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Author: FERRY, DAVID
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Ferry, David    Poet's Biography
142 poems available by this author


A CHARM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have a twin who bears my name;
Subject(s): Self


A NIGHT-TIME RIVER ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: We were driving down a road
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


ABOUT SYLVIA'S STORIES AND TEACHING       
First Line: What's being taught
Last Line: In feeling, in acting


AFTER SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE       
First Line: I read the brown sentences of my great-grandfather
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


AFTER SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE       
First Line: I read the brown sentences of my great-grandfather
Last Line: The incense has the odor of old paper
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ALPHABET       
First Line: Abc %you and me
Last Line: Yz %you and me


ANCESTRAL LINES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry


ANTAGONIST       
First Line: I saw a man come down to the furious sea


AT A BAR       
First Line: While in a bar I bore
Last Line: My fellow, my self, my fool %ignorant of our natures


AT LAKE HOPATCONG       
First Line: A picture taken years before I was born
Last Line: Perhaps because of the blankness of the sky %looks russian, foreign, of no country I know


AT THE BUS STOP; EURYDICE       
First Line: The old lady's face
Last Line: It took the old lady away


AT THE HOSPITAL (1)       
First Line: How beautiful she had become
Last Line: In the body's knowledge


AT THE HOSPITAL (2)       
First Line: As with the soft authority of wings
Last Line: Along the echoing channels of the night


AUBADE       
First Line: If the early morning were like the dewy steaming %rising of cloudy brightness
Last Line: Creation of your body's dear awakening


AUGURY       
First Line: Beautiful alien light, the lovers lie
Last Line: In icy configurations of the stars


AUTUMN AFTERNOON       
First Line: The rich fume of autumn rises from the ground
Last Line: As if to keep taking back what has just been said


BACKYARD DOG       
First Line: Out in the winter moonlight
Last Line: Written and rewritten %in the newly fallen snow


BEACH AT EVENING       
First Line: The beach at this evening full
Last Line: Things that belong to the sea


BIRD       
First Line: Minding of itself, and mildly, in its finding
Last Line: Attentive to the minutiae of its task


BRUNSWICK, MAINE, EARLY WINTER, 2000       
First Line: The day that suzie drove us out to get
Last Line: To safety in the helicopter noise


BY THE SEA SHORE       
First Line: Now the tree %that had been stone
Last Line: To flower, and sea


C.P. CAVAFY, THERMOPYLAE    Poem Text    
First Line: Honor is due to those who are keeping watch,
Subject(s): Cavafy, Constantine P. (1863-1933)


CAPRIMULGIDAE       
First Line: Though caprimulgus can only totter or hop
Last Line: Signaling something that understands its meaning


CATULLUS I    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is it I should give my little book to,
Subject(s): Books & Reading


CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF MARY IN EARLIER LIFE       
First Line: Her spinster eccentricity often
Last Line: On a tight rope strung out over the abyss


CHARM       
First Line: I have a twin who bears my name
Last Line: He breathes the air of my nightmare


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS       
First Line: Under the burin's meditative gaze
Last Line: And over all this the great embroidered trees


COFFEE LIPS    Poem Text    


COMMITTEE       
First Line: Coldly the sun shone down on the moonlit scene
Last Line: Spoke volumes on the bookshelves of the room


COUNTERPART       
First Line: The last poem in this section of the book
Last Line: But give me quickly the cold water to drink %that flows from memory's source, from lebadeia


COURTESY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is an afternoon toward the end of august
Subject(s): Weddings; Basketball


COURTESY       
First Line: It is an afternoon toward the end of august
Last Line: Giving and taking, perfectly understood


CRIPPLED GIRL, THE ROSE       
First Line: It was as if a flower bloomed as if
Last Line: Her beauty saying from its thorny stalk %that what it is is kept as it is given


CYTHERA    Poem Text    
First Line: There they go, down to the fatal ship
Last Line: Look lovlier still compared to the angry children
Subject(s): Abandonment; Art & Artists; Children; Paintings & Painters; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721); Desertion; Childhood


CYTHERA       
First Line: There they go, down to the fatal ship
Last Line: Look lovelier still compared to the angry children
Subject(s): Abandonment; Art And Artists; Children; Paintings And Painters; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)


DESCRIPTIVE       
First Line: Alone, I looked down through the afternoon
Last Line: Was the water that never fell, running away


DIVES       
First Line: The dogheaded wildman sleeps in the back alley
Last Line: Close by the tangled roll of wire screening %under a scribbled hieroglyphic sign


DOG AND FOX       
First Line: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Last Line: As true friends should, brave fair and stormy weather?


DOWN BY THE RIVER       
First Line: The page is green. Like water words are drifting
Last Line: Love on forever in somebody's heavenly picture


ELLERY STREET       
First Line: How much too eloquent are the songs we sing
Last Line: The snail crosses the garden in its dignified silence


EMBARKATION FOR CYTHERA       
First Line: The picnic-goers beautified themselves
Last Line: Touched at his sleeve for the ace he'd hidden there
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)


ENVOI (1)       
First Line: The ancient cup of tears, the pastoral legend
Last Line: To utter a sorrow impersonal as legend?


ENVOI (2)       
First Line: Let these not be the black, imaginary
Last Line: No light but the light of the dead letter


EPIGRAM       
First Line: As with the skill of verses properly managed
Last Line: Disposed for intelligent pleasure, and for welcome


EVENING NEWS 1       
First Line: We have been there %and seen nothing
Last Line: It is by such sights %the eye is instructed


EVENING NEWS 2       
First Line: The face looking into the room
Last Line: Deflating; somewhere in the darkness %a murmuring let itself go


EVENING NEWS II    Poem Text    
First Line: The face looking into the room;
Subject(s): News; Popular Culture


FAREWELL       
First Line: Let the day fall like light out of the eye
Last Line: How then will the day light knock at the lid in vain!


FIRST NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A stump. A post. An effigy not made / as yet. A toe. A toe in the icy waters
Last Line: I pray the lord my soul to take / timor mortis conturbat me
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FIRST NIGHT       
First Line: A stump. A post. An effigy not made %as yet. A toe. A toe in the icy waters
Last Line: I pray the lord my soul to take
Subject(s): Death


GARDEN DOG       
First Line: In the winter, out in the winter
Last Line: Unflourishing grass in the garden %out in the winter light


GOODNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying in bed and waiting to find out
Subject(s): Night; Babies; Bedtime; Infants


GOODNIGHT       
First Line: Lying in bed and waiting to find out
Last Line: Safely, at least for the rest of the night, I pray


GRAVEYARD       
First Line: A writing I can't read myself: the picture
Last Line: Written in a language only the dead speak


GUEST ELLEN AT THE SUPPER FOR STREET PEOPLE       
First Line: The unclean spirits cry out in the body
Last Line: Unclean is the nature and name of the enchantment


HARVESTERS RESTING; AFTER MILLET    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the day, in the great shadow
Last Line: The noontime / heat
Subject(s): Millet, Jean Francois (1814-1875)


HARVESTERS RESTING; AFTER MILLET       
First Line: In the middle of the day, in the great shadow
Last Line: Spellbound in the noontime heat
Subject(s): Millet, Jean Francois (1814-1875)


HORACE: EPISTLE 1.16 TO QUINCTIUS HIRPINUS       
First Line: I'll answer your questions about my place in the country
Last Line: Death is the finish line that everyone crosses


HORSES       
First Line: It is true that, as he said, the horses
Last Line: Possible a perfect delineation, %the houses' edges brimming with light


IN EDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: You lie in our bed as if an orchard were over us.
Subject(s): Garden Of Eden


IN EDEN       
First Line: You lie in our bed as if an orchard were over us
Last Line: Where will we go when they send us away from here?


IN THE DARK       
First Line: I wandered in my mind as in the dark
Last Line: Outside of myself what a beautiful landscape lies!


IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: The impatients in the tub, beside the wooden bench
Last Line: Of motion and quiet sound and the changing light %a subtle, brilliant, and a shadowy idea


IN THE READING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone in the library room, even when others
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


IN THE READING ROOM       
First Line: Alone in the library room, even when others
Last Line: Misunderstandings of the sacred text


INCUBUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The young man who goes about all muffled up from harm,
Subject(s): Homeless


JOHNSON ON POPE; FROM THE LIVES OF THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: He was protuberant behind, before
Last Line: Composed itself; of folly he made beauty
Subject(s): Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784); Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


JOHNSON ON POPE; FROM THE LIVES OF THE POETS       
First Line: He was protuberant behind, before
Last Line: Composed itself; of folly he made beauty
Subject(s): Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784); Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


LAKE WATER        Recitation by Author


LATE-HOUR POEM       
First Line: In an hour of furious clarity
Last Line: My harp made everybody know %how brave I sounded!


LEARNING FROM HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: They said, my saints, my slogan-sayers sang,


LEARNING FROM HISTORY       
First Line: They said, my saints, my slogan-sayers sang
Last Line: As made of much of me a mystery


LICENSE PLATE       
First Line: On the way back from the hospital we saw
Last Line: The car went on its way ahead of us


LITTLE VIETNAM FUTURIST POEM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She came into my view as vivid as


LITTLE VIETNAM FUTURIST POEM       
First Line: She came into my view as vivid as
Last Line: We know that way the story of what it was


MARTIAL 1.101    Poem Text    
First Line: He, who had been the one to whom I had
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


MARY IN OLD AGE: 1. MARY'S HOUSE       
First Line: The bruised eyes and diffused radiant
Last Line: How like a night by night


MARY IN OLD AGE: 2. MARY'S ROOM AT THE NURSING HOME       
First Line: The room was like a room in a rented house
Last Line: Careless of everything, wanton, royal


MARY IN OLD AGE: 3. THE TOWER OF BABEL       
First Line: She babbled barbarously and bravely
Last Line: Bringing unto me %a tale of visionary hours


MARY IN OLD AGE: 4. OF OTHERS WHO WERE THERE       
First Line: There was: the old lady in the nursing home
Last Line: As if the ear could speak its secrets back


MARY IN OLD AGE: 5. MARY INTERPRETER       
First Line: Not a babble exactly, but words carefully chosen
Last Line: She was out on a plain crossed by steppewinds


MARY IN OLD AGE: 6. MATTHEW 12: 43-45       
First Line: When the unclean spirit goes out of a person
Last Line: For her, much worse, than it had earlier been


MORNING SONG       
First Line: A bird cried out among the first things of the morning
Last Line: It was the bird's cry that startled up the stone


MOVIE STAR PETER AT THE SUPPER FOR STREET PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The style a form of concealment the way style is.
Subject(s): Homeless; Actors & Actresses; Actresses


MOVIE STAR PETER AT THE SUPPER FOR STREET PEOPLE       
First Line: The style a form of concealment the way style is
Last Line: And glided whirling on a lonely tarn %far out away from everything there is


MUSINGS OF MIND AND BODY       
First Line: I am that thing the sea cast up, a shell
Last Line: But I will wash him down. And thou, my mind


MY MOTHER'S DYING       
First Line: I listen at the door
Last Line: Who knows about all this?


NAME       
First Line: I wish I could recall now the lines written across the surface of my dream
Last Line: Go off in the trash somewhere out of the city burning stinking %unrecoverable although not biodegrad


NIGHT-TIME RIVER ROAD       
First Line: We were driving down a road
Last Line: Could tell where we were going


NOCTURNAL       
First Line: It is always among sleepers we walk
Last Line: Moaning, over the edge of the cliff %the wind babble unintelligible


OF RHYME       
First Line: The task is the discovering of a rhyme
Last Line: In consequence of the completion of the rhyme


OLD PEOPLE       
First Line: Their old skin has the marks in it of the sea
Last Line: It is a nightmare of the high school lunchroom


ON A POEM BY ARTHUR R. GOLD       
First Line: God, lights flashing, bells ringing, god on his tracks
Last Line: With something like what seemed to be like pleasure


ON A SUNDAY MORNING       
First Line: My child and I %are walking around the block
Last Line: And nothing to me, this sunday


ON HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN       
First Line: I stand here, on the top of the mountain, here
Last Line: For once not anxious or sorry, contending for now %not at all with anger or ambition


ON THE WAY TO THE ISLAND       
First Line: After we fled away from the shuddering dock
Last Line: Their innocent frightening scales in the dark!


OUT AT LANESVILLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The five or six of them, sitting on the rocks
Subject(s): Friendship


OUT AT LANESVILLE       
First Line: The five or six of them, sitting on the rocks
Last Line: So that her body, turned away, is more expressive %than her blank face, a pure reflector of light


OUT IN THE COLD       
First Line: The sun shines in the ice of my country
Last Line: We huddle over the ice, the two of us


OUT OF THAT SEA       
First Line: As shepherd and shepherdess, how many summers had we


PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: A poem again, of several parts, each having to do
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Eakins, Thomas (1844-1916)


PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A BOOK: SIX POEMS       
First Line: A poem again, of several parts, each having to do
Last Line: Flat south jersey landscape, treeless almost %almost featureless, stretches vaguely beyond


PLATE 134. BY EAKINS. 'A COWBOY IN THE WEST ...'    Poem Text    
First Line: His hat, his gun, his gloves, his chair, his place
Last Line: Heartbreaking canteen, empty on the ground
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Cowboys; Eakins, Thomas (1844-1916); Photography & Photographers


PLATE 134. BY EAKINS. 'A COWBOY IN THE WEST ...'       
First Line: His hat, his gun, his gloves, his chair, his place
Last Line: Heartbreaking canteen, empty on the ground
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Cowboys; Eakins, Thomas (1844-1916); Photography And Photographers


POEM ABOUT WALKING       
First Line: I knew once


POEMS OF MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let her look at a stone / the stone becomes an apple
Last Line: In her art's happiness
Subject(s): Moore, Marianne (1887-1972)


POEMS OF MARIANNE MOORE       
First Line: Let her look at a stone %the stone becomes an apple
Last Line: And find how sweet it is %is her art's happiness
Subject(s): Moore, Marianne (1887-1972)


PROSELYTE       
First Line: A man the unclean spirits had gotten into
Last Line: It was he said to us and the phone and the wall %and then he was gone away into the night


REREADING OLD WRITING       
First Line: Looking back, the language scribbles
Last Line: Writing a formula on a blackboard %something not to be understood


ROOF       
First Line: Four or five men on the high roof
Last Line: Like martyred souls made visible in the radiant air


SCRIM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I sit here in a shelter behind the words
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SCULPTURES BY DIMITRI HADZI    Poem Text    
First Line: This metal blooms in the dark of rome's / day light. Of how many deaths
Last Line: Their brightness is dark with it
Subject(s): Italy; Massacres; World War Ii - Atrocities; Italians


SCULPTURES BY DIMITRI HADZI       
First Line: This metal blooms in the dark of rome's %day light. Of how many deaths
Last Line: Their brightness is dark with it
Subject(s): Italy; Massacres; World War Ii - Atrocities


SEEN THROUGH A WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: A man and a woman are sitting at a table.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


SEEN THROUGH A WINDOW       
First Line: A man and a woman are sitting at a table
Last Line: Such silence is the bird's cry of the stone


SEVERAL VOICES       
First Line: Height scares me. I am always afraid of falling
Last Line: I prayed I'd go to sleep in that pitch dark


SHU       


SOLDIER       
First Line: Saturday afternoon. The barracks is almost empty
Last Line: His own submissiveness. He is far from home


STRABO READING MEGASTHENES       
First Line: According to megasthenes' own account
Last Line: Or on the smell of faraway roasting meat


TABLE TALK       
First Line: How can he stand it
Last Line: God bless this house and all %those who live within it


TELEPHONE CALL       
First Line: A strong smell of dog, of my dog's death
Last Line: The sour breath of the telephone telling the truth


THAT EVENING AT DINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: By the last few times we saw her it was clear
Subject(s): Soldiers


THAT EVENING AT DINNER       
First Line: By the last few times we saw her it was clear
Last Line: And fish from the nearby sea; and there were also %ashes to be eaten, and dirt to drink


THE CHAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The chair left out in the garden night all winter
Last Line: All winter long even behind the day
Subject(s): Chairs; Winter


THE CRIPPLED GIRL, THE ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was as if a flower bloomed as if
Subject(s): Roses; Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


THE EMBARKATION FOR CYTHERA    Poem Text    
First Line: The picnic-goers beautified themselves
Last Line: He'd hidden there
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)


THE GUEST ELLEN AT THE SUPPER FOR STREET PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The unclean spirits cry out in the body
Subject(s): Homeless


THE SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Saturday afternoon. The barracks is almost empty


TO SALLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now we/ve been sitting up all night
Subject(s): Mothers


TO SALLY       
First Line: Now we've been sitting up all night
Last Line: Good people are punished %like all the rest


TO WHERE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wearing a tawny lion pelt upon
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


TOMB AT TARQUINIA       
First Line: The two of us, on the livingroom couch
Last Line: The still air of the place


UNAWKWARD SINGERS       
First Line: Self-praise is a wonderful thing!
Last Line: Thick praise by a thick tongue %for its own limitation


WAITING       
First Line: Someone hammering something somewhere outside
Last Line: He speaks in a secret tongue understood by no other


WALK IN THE WOODS       
First Line: Sweet bird, whose song, like all natural things
Last Line: Spoke to say something as lovely as what the sweet bird sings %alone, in a green thicket


WALLENDA       
First Line: I saw him in a coffeeshop in cambridge
Last Line: Daredevil wallenda fell plummeting down to death


WHAT IT DOES    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea bit


WHAT IT DOES       
First Line: The sea bit %as they said it would
Last Line: Shake with the splendor %of the poem's pleasure


WHAT'S PLAYING TONIGHT       
First Line: Not twenty feet away were the walls of the house next door
Last Line: That bradley's mother's movie was playing on


WILLOUGHBY SPIT       
First Line: The little fence around the tiny front yard
Last Line: As conscious as fireflies of their situation


WOLF WOMAN       
First Line: When I look into my mirror
Last Line: Its look follows the other %anguish is my prey


YOUNG WOMAN       
First Line: That she, with such gifts given
Last Line: May she be blessed %in this faltering forward