to make us thin. Size threes


USED       
First Line: The conspiracy's to make us thin. Size three's
Last Line: It's hard work staying cool


VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the hour before takeoff,
Subject(s): Vacation


VACATION       
First Line: I love the hour before takeoff
Last Line: Flight 828, now boarding at gate 17


VARIATION ON GAINING A SON       
First Line: That shy angle of his daughter's head
Last Line: For the first time thomas felt like %calling him son


VARIATION ON GUILT       
First Line: Count it anyway he wants
Last Line: Thomas deals the cigars, %spits out the bitter tip in tears


VARIATION ON PAIN       
First Line: Two strings, one pierced cry
Last Line: So is the past forgiven


VENUS OF WILLENDORF       
First Line: She kneels on a workbench
Last Line: Leaning into the rising hush, %if only I could wait forever


WAKE       
First Line: Your absence distributed itself


WATCHING LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AT ROGER HAGGERTY'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a corridor of light
Last Line: That park bench, the frail wisteria.
Subject(s): Marienbad, Czech Republic


WATCHING LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AT ROGER HAGGERTY'S HOUSE       
First Line: There is a corridor of light
Subject(s): Marienbad, Czech Republic


WEATHERING OUT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Pregnancy


WEATHERING OUT       
First Line: She liked mornings the best -- thomas gone
Last Line: Between the cobblestones hung stubbornly on %green as an afterthought


WHY I TURNED VEGETARIAN       
First Line: Mister minister I found
Last Line: In the whole plot of grass


WIEDERKEHR       
First Line: He only wanted me for happiness
Last Line: I reached for it


WINGFOOT LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: On her 36th birthday, thomas had shown her
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Swimming & Swimmers; United States - Race Relations


WINGFOOT LAKE       
First Line: On her 36th birthday, thomas had shown her
Last Line: Under the company symbol, a white foot %sprouting two small wings
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Swimming; U.s. - Race Relations


WIRING HOME       
First Line: Lest the wolves loose their whistles
Last Line: Bright as a thousand %golden narcissi


YOUR DEATH       
First Line: On the day that will always belong to you


ZEPPELIN FACTORY       
First Line: The zeppelin factory %needed workers, all right
Last Line: Big boy I know %you're in there
Subject(s): Airships