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Author: FORCHE, CAROLYN
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Forche, Carolyn    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Sidlosky, Carolyn
102 poems available by this author


ANCAPAGARI    Poem Text    
First Line: In the morning of the tribe this name ancapagari was given to these
Last Line: Tongue. It is the name of the god who has come from among us
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


ANCAPAGARI       
First Line: In the morning of the tribe this name ancapagari was given to these
Last Line: Who has come from among us
Subject(s): Mountains


ANGEL OF HISTORY       
First Line: There are times when the child seems delicate
Last Line: I told her everything. %and what did she say


AS CHILDREN TOGETHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Under the sloped snow
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Childhood; Relatives


AS CHILDREN TOGETHER       
First Line: Under the sloped snow


BECAUSE ONE IS ALWAYS FORGOTTEN       
First Line: When viera was buried we knew it had come to an end


BLUE HOUR       
First Line: The moon slips from its cerement, and my son, already disappearing into
Last Line: The dolls were dolls, the curtain a curtain. The one in the grave said yes %adieu, country. Adieu, f


BOOK CODES: 1       
First Line: We must know whether
Last Line: Nothing except what can be said


BOOK CODES: 2       
First Line: A field tunneled by mice the same thought continually
Last Line: Whoever can cry should come here


BOOK CODES: 3       
First Line: Stories no more substantial than the clouds or what had been his face
Last Line: At the moment of the birth of this cloud


BURNING THE TOMATO WORMS       
First Line: That from which these things are born
Last Line: Wrung the rags into the stoop %kept it from me %whatever she saw


CITY WALK-UP, WINTER 1969       
First Line: There is the morning shuffle of traffic confined


COLONEL       
First Line: What you have heard is true. I was in his house. His wife carried a tray
Last Line: Some of the ears on the floor were pressed to the ground
Subject(s): Men; Military; War


DEPARTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: We take it with us, the cry
Last Line: Of cities we slipped through
Subject(s): War


DEPARTURE       
First Line: We take it with us, the cry
Last Line: Were brief, like the smallest %of cities we slipped through
Subject(s): War


DULCIMER MAKER       
First Line: Calf-deep in spruce dust
Last Line: It will not be as far away, / as unfamiliar.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


DULCIMER MAKER       
First Line: Calf-deep in spruce dust
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


EARLY NIGHT       
First Line: I wrap myself in sheep leather


ELEGY       
First Line: The page opens to snow on a field: boot-holed month, black hour
Last Line: And you, smoke, dissonance, a psalm, a stairwell


ENDURANCE       
First Line: In belgrade, the windows of the tourist
Last Line: I am trying to tell you something
Subject(s): Yugoslavia


FOR THE STRANGER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Although you mention venice
Last Line: We will give it to each other.
Subject(s): Tourists


FOR THE STRANGER       
First Line: Although you mention venice
Subject(s): Tourists


ISLAND       
First Line: In deya when the mist
Last Line: Carolina, do you know how long it takes %any one voice to reach another?


KALALOCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The bleached wood massed in bone piles
Subject(s): Seashore; Lesbians; Beach; Coast; Shore


KALALOCH       
First Line: The bleached wood massed in bone piles


LETTER TO A CITY UNDER SIEGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Turning the pages of the book you have lent me of your wounded city
Subject(s): City & Town Life


MEMORY OF ELENA       
First Line: We spend our morning
Last Line: Waiting with their tongues cut out %for this particular silence


MOUNTAIN ABBEY, SURROUNDED BY ELK HORNS       
First Line: Bells crack ice, white cattle


NOCTURNE       
First Line: What happened? His face was visible and then not. Around him fell snow
Last Line: These are the words no longer %here are the photographs taken when we were alive


NOTEBOOK OF AN UPRISING: 10       
First Line: Beyond the tarred teplice road, past cut fields, tarpaulin-covered hayricks
Last Line: Somewhere here, somewhere with his name carved into a wall, are the words %into your sun-blessed lif


NOTEBOOK OF AN UPRISING: 11       
First Line: In the cafe across from zivnostenska banka we are able to buy %a sack of bread
Last Line: We leave our konvalinka for the saint, white tulips for the mother of god


NOTEBOOK OF AN UPRISING: 18       
First Line: We find her in a block of worker housing flats on a small namesti %bordering a
Last Line: The little ones in graves the size of pillows


NOTEBOOK OF AN UPRISING: 25       
First Line: East berlin is swept clean, its walks sheltered by oaks. There is nothing
Last Line: And the people from the east passed from their side %into a world unbearable to them


NOTEBOOK OF AN UPRISING: 4       
First Line: So we are going back, to the invisible railyard shed and the poppy-seed cakes
Last Line: What you did not love any longer was a world that had lost its soul


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 1       
First Line: The hand moves across the page of its own accord
Last Line: So she drew her finger across her throat


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 10       
First Line: Beyond the tarred teplice road, past cut fields, tarpaulin-covered hayricks
Last Line: Into your sun-blessed life


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 11       
First Line: In the cafe across from zivnostenska banka we are able to buy
Last Line: We leave our konvalinka for the saint, white tulips for the mother of god


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 12       
First Line: Along leninova, soot pines and state trucks
Last Line: It is playing chess with us


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 13       
First Line: A two-hour queue for pears, a waxen hill of spent tapers where
Last Line: On a wreath's black ribbon, the word for scaffold: popravist e


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 14       
First Line: We cross the danube into a world in decline
Last Line: A window not opened in twenty-two years


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 15       
First Line: The past is not where you left it, svetko
Last Line: There is a diary open to the words cannot remain here


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 16       
First Line: What has eaten these walls? Wind in the mustard fields
Last Line: As if there were a corpse in the armoire


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 17       
First Line: A mirror of swans, a gesture of regret, bridge stones rippling in the vltava
Last Line: A memory barely retrieved from a fire is (the past) in its hiding place


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 18       
First Line: We find her in a block of worker housing flats on a small namesti bordering
Last Line: The little ones in graves the size of pillows


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 19       
First Line: This is a map drawn from memory of the specular itinerary of exile
Last Line: Before enduring it we will endure it


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 2       
First Line: Anna stands in a ring of thawed snow, stirring a trash fire in an iron drum
Last Line: They didn't want you to know the past. They were hoping in this way you could escape it


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 20       
First Line: This is what we have taken the ordinary world to mean:
Last Line: And memory a reliquary in a wall of silence


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 21       
First Line: Near the stone walls of the bridgeworks we met night after night but no one
Last Line: Not this winter but another


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 22       
First Line: A little burnt sorrow, truck-rutted fields
Last Line: It was as if we'd been given to walk through a world to come


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 23       
First Line: In a small hotel built not on its own remains but in place of itself
Last Line: The train rose along the bank above the tiled roofs, its windows blinded by mud and smoke


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 24       
First Line: The same bells ringing then
Last Line: More actually than if she'd been with him


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 25       
First Line: East berlin is swept clean, its walks sheltered by oaks
Last Line: Into a world unbearable to them


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 26       
First Line: Storm light, bare orchards, the heavens briefly open
Last Line: Yellow brooks of waste lit the hayfields


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 27       
First Line: If you ask them anything they go on telling you the same thing forever
Last Line: Whispering not truth but a need for truth when one word is many things


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 28       
First Line: They've made a shrine in hissing rain to jan palach near where four men
Last Line: So the cry is cut from its stalk


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 3       
First Line: Smoke wrote from its fire something brief
Last Line: The earth is tired and marked, human after human


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 4       
First Line: So we are going back, to the invisible railyard shed and poppy-seed cakes.
Last Line: What you did not love any longer was a world that had lost its soul


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 5       
First Line: There are more geese than people in this village and the geese know it
Last Line: Are an insomniac who has gone to bed on an ordinary august night


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 6       
First Line: Alenka: you must not speak any more.
Last Line: I am going to tell you


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 7       
First Line: His grave is strewn with slipper flowers in a coppice of loss
Last Line: That he had escaped the fate of the others was unknown to her


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 8       
First Line: This is close, and passing time brings it no closer: the years, cities
Last Line: Then someone calling. It might be from the past. It has that quality


NOTEBOOK OF UPRISING: 9       
First Line: Folded swans in the mirror, vltava
Last Line: Holding a banner completely fashioned of hope


ON RETURNING TO DETROIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the plum snow, the train's blond smoke
Last Line: Lowers the awnings over the shop stalls of fruit
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan; Railroads; Railways; Trains


ON RETURNING TO DETROIT       
First Line: Over the plum snow, the train's blond smoke
Last Line: Lowers the awnings over the shop stalls of fruit
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan; Railroads


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty years from now, you might
Last Line: Who has no belongings.
Subject(s): Czechoslovakia; Photography & Photographers; Slovakia


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY ROOM       
First Line: Thirty years from now, you might
Last Line: Who has no belongings
Subject(s): Czechoslovakia; Photography And Photographers


POEM FOR MAYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Dipping our bread in oil tins
Subject(s): Spain; Relationships


RECORDING ANGEL: 1       
First Line: Memory insists she stood there, able to go neither forward nor back
Last Line: Under the leprous trees a white siren of sun


RECORDING ANGEL: 10       
First Line: Having taken these white rooms for a season, I imagine that it might be
Last Line: This is my cap. This is my coat. Here's my shaving gear in its linen sack


RECORDING ANGEL: 2       
First Line: A row of cabanas with white towels near restorative waters where once
Last Line: The sea strikes a bottle against a rock


RECORDING ANGEL: 3       
First Line: The photographs were found at first by mistake in the drawer
Last Line: Don't say I was there. Always say I was never there


RECORDING ANGEL: 4       
First Line: The child asks about earth
Last Line: We must try then to send a message ending with the word night


RECORDING ANGEL: 5       
First Line: A river that later caught fire
Last Line: Hello child, hang your coat here. This is what she said after so many years. This was all she said


RECORDING ANGEL: 6       
First Line: It was an island wrapped in white fog, angel island, a wingless rock
Last Line: These ruins are to the future what the past is to us


RECORDING ANGEL: 6 (REVISED)       
First Line: Then they all got drunk
Last Line: These ruins are to the future what the past is to us


RECORDING ANGEL: 7       
First Line: Someone has written fuck with dogshit on the walls of simone's atelier
Last Line: He departed with great pledges of love and went back to his life never to all her again


RECORDING ANGEL: 8       
First Line: Dear l, I thought I knew what I was doing
Last Line: Here, in this open field, that can never be a field again


RECORDING ANGEL: 9       
First Line: It isn't necessary to explain
Last Line: Where an angry god, spilled blood itself, lives


REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: On the phonograph, the voice
Subject(s): Love


REUNION       
First Line: On the phonograph, the voice
Last Line: Of a woman singing of a man %who could make her do anything
Subject(s): Love


SAN ONOFRE, CALIFORNIA       
First Line: We have come far south
Last Line: The cries of those who vanish %might take years to get here


SELECTIVE SERVICE       
First Line: We rise from the snow where we've
Last Line: We lie down in the fields and leave behind %the corpses of angels


SEQUESTERED WRITING    Poem Text    
First Line: Horses were turned loose in the child's sorrow.
Subject(s): Ghosts


SKIN CANOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Swallows carve lake wind
Subject(s): Canoes


SKIN CANOES       
First Line: Swallows carve lake wind
Last Line: From where I had vanished


TAKING OFF MY CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: I take off my shirt, I show you.
Subject(s): Human Body; Love - Erotic; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


TAKING OFF MY CLOTHES       
First Line: I take off my shirt, I show you
Last Line: Your own hands are lying


TESTIMONY OF LIGHT       
First Line: Outside everything visible and invisible a blazing maple
Last Line: The worst is yet to come


THE ANGEL OF HISTORY [IN APRIL, THE LILACS COME, WRAPPED IN LE MONDE]        Recitation by Author


THE COLONEL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What you have heard is true. I was in his house. His wife carried a tray
Subject(s): Men; Military; War


THE GARDEN SHUKKEI-EN    Poem Text    
First Line: By way of a vanished bridge we cross this river
Last Line: It is the bell to awaken god that we've heard ringing
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


THE GHOST OF HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep to sleep through thirty years of night


THE LIGHT KEEPER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A night without ships. Foghorns called into walled cloud, and you
Subject(s): Lighthouses; Death; Life; Dead, The


THE LOST SUITCASE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: So it was with the suitcase left in front
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE MORNING BAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma, come back, I forgot
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


THE MUSEUM OF STONES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These are your stones, assembled in matchbox and tin,
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: In spanish he whispers there is no time left.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Spain; Convicts


THIS NEED NOT HAVE BEEN SO       
First Line: We were there, our tracks leaving
Last Line: How I would hold them to my face


TRAVEL PAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: By boat to seurasaari where
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


VISITOR       
First Line: In spanish he whispers there is no time left
Last Line: There is nothing one man will not do to another


WHAT COMES        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Despair


YEAR AT MUDSTRAW       
First Line: Listen to the pine splits