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Frost, Carol    Poet's Biography
255 poems available by this author


ABSTRACTION       
First Line: In the heart a paper copy of a daguerreotype is fading and the body
Last Line: And how it is, already no longer really linked to me


ACORNS       
First Line: Last night some acorns fell
Last Line: Revolving like a door %between two worlds %we have to leave to enter


ADULTERY       
First Line: Had she repented? Given over? No. She let others talk and pretended
Last Line: Unadulteration of her own notes, darkened perhaps with losses, sorrows, but still luring


AFTER BYZANTIUM       
First Line: They have it all. In congestion
Last Line: Sprung to life again, whirring and ticking %through the trees like goldsmiths' birds


ALL SUMMER LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The dogs eat hoof slivers and lie under the porch.
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ALL SUMMER LONG       
First Line: The dogs eat hoof slivers and lie under the porch
Last Line: Of cicadas and the manes of horses


ALONE       
First Line: Lightly handled by spring
Last Line: Away from those who'd weaken from it, hers alone


ALTO       
First Line: The day of chorus when she was sent out
Last Line: Was filled only with the stale essence of their breath


AMERICAN PRIMITIVES       
First Line: Painted by artist who did not especially like children
Last Line: And the accidental power of the itinerant %artists to catch you off-guard


APIARY 40    Poem Text    
First Line: The humble sense of being alive
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


APIARY IX    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Two anthills and a late summer hive
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


APIARY VII       
First Line: Generous I may have been, amnesiac
Last Line: And hated them. Then there were none


APIARY VIII (FOR THE ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Who line the corridors and sit


APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Already the land is starting to forget gardens
Variant Title(s): Autumn Apology
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


APOLOGY       
First Line: Already the land is starting to forget gardens
Last Line: And is no longer availing and can neither take nor give away
Variant Title(s): Autumn Apolog
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


APPLE RIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone else was afraid and spoke to me
Last Line: To come back to this beautiful, stupid world?
Subject(s): Apples


APPLE RIND       
First Line: Someone else was afraid and spoke to me
Last Line: To come back to this beautiful, stupid world


ARDORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The tortoise walks on tiptoe in june,


ARDORS       
First Line: The tortoise walks on tiptoe in june
Last Line: Lie hidden like the stars


ARGONAUT'S VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Pushed prow southerly into the golden wind


ARGUMENT       
First Line: Here is the cold, strict cell of the terrorist
Last Line: Not when he's finished and turned off the lamp


ART       
First Line: Why when she gave her memory a mother whose cruelty was godly
Last Line: As if it trusted or could go on without?


AUTUMN TUNE       
First Line: There, now you know losses
Last Line: Light didn't you sway a little?


AWAY       
First Line: Their breasts and abdomens filled with air
Last Line: For there's no one anyplace who isn't secretly %going away


BAG LADY       
First Line: Here is another parable in the mouth of a stranger
Last Line: Or pleasure, nothing: the nothing for which there is no preparation and no relief


BALANCE       
First Line: Is how you carry it, how it is; for example, the turkeys which seemed
Last Line: Land's steepness and accord, growing used to them, their difference


BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS       
First Line: In the tropics the houses sweat
Last Line: And shoreline waters shift sands over %the toes of the tourists


BEING       
First Line: Being a deer means grazing, suddenly lifting the head
Last Line: Having sensed you, over the scent of grasses, who were invisible
Subject(s): Nature


BLISS       
First Line: Hermes, so young, arrives to tell of spring
Last Line: Like all creation, hyacinths, or another's face, up to lips, nostrils, eyes


BLUE CRAB    Poem Text    
First Line: A rearing up: the pincers waved in the air: by god you better let me be
Subject(s): Crabs


BLUE CRAB       
First Line: A rearing up: the pincers waved air: by god you better
Last Line: Or from medea's grave mind:: a taste of salt air:: I take up %the crab in tongs


BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Miscalculation the day's first high
Subject(s): Boats


BOOKS       
First Line: There was a mongrel and dick and jane
Last Line: The once and ever after - the the end


BRAVE       
First Line: That time, deaf to the entreaties of his parents
Last Line: No use -- taking away what they came for


BRIDE       
First Line: On a day snow flicks and swirls
Last Line: And then a huge body, a blackness, has hold of him


BURDOCK       
First Line: In the april sun that doesn't yet smell, brown and red birds
Last Line: And consequences. I am compact of laws, emerging continually from the inner world


BUTTERFLY AND A DAY       
First Line: Butterfly, as you hang on the knife
Last Line: So the day %toward horizons, in beauty %and chaos sails


C.O.       
First Line: For my son I tried to distinguish
Last Line: And where the beavers submerge, hidden


CAROUSEL       
First Line: A chestnut gelding and a rider balancing
Last Line: Of such harmony that is the passing world


CHILD FRIGHTENED BY A MONKEY       
First Line: Here, with palms raised and hooting, a monkey
Last Line: Forms and the way of bending nature %to dreams by looking, with eyes closed, in a mirror


CHILDHOOD MEMORY       
First Line: A smoky autumn afternoon
Last Line: The children have knives in their hands, %giggling, looking away from the man


CHIMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: By the verge of the sea a man finds a gelatinous creature,
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


CHIMERA       
First Line: By the verge of the sea a man finds a gelatinous creature
Last Line: Of a lost estate, the dawn-time of the world's first season


COMFORT       
First Line: Because a sorrow was conquered, or a sin, can they relax
Last Line: Pounding of their blood becomes comforting - like being held again in someone's arms


COMPANION OF       
First Line: October was what it had already become when I entered the walled
Last Line: Rancid song - or %in the night owl's scream


COMPATIBILITY       
First Line: Never after was life so filled with meeting
Last Line: Their sinuous tongues used the word, over and over, without speaking


CONCERT FOR DEAD COMPOSERS       
First Line: Some of the birth houses of the masters
Last Line: Is behind the acoustic shell, but in failing to last %there is joy more fulfilling. The crowd thinks


CONSCIENCE       
First Line: The crow settles on a fir bough and disappears
Last Line: Something is moving near as if it wanted to tear us from our molds -- as a conscience is torn


CONSENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Arrows striking all sides of the body and st. Sebastian smiling
Last Line: A little of what already exists and the towering sense of kindnesses no world can offer?
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


CONSENT       
First Line: Arrows striking all sides of the body and st. Sebastian smiling
Last Line: A little of what already exists and the towering sense of kindness no %world can offer?
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


CONSTANCY       
First Line: Age-old breath in the woods
Last Line: How it shapes itself to land and air and to the hand cupping the ear


COUNTRY       
First Line: Tables, chairs, a used refrigerator in a thicket
Last Line: And the mutt at leash end crashing left and right


COUNTRY MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: They married out of school
Subject(s): Marriage; Family Life; Poverty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives


COUNTRY MARRIAGE       
First Line: They married out of school
Last Line: A sour doll. They had come far


CRAVING (DON GIOVANNI)       
First Line: When the man in his dissolution enters the house and assaults a women
Last Line: Still craving the women he never possessed and only pretended to make love to


CROWS       
First Line: Not disputing what those nearest her would think
Last Line: Reposed all along in the part of her that isn't and is beast


CRYING WOLF       
First Line: Not howling, but from within the deep wildness of all things
Last Line: The hair on the back of the neck of the world froze


CUSTOM    Poem Text    
First Line: As if it had forgotten everything - hatred, vindictiveness, the
Last Line: The assembly roared – by his actions they knew they knew better who they are
Subject(s): Sports


CUSTOM       
First Line: As if it had forgotten everything - hatred, vindictiveness, the
Last Line: The assembly roared - by his actions they knew they knew better who they were
Subject(s): Sports


DAY OF THE BODY: 1.       
First Line: If a model is posed by a sunny window
Last Line: A day - sparrow caught in the sheaves


DAY OF THE BODY: 2.       
First Line: Wanting to suggest a wild and luxuriant soul
Last Line: Which means of someone she has seen


DAY OF THE BODY: 3.       
First Line: The man and the woman
Last Line: Eyes surprised by each other in a room


DAY OF THE BODY: 4.       
First Line: They aren't violent, so when he leaves
Last Line: Or that death is thinking of her


DAY OF THE BODY: 5.       
First Line: The looser his skin gets
Last Line: In a field, and the bird a vapor


DECOY GARDEN       
First Line: How the hum of the garden thins when I come near
Last Line: The belly swelling and the open mouth


DENIAL       
First Line: Through smoked glass, as if he could shut out all worries
Last Line: As though somewhere above a god, or pharoah, with a face of absolute refusal, were turning away


DESIRE       
First Line: To be swayed by everything
Last Line: At every effort, every try,I remember, coasts slid into yesterday. %hell was certain


DRIFTWOOD       
First Line: Have I lied to myself about art?
Last Line: Bird, with your premise of wings


DYNASTY, 1989       
First Line: Like a tent of tapestries
Last Line: Or with pats they invite one another for food, %for the way home and to work for common good


EATING THE WHOLE       
First Line: Mouse, first the cat sits off to one side
Last Line: Exciting minors, drowsing, not a mouse- %hair on the lawn, nor a guilty murmur


ECSTASY       
First Line: Her ecstasy rises like a rider on a leaping horse
Last Line: She is within herself again, exhilarated, and strangely proud


EDDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Against wind's silk direction the tide is flowing,
Subject(s): Boats


EGON SCHIELE'S WIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: More since her illness he tried to think of her not purely as a wife
Subject(s): Schiele, Egon (1891-1918); Marriage; Models; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EGON SCHIELE'S WIFE       
First Line: More since her illness he tried to think of her not purely as wife -
Last Line: Like halos in an unexpected gust of wind surrounding a tree's last %leaves


ENDLESSNESS       
First Line: What's endless is full of death and joy
Last Line: Need for water for thirsty lips. Nor vinegar-gall


ENVY       
First Line: Look: the cat lifts its head, switching its tail, and to the other cat says
Last Line: In a burst of envy to lick and lick her own fur


FAILURE       
First Line: I have come to fear
Last Line: That darkly comes into the adult house and seems to want to nail closed the windows and doors


FAREWELL TO TWO MUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, muse, I know you too well, your harp-song gets airy
Last Line: And say if he asks who my lover is now; that I sleep alone. I have no other
Subject(s): Muses


FAREWELL TO TWO MUSES       
First Line: Ah, muse, I know you too well, your harp-song gets airy
Last Line: And say if he asks who my lover is now, that I sleep alone; I have no other
Subject(s): Muses


FATE       
First Line: Imagine: in the twilight of a river, trout rising to the hairs
Last Line: Prickling the black water


FATHERHOOD       
First Line: Shut up, the father thought amiably, moving past the children
Last Line: He heard it again like a weather warning, louder. Shut up, shut up


FEARFUL CHILD       
First Line: As a child I parleyed with animals, stuffed and real
Last Line: In the greatness of such space I said, this is me


FENCE WIRE       
First Line: ...Garroting apple and oak, broken off, no longer keeping
Last Line: Bramble wild, strung out, dowdy in rich or sere evening %air


FIELD FULL OF BLACK CATS       
First Line: Cats in fields sit %still as idols
Last Line: Having ended %in their hot mouths


FLICKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Chisel-billed, eye cerulean, with a crimson nuchal patch
Last Line: I do. It's mine. I do
Subject(s): Home


FLICKER       
First Line: Chisel-billed, eye cerulean, with a crimson nuchal patch
Last Line: Who has a home in this good world and doesn't yearn? %I do. It's mine. I do
Subject(s): Home


FOLIO       
First Line: I imagine the leaves dried butterflies
Last Line: The dawn a weak burning %above the canted walls?


FORMER BEAUS       
First Line: This morning when I woke for the third or fourth time
Last Line: Chins tucked down and turning their heads, that fly by


FOUR SERIOUS SONGS, OP. 121       
First Line: Beautifully and elliptically the sunlight plays
Last Line: On water, sunshine having honeycombed the end of day


FOXES       
First Line: Only in forgetting map and compass
Last Line: At dusk, lost, they would see the foxes


FRIGHT       
First Line: Dusk bled. For the frightened fledgling silence's sake
Last Line: Small fires in water, and companionable motions of a mind, only %just human
Variant Title(s): Fea


FURY       
First Line: And the whole night she had told herself to be pleasant
Last Line: Then, hardly allowing him to fully awaken, she said her first %sarcasm. Then another


GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS       
First Line: He cannot be happy
Last Line: An animated and malevolent blaze across the top, %a broader sense of quiet welling from the bottom


GARDENER EATS A ROSE       
First Line: The rose in the vase without ebb


GENESIS, RODIN'S       
First Line: Stayed, serpentine in mud
Last Line: In their kingdom, and the unsettled visions, %like portals hung too high, of a god


GIRL ON A SCAFFOLD       
First Line: Her neck in a noose, the girl stands
Last Line: Has come to watch her fall


GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP       
First Line: Reassured that we return as before, we enter
Last Line: Who counted for so little when liberated in sleep, where you last stood


GRADUATION       
First Line: Trees in the schoolyard stand for five children


GULL       
First Line: Every wing, every instant burgeoning with wind
Last Line: Now pink, now yellow in fallen sunlight


HAIRCUT       
First Line: When the boy's head is heavy with his own secret
Last Line: His forehead full of blond mysteries?


HARM       
First Line: She had only begun to get used to her body's exposures
Last Line: Harm's way, backward, for just a moment


HARRIET STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: The fadedness of stone
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


HARRIET STREET       
First Line: The fadedness of stone %markers shows the wear
Last Line: Most sweet, most stolen, where %near to the living, graves are


HEART       
First Line: Once we were inflamed as you, insatiate one
Last Line: Take heart. Take heart. Bring her to you


HELP       
First Line: Vexing the water with its shadow, the heron told her where to fish
Last Line: The sky neither questioned nor replied; its hard beauty lodged deep inside her


HER BEAUTY       
First Line: By now her beauty no longer catches glances like small animals in a gentle way
Last Line: In weather, an animal's fur bristling, a moleskin


HEROIN       
First Line: Damien saw robert come back from the toilet
Last Line: Both of them whacked out on music


HERON       
First Line: A woman and her children are on a lake
Last Line: Day we know no more of than going


HOMO SAPIENS       
First Line: In this lonely, varying light of dawn with the residue of desire
Last Line: A beast's face. And something, something else


HORROR       
First Line: When horror, that with pretty masks
Last Line: Wholly tempted, without a clue. How little has art driven off


HOUNDING THE MYTH       
First Line: And can the yeti in springtime


HOW TO HUNT       
First Line: The deer vanish into the forest, %patches of red oaks
Last Line: Into the clearing must find its own way to outlast you


HUNT       
First Line: I stand at my window and see


HYPOCRISY       
First Line: Out of the same paints and objects that make up the bazaar
Last Line: To peruse trinkets, pampering themselves with a drink and cake, liking the %religious painting


ICARUS IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: If brueghel was wrong, and icarus fell in the dead of the year
Last Line: Stunted roots so far below sense that they don't show
Subject(s): Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Icarus; Mythology - Classical; Brueghel The Elder, Pieter; Bruegel The Elder, Pieter


ICARUS IN WINTER       
First Line: If brueghel was wrong, and icarus fell in the dead of the year
Last Line: Stunted roots so far below sense that they don't show
Subject(s): Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Icarus; Mythology - Classical


IMAGINATION       
First Line: Imagine that there are several paths. But none takes her
Last Line: Walk unfettered into the wild north fields?


IN COMMON PLACES       
First Line: Wish I had been alone, your tread was a heavy cord
Last Line: But when we quiver, we quiver deep and harder


IN SCARECROW'S GARDEN       
First Line: Loosely bound and buttoned on a pole, clothed in the
Last Line: The violence and sorrow, and the green leaves flowering at %your feet


INLET       
First Line: As you enter, groping, the channel
Last Line: A raccoon is standing, his small hands empty


JOY       
First Line: Ah, that noah's joy lasted only for a time presses itself on the heart
Last Line: A consummation that makes the sweat grow cold


JUDGMENT       
First Line: The angel that rebellion raised was never able, right up to the end
Last Line: That no longer hurt him, and so he gave it names


KAYAKING IN THE GULF AFTER DUSK       
First Line: All the way back to the harbor
Last Line: The unforgetting seeds look %the harbor burns


KING'S FIRST SOLILOQUY       
First Line: This is the carving where deity withdrew
Last Line: Like a sickness of the inner ear, a king alone %in a throne room talking to his own despair


KOMODO    Poem Text    
First Line: The flight of a white cockatoo from tamarind to tamarind
Last Line: Thde blazing cockatoo, the pink, lightless, inner tissues of the baron
Subject(s): Komodo Dragons; Lizards


LANDSCAPES       
First Line: Watch them. The landscapes. That urge, glory
Last Line: Man's sorrow, the mountains, sea, hawk, leaf mold, %rotting bark. And no trace of anecdote


LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Those perishing gentians splashed by moonlight and wind
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


LATE       
First Line: Those perishing gentians splashed by moonlight and wind
Last Line: In my too-sullen and meager heart I was above


LATE SIGH       
First Line: As desultory sunlight


LAWS       
First Line: She knows of doom only what all women know
Last Line: Been more blinding or more lawful


LIAR'S DICE       
First Line: Used to mark a corner, a claim
Last Line: Even if shown, love, they don't know


LIES       
First Line: Isn't there a race of people made of glass, who when spilling
Last Line: Until one of their great sorrows falls from their lips. And then apology


LILIES!       
First Line: So total was summer's abnegation
Last Line: Tests once again the potency of the ever-more senescing king


LOVE       
First Line: That beauty by your side, surely no opiate
Last Line: To your inmost nature, %where in the first place the poppies and temptation stirred


MALLARD       
First Line: I raked up a mallard in the garden
Last Line: Or the sweet howling of the dog %that buried it


MAN OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: After there were no women, men, and children,


MATINS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Disappointment; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MATINS: 1.       
First Line: I've felt undeserving. I've made myself ill with the glory
Last Line: Petals falling singly, the yellow snake disgorging lies


MATINS: 2.       
First Line: I've grieved and walked in catacombs
Last Line: Things I bring with me from far away


MATINS: 3.       
First Line: I've made myself ill with the power and glory
Last Line: I've made myself ill with the power and glory


MIND       
First Line: As he went on - no one else in the yard, late, well past dinner -
Last Line: That turning, saw absence and its presentiments step down, as if free


MOON       
First Line: Grief again, the turntable left on
Last Line: In the tree with its three notes, and hear him


MORPHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Their single purpose was to ease her dying
Last Line: Her face lost all its definition. No one moved
Subject(s): Death; Painkillers; Dead, The


MORPHINE       
First Line: Their single purpose was to ease her dying
Last Line: Her face lost all its definition. No one moved
Subject(s): Death; Painkillers


MOZART       
First Line: The books say genius, prodigy
Last Line: No one has known, flying yellow archangels %though all else falls


MUSIC       
First Line: You are right. At death I might well desire both day and rest
Last Line: Of great composers, written before the last bread and wine are gone
Variant Title(s): Music For Deat


MUSIC 2       
First Line: Yesterday two blackbirds splashed, like cymbals, into the lilac bush
Last Line: Hear the can-bear-it-no-longer moment assume them


NATURE HAS       
First Line: Nature has a sexual sense of humor. A bee swigs nectar, the tail
Last Line: Your senses and little white lies and rampant heart


NATURE MORTE       
First Line: Two rigid bodies
Last Line: For the error and virulence %when two cravings %meet head on


NEW DOG: VARIATIONS ON A TEXT BY JULES LAFORGUE       
First Line: The new dog's sugary breath warms my neck
Last Line: You cover up his final stare
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


NO ELEGY       
First Line: The ruffled water lilies, tea-colored water, ophelias
Last Line: Elegy overcomes desire? Ask me to stand apart from myself %and disavow:--I cannot


NOTES TO THE COLD       
First Line: The skies crumble like marl, and winter
Last Line: Of daylight blossom and fade, %and then the bird is gone


NOTHING       
First Line: She turned away. And her child slid toward
Last Line: With him, she will not harken or give them the pleasure of her %scream


OBEDIENCE (THE NUNS)       
First Line: Mostly they say normal things
Last Line: Are left, as if they scattered the moment. We resolve so little


OBLIVION       
First Line: How many choruses will this man breathe
Last Line: Like a drunk man with his horn, a grail
Subject(s): Singing And Singers; Southern States


OBSESSION       
First Line: Never was life more nervous, sweeter, denser than nutmeat
Last Line: As if from a far-off world


ODE TO THE HORSESHOE CRAB       
First Line: Dullest of all creatures, the horseshoe crab
Last Line: Of marine life. In 350 million years the sun %has failed to break their sleep, their sleep before be


OLD       
First Line: There is a landscape in his face just as cezanne knew
Last Line: This elsewhere that like nature reconciles %and cannot be approached directly?-it issues from his gr


OLD FLAIL       
First Line: Here is the wheat-colored light astride in the fields, turning
Last Line: Else, but else, as may coil in two brown snakes before they join


PAPILIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Collecting is a basic human trait. The great collectors
Last Line: Speed of autumn
Subject(s): Nature


PAPILIO       
First Line: Collecting is a basic human trait. The great collectors
Last Line: From sex. They are also territorial. Think of the rate of speed of %autumn
Subject(s): Nature


PARADISE       
First Line: The porpoise arced through yellow glaze, a scimitar
Last Line: Perhaps, and the island a painting by winslow homer


PARADISE, REENTERING       
First Line: Delirium of the hot and sleepless nights
Last Line: Of tobacco, sweat, the brine of sex


PAST       
First Line: Was it in stepping into dusk? Did a glance release this turbulence
Last Line: To seem to fit themselves around the ankles, refusing separation


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The man raises his eyes from the table and gazes at the murals of women
Last Line: How patient and unchanged the onlookers
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


PATIENCE       
First Line: The man raises his eyes from the table and gazes at the murals of women
Last Line: How patient and unchanged the onlookers
Subject(s): Restaurants


PEAR TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: As at the bottom of a mirror
Last Line: And go on
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


PEAR TREE       
First Line: As at the bottom of a mirror
Last Line: Empty, I will feel my niggardly heart %and go on
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees


PELICAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Readings grunts after so much quiet: look
Subject(s): Pelicans


PINEAPPLE       
First Line: Green-shadowed venders sit, without a book or dominoes
Last Line: Those who cut the pineapple %return to their stillness like bowls
Subject(s): Pineapples


PITY       
First Line: When the woman falls in the garden and hurts her hand, all the blows
Last Line: And the heart learns a pity for itself, easy, coarse, common as the grave


POET'S BLACK DRUM       
First Line: Come in the silent acting in a dream now wayfarer
Last Line: Tasting of waters you taste and you say light dyed


POT-AU-FEU       
First Line: Then it was winter, icy, steaming


POTATO EATERS       
First Line: They do not emerge %from the clumsy room
Last Line: Of what fright we cause in them. %they offer us potatoes


PROCESSION       
First Line: Of sunset the glazier winter


PRODIGAL       
First Line: They move now brimming with their own separate ways
Last Line: And murmurs and ceases to remember


PUPPET MASTER       
First Line: After the exact imitation of a living bird
Last Line: Rise in the sawdusty air, to touch %for a moment the little known of wonder


PURE       
First Line: He saw that the white-tailed deer he shot was his son
Last Line: Not, not for another moment


RECOMPENSE       
First Line: That time, long practiced in pinning the alligator's jaw between his chin
Last Line: Which were tinged with respect, though some eyes wept and some %looked at the darkening bayou


RED DEER       
First Line: The red deer in summer sunlight
Last Line: Of sun on stones. I kissed %its head. I couldn't help myself


REDBIRDS       
First Line: The redbirds gathered %in the pines railing the hill
Last Line: Cold as fence wire, and no harp?


REDFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Loaves and fishes; coelaenth: bishop's jewfish
Subject(s): Fish


REFUSAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the acres were not smoothed with topsoil, she wrenches
Last Line: Refusal to be much moved?
Subject(s): Nature


REFUSAL       
First Line: Because the acres were not smoothed with topsoil, she wrenches
Last Line: Refusal to be much moved
Subject(s): Nature


RESISTANCE       
First Line: Once as a child she eavesdropped and learning the unbearable
Last Line: Running ahead of wave and wind -- and to hold her peace


ROADSIDE SHRINE, SAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA       
First Line: Out of the tropical light and into faith, a stone is found in a
Last Line: As with plenty, excess; beauty, dismemberment; love and %life, absence


ROBINSON CRUSOE'S HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The lime tree, the eternal bars and bolts of the sea
Last Line: His own father's face, fed him cakes and chafed his arms and legs, he cried again
Subject(s): Robinson Crusoe


ROBINSON CRUSOE'S HAIR       
First Line: The lime tree, the eternal bars and bolts of the sea
Last Line: His own father's face, fed him cakes and chafed his arms and legs, he cried again
Subject(s): Robinson Crusoe


ROOT       
First Line: How can anyone refuse to answer the torturer's questions
Last Line: Without regard to season, death's blossom resurrects and %resurrects


RURAL WEATHER       
First Line: The sun shaking open the pink and yellow sky -
Last Line: Brimming after rain %in apple petals?


SALT LESSON       
First Line: Looking inside the bony plate, perceive
Last Line: A salt piece of itself, of what it endures


SCORN    Poem Text    
First Line: She thought of no wilder delicacy than the starling eggs she fed him
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SCORN       
First Line: She thought of no wilder delicacy than the starling eggs she fed him
Last Line: Each other, and they ate from each other's hands
Subject(s): Marriage


SEAGULLS AND CHILDREN       
First Line: I do not know how it is possible to walk through the
Last Line: And swimming for hours, the rush of waves filling our %eyes and ears


SECRECY       
First Line: It lay and dried in the sun, puffing, then losing its coherence
Last Line: And could not be kept a secret. A branch lightened into place. %everywhere things decayed


SELF       
First Line: They left her alone; it was what she wanted
Last Line: What soared: the fierce rush: the birds crying fear: and herself the cause


SELF PORTRAIT       
First Line: All I can draw is the outside
Last Line: That govern yet belies design, %this I %have found no shape for


SEX       
First Line: If, as with a flock of sexless sheep, gently and without craving,
Last Line: When she surges through the one, the other is dragged there -- was, and will not go away


SEXUAL JEALOUSY    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of the queen mole who is unequivocal
Last Line: They hope this and are ruthless in their waiting
Subject(s): Nature; Sex


SEXUAL JEALOUSY       
First Line: Think of the queen mole who is unequivocal
Last Line: Together, their snouts full of soil, they hope this and are ruthless in %their waiting
Subject(s): Nature


SHAME       
First Line: Like one in reverie, so she stood, holding the clay pot on the table to her
Last Line: And all of her sex, together as a bow's stroke does. %o shameless song


SIN       
First Line: The tree bore the efflorescence of october apples
Last Line: It held onto one unclarified passion and grew and regretted nothing


SKINNY DIPPING       
First Line: The afternoon, ending, makes no sign
Last Line: Less prone to hurts, then rise, wearing our towels %over our shoulders nowhere near like wings


SMALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Boa, once when you were small, you ate small things.
Last Line: Never the pinkness and honey of the human
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SMALL       
First Line: Boa, once when you were small, you ate small things
Last Line: Never the pinkness and honey of the human


SNAKE SKINS       
First Line: The intrigue of this house
Last Line: I suspect there are others


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 1. AFTER GRAVE ILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The body has two seasons
Last Line: Things simply are
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 2. RED POND    Poem Text    
First Line: How cool it lies. It only speaks
Last Line: And traces of red mud
Subject(s): Lakes; Pools; Ponds


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 2. RED POND       
First Line: How cool it lies. It only speaks
Last Line: Stars because of the beautiful surface %and traces of red mud
Subject(s): Lakes


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 3.       
First Line: When the god came with his lute and knife
Last Line: Knitted chain, gold. And the scorning flute
Variant Title(s): Marsyas's Ar
Subject(s): Singing And Singers


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 3. MARSYA'S ART    Poem Text    
First Line: When the god came with his lute and knife
Last Line: Knitted chain, gold. And the scorning flute
Variant Title(s): Marsyas's Art
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 4.       
First Line: The flesh comes free and the nodes
Last Line: Complicity: the male nurse %nods and turns from me
Variant Title(s): Procedur


SONNET FOR AUGUST       
First Line: Arias, not only of voice, but as when tan grasses blow
Last Line: Break and break and break and break and break


SPINNERS       
First Line: Five women card, spin, and wind the raw wool
Last Line: From the belly--turning the meanest material into a passion of the verities


SUMMER CANON       
First Line: When you leave me behind, leave me here
Last Line: Say of me what you will, we are made such by love


SUNFISH       
First Line: Vertebrate, kin to the fully armed form
Last Line: Lying on the surface of the water %robbed of moral


SUNRISE       
First Line: Tuesday's parchment with a gold seal
Last Line: Design, less beauty, less breakneck speed


TABLE GARDEN (1)       
First Line: Where the window's wind sought over it


TABLE GARDEN (2)       
First Line: Because it was made of fire spun to incredible thinness
Last Line: Whatever the heart in pieces can recollect %after the healing ends


THAW       
First Line: Clouds brown in a puddle %like the skies job learned
Last Line: That I may have to leave this place %sooner than I want?


THE FEARFUL CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: As a child I parleyed with animals, stuffed and real.
Subject(s): Children; Pets; Family Life; Fear; Childhood; Relatives


THE GROSS CLINIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a sister who takes care of animals, whose artistry is flesh
Subject(s): Gross, Samuel D. (1805-1884); Surgery; Family Life; Relatives


THE PART OF THE BEE'S BODY EMBEDDED IN THE FLESH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The bee-boy, merops apiaster, on sultry thundery days
Subject(s): Bees; Beauty; Beekeeping


THE POET'S BLACK DRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Come in the silent acting ina dream now wayfarer


THE ST. LOUIS ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: High, yellow, coiled and weighted the branch like an odd piece of fruit
Last Line: It knew it. Leaf, lichen, the least refinements, and the perfection
Subject(s): Zoos


THIS EARLY       
First Line: This morning's wind-sleeves
Last Line: As things die or move with new life %departing or coming through


THRILL       
First Line: To say fabricated things, where freedom is forced on young girls
Last Line: Discussing the tree of knowledge, your favorite scene


TIDAL       
First Line: The tide won't rise. All day %the water fails to bridge
Last Line: Comes, and dusk, and the shape of things


TIME       
First Line: From his photographed face and squared shoulders, as though he'd
Last Line: Know answers and reasons and won't say


TO FISHERMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: No more savage art: filleting: a deft pressure along the backbone
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


TO KILL A DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush / the doe walked, and the hide, head and ears
Last Line: Heard riot in the emptied head
Subject(s): Hunting; Sports; Hunters


TO KILL A DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush
Subject(s): Hunting; Deer; Hunting; Sports; Hunters


TO KILL A DEER       
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush %the doe walked, and the hide, head and ears
Last Line: The night wind blowing through her fur, %bread riot in the emptied head
Subject(s): Hunting; Sports


TORTURER'S HORSE       
First Line: Though he painted the saint's body with reserve -
Last Line: Lost in a mob? How marvelously sad. And incomplete


TRUTH       
First Line: Those who can neither cast out of their hearts false feelings
Last Line: Like revolutionaries swept along the surface of an %immense current


TUMORED ANGEL       
First Line: The wings whir more slowly
Last Line: Upon his shoulders not wings, but the weight of the wind


TWINS       
First Line: Two lone poppies, papery


UNDRESSING       
First Line: They took off their clothes 1000 nights
Last Line: And crawled out, pitifully soft and small, %not yet souls


UNTITLED       
First Line: Remember the days of our arguing
Last Line: Afterward %or before


VENUS AND DON JUAN       
First Line: She laid her forehead damp with salty water deep in the warmth of his wet chest
Last Line: Of unheard ghosts who, with their own hearts in turmoil, have not wanted even %this much told


VOID       
First Line: And they came to him: forget all
Last Line: And why john waited - as if the remains could be changed into some thing imperishable


WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: It was dusk, the light hesitating
Subject(s): Hunting; Deer


WAKING       
First Line: It was dusk, the light hesitating
Last Line: Like a rent in the covenant, it hurts


WATER LYRICS       
First Line: High tide at last, water spread
Last Line: Love and hate come on this way


WEB-MAKING       
First Line: A spider sways along that wondrous slur
Last Line: Something time takes to finish, or to break %or to become the way things look in


WHAT THE DOVE SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mourning dove
Subject(s): Doves


WHERE       
First Line: No one stands still there, even if there are no paths -- ferns and
Last Line: Soon the hills will be familiar -- tied to you with unbreakable string


WHISPERING GEESE       
First Line: Because we know it's only a matter of time


WILD PARTRIDGE       
First Line: The same bird over and over again
Last Line: How each moment soars, in truth, %in mortal surprise, away from us always?


WINDOWS       
First Line: Without meaning to we stand at windows
Last Line: Irreversible curve-and is completely light


WINTER POEM       
First Line: Far past the broken wall, slashed stumps
Last Line: On the vacancy in which we have no place


WINTER WITHOUT SNOW       
First Line: The man carried bucket after bucket of plaster dust
Last Line: As was my wish for a white field %like a fresh beginning


WITH MUSE       
First Line: There are moments, after the bath
Last Line: Like redbirds in heather a september morning


WOMAN LIKE YOURSELF       
First Line: You walk toward a woman like yourself, %but older
Last Line: But as if nothing at all %happened


YOUTHFUL VENUS       
First Line: The sea foams and the ivory body
Last Line: Before the gleam of desire, overwhelming joy