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Author: EVERSON, WILLIAM
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Everson, William    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Antoninus, Brother
364 poems available by this author


ABRASIVE       
First Line: You know now the reason
Last Line: The abrasive of change


ADVENT       
First Line: Fertile and rank and rich the coastal rains


AFTERGLOW OF THE ROSE       
First Line: As what goes out
Last Line: Prolongs its truth


ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN       
Last Line: And tread thy mill with staves upon my neck


ANNUL IN ME MY MANHOOD       
First Line: Annul in me my manhood, lord, and make
Last Line: The seeker from the sought


ANSWER       
First Line: The bruise is not there
Last Line: And he touches attainment in that


APPROACH       
First Line: Breaking back from the sea we ran through low hills
Last Line: And its heavy pounding heart


ATTILA       
First Line: On a low lorrainian knoll a leaning peasant sinking a pit
Last Line: And tells an ancient story


AUGUST       
First Line: Smoke-color, haze thinly over the hills, low hanging
Last Line: And the peace is enormous


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: Take my hand, dear, let us wander
Last Line: Out and off, and far away


BABED ON THY BREAST       
Last Line: The suckling of infinity


BARD       
First Line: Sing it. Utter the phrase, the fine word
Last Line: It is good to the heart, it is fine in the chest to think of them listening


BLACK CHRIST       
First Line: Heart not cry
Last Line: Giddy, I live on


BLOWING OF THE SEED       
First Line: I speak %who am come down from a glacial region north of here
Last Line: The bronze bells of those death-departed years %are all awakened


BLOWING OF THE SEED: EPILOGUE IN A MILD WINTER ...       
First Line: Woman, I sing to you now from a new season
Last Line: And my manifest reasons


BLOWING OF THE SEED: PROLOGUE       
First Line: Whenas the woman
Last Line: Drinks and dissolves


BONELESS, AND OF NO BONE MADE       
First Line: Boneless, and of no bone made, what is my flesh but fever
Last Line: Keep me, o god, from thy justice, and reverse my fate %in thy mercy


BROTHERS       
First Line: Well-husbanded, staunch
Last Line: She crept to the brother's bed


BUT THERE WAS NO LAMENT       
First Line: When he walked through the waist-high wheat
Last Line: No sound of any mourning at the house


CANTICLE OF THE ROSE       
First Line: Because in the deepnesses of night you smoulder a ray that does not
Last Line: And burn upon my heart your perfect signature


CANTICLE TO THE CHRIST IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST       
First Line: And the many days and the many nights that I lay as one barren
Last Line: Where she lies in laurel and proves the wound on the slope %of mt. Tamalpais


CANTICLE TO THE GREAT MOTHER OF GOD       
First Line: Sometimes I dream you measured of bright walls, stepped on a hill
Last Line: And larger, if we believe you, even than your love


CANTICLE TO THE WATERBIRDS       
First Line: Clack your beaks you cormorants and kittiwakes
Last Line: Send up the strict articulation of your throats, %and say his name


CHRONICLE OF DIVISION: PART FIVE       
First Line: Sea: %and in its flaw the sprung silence
Last Line: From the frayed cloth


CHRONICLE OF DIVISION: PART FOUR       
First Line: They met once morfe in the ended autumn
Last Line: Bear the seed of an oncoming age


CHRONICLE OF DIVISION: PART ONE       
First Line: That morning we rose
Last Line: That bleeds from its throat


CHRONICLE OF DIVISION: PART THREE       
First Line: All the long evening the man
Last Line: And her own hurt in her eyes


CHRONICLE OF DIVISION: PART TWO       
First Line: Each evening, the mail
Last Line: And masters his hand to proceed


CIRCUMSTANCE       
First Line: He is a god who smiles blindly
Last Line: He is the god - but he sees not, nor hears


CITADEL       
First Line: The janitor knew; %high priest of the wastebasket
Last Line: And told him what all knew but he


CLOUDS       
First Line: Over the coastal ranges slight and indefinite clouds
Last Line: But the wind breeds them west forever


COAST THOUGHT       
First Line: There is a wind from far out, and the moving sea
Last Line: Knowing itself deeper and firmer, and holding the bone


COMPENSATION       
First Line: Starve the flesh, and freeze the bone
Last Line: To keep the body warm


COMPLIANCE OF THE WILL       
Last Line: We will never let them part


CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL       
First Line: Jerusalem
Last Line: Flakes from his eyes


DANCER       
First Line: I have in my mind the dark expense of the northern sea
Last Line: The song of the thighs, and the dance


DESERTED GARDEN       
First Line: A naked wall to left and right
Last Line: So many years ago


DIVERS       
First Line: Wifeless at thirty
Last Line: In the numb knowledge of loss


DIVIDE       
First Line: He came in the room at day's end
Last Line: And slowly discover their wives


DO NOT BROOD FOR LONG       
First Line: Do not brood for long within these doors
Last Line: And knowing the noisy wind too well to weep


DO YOU NOT DOUBT       
First Line: Do you not doubt, being lonely of heart
Last Line: Such even as that may be faced


DUST AND GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the lorranian knoll a leaning peasant sinking a pit
Subject(s): France


DUST SHALL BE THE SERPENT'S FOOD: CANTO: 5. THE BLOOD OF THE POET       
First Line: My first remembrance: the yard of our earliest
Last Line: Credential - his consecrated blood


EASTWARD THE ARMIES       
First Line: E
Last Line: And sprawled in exhaustion behind them


EASTWARD THE ARMIES       


ELEGY FOR A RUINED SCHOOLHOUSE       
First Line: The walls down, the beams shattered
Last Line: In the surge of the sun and the night


ENCOUNTER       
First Line: My lord came to me in the deep of night
Last Line: To meet the waters of eternity


EPILOGUE       
First Line: Cold gropes the dawn. Time wavers on the interdicted face
Last Line: She murmurs in her dream, and stirs herself, and sleeps


EPILOGUE; WHO IS SHE THAT LOOKETH FORTH AS THE MORNING       
First Line: Rising among the stampings of the sea
Last Line: And shutters with his lips her surging breath


FACE I KNOW       
Last Line: One wince in the dark


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 1. TOWARD SOLSTICE       
First Line: Wrapped to the branch the runner
Last Line: May kiss upon the mouth


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 2. THE PORTENT       
First Line: The black king fell
Last Line: Schismatic in our lives


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 3. THE QUITTANCE OF THE WOUND       
First Line: But god is good. Nor has ever, once
Last Line: And the hand sustains


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 4. THE CROWNING OF THE QUEEND       
First Line: So that you, too, whom I have loved
Last Line: Bring back to the world


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 5. IN THE RIPENESS OF THE WEED       
First Line: And now it is summer
Last Line: Seeds, and the weak weed %scatters


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 6. THE BURNING BOOK       
First Line: Now it may happen that one
Last Line: Rubrication of the word


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 7. FROM THE SUMMER OF THE FLESH       
First Line: For the summer swells
Last Line: The turbulence, uplifted, is made free


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 8. PAST SOLSTICE       
First Line: Past solstice: not yet the length of a month past
Last Line: Will never surpass %love him


FALLING OF THE GRAIN: 9. ADVENT       
First Line: Fertile and rank and rich the coastal rains
Last Line: And split the tomb


FEAST DAY       
First Line: Peace was the promise this house in the vineyard
Last Line: In autumn, the good year falling south


FIRST WINTER STORM       
First Line: All day long the clouds formed in the peaks
Last Line: The cottonwoods stood somnolent and still %beneath the sun


FISH-EATERS       
First Line: This blood has beat in a thousand veins
Last Line: Glad for the sleep in the sun


FLIGHT IN THE DESERT       
First Line: The last settlement scraggled out with a barbwire fence
Last Line: Knuckles the generous breast, and feeds
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


FOG       
First Line: The gray mask of the fog, the pale plate of the sun
Last Line: And the heart will not quicken


FOG DAYS       
First Line: Through the window I can see the fog
Last Line: Given by the silver boughs %in renitent release


FORMS       
First Line: Over the land the clouds of the storm
Last Line: Frustrate, are seeking and blind


FRAGMENT FOR THE BIRTH OF GOD       
First Line: A little cry, the babe's that only
Last Line: Brows of that glory


FRIENDS       
First Line: They had spoken for years
Last Line: The discriminate mind makes its choices


FROM THE ROCK UNTOMBED       
Last Line: The word rejoices


FROST LAY WHITE ON CALIFORNIA       
First Line: God. Spell dawns
Last Line: Against the sob of my tongue


GETHSEMANI       
First Line: Seed of the earth
Last Line: On the mordant %soul of man


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: BLACKBIRD SUNDOWN       
First Line: High ridge ranch: back of the barn
Last Line: The earth-chill tightens; the claw moon %talons the west


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: BRIDE OF THE BEAR       
First Line: We camp by a stream among rugged stumps
Last Line: Gropes through the stumps


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: BUCK FEVER       
First Line: Drought-stricken hills. Somewhere ahead
Last Line: Those strange eyes in the deep


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: CHAINSAW       
First Line: Three alders, shimmering
Last Line: The folly of the three alders. %the terrible stump


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: CUTTING THE FIREBREAK       
First Line: Mowing the east field under the ridge
Last Line: Sprawled in the weeds - drunk in death


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: GOSHAWK       
First Line: A rush of wings: the sound of sheer
Last Line: Evicted, thrown shuddering out


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: JAY BREED       
First Line: All the young summer the jay breed prospered
Last Line: Ceaselessly scan the jayless sky %and not blink


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: KINGFISHER FLAT       
First Line: A rustle of whispering wind over leaves
Last Line: Each holds that bruise to her heart like a stone %and aches for rain


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: MOONGATE       
First Line: Something calls me from sleep
Last Line: And her eyes are shining, shining


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: RATTLESNAKE AUGUST       
First Line: A rainless winter, week on week sun edging the hills
Last Line: Licks his lip and stabs back


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: RUNOFF       
First Line: Four wet winters and now the dry
Last Line: Woman and water in the blood-flow


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: SPIKEHORN       
First Line: The yearling buck, shot through the lungs
Last Line: The sacrificial host between the river and the woods


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: SPOTFIRE       
First Line: A single cap pistol
Last Line: Be learned in depth. %for him. %for me


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: STEELHEAD       
First Line: Incipient summer, scorch of the sun
Last Line: Etched in stone spans time like myth - the glyph of god


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: STONE FACE FALLS       
First Line: Sheer naked rock. From the high cliff-cut
Last Line: The cry of the kingfisher %pierces the noon


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: STORM SURGE       
First Line: Christmas eve , night of nights, and big creek
Last Line: Splits the womb in his shudder of birth


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: THE HIGH EMBRACE       
First Line: They stand in the clearing of kingfisher flat
Last Line: A gift regiven, the boon bestowed


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: THE SUMMER OF FIRE       
First Line: California is burning!' the voice of the newscaster
Last Line: Hugs pure fire down deep at her heart, %and banks power


GLYPH OF GOD: 1. THE MASKS OF DROUGHT: THE VISITATION       
First Line: Midsummer hush; warm light, inert windless air
Last Line: The stars' blunt dismissal


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Full moon at the solstice
Last Line: And takes up his dream


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS: COUGAR       
First Line: A sensed presence: turning our heads
Last Line: Imperious, gathered us into those wakeful eyes. %and was gone


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS: DANSE MACABRE       
First Line: The place is public - a thronged station
Last Line: Chimes the measure of the unconceived


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS: MEXICAN STANDOFF       
First Line: Inner space: a rock cavern
Last Line: What are you going to do with it? %use it?'


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS: REAPER       
First Line: Winter's wake: week after week the sopping northwesters
Last Line: Each of the other, and leave this life %enjoined.'


GLYPH OF GOD: 2. RENEGADE CHRISTMAS: SIXTY FIVE       
First Line: I stand in the center of a twilight field
Last Line: Instinct, the sovereign spirit, %the sceptral mind


GOD GERMED IN RAW GRANITE       
First Line: God germed in raw granite, source-glimpsed in stone
Last Line: Total truth -- indubitably he


GYPSY DANCE       
First Line: Flowing, glowing music drifting through the tangled trees
Last Line: Is the band of swaying gypsies crazy-mad with melody


HARE: AN EARLIER EPISODE       
First Line: The hare running for life in the sparse growth
Last Line: And the temperance fathered of guilt


HAZARDS OF HOLINESS: 1. THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST       
First Line: John cried out -- the excoriate definition
Last Line: That would thunder in the redemption


HAZARDS OF HOLINESS: 2. JUDITH AND HOLOFERNES       
First Line: Saint judith crouched. About her loins
Last Line: The furious grudge of his siege


HELP ME O GOD       
First Line: Help me o god in my very great need
Last Line: Sometimes I lie on my bed in the night and taste despair


HERE TO ROCK SLEEPS       
First Line: Here from the valley floor the long rock sleeps in the sky
Last Line: When the senses lag and the worn mind wavers toward night


HOMESTEAD       
First Line: Father and son, and father and son
Last Line: And toiling lean-limbed beneath the slow span of the years


HOSPICE OF THE WORD       
First Line: In the ventless room
Last Line: Shudders the rapt heart


HOTEL       
First Line: The aged are there
Last Line: And the emptiness within


HOUSE ON SECOND STREET       
First Line: We moved south where the streets turn
Last Line: The old wood shifts on its posts


I AM LONG WEANED       
Last Line: The splendid unquenchable fount: %unbind those breasts


I AM LONG WEANED       
Last Line: Unbind those breasts


I EAT LIFE BACK       
First Line: And her eyes
Last Line: And I eat life back


I KNOW IT AS THE SORROW       
First Line: I have wondered long at the ache in my blood
Last Line: And find no joy in the singing


IF I HIDE MY HAND       
First Line: You who found the yokeage of friendship
Last Line: Not listen now who listened there before


ILLUSION       
First Line: The low wind talks on the boards of the house


IMMORTAL STRANGENESS       
First Line: Spring. And in the vanquishing
Last Line: I stand free


IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES       
First Line: No, not ever, in no time


IN ALL THESE ACTS       
First Line: Dawn cried out: the brutal voice of a bird
Last Line: Shaping the weasel's jaw in his leap %and the staggering rush of the bass


IN SAVAGE WASTES       
First Line: I too, o god, as you very well know
Last Line: And will find my god in the thwarted love that breaks between us


IN THE BREACH       
First Line: God %the I-killer
Last Line: God %caul-freed %I cry


IN THE FICTIVE WISH       
First Line: So him in dream
Last Line: When the tide is taken


IN THE SHIFT OF THE STARS       
First Line: High in the west one falling star streaks on the curve of night
Last Line: The sun that is over this land


IN YOUTH I FELL       
First Line: In youth I fell. In youth, the time of magic
Last Line: The deem most holy what you largely blame


INVOCATION       
First Line: Year going down to my thirtieth autumn
Last Line: It exacts its proportionate due


JACOB AND THE ANGEL       
First Line: His mother's fondness wrought his father's frown
Last Line: Weeps on that placid neck, kisses the god-calmed face


JUBILEE FOR ST. PETER MARTYR       
First Line: He lived the long gestation of the word
Last Line: The uncontainable tumult of his joy


KINGFISHER FLAT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the long drought
Subject(s): Drought


KISS OF THE CROSS       
First Line: I cry
Last Line: The wound will not worsen


KNIVES       
First Line: She goes more delicate and gentle than any I know
Last Line: But the knives, the knives - they are yours


LAST CRUSADE       
First Line: And how else, she might say, having done it
Last Line: Bashed in the door


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 1. THERE ARE RIVERS       
First Line: There are rivers out of the high plateaus that bear no names
Last Line: That sucks at the roots of the hills


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 10. THE WAGONS ROLLED       
First Line: The wagons rolled on the plains, lurched on the passes under the pines
Last Line: Nor the look of these mountains


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 11. HER HEAD TURNS       
First Line: Her head turns on the pillow
Last Line: The wain is clearing the roof


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 12. UNDER THE LEAN       
First Line: Under the lean of the low hills
Last Line: And strike it in on the mind


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 13. WHAT I WANT       
First Line: What I want of this poem more than any one thing is youth in its lines
Last Line: For I will be old in a moment


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 14. AND THE YELLOW       
First Line: And the yellow of the leaves
Last Line: To the leaning of the light, and the plunder of the year


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 15. WHAT LOVERS BEFORE US       
First Line: What lovers before us in all the broken ages
Last Line: Under the moving night


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 16. TOILERS UNDER THE SUMMER SUN       
Last Line: And we can level mountains


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 17. WIND FOR A WEEK       
First Line: Wind for a week; we heard the suck, the surge
Last Line: Had a cricket not drowned them with clangor


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 18. WHAT WAS SPOKEN       
First Line: What was spoken is nothing
Last Line: And, if you ask him, can give an opinion


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 19. IF YOU SEE IN THIS POEM       
First Line: If you see in this poem looseness
Last Line: This poem is the word of a religious man, with no god to worship


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 2. THIS COUNTRY SO NEW       
First Line: This country so new from the hands of our elders
Last Line: The hill close behind


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 20. WE ARE THOSE WHO WENT       
First Line: We are those who went out in the great depression
Last Line: And the failures it holds are its mothers


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 21. WE STOOD IN THE EVENING       
First Line: We stood in the evening light of his room
Last Line: And curse ourselves in our age


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 22. I WALK THROUGH       
First Line: I walk through this town
Last Line: And the look of their eyes


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 23. DO YOU THINK FROM THIS POEM       
First Line: Do you think from this poem I am blind to its danger
Last Line: A nick in the bright of the blade


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 24. EDWA, WHEN WE MET       
First Line: Edwa, when we met, that autumn in the hush of darkness
Last Line: In the fine fever of youth is good


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 25. HE DRAGGED HIMSELF       
First Line: He dragged himself over the edge of rock, bleeding
Last Line: Of the panting and bloody-mouthed dogs


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 3. WHO READS THESE POEMS       
First Line: Who reads these poems will say to himself
Last Line: I have no defenses


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 4. I LEANED IN A BOOTH       
First Line: I leaned in a booth of that little town
Last Line: And the night alive on my face


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 5. THE SUN CLIMBS       
Last Line: And the wind's track fades on the vines


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 6. WE LIE ON OUR SIDES       
First Line: We lie on our sides under the steep roof
Last Line: Touch. Now. The present %touch


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 7. THEY WATCHED       
First Line: They watched from the slopes for the evening star
Last Line: And you feel our old fury in falling


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 8. WHAT IS IT       
First Line: What is it, blowing your throat in the strident light
Last Line: And the tilt of a head


LATE OCTOBER '39 : 9. I LIE ON THE ROOF       
Last Line: Jupiter leans in the south, high and clear in the milky way


LAVA BED       
First Line: Fisted, bitten by blizzards
Last Line: And only our eyes have traversed


LAY IN THE NIGHT       
Last Line: All that my being can bear


LET IT BE TOLD       
First Line: Let it be told in the driving dark of some far night
Last Line: And the crowing of one far cock, dimly down the wind


LINES FOR THE LAST OF A GOLD TOWN       
First Line: When they rode that hawk-hearted murietta down in the western hills
Last Line: It has been said, often, tongues hating it. %it has been said


LOVE SONG       
First Line: There have been women before you for untold ages
Last Line: Give gently, trust perfectly now


MAKING OF THE CROSS       
First Line: Rough fir, hauled from the hills. And the tree it had been
Last Line: Filmed his glinty eye, and found his hole


MAN-FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Susanna: girl and bride
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationship


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: EBB AT EVENING       
First Line: Tide-turn: and the surf
Last Line: Stands up in her bed and stares


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: GALE AT DAWN       
First Line: Landwind: a gale at dawn scooping down from the hills
Last Line: The surf-quenched scoter, the depth-disheveled grebe


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME       
First Line: The child cries out. Getting up in the dark
Last Line: Yours, but not to know. %mine, but not to keep


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: MAN-FATE       
First Line: Susanna: girl and bride %you sleep in the adjoining room
Last Line: Curls on the node of its solemn disclosure, %and gropes renewal


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: SEED       
First Line: Some seed in me
Last Line: Pokes up its head


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: SOCKET OF CONSEQUENCE       
First Line: On stinson beach, long spit of sand scything the sea
Last Line: Spelling out of the socket of consequence %its terror and its truth


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: THE GASH       
First Line: To covet and resist for years, and then
Last Line: And am ravished with joy


MAN-FATE: 1. RITE OF PASSAGE: THE GAUGE       
First Line: Time is the gauger of all things
Last Line: And restores me, the god-blunted man, %to my measure


MAN-FATE: 2. A TIME TO MOURN       
First Line: For to suffer the loss of a way of life
Last Line: Lave my wounds %and lift me home!


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: BLACK HILLS       
First Line: Riding a horse up a narrow gorge I pick
Last Line: Where the bones of all the buffalo %gashed my heel


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: DARK WATERS       
First Line: Chipmunk: slash with quick teeth
Last Line: At your body's bench %I take meat


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: STORM AT LOW TIDE       
First Line: A storm at low tide is like the dark night of the soul
Last Line: This exasperate, desperate madness, this inexpressible %chaotic lust


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: THE CHALLENGE       
First Line: Then what do I seek?
Last Line: This flesh cannot abide


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: THE DUNES       
First Line: I dream once more: a vision
Last Line: Strangely inviting dunes


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: THE NARROWS OF BIRTH       
First Line: Christmas night: the solstice storm
Last Line: Warring in the narrows of this birth


MAN-FATE: 3. THE NARROWS: THE SCOUT       
First Line: Passing a leathercraft shop in mill valley I see
Last Line: I smell danger at the divide


MARCH       
First Line: The lovers, fast in their longing
Last Line: Meets its own coarse kind


MASCULINE DEAD: A GIRL       
First Line: It was out on the road in the april noon
Last Line: And the bruised mouth open


MASCULINE DEAD: A WIDOW       
First Line: When eleven struck and he had not come home
Last Line: And the hands pointing ten until three


MASCULINE DEAD: A WIFE       
First Line: That was the night we crept out through the fields
Last Line: And I knew I could not refuse


MASCULINE DEAD: A WOMAN       
First Line: They were all like that
Last Line: To know what the difference is


MASCULINE DEAD: A YOUNG WOMAN       
First Line: I stood on the corner a full three hours
Last Line: I knew by that it was autumn


MASCULINE DEAD: AN OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Aye, the wind's rising - watch the low sky
Last Line: With the sky breaking


MASCULINE DEAD: PROLOGUE       
First Line: Day after day the naked sun on the upper ocean
Last Line: On the span of three states the great hub turns. %the rain loosens


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: For we are the men who, young and hot-blooded
Last Line: And stagger down to the sea


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: Under the earth are the windless lakes
Last Line: The sweet stuff of our lives


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: And there rises before us the childhood moment
Last Line: And the banded rings we wore on our fingers, %corroded and green


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: Or drunken with wine we mounted the stairs to the dim rooms
Last Line: Our money hid in the secret drawer


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: We see the eyes, the knees, hands loosing the silk
Last Line: And the splendor of completion


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: And rousing, we dream the eyes of women out of the dusk
Last Line: In the silent rooms, in the soft of the beds


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: We could lie like this on the open fields
Last Line: Crushing the pulp of the golden fruit


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: Beautifully over the tops of the trees
Last Line: Rise up again and cover our eyes


MASCULINE DEAD: THE MASCULINE DEAD       
First Line: Now it is fall we feel once more
Last Line: That the rains are here


MASCULINE DEAD: THE OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Poor shattered throats
Last Line: Poor knees so fond of nuzzling the blankets


MASCULINE DEAD: THE OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Hi! How they're shouting
Last Line: And kissing the lips


MASS BEGINS       
First Line: The mass begins. Under the shafted light
Last Line: To the famished heart


MASSACRE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS       
First Line: It was well in the season of the midwinter rains
Last Line: Magnificence of the winter sky


MASSACRE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS       
First Line: Night. And we grouped at the ridgehead
Last Line: And he served those people well


MASTER       
First Line: The furious cripple
Last Line: And rage through the rooms in the end


MATE-FLIGHT OF EAGLES: A SAVAGERY OF LOVE       
First Line: Spring, and the paired year
Last Line: And the cross tore a hole in the sky


MATE-FLIGHT OF EAGLES: THE CROSS TORE A HOLE       
First Line: The cross tore a hole
Last Line: Christ-crossed I bleed %I am one


MISSA DEFUNCTORUM       
First Line: The preacher's coagulated rhetoric
Last Line: Devouring paroxysm %beat back death


MISSA SANCTORUM       
First Line: The sensuality of women at mass: that deceptive
Last Line: And the hunger of god %to heel


MONTH OF THE DEAD       
First Line: The day is up, the sun has gained is girth
Last Line: Of the hushed earth into its winter night


MUSCAT PRUNING       
First Line: All those dormant fields are held beneath the fog
Last Line: I have a hundred vines to cut before the dark


NEW MEXICAN LANDSCAPE       
First Line: We left pietown north through a country screened by the dark
Last Line: Into the huddle at twilight


NIGHT RESTLESS WITH WIND       
First Line: A night restless with wind, restless
Last Line: Would cut you a whistle


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: After the war,' he thought, 'after the war
Last Line: Sprawled in a jeweler's door


NO. NO       
First Line: No. No. Nor the swiftnesses of reversal
Last Line: And god galls out


NOON       
First Line: The wind down, hushed
Last Line: And the deep sound of the heart


NOVEMBER FIRST NINETEEN FORTY-FIVE       
First Line: All day the wind
Last Line: And con the riddle of error


NOW IN THESE DAYS       
First Line: In our easy time
Last Line: And we know we have not been alone


OCTOBER TRAGEDY       
First Line: Do not sing those old songs here tonight
Last Line: You must never sing those old songs here again


OH FORTUNATE EARTH       
First Line: Now afternoon's running
Last Line: The world is the plunder of hawks


ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE VERSAILLES PEACE, 1936       
First Line: Low is the light
Last Line: And got something but love from her dugs


ON THE THORN       
First Line: Gags. Thrids
Last Line: Deliver me whole


ONE BORN OF THIS TIME       
Last Line: He has all any man ever had


ONE FRAGMENT FOR GOD       
First Line: I give praise to thee god for thy kingfisher creeks
Last Line: Thy startling wet


ORIGINAL SIN       
First Line: And the heart
Last Line: And fuck the race


ORION       
First Line: Remote and beyond, lonely farms on the shoulders of hills
Last Line: Drives in the growth of the dark


OUT OF THE ASH       
First Line: Solstice of the dark, the absolute
Last Line: Be born! Be born!


OUT OF THE MULTITUDINOUS SIN       
First Line: Out of the multitudinous sin that mars
Last Line: And in youth I fell


OUT OF THY BODY I AM FED       
First Line: Out of thy body I am fed unfilled o god o god and drink
Last Line: I suckle it all up. Babed on thy breast I breathe, I breathe


OUTLAW       
First Line: I call to mind that violent man who waded the north
Last Line: And draw doom down on our heads


OUTSIDE THIS MUSIC       
First Line: These verses are lies
Last Line: Turning toward night


OVER THE ROADS       
First Line: Over the roads the country children come
Last Line: Picking the poppies out of the green, today


PASSION WEEK       
First Line: Christ-cuta; the cedar
Last Line: The earth's %old ache


PENITENTIAL PSALM       
First Line: Crime of my corruptness! When will it find a cease
Last Line: The cleanly thing I could become


POEM IS DEAD. A MEMORIAL FOR ROBINSON JEFFERS       
First Line: In the evening the dusk
Last Line: Stun themselves in the sea


POET IS DEAD       
First Line: In the evening the dusk
Last Line: Stun themselves in the sea
Subject(s): Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Back of his board he reaches and moves
Last Line: While the great earth beats at the walls


POSSE       
First Line: Under the granite walls
Last Line: Can keep for your own the sky-yearning fierceness of his heart


PRESENCE       
First Line: Neither love, the subtlety of refinement


PRIVACY OF SPEECH       
First Line: Cried out all night
Last Line: Lifts and settles %the bird begins


PROLOGUE: AT THE EDGE       
First Line: There is mark, made on the soul in its first wrong doing
Last Line: Contentment of the damned


RAGING OF THE ROSE       
First Line: And the rose
Last Line: In you %I am


RAID       
First Line: They came out of the sun undetected
Last Line: Down at last for the low hover, %and the short quick quench of the sea
Subject(s): World War Ii


RAIN ON THAT MORNING       
First Line: We on that morning, working, faced south and east where the sun was
Last Line: Where the rain without wind came slowly, and love in her touches


RED SKY AT MORNING       
First Line: This room has known all night the brittle tick of the clock
Last Line: And smothered to a scarlet smear beneath the clouds


RESIDUAL YEARS       
First Line: As long as we looked lay the low country


REVOLUTIONIST       
First Line: His enemies learned
Last Line: And eked out his life on its gall


RIVER-ROOT / A SYZYGY       
First Line: River-root; as even under high drifts, those fierce wind-grappled cuts
Last Line: And smiling he stands up beside the bed, and pulls on his shirt


ROOTS       
First Line: England, gaunt raiders up from the narrow sea
Last Line: Slow and intense, haunting the rhythms of those spoken words


ROSE OF SOLITUDE       
First Line: The dark roots of the rose cry in my heart
Last Line: Of the rose revealed


ROSE OF SOLITUDE       
First Line: Her heart a bruise on the christ-flesh suffered out of locked agonies
Last Line: In the sprint of your exquisite flesh is evinced the awesome recklessness %of god's mercy


RUIN       
First Line: The year through september and the veils of light
Last Line: It let down the ruin of rain


SAINTS       
First Line: I who ravished a joy lost under my hand
Last Line: I step, thus %lead me %lead me


SAN JOAQUIN        Recitation
Subject(s): San Joaquin Valley, California


SAN JOAQUIN       
First Line: This valley after the storms can be beautiful beyond the telling
Last Line: And love as the leaf does the bough


SARABANDE OF THE ROSE       
First Line: Slow, and with (?) is her bending neck
Last Line: And all the wisdom in her way god keeps


SCREED OF THE FLESH       
First Line: I cried out to the lord
Last Line: He showed me my soul


SCREED OF THE FROST       
First Line: I cried out to the lord
Last Line: Who showed me frost


SCREED OF THE SAND       
First Line: I cried out to the lord
Last Line: Who showed me sand


SCRUFF       
First Line: To me it seems I get only
Last Line: You will call him by name


SECULAR CITY: BLAME IT ON THE JET STREAM       
First Line: Remember it as the wildest winter
Last Line: And quench your thirst in your god!


SECULAR CITY: MELT DOWN THE GUNS       
First Line: Melt down the guns. Our need of them is over
Last Line: Till christ, uncrucified, no longer kneels to bleed


SECULAR CITY: THE CITY DOES NOT DIE       
First Line: Tense night: the taut air
Last Line: And darkness drops in the sea


SEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Some seed in me


SEEKERS       
First Line: Night on the river, the doors closing inward darken the faces
Last Line: The seed bursts within the roaring womb


SIDES OF A MIND       
First Line: He lay on a ridge of that frozen country
Last Line: The decade wears itself out


SIEGE       
First Line: Failure came first
Last Line: And how obscure are its ends


SIEGE OF SILENCE       
First Line: A siege of silence? Thy meaning-moving voice
Last Line: God, god of the paradisal heart %I wait


SIGN       
First Line: Under the docks the dark water slurs, swashes
Last Line: Like the meeting touch of their palms


SIN IS THE WILL IN ACTION       
First Line: Sin is the will in action, shunning god
Last Line: Or ever let it blink, and I shall die


SLEEP       
First Line: The mind drifts warmly, focused on farther dreams
Last Line: The loose blood poiunds the deep song


SLEEP-TOSSED I LIE       
Last Line: Keep the peace


SODOM WENT DOWN       
First Line: Sodom went down: the sin-filled cities
Last Line: Drug the past with their dust


SONG THE BODY DREAMED IN THE SPIRIT'S MAD BEHEST       
First Line: Call him the lover and call me the bride
Last Line: In my red earth


SOUL AND SELF       
First Line: I cried to the lord that the lord might open my heart
Last Line: The guilts lived on forever


SOUTH COAST       
First Line: Salt creek mouths unflushed by the sea


SPADE       
First Line: And seeing down the dark and new-cut ditch
Last Line: And been shaken by weather, have turned in the withering thrust of the sun; %and have seen


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: The areas of corruption %and the years reveal
Last Line: Wholly resumes his past


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: Carrousel %for the child
Last Line: And all the intervening years %crack in two


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: Muscat %when the crop is in: fat muscats
Last Line: And richer to the mind


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: Yellow weather %to rankle under restriction
Last Line: Sleeps on in the smoky fields


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: Odor of autumn %and in the cooling weather
Last Line: Lost what they cannot keep


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART ONE: TIME OF YEAR       
First Line: The iron dimension %it wears
Last Line: Stuck there forever


SPRINGING OF THE BLADE: PART TWO: THERE WILL BE HARVEST       
First Line: Thus in this way, these glimpsings back
Last Line: That only an age can reckon


SPRINGTIME. ALL CHURCHBELLS BLESSED OUR NATIVE ROOFS       
Last Line: And the thought smiles


STRANGER       
First Line: Pity this girl %at feckless fourteen
Last Line: And shamble down time to doomsday


SUN       
First Line: Season on season the sun raiding the valley
Last Line: That hungers the north


TAR PITS       
First Line: Smashed locked jaws: in the alligator deeps
Last Line: Breath through my deeps


TENDRIL IN THE MESH    Poem Text    
First Line: So the sea stands up to the shore, banging his chains


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: 1       
First Line: And it creams: from under her elbow a suffix of light, a sheen of kept being
Last Line: Your breast pounds and proves; the sound of your heart extols its ancient surrender


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: 2       
First Line: Man of god. Tall man, man of oath. Mad man of ignorant causes
Last Line: On the sill of a cloistered withdrawal my flesh is empaled on your spirit!


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: 3       
First Line: And the storm swings in from the sea with a smashing of floats
Last Line: And bear back to man in your flesh the subtle sign of him %who marked you for god!


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: 4       
First Line: Daughter of earth and child of the wave be appeased
Last Line: And when you return to the roost of night wear the mane of the sun!


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: EPILOGUE: HYMN TO THE COSMIC CHRIST       
First Line: Dark god of eros, christ of the buried brood
Last Line: And keep inviolate what thou created good!


TENDRIL IN THE MESH: PROLOGUE: THE TERRIBLE TORCH       
First Line: So the sea stands up to the shore; banging his chains
Last Line: Oh my god the terrible torch of her power!


THE FLIGHT IN THE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: The last settlement scraggled out with a barbwire fence
Last Line: Knuckles the generous beast, and feeds
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE POET IS DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: In the evening the dusk
Subject(s): Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


THE RAID    Poem Text    
First Line: They came out of the sun undetected
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE WISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Miles across the turbulent kingdoms
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


THESE ARE THE RAVENS       
First Line: These are the ravens of my soul
Last Line: And crying on the farthest fences of the world


THESE HAVE THE FUTURE       
First Line: So sleep the vines, as the vineyards of europe
Last Line: Who before had no eyes, but for splendor


THING REGARDED AS CONTRADICTION       
First Line: But the innocent: these others
Last Line: All we of israel %eat


THING REGARDED AS CONTRADICTION (REVISED)       
First Line: But the innocent; these others
Last Line: Of israel %eat


THOUGH LYING WITH A WOMAN       
Last Line: And finds finality there


THUNDER       
First Line: You on the road walk north, your knees bending
Last Line: And the hawks of the blood are high


TIDEMARSH       
First Line: There was a road out of town toward the back-water bay
Last Line: And less like what I was


TO MY ANCIENT ENEMY       
First Line: Father, underneath the crust
Last Line: Your anger aches behind my eyes


TOR HOUSE       
First Line: Now that I have seen tor house
Last Line: Than my one glimpse of falcon tower toothing the carmel sky


TRIFLES       
First Line: The man laughing on the steep hill tripped on a stone
Last Line: And pound with our hands on the dark


TRIPTYCH FOR THE LIVING: 1. THE UNCOUTH       
First Line: A mild autumn, rain, and the high pastures
Last Line: These were now to receive


TRIPTYCH FOR THE LIVING: 2. THE COMING       
First Line: Blood, and the black
Last Line: Breaks on his knees %and prays


TRIPTYCH FOR THE LIVING: 3. THE WISE       
First Line: Miles across the turbulent kingdoms
Last Line: Ran on the face where the rain had


UNDERLYING TORSION       
First Line: A lull of no wind
Last Line: God's gaze, god's liberating look


UNKILLABLE KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: Churchill: the sound of your voice from the eastern air
Last Line: They watch with eyes wide: %and they wait


UNTITLED [AND DO THE INDULGENT]       
First Line: And do the indulgent lovers
Last Line: And quite unable to say


UNTITLED [AS IN ALL THAT COUNTRY]       
Last Line: Out of remotest past


UNTITLED [CROWN OEDIPUS KING]       
Last Line: Anxious, uncertain, and all afraid


UNTITLED [FOR THERE IS A PLACE]       
Last Line: Across the gulls' descant


UNTITLED [LOVE, WHO HAVE]       
First Line: Love, who have in new maturity
Last Line: Struggling to win back what he never had


UNTITLED [NOVEMBER FOUNDERED]       
First Line: November foundered visibly and winter
Last Line: And laid his loving blight on once green sod


UNTITLED [OLD MAN, WAS I YOUR IMP?]       
Last Line: Anxious, uncertain, %and all afraid


UNTITLED [WHAT THERE IS FIERCELY]       
First Line: What there is fiercely now in the world
Last Line: This earth and this labor: good


UNTITLED [YOU NATIONS OF EUROPE]       
First Line: You nations of europe, dog-snarling dolls in your nook of the world
Last Line: I think you will see a real menace


VERNAL EQUINOX       
First Line: Andromeda westering
Last Line: And the coupling birds


VISION OF FELICITY       
First Line: And the terrible
Last Line: Give me the center back %of my soul


VOW       
First Line: The sky darkens
Last Line: Who have gathered such strength as is mine


WALDORF REJECTS 10. AND MAY THIS NOT       
First Line: And may this not, perhaps be a purer progression
Last Line: That beats all bright at the eyes


WALDORF REJECTS 11. AND WHAT IS MAN       
Last Line: And cannot be cancelled


WALDORF REJECTS 2. IS THE SOLDIER LESS BRAVE       
Last Line: For even the blind to behold


WALDORF REJECTS 3. BUT THE HEALER IS TIME       
Last Line: And they were enough


WALDORF REJECTS 4. HE WENT BACK TO HIS NORTH       
First Line: He went back to his north when the time came
Last Line: To place each at the other's feet


WALDORF REJECTS 5. WHAT THEN IS GOD       
Last Line: Keen his clear name


WALDORF REJECTS 6. BUT ALL FLUXES       
First Line: But all fluxes, flares
Last Line: Let motion suffice


WALDORF REJECTS 7. ONCE MORE IN THIS WORLD       
Last Line: Does temperance keep peace with its recourse


WALDORF REJECTS 8. BUT THAT TOO IS OF THIS LIFE       
Last Line: And dimly somehow, he understands


WALDORF REJECTS 9. BUT IS NOT THIS       
First Line: But is not this, indeed, the true progression
Last Line: When all he held dear is dead


WALDPORT REJECTS 1. BUT AT LAST WE LEARNED       
Last Line: The whole wide teachings of life


WALLS       
First Line: East, the shut sky: those walls of the mountains
Last Line: But it sleeps at the roots of his sight


WAY OF LIFE AND THE WAY OF DEATH       
First Line: Mexico: and a wind on the mesa
Last Line: The one resurrection


WE IN THE FIELDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn and a high film, the sun burned it


WE IN THE FIELDS       
First Line: Dawn and a high film; the sun burned it
Last Line: Till the rain fell


WE KNEW IT FOR AUTUMN       
First Line: The wind of that dying year made yellow the leaves
Last Line: And focused our eyes on april


WE WALK THE YOUNG EARTH       
First Line: Over the hills the loud sun rolls in the falling sky
Last Line: The far trains haunting the night


WEEDS       
First Line: All night long in the high meadow
Last Line: And the harsh print of the earth


WHAT BIRDS WERE THERE       
First Line: Two magpies under the cypresses
Last Line: Birthmarked that dawn


WHAT IS THE WAY OF DEATH       
First Line: What is the way of death against the way
Last Line: Of the all-flooding eye


WHO LIVES HERE HARBORS SORROW       
First Line: Secluded and dark the few farms hug the creeks
Last Line: When summer heats the earth to life again


WHO SEES THROUGH THE LENS       
First Line: Who sees, through the searching lens on the mountain
Last Line: Nor star for its sky


WIND WEST       
First Line: There were signs %wind preached it two days
Last Line: We leaned to the push of it, hunting what lay under west


WINTER ASCENT       
First Line: Climbed up stone slope and its runneled rifts
Last Line: The orkneys, small on the sea, draw him down


WINTER PLOUGHING       
First Line: Before my feet the ploughshare rolls the earth
Last Line: And the thin cries of the gleaming, bent-winged birds


WINTER SOLSTICE       
First Line: Here with the dawn the sun crawls wanly, takes the south sky
Last Line: Now is the running night


WINTER SUNDOWN       
First Line: The fog, that nightlong and morning had lain to the fields
Last Line: The dusk and the fog all one


WOMAN WITHIN: IV       
First Line: But give her good leave
Last Line: And sworn of the answer in her eyes %will ever be


WORD       
First Line: One deepness
Last Line: Justness of perfection


YEAR'S DECLENSION: COURT OF LAW       
First Line: Court of the law
Last Line: Until the mention of his name


YEAR'S DECLENSION: DEAD WINTER       
First Line: This is the death the wintering year foretold
Last Line: Refuses to deflect


YEAR'S DECLENSION: END OF SUMMER       
First Line: Something that woke me out of sleep
Last Line: Or a million lives reject


YEAR'S DECLENSION: IN THE DREAM'S RECESS       
First Line: Let from no earth-engendered thing your friendship be forsworn
Last Line: And all is fearful where I dare not wake or dream


YEAR'S DECLENSION: RAINY EASTER       
First Line: Rain: and over the thorned, cliff-eaten
Last Line: Splitting its blind-eyed buds


YEAR'S DECLENSION: THE DANCE       
First Line: The dance. And that wickering of reefs
Last Line: The rest is dead


YEAR'S DECLENSION: THE DUSK       
First Line: The light goes: that once powerful sun
Last Line: Dropped down together


YEAR'S DECLENSION: THE FIRST ABSENCE       
First Line: The house is dark
Last Line: And wholly outside the fear


YEAR'S DECLENSION: THE QUARREL       
First Line: I cannot squall, though that is what it needs
Last Line: Where we will go together


YEAR'S DECLENSION: TWO LIVES       
First Line: Two lives: a tortuous affinity
Last Line: Pushing the rank grass here and there, %thrusting and blind


YEAR'S DECLENSION: UNDER A KEEPING SPRING       
First Line: Under a keeping spring, that country
Last Line: Knuckled up for a rain


YEAR'S END       
First Line: The year dies fiercely: out of the north the beating storms


YOU KNOW THE LAND       
Last Line: Yield the rank smell


YOU, GOD       
First Line: Nor any day gone
Last Line: God %such me in


ZONE OF DEATH       
First Line: Wind is not nigh
Last Line: And gibbets me