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Egerton, Sarah Fyge    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Field, Edward, Mrs.; Fyge, Sarah
10 poems available by this author


FEMALE ADVOCATE OR, AN ANSWER TO A LATE SATYR, SELS.       


ON A SERMON PREACH'ED ON ... 'YOU HAVE SOLD YOUR SELVES FOR NAUGHT'    Poem Text    
First Line: With grotius on new-testament yo've done
Last Line: We scarcely know your pulpit from the bench.
Subject(s): Churches; Devil; Sermons; Cathedrals; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


ON MY LEAVING LONDON, JUNE THE 29TH    Poem Text    
First Line: What cross impetuous planets govern me
Last Line: And be to all the busy world as lost.
Subject(s): Fate; London; Pain; Destiny; Suffering; Misery


ON MY WEDDING DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Abandon'd day, why dost thou now appear?
Last Line: And be like me, that's by thy self no more.
Subject(s): Happiness; Marriage; Soul; Youth; Joy; Delight; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE EMULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Say, tyrant custom, why must we obey / the impositions of thy haughty sway?
Last Line: No, we'll be wits, and then men must be fools.
Subject(s): Women


THE LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I be one, of those obsequious fools
Last Line: With what reluctance they indure restraints.
Subject(s): Freedom; Life; Pride; Women; Liberty; Self-esteem; Self-respect


THE REPULSE TO ALCANDER    Poem Text    
First Line: What is't you mean, that I am thus approached?
Last Line: And shun at once the censure and the crime.
Subject(s): Seduction


TO MARINA    Poem Text    
First Line: Plague to thy husband, scandal to thy sex
Last Line: Vesuvius' noise and flame has less of hell than thine.
Subject(s): Hypocrisy; Lust


TO ONE WHO SAID I MUST NOT LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Bid the fond mother spill her infant's blood
Last Line: But love each day renews th' torturing scene of death.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


TO PHILASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, perjured youth, and court what nymph you please
Last Line: For the first ardour of thy soul was all possessed by me.
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy



Field, Edward    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Elliot, Bruce
280 poems available by this author


A BILL TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am typing up bills for a firm to be sent to their clients
Last Line: And my father sends it
Subject(s): Fathers


A MAN AND HIS PENIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone said
Last Line: The perfect size
Subject(s): Reproductive System


AFGHANISTAN       
First Line: Once you've been stranded in desert
Last Line: And turn on the shower


AFTER A LIFETIME INSISTING       
Last Line: Warding disaster off for one more night


AFTER CAVAFY       
First Line: An old man in tears before the muse
Last Line: There is no failure


AFTER THE MOONWALK       
First Line: When they landed on the moon
Last Line: Glued to our tv sets, %watching it all


AGE OF AIDS       
First Line: Our postman, jim was always after me
Last Line: And nothing we can do about it %hey, hey
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AND GOD CREATED MICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was doing yoga one night
Last Line: I already look crazy enough
Subject(s): Yoga; Ice


AND GOD CREATED MICE       
First Line: I was doing yoga one night
Last Line: I already look crazy enough
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Yoga


ANTHROPOLOGIST       
First Line: Letters from an adventurous friend describe
Last Line: For those, like my friend, with the nerve to risk their necks


AT THE CONEY ISLAND AQUARIUM: AND ODE FOR OOKIE, THE OLDER WALRUS       
First Line: Do not worry, sweet little walurus, about the superior cuteness
Last Line: And squirm there fishily always, ookie, mine alone


AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you hear about the three nuns
Last Line: And in she flew
Subject(s): Heaven


AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN       
First Line: Did you hear about the three nuns
Last Line: And in she flew
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm still doing it
Last Line: I'm still doing it
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Perseverance


AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART       
First Line: I'm still doing it
Last Line: I'm still dong it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AUNT EDWINA'S FIVE-MINUTE BLENDER RECIPES       
First Line: Dollinck, with my schedule
Last Line: To be more than part of the solution


AWARDS       
First Line: A gold medal to the inventor of the bed
Last Line: And though it's not something they'd like to hear, %almost like an arab race


BASKETBALL LEGS       
First Line: When coach covert said I had good
Last Line: Though it didn't reverse my ineptitude on the court


BEAUTY CURE       
First Line: When I was just a girl
Last Line: Try some today!


BERLIN '87       
First Line: It is not what it is, but where it is
Last Line: We all sleep better


BILL TO MY FATHER       
First Line: I am typing up bills for a firm to be sent to their clients
Last Line: And my father sends it


BIO       
First Line: My first book was published finally
Last Line: To go on writing poetry to the end


BLINKS       
First Line: All blind jokes are anti-blind
Last Line: I'll probably drop dead in harness


BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY IN 'FANGS OF DEATH'       
First Line: He was always ecaping on a vine
Last Line: As the whole exploding cosmos does


BOOK OF MY LIFE       
First Line: Come, my friends
Last Line: Is written here %for you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BOOK OF THE DEAD       
First Line: An island in the fog. Waves lapping
Last Line: But that's another story


BOTH MY GRANDMOTHERS 1. MY POLISH GRANDMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma and the children left at night
Last Line: To go to a new country
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Immigrants; Relatives


BOTH MY GRANDMOTHERS 1. MY POLISH GRANDMA       
First Line: Grandma and the children left at night
Last Line: To go to a new country
Subject(s): Family Life


BOTH MY GRANDMOTHERS 2. MY RUSSIAN GRANDMA       
First Line: When my father's father went to america
Last Line: I write this remnant down


BREAKFAST       
First Line: I am sitting here at my desk in the morning as usual
Last Line: Like you never knew was possible
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN       
First Line: The baron has decided to mate the monster
Last Line: As his hideous body grabs them
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


BRIEF BIO       
First Line: A boy who is an inveterate hitchhiker
Last Line: Cannot fail to learn about sex


BUKOWSKI OPTION       
First Line: An old guy has two choices
Last Line: You win %bukowski
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CALLAS       
First Line: The voice that came out of her
Last Line: Shattered, and she fell
Subject(s): Callas, Maria (1923-1977); Homosexuality


CANNIBAL BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard that the wide beach of my childhood
Last Line: Mess up their chenille bedspread
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CANNIBAL BEACH       
First Line: I heard that the wide beach of my childhood
Last Line: Mess up their chenille bedspread
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CATEGORIES: 1. NURSES AND PATIENTS       
First Line: If we divide the world into nurses and patients
Last Line: Both parties agree there will be no cure


CATEGORIES: 2. COWS AND BULLS       
First Line: You can always spot a bull
Last Line: And I'll show you what I do.'


CENTAUR       
First Line: Look, below he's a horse
Last Line: How badly I have treated him, %and do it yet


CHARMED POOL       
First Line: At the charmed pool swarming with the lower forms of life
Last Line: And did he ever fall in love again?


CHOPIN       
First Line: Chopin is such a great composer
Last Line: Like promising to love forever and ever and ever, and doing it


COLOMBIAN JOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day god
Last Line: Watching what happens
Subject(s): Creation; Washington, D.c.; Wit & Humor


COLOMBIAN JOKE       
First Line: On the day god
Last Line: Watching what happens
Subject(s): Homosexuality


COLOSSUS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's awesome to have straddled a century
Last Line: To crumble into ruins with it
Subject(s): Corruption In Politics; Social Commentaries


COLOSSUS       
First Line: It's awesome to have straddled a century
Last Line: To crumble into ruins with it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


COME BACK, MISS MOFFO, WE LOVE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't blame you for only singing in europe
Last Line: Anna moffo / we love you
Subject(s): Moffo, Anna (1934-2006); Opera


COME BACK, MISS MOFFO, WE LOVE YOU       
First Line: I don't blame you for only singing in europe
Last Line: Anna moffo %we love you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


COUPLES SYNDROME    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother's argument
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Togetherness; Mothers; Prejudice; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


COUPLES SYNDROME       
First Line: My mother's argument
Last Line: Desperate not to be %left alone
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CREDO    Poem Text    
First Line: What good is poetry
Last Line: Has been my own salvation
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


CRIER       
First Line: As much as I'd like to be
Last Line: If they allow me to


CURSE OF THE CAT WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It sometimes happens
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


CURSE OF THE CAT WOMAN       
First Line: It sometimes happens
Last Line: Love had won, and heaven pardoned her


DAVID'S DREAM       
First Line: He said that he dreamed
Last Line: And leave your ruler home


DEATH MASK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: In the mirror now
Last Line: The sudden / exhaling
Subject(s): Old Age; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


DEATH MASK       
First Line: In the mirror now
Last Line: The sudden %exhaling
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DECRYPTING THE MESSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: It came to me in the bathroom
Last Line: Reclaim the topn / and stand tall
Subject(s): Bodies; Self; Hair


DECRYPTING THE MESSAGE       
First Line: It came to me in the bathroom
Last Line: And stand tall
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DIETRICH    Poem Text    
First Line: She never had to make up
Last Line: With the shades permanently up
Subject(s): Dietrich, Marlene


DIETRICH       
First Line: She never had to make up
Last Line: With the shades permanently up
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DIRTY FLOOR       
First Line: The floor is dirty
Last Line: Give me the broom. The leftovers sweep the leavings away


DIRTY OLD MAN: TWO VARIATIONS       
First Line: When I go senile I swear I'm going to let go
Last Line: Every man in sight?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DOG SITTERS       
First Line: Old friends, we tried so hard
Last Line: You can only get flattened


DOGGEREL OF SYMPTOMS       
First Line: Physicians and doctors
Last Line: Instead of writing out the check?


DONKEYS       
First Line: They are not silent like workhorses
Last Line: Beat them and hear nothing


ENCONADO       
First Line: She sat on the toilet seat, legs spread
Last Line: Her bloody cunt, my mother's bloody cunt


ENGLAND AGAIN       
First Line: It's the furtiveness around the edges


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Jerk, loser, fuck up
Last Line: And fell in a lake of shit
Subject(s): Self-hate


EPITAPH       
First Line: Jerk, loser, fuck up
Last Line: And fell in a lake of shit
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EPITAPH FOR NO GRAVE       
First Line: Poet, whether true or phony, I can't jude
Last Line: Is for a horny youth to dive in right after me
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EVENING, WITH LEAVES       
First Line: From dutch rooftops, pigeons in summer rut
Last Line: Leaving for england


EVENT       
First Line: Before the blond horsemen rode into our village
Last Line: Playing naked and dirty among the chickens


FINAL VISIT       
First Line: I flew down because they were worried
Last Line: I know you found peace


FOR ARTHUR GREGOR       
First Line: A child devoted to sacres study, pale
Last Line: And ran, his head uncovered, through fields of flowers %and fell in the grass and lay there overpowe
Subject(s): Gregor, Arthur (b. 1923)


FRANKENSTEIN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The monster has escaped from the dungeon
Subject(s): Monsters


FRANKENSTEIN       
First Line: The monster has escaped from the dungeon
Last Line: He plunges to his death


FRENCH LESSON: HOTEL D'EUROPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cheap paris hotel, a true bargain
Last Line: Quite as satisfactory as this
Subject(s): Paris, France; Hotels; French Language


FRENCH LESSON: HOTEL D'EUROPE       
First Line: Cheap paris hotel, a true bargain
Last Line: Quite as satisfactory as this
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FROM POLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: After soulless germany, my sister writes
Subject(s): Poland; Homecoming; Family Life; Jews


FROM THE BOOKE OF SHYTING       
First Line: No half-measures
Last Line: (if wipe, feel free to use this sheet


FULL HEART       
First Line: My mother's family was made up of loving women
Last Line: As the ice melts again over my head with a click


GANESH       
First Line: How lucky to be born with an elephant's head
Last Line: To see if it's true what it shows


GARBO    Poem Text    
First Line: Her eyes never blink
Last Line: She could not, would not, choose another fate
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Gays & Lesbians


GARBO       
First Line: Her eyes never blink
Last Line: She could not, would not, choose another fate
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Homosexuality


GARDEN       
First Line: The plants on the window ledge are all growing well
Last Line: When a sweet creature of your own brings all of it to you


GETTING TO KNOW YOU       
First Line: Like the hard-on
Last Line: With a sappy grin
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS       
First Line: I live with a giant pacific octopus
Last Line: For as long as god will let you have him


GLORY HOLES FOR LARRY    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not only young guys dying of aids
Last Line: To the joys of gay sex
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Aids (disease); Old Age; Friendship


GLORY HOLES FOR LARRY       
First Line: It's not only young guys dying of aids
Last Line: That you were lucky enough %to know him
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GRAFFITI       
First Line: Blessings on all the kids who improve the signs in the subways
Last Line: That shoot great drops of gism through the sky


GRANDMA TAKES A FOSTER CHILD       
First Line: Grandma turned a little odd in spring
Last Line: And she sat down crying by the fire alone


GUIDE       
First Line: How I loved the high country, the snow, and the cold
Last Line: There was no way to go, but on?


HAITI    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bare, utilitarian lobby of my building,
Subject(s): Haiti; Disasters


HAPPY LANDINGS       
First Line: Coming home is coming down
Last Line: Fried and indigestible


HEAR, O ISRAEL       
First Line: At age sixty'four, waking in the night
Last Line: With beating hearts in the long night


HOLLAND       
First Line: If some trickster of destiny left you a swamp
Last Line: You miss them forever


HOLY MEN, ALL       
First Line: Rilke in religious mode
Last Line: To the oxford book of modern verse
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HOMELAND SECURITY    Poem Text    
First Line: My advice to anyone who looks like an arabthese days is
Last Line: You can't have one Ė and you're guilty
Subject(s): Homeland Security; Advice


HOMELAND SECURITY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My advice to anybody who looks like an arab these days is,
Subject(s): Homeland Security


HOW TO SPEAK DUTCH       
First Line: It's helpful to work up a mouthful of spit
Last Line: To begin to speak dutch
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HYDRA       
First Line: This island whose name means water
Last Line: Waiting for the island to sink quietly back into the sea


HYPOCHONDRIAC       
First Line: Obsession with health can easily take over
Last Line: I could be cured


I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT IF I GOT IT       
Last Line: Is it mere death that terrifies me so?


IN THE LAND OF RUMPS       
First Line: What bespeaks the authenticity of the place
Last Line: A big, beautiful dutch ass


IN THE LAND OF RUMPS: THE CAPITOL       
First Line: Except for the medieval toytown center, the capitol
Last Line: Seems the more dated, and a trivial exercise


IN THE LAND OF RUMPS: THE ECONOMY       
First Line: It's true they've got the biggest port in europe
Last Line: No raw materials at all -- they're rich as croesus


IN THE LAND OF RUMPS: THE LAND OF BIG RUMPS       
First Line: Chairs are built deeper, roomier, to accomodate it
Last Line: And afterwards the victor humped the loser


IN THE LAND OF RUMPS: THE QUEEN       
First Line: Just looking at her, you know
Last Line: Beautifully, in concert, as a nation


JOURNEY       
First Line: When he got up that morning everything was different
Last Line: With such radiance that everyone looked up and wondered


JOY OF COOKING       
First Line: Men don't generally learn it from their mothers
Last Line: Eating is the one consolation
Subject(s): Homosexuality


KILLJOY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my mother and father
Last Line: Artist / & / killjoy
Subject(s): Suburbs; Anti-semitism; Family Life; Fathers


KILLJOY       
First Line: When my mother and father
Last Line: Artist %& %killjoy
Subject(s): Homosexuality


KUNTZES       
First Line: Sometimes one of the bigger girls in the sandpit
Last Line: At acme extermination, herr hitler, proprietor


LAST BOHEMIANS       
First Line: We meet in a cheap diner and I think, god
Last Line: Of what our generation set out to do


LAZY ESKIMO       
First Line: When I go out for caribou cow
Last Line: Poor you and your little spear


LETTER FROM A FRIEND       
First Line: I have an idea for an e. Field-type poem, although
Last Line: Dear friend, I couldn't say it better


LIFE OF JOAN CRAWFORD       
First Line: She was a working girl from a small town
Last Line: Ladies and gentlemen: miss joan crawford


LIVING WILL       
First Line: All is ready for the final event
Last Line: The last word
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LOST, DANCING       
First Line: When the drums come to you door
Last Line: To the alexandria you are losing


LOWER EAST SIDE: THE GEORGE BERNSTEIN STORY       
First Line: It starts on the lower east side
Last Line: To sing the grand finale: %lower east side
Subject(s): Music, Popular; New York City


MAE WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: She comes on drenched in a perfume called self-satisfaction
Subject(s): West, Mae (1893-1980)


MAE WEST       
First Line: She comes on drenched in a perfume called self-satisfaction
Last Line: Can only look on, astonished


MAGIC MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Instead of the flatland of my youth
Last Line: And wait for him
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MAGICAL MOVIE MOMENTS: BAHAMAS       
First Line: At the subway entrance on forty-second street
Last Line: For a happy ending
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MALE MANIFESTO       
First Line: Coming is overrated and in the long run
Last Line: Holding up the universe on your finger


MAN AND HIS PENIS       
First Line: Someone said
Last Line: And take a bow
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Reproductive System


MEMORY GAP       
First Line: If I could find the dream book of the past
Last Line: Or is this really me?


MINOR VARIATIONS       
First Line: Navigator to pilot: help
Last Line: And that's why they're called %crickets


MIRROR SONG       
First Line: It's in the bathroom that I loudly groan
Last Line: From job to christ-on-the-cross to you: %o brother!
Variant Title(s): In The Mirro


MORNNG SERVICE       
First Line: Thank you, god, for not making me a woman
Last Line: To worry about myself
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MOVING MAN       
First Line: He was a burly, curly-blond ape of a man
Last Line: And the moving man moved his prick all the way in, %taking his time
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MUSIC LESSONS       
First Line: Tip-top on a bare tree
Last Line: Begging me to make my cello talk


MY SISTER, THE QUEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking the broad allee past kensington palace
Last Line: Through the unearthly gardens
Subject(s): England; Courts & Courtiers; Sisters


MY SISTER, THE QUEEN       
First Line: Walking the broad allee past kensington palace
Last Line: Through the unearthly gardens
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NAKED FOOL,OR, THE HISTORY OF A MOUSTACHE       
First Line: Another of those electric dreams
Last Line: But, still, below, the bareassed fool


NANCY       
First Line: When scolded by aunt fritzy ritz
Last Line: But stay forever three feet tall


NATURAL DESIRE       
First Line: It's not a cosmic earthquake
Last Line: Has been from natural desire


NEW CYCLE       
First Line: My father buying me the bicycle that time
Last Line: Daddy, darling daddy, please buy me a bicycle


NEW STAGE, SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1992       
First Line: Today, I have reached maturity
Last Line: This is maturity, %not perfection


NEW YORK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I live in a beautiful place, a city
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NEW YORK       
First Line: I live in a beautiful place, a city
Last Line: And we pass by without holding


NEW YORKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everywhere else in the country, if someone asks,
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NEW YORKERS       
First Line: Everywhere else in the country, if someone asks
Last Line: And both of you know what that means, %never


NIGHT SONG       
First Line: When I get up in the night to pee
Last Line: And though I have to desperately, not getting up to pee- %oh, how I hate it, hate it, being me
Subject(s): Fathers; Night


NIGHTMARE       
First Line: Expecting to be put in a sack and dumped in a ditch
Subject(s): Family Life


NOSE, OR THE WIT AND WISDOM OF JUNIOR MURPHY       
First Line: We weren't ever allowed to go
Last Line: I had a million dollars in the bank


NOTES FROM A SLAVE SHIP       
First Line: It is necessary to wait until the boss's eyes are on you
Last Line: The shore a fading memory and the direction lost


NOWHERE       
First Line: Such a beautiful state we have founded
Last Line: Run, and oh, the wicked %weep?


ODE TO FIDEL CASTRO    Poem Text    
First Line: O boy god, muse of poets
Last Line: Whenever I spout a big, ripe absolute
Subject(s): Castro, Fidel (b. 1926); Poetry & Poets


ODE TO FIDEL CASTRO       
First Line: O boy god, muse of poets
Last Line: The way you meant to be
Subject(s): Castro, Fidel (b. 1926); Poetry And Poets


OH BROTHER' CANTATA: SONG       
First Line: Give me a puff of your cigarette
Last Line: Not just in his years of ripeness %but even into the vigor of old age


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 1. MISSING THE BOAT       
First Line: There I stood on the shore
Last Line: Though shit across the sky


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 10. THE FALL OF COMMUNISM       
First Line: Once it was easy to brush panhandlers aside
Last Line: When we, too, may shortly join them?


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 11. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COUPLES (4)       
First Line: By law, %every couple
Last Line: With two %bullets


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 12       
First Line: We're so lucky to have them
Last Line: Still, counting ourselves lucky


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 13. 'WHAT'LL IT BE, POPS?'       
First Line: Now that you're no longer a sex object
Last Line: Is not considered garbage?


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 14       
First Line: The young are not as jewish as the old
Last Line: Oh, brother!


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 2. NEW YORK RATS       
First Line: Crossing canal street
Last Line: Every time a train %roars through


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 3. ON FIRST LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR IN THE       
First Line: Not a pretty sight


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 4. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COUPLES (1)       
First Line: I'm so used to fighting with you
Last Line: I don't know how not to


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 5       
First Line: Being old is not so bad
Last Line: And everybody loved her


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 6. THE FAULT OF THE JEWS       
First Line: Gurdjieff said it takes three jews
Last Line: And turning everything into an audition


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 7. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COUPLES (2)       
First Line: When sex dies
Last Line: That's always me, of course, not you


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 8       
First Line: I cringe %at what israel is doing
Last Line: This time it's not being done to us


OH, BROTHER' CANTATA: 9. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COUPLES (3)       
First Line: After years together, they thought
Last Line: Though sex was not the key to it
Variant Title(s): The 'oh Brother' Cantata: Stories From Lives Of My Friend


OH, THE GINGKOS       
First Line: In this city where's it's perfectly ordinary
Last Line: He stopped the police from raiding gay bars
Subject(s): Gingko Trees


ON HIS POSTURE       
First Line: Someone
Last Line: Go %around %slumping
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ON REFLECTION       
First Line: I couldn't have admitted it then


ONE MORE FOR THE QUILT       
First Line: The last time we talked on a street corner
Last Line: Brilliant flash across the sky: %lord, have mercy on us


OPEN SESAME       
First Line: The door in the rock closed
Last Line: Arms outstretched %across the seamless face of it


OPERA QUEENS    Poem Text    
First Line: A composer I know, a neighbor
Last Line: "gasping
Subject(s): Opera


OPERA QUEENS       
First Line: A composer I know, a neighbor
Last Line: With milanovian mirth
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PEOPLE WHO EAT IN COFFEE SHOPS    Poem Text     Recitation
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Food Habits; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


PEOPLE WHO EAT IN COFFEE SHOPS       
Last Line: Dousing their cigarettes in sloppy saucers


PHYSCIAN, HEAL THYSELF       
First Line: The rabbis say choose life
Last Line: And let what takes me take me


PLANT POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The shrimp plant on my desk had one long low branch
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


PLANT POEM       
First Line: The shrimp plant on my desk had one long low branch
Last Line: I wonder if it was struggling to get free


POEM FOR THE LEFT HAND       
First Line: Cancer strikes and I lose my left hand
Last Line: Now I cut them through and laugh for the liberation


POETRY FILE: CHICKEN RAMPANT, BAR SINISTER       
First Line: I tell him my thirteen secret names
Last Line: Maybe what it comes down to is do you like the sensibility?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POST MASTURBATIO       
First Line: Afterwards, the penis
Last Line: Are again convincing
Variant Title(s): Post Masturbatu


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Look, friend, at this universe
Last Line: Look, friend, at me


PROMISES, PROMISES       
First Line: Leaving aside the drinkers and dopers
Last Line: Or is it all crackpot theories?


QUE C'EST DROLE, L'AMOUR QUI MARCHE DANS LES RUES...'       
First Line: She lit another cigarette
Last Line: And welcomed me into the club


REPRIEVE       
First Line: Away for a month, I knew something was missing
Last Line: And in the confusion, how hard they run, %for life is sweet to them
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


RESERVOIR       
First Line: The ancient reservoir
Last Line: Will it still be possible to reopen it, and explore?


ROACH INVASION       
First Line: I'm just dozing offf
Last Line: Who pays the rent around here anyway?


ROACHES       
First Line: An old decrepit city like london
Last Line: Greeting you joyfully


ROCKABILLY       
First Line: I wanna be your jockey shorts
Last Line: Your juicy genitals


ROLE MODELS       
First Line: Studying men older than me for clues
Last Line: Unexpectedly, love filled me, and overflowed in tears


ROMANCE OF EXTINCT BIRDS: THE CARIER PIGEON       
First Line: These talented and plucky creatures
Last Line: The feathered heroes


ROVING EYE       
First Line: It cheers me up to see a pair of buns
Last Line: But even into the goatish vigor of old age


RULE OF THE DESERT       
First Line: All night on the bus crowded three to a seat
Last Line: As I was in back with the heavy-breathing men


SAFETY       
First Line: I knew it couldn't last, the safety
Last Line: I went down under them %almost with relief
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SAND MAP       
First Line: I am looking for the places
Last Line: Making the best of it


SCREAM       
First Line: Aids is germ warfare against homosexuals
Last Line: It is also, and becoming more so every day, %germ warfare against humanity
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


SELF PORTRAIT IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR       
First Line: Mystery man, %with enigmatic eyes
Last Line: I've seen hell and it shows


SENTIMENTALIST       
First Line: How hard I tried to be hard
Last Line: Crushed the longings of my sentimental heart
Variant Title(s): Son
Subject(s): Travel


SHARK ISLAND       
First Line: Biff harmon, specialist in shark behaviour
Last Line: And hitchhiked back to civilization


SHARKS       
First Line: Especially at evening
Last Line: And beware, beware, the late swimmer


SHINING       
First Line: It was something unearthly
Last Line: And the wink of an eye %they're gone


SHY GUY       
First Line: Such a dear fellow, such a shy one
Last Line: He so elegantly expels


SILVER WINGS       
First Line: 1995 %and jeff, an american, is in london
Last Line: His real life began
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SLEEPER       
First Line: When I was the sissy of the block who nobody wanted on their %team
Last Line: If only he could find the special role
Subject(s): Sports


SOME SAY THE BODY CURES ITSELF       
Last Line: By getting rid of you


SONG       
First Line: If today I am haggard and old
Last Line: It wasn't fate's but my own doing


SONG: TROP TARD POUR PARIS       
First Line: Returning to france after years
Last Line: Trop tard pour paris


SONJA HENIE SONNET       
First Line: In high school we danced trhe lindy white-style
Subject(s): Sports


SONNY HUGG AND THE PORCUPINE    Poem Text    
First Line: This baby porcupine squeezing into a crevice of rock


SONNY HUGG AND THE PORCUPINE       
First Line: This baby porcupine squeezing into a crevice of rock
Last Line: Not quite as darling but with bodies good for hugging


SPACE OPERA (A FRAGMENT)       
First Line: The count ordered a dragon ship
Last Line: Unable to resist the spacemen's magaic


SPIRIT OF '76       
First Line: The first twenty-four years of this century
Last Line: Did I ever tell you about the time n the war %will produce a yawn
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SPOILED COAST       
First Line: My first impression on the bus
Last Line: Of the andalusian night


ST. PETERSBURG, 1918       
First Line: You were sitting on a grassy hummock
Last Line: Would never so full
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STARS IN MY EYES       
First Line: A limousine pulled up to paradise pictures


STREET INSTRUCTIONS: AT THE CROTCH    Poem Text    
First Line: While walking toward housewife wielding baby
Last Line: "let it all move.
Subject(s): Bodies; Sex


STREET INSTRUCTIONS: AT THE CROTCH       
First Line: While walking toward housewife wielding baby
Last Line: Let it all move. %be there
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STROKER       
First Line: If youu're a man, that's a cock in your hand
Last Line: Is queer for himself


STUMPS       
First Line: We parked in the driveway, my sister and I
Last Line: For new occupants, another retired couple probably, %to live out whatever is left for their lives


SUBSIDENCE       
First Line: Lately, I have a feeling of the earth subsiding
Last Line: Clod by grassy clod into the sea


SWEET GWENDOLYN AND THE COUNTESS       
First Line: The countess rode out on her black horse in spring
Last Line: Off to her dark castle


TAILSPIN       
First Line: Going into a tailspin
Subject(s): Flight


TELEPHONE       
First Line: My happiness depends on an electric appliance
Last Line: For the human voice and the good news of friends
Subject(s): Telephones; Travel


TELL IT TO THE MARINES       
First Line: When the marine corps convoy
Last Line: To one bored driver after another


TEMPTATION       
First Line: He dreaned that a policeman
Last Line: Reached out and groped the cop


THE AGE OF AIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Our postman, jim was always after me
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Postal Service; Aids (disease); Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The baron has decided to mate the monster
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


THE DOG SITTERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Old friends, we tried so hard
Subject(s): Dogs


THE FAREWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: They say the ice will hold
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


THE GUIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: How I loved the high country, the snow and the cold
Last Line: There was no way to go, but on?
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


THE JOY OF COOKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Men don't generally learn it from their mothers
Subject(s): Mothers; Cooking & Cooks


THE LAST BOHEMIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: We meet in a cheap diner and I think, god
Subject(s): Greenwich Village, New York City; Bohemians; Old Age


THE LETTER ON THE BRINK OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Dears, / you're already painting the porch? You ladies are up early
Last Line: And dare we talk about the future? / love, eddie
Subject(s): Letters; Social Commentaries; Politics & Government; United States


THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Instead of the flatland of my youth
Last Line: And wait for him
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE REPRIEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Away for a month, I knew something was missing
Last Line: For life is sweet to them
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


THE RETURN OF FRANKENSTEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: He didn't die in the whirlpool by the mill
Subject(s): Monsters


THE SCREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Aids is germ warfare against homosexuals
Last Line: Germ warfare against humanity
Subject(s): Aids (disease)


THE SLEEPER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was the sissy of the block who nobody wanted on their / team
Last Line: If only he could find the special role
Subject(s): Football; Boys


THE TAILSPIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Going into a tailspin
Last Line: And that way come out of your tailspin whole
Subject(s): Flight; Aviation & Aviators; Flying


THE TELEPHONE    Poem Text    
First Line: My happiness depends on an electric appliance
Last Line: For the human voice and the good news of friends
Subject(s): Telephones; Travel; Journeys; Trips


TIJUANA BLUES       
First Line: Now that the berlin wall is down
Last Line: Proclaiming it ours


TIME BOMB       
First Line: From the very first, the moment of commitment
Last Line: Appears, if not luckier, then less anguished


TIRED       
First Line: Never to really wake up
Last Line: Jumping up as they do, alert and ready to go %tails wagging


TO LOVE       
First Line: Away from home on a tour in the west
Last Line: Went almost light-hearted on with my journey


TO MY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I've never praised you in my poems
Last Line: And blame the poor for being poor
Subject(s): United States; Poetry & Poets; Social Commentaries


TO MY COUNTRY       
First Line: I've never praised you in my poems
Last Line: For neglect, for obscurity
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TO THE SUN       
First Line: Already on the plane they seem stupider
Last Line: And that this is not the inevitable future


TOOTHY LURKERS       
First Line: The shores are patrolled by sharks
Last Line: With those toothy lurkers in the waves?


TREES       
First Line: Here is the truth about trees
Last Line: The giant breed, of which we are the pigmies


TRIAD       
First Line: A temple sculpture: two warriors in combat
Last Line: It's within a female principle men unite


TRIPLETS FOR FATHER MALONE       
First Line: I know I've sinned, father
Subject(s): Malone, Marvin (d. 1996); Poetry & Poets; Triplets


TRIPLETS FOR FATHER MALONE       
First Line: I know I've sinned, father
Last Line: Wouldn't you think that made me %just right for wormwood?
Subject(s): Malone, Marvin (d. 1996); Poetry And Poets; Triplets


TROUBLE WITH STRANGERS       
First Line: Sex, back then, when I was the whore of babylon
Last Line: You are devoured
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TULIPS AND ADDRESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: The museum of modern art on west fifty-third street
Last Line: When they see the bright, red, beautiful flowers in my window.
Subject(s): Museums; Poetry & Poets; Tulips; Art Gallerys


TULIPS AND ADDRESSES       
First Line: The museum of modern art on west fifty-third street
Last Line: When they see the bright red beautiful flowers in my window
Subject(s): Museums; Poetry And Poets; Tulips


UNDER THE NIGHT SKY, TURNING       
First Line: As long as it spins around us, this starry night
Last Line: O, could you really exist?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


UNWANTED    Poem Text    
First Line: The poster with my picture on it
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Labor & Laborers; Poetry & Poets; Social Protest; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Work; Workers


UNWANTED    Poem Text    
First Line: The poster with my picture on it
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Labor & Laborers; Poetry & Poets; Social Protest; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Work; Workers


UNWANTED       
First Line: The poster with my picture on it
Last Line: Warning: this man is not dangerous, answers to any name %responds to love, don't call him or he will
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Labor And Laborers; Poetry And Poets; Social Protest


UP SHIT CREEK IN A HEATWAVE       
First Line: First, the air conditioner started dripping
Last Line: In relation to my prostate?


VALLEJO IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the french
Last Line: It's my foreign accent that marks me out, / makes me irresistable
Subject(s): Paris, France


VALLEJO IN PARIS       
First Line: Among the french
Last Line: It's my foreign accent that marks me out %makes me irresistible
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VETERAN       
First Line: Even before the fear of blackmail and police
Last Line: And put sex away, probably forever
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Erotic Love; Sickness


VIEW OF JERSEY       
First Line: Often in the morning the fog is thick over jersey


VISITING HOME       
First Line: It is an exercise in independence
Last Line: Even if I can't stand it, still %I am


VOCALISE       
First Line: There is no escape, I sing
Last Line: There is no escape, %from being me


WAITING FOR THE COMMUNISTS       
First Line: What's all the commotion about?
Last Line: You've got to admit they were the perfect solution


WET DREAM       
First Line: Often in dreams, I make love
Last Line: And everything works in harmony %to a perfect orgasm


WHAT GRANDMA KNEW       
First Line: The office feels like a sealed glass case today
Last Line: But by the time life got through with grandma %she was glad to be alone
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


WHATEVER BECAME OF FREUD?    Poem Text    
First Line: Has the age of psychology really passed?
Last Line: And for all its radiant promises, that was all
Subject(s): Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)


WHATEVER BECAME OF FREUD?       
First Line: Has the age of psychology really passed?
Last Line: And for all its radiant promises, that was all
Subject(s): Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939); Homosexuality


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAY CASPAR?       
First Line: What happens to old movie stars
Last Line: That cast the deepest %shadow?


WHEN I WAS A DOG       
First Line: Ah, if only young men
Last Line: Light up the world
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WINNERS AND THE LOSERS       
First Line: I stood before them
Last Line: Caw, caw, he cried, as he jumped %off a table, flapping his arms


WOMAN WHO TURNED TO STONE       
First Line: A woman once refused to get married
Last Line: And her song was done


WORLD TRAVELLER       
First Line: On the shore of the caspian sea
Last Line: Could not, in this lifetime at least, %be undone


WORLD WAR II    Poem Text    
First Line: It was over target berlin the flak shot up our plane
Last Line: Destroying the germans and their cities
Subject(s): World War Ii; Air Raids; Aviation & Aviators; Rescues


WORLD WAR II       
First Line: It was over target berlin the flak shot up our plane
Last Line: And went on hauling bombs over the continent of europe %destroying the germans and their cities
Subject(s): Homosexuality; World War Ii


WRITING FOR MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend and I have decided to write for money
Last Line: "thatís why Iím writing this poem,
Subject(s): Travel; Writing & Writers; Journeys; Trips


WRITING FOR MONEY       
First Line: My friend and I have decided to write for money
Subject(s): Travel


ZLATYA'S REVENGE       
First Line: Lady zlatya, wife of the aga of udbinya
Last Line: To which he invites all his gentlmen
Subject(s): Homosexuality



Field, Edward Salisbury   
1 poems available by this author


TO MY MOTHER       
First Line: I've gone about for years I find
Subject(s): Mothers