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Galvin, Brendan James    Poet's Biography
244 poems available by this author


1/16/1991       
First Line: No matter how far we back away from ourselves
Last Line: & hagiographers will surround the motel


1/20/1991       
First Line: & here is the sleeping woman doublecrossed
Last Line: & we call this show father, fire & the fuse


1/23/1991       
First Line: At the end of the. At the end of the
Last Line: Violent & hungry as the lover


1847       
First Line: Halfway down constitution hill the report of a pistol
Last Line: Everywhere you step %into the indentations under grass


A COLD BELL RINGING IN THE EAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It woke me to this full moon
Subject(s): Wind


A PHOTO OF MINERS USA, 1908    Poem Text    
First Line: With trees backing them / instead of the pit's mouth
Subject(s): Child Labor; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


AFTER MIDNIGHT       
First Line: In kansas a shadow is moving
Last Line: Fray with the recitation %of another year


AGAINST GENEALOGY       
First Line: Discovering the provenance of the name
Last Line: Vigilance, and conflated now with blackie, %utterly wary and the perfect mouser


AMERICAN NATURALIST WRITES TO A LONDONER, 1758       
First Line: Now I will tell you our manner
Last Line: Ghostly sleighrides through the dark


ANALYSIS OF BATHTUB PANOPTICON, OR HYBRIDS OF INDEXES       
First Line: The index-maker has been working late in the postoperative light
Last Line: Crime scene, sign, screen


ANCHORITES       
First Line: On the saints' road
Last Line: Therefore no holidays for them


APPLE TALK       
First Line: I knew in april that would be
Last Line: Over, and won't let go %your teeth till february


APPLE TREES       
First Line: They look twisted
Last Line: Resolve to try it again, %over and over?


APPRENTICED TO THE BIRD MASTER       
First Line: Trout for his fish hawk's clamp


ARRIVISTE HOUSES       
First Line: At night houselights in fog
Last Line: In the post office parking lot


AS HE FALLS       
First Line: Off a roof or scaffold %would almost be better
Last Line: First years ago. Measure twice, %cut once, is propping him up


AS IN A SUCCESSION OF RUSSIAN DOLLS       
First Line: A furry lump like the back of a brown creeper
Last Line: Inside another, the husk of things to come
Subject(s): Animals; Bats


ASKING DIRECTIONS OF AN OLD KERRYMAN       
First Line: Get in close, past


ASSEMBLING A STREET       
First Line: Let's give it the kamjian-boyadjian post
Last Line: He's afraid to take her


AT ELLEN DOYLE'S BROOK       
First Line: Since there's no childhood
Last Line: A lady bequeaths her name


AT THE DUNCAN BAN MACINTYRE MEMORIAL       
First Line: The poet of this place on the way
Last Line: Laughing at lines remaindered %and brown and unbinding in their hands?


AUTUMN ALPHABETS (3)       
First Line: When they put him to work
Last Line: Janine, I will die without yu


BACKTALK       
First Line: Like a cross between a hinge
Last Line: Home to the poetry under my nose


BATHTUB PANOPTICON       
First Line: I had a little desert, I kept it in the study
Last Line: Charlotte, you need the razor to have marat


BATS       
First Line: Somebody said for killing one
Last Line: Pealing their single bell-notes through the dark


BELOW THE HILL OF THE THREE CHURCHES       
First Line: The little oyster dragger swings out
Last Line: Everything's deviating from the mean


BIRDS       
First Line: Seeing them corner above fields


BLUE LOUISE       
First Line: Zaffer, baby, milori, celeste, the sky so blue-colored
Last Line: This is how entirely evening falls &


BLUE WOODS       
First Line: You sat on the white line %at a bend of long pond road
Last Line: Like a hypnotist's watch %is spinning in my own


BROTHER FRANCISCO ANTHONY EATS AN APPLE       
First Line: After the first bite watered his thirst
Last Line: Was immortality, he said, or never %to have tasted this fruit
Subject(s): Fruit; Religion


BYRUM BETWEEN THE HEADPHONES       
First Line: Sweeping my bounty hunter over the sands
Last Line: To john l. Smith, doctor of medicine


CAPE COD FOX       
First Line: Yesterday it foraged in the dunes
Last Line: Footpads that keeps you on his mind
Subject(s): Foxes


CAPTAIN TEABAG AND THE WELLFLEET WITCHES       
First Line: Red-gold her hair the one night
Last Line: Or curled up on holbrook avenue %one sunrise to the next


CAROLINA WREN       
First Line: When this coast goes colder
Last Line: Tricolors into an occasional %nuthatch I'll wish was you


CARRIAGE MULE ON DECATUR STREET       
First Line: Far from cotton and red clay
Last Line: Humility, saint mule


CARROWKEEL       
First Line: If I can't be buried
Last Line: In four or five millenia, to wait %long enough for sunrise to strike through


CATALOG DREAMS       
First Line: Kiln-dried andalusian maple, blond walnut
Last Line: Of bogwash, spill, and splat


CAUTIONARY TALE       
First Line: The way was a scrub oak reaches
Last Line: To the birds the way you do


CHARLIE FOX       
First Line: Tell me again how he led the percherons
Last Line: Of the man they should have buried at avalon


CHICKADEE       
First Line: The crow is only an anvil
Last Line: And taught me %the duende of chickadees


COBWEBS ON THE HILLSIDE       
First Line: You could explain it away
Last Line: Breakfast in the grass


COLD BELL RINGING IN THE EAST       
First Line: It woke me to this full moon
Last Line: In scrub, then dusk itself, %with its air of invisible mending
Subject(s): Wind


COMEBACK       
First Line: The word is they're well-ruffed again
Last Line: Bringing fire on four sooty feet


CONNECTICUT RIVER IN FLOOD       
First Line: We were with you, of course
Last Line: Without asking how you happened %onto the roof of riverpark's new gazebo


CONSTANT, A MYSTERY       
First Line: First cries of the outriding crows were all business
Last Line: Blue as october decorating its chest, mystery %of the province of poetry
Subject(s): Mystery


CORNCRAKE       
First Line: To bake the rust off the needle
Last Line: Troubling the grass over it


COUGAR       
First Line: Non-native plantings stuck into lawns,
Last Line: Going from car to porchlight, %the short hairs lifting off my neck.


CROSSING PENTLAND FIRTH       
First Line: We might not see the old man of hoy
Last Line: In a gray wave on our eyes


CUCKOO       
First Line: A bull of sorrowful eye
Last Line: You would always need %to name the place


DAY AFTER LABOR DAY       
First Line: This green dark has a marsh in it
Last Line: Is a weding? The world is a pudding %rarest things keep splashing into


DAY IN TOWN       
First Line: Either way we have been set in motion
Last Line: Pensively into the hearts, of, america


DEAD SEA SCROLL       
First Line: In the holy city's harbor a howling heat, furious corona, mercantile boats
Last Line: Was a god of war, that this life was preparation, and welcome to the parade grounds


DEFENDING THE PROVINCES       
First Line: The man on the city corner
Last Line: Ove the bay seemed to move closer


DOG LOVE       
First Line: Now the shadow of the wolf in him
Last Line: Or cold you douse them with %before the schoolbus comes


DONEGAL       
First Line: Bog cotton and whin. A stone
Last Line: Goes up each morning, %singing to penetrate the sun
Subject(s): Donegal, Ireland; Exiles; Irish Language


DOUBLE-ENDED DORY       
First Line: You mayn ever understand
Last Line: With mine, and took the old country road


DRAGGERS       
First Line: When nothing's going on but a wind
Last Line: Slickers on this gray midwinter water


DUNE SHACKS       
First Line: Evenings he'd walk in


ELEGY FOR A VALEDICTORIAN       
First Line: All I remember of your address %is 'men of the class of '56, arise!'
Last Line: Our damnedest for the faith of '56 %implore you in chorus to arise


ENVOY       
First Line: I set out


EPIPHANY       
First Line: The deep groaning of red horsepower, %colored lights strobing up elm street
Last Line: A first phrase catching fire: spontaneous combustion, %like inscape, epiphany, like love at first si


ESTUARY       
First Line: Even its latinate carries
Last Line: On that bar in the estuary


FALL SQUASHES       
First Line: The lettuce long bolted to exotic
Last Line: With its journey packed in, %as deep as anything


FAR MULLISKAY       
First Line: If the soul leaves the body as a mouse
Last Line: Lit like saturday night in hell


FEAR OF GRAY'S ANATOMY       
First Line: I will not look in it again
Last Line: I will not open gray's anatomy again


FEAR OF THE WALDORF CAFETERIA       
First Line: I am afraid if I go there again
Last Line: And when do I %forgive myself my youth?


FEW QUESTIONS FOR BEN FRANKLIN       
First Line: This wild tom picking his way
Last Line: Any true believer entering a church?


FIELD OF INHERITANCE       
First Line: In your drawings
Last Line: That grew all winter %out of garden snow


FIGURE OF SPEECH       
First Line: You're an oxymoron, beautiful cop
Last Line: And hairstreaks, swallowtails


FIRST NIGHT OF FALL       
First Line: Each july, an evening arrives
Last Line: Wanders the house, shutting doors, sweeping %the blueprints for that day's disasters


FOG TOWNSHIP       
First Line: It's that delicate time
Last Line: Who's chipping for sustenance %along a pine's gray limb


FOR A DAUGHTER GONE AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Today there've been moments
Subject(s): Absence; Daughters; Railroads; Separation; Isolation; Railways; Trains


FOR A DAUGHTER GONE AWAY       
First Line: Today there've been moments
Last Line: Whatever's driving those flocks %and drove the b & m freights into air
Subject(s): Absence; Daughters; Railroads


FOR A LITTLE GIRL OF POMPEII       
First Line: The dog's still jerking on his chain
Last Line: Between the two of you, you two could lift me


GANDY DANCERS       
First Line: Not men but guys, we knew it even then
Last Line: All you'd ever need to ramble through this life


GANG FROM BALLYLOSKEY       
First Line: Some mornings, missing the feel of lather
Last Line: Then the whole graveyard swept with cloud


GETTING THROUGH       
First Line: In one of my dreams somebody
Last Line: Until crazy horse and his pony %lean into the pure breeze of intention


GIFT APPLE FROM DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: This time when he showed up in my dream life
Last Line: More spring and breathing room


GIFT FROM MONTANA       
First Line: She would lay it carefully out on the kitchen table
Last Line: And ground down the bones of his name?


GLASS       
First Line: What the warbler must have seen %was the world swung round
Last Line: And all %in the time %it takes a flat stone to skip over water %and be let in


GLENFILLAN SHEEPDOG TRIALS       
First Line: Once it took the field %we forgot its ripsaw profile
Last Line: Flying-the white gate closes


GRACKLES       
First Line: From a dream of armor collapsing
Last Line: Vast collision, where they would provide %the final clatter of chrome


GREAT BLUE       
First Line: Often, %around certain backwaters
Last Line: Longevity, the journey %of the good and diligent soul


GREAT HORNED OWLS       
First Line: A log shifting in the grate
Last Line: A tremolo stitching the small hours together


GREEN EVENING       
First Line: I paused by the fence
Last Line: The others over that fence %into the orchard again


HAMLET'S DOG       
First Line: Because it never ran its emotions through
Last Line: And all the other furor that came after


HEARING IRISH SPOKEN       
First Line: Later I'd understand how it put
Last Line: Wondering if it meant some failing in me


HOLDOUTS: 1       
First Line: A quick flurry of snow buntings %flocking here and there above
Last Line: And relating some grievance to the sea


HOLDOUTS: 2. THE BONES       
First Line: They are brown here in the lee %of gull island, like old wood
Last Line: Tuned with these pegs and keys, %something a bow or plectrum %drew music from, which now is elegy


HOLY WELL       
First Line: I'll drink if I can find it
Last Line: Ordinary: a wren entrusting %an egg to a saint's hand
Subject(s): Christianity; Irish Catholic Church; Miracles


HOTEL MALABAR       
First Line: That coat-of-arms over the mantel in there
Last Line: And mac, you've won yourself %a lifetime of free medical consultations


HUNGER IN ST. PETERSBURG       
First Line: Did we live in a building above the river
Last Line: Who wants to know


HURRICANE WARNING       
First Line: If you blow into this town


I AM THE DONKEY OF BLIND RAFTERY       
First Line: I hugged panniers of turf, spuds, manure %served for mulching, but now
Last Line: And down the ditchbacks from loughrea to ardrahan %my only wage his next song at my ear


I DO NOT BELIEVE, AS SOME HERE       


IF MEMORY COMES TO THE TONGUE       
First Line: I ate a wild one off a cane
Last Line: Clear as heartwood and white flower


ILLUMINATED PAGE FROM THE CELTIC MANUSCRIPT BOOK       
First Line: This ball of cats
Last Line: Crying out for general revenge


IN EGG TIME       
First Line: All sixty-three of is years
Last Line: Fall for, locked as we are %in our own distraction display


IN IRELAND I REMEMBERED THE FOXES OF TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: The garda at my window, tipping
Last Line: Death in a cache of yarn, and a girl %pretend to read above gelignite


INTRACTABLE THINGS       
First Line: Take that snapping turtle we found
Last Line: That his name was thoreau


INVENTING BALLYGALVIN       
First Line: Because my cousin the priest
Last Line: I'd murder cromwell for her


IS       
First Line: Two feet away in geraniums
Last Line: And a few feet into the air %is air


IT WAS SNOWING AND IT WAS GOING TO SNOW       
First Line: There's a new complication in
Last Line: Ruminating a mouthful of juniper


JUNE LIGHT IN LOCUST GROVES       
First Line: When you said you had dreamed
Last Line: Bridal s before their eyes


JUST IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING WHO YOU ARE       
First Line: I am your little grandmother
Last Line: And fields to liverpool
Subject(s): Family Life - Ireland; Grandparents


KALE SOUP       
First Line: The mayflower cafe, the vets' club on
Last Line: You're gaffed by the hook %of this whole peninsula


KNOT HOLE GANG       
First Line: Demarco said the special bus
Last Line: With our lunch bags sweating %sandwich oils through the long afternoon
Subject(s): Sports


LAST MAN IN THE QUABBIN       
First Line: When I heard r. Dobson moulton
Last Line: Whatever I dump into this reservoir %comes out the end of a boston faucet


LAST OPEN-AIR CONCERT       
First Line: One seems to have
Last Line: O last little stridulous frost-hung haiku


LATE AUGUST IN THE FOG       
First Line: This little whiff of oil paint
Last Line: Who knows what hybrids, what wild repasts


LATE MARCH SNOW       
First Line: There was dublin paddy shannon
Last Line: With this unstable bent to praise


LEN ROBERTS       
First Line: If forgetting what you know
Last Line: To speak to some %sweet %lost %voice


LETTER ACCOMPANYING A CASK OF SEEDS FROM AMERICA (1723)       
First Line: Mohawk corn refuses no ground


LETTER ACCOMPANYING THE SPECIMEN OF AN AMAZING BIRD, 1763       
First Line: If shipboard rats %haven't worried this little beauty
Last Line: Collecting them like fruit
Variant Title(s): Letter Accompanying The Specimen Of An Amazing Bir


LIGHT FROM FUNDY       
First Line: All night a wind
Last Line: Leaves, in the first place %fall appears


LISTENING BY A WOODPILE, NIGHT OF MOON AFTER SNOW       
First Line: Having done all I can for now
Last Line: Will break to the fragrant %abiding scripture of the trees


LISTENING TO SEPTEMBER       
First Line: In this season of brief arrivals
Last Line: Passing through, I don't %want to spot them %for my list just now


LONG POND SUMMER       
First Line: Dawn creeping gray from offshore
Last Line: Like the moon coming up on long water


LORANZO NEWCOMB'S FIDDLER CRAB LETTER TO MISTRESS MARY COLBY       
First Line: They look but partly hatched


LYING TO FALL WARBLERS       
First Line: Little questions of eyestripe
Last Line: Stay here, under the steel edge %sweeping a way for rain


MAIDEN UNCLES       
First Line: Around and around the inner
Last Line: The last to have our tea.'


MAN ADDRESSES HIS HOUSE       
First Line: Like a wren somehow strayed into rush hour
Last Line: That's true because it's unspoken


MAN OF SKILL IN THESE COLONIES       
First Line: As to your questioning mr. Spragg's


MAYFLIES       
First Line: Years in the bottom scum
Last Line: He watches from those trees


MIDSUMMER NOCTURNE       
First Line: Among pine tips the hawks have sailed over
Last Line: Cranks herself up and lets go
Subject(s): Nature; Summer


MIRANDA WRITES       
First Line: Postcards after she
Last Line: You love miranda


MOCKINGBIRD       
First Line: Far into moonlight he tries %to recall his own song
Last Line: Banged to a bass difference


MOONSCAPE WITH ZIPMART AND HERON       
First Line: Next morning, in one of the many pinevilles
Last Line: Inherent in orange cement-block bunkers


MOUSE       
First Line: I can see why john clare carried you around
Last Line: And launch you into the grass. Adios


MUSEUM OF MEMENTO MORI       
First Line: Now that she's a steel canyon
Last Line: Of its weather, sets out to find us


MY FROST DREAM       
First Line: Farm boys on a hillside in new hampshire
Last Line: Says, 'x, meet brendan galvin...'
Variant Title(s): Fros


MY GRANDMOTHER STEALS HER LAST TROUT       
First Line: Last night a star followed
Last Line: Marriage, and set her hand %in the plate bearing water


NEEDSONG       
First Line: Sweetmeat, what we need is a tune
Last Line: Can whistle on the paths among the trees


NEVADA GLASSWORKS       
First Line: Ka-boom! They're making glass in nevada
Last Line: The bomb-dead kids are burned & burn & burn


NEW SECT       
First Line: These passionaries, as you may know


NEW-WORLD DREAM       
First Line: Nothing had ever fallen


NIGHT WAYS       
First Line: Like rock-and-roll with headlights
Last Line: Its green-yellow almond eyes %holding you in its dreaming regard


NIMBLEJACKS       
First Line: Remember hot spats and the kaiser
Last Line: In their sights on main street, %leaning left and right to keep us level?


NORWEGIANS AT THE SHETLAND HOTEL       
First Line: Fifty years ago, sailing home on one cylinder
Last Line: Bloodaxe, and followed beflowered wives %up the gangplank of the bergen ferry


NOSS       
First Line: In yellow solipsist faces
Last Line: Towards some measure of humility


OCTOBER DORY RACE       
First Line: Thud of the brass cannon
Last Line: Or winslow homer %or homer


OCTOBER FLOCKS       
First Line: Not a starry ball of land birds


OLD CLOTHES       
First Line: Often I visit them where they slump
Last Line: Some thread of evidence %that proves I was going straight


OLD MAP OF BARNSTABLE COUNTY       
First Line: It doesn't show
Last Line: Even the black squares %will have moved on


OLD TRIP BY DREAM TRAIN       
First Line: Engine and tender, old loaf-shaped pullman
Last Line: On old shoes, and call that warehouse %of sheeted furniture home?
Subject(s): Railroads


OLD WOMAN TELLING ANOTHER VERSION       
First Line: She begins as if memory were faultless
Last Line: Call to each other across the pond, %and nothing can be done


OLD WOODSROADS       
First Line: Sowed shut with humus
Last Line: And lift these old tracks %back to light


ONE FOR THE LIFE LIST       
First Line: Not a yellowthroat
Last Line: Thumbsqueaks on clear windowpanes, %not to say their names, %and the shadow of death passes %across


ORCHID       
First Line: Seen in the south of that country's south, near the wavefront of total
Last Line: War, secret heliotropes, orchid in the orchidbox, god in abeyance


ORCHID & EURYDICE       
First Line: In one version you must convince every living thing one by one
Last Line: I am trying to invent a way for you to buy me back


ORCHID PROJECT       
First Line: The voluptuous horror of spending
Last Line: I am familiar with certainty


OURO PRETO       
First Line: A woman in a blue shirt, resinous cafezinho, low sandstone buildings
Last Line: Lota de macedo soares, the day opens out like a tiny atlas-flower


PATIENCE OF WHITE BIRCHES       
First Line: Because they come up


PELICAN       
First Line: That look of a singular relic
Last Line: Hanging around for crumbs


PENNIES, A HISTORY       
First Line: Raking a generation of oak leaves
Last Line: They were the keys to a new world


PHOTO OF MINERS USA, 1908       
First Line: With trees backing them %instead of the pit's mouth
Last Line: The artless smirk on the boy %with the high forehead %who thinks he will croon his way %out of this?
Subject(s): Child Labor; Industry; Labor And Laborers


PITCH PINES       
First Line: Some trees loft their heads
Last Line: Heat popped their seeds %to the charred ground


PLOESTI       
First Line: When they trapped my uncle red mchugh
Last Line: I'd rather go back again and bomb ploesti


POCOCURANTE       
First Line: Word for the ringsnake
Last Line: From october in, and went away


POEM OF THE TOWHEE       
First Line: Peripheral leaf-shufflers
Last Line: Grave and acute, in characters %beyond any translation
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


POLLEN       
First Line: As when a breeze
Last Line: Wings circle you, %surrounding the years


PONDYCHERRY       
First Line: The way some people sing for themselves
Last Line: That I've lived other places, other lives?


PORTUGUESE UNCLE       
First Line: There was a grove next door
Last Line: To their true shapes


POTATO VARIATIONS       
First Line: If they were men and women
Last Line: In those river trees. Say something %in american and wave


POTSO, MY WINE-DARK UNCLE       
First Line: I incarcerate you behind
Last Line: An empty mustard jar
Subject(s): Family Life; Uncles


QUILT SONG       
First Line: Nothing for distance but to fit it
Last Line: From the scrapbag, piece it out


RADIATOR MUSIC       
First Line: Tonight, being old enough, I can smile
Last Line: Find a way from under whatever hill %they were banished to?


RAIDING THE BOUNDARY STONE       
First Line: When mother set out in the dark
Last Line: Just stood forgetting where, why


RAINED OUT       
First Line: That wide bay rippled with just
Last Line: And the dolphins: gone


RAISING WALLS IN IRELAND       
First Line: Always those strangers coming


RED TOOLBOX       
First Line: You might have made something
Last Line: I know why sometimes the world %needs to be flawless imperfectly


RING OF QUAIL BONES       
First Line: I found them just off the fireroad
Last Line: Occurred, models of perfection I had %no fingers fine enough to assemble


ROYAL       
First Line: They moved across the screen like a computer simulation
Last Line: The thou & the shalt & the not


RUNNING       
First Line: Experts say for me to do it well
Last Line: Dowitcher coot yellowlegs %brant bufflehead knot
Subject(s): Sports


RURAL MAILBOXES       
First Line: The air can still inspire
Last Line: A month from now, two birds will build


SAINTS IN THEIR OX-HIDE BOAT, SELS.       
First Line: And so whatever way clouds went, we went
Last Line: Lump of everlastingness. You'll never know %unless you drop that quill and sail, my boy


SAINTS IN THEIR OX-HIDE BOAT, SELS.       
First Line: Without fail these three things
Last Line: Their faces. We are %going down this creek!


SAINTS IN THEIR OX-HIDE BOAT: SAINT BRENDAN'S PSALM       
First Line: Doctor of our hearts, now we are as
Last Line: Up the sides of the water


SAMUEL GORTON       
First Line: Days ago,passing through shawomet
Last Line: Quietly as a fox on the ends of my toes
Subject(s): Death; Peace; Plantation Life; Preaching And Preachers


SAYING HER NAME       
First Line: Women who heard
Last Line: As in a quilt %steps out saying her name


SEA FOGS AT THE CHEQUAMMITT INN       
First Line: In the midst of the deepest
Last Line: Sits up on open sea, %grasping around for bedside oars


SEA HUNS       
First Line: Two days later I'm on the train
Last Line: The boy stood on the burning deck


SEALS IN THE INNER HARBOR       
First Line: Ducks, at first, except they didn't
Last Line: Needing a place to spit and plan %the rescue of children's children
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


SEEING FOR OURSELVES       
First Line: There are people so big in the brain
Last Line: It'll snatch us out of the tanglefoot %of ourselves


SELLING IT       
First Line: There are couples whose eyes fill with
Last Line: To vanish as we will somewhere out there


SENGEKONTACKET       
First Line: For the way they fan their wings
Last Line: Penn squidder, tackle you had to %throw yourself into


SGT. CROCKER NEWTON ON THE USUAL SUSPECTS       
First Line: New age lizards, washashores, blow-ins
Last Line: You're liable to find you hung %your schnozzola in the closet


SKY AND ISLAND LIGHT       
First Line: My mother used to watch the angels
Last Line: I'll give the in-laws a scrub, too


SKYLIGHTS       
First Line: Every october, after a day when something
Last Line: And how to get there


SNAKEBIT, 1752       
First Line: Six foot of mingled orange, tawny
Last Line: Feet clawing air. A green miasma ran in me yet
Variant Title(s): Snakebi


SOME ENTERTAINMENTS SENT WITH A GIFT SNUFFBOX CARVED FROM AN ALLIGATOR       
First Line: I pray this will open prime conversations
Last Line: And was yet flattened beneath the foot of god?
Variant Title(s): Some Entertainment Sent With A Gift Snuffbox Carve


SOUL IS NOT COLORLESS       
First Line: Nine a.M. Growl of withdrawing bolts
Last Line: A dream of flight evicted and battling %to get back under his skin


SOUTH UIST BUS (OUTER HEBRIDES)       
First Line: He's a wee handy man, climbing %onto the bumper to whack the battery
Last Line: And our driver says, 'one of us %wants to know where a man %might buy a pair of boots like those'


STEALING THE CHRISTMAS GREENS       
First Line: Fifty miles down the road you can give
Last Line: Christmas eve), and rinse a glass clean %for the chief of police


STILLBORN       
First Line: I fell nameless out of time and was
Last Line: From its orange beak pass through me


STONE ARABIA FARM       
First Line: This upstate air is open steelwork
Last Line: He's dragging home through snow


STONES OF CALLANISH       
First Line: So far removed from bishops
Last Line: Astonished at this world, their vision %never to be reined by fiat or commandment


STRIVER'S MOON       
First Line: Insects are laying down their high tension trills
Last Line: And hunchbacks of piety how it's done


SUMMER SCHOOL       
First Line: Three coke bottles of your uncle sal's
Last Line: Mercury through our fingers. What's worse, %sicilian muse, I knew you knew


SWALLOWS       
First Line: The only one
Last Line: No field guide can delineate


TALKING TO ANNE FROM HER DREAM       
First Line: No two in synchrony, and not one
Last Line: For accepting these shambles %and shaggy reasons for everything


TAR       
First Line: Technically it was liquid asphalt
Last Line: Flames upon the night %isn't monsanto chemical or exxon


TAUTOG       
First Line: Capone-face, fish
Last Line: And it could hear me %tell him, try again


THERE IS ONE IN THIS COUNTRY       


THERE IS THE BODY LYING IN STATE       
Last Line: Of supplication known as sleep


THIEF OF YOUR POEM       
First Line: At the end of his first line
Last Line: This is the way it will %feel for him each time


THIS FOG       
First Line: A bluefin may nose
Last Line: Thermopanes %haven't yet shattered


TO A LONE HITCHHIKER OF THE 1950S       
First Line: What a piece of work you were
Last Line: She'll change your inner weather, %even make you learn to drive
Subject(s): Hitchhikers


TOAD       
First Line: Trencherman of the moist places
Last Line: Into his fields as a welcome to you
Subject(s): Toads


TOTENBUCH       
First Line: Waking is looking. By which I mean I woke
Last Line: A monocle & brought no luggage. Damn the bugs


TOWN PIER PARKING LOT       
First Line: From the time we were caught up
Last Line: A heron flying in, just blue enough %to be separate from fog


TRANSMIGRATION       
First Line: When your bones turn
Last Line: Drags up new stars, magnitudes %winking out of the portside dark


TRYING TO FLATTER TWELVE MILE RIVER       
First Line: Later you will touch on everything
Last Line: Breaking into whatever %ways there are


TRYING TO READ THE ROAD       
First Line: Seven a.M. Still mans the perfect %dactyls of a raccoon, nightlife's
Last Line: Nothing to tell me which morning %I blinked and found you gone


UNCLE PATRICK AND THE DOPPELGANGERS       
First Line: From speculating that the cause
Last Line: To himself from a niche in a sligo church wall


UNCLE PATRICK ROOTS FOR THE FUZZY-WUZZIES       
First Line: He would hunt the british empire down
Last Line: The wadi, at these he'd snap the tube off, %another fed-up sports fan


UNDER MY STORNOWAY HAT       
First Line: Thinking along its designs
Last Line: Who told me, side-of-his-mouth %near scrabster, keep moving


UNDERWORLD HOMILY       
First Line: Green and aloe and on the stumble
Last Line: While I took breath in this one


UNSET       
First Line: The day bloomed outward
Last Line: Nothing stolen, nothing %borrowed, nothing sold


VEGETABLE: 1       
First Line: Two weeks to halloween and this thing
Last Line: You taste it first.' 'no, you'


VEGETABLE: 2       
First Line: And now, as though a zupkin did
Last Line: That had names once, and may again


VOICE AT THE MARSH'S EDGE       
First Line: Not as if that mockingbird I spoke to %its eye clear as a monk's
Last Line: Command do I need? Listen, whoever %if I have to decode it, forget it


WALTER ANDERSON SLEEPING ON THE LEVEE       
First Line: In new orleans to research hurricane betsy
Last Line: Mer-hen, the garget, the stant


WAR INTHE GARDEN       
First Line: Stomach-foot's about it
Last Line: Till the last raspberry %stops the year's traffic again


WARMTH       
First Line: One flick of the wrist
Last Line: Who else is out there %sleeping in your woodpile


WARNING TO THE COMET HYAKUTAKE ABOUT THE OLAFSEN BROTHERS       
First Line: At first you were only a smear
Last Line: Conceivably reach you and make trouble
Subject(s): Brothers; Comets


WE LIVE IN THE LARGESS OF OUR NICKLE-DIME MOMENTS       
First Line: Even adonis, that gored fertility boy
Last Line: We will weep for in a coming world
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Farm Life; Harvest; Obituaries


WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND ME THRICE       
First Line: Before you filled the dark eye
Last Line: I was in a movie seven miles away


WEST CORK: THE ROAD BOWLERS       
First Line: On one leg, arms held open to the sky
Last Line: Is only a clamber over this pasture wall


WHEELBARROW       
First Line: Though I have come to it late
Last Line: Door to door, looking for home


WHIPPOORWILL       
First Line: Bird of those hours when the night
Last Line: I would lead the moon in all its phases home
Subject(s): Birds; Whipporwills


WHIRL IS KING       
First Line: Here and there
Last Line: Of my own, grabbing the rail %just before the misstep


WHY THERE IS SPRING LIGHTNING: LETTER TO B. FRANKLIN       
First Line: In positing my earlier theory


WIDOW AT WHALEROAD'S END       
First Line: Sometimes, reading late, I glimpse
Last Line: Across the skillet's rim, %mimics the cracking of a whip
Variant Title(s): The Widow At "roadstead's End


WILD APPLE TREES       
First Line: As the fox, unexpected
Last Line: To live in the whereabouts %of that first orchard still


WILD BLACKBERRIES       
First Line: There are places where things
Last Line: Down hollow, faint in early dark


WILLOW, WISHBONE, WARBLERS       
First Line: The way this willow traps
Last Line: There like a small horseshoe stamped in


WINTER OYSTERS       
First Line: February: water and sky a gape
Last Line: But a dash of bourbon to punctuate %each salty imperative


WINTER RUNNER       
First Line: Then he invented the running wolf behind the wind
Last Line: Behind an island: the purpling sea: %sky citrus, pear, then empty of these lights


WITH ANNE AT THE PEABODY       
First Line: In this house of the chemical error
Last Line: As though just ahead %they could slip back into the flesh


WOODSMOKE       
First Line: It drifts out like
Last Line: Rooted in flames %as I am rooted in flames


WRENS ON SHETLAND       
First Line: Whatever sings bigger
Last Line: Spreader of havoc


YOU DROVE OUT FROM DROGHEDA       
First Line: Once, on a dare, you stuck a fist
Last Line: Appear to be shouting at you


YOUNG OWLS       
First Line: Now crows mill blackly above them
Last Line: How nothing in this world %gets out of its life alive



Galvin, James    Poet's Biography
134 poems available by this author


A DISCRETE LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: This is for you, with your umbrella
Last Line: This is for that night your body was neither here nor there
Subject(s): Love; Love - Unrequited; Sex


A MAN'S VOCATION IS NOBODY'S BUSINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Overcome with humility in the american west
Last Line: Bound for the edge of the world
Subject(s): History; Past; West (u.s.); Youth; Historians; Southwest; Pacific States


A POEM FROM BOULDER RIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The skeleton of a teepee stood on boulder ridge
Subject(s): Houses; Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


A POEM FROM THE EDGE OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: There are ways of finding things, like stumbling on them
Last Line: Although it might by why
Subject(s): Nature; Wyoming


A PORTRAIT OF MY ROOF    Poem Text    
First Line: My steel roof mirrors clouds
Last Line: Unlike anything one finds in reflection
Subject(s): Animals; Clouds; Grass; Snakes; Steel; Serpents; Vipers


A SECOND TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the year I cut logs for the new house and roads, roads like veins
Last Line: When they starved out and moved on, they burned their houses down to get the nails back
Subject(s): Mountains; Snow; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


ABOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Facts about the iris
Last Line: It’s tomorrow. Call out for someone
Subject(s): Eyes


ABOVE HALF MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even a brid can sleep in thin air, a thousand feet higher
Last Line: Shuttered windows, a flower made of timber, whose trail down is a crooked stem
Subject(s): Moon; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


AFTER THE PAPAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I've done it now
Last Line: On the homeward road
Subject(s): Desire; Fish & Fishing; Houses; Trout; Anglers


AFTER THE PAPAGO       
First Line: I've done it now. %I've come back where something good is my desire
Last Line: I like it and gather it up. %now I turn homeward %on the homeward road


AGAINST THE REST OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The meadow's a dream I'm working to wake to
Last Line: Forever comes to mind, and peaks where the snow stays
Subject(s): Dreams; Rivers; Winter; Nightmares


AGRICULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight the rain can't stand up straight, but once
Last Line: But a window sailing through the night
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Farm Life; Horses; Rain; Agriculture; Farmers


AIRBRUSH    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky was an occasion
Last Line: And they have shadows, double
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


ALMOST NOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The water, you remember / was so cold it took our breath
Subject(s): Sun; Water


ANOTHER STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I always thought you favored the bride
Last Line: For as long as we stay here
Subject(s): Mirrors; Marriage; Pregnancy


ANTHROPOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember the night you got drunk / and shot the roses?
Last Line: For the archer’s bow to become a violin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fathers; Guns; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ART CLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us begin with a simple line
Last Line: The horizon will not stop abstracting us
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Drawing; Poetry & Poets


AS IF    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought it took
Last Line: Having risen all night to see you
Subject(s): Passion; Sex


AT THE SAND CREEK BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The path of most insistence
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Guns; Mountains; Nature; Rivers; Trout; Anglers; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


AVATAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The imperceptible
Last Line: And there you are
Subject(s): California; Magic; Names


BLUE OR GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't belong to each other.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


CACHE LA POUDRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole world / (which you said I was
Subject(s): Colorado (state); Mountains; Snow; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


CARTOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Out on the border a howl goes up, skinning the cold air
Last Line: It's real, it doesn't exist, it's on all the black maps
Subject(s): Boundaries; Maps; Wings; Borders


CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOWING IN WEST BLOWING SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In all the farewells in all the airports in all the profane dawns
Last Line: Among cherry blossoms blowing in west, blowing in snow, weren’t we something?
Subject(s): Life


CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOWING IN WET, BLOWING SNOW       
First Line: In all the farewells in all the airports in all the profane dawns
Last Line: Blossoms blowing in wet, blowing snow, weren't we something?


CINQUE TERRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Time was the five towns
Subject(s): Diving & Divers


DEAR ALPENROSE GROWING BY THE DOOR       
First Line: Bride of the desert %dawdling in eternity, fully
Last Line: At rising up out of death


DEAR MISS EMILY    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew the end would be gone before I got there.
Subject(s): Divorce


DEAR PREVAILING WIND       
First Line: Without inherent power to exist
Last Line: Mane swirling as you pass without passing


DEAR SUNSET THROUGH SPRING SNOW       
First Line: Grave warmth, %someone else's %life becomes mine %pray for me
Last Line: Crucified into artifact. %some clouds are beating %up some other clouds- %oh, bloodly tresses


DEATH AT WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: A chevy engine hangs by a chain
Last Line: With everyone afraid and trying not to be
Subject(s): Death; Labor & Laborers; Dead, The; Work; Workers


DEPENDING ON THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A score of years ago I felled a hundred pines to build a house.
Subject(s): Loss; Transience; Divorce; Impermanence


DOUBLE RAINBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Well aren't you the harsh necessity,


DRIVING INTO LARAMIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out here sheer force of sky bearing down
Last Line: That god is impressed above all by defiance
Subject(s): Death; Driving & Drivers; Oregon; Religion; Dead, The; Theology


DRUTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Between permission
Subject(s): Life


EVERYONE KNOWS WHOM THE SAVED ENVY    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't such a bad thing
Last Line: Everyone knows whom the saved envy
Subject(s): Angels; Life; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


EXPLICATION OF AN IMAGINARY TEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: Salt is pity, brooms are fury
Last Line: The other half are mirrors
Subject(s): Churches; Mirrors; Salt; Cathedrals


FIRE SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: All the angels of tie siding were on fire
Subject(s): Fire


FIVE PAINTINGS BY CLARA VAN WANING    Poem Text    
First Line: I only paint landscapes. People are just
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


FOOL'S ERRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone, like a feather in the air
Subject(s): Beauty; Cactus; Clowns; Girls


FOR OUR BETTER GRACES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: God loves / the rain, not us
Last Line: "her fragrance
Subject(s): God; Love; Pine Trees; Rain; Trees


FOR REMEMBERING HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Your loneliness and mine
Subject(s): Absence; Change; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Loneliness


FRAGMENTS WRITTEN WHILE TRAVELING...A MIDWESTERN HEAT WAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: However lonely we were before / becomes unclear
Last Line: By setting-free the soil
Subject(s): Farm Life; Heat; Middle West; Oklahoma; Summer; Weather; Agriculture; Farmers; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


FUGUE FOR A DROWNED GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It is the time of evening that promises miracles to anyone
Last Line: Might be willow sticks. Fish swim into her hair. One by one the lights in her nails go out
Subject(s): Death; Drowning; Rivers; Suicide; Dead, The


GEOMETRY IS THE MIND OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A point is that which has no part
Last Line: I'd say it's a green thorn in the heart
Subject(s): Geometry; God; Mathematics


GETTING A WORD IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Very sad
Last Line: Come out of nowhere) / very sad
Subject(s): Grief; Language; Rain; Trees; Sorrow; Sadness; Words; Vocabulary


GROVE       
First Line: I have been standing for weeks
Last Line: Underwing blue, greenbottle, stained-glass red


HEMATITE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is another kind of sleep
Last Line: Not even nightfall, whose gold we are, can find us
Subject(s): Birds; Lakes; Nature; Swans; Pools; Ponds


HERMITS    Poem Text    
First Line: The more I see of people, the more I like my dog
Last Line: Hermits never know they’re dead till the roof falls in
Subject(s): Absence; Hermits; Misanthropy; Separation; Isolation


HIGH PLAINS RAG    Poem Text    
First Line: But like remorse
Last Line: It can never stop .
Subject(s): Grass; Prairies; Plains


HIGH PLAINS RAG       
First Line: But like remorse %the prairie grass %seeks emptiness
Last Line: Feels %so nearly endless %it cannot ever stop


HOW SHY THE ATTRACTION       
Last Line: The rest, the rain, %is a tinker's damn
Subject(s): Rivers


HOW THEY GO ON    Poem Text    
First Line: The otherwise beautiful girl
Last Line: The same as if they heard and understood
Subject(s): Beauty


I LOOKED FOR LIFE AND DID A SHADOW SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some little splinter
Last Line: In the hollows of her eyes
Subject(s): Beauty; Girls; Night; Shadows; Bedtime


INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1956, A FAIRY TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I think this house's mouth is full of dirt
Last Line: I know because someone, or his assistant, suffered here
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; Independence Day


IT JUST SO HAPPENS    Poem Text    
First Line: You fingered the white top
Last Line: That knocks the wind out of the ground
Subject(s): Anxiety; Conversation; Grief; Solitude; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness


JUSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: All around the house huge elms and oaks
Subject(s): Cicadas; Elm Trees; Justice; Oak Trees


LEFT-HANDED POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the self of my former shadow
Subject(s): Forests; Mountains; Prairies; Rivers; Woods; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Plains


LISTEN HARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough and you can hear
Last Line: Listen to the sound of the book when it closes
Subject(s): Books; Sound; Reading


LITTLE DANTESQUE       
First Line: It turns out %the dogs were in control all along
Last Line: 4. The dogs want out. %how like them


MATERIALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: If things aren't things
Last Line: Hold me still
Subject(s): Materialism; Nature; Property; Possessions


METEOROLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The heart is such a big awkward girl
Last Line: Even the best days
Subject(s): Evil; Gasoline; Good; Weather; Windows; Wyoming


MISERICORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Out at the end of a high promontory
Subject(s): Girls; Mountains; Pain; Silk; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Suffering; Misery


MY DEATH AS A GIRL I KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I was in a story
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Girls; Trees; Dead, The


MY SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister is a place where


NATURA MORTA    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't mind one or two
Subject(s): Buzzards


NAVIGATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Evergreens have reasons
Subject(s): Language; Mountains; Mouths; Nature; Navigation; Sky; Trees; Words; Vocabulary; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: These afternoons seem to occur more
Last Line: Like a sudden flow of blood from the mouth
Subject(s): News


NOT SO MUCH ON THE LAND AS IN THE WIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: I walk toward the tree to make it green
Subject(s): Nature


NOT SO MUCH ON THE LAND AS IN THE WIND       


NOTES FOR THE FIRST LINE OF A SPANISH POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: We remember so little
Last Line: Outside the mind, the snow undresses and lies down
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


ODE TO SIGNIFICANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Implications arrive in unfamiliar places


ODE TO THE BROWN PAPER BAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's be more specific
Subject(s): Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


OLD MEN ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN, MURRAY, KENTUCKY    Poem Text    
First Line: You might call this / the far side of the river
Subject(s): Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Ohio; Rivers; Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


ON EXPLORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A hawk drops to the treetop
Subject(s): Explorers; Poetry & Poets; Universe; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers


ORIGINAL       
First Line: Waves fell to their knees and didn't see anything


PONDEROSA       
First Line: It was out in the middle of the light, no way back for that old giant
Last Line: What were your thoughts, concerning history?


PORTUGUESE UNCLE       
First Line: There was a grove next door
Last Line: Hair pasted black, wet %to their true shapes


POST-MODERNISM    Poem Text    
First Line: A pinup of rita hayworth was taped
Last Line: Do I know him?
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Bombs; Death; Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Actresses; Dead, The; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb; Students; Educators; Professors


POSTCARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Days are cubes of light
Last Line: Some days I go looking for the sky
Subject(s): Country Life; Farm Life; Nebraska; Sky; Agriculture; Farmers


PRACTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The world arrived / so carefully packed
Last Line: With speech
Subject(s): Bible; Speech; Oratory; Orators


PROMISES ARE FOR LIARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Because, you know


REAL WONDER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the stunned little interval
Last Line: Preceding real wonder .
Subject(s): Fences; Houses; Spring; Winter


REGARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In regard to their own movement
Last Line: Turning through the fire .
Subject(s): Fire; Winter


RESURRECTION UPDATE    Poem Text    
First Line: And then it happened
Last Line: An aspirin in a glass of water
Subject(s): Earth; Jesus Christ; Resurrection, The; World


RIGHT NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The mind assumes the position
Last Line: You could lose in a heartbeat
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


RINTRAH ROARS    Poem Text    
First Line: My father-in-law writes from umbria (where peasants eat songbirds
Subject(s): Comedy; Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973); Umbria, Italy


ROLLING SUN       
First Line: I bear a ghost to the lost
Last Line: No frills %kiss me


RUBBER ANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is not
Last Line: I dare you
Subject(s): Birds; Flowers; Forests; Owls; Philosophy & Philosophers; Woods


SAPPHIC SUICIDE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Day out
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Letters; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Suicide; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SAPPHIC SUICIDE NOTE       
First Line: Day out %no worldly joy
Last Line: Italics mine


SARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sara stays at home. / her looks are plain
Last Line: A white cloth against the glass
Subject(s): Beauty; Grief; Insanity; Paintings & Painters; Suicide; Voices; Sorrow; Sadness; Madness; Mental Illness


SEMPITERNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Out at sea the sun / was shining
Last Line: North each time .
Subject(s): Sea; Silver; Sun; Water; Whales; Ocean


SHADOW-CASTING    Poem Text    
First Line: This boy's father dies. / fine. / it always happens. / the boy knows
Last Line: This boy, it always happens, doesn’t know what to do anymore
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Sons; Fish & Fishing; Life; Sports; Dead, The; Anglers


SHOW AND TELL       
First Line: This is the wave of gravel where she let me off on the edge of my %life
Last Line: You think god can't give up?


SMALL COUNTRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: In defense of whatever happens next, the navy of flat-bottomed
Last Line: Dark rush across the prairie towards him and over him
Subject(s): Country Life


SO LONG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers


SPEAKING TERMS    Poem Text    
First Line: All around me to-ing and fro-ing
Last Line: And start walking
Subject(s): Contrariness; Lectures; Addresses; Speaking; Public Speaking


SPECIAL EFFECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: My shirts on the line
Last Line: In your body
Subject(s): Rain


SPRING BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: A limb's sententious crack
Last Line: I wish you wouldn't look at me that way
Subject(s): Snow; Spring


STATION (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I envy the soldiers' sleep -- ah, the sleep of a soldier
Last Line: No, no one
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Sleep; Soldiers


STATION (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: I was teaching my little sister how to fly when she broke
Last Line: "the snow is disappearing toward
Subject(s): Mothers; Sisters


STATION (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: Its back was leaves that mimed the leaves in back of us
Last Line: "the backdrop won’t drop back
Subject(s): Piety; Sisters


STATION (5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere between a bird's nest and a solar system
Last Line: Washing less than nothing from your hands
Subject(s): Annunciation, The; Birds; Jesus Christ


STORIES ARE MADE OF MISTAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the pole bean tendrils sought out and gripped their
Last Line: My dad used to ride this black mare...
Subject(s): Hearts; Poetry & Poets


SYNOPSIS OF A FAILED POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every simile is elegy
Subject(s): Mountains; Poetry & Poets; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


TESTIMONY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You can't step into the same
Last Line: Either. Not once
Subject(s): Butter; Flowers; Rivers


THE GIANTS OF HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The little people behind the scenes are getting ugly
Last Line: No good to them now, in their hour of need
Subject(s): Friendship; Giants; History; Historians


THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: A stumblebum in scree
Last Line: With his throat cut
Subject(s): Butterflies; Hummingbirds; Insects; Bugs


THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Small towns are for knowing who's poor
Last Line: No more than the dress itself / of green
Subject(s): Green (color); Poverty; Tailors; Towns; Dress Makers


THE LAST MAN'S CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandfather was always sad. Sadly, as a boy, he paddled his canoe
Last Line: After that he was never sad, not even when the river died
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Hudson River; Life; Old Age; Dead, The


THE MEASURE OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A canoe made of horse ribs tipped over in the pasture
Last Line: I thought I’d seen that happen
Subject(s): Canoes & Canoeing


THE SACRAL DREAMS OF RAMON FERNANDEZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Ramon fernandez did not live
Last Line: He said, god has brought me here
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners


THE SMALL SELF AND THE LIBERAL SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps you didn't realize
Last Line: "no one is allowed to speak now
Subject(s): Sky


THE STORY OF THE END OF THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: To keep from ending
Last Line: Only the stories about them do
Subject(s): Suicide


THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The real is not what happens but what is
Last Line: Only the stars, which do not know, can tell
Subject(s): North Pole; Stars


THE WAR THAT ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: The little wind I saw curving and lifting
Last Line: Where she grazes the horizon down to nothing
Subject(s): Animals; Country Life; Horses; Humanity; Nature


THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THE WEST IS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: So that no one should forget, and no one be forgotten -- isn't that
Last Line: Arms to the north, and the road from here keeps going, as if it were going somewhere
Subject(s): Country Life; Death; Disappeared Persons; Funerals; Mountains; Trees; Wyoming; Dead, The; Missing Persons; Burials; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


THREE SONNETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I live distance is the primal fact
Last Line: Only philosophies      of suffering
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers; Prophecy & Prophets


TIME OPTICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the ditch vaults the river
Last Line: I'll be alright gone
Subject(s): Rivers; Time


TO A FRIEND I CAN'T FIND    Poem Text    
First Line: What about this, after all
Last Line: The living started digging out
Subject(s): Absence; Colorado (state); Friendship; Separation; Isolation


TO SEE THE STARS IN DAYLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: You have to go down / in a deep mine-shaft or a well
Subject(s): Mines & Miners; Stars


TO THE REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Past / fences the first sheepmen cast across the land, processions
Subject(s): Life; Nostalgia


TOTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Riding a '23 farmall round and round on a hot afternoon, I always
Last Line: Didn't try to find the snag. This year. Everything that died, died twice
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


TRESPASSERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, on this new page
Last Line: As if drawn by a magnet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM       
First Line: Kill your father %get with child your mother
Last Line: Inhale the water. %complete the form


TWO HORSES AND A DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Without external reference
Last Line: Wearing dogtags with scripture on them
Subject(s): Honesty; Humility; Morality; Ethics


UNTITLED, 1968; FOR MARK ROTHKO    Poem Text    
First Line: There's no such thing as an emergency
Last Line: I know someone, or his assistant, suffered here
Variant Title(s): Veronica
Subject(s): Blood; Drinks & Drinking; Evening; Wine; Sunset; Twilight


WATER TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: How shy the attraction / of simple rain to the east wind
Last Line: To write his name
Subject(s): Autumn; Brooks; Mines & Miners; Mountains; Nature; Seasons; September; Water; Fall; Streams; Creeks; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WATERSHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here the land is tilted / like a gambrel roof. The world
Last Line: The knife that cuts the rain in two, the lie
Subject(s): Colorado (state); Mountains; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WESTERN CIVILIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: That woman still lives at her ranch
Last Line: That just now shaded your eyes
Subject(s): Country Life; Nature; Stars; Wyoming


WHAT I'VE BELIEVED IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Propped on blocks, the front half of a packard car rides the hillside
Last Line: Waited years to be asked
Subject(s): Automobiles; Junk & Junkyards; Rust; Cars


WHAT WE SAID THE LIGHT SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Mystery moves in god-like ways
Subject(s): God; Mystery; Saxophones; Women


YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sulky what-ifs
Last Line: The norm is always incorrect. If what?
Subject(s): Dramatists; Hell; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists



Galvin, James J.   
4 poems available by this author


LADY OF O       
First Line: By the seven stars of her halo
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


MORNING STAR       
First Line: I loathe the very thought of her
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


OX-BONE MADONNA       
First Line: Once they minted our lady in multiple golden medallions
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


STORY OF THE END OF THE STORY       
First Line: To keep from ending
Last Line: Only the stories about them do
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Books; Poetry And Poets