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Gallagher, Tess    Poet's Biography
253 poems available by this author


3 A.M. KITCHEN: MY FATHER TALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: For years it was land working me, oil fields
Last Line: Some days now I just donít know
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Work; Workers


3 A.M. KITCHEN: MY FATHER TALKING       
First Line: For years it was land working me, oil fields
Last Line: To work for. Hell, why shouldn't I %play cards? Threasie, %some days now I just don't know
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Industry; Labor And Laborers


A STROKE OF SKY        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); Innocence; New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


ACCOMPLISHMENT       
First Line: What not to do for him
Last Line: He had prepared himself %with that dead face


AFTER THE CHINESE    Poem Text    
First Line: By daybreak a north wind has shaken
Last Line: Prefers a north wind
Subject(s): Wind


AFTER THE CHINESE       
First Line: By daybreak a north wind has shaken
Last Line: Is as stubborn as me, and my tartar horse %prefers a north wind


ALL DAY THE LIGHT IS CLEAR       
First Line: Today I wished without mercy
Subject(s): Longing


AMPLITUDE       
First Line: Twice this christmas day you tried


ANATOMY OF A KISS       
First Line: This impersonation of an unbitten apple, how
Last Line: Love, this is our night sky with its sleeping child %and its buoyant white sash. %lift your deep han


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: If the sun could walk into a room
Last Line: Overflowing eye closed over us


APPARITION        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Ghosts; Death - Children; Family Life; Death - Babies; Relatives


AS IF HE WERE FREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shahid so beautifully brwon he is silk
Last Line: In the blue tatters of the poet
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


AS IF HE WERE FREE       
First Line: Shahid so beautifully brwon he is silk
Last Line: An occasional tone added which does not belong, offered %in the blue tatters of the poet
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


AS IF IT HAPPENED       
First Line: She was brought up manly for a woman


ASHTRAY       
First Line: Since his death, so many things shot into the world
Last Line: The stench of his death is embedded in it. He %who was so faithful, so stubborn, so consumed


AT THE-PLACE-OF-SADNESS       
First Line: I take a photo of the stone buddha
Last Line: The difference between %a spirit and a body


BACKDROP WITH LOVERS, 1931       
First Line: She's wearing a cotton dress


BALLAD OF BALLYMOTE       
First Line: We stopped at her hut
Last Line: Cabbage and bones, she said. Cabbage %and bones
Subject(s): Social Problems


BEFORE       
First Line: Before they lowered the stones over
Last Line: I am helplessly forgetting %as I mix each death %beyond itself into a moment %only to taste, to swal


BEGINNING TO SAY NO       
First Line: Is not to offer so much as a fist, is


BEHAVE       
First Line: Central word of my childhood
Last Line: I knew to take a breath from the carnation %before giving it to stone


BEHIND WHICH THERE IS AN EXPANSE PAST THE WORLD       
First Line: When it's time to come into her
Last Line: You're inside. And so is %the world
Subject(s): Erotic Love


BIRD-WINDOW-FLYING       
First Line: If we had been given names to love
Last Line: Wings of my house are burning. The flames %of me, the long hair %unbraiding


BLACK MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: His lungs heaving all day in a sulphur mist
Last Line: Ther deep globe of his eye
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


BLACK MONEY       
First Line: His lungs heaving all day in a sulphur mist
Last Line: The kino maru pulls out for seattle, %some black star climbing %the deep globe of his eye
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


BLACK PUDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Even then I knew it was the old unanswerable form of beauty
Last Line: Donít ask me now why Iím walking my horse
Subject(s): Love


BLACK PUDDING       
First Line: Even then I knew it was the old unanswerable form of beauty
Last Line: Don't ask me now why I'm walking my horse


BLACK SHIPS       
First Line: I saw it was no good, that she
Last Line: White bird, that flew once, but not again %into the bell tower when the hour was ripe


BLACK SILK    Poem Text    
First Line: She was cleaning ó there is always clothing & dress; identity;
Last Line: Other mind, and stood still
Subject(s): Loss; Memory


BLACK SILK       
First Line: She was cleaning - there is always
Last Line: To go to her, I thought, with that %other mind, and stood still


BLACK VALENTINE       
First Line: I run the comb through his lush hair
Last Line: His passage, was dead or living


BLACK VIOLETS       
First Line: If I say 'black violets' our first night
Last Line: For this new-made heart to open us in blood-darkness %into its farthest chamber
Subject(s): Love


BLUE GRAPES       
First Line: Eating blue grapes
Last Line: No world, no meeting. Only %tremors, sweetness %on the tongue


BOAT RIDE       
First Line: Since my girlhood, in that small boat
Last Line: If you are such a boat, tell me %we did not falter in the vastness %when we walked ashore


BONFIRE       
First Line: The inflections of joy. The inflections of


BORROWED ONES       
First Line: We, the old children, are now old again


BREASTS       
First Line: The day you came


BREEZE       
First Line: Don't you think I'm tired of tragedy
Last Line: How happily they rustle, tossed there %on the tall grass


CALM       
First Line: We were walking through the bees


CANDLE, LAMP, & FIREFLY       
First Line: How can I think what thoughts
Last Line: When the eyes open on similar worlds %and you are dead in myliving?


CHERRY BLOSSOMS       
First Line: Chekhov wanting to write about the wave of
Last Line: Could they be put back %onto our bare branches


CHILD SINGING       
First Line: Where were we going? Destination always fades
Last Line: There was singing. We never %reached home
Subject(s): Children; Singing And Singers; Travel


CHOICES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I go to the mountain side
Last Line: "where a mountain /
Subject(s): Nature


CLEARING       
First Line: The limbs are caught in each other


CLOSE TO ME NOW       
First Line: Through low valley mist
Last Line: If only to say: this body! The mist


CLOUDY SHOULDERS OF THE HORSES       
First Line: We have thought of our horse, to take
Last Line: Above us, from the drifing shoudlders %of the horses


COATS       
First Line: They made you complicated


COLD CRESCENT       
First Line: Walking idly through the shops on the wharf
Last Line: And made to sleep again on earth


COMING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: As usual, I was desperate
Last Line: That is a whip, a longing?
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


COMING HOME       
First Line: As usual, I was desperate
Last Line: That is a whip, a longing?
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


CONVERSATION WITH A FIREMAN FROM BROOKLYN    Poem Text    
First Line: He offers, between planes, / to buy me a drink. I've never talked
Last Line: "who want to love you, to love you, /
Subject(s): Firefighters; Sexism


CONVERSATION WITH A FIREMAN FROM BROOKLYN       
First Line: He offers, between planes, %to buy me a drink. I've never talked
Last Line: Who want to love you, to love you, %love you
Subject(s): Firefighters; Sexism


CORONA       
First Line: Personable shadow, you follow me into this


CORPSE CRADLE       
First Line: Nothing hurts her like that, the extravagance
Last Line: Wherein she drifted, drifts, slow and white, %deeply asking,deep with its dark below


COUGAR MEAT       
First Line: Carried this morning in the dodge and swoop


COWS, A VISION       
First Line: Some monster bird, the barn


CRAZY MENU       
First Line: Last of his toothpaste, last of his wheat chex, last
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988); Food & Eating; Grief; Love - Marital; Sorrow; Sadness; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


CRAZY MENU       
First Line: Last of his toothpaste, last of his wheat chex, last
Last Line: Every artery and nerve of us, into the rest %of our commemorative lives
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988); Food And Eating; Grief; Love - Marital


CREPES FLAMBEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: We are three women eating out
Last Line: Spotted horses in the frame
Subject(s): Texas


CREPES FLAMBEAU       
First Line: We are three women eating out
Last Line: We are too happy, too %glad in the pioneer decor: rough boards, %spotted horses in the frame
Subject(s): Texas


CROCE E DELIZIA AL COR       
First Line: Remember, and already the lapse in


DEAF POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Donít read this one out loud. It isnít
Last Line: A poem missing even the language / it is unwritten in
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


DEAF POEM       
First Line: Don't read this one out loud. It isn't
Last Line: A poem missing even the language %it is unwritten in


DEATH OF THE HORSES BY FIRE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We have seen a house in the sleeping time
Last Line: And called to each other to save†them
Subject(s): Horses; Death - Animals


DEATH OF THE HORSES BY FIRE       
First Line: We have seen a house in the sleeping town
Last Line: They stood in the last of their skies %and called to each other to save them


DEVOTION: THAT IT FLOW; THAT THERE BE CONCENTRATION       
First Line: My friend keeps kissing me goodbye, the kisses
Last Line: The sleeping woman stays with the train, sleeping on %grave and constant as the silent towns arrive


DIM HOUSE, BRIGHT FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: She still cries over that dead child
Last Line: The ones who can't know yet what living was
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


DIM HOUSE, BRIGHT FACE       
First Line: She still cries over that dead child


DISAPPEARANCES IN THE GUARDED SECTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: When we stop where you lived, the house
Last Line: We will both come back
Subject(s): Belfast, Northern Ireland


DISAPPEARANCES IN THE GUARDED SECTOR       
First Line: When we stop where you lived, the house


DOGS OF BUCHAREST       
First Line: Their invisible city of cries and threats
Last Line: And turn our backs to the windows


DUSKY GLOW AT GLENSTAUGHEY       
First Line: Hefting turf onto the cart
Last Line: Strange, like figures crowded off the edge %of memory


EACH BIRD WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Not while, but long after he had told me
Last Line: "I said, ""thatís good, thatís enough.""†"
Subject(s): Old Age


EACH BIRD WALKING       
First Line: Not while, but long after he had told me
Last Line: I said, 'that's good, that's enough
Subject(s): Old Age


EATING THE SPARROWS       
First Line: A platter of walnuts, I think
Last Line: You message is clear it is not too late %for my singing


EBONY       
First Line: I need these dark waves pulsing in my sleep
Last Line: The gray, the green in my black


EMANATION OF THE RED CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Child that never existed
Last Line: "what canít be
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


EMBERS       
First Line: He was suffering from too much light
Last Line: Shows through. Not speaking, but the glow %of that we spoke


EVEN NOW YOU ARE LEAVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Not to let ourselves know
Last Line: Ruined and terrible in a face / even now you are leaving
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


EVEN NOW YOU ARE LEAVING       
First Line: Not to let ourselves know
Last Line: Even now you are leaving
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


EVER AFTER       
First Line: Exactly like a rain cloud


FABLE OF A KISS       
First Line: I was lonely. Very shortly
Last Line: As the ceremony of the ever-unloved heart %unfolds, contracts, unfolds


FATHOMLESS       
First Line: The peacock has eaten the poison orchid
Last Line: Have broken unruly, and fall softly %through the eye


FIRESTARTER        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Fathers


FOREST SHE WAS TRYING TO SAY       
First Line: The angel wings of the hemlock
Last Line: Down and be that other wild


FOUR DANCERS AT AN IRISH WEDDING       
First Line: It was too simple and too right


FRESH STAIN       
First Line: I don't know now if it was kindness -- we do
Last Line: Going into the house to change his shirt


FROM DREAD IN THE EYES OF HORSES       
First Line: Eggs. Dates and camel's milk
Last Line: Worlds above it and farther, shrill, obsidian, %the high feasting of the horses


FROM MOSS-LIGHT TO HOPPER WITH LOVE       
First Line: Or as a woman fond of wearing hats opined: 'chic chapeau!'
Last Line: Modigliani brows


GLOW       
First Line: Those japanese women waiting, waiting
Last Line: That the cold light on the backs of my hands %belonged most to me


GREY EYES       
First Line: When she speaks it is like coming onto a grave
Last Line: Some bees %were dying on my wing--humming %so you could hardly hear


HAIRBRUSHING       
First Line: He called it his, this mane I'd kept
Last Line: Any blackened flame, closing me %there too. And not


HANDS OF THE BLINDMAN       
First Line: In the square room


HARMLESS STREETS       
First Line: Many times a last time I will look %into this room like walking
Last Line: Who may not be counted, womb %of your secret shame and silences: %companion, mourner, thief


HE WOULD HAVE       
First Line: To speak for him is to leave a breath
Last Line: As its topped crown washed clean of the past and %the future


HIS SHINING HELMET; ITS HORSEHAIR CREST       
First Line: I was reading the novel


HORSE IN THE DRUGSTORE       
First Line: Wants to be admired


HUG       
First Line: A woman is reading a poem on the street
Last Line: When I walk away. When I try to find some place %to go back to
Subject(s): Strangers


I DON'T KNOW YOU       
First Line: And you don't know me
Last Line: Yes, let's agree also %not to believe in the soul


I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO MARCH       
First Line: Or to wear an epaulet. Once I did
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO MARCH       
First Line: Or to wear an epaulet. Once I did
Last Line: To save its children from the burning house
Subject(s): Politics; War


I PUT ON MY NEW SPRING ROBE       
First Line: Yamato takeru-no-mikoto, samurai hero of the kojiki
Last Line: Whitebird, that's what I call you in my dreams of flying


I SAVE YOUR COAT, BUT YOU LOSE IT LATER       
First Line: It was not a coat worth keeping even with
Last Line: Your coat, which, stolen or lost, did not belong %to me, which I never wore


I STOP WRITING THE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: To fold the clothes. No matter who lives
Last Line: Watching to see how it's done
Subject(s): Housewives; Poetry & Poets; Women


I STOP WRITING THE POEM       
First Line: To fold the clothes. No matter who lives
Last Line: Standing next to her mother %watching to see how it's done
Subject(s): Housewives; Poetry And Poets; Women


I TAKE CARE OF YOU: A LANTERN DASHES BY IN THE GRASS       
First Line: Already there is a rhythm to keep
Last Line: This. We are a long way off and covered up. %someone is coming to see us


IF BLOOD WERE NOT AS POWERFUL AS IT IS       
First Line: From the open market with its tangy smell


IF POETRY WERE NOT A MORALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm the kind of woman who
Last Line: As joy, as more horses than we need
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Horses; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


IF POETRY WERE NOT A MORALITY       
First Line: I'm the kind of woman who


IF THIS NEW LOVE ENDS       
First Line: Someone to follow him? I don't think so
Last Line: As anything offered to coexist %with the unreplaceable


IN MACEIO       
First Line: She gave me the flowers


IN THAT TIME WHEN IT WAS NOT THE FASHION       
First Line: When the daughters came for me
Last Line: And unfinished. Keep watch for me. %I will have children to give away


INCOMPREHENSIBLY       
First Line: My friend is back from cairo
Last Line: Part. Only that it is precious and that I love %this run-down subject


INFINITE ROOM       
First Line: Having lost future with him
Last Line: What you thought was nothing


INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DOUBLE       
First Line: So now it's your turn %little mother of silences, little
Last Line: Could die out there. You %could live forever


INTO THE KNOWN       
First Line: A corpse has walked across my shadow


KIDNAPER    Poem Text    
First Line: He motions me over with a question
Last Line: You must have given me up
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


KIDNAPER       
First Line: He motions me over with a question
Last Line: You must have given me up'
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


KISS WITHOUT A BODY       
First Line: You think I don't know life
Last Line: If it had two voices, this one %and the one that would answer %if it could


KISSES FROM THE INSIDE       
First Line: He has invented a way of guiding
Last Line: And I have never seen the sea


KISSING THE BLINDMAN       
Last Line: We roll and roll into the echo's %last chamber


KNEELING ONE       
First Line: I was taking the little needed, not more
Last Line: I said, and there I will kneel %and kneel down for a while


KNOTTED LETTER       
First Line: There is that getting worse at saying
Last Line: The poem was her only face


LEGACY       
First Line: Your eyes close where the horse
Last Line: Almost nothing. I have left you %my horse


LEGEND WITH SEA BREEZE       
First Line: When you died I wanted at least to ring
Last Line: By chariots. I just want to ride my black horse, %to see where he goes


LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMBS        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Lambs


LIGHT THAT WORKS ITSELF INTO THE MIND       
First Line: If the fish could only half-swim
Last Line: That had been their most silent body


LIKE THE SIGH OF WOMEN'S HAIR       
First Line: The horse stands under my window
Last Line: The horse took us down to the sea %and he wouldn't say more


LILIANA       
First Line: The pressed flowers we gathered
Last Line: I close these words against--mine to belfast, %yours to bucharest


LINOLEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: There are the few we hear of
Last Line: "and begin where I stand,
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Religion; Theology


LINOLEUM       
First Line: There are the few we hear of %like christ, who, with divine grace
Last Line: Of the saints, I take up my broom %and begin where I stand, %with linoleum


LITTLE INVITATION IN A HUSHED VOICE       
First Line: Even birds help %each other. Come
Last Line: Close. Closer. %help me %kiss you


LOVE POEM TO BE READ TO AN ILLITERATE FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: I have had to write this down
Last Line: "which must find you
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


LOVE POEM TO BE READ TO AN ILLITERATE FRIEND       
First Line: I have to write this down


LYNX LIGHT       
First Line: The quilt has slipped
Last Line: Through a transparent net of birdsong


MAGENTA VALENTINE       
First Line: Today my love feels italian, reminiscent of
Last Line: My heart surges blackly. Knows other likelihoods


MEETING       
First Line: My name is not my own


MEETING BEYOND MEETING       
First Line: There is threat of you here as the sea
Last Line: How much needs crushing


MESSAGE FOR THE SINECURIST       
First Line: The poet of nouns has left my attic


MONOLOGUE AT THE CHINOOK BAR AND GRILL       
First Line: A man who lost both legs, nevermind


MOON CROSSING BRIDGE       
First Line: If I stand a long time by the river
Last Line: That joining I was certain of


MOTORING TOWARD SEATTLE, KISS CONSIDERS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT       
First Line: The radio talk-host cheeps sexless
Last Line: Upon the boatman with an oarlock


MY MOTHER REMEMBERS THAT SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL       
First Line: The falling snow has made her thoughtful


NER, AS ALL THT IS LOST       
First Line: What are we now, who were two unsynchronized eyelids
Last Line: With its feet under our feet


NO FINGERTIPS       
First Line: All day the cat has behaved strangely, pausing
Last Line: He's in, I think. In


NORTHWEST BY NORTHWEST       
First Line: Our stones are subtle here, a lavender that is
Last Line: Exited. Requiring pleasure to revolve %outside its answer


NOT A SPARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Just when I think the buddhists
Last Line: Keeps right on flying†
Subject(s): Birds; Death; Dead, The


NOT THERE       
First Line: One whistle, a short husky breath--
Last Line: I don't go out. These %are the moments when we meet


NOW THAT I AM NEVER ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bath I look up and see the brown moth
Last Line: Your watch-fire, your killing light
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


NOW THAT I AM NEVER ALONE       
First Line: In the bath I look up and see the brown moth
Last Line: Fluttering I make of you as you have made of me %your watch-fire, your killing light


ON YOUR OWN    Poem Text    
First Line: How quickly the postures shift
Last Line: The benefit of a strenuous doubt
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON YOUR OWN       
First Line: How quickly the postures shift
Last Line: Solitary, the best love always %the benefit of a strenuous doubt
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


ONE KISS       
First Line: A man was given one kiss, one
Last Line: How much longer will the night need to be


OPEN FIRE NEAR A SHED       
First Line: In the cab there was a song


ORANGE SUTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to take you in, peel and all
Last Line: And upright at once
Subject(s): Oranges


OWL-SPIRIT DWELLING       
First Line: Especially what matters, this being america
Last Line: Which repeats two distances until the moon, even that %goes down with it and the word 'solace,' only


PAINTED STEPS       
First Line: I was coming down the wide, painted steps
Last Line: Small hearth flickering %along the trees ahead


PARADISE       
First Line: Morning and the night uncoupled
Last Line: It is silky membrane and shining %even to the closed eye


PARADISE       
First Line: He always liked to pour his darkness into
Last Line: It is using to scratch houses into the dirt, it is a silky %membrane and shining even to %the closed


PHOTOGRAPH OF A LIGHTHOUSE THROUGH FOG       
First Line: I said: dark voyage, I am deeply wounded


PICKING BONES       
First Line: Emiko here from tokyo in her red dress
Last Line: Ourselves up from the low black table, from %the ivory clicking


POEM IN TRANSLATION       
First Line: After years smuggling poems


POSTHUMOUS VALENTINE       
First Line: You want me to know I'm keeping memories
Last Line: Composed enough for two


PRESENT       
First Line: She could hold me with stories, even


QUIVER       
First Line: I am even younger now than you, for a while
Last Line: She keeps and keeps, and is a grove carefully %worked upon


RAIN-SOAKED VALENTINE       
First Line: As if some child, unwilling to shut even
Last Line: Doesn't care if I am moonlight. Just arriving %is candor, is courting


READING ALOUD       
First Line: When the light was shutting down on you
Last Line: Adding darkness, adding the words mother, father, %and no one answers back


READING THE WATERFALL       
First Line: Those pages he turned down in peaks
Last Line: For the dead, unaware that our slender thirst %is unquenchable


RED POPPY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: That linkage of warnings sent a tremor through june
Last Line: To bend and take
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


RED POPPY       
First Line: The linkage of warnings sent a tremor through june
Last Line: To give and also most needfully, my gallant hussar, to bend and take


REDWING    Poem Text    
First Line: The readers of poetry, the writers of
Last Line: Of the monster
Subject(s): Native Americans; Birds; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


REDWING       
First Line: The readers of poetry, the writers of


REFUSING SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Heartbreak trembling
Last Line: For? What use / are we?


REFUSING SILENCE       
First Line: Heartbeat trembling


RHODODENDRONS       
First Line: Like porches they trust their attachments


RIJL    Poem Text    
First Line: To be a child named after a star
Last Line: I'm burning up
Subject(s): Stars


RIJL       
First Line: To be a child named after a star


RING       
First Line: Not the one he's wearing in that stopped length
Last Line: Close around the finger on his new-made hand


RITUAL OF MEMORIES       
First Line: When your widow had left the graveside


SAD MOMENTS       
First Line: That less than torment you lived so fully
Last Line: Vulnerable as he was, milder at the end than sleep


SAH SIN        Recitation by Author
First Line: I found the hummingbird
Subject(s): Hummingbirds; Death; Fame; Dead, The; Reputation


SAME KISS AFTER MANY YEARS       
First Line: Like a cat haunting the familiar porch


SEA INSIDE THE SEA       
First Line: How well he knows he must lift out
Last Line: By the blackened tide of her hair %across no shore


SECOND LANGUAGE       
First Line: Outside, the night is glowing


SHE WIPES OUT TIME        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Mothers; Alzheimer's Disease


SHIRTS       
First Line: They would be shamed to see back at us
Last Line: Wants pure maple syrup. He likes the pitcher %full. He can stand the sweetness


SHORT HISTORY OF THE BETTER LIFE       
First Line: What we were doing then was making good company
Last Line: For this is yes station and we all %got to get out here, got to get out %of the music


SIMPLE SONATINA       
First Line: Something is dying, but without blood or


SIXTEENTH ANNIVERSARY        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988)


SKYLIGHTS       
First Line: In the night I get up and walk
Last Line: And children. I alone am spared. %softly then, his footsteps


SMALL GARDEN NEAR A FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: While any two are talking one
Last Line: With the live birds still in it
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SMALL GARDEN NEAR A FIELD       
First Line: While any two are talking, one


SNOWHEART       
First Line: In our houses, the snow keeps us


SOME PAINFUL BUTTERFLIES PASS THROUGH       
First Line: I saw the old chinese men standing
Last Line: The pleasure spreads, and the treasured %singing, and the little bursts %of flying


SOME WITH WINGS, SOME WITH MANES       
First Line: Over the stone wall her hand comes
Last Line: Cathedral windows,' she says, %and the razed light of her hands %falls over me


SOUVENIR       
First Line: It is good to be unused, whole as discovery
Last Line: Or disheveled into a second soul


SPACIOUS ENCOUNTER       
First Line: What they cut away in braids from childhood
Last Line: Dialogue, my remnant, my provision


STAND IN       
First Line: She was practicing for her old age
Last Line: With spittle and ruthless, renewable %forgetfulness


STEPPING OUTSIDE       
First Line: Hearing of you, I never lost a brother


STILL MOMENT AT SUN LAOGHAIRE       
First Line: You cross the ramp, its sure suspension


STOPPING PLACE       
First Line: In those other rooms we may not be
Last Line: One slow silhouette of breath %empties back


STORY OF A CITIZEN       
First Line: Rain extravagantly that morning kept us


STRANGE THANKSGIVING       
First Line: I don't know anyone at the table except
Last Line: Like two moon-bright windows, seen after dark, across a field


SUDDEN JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe I'm seven in the open field--
Last Line: Of all those who reach earth by falling
Subject(s): Children; Rain; Childhood


SUDDEN JOURNEY       
First Line: Maybe I'm seven in the open field--
Last Line: Running, running in the hard, cold plentitude %of all those who reach earth by falling
Subject(s): Children; Rain


SUGAR       
First Line: The restaurant's expensive and german, but


SURGEON    Poem Text    
First Line: Heís sketching the shape
Last Line: Donít talk to me of heaven
Subject(s): Breast Cancer


SURVIVAL OF A HEART       
First Line: So few particles of bodyhood engine


TABLEAU VIVANT       
First Line: They think it's easy to be dead, those
Last Line: After us, sorry, sorry, sorry, and we don't %look back


TAWNY EQUILIBRIUM       
First Line: To gaze so, with the green caress
Last Line: Are captive, prolonged by harmony %outside our grasp


THAT KIND OF THING       
First Line: I'm ready to climb into the shower


THE BALLAD OF BALLYMOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: We stopped at her hut
Last Line: ďcabbage and bones,Ē she said.† ďcabbage and bones.Ē
Subject(s): Social Problems; Ireland


THE HUG    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman is reading a poem on the street
Last Line: To go back to
Subject(s): Strangers


THE WOMEN OF AUSCHWITZ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Were not treated so well as I.
Last Line: To work a miracle with everything left to her
Subject(s): Women; Concentration Camps; Hair


THEIR HEADS BENT TOWARD EACH OTHER LIKE FLOWERS       
First Line: Those who hold themselves above suicide


THIEVES AT THE GRAVE       
First Line: Now that snow has fallen I have been to you
Last Line: By another snow: how did we live so well before %with nothing missing?


THINGS ARE ONLY THINGS       
First Line: We are walking, my love and I, near anchorage
Last Line: Worn me like a pocket, worn me and %tossed me down like a thing


TIME LAPSE WITH TULIPS       
First Line: That kiss meant to sear my heart forever


TRACE, IN UNISON       
First Line: Terrible, the rain. All night, rain
Last Line: And where we had lain, %an arctic light steady %in the mind's releasing


TWO LOCKED SHADOWS       
First Line: Their joining is the way a buried self
Last Line: My white cheekbones %expressionless


TWO OF ANYTHING       
First Line: That small tug, which at first seems
Last Line: I guess not, one of us said


UN EXTRANO       
First Line: Light begins. Snow begins
Last Line: My adorno, el novillito. Don't %begin. Don't ever begin


UNANSWERED LETTER       
First Line: Your silence is leaning toward judgement
Last Line: Blurred suddenly by a sighting of gravestones, %before you are driven %through the underpass


UNDER STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sleep of this night deepens
Last Line: By all I touch on the way
Subject(s): Separation


UNDER STARS       
First Line: The sleep of this night deepens
Last Line: Am the found one, intimate, returned %by all I touch on the way


UNSTEADY YELLOW       
First Line: I went to the field to break
Last Line: On my shoulder when we ome to %the field, to the high yellowfield?


VALENTINE DELIVERED BY A RAVEN       
First Line: Its beak is red and it has a battlefield-look
Last Line: And I am cinnabar and fog in the doorway


VIEW FROM AN EMPTY CHAIR       
First Line: Late afternoon light between peach trees
Last Line: And aslant. We brighten once before %the house drops over us


WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Three nights you lay in our house
Last Line: Of the abandoned world
Subject(s): Wakes


WAKE       
First Line: Three nights you lay in our house
Last Line: And afloat on the strange broad canopy %of the abandoned world


WE'RE ALL PHARAOHS WHEN WE DIE       
First Line: Our friends die with us %and the sky too
Last Line: With our faint world painted over them


WHAT CATHAL SAID       
First Line: You can sing sweet %and get the song sung
Last Line: That the notes slip. Then %something else happens. The song %gets large


WHEN YOU SPEAK TO ME       
First Line: Take care when you speak to me %I might listen, I might
Last Line: Which is to hear %after you the fever %inside the words we say %apart, the words we say so hard %the


WHILE I SIT IN A SUNNY PLACE       
First Line: Tame love that remembers a birthday
Last Line: To leap over a rose. Like a rose with its leaping %above it


WHITE KISS       
First Line: He loves like a married man
Last Line: The golden tails of the tigers. %the switching of the golden tails


WHY DO THEY TALK SEX TO ME?       
First Line: The men are always young and virile, hurrying
Last Line: Here's a quarter. Here's two. The nights are long. %hes, I'mlistening. See what you can find


WHY WE DON'T REMEMBER THE FUTURE       
First Line: January and no shadows so the ghosts come out
Last Line: Where we aren't. Send me a postcard, I say. %something short and jazzy
Subject(s): Change; Future; Memory


WILLINGLY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I get up he has been long at work,
Last Line: What has been done with your life, willingly
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WILLINGLY       
First Line: When I get up he has been long at work
Last Line: You. You think you have agreed to this, %what has been done with your life, willingly


WITH STARS       
First Line: My mother speaks from the dark - why


WOMAN WHO RAISED GOATS       
First Line: Dear ones, in those days it was otherwise


WOMAN-ENOUGH       
First Line: Figures on a silent screen


WOMEN'S TUG OF WAR AT LOUGH ARROW       
First Line: In a borrowed field they dig in their feet
Subject(s): Sports


WOMEN'S TUG OF WAR AT LOUGH ARROW       
First Line: In a borrowed field they dig in their feet
Subject(s): Sports


WOODCUTTING ON LOST MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Our father is three months dead
Last Line: Is where you are
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women; Southwest; Pacific States


WOODCUTTING ON LOST MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Our father is three months dead
Last Line: Here, walk for yourself. We're home'
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Women


WORDS WRITTEN NEAR A CANDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could begin anything
Last Line: I am with you
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


WORDS WRITTEN NEAR A CANDLE       
First Line: If I could begin anything


WORTH IT OR NOT?       
First Line: She tried to think of all those
Last Line: The moment alive with two sides %of one sure thing


YES       
First Line: Now we are like that flat cone of sand
Last Line: To use your dark, to gleam, to shimmer? %I gleam. I mourn


YOU TALK ON YOUR TELEPHONE; I TALK ON MINE       
First Line: If you had flown here in a jet
Last Line: In the dark, a light going on, warm yellow, a body %moving in speech, restless near the pumps


YOUR HANDS, WHICH I LOVE TO KISS       
First Line: He laughed and took me by the wrists
Last Line: I look into your eyes, %by which my green gaze quivers %and I am unafraid


ZERO       
First Line: Stupid tranquility, to be most sure