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Duncan, Robert    Poet's Biography
256 poems available by this author


A LITTLE LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I know a little language of my cat, tho dante says
Last Line: As if crouching, springs / to life
Variant Title(s): A Little Language
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Language; Words; Vocabulary


A MORNING LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The various members of the hierarchy move


A NEW POEM (FOR JACK SPICER)    Poem Text    
First Line: You are right. What we call poetry is the boat
Last Line: A bird I cannot name crows
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A PAIR OF URANIAN GARTERS FOR AURORA BLIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Death's legs in black net stockings


A POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE BY PINDAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The light foot hears you and the brightness begins


A RIDE TO THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The bland electricity, light blue wash


A SET OF ROMANTIC HYMNS        Recitation by Author


A SONG OF THE OLD ORDER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sing fair the lady and her knight


A SPRING MEMORANDUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The year has run thin through the turning room of my wind


A STORM OF WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Neither/sky nor earth, without horizon, it's


ACHILLES' SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not know more than the sea tells me
Subject(s): Achilles


ACHILLES' SONG       
First Line: I do not know more than the sea tells me
Last Line: And soon you too -- will be alone


ADAM'S SONG       
First Line: When this garden %is no longer home to us
Last Line: Here, where war is, the certain %end, the paradise


ADORATION OF THE VIRGIN       
First Line: The speechless statue of the virgin stands
Last Line: As if that touch were stolen from their hearts


AFRICA REVISITED        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Africa


AFRICAN ELEGY       
First Line: In the groaves of africa fromtheir natural wonder


AFTER A LONG ILLNESS       
First Line: No faculty not ill at ease
Last Line: That knows nor sleep nor waking, nor dream %-- an eternal arrest


AFTER A PASSAGE IN BAUDELAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ship, leaving or arriving, of my lover
Last Line: Complique, mais eurythmique
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poetry & Poets


AFTER A PASSAGE IN BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: Ship, leaving or arriving, of my lover
Last Line: Complique, mais surythmique
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poetry And Poets


AFTER READING H.D.'S HERMETIC DEFINITIONS       
First Line: What time of day is it?
Last Line: But their song in the sun


AFTERTHOUGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My first mother in whom I took my first nature
Subject(s): Mothers


ALBIGENSES       
First Line: We move as dragons in the lethargy
Last Line: O let me die, but if you love me, let me die


AMONG MY FRIENDS LOVE IS A GREAT SORROW    Poem Text    
Last Line: That one might have for an honest living
Subject(s): Love Ė Nature Of


AMONG MY FRIENDS LOVE IS A GREAT SORROW       
Last Line: That one might have for an honest living
Subject(s): Friendship


AN AFRICAN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the groves of africa from their natural wonder
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AN ARK FOR LAWRENCE DURRELL    Poem Text    
First Line: If we are to cross the barriers of snow
Last Line: The snake has hiw own way among us
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


AN IMAGINARY WOMAN        Recitation by Author


AN INTERLUDE * OF RARE BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The seal in the depraved wave
Last Line: No more than our affection / for naming.
Subject(s): Beauty; Montague, John (b. 1929)


AN OWL IS AN ONLY BIRD OF POETRY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A cross leaves marks the tree we fancy
Subject(s): Owls


AND IF HE HAD BEEN WRONG FOR ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet he was there, and all my thirst
Last Line: Kept silent come to speak
Subject(s): Men


AND IF HE HAD BEEN WRONG FOR ME       
First Line: Yet he was there, and all my thirst
Last Line: Kept silent come to speak
Subject(s): Men


APPREHENSIONS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To open night's eye that sleeps in what know as day


APPREHENSIONS       
First Line: To open night's eye that sleeps in what we know by day
Last Line: To which our grief refers


ARCHITECTURE PASSAGES 9       
First Line: ... It must have recesses. There is a great charm in a room broken up
Last Line: ... 'which belong to the inner and individual part of the family life.'


ARK FOR LAWRENCE DURRELL       
First Line: If we are to cross the barriers of snow
Last Line: The snake has his own way among us
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


AT THE POETRY CONFERENCE: BERKELEY AFTER THE NEW YORK STYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beginning with sonnets for ted berrigan
Last Line: To hear what we need and is lovely.
Subject(s): Authors - Conferences And Workshops; Berrigan, Ted (1934-1983); Poetry & Poets; Poetry Readings; Writer's Conferences And Workshops; Berrigan, Edmund Joseph


AUGUST SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: God of the idle heat, in this glaring road


BALLAD OF MRS. NOAH       
First Line: Mrs. Noah in the ark %wove a great nightgown out of the dark
Last Line: Ah! The rainbow's awake %and we will not fail!


BALLAD OF THE ENAMORD MAGE       
First Line: How the earth turns round under the sun I know
Last Line: For by your side I move


BANNERS       
First Line: The swan is the signet, heraldic joy
Last Line: The scarlet lake of some significance


BEFORE THE JUDGMENT PASSAGES 35       
First Line: Discontent with that first draft. Where one's own
Last Line: Against the works of unworthy men, unfeeling judgments, and cruel %(deeds


BEGINNING OF WRITING       
First Line: A composition
Last Line: Over the measures of disorderd sleep. %disorderd speech


BEING IMITATIONS, DERIVATIONS, AND VARIATIONS UPON CERTAIN CONCEITS AND FINDINGS MADE AMONG HARD LIN        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


BENDING THE BOW    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Friendship


BENDING THE BOW       
First Line: We've our business to attend day's duties
Last Line: From which it sprang


BENEFICE PASSAGES 23    Poem Text    
First Line: Thru the shinto gate


BONE DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The skull of the old man wears


BOOK OF RESEMBLANCES       
First Line: There could be a book without nations in its chapters
Last Line: Over neck to lick, lick, lick like a dripping faucet the groin


BRING IT UP FROM THE DARK       
First Line: Bring up from the dark water
Last Line: Dream disclosed to me, I too am ishmael


BROUGHT TO LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a woman
Subject(s): Love


CHILDHOOD'S RETREAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self


CHILDHOOD'S RETREAT       
First Line: It's in the perilous boughs of the tree


CIRCULATIONS OF THE SONG       
First Line: If I do not now where he is
Last Line: Now in the constant exchange %rendered true
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CLOSE       
First Line: At the brim, - at the lip
Last Line: This: the gleam of the bowl in its not holding %feb. 19, 1982


COME LET ME FREE MYSELF    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Come, let me be free from all that I love


CONCERT PASSAGES 31       
First Line: Out of the sun and the dispersing stars
Last Line: To release -- full -- my man's share of the stars' %majesty


CORRESPONDENCES       
First Line: It is from the ideas of you that you emerge
Last Line: The simple pleasures of this world cause areas of torment in%the unreal like stones in an open field


DANCE       
First Line: From its dancers circulates among the other
Last Line: And see the dew shining


DANTE √ČTUDES: BOOK ONE: WE WILL ENDEAVOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


DANTE √ČTUDES: BOOK THREE: IN MY YOUTH NOT UNSTAIND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Youth


DANTE ETUDES, SELS.       


DANTE: BOOK ONE, 3 (1)       
First Line: I know a little language of my cat, tho dante says
Last Line: As if crouching, springs %to life
Variant Title(s): A Little Languag
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Language


DESCRIPTIONS OF IMAGINARY POETRIES       
First Line: Where giant wordlings interrupt the stuttering machine-gun wit
Last Line: Statement of a tea pot, a %sculptural head, a cat asleep


DESPAIR IN BEING TEDIOUS        Recitation by Author


DOVES       
First Line: Mother of mouthings
Last Line: Making but words of what I loved


DREAM DATA       
First Line: The young japanese son was in love with a servant boy


DREAMERS       
First Line: The genius mixt too strong a cup
Last Line: Would nudge each other.'


DRINKING FOUNTAIN       
First Line: Garcia lorca tasted
Last Line: This is the drinking fountain
Subject(s): Death; Fountains; Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936)


FESTIVALS       
First Line: Was it a dream, or was it memory?
Last Line: Awakens the fearful poet to her dream


FIRST INVENTION ON THE THEME OF THE ADAM       
First Line: The streets. Of the mind. Whose gangs
Last Line: Knows in the too many of her. %what to do


FIVE PIECES        Recitation by Author


FOOD FOR FIRE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Good wood


FOOD FOR FIRE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT       
First Line: Good wood %that all fiery youth burst forth from winter


FOR A MUSE MEANT       
First Line: In %spired/the aspirate %the aspirant
Last Line: A morning lang %wage -- ai ai a-wailing %the failing


FOR A SONG OF THE LANGUAGERS       
First Line: What are the signs of life? The breath, the pulse
Last Line: His appetite is not experimental


FOUR SONGS THE NIGHT NURSE SANG: 1       
First Line: How lovely all that glitters
Last Line: Into the light places


FOUR SONGS THE NIGHT NURSE SANG: 2       
First Line: It must be that hard to believe, for belief
Last Line: Most dear! %your searching eyes


FOUR SONGS THE NIGHT NURSE SANG: 3       
First Line: Madrone tree that was my mother
Last Line: My father's a shadow, the wind is my god


FOUR SONGS THE NIGHT NURSE SANG: 4       
First Line: Let sleep take her, let sleep take her, let sleep
Last Line: From a grave or a bed, from a grave or a bed


FROM DANTE ETUDES: EVERYTHING SPEAKS TO ME       
First Line: Everything speaks to me! In faith
Last Line: Listening to the sea


FROM THE MABINOGION       
First Line: To throw a window open
Last Line: For I think we've been in %this joint before


HELMET OF GOLIATH       
First Line: What if the poet in a moment of terror
Last Line: Each poet's face is curious


HERO SONG        Recitation by Author


HERO SONG       
First Line: There was no repose
Last Line: Love, he said, %will eat away the empire %until chaos remains


HOMAGE AND LAMENT FOR EZRA POUND IN CAPTIVITY, MAY 12, 1944    Poem Text    
First Line: Apprehension this spring ... The leaves, the leaves
Last Line: Still, as still as everness returning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


HOMAGE AND LAMENT FOR EZRA POUND IN CAPTIVITY, MAY 12, 1944       
First Line: Apprehension this spring ... The leaves, the leaves
Last Line: Still, as still as everness returning
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


HORNS OF ARTEMIS       
First Line: There where great artemis rides
Last Line: Cold light shed on all things


HOUSEHOLD       
First Line: The household -- to provide shelter
Last Line: Gains in brilliancy


HUMAN COMMUNION. TRACES       
First Line: The dead %are the departed therefrom. Whose
Last Line: Below: %the boundless waters


HUON OF BORDEAUX        Recitation by Author


HUON OF BORDEAUX       
First Line: The torches in the windy corridors
Last Line: Floats upon the lethal sea


I AM A MOST FLESHLY MAN       
First Line: I am a most fleshly man, and see
Last Line: We hang like smoky music in the air


ILLUSTRATIVE LINES       
First Line: This pen is where the writing flows in sight
Last Line: Pass into the transports of a lingering %scent %illustrious


IMAGINING IN WRITING       
First Line: Not in believing, but in pretending. Not in knowing, but in pretending
Last Line: Vomited the remains of all claimd pleasures


IN BLOOD'S DOMAIN (PASSAGES)    Poem Text    
First Line: The angel syphilis in the circle of signators -- looses its hosts -- to swarm
Last Line: My own counterpart of baudelaire's terrible ennuie?
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


IN BLOOD'S DOMAIN (PASSAGES)       
First Line: The angel syphilis in the circle of signators -- looses its hosts -- to swarm
Last Line: My own counterpart of baudelaire's terrible ennuie
Subject(s): Hope


IN THE PLACE OF A PASSAGE 22    Poem Text    
First Line: That freedom and the law are identical
Subject(s): Liberty


IN WAKING       
First Line: The life there was is
Last Line: The guardian of the lion?


INGMAR BERGMAN'S 'SEVENTH SEAL'       
First Line: This is the way it is. We see
Last Line: There where the pestilence roars, %where the empty riders of the horror go


INGMAR BERGMAN'S SEVENTH SEAL        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Bergman, Ingmar (1918-2007)


INTERLUDE       
First Line: My heart beats to the feet of the first faithful
Last Line: The dancers come forward to present unclaimed things


INTERRUPTED FORMS       
First Line: Long slumbering, often coming forward
Last Line: That seeks to come in close to your heart %for warmth


IT'S SPRING. LOVE'S SPRING       
First Line: The april stirring %not to be denied. Inert
Last Line: The cost %that sustains us


KING HAYDEN OF MIAMI BEACH       
First Line: In the rustling shelter of japanese peach


KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM       
First Line: The hosts of the glittering fay return
Last Line: Upon a field we had forgotten, -- amaze %and perish


LIGHT SONG       
First Line: ;husbands the hand the keys a free imp-
Last Line: As we observe it


LOVER       
First Line: I have been seeing his face everywhere, the face of a former lover
Last Line: Now I am mistaken, often, %seeing his wraith in faces passing
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MAIDEN       
First Line: We consider %precedent to that shekinah, -- she
Last Line: Unlikely hardihood may be retained


METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no noise as the stars turn. Lustrous signs


MIRROR       
First Line: Two women stroll among the orange-trees
Last Line: With blood the sieves of lust and cry


MY MOTHER WOULD BE A FALCONRESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


MY MOTHER WOULD BE A FALCONRESS       
Last Line: Talking to myself, and would draw blood
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NEL MEZZO DEL CAMMIN DI NOSTRA VITA       
First Line: At 42, simon rodilla, tile-setter
Last Line: To do something big for america' %rodia


NEW POEM (FOR JACK SPICER)       
First Line: You are right. What we call poetry is the boat
Last Line: From what we call poetry %a bird I cannot name crows
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


OF EMPIRE       
First Line: Of empire: 'a unique princedom
Last Line: Be brought under the orders of the living


OFTEN I AM PERMITTED TO RETURN TO A MEADOW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As if it were a scene made-up by the mind,


OFTEN I AM PERMITTED TO RETURN TO A MEADOW       
First Line: As if it were a scene made-up by the mind
Last Line: Everlasting omen of what is


OSIRIS AND SET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Members of one life boat are


OSIRIS AND SET       
First Line: Members of one life boat are
Last Line: In our dreams we are drawn towards day once more


OVER THERE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Over there where thou art


OWL IS AN ONLY BIRD OF POETRY; A VALE FOR JAMES BROUGHTON       
First Line: A cross leaves marks the tree we fancy
Last Line: Who gives his hoot for joy as he flies. %alights


PASSAGE OVER WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: We have gone out in boats upon the sea at night,
Subject(s): Loss


PASSAGE OVER WATER       
First Line: We have gone out in boats upon the sea at night
Last Line: And within the indestructible night I am alone


PASSAGES 14        Recitation by Author


PASSAGES 18. THE TORSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Most beautiful! -- the red-flowering eucalyptus


PASSAGES 21. THE MULTIVERSITY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Not men but head of the hydra


PASSAGES 24. ORDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: For the good


PASSAGES 25. UP RISING    Poem Text    
First Line: Now johnson would go up to join the great simulacra of men,
Subject(s): War; Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973)


PASSAGES 27. TRANSGRESSING THE REAL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the way they made a celestial cave


PASSAGES 28. THE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now down-falling doom's darling


PASSAGES 29. EYE OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Cao-dai -/gold and crystal of the sky's reaches


PASSAGES 31. THE CONCERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the sun and the dispersing stars


PASSAGES 32    Poem Text    
First Line: John adams, marginalia to court de gebelin's monde primitif
Subject(s): United States; America


PASSAGES 36        Recitation by Author
First Line: Let it go. Let it go.


PASSAGES 57. THE DIGNITIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


PASSAGES. AFTER PASSAGE        Recitation by Author


PASSAGES. ENTHRALLD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


PASSAGES. IN BLOOD'S DOMAIN        Recitation by Author


PASSAGES. QUAND LE GRAND FOYER DESCEND DANS LES EAUX        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867)


PASSAGES. STIMMUNG        Recitation by Author


PASSAGES: 1. TRIBAL MEMORIES       
First Line: And to her-without bounds I send
Last Line: To sleep or wake


PASSAGES: 10. THESE PAST YEARS       
First Line: Willingly I'd say there's been a sweet marriage
Last Line: In which he has not at times been our forerunner


PASSAGES: 13. THE FIRE       
First Line: Jump - stone - hand - leaf - shadow - sun
Last Line: Now - new - old - first - day - jump


PASSAGES: 18. THE TORSO       
First Line: Most beautiful! -- the red-flowering eucalyptus
Last Line: The king upon whose bosom let me lie
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PASSAGES: 2. AT THE LOOM       
First Line: A cat's purr
Last Line: In his shield


PASSAGES: 24, SELS.       
First Line: The blood %streams from the bodies of his sons


PASSAGES: 25. UPRISING       
First Line: Now johnson would go up to join the simulacra of men
Last Line: In the swollen head of the nation


PASSAGES: 27. TRANSGRESSING THE REAL       
First Line: In the war they made a celestial cave
Last Line: Its shores grow distant and unreal


PASSAGES: 3. WHAT I SAW       
First Line: The white peacok roosting
Last Line: Vertical to the horizon


PASSAGES: 34. THE FEAST       
First Line: The butcher had prepared the leg of lamb
Last Line: Ready in our need for it


PASSAGES: 5. THE MOON       
First Line: So pleasing a light
Last Line: Mount shasta in snowy reverie %floats


PASSAGES: 8. AS IN THE OLD DAYS       
First Line: The ones of the old days
Last Line: And evrything else


PERSEPHONE       
First Line: Memory: farfields of morning
Last Line: Only we wait, our wounds barely herald %for the counterattack before sunrise


POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE BY PINDAR       
First Line: The light foot hears you and the brightness begins
Last Line: Clockwise and counter-clockwise turning


POEM IN STRETCHING       
First Line: Prophesying. Reading water or words, signs are cards in their multiple
Last Line: As flat as that


POEM SLOW BEGINNING       
First Line: Remembering powers of love %and of poetry
Last Line: Inadequate boundaries %of the heart you hold to


POETRY DISARRANGED       
First Line: Not a derangement of the senses but yes there is an occult other
Last Line: Poetry pictures his listening


POETRY, A NATURAL THING    Poem Text    
First Line: Neither our vices nor our virtues
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poetry & Poets


POETRY, A NATURAL THING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Neither our vices nor our virtues
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POETRY, A NATURAL THING       
First Line: Neither our vices nor our virtues
Last Line: His only beauty to be %all moose
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


PREFACE TO THE SUITE       
First Line: Childhood, boyhood, young manhood


RE-    Poem Text    
First Line: =


RE-       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: The fresh shoots of war


REAPER       
First Line: Created by the poets to sing my song
Last Line: The source of the song will die away


RETURNING TO ROOTS OF FIRST FEELING    Poem Text    
First Line: Feld, groes or goers, hus, doeg, dung


RISK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: That there might, may, be


RITES OF PARTICIPATION, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The drama of our time is the coming of all men into one fate
Last Line: Either by the inner senses of the imaginative faculty or by the outer senses
Subject(s): Reality; Imagination


RITES OF PARTICIPATION, SELS.       
First Line: The drama of our time is the coming of all men into one fate
Last Line: The vagabond must return to be admitted in the creation of what we consider we are
Subject(s): Reality


RITES OF PASSAGE, SELS.       
First Line: Something is taking place


RITES OF PASSAGE: II    Poem Text    
First Line: Something is taking place.


ROOTS AND BRANCHES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sail, monarchs, rising and falling
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


ROOTS AND BRANCHES       
First Line: Sail, monarchs, rising and falling
Last Line: Awakening transports of an inner view of things
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


SALVAGES: AN EVENING PIECE       
First Line: A plate in light upon a table is not a plate of hunger. Coins on the table
Last Line: And it is the beauty of where we have been living that is the poetry of the hour


SEAMS        Recitation by Author


SENTINELS       
First Line: Earth owls in ancient burrows clumpt
Last Line: I remember ever mute and alive, hidden in all things


SEVENTEENTH CENTURY SUITE (4 AND 5)       
First Line: As I in hoarie winters night stoode shivering in the snow
Last Line: Can compensate. I think I could bear it. %I cannot think I could bear it


SHADOWS       
First Line: The grail broken


SHELLEY'S ARETHUSA SET TO NEW MEASURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now arethusa from her snow couch rises
Last Line: Seeking their way to love once more.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


SHELLEY'S ARETHUSA SET TO NEW MEASURES       
First Line: Now arethusa from her snow couch rises
Last Line: Seeking their way to love once more
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


SLEEP IS A DEEP AND MANY VOICED FLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Our little death from which we daily
Last Line: Even while I spoke to you of love
Subject(s): Sleep


SLEEP IS A DEEP AND MANY VOICED FLOOD       
First Line: Our little death from which we daily
Last Line: Even while I spoke to you of love
Subject(s): Sleep


SMALL POEM FOR JACK       
First Line: You showed me your ocean in a fish-bowl
Last Line: If suspiciously warmer. %but cold of the real sea


SONG FROM THE STRUCTURES OF RIME RINGING ...       
First Line: Something has wrecht the world I am in


SONG OF THE BORDERGUARD       
First Line: The man with his lion under the shed of wars
Last Line: The borderlines of sense in the morning light %are naked as a line of poetry in a war


SONGS OF AN OTHER       
First Line: If there were another
Last Line: In every room I come to


SONNET: 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now there is a love of which dante does not speak unkindly
Last Line: For a joining that is not easy
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 1       
First Line: Now there is a love of which dante does not speak unkindly
Last Line: For a joining that is not easy
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SONNET: 2        Recitation by Author


SONNET: 3        Recitation by Author


SONNET: 4    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He's given me his thee to keep


SOURCE       
First Line: Or: I work at the language as a spring of water works at the rock, to
Last Line: Pen a foreign element that I may crave -- as for kingdom or salvation or freedom -- but never know


SPARK FROM THIS FLINT BY VON HEARTSTRUCK        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


STAGE DIRECTIONS PASSAGES 30       
First Line: Slowly the toiling images will rise
Last Line: New springs are loosed on helicon


STRAINS OF SIGHT       
First Line: He brought a light so she could see
Last Line: What the question is, %where the heart reflects


STRUCTURE OF RIME I       
First Line: I ask the unyielding sentence that shows itself forth in the language
Last Line: Vomiting images into the place of the law!


STRUCTURE OF RIME II       
First Line: What of the structure of rime? I said
Last Line: The music of the spheres


STRUCTURE OF RIME IV       
First Line: O outrider! %when you come to the threshold of the stars
Last Line: All that simple elements were %guardians are


STRUCTURE OF RIME VI       
First Line: The old women came from their caves to close the too many doors
Last Line: Thus, the grass must give up new keys to rescue the living


STRUCTURE OF RIME XI       
First Line: There are memories everywhere then. Remembered, we go out, as in
Last Line: Sets out without boatmen into twenty years of snow returning


STRUCTURE OF RIME XIII       
First Line: Best of ways. That there be a law the earth gives and the mountain
Last Line: Defining the valley, the old sea, we say this %is the place


STRUCTURE OF RIME XVI       
First Line: Back to the figure %of the man in the drill dancing
Last Line: O my soul, %now man's desolation %into his beginnings return


STRUCTURE OF RIME XVII       
First Line: This potion is love's portion. This herb
Last Line: Wreathes her spell. Of thistles made. This herb %her bliss


STRUCTURE OF RIME XVIII       
First Line: This potion is love's portion. This herb her bliss
Last Line: Wreathes her spell. Of thistles made. This herb her bliss


STRUCTURE OF RIME XX       
First Line: The master of rime told me, you must learn to lose heart. I have
Last Line: He went. His head bowd, looking down, seeking his way away from me


STRUCTURE OF RIME XXVIII; IN MEMORIAM WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: Erecting beyond the boundaries of all government his grand station
Last Line: The domain of colouring invading %the responsible
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


STYX    Poem Text    
First Line: And a tenth part of okeanos is given to dark night
Subject(s): Styx (mythological River)


STYX       
First Line: And a tenth part of okeanos is given to dark night
Last Line: We thirst for in dreams we dread


SUCH IS THE SICKNESS OF MANY A GOOD THING    Poem Text    
First Line: Was he then adam of the burning way?
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


SUCH IS THE SICKNESS OF MANY A GOOD THING       
First Line: Was he then adam of the burning way?


TEMPLE OF THE ANIMALS       
First Line: The temple of the animals has fallen into disrepair
Last Line: Ah, bitterly I recall %the animals of last year


THE ALBIGENSES        Recitation by Author


THE CONTINENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Under-/earth currents, gaia, hannahanna


THE DREAMERS        Recitation by Author


THE DRINKING FOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Garcia lorca tasted
Last Line: This is the drinking-fountain
Subject(s): Death; Fountains; Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936); Dead, The


THE FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fire stone hand leaf shadow sun


THE HELMET OF GOLIATH        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Goliath


THE KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Jerusalem


THE LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been seeing his face everywhere, the face of a former lover
Last Line: Seeing his wrath in faces passing
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE MIRROR        Recitation by Author


THE QUESTION        Recitation by Author


THE REAPER        Recitation by Author


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XVIII    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Kundry was wagner's creation


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME I    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask the unyielding sentence


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME II    Poem Text    
First Line: What of the structure of rime? I said


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME IX        Recitation by Author


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME V    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the bleeding branches I hear sentences


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME VI    Poem Text    
First Line: The old women came from their caves to close the too many


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME VIII    Poem Text    
First Line: From a nexus in the impossible, a tear flows


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME X    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Thi* of tha first things.For tha sea is th*


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XI        Recitation by Author


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XVI    Poem Text    
First Line: Back to the figure


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XVI    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Back to the figure


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XVII    Poem Text    
First Line: Helen among the wraiths
Subject(s): Love


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XVII    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This potion is love's potion. This herb her bliss


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XXII    Poem Text    
First Line: Sounding the triangle he reaches notes


THE STRUCTURE OF RIME XXVIII; IN MEMORIAM WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Erecting beyond the boundaries of all government his grand station
Last Line: Who-he-is-in-reality, the domain of colouring invading the responsible.
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


THE TEMPLE OF THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: The temple of the animals has fallen into disrepair


THERE'S TOO MUCH SEA ON THE BIG SUR    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman on the mountain kept her fictive ocean


THIS PLACE RUMORD TO HAVE BEEN SODOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Might have been. / certainly these ashes might have been pleasures
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THIS PLACE RUMORD TO HAVE BEEN SODOM       
First Line: Might have been. %certainly these ashes might have been pleasures
Last Line: In the lord's eyes
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TO VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: It is in the fear of the lord


TRUE TO LIFE       
First Line: 6/20 went %up to the denials of poetry: those dames
Last Line: Revealing inconsequent things, %the immediate empire


TWO DICTA OF WILLIAM BLAKE       
First Line: The authors are in eternity


TWO DICTA OF WILLIAM BLAKE: VARIATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The authors are in eternity
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827)


TWO PRESENTATIONS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We send youj word of the mother
Subject(s): Mothers


UNDER GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: First/mor-than-fire, then liquid stone, then stone


UNKINGD BY AFFECTION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Pleasure


UPON TAKING HOLD       
First Line: The world as we reach stretches
Last Line: The joys of the household are fates that command us


WHAT DO I KNOW OF THE OLD LAW?    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What do I know of the left and the right
Subject(s): Kaballah


WHAT DO I KNOW OF THE OLD LORE?       
First Line: A young editor wants me to write ...


WHAT I SAW    Poem Text    
First Line: The white peacock roosting
Subject(s): Transience; Birds; Impermanence


WHAT TIME OF DAY IS IT?        Recitation by Author


WITCH'S SONG        Recitation by Author


WORDS OPEN OUT UPON GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like windows in that house high
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


WRITING AS WRITING       
First Line: The word in the hand is the sound in the eye is the sight in the
Last Line: A literal transcription of letters is a conceit that pleases


YEARS AS CATCHES       
First Line: This century, an iron bell of joy, has scarcely rung
Last Line: Break open and set free %his world, my ecstasy