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Author: GANDER, FORREST
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Gander, Forrest    Poet's Biography
191 poems available by this author


ABSCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Good morning kiss. Their teeth glance. Clack of june
Subject(s): Disasters


ABSCESS       
First Line: Good morning kiss. Their teeth glance. Clack of june
Last Line: The tribe is glued together for ruination, friends. %there is no more time, there is no way out


ABSCESS, FR. LIBRETTOS FOR EROS       
First Line: Each single life
Last Line: I am with you. I am %you


ACTS, FR. LIBRETTOS FOR EROS       
First Line: I couldn't sleep in the heat and went outside
Last Line: Drifting from forest fires uncontrolled in kentucky


AFTER HAGIWARA       
First Line: A child was pulled from the lake
Last Line: In her face, %two eyes


ALLEGORY OF TWO MARKS ON A COMPASS       
First Line: Is the swagged field where we bloated, unburied
Subject(s): Fables; Allegories


ALLEGORY OF TWO MARKS ON A COMPASS       
First Line: Is the swagged field where we bloated, unburied
Last Line: A thumbprint of wind, and went out
Subject(s): Fables


ALSO OUR BED IS GREEN       
First Line: This poem cannot hold what I have
Last Line: Or how it might mark us %with its fidelity to our words


AMOROUS       
First Line: While she spoke %I felt drunk
Last Line: Clutched in both hands like a crucifix, %a form on which to concentrate


ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Not to be known always by my wounds


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Not to be known always by my wounds
Last Line: The rawness of the looking. %the quiver


ANTI-IMAGE       
First Line: First step: bowl %upon %navel
Last Line: Fall %by standing on your back


AS IT WOULD FOR A DESK       
Last Line: The ground rhythm by which everything else %is syncopated


BROTHER       
First Line: So endeth the evening. Yet
Last Line: Of a serious and dark-clad company. %the streetlamps blow out behind him


CARRIED ACROSS       
First Line: Through vidrio, a riot of birdsong. Whose face
Last Line: The haircut costs sixty pesos. Who would not pay eighty %for a haircut with landscape?


CAT, CLARINET, AND TWO WOMEN       
First Line: I mail letters %not knowing your address
Last Line: Backrubs, orgasm, %a death poem


CEREMONY OF OPENING THE MOUTH AND THE EYES       
First Line: Now, for instance, in the after-storm sheen
Last Line: Finer, while I wheel toward your awakened face, the waterfall of your word
Subject(s): Eyes; Life; Mouths


CIRCLE OF BLADES       
First Line: From nothing but his fear, and kiss her cunning brows
Last Line: His eyes have lost their light, writhing their way after him


CITRUS FREEZE    Poem Text    
First Line: To the north, along orange blossom trail,
Subject(s): Oranges


CITRUS FREEZE       
First Line: To the north, along orange blossom trail
Last Line: Today both traps sit sprung


COCKEYE       
First Line: You are strikingly undone
Last Line: Stars hung in the usual night %blink aroused


CONVERGENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: So sever their link


CONVERSATIONS       
First Line: Overhears syllables of welcome
Last Line: Where penance committed %mayakovsky


CONVERSION TO A DAMNED NIETZSCHE       
First Line: I am the serpent at the end of decadence
Last Line: Inside me a wolf shivers its mane


CROSSROAD BLUES       
First Line: Came down along the road robert johnson carrying his


DEEP ELM       
First Line: And then not %even %face pale and
Last Line: Rain, nameless %in waves


DEFLECTION TOWARD THE RELATIVE MINOR    Poem Text    
First Line: They were partakers of a strange taste. - at the hour when
Last Line: In the evening ground when the bell
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Children; Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Night; Estrangement; Outcasts; Childhood; Bedtime


DEFLECTION TOWARD THE RELATIVE MINOR       
First Line: They were partakers of a strange taste. - at the hour when
Last Line: Sounded for [evening] prayer
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Children; Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Night


DIAGRAM       
First Line: In this corner my desk
Last Line: In this room my husband's mirror


DINER, EVENING       
First Line: Riotous air %(as when clyde goforth did not notice
Last Line: And across the tail. %pale meat unzips from bone


DISSONANCE LEADING TO A MODULATION       
First Line: Specific words are uttered and specific gestures made
Last Line: Yet we compass. Sometimes, we see


DISTRACTIONS FROM THE REAL WORLD       
First Line: Someone has been undressing
Last Line: Kurosawa tells it: %the bad sleep well


DRAFT OF THE SMOKY LIFE       
First Line: As the store windows light up
Last Line: Into the men's room holding hands
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


DRAFT OF THE SMOKY LIFE       
First Line: As the store windows light up
Last Line: We go %into the men's room holding hands
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


DRESS REHEARSAL MYTH       
First Line: Angelica's orange hair whipped her face
Last Line: And winched the saddle tight


DROWNING OF YUKO       
First Line: When brady stepped off the dune he had on
Last Line: Now I am nothing %standing behind my body


DURATION AND SIMULTANEITY       
First Line: The cicada collapses - its eardrum, blocking out
Last Line: After this night %is night - apart


EDGE-LIT SCENE       
First Line: Turns to her, then, - from the northern
Last Line: Which is emotion, - the face of emotion


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT       
First Line: Tea scripture %geometric losses %or her hair. Its rain. Her face out from
Last Line: An analogy undislodgeable. Pubic hair under tongue. %words spoken into


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: CLOSE TO WATER GEOMETRIC LOSSES       
First Line: Some form retains. Hair at auerole. I of. Sperm
Last Line: Genitals, gaping. To mean anything


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: CODA       
First Line: And the birds: canthi loosed at a distance. Aqua
Last Line: Smudged across windshield, in a premature language. %an ocean


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: MEDITATIVE       
First Line: When the schoolbus, lights
Last Line: Marbled evening sky over. %rutilant


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: MEDITATIVE       
First Line: It is often possible
Last Line: You will metabolize


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: MEDITATIVE       
First Line: Out from the ordeal
Last Line: By her longish hair


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: MONITORY GEOMETRIC LOSSES       
First Line: Full suddenly. 'still through the hawthorn blows
Last Line: Nothing to do with. Departure, its logarithms of description


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: MOON IN THE AFTERNOON GEOMETRIC LOSSES       
First Line: Harshed her. Lied she was thick-skinned
Last Line: Of any direction shy of loss


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: VIOLENCE'S NARRATIVE CONTINUED       
First Line: Dead of winter barechested in the green forest
Last Line: Bursts in holding one shoe. One foot in a paper bag


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: VIOLENCE'S NARRATIVE CONTINUED       
First Line: The upper gate rail's sticky green surface
Last Line: Who the man who. Invoking room set apart by red ribbon


EGGPLANTS AND LOTUS ROOT: VIOLENCE'S NARRATIVE CONTINUED       
First Line: People who did things with their lives. To his eyes
Last Line: In the summer of elvis sightings. No shoulder. %a head


ENTANHLEMENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And begin to emerge. From their


EPITHALAMIUM       
First Line: Whatever you think I've done
Last Line: To the bedroom with my nakedness %the only light


EROTICS FOR AGONY       
First Line: Stood waiting for the 990 %lb. Animal
Last Line: Standing him %straight up in the air


ESCAPED TREES OF LYNCHBURG       
First Line: Mostly, they live disagreeably - amid volleys of far-off barking
Last Line: The concealed from the given


EVAPORATION 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In increments enunciated (oh) within


EVENING CALM       
First Line: After the strangling of each first son
Last Line: Ruby-throated birds fly


EVERYONE CAN'T BE AN ORPHAN       
First Line: Beyond, the vinous bikers dismount
Last Line: Emerges as a vocabulary %febrile and ardent blue
Variant Title(s): Prologue To A Biddin


EXHAUSTIBLE APPEARANCE       
First Line: Around the burning barn, stationary objects seem to stream
Last Line: The landscape resumes. The barn fallen inside itself


FACE       
First Line: What lasts in thinking is not
Last Line: But we are bent %upon not that


FACE OF ANOTHER       
First Line: Pitched around small fires
Last Line: In sleep, grappling their wives


FACING IN ALL DIRECTIONS       
First Line: Resting on her belly, her long-fingered hands suggest she is pregnant. It
Last Line: Revealed until the last witness is lost and gone


FAITHFULNESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A life may change a
Subject(s): Faithfulness


FIELD GUIDE TO SOUTHERN VIRGINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: True as the circumference
Subject(s): Country Life; Nature; Virginia (state)


FIELD GUIDE TO SOUTHERN VIRGINIA       
First Line: True as the circumference
Last Line: Uncover a nest of spring salamanders
Subject(s): Country Life; Nature; Virginia (state)


FINAL TESTAMENT       
First Line: Lick the dust from your feet and come to me


FINE-STRUCTURE CONSTANT       
First Line: When there was no sign of awakened attention, when his blood drained
Last Line: The belted kingfisher's rattle-laugh


FLATWOODS       
First Line: Once there was another state
Last Line: I think, %there to two birds, so what. Fly to hell


FORETOLD       
First Line: So I arrive
Last Line: Looks over my shoulder %as I write


FREEZE       
First Line: To the north of danville
Last Line: Morning: %both traps are sprung


GARDEN OF CUCUMBERS       
First Line: River smell
Last Line: Speak of %me


GEOMETRIC LOSSES       
First Line: Never so much as
Last Line: Dawn's on him


GRADUAL ALL       
First Line: Then comes the effervescence to your eye. Arms crossed, mouth
Last Line: The hooves jackhammer against stalls as I pass. Not one %will approach me


GUEST QUARTERS       
First Line: Gauze curtains
Last Line: Come in. %my balls rise


HE SEES HIMSELF       
Last Line: Sake in which a poisonous viper is steeped. %his testicles rise


HIS CLUMSINESS LOOKS LIKE CRUELTY       
Last Line: Through the rain that has started


HISTORY OF A WOBBLING AXIS       
First Line: Not yet, however, dipping her tongue into the holy-water stoup
Last Line: Finds a way for herself like air in a bagpipe. Lightly, %furling black sails


HISTORY OF DOMESTICITY       
First Line: Bullfrog bray %no sleep hot
Last Line: The small sleeping child


HISTORY OF MANIFEST DESTINY       
First Line: And as they brought no
Last Line: Much resembling a duck


HISTORY OF MY PEOPLE       
First Line: Tired of being a man
Last Line: Inside my belly %children awakened


HISTORY OF VENERATION       
First Line: At which time, partly, %she recovered
Last Line: Kiss her goodbye, one by one


HUGENESS OF THAT WHICH IS MISSING       
First Line: Call the direction the eye is looking
Last Line: Overcome them? Are they past contact, to be kindled. Or


IMAGE       
First Line: First step: kill turtle
Last Line: To let the other mass %fall


IMAGINING YOU       
First Line: It would be good to see them again
Last Line: That has changed


IT IS THE SEMI-LIGHT       
Last Line: Mesmerically braiding his long hair


JUNE THE THIRD       
First Line: It happens
Last Line: The number of hands %squeezing this shot glass


KATA: BUS STOP       
First Line: I love this %hill here light the mountain
Last Line: Light here %this hill I love


KEEPING AN APPOINTMENT       
First Line: Like you I nearly died once
Last Line: Any more than in my love for her


KNIFE ON A PLATE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Children; Games; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


KNIFE ON A PLATE       
First Line: If there is any relief from it, any slippage - though wait
Last Line: With one hand. I am %fingering the boy's unwashed hair


LAND SURVEYOR, FR. LIBRETTOS FOR EROS       
First Line: And came home with beggar ticks in his pubis
Last Line: For anyone, %restoreth my peace


LANDSCAPE WITH A MAN BEING KILLED BY A SNAKE       
First Line: Two catfish lock mouths and wrestle
Last Line: Recklessly the beloved's body


LAST CASTRATO       
First Line: The first time yuko used the vibrator
Last Line: Thing I cannot say


LIBRETTOS FOR EROS    Poem Text    
First Line: And came home with beggar ticks in his pubis


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 1.       
First Line: Came down along the road carrying his stella
Last Line: Approacheth and fishtaileth on toward protho junction. %he passes into that cloud


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 10.       
First Line: He cannot breathe
Last Line: Goes bare-handed %on bitterest evenings


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 11.       
First Line: The voice the dead man's voice is young and tight and high
Last Line: Sweet lubricating voice sex speeding up the dead %man's voice orphaned from its mouth
Variant Title(s): Little Queen Of Spade


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 12.       
First Line: Came to st. Louis a stranger and heard henry townsend
Last Line: Townsend's eyes %glowed dimly. He thought, this guy has it. He's amazing


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 13.       
First Line: Long tables out back and dogs
Last Line: Howling and burning a brief passageway %through stumbling bodies toward the street


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 14.       
First Line: You'd have radio
Last Line: Out of that idea %he was just having


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 15., SELS.       


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 16.       
First Line: A time in st. Louis
Last Line: I saw they were all crying, %both women and men


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 17.       
First Line: He ends here, a sort of omen. History accelerates. The excluded
Last Line: A weed under tongue. %wanted to be a living man
Variant Title(s): Hellhounds On My Trai


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 2.       
First Line: She who turns old boards
Last Line: Cattle %standing below in a stare


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 3.       
First Line: That it was evening because the west had gone red
Last Line: Getting an idea. %he married young
Variant Title(s): Drunken-hearted Ma


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 4.       
First Line: At the time I met him
Last Line: He said, I pick cotton for no man %and I ain't skeared of you satan


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 5.       
First Line: She had looked in the crib
Last Line: Calico skirt to the backs of her knees. %hilo, dusty, she answered
Variant Title(s): Milkcow's Calf Blue


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 6.       
First Line: The devil hummed around the tonic, the blue third and the fifth
Last Line: What young plant awaiting the revenant's %hallelujah immersed in 1932 brief, mosquito-bitten, gone


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 7.       
First Line: In the night he rose
Last Line: Whose thousands spilled %over his bare foot
Variant Title(s): Kind-hearted Woman Blue


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 8.       
First Line: We'd be on the road for days
Last Line: Looking like %he's just stepped out of church


LIFE OF JOHNSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, A LIBRETTO: 9.       
First Line: I would just as lief you go alone,' she answered
Last Line: The sliding delta outside his door %in tunica county, mississippi, near the cemetery at three forks
Variant Title(s): Ramblin' On My Min


LIGARURE 4    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The bioluminescent undersides of squid render them invisible to predators below.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


LINE OF DESCENT       
First Line: Against the backdark, bright
Last Line: In foliate schists %chirping seed, % seed


LOBBY AND RHIZOME       
First Line: Must be a black kitten crossed my path, your plane's so late
Last Line: Your soft pheasant in my mouth


LOITER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Transience; Aging; Impermanence


LOITER       
First Line: I'll know the time to leave the room
Last Line: Tell you the true story of urashima %and the turtle


LOT'S WAGES       
First Line: The hunter rises on his back in the blue ridge
Last Line: Until it bleeds, %feels nothing but pressure


LOVE'S LETTER: TO C       
First Line: Inside, inside the return, inside, the hero diminishes
Last Line: On the long walk home, I long to see your face


LOVE'S LETTER: TO EURYDICE       
First Line: Like a man who watches from close, like a man
Last Line: And even further into a summons?


LOVE'S LETTER: TO THE INVISIBLE WORLD       
First Line: At once, he rose from his seat, bared his right shoulder, set his knee
Last Line: There was a ground swell of low murmuring. Then the head monk called, %next


LOVE'S LETTER: TO THE READER       
First Line: Although you were looking for something else
Last Line: Before you move it from my face


LOVE'S LETTER: TO VIRGINIA       
First Line: Every new thing-the sentence began and began
Last Line: (the inflammation promising through my lungs)-mended? What then?


MAN WHO WON'T PAY DUES       
First Line: While the bad slept well, he
Last Line: Next to a chevron of sand %she has swept beside his red wings


MARGINAL LUMINOSITY       
First Line: End of the 18th century: the sun begins, only
Last Line: Scurrying on the floor of the poultry run


MEDITATIVE       
First Line: A dog manages to catch its own tail. At first
Last Line: A woman opens a book with nothing inside


MOMENT WHEN YOUR NAME IS PRONOUNCED       
First Line: This high up, the face
Last Line: Blows into my fields


MOON AND PAGE GHAZAL       
First Line: Before the neutrinos could interact with matter, they went out
Last Line: Forever, she said - flash - smiling as the bridesmaid went out


MOSCOW BATHS       
First Line: Perceives two naked men
Last Line: At a man in the cold %tank submerged to his hat


MOTHER       
First Line: I was so pregnant
Last Line: Falls through the line


NEAR SUICIDE OF LEON RAPOLLO       
First Line: The floor of lake pontchartrain is littered with clarinets
Last Line: When you blow out your breath


NEW PROOF DEATH COMES AFTER LIFE       
First Line: Each evening the dog pisses
Last Line: Asking for water, being served shit


NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE       
Last Line: Cage burst out and something changed in me as I was falling


NORFOLK       
First Line: From across the room, its clutter
Last Line: And I thought, then, there was some limit to set on my pain


ONE EVENING IN SUMMER       
Last Line: Though running away from an orge


ONO NO KOMACHI       
First Line: The cut bamboo fence; wind
Last Line: She blows out, she turns old


ORIENTATION ROSES, A HISTORY 1. SELECT ENERGY. APPLY CONDUCTIVE PASTE       
First Line: 1996 %a telephone %swinging on its cord in the rain outside penn station. Alone
Last Line: And begins to darken in his sleep


ORIENTATION ROSES, A HISTORY: 2.CHARGE. PUSH CHARGE BUTTON ON APEX       
First Line: 1967 %the groaning and gnatting of early, sudden dark
Last Line: Look of joy in its face


ORIENTATION ROSES, A HISTORY: 3. DISCHARGE. STAND CLEAR OF PATIENT       


PARABLE IN WOLVES' CLOTHING       
First Line: The house is building a woman
Last Line: She lays her fire in. %they lift the trapdoor from the night


PARABLE OF THE TINDERBOX       
First Line: : how, looking for the tinderbox, a witch
Last Line: The cure ensures its disease


PASTORAL       
First Line: Prime pry prime me rocks prime evil rocks form
Last Line: Two is that two is passed is that that is that passed


PHOTO: SIXTH BIRTHDAY, LEVEE CAMPS, FR. LIBRETTOS FOR EROS       
First Line: Two white children out of nine
Last Line: Looming through perpetual dawns in the nap of mississippi, %1955


PLOT       
First Line: Where a man loves a woman there is an island
Last Line: Markings red and brown, and of good size


PROLOGUE TO A BIDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Though each single life occurs


PROLOGUE TO A BIDDING       
First Line: Though each single life occurs
Last Line: Thinking, I am with you, I am %you


PROPHECY       
First Line: If I directed my friends' lives
Last Line: I want you to take this. %I have cut it for you


PROVINCES OF MARS, FR. LIBRETTOS FOR EROS       
First Line: I ordered this blue paper from a catalogue
Last Line: In this inconsonant dark


PSYCHOANALYSIS OF MUSIC       
First Line: No lie, those who strolled to the end
Last Line: It is done in one take


PSYCHOANALYSIS OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The clock here is quiet.
Subject(s): Water


PSYCHOANALYSIS OF WATER       
First Line: The clock here is quiet
Last Line: This way she drifts off, mesmerically. %the bathtub overflowing


RAFT OF THE MEDUSA       
First Line: I was crying in the stall while he waited to piss
Last Line: Coming up over the hills %of your breasts


RED SHIRT       
First Line: Where rain moves out %from your shoulders
Last Line: Is fascination %before and at the end of language


REVIVAL       
First Line: The ritual clatter %of keys hitting the dresser, evan williams
Last Line: Carrying a refrigerator box on his head %along a stream where hogs are rooting


ROOM       
First Line: To inanimate objects even our slightest moves
Last Line: A human gift is burning like a flower


RUINED TUNNEL    Poem Text    
First Line: One of them drops radio into hardhat
Subject(s): Tunnels


RUINED TUNNEL       
First Line: One of them %drops radio into hardhat
Last Line: Two men he loves behind


RUSH TO THE LAKE       
First Line: Who is allowed in the inner
Last Line: Dead in stories


RUST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What are they? Orchids


SCAFFOLDING AND WIND       
First Line: The child showed what she
Last Line: No, your heart


SECOND PRESENCE       
First Line: When the red flying squirrel hits
Last Line: Open, his flicker open


SENSATIONS UPON ARRIVING       
First Line: The swallows fold themselves into sheets of solid air. In silent films
Last Line: Will be. And stands frozen, the way they stare in silent films


SICKNESS       
First Line: When I thought I was testing you
Last Line: You laid it on my forehead %gently


SILENCE OF GOOM       
First Line: In the famous shopping mall
Last Line: To well staffed shops of gaping shelves


SILENCE OF GORKY PARK       
First Line: Perceives a species of black
Last Line: Nor can they sing %for their supper


SILENCE OF RED SQUARE       
First Line: As though in penance
Last Line: Crushed butts %from cobblestones


SILENCE OF THE LENINGRAD SUBWAY       
First Line: Perceives the mendicant glance
Last Line: Green apples in an open %blue purse


SINISTER       
First Line: As if a distinction might be drawn at the edge of a continuum
Last Line: What she heard, horseshoes clanging


SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS       
First Line: Sour newspaper in the oven
Last Line: White noise crawling through %the busted streetlight


SOMETHING       
First Line: More than ten years later, she was reading in the
Last Line: Herself thinking this, maybe this is the note he left


SOUNTRACK AND COLOR TINTS       
First Line: There is a pulse so faint
Last Line: Through open windows sheriff billy willet's %drunken, uphill, lisped soliloquy


STONES IN MY PASSWAY       
First Line: Another houseparty


SUITS MOSTLY       
Last Line: With iridescent dots like beetles


SYMPATHY FOR THE NOVITIATE       
First Line: ...As the retainer benkei, and yoshitsune escape
Last Line: The long steady pain his legend admits no part of


TABLE LAID WITH HORRORS       
First Line: I am going on a journey and I will bring
Last Line: Fresh heart and salt


TAPESTRY       
First Line: Me, when I think of you I see
Last Line: To let their dragonfly bodies %escape from human shells
Subject(s): Tapestries


TENDENCIES       
First Line: Perceives a penchant for beet-red hair
Last Line: And the glass swirls %nearly clean


THE ARK UPON HIS SHOULDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband did all this. - we used to live
Subject(s): Family Life; Marriage; Relatives; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE CEREMONY OF OPENING THE MOUTH AND THE EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, for instance, in the after-storm sheen
Subject(s): Eyes; Life; Mouths


THE MOMENT WHEN YOUR NAME IS PRONOUNCED    Poem Text    
First Line: This high up, the face


THE TAPESTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Me, when I think of you I see
Subject(s): Tapestries


THE TINAJERA NOTEBOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Through my torso, the smooth
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THIN LIPS       
First Line: The executioner's delicate son doesn't walk
Last Line: Against his father's whisper, %you are my only son


THROUGHOUT THIS SCENE       
Last Line: Brake lights in rain


TIME AND THE HOUR       
First Line: The convulsive incision
Last Line: He knew, and he was certain - that he knew


TO LIVE WITHOUT SOLACE       
First Line: This is the meaning of the vision
Last Line: And the water croaked before a stalking crane


TOILET       
First Line: Springing through poorly lit
Last Line: Toilets. Down- %drip from pullstring


VIOLENCE'S NARRATIVE CONTINUED       
First Line: Didn't he have a loincloth over his gentiles
Last Line: Who's going to tell?


VOICED STOPS        Recitation by Author


VOICED STOPS       
First Line: Summer's sweet theatrum! The boy lunges through
Last Line: As star moss rises and purple melic


WISTERIA BLUE       
First Line: Beet field, tall grass, and wind
Last Line: Dark. Sheriff billy willet's drunken, %lisped soliloquy


WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Or the vision that holds


WOMAN IN THE DUNES       
First Line: Sand in the morning blurs her nipples
Last Line: A strong man falls into the pit


WRESTLER       
Last Line: All the while he was weeping