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Author: GILBERT, JACK
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Gilbert, Jack    Poet's Biography
194 poems available by this author


1953       
First Line: All night in the iowa cafe. Friday night
Last Line: Let it go. Tears falling on his eggs


A BRIEF FOR THE DEFENSE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Conduct Of Life; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


ABNORMAL IS NOT COURAGE       
First Line: The poles rode out from warsaw against the german
Last Line: That is of many days. Steady and clear. %it is the normal excellence, of long accomplishment


ADULTERATED       
First Line: Bella figa! (beautiful fig, fine sex) the whore said
Last Line: Saying he must live for their sake. %and sang for a little after the doors closed


ALBA       
First Line: After a summer with happy people


ALL THE WAY FROM THERE TO HERE       
First Line: From my hill I look down on the freeway and over
Last Line: The gentleness of us in that bare greek eden, %the beauty as the marriage steadily failed


ALMOST HAPPY       
First Line: The goldfish is dead this morning on the bottom
Last Line: My home's on a gone-away train. That train


ALONE       
First Line: I never thought michiko would come back
Last Line: That makes her happy the way it always did


ALONE ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN JAPAN       
First Line: Not wanting to lose it all for poetry


ALTERNATIVES       
First Line: It was half a palace, half an ancient fort
Last Line: Wordless, shining, staring at her out of their blank faces


AND SHE WAITING       
First Line: Always I have been afraid


ANGELUS       
First Line: Obsidian. Sturgeon. Infatuated angels


ANOTHER GRANDFATHER       
First Line: Every generation tells


BARTLEBY AT THE WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The wall/is the side of the building
Subject(s): Walls; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


BARTLEBY AT THE WALL       
First Line: The wall


BEFORE MORNING IN PERUGIA       
First Line: Three days I sat


BETROTHED       
First Line: You hear yourself walking on the snow
Last Line: Among these colorless pines


BETWEEN AGING AND OLD       
First Line: I wake up like a stray dog
Last Line: Kinds of happiness


BETWEEN POEMS       
First Line: A lady asked me


BEYOND BEGINNIGS       
First Line: How could he later on believe it was the best
Last Line: And is blue now differently


BIRD SINGS TO ESTABLISH FRONTIERS       
First Line: Perhaps if we could begin some definite way
Last Line: The tears are nothing. The real sorrow is for that %old dream of nobility. All those gentlemen


BREAKFAST       
First Line: It was a fine leghorn egg


BURNING AND FATHERING: ACCOUNTS OF MY COUNTRY       
First Line: The classical engine of death moves my day. Hurrying me
Last Line: Through the splendid corridors. Pressure of that terrible intolerance %gets brandy in the welter. Su


BY SMALL AND SMALL: MIDNIGHT TO FOUR A.M    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For eleven years I have regretted it
Subject(s): Death; Regret; Dead, The


BYZANTIUM BURNING       
First Line: When I looked at the stubborn dark buddha
Last Line: So I begin to sing. Build and sing. %sing and build inside my thin lips


CARRYING TORCHES AT NOON       
First Line: The boy came home from school and found a hundred lamps
Last Line: Inside of him make it look maybe not good enough


CHASTITY       
First Line: A boy sits on the porch of a wooden house
Last Line: And starts again


CONCEIVING HIMSELF       
First Line: Night after night after hot night in the clearing
Last Line: Impossible. The man finally backstage in his life


CONTAINER FOR THE THING CONTAINED       
First Line: What is the man searching for inside her blouse
Last Line: In a back room. The music seems familiar, but is not


COUNTY MUSICIAN       
First Line: It was not impatience


CUCUMBERS OF PRAXILLA OF SICYON       
First Line: What is the best we leave behind


DANTE DANCING       
First Line: When he dances of meeting beatrice that first time
Last Line: That finally knows well how to dance. But does not


DESCRIPTION OF HAPPINESS IN KOBENHAVN       
First Line: All this windless day snow fell


DIVORCE       
First Line: Woke up and suddenly thinking I heard crying
Subject(s): Loss


DIVORCE       
First Line: Woke up and suddenly thinking I heard crying
Last Line: Out at the bright moonlight on concrete
Subject(s): Loss


DON GIOVANNI IN TROUBLE       
First Line: The orchard changed. His appetite drifted


DON GIOVANNI ON HIS WAY TO HELL       
First Line: The oxen have voices
Last Line: Sing maidens and towns, oh maidens and towns %folly, flee, sing going down


DON GIOVANNI ON HIS WAY TO HELL (2)       
First Line: How could they think women a recreation?
Last Line: I wish I could tell you how it is in that dark, %standing in the huge singing and the alien world


DUENDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't remember her name
Subject(s): Memory; Women


EATING WITH THE EMPEROR       
First Line: Sixteen years old, surrounded by beasts in the pens
Last Line: We end up asking what our lives really tasted like


EDGE OF THE WORLD       
First Line: I light the lamp and look at my watch
Last Line: Acutely here and everybody somewhere else


ELEPHANT HUNT IN GUADALAJARA       
First Line: El serape's floor show finished at one. The lights


EXCEEDING       
First Line: Flying up, crossing over, going forward
Last Line: Gets water up at the well for the animals


EXPLICATING THE TWILIGHT       
First Line: The rat makes her way up
Last Line: Colors from white to silver


FACTORING       
First Line: Barefoot farm girls in silk dresses,' he thinks
Last Line: The other. While mist on the black river outside


FAILING AND FLYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone forgets that icarus also flew
Subject(s): Ambition


FASHIONABLE HEART       
First Line: The chinese, to whom the eighteenth-century english
Last Line: Writing red in the spaces where it said red, %yellow where it said yellow


FIDELITY    Poem Text    
First Line: He's absurd about the fountain
Subject(s): Fountains; Desire


FINDING EURYDICE       
First Line: Orpheus is too old for it now. His famous voice is gone
Last Line: Gleaming beauty of her hidden in the bright water


FINDING SOMETHING       
First Line: I say moon is horses in the tempered dark
Last Line: Where my heart is as helpless as crushed birds


FIRST TIMES       
First Line: I had not seen her for twenty years when she called
Last Line: As young as I was and felt, I suspect, relief


FOR EXAMPLE       


FORGOTTEN DIALECT OF THE HEART       
First Line: How astonishihng it is that language can almost mean
Last Line: No name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses and birds


FROM THESE NETTLES, ALMS       
First Line: They dragged me down. Down the muddy hill
Last Line: Down there under the bridge


GAMES       
First Line: Imagine if suffering were real


GETTING IT ALL       
First Line: The air this morning is pleasant and praises nothing
Last Line: Of an old building on a street named gernesgade


GETTING OLD       
First Line: The soft wind comes sweet in the night
Last Line: Grins at the heart's stubborn pretending


GETTING READY       
First Line: What if the heart does not pale as the body wanes


GHOST SINGS, A DOOR OPENS       
First Line: Maybe when something stops, something lost in us
Last Line: Maybe altering. Maybe altering more than that '


GHOSTS       
First Line: I heard a noise this morning and found two old men
Last Line: Bark all the way down the long bright valley


GIFT HORSES       
First Line: He lives in the barrens, in dying neighborhoods
Last Line: Smell weeds on a hot july afternoon and are augumented


GOING THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of course it was a disaster.


GOING THERE       
First Line: Of course it was a disaster
Last Line: Our possible life


GOING WRONG       
First Line: The fish are dreadful. They are brought up
Last Line: On the food. Not stubborn, just greedy


GREAT FIRES       
First Line: Love is apart from all things
Last Line: In the sweet music of our particular heart


GUILTY       
First Line: The man certainly looked guilty
Last Line: To give her spirit enough time to get ready


HALF THE TRUTH       
First Line: The birds do not sing in these mornings. The skies
Last Line: Roots and comes back again year after year


HARD WIRED       
First Line: He is shamelessly happy to feel the thing
Last Line: They stand glaring in the faint starlight


HARM AND BOON IN THE MEETINGS       
First Line: We think the fire eats the wood
Last Line: Apparent as much as sudden happiness can


HAUNTED IMPORTANTLY       
First Line: It was in the transept of the church, winter in
Last Line: He wanted to know what he heard, not to get closer


HEART SKIDDING       
First Line: The pigeon with a broken wing


HIGHLIGHTS AND INTERSTICES       
First Line: We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional
Last Line: Her is that commonplace I can no longer remember


HISTORY OF MEN       
First Line: It thrashes in the oaks and soughs in the elms
Last Line: The days stretching all the way to the horizon


HORSES AT MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods.
Subject(s): Horses


HOT NIGHTS IN FLORIDA       
First Line: The woman is asleep in the bedroom, the fan is making
Last Line: Outside, the moon is shining on nothing in particular


HOW TO LOVE THE DEAD       
First Line: She lives, the bird says, and means nothing
Last Line: Permanently unhoused. Not color, but the stain


HUNGER       
First Line: Digging into the apple


I IMAGINE THE GODS       
First Line: I imagine the gods saying. We will
Last Line: Will be full enough and my heart fetal


I'LL TRY TO EXPLAIN ABOUT THE FEAR       


IL MIO TESORO       
First Line: Most nights he would be upstairs with the wife


IN DISPRAISE OF POETRY       
First Line: When the king of siam disliked a courtier


IN UMBRIA       
First Line: Once upon a time I was sitting outside the cafe
Last Line: About this one or that one of the great beauties


INFIDELITY       
First Line: He stands freezing in the dark courtyard looking up
Last Line: With perfect summer skies and the brilliant aegean


ISLAND AND FIGS       
First Line: The sky


IT IS CLEAR WHY THE ANGELS COME NO MORE       
Last Line: Singing: the angels are wrong


IT IS DIFFICULT TO SPEAK OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


IT MAY BE NO ONE SHOULD BE OPENED       
First Line: You know I am serious about the whales


KIND OF WORLD       
First Line: Things that are themselves. Waves water, the rocks


LEAVING MONOLITHOS       
First Line: They were cutting the spring barley by fistfuls


LEPORELLO ON DON GIOVANNI       
First Line: Do you think it's easy for him, the poor bastard
Last Line: Growing and fading, as though it comes from the moon


LIVES OF FAMOUS MEN       
First Line: Trying to scrape the burned soup from my only pan
Last Line: And go on pulling at the long rope


LOOKING AWAY FROM LONGING       
First Line: On fish mountain, she has turned away
Last Line: Looking at a small tree


LORD SITS WITH ME OUT IN FRONT       
First Line: The lord sits with me out in front watching
Last Line: And we sit on. Unable to find words


LOSING       
First Line: I worked my way up the terraced gardens behind the house


LOVE POEM       
First Line: The couple on the san francisco bus looked russian


LOYALTY       
First Line: About once a month the beautiful girl


MALVOLIO IN SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Two days ago they were playing the piano
Last Line: I long for my old bigotry


MAN AT A WINDOW       
First Line: He stands there baffled by pleasure and how little
Last Line: Trying to break the code while there is still time


MARRIED       
First Line: I came back from the funeral and crawled
Last Line: A long black hair tangled in the dirt


ME AND CAPABLANCA       
First Line: The sultry first night of july, he on the bed
Last Line: That is made more of craft than it is of magic


MEANING WELL       
First Line: Marrying is like somebody


MEASURING THE TYGER       
First Line: Barrels of chains. Sides of beef stacked in vans
Last Line: To the magnitude of pain, of being that much alive


MEXICO       
First Line: I went to sleep by the highway


MICHIKO DEAD       
First Line: He manages like somebody carrying a box
Last Line: He can go on without ever putting the box down


MICHIKO NOGAMI (1946-1982)       
First Line: Is she more apparent because she is not
Last Line: With the sound of their petals falling


MILK OF PARADISE       
First Line: On the beach below spelunga everyone else is
Last Line: Into the garnishing mediterranean light


MINISCUS       
First Line: The french woman says, stop, you're breaking my dress


MISTRUST OF BRONZE       
First Line: The sun is perfect, but it makes no nightingales sing


MOMENT OF GRACE       
First Line: Mogins disliked everything about anna's pregnancy
Last Line: Nudging each other blindly in the brilliant dark


MORE THAN FIFTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of money, so I'm sitting in the shade
Subject(s): Aging


MORE THAN FIFTY       
First Line: Out of money, so I'm sitting in the shade
Last Line: With my water colors as a child. %so what, I think happily. So what!
Subject(s): Aging


MORE THAN FRIENDS       
First Line: I was walking through the harvested fields


MOVIES       
First Line: He realized that night how much he was in their power
Last Line: He sat there in the kitchen thinking it had gone on %so long now these people were the only family h


MUSIC IS THE MEMORY OF WHAT NEVER HAPPENED       
First Line: We stopped to eat cheese and tomatoes and bread
Last Line: As they drank ordinary wine in that promised land


MY GRAVEYARD IN TOKYO       
First Line: It was hard to see the moonlight


MY MARRIAGE WITH MRS. JOHNSON       
First Line: When the storm hit, I was fording the river
Last Line: The great hall at versailles; evryone gaping %and elaborate louis quatorze wondering at his envy


NEW HAMPSHIRE MARBLE       
First Line: I called sue the week I moved back from rome


NEW YORK, SUMMER       
First Line: I'd walk her home after work
Last Line: Bite me. %hard


NIGHT AFTER NIGHT       
First Line: He struggles to get the marble terrace clear


NIGHT COMES EVERY DAY TO MY WINDOW       


NIGHT SONGS AND DAY SONGS       
First Line: Light is too bare, too simple for her. She has lived
Last Line: Eating and grieving and solitary year after year


NOT PART OF LITERATURE       
First Line: Monolithos was four fisherman huts along the water


OLDER WOMEN       
First Line: Each farmer on the island conceals
Last Line: Acutely the taste of that wilderness


ON GROWING OLD IN SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Two girls barefoot walking in the rain
Last Line: Walking in the black %two girls barefoot never coming back


ON STONE       
First Line: The monks petition to live the harder way
Last Line: Into the barreness, and nothing answering


ORPHEUS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE       
First Line: What of orpheus


ORPHEUS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE       
First Line: What if orpheus, %confident in the hard
Last Line: Should notice, suddenly, %they had no ears?


OSTINATO RIGORE       
First Line: As slowly as possible, I said


PAVANE       
First Line: I thought it said on the girl's red purse


PEACHES       
First Line: The ship goes down and everybody is lost, or is living
Last Line: It or not. And never able to find any of them since


PERSPECTIVE HE WOULD MUTTER GOING TO BED       
Last Line: Move to manage that great house. %the horse wades in the city of grammar


PEWTER       
First Line: Thrushes flying under the lake. Nightingales singing underground
Last Line: Like me singing thee prison songs to praise the grey, %to praise her, to tell of me, yes, and of you


PLAYING HOUSE       
First Line: I found another baby scorpion today. Tiny
Last Line: Beside her? Did they sleep unafraid merely alert? %not needing to touch the other's arm first?


PLUNDERING OF CIRCE       
First Line: Circe had no pleasure in pigs


POETRY IS A KIND OF LYING       


PROSPERO DREAMS OF ARNAUD DANIEL INVENTING LOVE 12TH CENTURY       
First Line: Let's get hold of one of those deer
Last Line: That might make ahell of a perfume. %it's worth a try. You never know


PROSPERO ON THE MOUNTAIN GATHERING WOOD (1)       
First Line: He gets mostly dead sage and thornbush
Last Line: Of it again and again, his petite madeleine. %the augury he followed so far maybe worn out


PROSPERO ON THE MOUNTAIN GATHERING WOOD (2)       
First Line: The wild up here is not creatures, wooded
Last Line: Prospero is translated to a place where it is %possible to distinguish betwen age and sorrow


PROSPERO WITHOUT HIS MAGIC       
First Line: He keeps the valley like this with his heart
Last Line: By innocence or leaving things out


RAIN       
First Line: Suddenly this defeat


RAINY FORESTS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: The fellow came back to rape her again last night


RECOVERING AMID THE FARMS       
First Line: Every morning the sad girl brings her three sheep
Last Line: But there is a moment of white if she turns her face


REFUSING HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The old women in black at early mass in winter
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


REGISTRATION       
First Line: Where the worms had opened the owl's chest


RELATIVE PITCH       
First Line: I was carrying supplies back up the mountain
Last Line: In august on the bare, unaccustomed bodies


REMEMBERING MY WIFE       
First Line: I seem them in black and white as they wait


RESPECT       
First Line: This morning I found a baby scorpion
Last Line: Killed it with a piece of marble


REVOLUTION       
First Line: Robinson crusoe breaks a plate on his way out
Last Line: Amid the primary colors of the island, he will %become a fine thing, prhaps, but a different one


RUINS AND WABI       
First Line: To tell the truth, storyville was brutal. The parlors
Last Line: Bareness reveals a merit born in the vegetable struggling


SCHEMING IN THE SNOW       
First Line: There is a time after what comes after
Last Line: Don't cry. I'll get you something better.'


SEARCHING FOR PITTSBURGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The fox pushes softly, blindly through me at night,
Subject(s): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


SEARCHING FOR PITTSBURGH       
First Line: The fox pushes softly, blindly through me at night
Last Line: Of water. In this happy place my serious heart has made


SECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: We were talking about tent revivals
Subject(s): Sects


SECTS       
First Line: We were talking about tent revivals
Last Line: When an invisible figur crosses the stiff snow, %making a sound like some other planet's machinery
Subject(s): Sects


SIEGE       
First Line: We think there is a sweetness concealed in the rain


SINGING IN MY DIFFICULT MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Helot for what time there is


SIRENS AGAIN       
First Line: What are we to do about loveliness. We get past


SONATINA       
First Line: She told about when the american soldiers
Last Line: Those sleeping men had around their hearts


SONG       
First Line: Rotting herds everywhere on the outskirts


SOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the small towns along the river
Subject(s): Rivers


SPIRIT AND THE SOUL       
First Line: It should have been the family that lasted
Last Line: Letting the rain after all the dry mouths have me


STEEL GUITARS       
First Line: The world is announced by the smell of oregano and sage
Last Line: By rain and need, by the weight of what momentarily is


STUBBORN ODE       
First Line: All of it. The sane woman under the bed with the rat
Last Line: Tears running down the cheeks. And I say, nevertheless


SUL PONTICELLO       
First Line: Year by year he works himself


SUMMER AT BLUE CREEK, NORTH CAROLINA    Poem Text    
First Line: There was no water at my grandfather's
Subject(s): Summer; Childhood Memories


SUSANNA AND THE ELDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is foolish for rubens to show her
Subject(s): Susanna (bible); Women In The Bible


SUSANNA AND THE ELDERS       
First Line: It is foolish for rubens to show her
Last Line: Far off, the small coin of color. %and, sometimes, leaves
Subject(s): Susanna (bible); Women In The Bible


TASTERS FOR THE LORD       
First Line: Not the river as fact, but the winter river
Last Line: Farmhouse amid the kerosene light. The two of you


TEAR IT DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We find out the heart only by dismantling what
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


TEAR IT DOWN       
First Line: We find out the heart only by dismantling what
Last Line: In our bed to reach the body within that body


TEMPLATE       
First Line: Our slow crop is used up within an hour. So I live


TEXTURES       
First Line: We had walked three miles through the night


THAT TENOR OF WHICH THE NIGHT BIRDS ARE A VEHICLE       
First Line: The great light within the blackness shines out


THE FORGOTTEN DIALECT OF THE HEART    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,
Subject(s): Language; Ancestors & Ancestry; Words; Vocabulary


THE GREAT FIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Love is apart from all things.
Subject(s): Love


THE SIRENS AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: What am I to do with loveliness?
Subject(s): Beauty


THEORETICAL LIVES       
First Line: All that remains from the work of skopas
Last Line: Whether she was passionate or just wanted to please


THEY CALL IT ATTEMPTED SUICIDE       
First Line: My brother's girlfriend was not prepared for how much blood


THEY WILL PUT MY BODY INTO THE GROUND       


THINKING ABOUT ECSTASY       
First Line: Gradually he could hear her. Stop, she was saying
Last Line: He wants to know delight as the native land he is


THRESHING THE FIRE       
First Line: Fire begins seriously at the body


TO SEE IF SOMETHING COMES NEXT       
First Line: There is nothing here at the top of the valley
Last Line: Is a dance. If he stands still, he is dancing


TRANSLATION INTO THE ORIGINAL       
First Line: Apollo walks the deep roads back in the hills
Last Line: He comes back through the dark singing %so quietly that you can hear nothing


TRYING TO BE MARRIED       
First Line: Watching my wife out in the full moon


TRYING TO HAVE SOMETHING LEFT OVER       
First Line: There was a great tenderness to the sadness
Last Line: Remembering something maybe important that got lost


VOICES INSIDE AND OUT       
First Line: When I was a child, there was an old man with
Last Line: We need, except what we don't have


WALKING HOME ACROSS THE ISLAND       
First Line: Walking home across the plain in the dark
Last Line: Knowing there is no place to turn. It is hard %to understand how we could be brought here by love


WHAT IS THERE TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: What do they say each new morning
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


WHAT IS THERE TO SAY?       
First Line: What do they say each new morning
Last Line: O, each time


WHITE HEART OF GOD       
First Line: The snow falling around the man in the naked woods
Last Line: Than ripe. Hoping for honey, for love's alembic


WHITENESS, THE SOUND, AND ALCIBIADES       
First Line: So I come on this birthday at last


WHO'S THERE       
First Line: I hear the trees with surprise after california


WINNING ON THE BLACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The silence is so complete he can hear
Subject(s): Memory; Women


YEAR LATER       
First Line: From this distance they are unimportant
Last Line: Like beauty and was too difficult for people