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Duhamel, Denise    Poet's Biography
218 poems available by this author


13-JUN-95       
First Line: The best place to turn thirty-four is in mojacar, spain
Last Line: All those decades and centuries and cruelties ago


A CONVERSATION IN STEREO    Poem Text    
First Line: There were always two of everything (one for each of us) but
Last Line: Tells a joke, how I kept the womb warm for the second one
Subject(s): Family Life


A FIRST-LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The static cracks like whips over lions
Last Line: By the precipitation of light falling from his humming tv
Subject(s): Hospitals; Love


AFTER COUPLES THERAPY       
First Line: O: sometimes I feel my feminine side so strongly I want to lie down on silk
Last Line: Hesitate to go there below the wound-nursing marshmallow


ALWAYS LEAVE ONE HAND ON THE BODY       
First Line: Having always been the one to leave, I wasn't sure how
Last Line: I'm reaching out, too, my palm to your warm chest


AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: You said that if we could just touch
Last Line: To be home wherever we went.
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


APRIL 18, 1990    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend has cervical cancer
Last Line: That taste like beautiful pollution
Subject(s): Aids (disease)


ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I was brought up in a working class family
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


AS I FLEW AWAY       
First Line: It was all wishbones and wells
Last Line: To stand before a mirror cursing


AS IF LOVERS, BY VIRTUE OF WHAT THEY ARE CALLED, ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN HUSBANDS OR WIVES OR HOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I still remember john nickels poking me
Last Line: He must have thought he'd turn into a frog or something if he'd admit it
Subject(s): Teenagers


ASSUMPTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: First, I'm assuming that gravity is working.
Last Line: Are close to the same as mine


ASSUMPTIONS       
First Line: First, I'm assuming that gravity is working
Last Line: In consectuive order, that your definitions %are close to the same as mine


ASTHMA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the stadium theater, a movie about santa claus
Last Line: And if I could run up a hill if I were weightless
Subject(s): Asthma


ASTHMA       
First Line: In the stadium theater, a movie about santa claus
Last Line: Might be like inside an astronaut's helmet - %and if I could run up a hill if I wre weightless


BANGUNGOT       
First Line: Ever since my husband told me about bangungot %and taught me how to say it
Last Line: By the time I get them back, %I'm a widow in black ballerina flats


BARBIE AS RELIGIOUS FANATIC       
First Line: Eve, being one of the first born
Last Line: She's as free as they every hope to be- %with no toy-apples anywhere in sight


BARBIE JOINS A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM       
First Line: Barbie is bottoming out
Last Line: And back of the folding chair and stacked her, with the others, against the wall


BARBIE'S GYN APPOINTMENT       
First Line: Her high arches defy the stirrups %and her legs refuse to open wide
Last Line: Each chapter a fashion doll's version of the best science fiction


BARBIE'S MOLESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: His penis rises before him, a compulsion. He would take hormones if
Last Line: He's doing things he never thought of
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


BARBIE'S MOLESTER       
First Line: His penis rises before him, a compulsion. He would take hormones if
Last Line: He mistakes this for love. Suddenly he's doing things even he's never %thought of
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


BIG BREAK PANTOUM       
First Line: Picture star search. Ed mcmahon's jaw dropping
Last Line: Jammed with her on star search and mcmahon's jaw dropped


BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mother loomed all hips and breasts,
Last Line: Coat of feathers grew over you, trying to save you
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters


BISEXUAL BARBIE       
First Line: One of ten barbies is left-handed, %another ten percent are lesbian
Last Line: As to let a blond ponytail get in their way?


BLACK BARBIE HISTORY       
First Line: Black barbies look exactly like white barbies
Last Line: And redone, only dulled sisterhood and numbed love


BLINDFOLDED BARBIE       
First Line: No one was quite as fun at s&m
Last Line: To call the whole thing off


BLUEBEARD'S ONE-HUNDREDTH WIFE       
First Line: This was before battered women's shelters
Last Line: This was before lawyers, but the one hundred wives still got the house


BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I run into my old boyfriend's new boyfriend
Last Line: Boy, is this guy in for trouble
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


BOY       
First Line: I run into my old boyfriend's new boyfriend
Last Line: And upper lip. He has my goofy kind of smile, %the kind scott always made fun of. %boy, is this guy


BUDDHIST BARBIE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the 5th century b.C.
Subject(s): Buddhism; Barbie (doll); Buddha; Buddhists


BUDDHIST BARBIE       
First Line: In the 5th century b.C.
Last Line: With such a belly could pose, %smiling, and without a shirt


BULIMIA    Poem Text    
First Line: A kiss has nothing to do with sex
Last Line: But in a dumpster way on the other side of town
Subject(s): Bulimia; Eating Disorders


BULIMIA       
First Line: A kiss has nothing to do with sex
Last Line: But in a dumpster way on the other side of town
Subject(s): Bulimia; Eating Disorders


BUYING STOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I know you won't mind if I ask you to put this on.
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Birth Control; Contraception


CAPRICE       
First Line: From the day she met you-know-who, olive oyl was tortured by spinach
Last Line: Bounced along the rooftops of sweethaven, the heavens sailorless and spinach-free


CASINO        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Escalator Accidents


CHLAMYDIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sex was as beautiful as flowers.
Last Line: And meant only for one
Subject(s): Chlamydia; Love - Beginnings


CLASS       
First Line: It depends on your definition of immortality,'
Last Line: It's just what boys his age are, it's not just him


CLITORIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Glistening comma
Last Line: Mighty red tongue
Subject(s): Female Circumcision


COCKROACHES    Poem Text    
First Line: That's what my father-in-law calls the american kids
Subject(s): Cockroaches


COCKROACHES       
First Line: That's what my father-in-law calls the american kids
Last Line: Scurrying fast across the dirty tub we knew as america
Subject(s): Cockroaches


COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: If daniel rakowitz had only dreamt
Last Line: And repentance, no one can ever truly destroy a spirit
Subject(s): Cannibalism; Rakowitz, Daniel (b. 1960)


CRATER FACE       
First Line: Is what we called her. The story was
Last Line: From the back, sprinting into the future, %fading into tiny gray dots on uhf


CRAZY MAN       
First Line: Kinnaq could not get his penis into any of the normal places
Last Line: And began chewing pieces of it


DANISH ELUDE ME       
First Line: Idle men had sue
Last Line: Idle sue had men


DAVID LEMIEUX    Poem Text    
First Line: My first boyfriend is dead of aids. The one
Last Line: To reconnect to the ground. We were the ones
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


DAVID LEMIEUX       
First Line: My first boyfriend is dead of aids. The one
Last Line: To reconnect to the ground. We were the ones
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


DAY THE FIRST GRADE VOTED FOR THE DEATH PENALTY       
First Line: There was a note written in script


DELTA FLIGHT 659    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm writing this on a plane, sean penn,
Subject(s): Penn, Sean; Air Travel; Iraq War


DEPARTURE TO THE DEPTHS OF HEAVEN, VIA GRAND CENTRAL STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It's closing, grand central station
Last Line: Where nothing looks particularly familiar yet is, like the hospital I can't remember, but in which I
Subject(s): Grand Central Station, New York City


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEPSI AND POPE       
First Line: I have this blind spot, a dark line, thin as a hair, that obliterates
Last Line: In that skinny dark line, how easy it is to get so many things all wrong


DREAM, VAGINA DENTATA    Poem Text    
First Line: It has something to do with sex, I've read.
Last Line: And incisors from my antarctic mouth
Subject(s): Teeth; Toothaches


EASY    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1981 I was on a train in milan
Last Line: If it was true, if american girls were easy
Subject(s): Rape; Virtue


EGG ROLLS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was walking down first avenue and knew
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Roommates


EGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I just didn't get it
Subject(s): Schools; Self; Students


ELEGY       
First Line: She didn't think to ask if there were nuts in the chili
Last Line: Dole her such a poisonous apple?


EMBARAZAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The dairy association's huge success with the campaign got milk? Prompted them to expand
Subject(s): Miscommunication; Language; Words; Vocabulary


EMBARAZAR       
First Line: The dairy association's huge success with the campaign 'got milk?'
Last Line: Papermates turned a whole batch of whites blue


ERNEST HEMINGWAY, YOUR MOTHER MADE YOU WEAR DRESSES UNTIL YOU WERE THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, maybe that explains everything
Last Line: In an antique chair in which antique women actually gave birth?
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


EVERY MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, you say, as though an actor
Last Line: It streaked my hand, admittance, the color of my ticket stub
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Teenagers


EXQUISITE CANDIDATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can promise you this: food in the white house
Subject(s): Politics And Politicians


FACING MY AMYGDALA       
First Line: I take out my brain and put it in my lap.
Last Line: The lover I'm most afraid to lose.


FEAR ON 11TH STREET AND AVENUE A, NEW YORK CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the papers are saying pesticides will kill us
Last Line: Please, little girl, grow up to be pope or president
Subject(s): Fears; Girls


FEAR ON 11TH STREET AND AVENUE A, NEW YORK CITY       
First Line: Now the papers are saying pesticides will kill us
Last Line: Please, little girl, grow up to be pope or president


FEMINISM    Poem Text    
First Line: All over the world, little bees, star scouts
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


FEMINISM       
First Line: All over the world, little bees, star scouts
Last Line: Each missing face on the missing child poster %like the fairest of all looking into her mirror
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


FOR THE ONE MAN WHO LIKES MY THIGHS    Poem Text    
First Line: There was the expensive cream from france
Last Line: Then it made all the sense in the world
Subject(s): Thighs


FOR THE ONE MAN WHO LIKES MY THIGHS       
First Line: There was the expensive cream from france
Last Line: Then it made all the sense in the world


FOUND BRA       
First Line: I dreamed I went to the opera in my maidenform bra
Last Line: But I was really a skewer in my maidenform bra


FOUR HOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister picks up her daughters at the bus stop
Last Line: Who love small animals and only want to help
Subject(s): Child Abuse


FOUR HOURS       
First Line: My sister picks up her duaghters at the bus stop
Last Line: My sister wonders how to tell her duaghters, %who love small animals and only want to help


FRANKENSTEIN       
First Line: Dr. Frankenstein had an accent, nice
Last Line: Timid, he'd dance at single bars all alone


FROM LORCA'S DELI, NEW YORK CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The cashier who usually winks at me was watching the hanging tv over my shoulder -
Last Line: Now, that it was kind of like watching tv
Subject(s): Robbery


FUTURE OF VAGINAS AND PENISES       
First Line: Descendants of darwin predict a longer penis
Last Line: Of awkward groping partners before them.


GEORGIE PORGIE, PUDDING AND PIE, KISSED THE GIRLS...       
First Line: His face was round
Last Line: There I was, a goner, %a plum on his thumb


HAMBURGERS AWEIGH       
First Line: Olive's as mighty as superman when
Last Line: Rare cartoon moment, he kisses the goil


HEART       
First Line: From the inside looking out
Last Line: This is just the shape of my face


HELLO KITTY (A DOUBLE SESTINA)       
First Line: You probably have never seen mimi
Last Line: Kissing presidents and slaves instead of frogs


HIGH SCHOOL REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: The troublemaker has become a monk
Last Line: Of wishing suzy any harm at all
Subject(s): Reunions


HIM-WHOSE-PENIS-NEVER-SLEPT       
First Line: There was a husband who married a wife he found so beautiful
Last Line: It vanished, his semen a liquid ghost dripping down a lonely snow wall


HIS DEATH       
First Line: Rodney lays out the teeth before me, big yellowing nobs
Last Line: Than anyone, rodney who by now has forgotten


HOLLOW MEN       
First Line: The land of island ice was forbidden
Last Line: To their sleeping cots %so they wouldn't float away


HOW MUCH IS THIS POEM GOING TO COST ME?       
First Line: It's not something I like to burden my readers with as a rule
Last Line: There are envelopes, bottles of wite-out, stamps, and disks


HOW THE SKY FELL       
First Line: Some said it was just an acorn. Others, a teeny meteorite
Last Line: As the clothespins that held up her sky rotted away


HOW TO HELP CHILDREN THROUGH WARTIME       
First Line: Mister rogers says to tell her your american young
Last Line: Each other with the crimson bits. Allow this: %confetti, bloodshed, red snow, bombs


I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK       
First Line: Asthma attacks and astigmatism. It doesn't sound like much, but I knew what
Last Line: My body bag so fast


I'M DEALING WITH MY PAIN       
First Line: He's about 300 pounds and knows martial arts, boxing and wres-
Last Line: To chase and embrace us, the outlaw we sometimes love to chase and %embrace


ID    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm having coffee at the last stop with amy
Last Line: Of the article advised, so you should paraphrase
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963); Poetry & Poets


INTERVIEW WITH A COMIC STRIP DIVA       
First Line: Ms: ms. Oyl, you've been called the skinniest thing in boots, do you find this
Last Line: Oppenhaim's tea cup covered in fur, the way art has sex with life and %vice versa


INVISIBLE MEN       
First Line: These tribes of men were never seen
Last Line: Voices even more invisible than usual, %sobbing their disembodied grief


JUNG SAYS THE SOUL IS ROUND       
Last Line: A floppy parasol, doing what it can, %over the fair round and round-freckled redhead


JUNG SAYS THE SOUL IS ROUND (TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK)    Poem Text    
First Line: Jung says the soul is round
Last Line: Over the fair round and round-freckled redhead
Subject(s): Tompkins Square Park (new York City)


JUST SAYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Since aids, a rape is worse than rape,
Last Line: Through a front door
Subject(s): Rape


KINKY    Poem Text    
First Line: They decide to exchange heads
Last Line: Their mirrored desires bubbling from the most unlikely places
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


KINKY       
First Line: They decide to exchange heads
Last Line: Their mirrored desires bubbling from the most unlikely places
Subject(s): Erotic Love


KITCHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm jealous when my mother touches anything else.
Last Line: As though it were a chicken
Subject(s): Mothers


KITCHEN       
First Line: I am jealous when my mother touches anything else
Last Line: There was a mohter in the newspaper this week %who cooked her baby & served it to her husband %as th


LAST PAGE OF A JENNY CRAIG SEMINAR BOOKLET       
First Line: Abacus: ancient device of torture used to count food groups
Last Line: Zither: the harmony of strings you hear when you lose your first %pound


LAWLESS PANTOUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Men are legally allowed to have sex with animals,
Subject(s): Sexism


LAWLESS PANTOUM       
First Line: Men are legally allowed to have sex with animals
Last Line: Everyone's having sexual relations with a male animal


LET ME EXPLAIN       
First Line: It was easy for tom to take off his clothes
Last Line: Their paternal regard. We were busy leaving them


LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM BARBIE       
First Line: Ever since marilyn monroe %bleached her hair so it would photograph better
Last Line: To remind themselves of who they'll never be, %of what they'll never have


LITERARY BARBIE       
First Line: When barbie reads kafka's the metamorphosis
Last Line: She whispers no to it all. And wakes up, immobile, %plastic, looking entirely like somebody else


LONG DRIVE HOME       
First Line: The over and over background in a hanna-barbera cartoon


LORCA'S DELI, NEW YORK CITY, SELS       
First Line: The cashier who usually winks at me was watching the hanging tv
Last Line: Through the glass, and he said it was ok now, that it was kind of like %watching tv


LORD OF THE FLIES       
First Line: It's not easy to kill a pig first shot
Last Line: That informed their waking, their atomic hearts


LORD OF THE FLIES 2       
First Line: Jack merridew was born to villainy
Last Line: Imagined himself bloated with victory


LOTUS POSITION       
First Line: Take a deep breath and accept
Last Line: Especially your bombed-out soul-- %and all of those who came before you


LOVE POEM       
First Line: P: I loves ya from the bottom of me spinach-enrichked heart!
Last Line: O: you left me there, now sink


LOVE-STRUCK IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: I kiss a homeless woman on the lips,
Last Line: Towards him, well, they don't change
Subject(s): Love


MAKING MONEY       
First Line: It was gertrude stein who said
Last Line: Images of eatinf feces will bring wealth. %no prior experience required, but lucid dreaming is a plu


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Barbie wonders if it's cheating %when she dreams of fashion doll boyfriends
Last Line: From the rest of us, juggling gratitude, %ambition, passivity, and guilt


MARY MOPPET'S DAYCARE CENTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I call the police to report the bruises, on my way to work buy a few boxes of cookie
Last Line: Meg leaves mary moppet's when she gets enough gigs. Angela goes to mexico. She's getting married, wa
Subject(s): Day Care


MöBIUS STRIP: TRUE OR FALSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm pretty


MEETING MEN AGAIN       
First Line: Oh cactus snake spine
Last Line: But I don't want to be touched


MELVINA, PAULINA, AND LUNT       
First Line: Here's the joke olive heard when she was a girl in chicago
Last Line: The moral of this story has something to do with chaos theory, %how one minute you don't and the nex


MIA AND DARGER, ASHBERY AND GINA       
First Line: When mia saw my darger poster, she said, 'oh wow! Look patrick, darger'
Last Line: And at the same time both said, 'what are you two talking about?'


MIDDLE AGE       
First Line: The closer I get to death, the less I think about it
Last Line: The oxygen, boz scaggs sounded like heaven


MILLE ET UN SENTIMENTS (PREMIERS CENTS)    Poem Text    
First Line: 1. I feel as though something is terribly wrong
Last Line: I feel the humming of my hummingbird-heart, the one they gave me by mistake during the transplant
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


MOBIUS STRIP: LOVE SEX FOOD DEATH       
First Line: Nick %said, 'don't worry, I won't %ever die on you, ok?'
Last Line: Floor to pick up that metal %question mark


MORMON BARBIE       
First Line: When she takes the tour in salt lake city
Last Line: No longer misunderstood at every turn


MR. DONUT    Poem Text    
First Line: They tumble from closing bars into here.
Last Line: Quiet hours before dawn
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses


MR. DONUT       
First Line: They tumble from closing bars into here
Last Line: But they all leave big bills under the saucers, %and I get to fread the few %quiet hours before dawn


MRS. SHAW'S CADILLAC    Poem Text    
First Line: When cindy shaw told me
Last Line: Sometimes as big as car fins
Subject(s): Women; Middle Age; Childhood Memories


MY GRANDMOTHER IS MY HUSBAND       
First Line: I was left alone with only grandmother
Last Line: Her magic spell-man or woman, it's all the same %when a person dies alone


MY MOTHER DREAMS: IF HER HUSBAND DIES, WHO WILL CUT THE LAWN       
First Line: My mother drags her money across the street
Last Line: In a rocking chair. My mother's head rests %on my right knee, my fahter's on my left


MY MOTHER DREAMS: IF HER HUSBAND DIES, WHO WILL CUT THE LAWN?    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother drags her money across the street
Last Line: On my right knee, my father's on my left
Subject(s): Mothers


NAP ON THE AFTERNOON OF MY 39TH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: A man sits between my husband and me in the movies, then puts his
Last Line: Century sepia gentleman's postcard


NEARLY DROWNING AT SIX    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue of bill's pet shop fish tank was all
Last Line: Sweet jesus. Her feet, I must kiss her feet
Subject(s): Drowning; Childhood Memories


NEW YEAR'S RESORBTION       
First Line: I'll write every day and writhe every day, swim every day
Last Line: I'll make time for myself and make time immemorial for %mythomania


NICK AT NITE       
First Line: When growing up, nick never saw the brady bunch
Last Line: Is really about singing without tears, not the virtues of corn chips


NO HOME-WRECKER       
First Line: When I was twenty, I kissed a man
Last Line: He had no money so I wound up covering our diner check %emptying the last of my change on the table


NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE NOW BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: My father slides into third base
Last Line: Without gloves and a lit cigar in his mouth
Subject(s): Fathers; Illness


ODE TO THE FERRIS WHEEL, ON ITS NINETY-NINTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, mr. Ferris, what an invention!
Last Line: The luck of the circle and the sun
Subject(s): Ferris Wheels


OLIVE'S WAR EFFORT       
First Line: Olive seldom slept more than four hours %after ballroom dancing in the forties
Last Line: And margaritas irresistible in her crumpled sheets


OLIVE'S WAR EFFORT: 2       
First Line: Olive loved the chunggg chunggg sound
Last Line: Sailor talk so bad segar stole a rib and called it popeye


ON BEING BORN THE SAME EXACT DAY OF THE SAME EXACT YEAR AS BOY GEORGE    Poem Text    
First Line: We must have clamored for the same mother, hurried for the same womb.
Last Line: But I can set it straight.
Subject(s): Birthdays; George, Boy (b. 1961); Baby Boom Generation; Women


ON BEING BORN THE SAME EXACT DAY OF THE SAME EXACT YEAR AS BOY GEORGE       
First Line: We must have clamored for the same mother, hurried for the same womb
Last Line: Well, don't be alarmed. There has been %but I can set it straight
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ON THE M104    Poem Text    
First Line: The longing we know that does not have a name
Last Line: Their appearances so short, their bodies so small
Subject(s): Buses


ONE AFTERNOON WHEN BARBIE WANTED TO JOIN THE MILITARY       
First Line: It was a crazy idea, she admits now
Last Line: That if he kept it up, gi joe would %never get that honorable discharge


ORIENTAL BARBIE       
First Line: She could be from japan, hong kong, china
Last Line: Of american commerce and trade understand


ORIGIN OF OLIVE OYL       
First Line: When olive was an embryo, she curled her thumbs
Last Line: Olive, so many dots of color, rearranging herself like nomenclature
Subject(s): Comic Strips; Popeye (comic Strip); Women


OYL ON: SEX AND CHOCOLATE       
First Line: I have a sexy green salty kind of name
Last Line: That made me bite into my pink satin sheets, %that made me bite my own tongue


OYL ON: VOODOO DOLLS AND ZOMBIE SLAVES       
First Line: The guy who ran the occult bookstore asked
Last Line: Walked as steadily in my own shoes %as eleanor roosevelt


PEEP SHOW STAGEPLAY       
First Line: Yellow peep (one of those sugary chick-shaped
Last Line: Pink peep's head. %the end


PLAYA NATURISTA       
First Line: We're brave, but we're not that brave %so we go in the morning, arrive by 8:30
Last Line: My husband wearing only %his seaweed tie and I, a boa of kelp


POET IS THE WORST       
First Line: She really thinks people care how her mind works
Last Line: Wish they could leave their troubled makers %wish they could be dancers instead of the dance


POLLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: As a child visiting hampton beach,
Last Line: Of mutant delicious ultraviolet apples
Subject(s): Pollution


POPEYE'S DOUBLE TROUBLE       
First Line: The sea hag pretends she's olive oyl
Last Line: Olive bobbypins her bun back into place


POPEYE'S FIX-IT SHOP (1960)       
First Line: Olive kicks the greasy toolbox aside
Last Line: To whip up a feta-cheese omelette


POPEYE'S PEP-UP EMPORIUM       
First Line: Olive eats the spinach to save herself
Last Line: Gulps it down and flips to safety like a gymnast


PORK    Poem Text    
First Line: No one warned me he'd long for loins and hocks
Last Line: I look down at my fuzzy slippers and feel better. Uncle waldo hated pig's feet
Subject(s): Marriage; Food & Eating; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PRAYER, OR NOSTALGIA FOR HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Please, just give me a map, and I'll follow it.
Last Line: On all of us, on each earth-bound beauty's sleeping cheek
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Death; Death; Depressions, Economic; Gambling; Modern Man


PROBLEM WITH WOODY ALLEN       
First Line: (even before soon-yi) %is that he breaks up with people
Last Line: All the way from grand forks to the upper east side?


PUTTING AWAY OF DOLLS       
First Line: This is what they called the day
Last Line: Her hands never to touch skins that small again


RAGWEED       
First Line: The first night I stayed at my reluctant boyfriend's apartment
Last Line: He said to call him back when I looked normal again
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


RAPING OF THE SUN       
First Line: The dance house went dark %when a wind blew out all the lamps
Last Line: She stays as far away as possible %from her brother, the cold dim moon


RAW MATERIAL       
First Line: When I finished my first novel
Last Line: I'll write second or third novels


REMINDED OF MY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK -- WHILE LOOKING AT GEORGIA O'KEEFE'S PELVIS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I see so many things, a primitive ring,
Last Line: They can stay as long as they like
Subject(s): Pelvis


REMINDED OF MY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK-WHILE LOOKING AT GEORGIA O'KEEFFE'S..       
First Line: I see so many things, a primitive ring
Last Line: They can stay as long as they like


RIDING THE SUBWAY IN NEW YORK, I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The time I was ten and walking
Last Line: Wherever I wanted
Subject(s): Dogs


RUMPLESS ONES       
First Line: Back then only sun woman had a vagina
Last Line: Gobbled down food and gulped up love


SELL OUT VILLANELLE       
First Line: Doc martens offered oyl an endorsement deal
Last Line: And mcdonald's raised the price of happy meals


SEX POEM       
First Line: P: shiver me down. Blow me timbers
Last Line: O: clog me from above! Dry heave my root, you sap!


SEX WITH A FAMOUS POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I had sex with a famous poet last night
Subject(s): Sex; Poetry & Poets


SEX WITH A FAMOUS POET       
First Line: I had sex with a famous poet last night
Last Line: For instance, he writes a mean iambic. %otherwise, what was I doing in his arms?


SHORE, SELS       
First Line: Michele and I pull out our feet from the mud, and begin
Last Line: Can't I have one goddamn minute alone?'


SIX-FINGERED SESTINA       
First Line: When I was six %I thought sex %was a kiss
Last Line: Six tic-tacs, watching a commercial for cross-your-heart bras


SKELETON SONG       
First Line: The joy of the skeleton making music
Last Line: The skeleton who is singing along


SKINNY CENTO       
First Line: Her toes are not %the lobes of autobiography
Last Line: Made of untinted butter frosting happy name day, blue jay, staggering %feeling like a girl


SLEEPING BEAUTY'S DREAMS       
First Line: One hundred years is a long time
Last Line: Dark and small like dustpans' hang holes


SMILE!    Poem Text    
First Line: My dentist was doctor alexander.
Last Line: Only their smiles left to grin and bear it
Subject(s): Dentists


SOMETIMES THE FIRST BOYS DON'T COUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking home through the woods from a movie at the plaza
Last Line: I swallowed like a brave girl, taking her medicine
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


SOMETIMES THE FIRST BOYS DON'T COUNT       
First Line: Walking home through the woods from the movie at the plaza
Last Line: I swallowed like a brave girl, taking her medicine


SONG FOR ALL THE WOULD-HAVE-BEEN PRINCESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Song for all the would-have-been princesses
Last Line: Desire itself is shameful


STAR-SPANGLED BANNER       
First Line: I was sure then, as I sang along
Last Line: Ricky's accent so much like how she remembers yours
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


STARVING BABY       
First Line: Chief oohmelik decided to have a big feast
Last Line: And harmless, so it seemed, on the surface, %a soup stock without any meat


STORIES FROM THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: He hopes I'm not squeamish about scars
Last Line: In the dark, on 11oth street, in august
Subject(s): Race Awareness; Human Body


STRANGER       
First Line: She looks so old now and gray as you tower over her
Last Line: Just a big glowing rectangle and muzak


SUMMER       
First Line: My mother's wet feet left paw prints on the deck
Last Line: Then she slept in the lounge chair all afternoon


SURGERY       
First Line: I sleep for so many days like a princess who's eaten poison
Last Line: Then floats through the gauze, above the sheets, a full set of the tiniest possible teeth


TEN QUALITIES AS A COSMO GIRL I REALLY WANT IN MY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I want a boyfriend with antlers.
Last Line: As calm and easy to take care of as no-iron sheets


TESTAMENT OF SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Every saturday the saxophone sage
Last Line: The sound before a great war
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THAT'S GOING TO MEAN SOMETHING LATER ON    Poem Text    
First Line: See the way she fumbles for her keys while he keeps talking
Last Line: And someone watching knows all of this means something
Subject(s): Relationships


THE BIG BLACK BOOK IS NOT IN HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, late at night my lover and I drove into the desert.
Last Line: Like neighbors, like light-oblivion shadows
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Nature


THE BOTTOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I stopped drinking on my way down the hill
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


THE BOY WHO DIMMED LIGHT BULBS    Poem Text    
First Line: For phil that's the way it started.
Last Line: Cleared his throat
Subject(s): Boys


THE JET LAG OF THE NEWLY DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: One definition of jet lag is the process of the soul
Last Line: About me than anyone, but you're quickly forgetting
Variant Title(s): The Therapist's Funera
Subject(s): Future Life; Jet Lag; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THE NIGHT BEFORE FATHER'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fireflies might have been bouncing balls in a sing-along.
Last Line: Regardless of me, regardless that I was planning my escape
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences


THE ORIGIN OF OLIVE OYL    Poem Text    
First Line: When olive was an embryo, she curled her thumbs
Last Line: Sometimes popeye smoked a pipe and sometimes he didn’t
Subject(s): Comic Strips; Popeye (comic Strip); Women


THE PINK BUBBLE TECHNIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: On shakti gawain's self help tape
Last Line: Left, for better, for worse, to fend for itself
Subject(s): Gawain, Shakti (b. 1948); Meditation


THE SKY SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky sings in plurals.
Last Line: Reaping, always towards joy.
Subject(s): Sounds


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was sure then, as I sang along
Last Line: Ricky's accent so much like how she remembers yours
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


THE THREAT    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother pushed my sister out of the apartment door with an empty
Subject(s): Family Life; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Relatives; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE UGLY STEPSISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You don't know what it was like
Last Line: Pressing hot match tips into her palm
Subject(s): Stepsisters


THE WOMAN WITH TWO VAGINAS    Poem Text    
Last Line: That he then cries out into her barren palms
Subject(s): Genitalia


THREE WISHES       
First Line: Imagine the pressure. You're a poor woodcutter
Last Line: You stay where you are. If you went back you're sure you'd %screw things up


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD       
First Line: Scout wore gingham and boo radley wore plaid
Last Line: Tongues and all the ways we might be saved


TORNADO-DRAWER       
First Line: We sit for the portrait and the painter says
Last Line: He disappears every time
Subject(s): Tornadoes


UGLY STEPSISTER       
First Line: You don't know what it was like
Last Line: Pressing hot match tips into her palm
Subject(s): Stepsisters


UNTITLED       
First Line: 501. I feel midway like I've made a mistake-that's it's crazy to try
Last Line: 600. I feel, in the end, that I am right


UPSIDE DOWN       
First Line: A long time ago, before women had individual wombs
Last Line: An explorer some kind of a king, a rich man, %a man of great discovery


VAGINA       
First Line: One day a fisherman's penis got tangled up in his harpoon line
Last Line: The orphan went to search for seals and whales and blubber on his own


VARIATIONS ON THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY       
First Line: I think I love you, so what am I so afraid of?
Last Line: I am frightened of being happy. That's it


WARNING       
First Line: Do not swallow
Last Line: The reading of this poem does not enable you to fly


WEAPONS INSPECTORS' CHECKLIST       
First Line: Do they have nerve gas?
Last Line: Do they have the nerve?


WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: David didn't come to school tuesday,
Last Line: The best of definitions we could come up with
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK       
First Line: Billy didn't come to school tuesday, %the day his essay was due
Last Line: Billy stood up and bowed, %the best of definitions we could come up with


WHAT SHE FEELS LIKE WITHOUT HER BREASTS       
First Line: I wear a boa and I have a beak
Last Line: And pass me my wig


WHEN I WAS A LESBIAN       
First Line: I went out with a woman %more macho than any of my boyfriends
Last Line: The one time lightning was meant to strike


WHOLE       
First Line: I learned to masturbate late
Last Line: Some even lined up to do it again and again


WHY, ON A BAD DAY, I CAN RELATE TO THE MANATEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The manatee tries a diet of only sea grass, but still stays fat.
Last Line: And believes in mating for life
Subject(s): Manatees


WHY, ON A BAD DAY, I CAN RELATE TO THE MANATEE       
First Line: The manatee tries a diet of only sea grass, but still stays fat
Last Line: On some level that she is endangered %and believes in mating for life


WISH YOU WERE HERE       
First Line: I'm writing to you from inside a red m&m. Josh and the
Last Line: Don't get out of bed anymore


WOMAN WITH TWO VAGINAS       
First Line: The woman with two vaginas tried her best
Last Line: That he then cries out into her barren palms


WOMAN'S STORY COMES TO LIFE       
First Line: This woman had no children but she had a unipkaaq
Last Line: Never to bother tikigaq again


YES    Poem Text    
First Line: According to culture shock: / a guide to customs and etiquette
Last Line: What he means by his yes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


YES       
First Line: According to culture shock: %a guide to customs and etiquette
Last Line: Then study his lips, wondering if I'll be able to decipher %what he means by his yes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ZEN OF ALICE       
First Line: Alice is pushing 40, her sprawling hips so sprawled that when she
Last Line: Yorkshire pudding, whose %zits have long faded into zilch