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Author: FERLINGHETTI, LAWRENCE
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Ferlinghetti, Lawrence    Poet's Biography
474 poems available by this author


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In goya's greatest scenes we seem to see
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Paintings & Painters


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: The wounded wilderness of morris graves
Last Line: Among the hebrides
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: Constantly risking absurdity
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 15. CONSTANTLY RISKING ABSURDITY    Poem Text     Recitation
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 20    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pennycandystore beyond the el
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 46    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And every poem and every picture


A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 9    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: See/it was like this when


A DOG IN THE WHITE HOUSE        Recitation by Author


ADIEU A CHARLOT (SECOND POPULIST MANIFESTO)       
First Line: Sons of whitman sons of poe
Last Line: And walk away from us %in the great american night


AFTERNOON IDYLL       
First Line: The flowers


ALIENATION: TWO BEES       
First Line: I came upon them in the cabin


ALLEN GINSBERG DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Allen ginsberg is dying / it's in all the papers
Last Line: They whisper / allen
Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997)


ALLEN GINSBERG DYING       
First Line: Allen ginsberg is dying %it's in all the papers
Last Line: Allen %they whisper %allen
Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997)


ALLEN STILL       
First Line: Allen died 49 nights ago, and in bixby canyon now the white
Last Line: Arise from it, from him, dusty passageur?


ALLEN THIS INSTANT       
First Line: Allen this instant %was sitting by me %on this bed
Last Line: See you again %dear allen


AMANT DES GARES       


AN ELEGY TO DISPEL GLOOM (ASSASSINATIONS OF MOSCONE & MILK)       
First Line: Let us not sit upon the ground
Subject(s): Assassination; San Francisco


AND ARE WE NOT THEN IN THE REAL PARADISO NOT IN DANTE'S       
Last Line: Forever in this shining moment in our own immortal time


AND EVERY POEM AND EVERY PICTURE       
Last Line: Smiling darkly in the blinding light


AND LO       
First Line: And lo a star arose in the east
Last Line: Which is love on earth forever and ever %amen!


AND LOVE BE WRITTEN ON RUNNING WATER       
Last Line: Sings through the sluices %of everyday life


AND PABLO NERUDA / THAT CHILEAN OMNIVORE OF POETRY    Poem Text    
Last Line: Into the heart of america
Subject(s): Neruda, Pablo (1904-1973)


AND PABLO NERUDA / THAT CHILEAN OMNIVORE OF POETRY       
Last Line: Into the heart of america
Subject(s): Neruda, Pablo (1904-1973)


AND SAMUEL BECKETT'S HOUSE OF CARDS       
Last Line: Fain would not leave us


ANGRY GOD       
First Line: Paris rue de la bucherie


APOLLINAIRE IN AMERICA       
First Line: Over the high sierras %flies the plane
Last Line: Over the far sierra %flies the plane


APPEARANCES OF THE ANGEL IN OHIO       
First Line: A loopy angel with one wing %comes out of the p.O. %and gets in a chariot
Last Line: That you're back safe in heaven %broken angels!


ARE THERE NOT STILL FIRELIES       
Last Line: Signalling to us %our manifest destinies?


ARTIST       
First Line: The party hoppers %wolfing down the wine and cheese
Last Line: And roll upon the floor?
Variant Title(s): The Party Hoppers / Wolfing Down The Wine And Chees


ASCENDING OVER OHIO       
First Line: The angels coming down the aisles
Last Line: Of her airborne breasts


ASSASSINATION RAGA       
First Line: Tune in to a raga
Last Line: People with roses %behind the barricades


ASTONISHED HEART       
First Line: She of the shining eyes
Last Line: Into the astonished heart of america


AT ELLIS ISLAND I SAW HER       
Last Line: In the wide womb of america


AT NIGHT / A DYING STAR       
Last Line: Perched above it %sings an obit


AT THE BODEGA       
First Line: The hot young stud flamenco dancer


AT THE GARE BRUXELLES-MIDI       
First Line: Two people saying goodbye
Last Line: Around %on the %table


AT THE GOLDEN GATE       
Last Line: And begin becoming pure light


AUTOBIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leading a quiet life
Subject(s): Self; Life


AUTOBIOGRAPHY       
First Line: I am leading a quiet life
Last Line: Instructing the horsemen %to pass


AWAY ABOVE A HARBORFUL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Beauty; Desire


BACH & MOZART IN SAINT-JULIEN-LE-PAUVRE       
First Line: In this eternal grotto


BACK ROADS TO FAR PLACES       
First Line: Basho would have liked
Last Line: Meat wheel %turns


BACK ROADS TO FAR TOWNS AFTER BASHO       
First Line: Make it new
Last Line: Reflected in it


BAJA BEATITUDES       
First Line: The great gray gaviota
Last Line: Upon which mute ships race %toward a common humanity


BAJA REVISITED       
First Line: Baja wild baja
Last Line: Hull down in winnebagos


BASEBALL CANTO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Watching baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL CANTO       
First Line: Watching baseball
Last Line: In the territorio libre of baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BELATED PALINODE FOR DYLAN THOMAS       
First Line: In wales at laugharne at last I stand beside
Last Line: Dylan of all our days


BETWEEN TWO CITIES       
First Line: Brown stubble cornfields %by a railroad crossing
Last Line: The lone and level fields %stretch away


BIG SUR 6/23/97       
First Line: The birds slept-in this morning
Last Line: In single syllables %before breakfast
Subject(s): Birds; Mountains


BIG SUR LIGHT       
First Line: What is that sound that fills the air
Last Line: And a divine spasm %shakes the universe


BIG SUR LIGHT: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: The birds slept-in this morning
Last Line: Before breakfast
Subject(s): Birds; Mountains; Hills


BILLBOARD PAINTERS       
First Line: The two white-overalled white-capped signpainters


BLIND POET       
First Line: I am your blind poet and painter
Last Line: Hang my painting! %publish my poem!


BLOOD OF THE BAG LADY       
First Line: Happy he %who held those breasts %apples of bliss
Last Line: Teeming tide pool born of oceans %mother of us all


BLUE-BOTTLE FLY / ALIGHTED ON MY PALETTE       
Last Line: And crashed with a terrible cry %inaudible to me


BOCCIONI'S MORNING AND TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah the so-bright future
Last Line: To the trembling future of the world
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


BOCCIONI'S MORNING AND TWILIGHT       
First Line: Ah the so-bright future
Last Line: Upon a single stark figure waving farewell %to the trembling future of the world
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


BOUNCER'S BAR       
First Line: Passed the bouncer's bar tonight
Last Line: And lets out a bloody cry
Variant Title(s): Passed The Bouncer's Bar Tonigh


BUDDHA IN THE WOODPILE       
First Line: If there had been only
Last Line: The free american air %of the first amendment


BUT WHAT IS THAT LAUGHTER UNDER THE HILL       
Last Line: Here at the end of the world


BY BROOKLYN BRIDGE AN ELEPHANT STANDS UNDER THE ELEVATED       
Last Line: As the sun turns tropic %over green mansions


BY THE STATUE OF RODIN       
Last Line: In metal effigy? %ah rodin -- rodin


CAFE NOTRE DAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A sort of sexual trauma
Last Line: Of their passion
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


CAFE NOTRE DAME       
First Line: A sort of sexual trauma
Last Line: In the mons veneris %of their passion
Subject(s): Restaurants


CANTI ROMANI       
First Line: At kennedy airport
Last Line: In new strange uniform %no one has ever seen


CANTI TOSCANI       
First Line: Tuscan woman1with olive eyes


CANTICLE OF JACK KEROUAC       
First Line: Far from the sea far from the sea
Last Line: He steals away %with the bell


CARRARA, LOOKING SEAWARD       
First Line: Saw carrara's marble mountains
Last Line: Della carne umana


CAT       
First Line: The cat
Last Line: And the hum of the heater


CAT DOING KUNDALINI       
Last Line: With leda looking on


CHALLENGES TO YOUNG POETS       
First Line: Invent a new language anyone can understand
Last Line: Wake up and pee, the world's on fire. %have a nice day


CHANGING LIGHT       
First Line: The changing light at san francisco
Last Line: The city drifts %anchorless upon the ocean
Subject(s): Americans; United States


CLAMSHELL ALLIANCE       
First Line: Here by the sea


CLONING AT THE HAWK & DOVE       
First Line: I wander into the 'hawk and dove'


COME LIE WITH ME AND BE MY LOVE       
Last Line: All night under the cyprus tree %without making love


CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 1       
First Line: In goya's greatest scenes we seem to see
Last Line: And engines %that devour america
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Paintings And Painters


CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 11       
First Line: The wounded wilderness of morris graves
Last Line: And unfed %among the hebrides
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: 15       
First Line: Constantly risking absurdity
Last Line: Spreadeagled in the empty air of existence
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


CRICKET SOMEWHERE / WINDS HIS WATCH       
Last Line: In which I %dip my paintbrush


CRO-MAGNONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cro-magnons carried stones for books
Last Line: In one cooled instant of carbonized time / deciphered eternity
Subject(s): Primitive Man; Cavemen


CRO-MAGNONS       
First Line: Cro-magnons carried stones for books
Last Line: Deciphered eternity
Subject(s): Primitive Man


DANCE OF THE MIND       
Last Line: Lyric breakthrough %into inner space


DARK PORTRAIT       
First Line: She always said 'tu' in such a way
Last Line: And when she grew old %slept among horses


DARKNESS, CHEZ GEORGE WHITMAN       
First Line: Sometime toward four a.M.


DAY AFTER DAY RETURNING       
Last Line: Pour or paint or print or stamp upon it %a final face


DEATH COMES ON / LIKE A BEETHOVEN CONCERTO       
Last Line: In the final unheard chord


DEEP CHESS       
First Line: Life itself like championship chess
Last Line: And there's still time %your move


DEFEATED ROMANTICISM / OF T.S. ELIOT       
Last Line: A copy of the waste land %on a very high shelf
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965)


DEFLOWERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Life deflowers itself
Last Line: Upon her breasts
Subject(s): Education


DEFLOWERING       
First Line: Life deflowers itself
Last Line: Puts his hands %upon her breast
Subject(s): Education


DICTIONARIES OF LIGHT       
First Line: The sun the sun %comes round the corner
Last Line: Untamed rampant radicals %in dictionaries of light


DIRECTOR OF ALIENATION       
First Line: Looking in the mirrors at macy's
Last Line: Waving plastic jewels and genitals


DIRTY TONGUE       
First Line: The little black dog with the small head and funny tail
Last Line: On the far far outskirts %of the roman empire


DISSIDENTS, BIG SUR       
First Line: January bright sun


DO DREAMS RESCUE YOUR EGO       
Last Line: And await the lightning's %next illumination


DOG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dog trots freely in the street
Subject(s): Dogs; Animals; Dogs


DOG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The dog trots freely in the street
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOG       
First Line: The dog trots freely in the street
Last Line: Some victorious answer %to everything
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOG HANGS HIS SNOUT       
Last Line: Through the eyes of his master


DON JUAN DISCOVERED BY HAIDEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hot dog I got me a naked lover
Last Line: On sunset earth
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Don Juan


DON JUAN DISCOVERED BY HAIDEE       
First Line: Hot dog I got me a naked lover
Last Line: Him the last man in sight %on sunset earth
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Don Juan; Paintings And Painters


DON'T CRY FOR ME INDIANA       
First Line: I feel like I %just got beamed down by scotty in 'star trek'
Last Line: Holds the door open for me %whereaway?


DON'T LET THAT HORSE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And there were no strings / attached
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Chagall, Marc (1889-1885)


DON'T LET THAT HORSE       
Last Line: And there were no strings %attached
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Chagall, Marc (1889-1885); Paintings And Painters


DON€™T LET THAT HORSE    Poem Text     Recitation
Subject(s): Chagall, Marc (1889-1885)


DOVE STA AMORE / WHERE LIES LOVE       
Last Line: Dove sta amore %here lies love


DRINKING FRENCH WINE IN MIDDLE AMERICA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Bought a bottle of vouvray
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


DRINKING FRENCH WINE IN MIDDLE AMERICA       
First Line: Bought a bottle of vouvray %and poured out its bouquet
Last Line: And to what homing-%beardless ghost come back again!


DRIVING A CARDBOARD AUTOMOBILE WITHOUT A LICENSE       
Last Line: Reaching out to embrace them


DUST WORLD: 1       
First Line: Whirlwinds of hot autumn dust
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


DUST WORLD: 1       
First Line: Whirlwinds of hot autumn dust
Last Line: For my people dying
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


DUST WORLD: 2       
First Line: With pupil-dilated putti in arms
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


DUST WORLD: 2       
First Line: With pupil-dilated putti in arms
Last Line: This is the whiskey talking now
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


EIGHT PEOPLE ON A GOLF COURSE AND ONE BIRD OF FREEDOM       
First Line: The phoenix flies higher & higher


ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF KENNETH PATCHEN       
First Line: A poet is born %a poet dies
Last Line: Where a white horse without a rider %turns its head %to the sea


ELEGY TO DISPEL GLOOM (ASSASSINATIONS OF MOSCONE & MILK)       
First Line: Let us not sit upon the ground
Last Line: Such men as these do rise above %our worst imaginings
Subject(s): Assassination; San Francisco


END OF VARIOUS AFFAIRS       
First Line: What is that great crow doing


ENDLESS LIFE       
First Line: Endless the splendid life of the world
Last Line: There is a sound of revelry by night


EUPHORIA       
First Line: As I approach the state of pure euphoria
Last Line: I wear egyptian clothing


EVERYTHING CHANGES AND NOTHING CHANGES       
Last Line: And laughter arises %on the distant sea


EXPRESSIONIST HISTORY OF GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue rider rode over the bridge into the bauhaus
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


EXPRESSIONIST HISTORY OF GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM       
First Line: The blue rider rode over the bridge into the bauhaus
Last Line: And his ovens were heating %as a tin drum began beating
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


FABLE OF THE SO-CALLED BIRDS       
First Line: In rome


FINISTERE       


FIRENZE, A LIFETIME LATER       
First Line: A cavatina of broken parlando utterances
Last Line: Our lives not shaken %by our coming


FIRST, THE NEWS       
First Line: Sun gets up %shedding light on us
Last Line: Oh rose of tralee in the super mart %I love you


FLIGHT THROUGH TIME       
First Line: Wearing apollinaire's derby I am in a zepplin with a
Last Line: Bent space flame-outs illuminate the landscape


FLOWER SELLER AT COVENT GARDEN 1989       
First Line: A great great great granddaughter
Last Line: Like a songbird swooping %over the madding crowd
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


FORTUNE / HAS ITS COOKIES TO GIVE OUT       


FREIGHTS       
First Line: The long freights %let out their lonely shrieks
Last Line: Unsure of what bright future %he was fighting for


GENERAL SONG OF HUMANITY       
First Line: On the coast of chile where neruda lived


GENERALS - A NAIVE DREAM       
First Line: The modern military bus


GOYA AND THE SLEEP OF REASON       
First Line: The dark stone statue of goya
Last Line: And atrocious clarity %of his distant


GREAT AMERICAN WATERFRONT POEM       
First Line: San francisco land's end and ocean's beginning the land the
Last Line: The balclutha's whistle blows the tide is at the ebb %the phone rings


GREAT CHINESE DRAGON       
First Line: The great chinese dragon which is the greatest dragon in all
Last Line: The final coming and the final sowing of his oats and teeth


GREAT RIVER / IMAGE OF TIME       
Last Line: In which I would decipher %your inscrutable name


GREEN STREET MORTUARY MARCHING BAND       
Last Line: Brokendown irish bartenders dying for a drink or a last hurrah


GROTTAMARE       
First Line: Turquoise sea off grottamare
Last Line: The sea sends back %its turquoise answer


HE (TO ALLEN GINSBERG OF THE 1950'S, BEFORE 'THE CHANGE')       
First Line: He is one of the prophets come back
Last Line: Deatd death %death


HE MADE THE USUAL FOOL OF HIMSELF       
Last Line: And she did she did


HE WITH THE BEATING WINGS       
First Line: The lark has no tree
Last Line: He %with the beating wings


HEAP OF BROKEN IMAGES       
First Line: Empty house on a horizon
Last Line: There is no such thing as death


HEAVY       
First Line: There was this man who was not myself, this short, squat


HIDDEN DOOR (HYMN TO MACHU PICCHU, AFTER NERUDA)       
First Line: Hidden door dead secret %which is mother
Last Line: Playing their flutes %and beating drums


HIGHWAY PATROL       
First Line: When we zoomed off freeway 80 other side of sacramento


HILARIOUS GOD       
First Line: 10 august 77...Raft trip tody/upearly to ride in a truck upriver
Last Line: Deep pool/we fish no longer/turn/ and go on/into the deeper pools %of our own lives


HISTORY IS MADE / OF THE LIES OF THE VICTORS'       
Last Line: Can you spare a dime


HISTORY OF THE AIRPLANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And the wright brothers said they thought they had invented
Last Line: "fill the air
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


HISTORY OF THE AIRPLANE       
First Line: And the wright brothers said they thought they had invented
Last Line: Fill the air %everywhere
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001)


HISTORY OF THE WORLD: A TV DOCU-DRAMA       
First Line: Dark mind dark soul dark age
Last Line: A child turns up the brightness


HOLIDAY INN BLUES       
First Line: In a dark cave called fuzzy's
Last Line: With tongues alack %for love
Subject(s): Hotels


HOME HOME HOME       
First Line: Where are they going
Last Line: Over the shaken bodies %in the bed


HORSE IN AMSTERDAM, AFTER REMBRANDT    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could read the blazed face
Last Line: In the wilderness of its eyes
Subject(s): Horses; Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


HORSE IN AMSTERDAM, AFTER REMBRANDT       
First Line: If I could read the blazed face
Last Line: And nothing stops the stoned night %in the wilderness of its eyes
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


HORSES AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The horses the horses the wild horses at dawn
Last Line: Out of the night
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


HORSES AT DAWN       
First Line: The horses the horses the wild horses at dawn
Last Line: The sun roars & %throws their shadows %out of the night
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


HOW CLEAR YOUR VOICE FROM BELGRADE       
First Line: Young friend when you rang up


HOW FRAGILE THE FLESH       
Last Line: Pale idols in the night streets %dance and bound to death


HOW THE LIGHT / LAY ON THE LEAVES       
Last Line: In the autumn of that year


I AM WAITING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am waiting for my case to come up
Subject(s): Waiting


I AM WAITING       
First Line: I am waiting for my case to come up
Last Line: A renaissance of wonder


I AM YOU       
First Line: Man half woman


I GENITORI PERDUTI    Poem Text    
First Line: The dove-white gulls
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


I GENITORI PERDUTI       
First Line: The dove-white gulls
Last Line: Across the silent grass


I HAVE NOT LAIN WITH BEAUTY ALL MY LIFE       
Last Line: Upon the bosch-like world


I HEARD A WOMAN MAKING LOVE TODAY       
Last Line: Dreaming of a lioness lover


I SAW GREAT NEPTUNE       
Last Line: Those ravaged images of %its late fate


I SAW ONE OF THEM       
First Line: I saw one of them sleeping
Last Line: The view from there was great
Variant Title(s): I Saw One Of Them Sleepin


I SAW TWO LOVERS       
Last Line: As we surfed through it %morphing into eternity


I WOULD NOT MAKE A PACT WITH YOU       
Last Line: Still in your eyes %having beaten out your exile


I WRING THE NECK OF THE SWAN       
Last Line: The mask of her face %fallen out of darkness


IMAGINARY HAPPENING, LONDON       
First Line: In the lower left-hand corner %of an album landscape
Last Line: One more tree %falls in the forest


IN A SURREALIST YEAR    Poem Text    
Last Line: "full of our ashes
Subject(s): Surrealism


IN A SURREALIST YEAR       
Last Line: Full of our ashes %floated by
Subject(s): Social Protest


IN A TIME OF REVOLUTION FOR INSTANCE       
First Line: I had just ordered a fishplate at the counter when


IN FAR-OUT POETRY / THE HEART BLEEDS UPON THE PAGE       
Last Line: Those fine tatoos of living %known as poems


IN GOLDEN GATE PARK THAT DAY    Poem Text    


IN GOLDEN GATE PARK THAT DAY       
Last Line: Except a certain awful look %of terrible depression
Subject(s): San Francisco


IN LOCK OF LOVE       
Last Line: In lock of love %begotten


IN THAT HINTERNATION / THAT STRETCHES WESTWARD FROM MANHATTAN       
Last Line: Having sown the iron seeds %of autogeddon


IN THE BEGINNING / WASN'T THE WORD       
Last Line: With its wondrous %pips of words


IN THE CATALOG RAISONNE / OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH       
Last Line: The liberated orgies of his time


IN THE DINER       
First Line: Peter lorre in the shiney diner
Last Line: The sky reddens %over the swamps


IN THE GARDENS OF THE ALHAMBRA       
Last Line: Deep as the duende %in a gypsy's keening


IN THE HILLS ABOVE FIRENZE / THE FIREFLIES       
Last Line: Not about to end %in a dearth of light


IN THE SALA DI PRANZO       
Last Line: As if beneath the table %eros still stirred


IN WOODS WHERE MANY RIVERS RUN       
First Line: In woods where many rivers run
Last Line: And question every other %spring and thing


INAUGURAL ADDRESS       
First Line: I certainly was surprised to be named poet laureate of this
Last Line: La vida es sueno? Is life literally a dream? And, if so, when %will we truly awake?


INSCRUTABLE       
First Line: Flying blind from paris


INSTRUCTIONS TO PAINTERS & POETS       
First Line: I asked a hundred painters and a hundred poets
Last Line: That you've created %a new brave world


INSURGENT MEXICO       
First Line: In scorched dry desert


INTO DARKNESS, IN GRANADA    Poem Text    
First Line: O if I were not so unhappy
Last Line: In a dove boat
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


INTO DARKNESS, IN GRANADA       
First Line: O if I were not so unhappy
Last Line: In a dove boat
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


INTO THE DEEPER POOLS       
First Line: I put on the diving mask and went down


INTO THE INTERIOR       
First Line: I am your whispered voice %your inside voice
Last Line: Heed my whisperings... %heed my whisperings


ISLES OF GREECE       
Last Line: About to dance and sing


IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD       
Last Line: And totally in control of the situation


ITALIAN-AMERICAN BIMBO FROM BROOKLYN       
Last Line: Looking just like proles %in orwell's woeful 1984


JACK OF HEARTS       
First Line: Who are now, who are we ever
Last Line: Who stands in a doorway %clothed in sun


JOHN LENNON IN THE PORTO SANTO STEFANO       
First Line: A trattoria in the porto
Last Line: The mad eternal answer


JOURNAL NOTES TURNING INTO A POEM       
First Line: The birth certificate says 106 saratoga avenue yonkers
Last Line: Shouts and laughter %tears and whispers %fill the air


KIDS BLOWING BUBBLES / IN FRONT OF THE PIZZERIA       
Last Line: New kid on the block %did just arise


L'OCCUPATION OBSEDEE       
First Line: Assis sur la terrasse cafe saint-severin
Last Line: Bouche bouclee %fraternite


LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS       
First Line: After ringing the bell for some time and no answer


LADAKH BUDDHESS BIKER    Poem Text    
First Line: The ladakh buddhess is watching me
Last Line: Of our kali yuga age
Subject(s): Buddhism; Motorcycles & Motorcycling; Buddha; Buddhists


LADAKH BUDDHESS BIKER       
First Line: The ladakh buddhess is watching me
Last Line: Of our kali yuga age
Subject(s): Buddhism; Motorcycles And Motorcycling


LAST PRAYER        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Prayer


LATE IMPRESSIONIST DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: In a late impressionist dream I am riding in an open touring
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


LATE IMPRESSIONIST DREAM       
First Line: In a late impressionist dream I am riding in an open touring
Last Line: Kerouac and hearing the sound of the sea in which the fish %still speak breton
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


LAUGHING & CRYING       
First Line: I laugh to hear me say what I am saying


LEAVES DANCED TO MOZART / ABOVE THE WORLD'S STATIC       
Last Line: And dancing with them %ecstatic


LIBRARY SCENE, MANHATTAN       
First Line: In the new york public library %in the men's john
Last Line: Sailing on together %through the postmodern weather


LIGHT       
First Line: Couples on the boat to the isola di giglio
Last Line: The light that attracts the fish at night


LIGHT KNOWS RAIN / AND HOW TO USE IT       
Last Line: And man gets up %and puts his lenses on


LIGHT OF BIRDS       
First Line: I early learned to love birds
Last Line: The distant muffled caws %of our own night


LION CAME TO MY WINDOW       
Last Line: And a taste for mgm movies


LIVING THEATRE       
First Line: In a little side street
Last Line: In the living theatre


LONDON CROSSFIGURED    Poem Text    
Subject(s): London, England; Models


LONG BOATS       
Last Line: Farewell


LOOK HOMEWARD, JACK: TWO CORRESPONDENCES       
First Line: Cruising down long winding highway near asheville and


LOST PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: It takes a fast car / to lead a double life
Subject(s): Modern Man; Popular Culture - United States


LOST PARENTS       
First Line: It takes a fast car %to lead a double life
Last Line: For lost parents %their own age
Subject(s): Modern Man; Popular Culture - United States


LOVE NUT       
First Line: I go into the men's room springfield bus station
Last Line: He wants what he wants! He's gotta be crazy call the cops %take him away


LOVER LEAVES THE HOUSE OF HER LOVER       
Last Line: Through which all life has poured


LOVERS UNDER THE PORTICO       
Last Line: Would not fall apart


MAJESTY       
First Line: The majesty the sad majesty


MAKING LOVE IN POETRY       
First Line: In a war where every second counts
Last Line: There is no glimpsing of %the misery of the world


MAN WHO RODE AWAY       
First Line: Above taos now
Last Line: Rattles the pine needles %of your bones


MAN WHO ROSE AWAY (D.H. LAWRENCE)       
First Line: Above taso now %I peer through the crack


MANHATTAN MAMA       
First Line: Those stone canyons again %alone as usual
Last Line: What really needs curating %mama mia


MASS IN PROGRESS IN THE LISTING CHURCH       
Last Line: Adrift in the mediterranean


MATINAL       
First Line: The critic crow


MATISSE AT THE MODERN, MAGRITTE AT THE MET       
First Line: It is november nineteen ninety-two
Last Line: To subvert the dominant paradigm


MEETING OF EYES IN MEXICO       
First Line: Suddenly %you are speaking to me


MILANO-BRUXELLES       
First Line: Lost rain shunted


MIND DANCES / WHEN THE BODY LETS IT       
Last Line: And then it is indeed %an enchanting thing


MOCK CONFESSIONAL       
First Line: Fish-sky at morning
Last Line: Though now I am old


MODERN POETRY IS PROSE (BUT IT IS SAYING PLENTY)       
First Line: I am thumbing through a great anthology of contemporazry poetry


MONET'S LILIES SHUDDERING       
First Line: Monet never knew
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


MONET'S LILIES SHUDDERING       
First Line: Monet never knew
Last Line: And making those lilies shudder and shed %black light
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


MONSIEUR NICHOLAS       


MOORED       
First Line: A boat moored %in the deep shade
Last Line: They too %gone on


MORLAIX: INTO THE FUTURE WITH NEIL YOUNG       
First Line: At the cafe de la terrasse
Last Line: Full of shining strangers


MOSCOW IN THE WILDERNESS, SEGOVIA IN THE SNOW       
First Line: Midnight moscow airport %sucks me in from siberia
Last Line: And utters %ecstatic static


MOUTH       
First Line: I'm tired of my mouth %it's too small
Last Line: No human ever heard before %nor ever sung


MOUTH OF TRUTH       
First Line: Is this the mouth of truth
Last Line: To whom will she tell it %in what dream


MOVING WATERS' OF GUSTAV KLIMT       
First Line: Who are they then
Last Line: In which we lose ourselves %and know each other
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


NARCISSUS ALWAYS CARRIED / A SMALL HAND MIRROR       
Last Line: In which might still be reflected %a totally ideal being


NATION OF SHEEP       
First Line: Flying over the snowfields


NATIVE-BORN NEW YORKER       
Last Line: Some far rockaway of the heart


NATURAL HISTORY       
First Line: Winter's back is broken %the squirrels are out %in central park
Last Line: Into the oncoming traffic %of the 21st century


NEVER A MADMAN / YET NEVER FAR       
Last Line: White night %the final %antic vision


NEW YORK - ALBANY       
First Line: God I had forgoten how %the hudson burns
Last Line: Small nuts fall %mine too


NIGHT LIGHT       
First Line: Night, night %death's true self, death's second self


NORTH BEACH SCENE       
First Line: Away above a harborful
Last Line: Stand out the bright steamers %to kingdom come
Variant Title(s): Pictures Of The Gone World:


NOT LIKE DANTE       


NOTE AFTER READING THE DIARIES OF PAUL KLEE       
First Line: Paul klee, that painter who never could draw very well


NUMBER 8    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It was a face which darkness could kill


O / HEART / INVOLUNTARY MUSCLE       
Last Line: (seeing a certain someone) %feel love


O FRAGILE POEMS / FLOWERS OF NIGHT-LOVE       
Last Line: All, all poems in the human dream %still to be liberated


OBSCURE COMPOSER / SHE WAS       
Last Line: As swan met swan %and ass ass


OH YOU GATHERER       
First Line: Oh you gatherer %of the fine of poetry
Last Line: With our little tapers %held to the flame


OISEAU DELABRE       


OLBERS' PARADOX       
First Line: And I heard the learned astronomer %whose name was heinrich olber
Last Line: And our own illumination %on a sunset earth


OLD ITALIANS DYING       
First Line: For years the old italians have been dying %all over america
Last Line: In a black boat without sails %making his final haul
Subject(s): Old Age


OLD SAILORS       
First Line: On the green riverbank %age late fifties
Last Line: They too lost without it %leap up and die


ON THE STAGE SET / OF THE PIAZZA DELLA ROTUNDA       
Last Line: The very distant roaring %of their own futures


ON THE TRANSSIBERIAN       
First Line: Knock knock on wooden russia!


ONE GREAT BIRD / FLEW AROUND SILENTLY       
Last Line: But traveled over the sea %like gulls


ONE OF THESE DAYS       
First Line: When I am old
Last Line: Where imbeciles wearing tinsel wings %drop from the trees t palms


ONE OF THOSE PAINTINGS THAT WOULD NOT DIE'    Poem Text    
Last Line: For lovers and sleepers
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


ONE OF THOSE PAINTINGS THAT WOULD NOT DIE'       
Last Line: Hollered horribly %for lovers and sleepers
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


ONLY CONNECT!' / CRIED COLUMBUS       
Last Line: And fell into the canyons %of wall street mainstreet usa


OOPE, PAMPLONA! CRIED THE POPE       
Last Line: And flew away %over the rooftops


OVERHEARD CONVERSATIONS       
First Line: A talent for ecclectic theft


OVERHEARD CONVERSATIONS       
First Line: Overheard conversations on hot summer nights
Last Line: Still to be re-sung


OVERPOPULATION       
First Line: I must have misunderstood something
Last Line: To limit population %is to limit love


PAINTER'S DILEMMA       
First Line: There they all were still, the unfinished canvasses, all chimeras, chiaroscuro
Last Line: Became, and the brush could not reach the boundaries of being inside plato's cave
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


PAINTER'S DREAM       
First Line: I'm with picasso and 'fernande in a black mantilla' looking tragic
Last Line: Berets stagger through the halls weeping


PARIS TRANSFORMATIONS       
First Line: Clay somnambule returned
Last Line: Playing piano on a riverboat


PENNYCANDYSTORE BEYOND THE EL       


PENNYCANDYSTORE BEYOND THE EL       
Last Line: And they cried %too soon! Too soon


PEOPLE GETTING DIVORCED    Poem Text    


PEOPLE GETTING DIVORCED       
Last Line: Once the heel %has been replaced
Subject(s): Divorce


PHOENIX AT FIFTY       
First Line: At new age fifty %turn inward on old self


PHOTO OF EMILY       
First Line: She wore a cloche hat
Last Line: In the rue de seine
Subject(s): Aunts


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 10       
First Line: For all I know maybe she was happier
Last Line: Blew in and out


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 11       
First Line: Fortune
Last Line: Because I guess really we were the only ones there


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 12       
First Line: And she 'like a young year
Last Line: The struck seed was in her


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 13       
First Line: It was a face which darkness could kill
Last Line: Let fall a stocking


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 14       
First Line: So
Last Line: After th' show


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 15       
First Line: Funny fantasies are never so real as oldstyle romances
Last Line: Let's lie down somewheres baby


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 16       
First Line: Three maidens went over the land
Last Line: It was red


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 17       
First Line: Terrible
Last Line: A sweet high hungry %single syllable


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 18       
First Line: London
Last Line: Slept in her clothes
Variant Title(s): London Crossfigure


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 19       
First Line: With bells for hooves in sounding streets
Last Line: But it was too late and they buried her


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 2       
First Line: Just as I used to say
Last Line: Where the rails end is


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 20       
First Line: That fellow on the boattrain who insisted
Last Line: That flittered on my mind


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 21       
First Line: Heaven %was only half as far that night
Last Line: And glad
Variant Title(s): Heave


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 22    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Crazy/to be alive in such a strange
Subject(s): Life


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 22       
First Line: Crazy
Last Line: Are you by any chance a registered democrat?


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 23       
First Line: Dada would have liked a day like this
Last Line: With its not so accidental anologies


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 24       
First Line: Picasso's acrobats epitomize the world
Last Line: C'est pas symbolique!
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters; Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 25       
First Line: The world is a beautiful place
Last Line: But then right in the middle of it %comes the smiling %mortician


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 26       
First Line: Reading yeats I do not think
Last Line: Where a pencilhand had written %horseman, pass by


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 27       
First Line: Sweet and various the woodlark
Last Line: I too have drunk and seen %the spider


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 28       
First Line: And each poem a picture
Last Line: Back into it


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 29       
First Line: Bicyclists among the trees by the lake
Last Line: Could never break


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: In hintertime praxiteles
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 3       
First Line: In hintertime praxiteles
Last Line: At a later hour said
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 30       
First Line: A hole in a redwood tree
Last Line: The light sings


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 31       
First Line: Ah there's the moon
Last Line: When day is done


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 32       
First Line: Pale horse pale rider'
Last Line: Still anything can happen %and does


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 33       
First Line: Three wapiti elk in heartland america
Last Line: Fatally outnumbered


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 34       
First Line: Surfers are poets too
Last Line: On the rimeless rocks of outrageous fortune


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 35       
First Line: Her voice was full of yes
Last Line: But sank straight down with her to god


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 36       
First Line: People kept coming in and looking
Last Line: In the half-life %of a fish


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 37       
First Line: At the hopper house
Last Line: An isolated house %on a hill


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 38       
First Line: Loneliness
Last Line: Waving the flowers


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 39       
First Line: A blockage in the bowel
Last Line: God help america!


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 4       
First Line: In paris in a loud dark winter
Last Line: Which I am still deciphering


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 40       
First Line: On upper fifth ave
Last Line: Opens the door


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 41       
First Line: In an old black & white photo
Last Line: Her eyes on remote


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 42       
First Line: She looked so good in the morning
Last Line: Very gravely looked out


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 43       
First Line: Why don't you sometime try
Last Line: Echo like bells


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 44       
First Line: As in play by jean-paul sartre
Last Line: His far-out time and place


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 45       
First Line: The classical masks of
Last Line: True-life tragicomedies follow after


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 5       
First Line: Not too long
Last Line: On the very tip of his nose


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 6       
First Line: And the arabs asked terrible questions
Last Line: And a statue turned its head


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 7       
First Line: Yes
Last Line: When they should have been dancing


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Sarolla's women in their picture hats
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 8       
First Line: Sarolla's women in their picture hats
Last Line: And night's trees stood up
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


PICTURES OF THE GONE WORLD: 9       
First Line: Truth is not the secret of a few'
Last Line: In those high altitudes


PIED PIPER OF IRON MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The plane drones toward iron mountain michigan


PLAN DU CENTRE DE PARIS A VOL D'OISEAU       
First Line: Flying away to milan
Last Line: With a slight derisive laugh


PLANE LIFE       
First Line: Twa to boston and


PLANE WINGS AWAY TOWARD HEAVEN       
Last Line: As we come floating in


PLOUGH OF TIME       
First Line: Night closed my windows and
Last Line: Furrowing our lives


POEM FOR OLD WALT       
First Line: Spring dusk dark shore
Last Line: On the very shores of light


POET AS FISHERMAN       
First Line: As I grow older I perceive
Last Line: And singing out his sightings %of the land of the living


POET'S EYE OBSCENELY SEEING       
Last Line: And mislaid %among the sunbathers


POETIC CITY THAT WAS       
First Line: The painter, who thought he was stephan dedalus in
Last Line: Theme-park, without artists. And he was on the street


POETRY AS INSURGENT ART    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am signaling you through the flames.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; World War Ii; Second World War


POLITICAL POEM       
First Line: Night night night night night night night


POPULATION EXPLODES / AND THE SUN WEARS SHADES       
Last Line: Where virtual armies clash by night


POPULIST MANIFESTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Poets, come out of your closets
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


POPULIST MANIFESTO       
First Line: Poets, come out of your closets
Last Line: Awake and sing in the open air
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


POUND AT SPOLETO    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked into a loge in the teatro melisson, the lovely renaissance salle
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


POUND AT SPOLETO       
First Line: I walked into a loge in the teatro melisson, the lovely renaissance salle
Last Line: And on %through the leaves
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


PRESENT IS A CHANCE EVENT       
Last Line: And disappears forever %into the greater mystery


PURE WHITE IN FIRST LIGHT       
Last Line: And long he lay with that virgin %lusting for a purity his own


QUEENS CEMETERY, SETTING SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Airport bus from jfk
Subject(s): Cemeteries; New York City; Graveyards; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


QUEENS CEMETERY, SETTING SUN       
First Line: Airport bus from jfk
Last Line: Down the great american drain


REACHING INTO THE GREAT ABYSS       
Last Line: The blind fish of man's fate


READING APOLLINAIRE ...       
First Line: Reading apollinaire here


READING APOLLINAIRE BY THE ROGUE RIVER       
Last Line: And none returning %none returning


REAR-GUARD GALLERIES / IN THE VIA MARGUTTA       
Last Line: Ringing out the end %of the christian era


REBELS       
First Line: Star-stricken still
Last Line: Strikes its match upon %our night


RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS IN KHABAROVSKY OR ANYPLACE       
First Line: One grand boulevard with trees


RECURRENT DREAM       
First Line: One of those dreamed landscapes


REPORT ON A HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: When the lovely bride and groom came out onto the grand front steps
Last Line: Normal course of life lose their breath and shrivel away and fall to earth %out of air
Variant Title(s): A Report On A Happening In Washington Square, San Francisc


RETIRED BALLERINAS, CENTRAL PARK WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Retired ballerinas on winter afternoons
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


RETIRED BALLERINAS, CENTRAL PARK WEST       
First Line: Retired ballerinas on winter afternoons %walking their dogs
Last Line: Like last year's autumn leaves


RETURNING TO PARIS WITH PISSARRO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in a painting by camille pissarro
Last Line: From the new world
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


RETURNING TO PARIS WITH PISSARRO       
First Line: I am in a painting by camille pissarro
Last Line: Returning to paris with pissarro %from the new world
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


REVOLUTIONARY       
First Line: Like a blind one at the frontiers


RISTORANE VITTORIA, MILAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Three baldheaded men at the next table
Last Line: Of the whole charade
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


RISTORANE VITTORIA, MILAN       
First Line: Three baldheaded men at the next table
Last Line: Of the whole charade
Subject(s): Restaurants


RIVER STILL TO BE FOUND       
First Line: Stoned &
Last Line: In the interior %of america


ROMA / MADE OF FLESH AND STONE       
Last Line: Over the piazza del populo


ROMAN MORN       
First Line: Ah these sweet roman mornings
Last Line: Somewhere a woman shouts angelo, angelo %the day begins and begins


ROME / RAIN / ON THE TIBER       
Last Line: Voyages %through %the darkness


ROUGH SONG OF ANIMALS DYING       
First Line: In a dream within a dream I dreamt a dream
Last Line: A yin-yang yolk of good and evil %about to consume itself


SAILING THRU THE STRAITS OF DEMOS       
First Line: Sailing thru the straits of demos
Last Line: Silent upon a peak %in darien


SALUTE       
First Line: To every animal who eats or shoots his own kind


SAN JOSE SYMPHONY RECEPTION       
First Line: The bald man in plaid playing the harpsichord
Last Line: Who had perfect embouchure %couldn't straighten out


SANDINISTA AVIONCITOS       
First Line: The little airplanes of the heart
Last Line: Into the new-blown light %live as leaves


SCENE FROM A STREET OPERA       
First Line: The two young dogs making it


SCREAM HEARD AROUND THE WORLD       
First Line: One fine day %a proud owner of a brand-new car
Last Line: And the drivers kept on driving %and driving and driving and


SEA AND OURSELVES AT CAPE ANN       
First Line: Caw caw caw %on a far shingle long ago
Last Line: Odyssey turned to iliad %in parked cars


SEA IS CALM TONIGHT       
First Line: The sea is calm tonight
Last Line: Over the horizon %keeping the secret


SEASCAPE WITH SUN & EAGLE       
First Line: Freer %than most birds


SEE IT WAS LIKE THIS WHEN       
Last Line: And really hates %poetry


SEEING A WOMAN AS IN A PAINTING BY BERTHE MORISOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah tes cuisses
Last Line: As if we did not know the melody
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


SEEING A WOMAN AS IN A PAINTING BY BERTHE MORISOT       
First Line: Ah tes cuisses
Last Line: As if we did not know the melody
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


SEWING TWO BIRDS TOGETHER       
Last Line: Who then came cruising in


SHADOWS OF SEABIRDS / SKIM THE WAVES       
Last Line: None shall hear it %the broken singing


SHE CAME IN OUT OF THE NIGHT       
Last Line: Adrift in the maze %of her own wild life


SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE / IN ECSTASY       
Last Line: Where she never cared to %dare to


SHERMAN'S MARCH REGLITTERIZED       
First Line: Recently regilded
Last Line: In the very gelty pumping heart %of the beast


SHORT STORY ON A PAINTING OF GUSTAV KLIMT    Poem Text    
First Line: They are kneeling upright on a flowered bed
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


SHORT STORY ON A PAINTING OF GUSTAV KLIMT       
First Line: They are kneeling upright on a flowered bed
Last Line: He %is not the one
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters


SNAPSHOT EPIPHANY       
First Line: One night when it was very dark


SO MUCH DEPENDS UPON / THE VERY YELLOW TAXICAB       
Last Line: The very sum %of human hope


SO RENT A MUSEUM / AND SEE YOURSELF IN MIRRORS       
Last Line: You find them all again %and yourself


SO SHOW YOUR SON A SUNSET       
Last Line: Like a patient etherised upon a table


SO THAT / THE GOD WHOM HUMANS HAD DECIDED       
Last Line: For the very heart %of our ungodly %unconscious


SOMETIME DURING ETERNITY    Poem Text     Recitation
Subject(s): Christianity


SOMETIME DURING ETERNITY    Poem Text    


SOMETIME DURING ETERNITY       
Last Line: From the usual unreliable sources %real dead
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


SOMEWHERE ON THE COAST OF GREECE       
Last Line: A stork suspends its step


SPANISH ANTS / IN THEIR TRANCE-DANCE       
Last Line: And think of your own %zero-sum life


SPEAK OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: And a vast paranoia sweeps across the land
Last Line: Before they come for you!
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


SPEAK OUT       
First Line: And a vast paranoia sweeps across the land
Last Line: Before they come for you!
Subject(s): Politics; War


SPIRIT OF THE CRUSADES       
First Line: Stoney wales
Last Line: Straight through the twentieth century


SPRING ABOUT TO HAPPEN       
First Line: Hansom cab through central park %clop-clop
Last Line: Kiss-kiss cry the birds %in a song without words


STARTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I go again
Last Line: Myself I saw in the window reflected
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; United States; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips; America


STARTING FROM SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Here I go again
Last Line: Myself I saw in the window reflected
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; United States


STONE REALITY MEDITATION       
First Line: Humankind can indeed bear %very much reality


SUDDENLY       
Last Line: Fireflies


SUENO REAL       
First Line: In the eternal dream-time
Last Line: By a stream impossible %to decipher


SUMMER PASSED ME BY       
Last Line: And an ancient voice in the air %singing primavera! Primavera


SUNRISE, BOLINAS       
First Line: This little heart that remembers every little thing


SURREAL MIGRATIONS       
First Line: My mind is racing %in the middle of the night
Last Line: And the air is filled with our cities


SURREAL MIGRATIONS, PART I    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


SWEET FLYING DREAM       
First Line: We were two naked %light-headed dandelions


TENTATIVE DESCRIPTION OF DINNER .. IMPEACHMENT .. EISENHOWER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: After it became obvious that the strange rain would never stop
Last Line: We resign
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


TENTATIVE DESCRIPTION OF DINNER .. IMPEACHMENT .. EISENHOWER       
First Line: After it became obvious that the strange rain would never stop
Last Line: Took one look around and said %we resign
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


THE 'MOVING WATERS' OF GUSTAV KLIMT    Poem Text    
First Line: Who are they then
Last Line: And know each other
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


THE CANTICLE OF JACK KEROUAC    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from the sea far from the sea
Subject(s): Kerouac, Jack (1922-1969)


THE CAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The cat/licks its paws
Subject(s): Cats


THE CHANGING LIGHT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The changing light at san francisco
Last Line: Anchorless upon the ocean
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


THE DEFEATED ROMANTICISM / OF T.S. ELIOT    Poem Text    
Last Line: A copy of the waste land / on a very high shelf
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965)


THE FLOWER SELLER AT COVENT GARDEN 1989    Poem Text    
First Line: A great great great granddaughter
Last Line: Over the madding crowd
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


THE OLD ITALIANS DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: For years the old italians have been dying / all over america
Subject(s): Old Age


THE PHOTO OF EMILY    Poem Text    
First Line: She wore a cloche hat
Subject(s): Aunts


THE STATUE OF ST. FRANCIS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: They were putting up the statue
Subject(s): San Francisco


THEY WERE PUTTING UP THE STATUE       
Last Line: Her eyes downcast all the while %and singing to herself


THEY WERE PUTTING UP THE STATUE       
Last Line: Some victorious answer %to everything


THEY WERE SHOOTING IN THE PLAZAS       
Last Line: Fell into flamenco


THINK BACK THROUGH THE LONG YEARS       
Last Line: Through the heart be swept bare


THIRD WORLD       
First Line: This loud morning


THIRD WORLD CALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: This loud morning / sensed a small cry in the news paper
Last Line: Fresh from the blasted fields!
Subject(s): Third World


THIRD WORLD CALLING       
First Line: This loud morning %sensed a small cry in the news paper
Last Line: Fresh from the blasted fields
Subject(s): Third World


THOUGHTS TO A CONCERTO OF TELEMANN       
First Line: The curious upward stumbling motion of the oboe d'amore
Last Line: Anymore %yet it does, it does


TINY LITTLE RAGGED MUTT       
Last Line: Light if not hope %in their faces


TO THE ORACLE AT DELPHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Great oracle, why are you staring at me,
Subject(s): Delphi, Oracle Of


TO THE ORACLE AT DELPHI       
First Line: Great oracle, why are you staring at me
Last Line: Give us new myths to live by!


TOC TOC: A COUPLE OBSERVED (AFTER APOLLINAIRE)       
First Line: Without closing its wings %the plane lands


TONIGHT AT THE GREAT OLD BEACH HOTEL       
Last Line: And I keep watch from the far shore


TOOK THE SEASHORE ROAD       
Last Line: As the pollen from her wings %flowered down on me


TOURIST OF REVOLUTIONS       
First Line: And I was a tourist of revolutions
Last Line: I'll surely join I'll surely join %the permanent underground


TRISTE CORBIERE       
Last Line: With his countenance of night


TRIUMPH OF THE POSTMODERN       
First Line: The violins tended to shriek
Last Line: Some kind of mad mad laughter


TRUE CONFESSIONAL       
First Line: I was conceived in the summer of nineteen eighteen %(or was it thirty eight)
Last Line: Wherein I read %the poem that never ends


TUNISIAN NOSTALGIA       
First Line: Bare white marble room
Last Line: In that darkened room %rented for a day long ago


TWO AMSTERDAMS       
First Line: A voyage through the low countries
Last Line: Nudes struggle home %through alleyways


TWO SCAVENGERS IN A TRUCK, TWO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN A MERCEDES       
First Line: At the stoplight waiting for the light
Last Line: In the high seas %of this democracy
Variant Title(s): Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In Mercede


UNDER THE BRIDGES       
First Line: Un 'coup de sirocco'


UNDERWEAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Underwear


UNDERWEAR       
First Line: I didn't get much sleep last night
Last Line: Are we not still young and easy %don't shout


UPON REFLECTION       
First Line: Night's black mirror is broken
Last Line: Standing still %rushes forward


USES OF POETRY       
First Line: So what is the use of poetry these days
Last Line: In the supreme hashish of our dream


VAST CONFUSION       
First Line: Long long I lay in the sands
Last Line: Harmonies %and the first light


VAST PORT SWAYS WITH CREAKING CORDAGE       
Last Line: Stagger away %through the centuries


VERY LARGE CAT ATE A SINGING BIRD       
Last Line: An andante music %a singing in the inner ear


VOIX GLAUQUE       
First Line: Now that bird of life
Last Line: And stretching over us %its darkling wings


WALKING THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA       
Last Line: Or a wit that looks like him %waving a rose


WE SQUAT UPON THE BEACH OF LOVE       
First Line: We squat upon the beach of love
Last Line: And we drink and drown


WHAT COULD SHE SAY TO THE FANTASTIC FOOLYBEAR       
Last Line: To taste still hot upon the ground %the spilled sperm seed


WHAT IS POETRY?       
First Line: Poetry is news from the frontiers of consciousness
Last Line: Let a new lyricism save the world from itself


WHEN THE PAINTER PISSARRO LAY DYING       
Last Line: Which he had all his life %been painting


WHEN THE SENSES AWAKE BEFORE THE MIND       
Last Line: And they are veined and winded %like the heart


WHERE IS THAT LITTLE FISH       
Last Line: And I with it %in flood of time


WHEREAS EINSTEIN WAS NOT THE JAMES JOYCE OF SCIENTISTS       
Last Line: Wake of words for all of us to wail upon along a riverrun homing in the gloaming


WHITE DREAMS       
First Line: A dream of white a dream of light
Last Line: Let some angel answer %in a skidrow bar room


WHITE ON WHITE       
First Line: Today I'll write white on white


WILD DREAMS OF A NEW BEGINNING       
First Line: There's a breathless hush on the freeway tonight
Last Line: And indians reclaim their canoes


WILD LIFE CAMEO, EARLY MORN       
First Line: By the great river deschutes
Last Line: Like certain people %in my life


WOMEN IN ROOMS       
First Line: Seeing women in small rooms


WORK-IN-PROGRESS, SELS.       
First Line: History is made %of the lies of the victors'
Last Line: In the history books amen oh brother %can you spare a dime?


YACHTS IN SUN       
First Line: The yachts the white yachts %with their white sails in sunlight
Last Line: As the so skillful yachts %freely pass over


YACHTS IN THE SUN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The yachts the white yachts
Subject(s): Yachts