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Author: GRAHAM, JORIE
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Graham, Jorie    Poet's Biography
259 poems available by this author


2/18/1997       
First Line: Of my life which I am supposed to give back %afterwards
Last Line: Leave me the thing that cannot be thought -- I will not %think it


5/3/1998       
First Line: When do I say yes %and it become again a form of joy?
Last Line: Then where they take one chair %away


A FEATHER FOR VOLTAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird is an alphabet, it flies
Last Line: And this is the key to the kingdom
Subject(s): Birds; Feathers


ACT 3, SC. 2       
First Line: Look she said this is not the distance
Last Line: Then just the look on things of being looked-at. %then just the look on things of being seen


ACT III, SC. 2ϻ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Look she said this is not the distance
Subject(s): Relationships


AFTERWARDS       
First Line: I am beneath the tree. To the right the river is melting the young sun
Last Line: Begin with the world: let it be small enough


AGAINST ELOQUENCE       
First Line: Then there was the sense of a vectored landing - very fast
Last Line: What is the void once it is forced to cross through fire?


AGE OF REASON       
First Line: The anxious bird in the wild
Last Line: Blossoms, wet black arms there is no deep enough


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: She's not sure she can hear it outside of the daylight


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 1.       
First Line: There is a doorway in the air, a graduation
Last Line: Though seething with little facts- %a doorway of little facts seething


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 10.       
First Line: Rachel is coughing up badly
Last Line: In the past we have always found %some kind of solution


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 11.       
First Line: The little baby born yesterday
Last Line: And handed over to %the blockalteste


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 12.       
First Line: ...Lord, the oberscharfuhrer will choose me, I know
Last Line: Have mercy. %the cold dead body I cannot touch


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 13.       
First Line: Said the angel, %I have analyzed thousands of documents
Last Line: If one loses those means %fear not


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 14.       
First Line: Once in this room
Last Line: Why are you reading in the dark?- %it's night, darling; it's dinnertime


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 15.       
First Line: The second night the dog woke up
Last Line: The whirring like an appetite - an engine's %appetite - fear not


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 16.       
First Line: And the third night? And the fourth? And then? And
Last Line: Then?


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 17.       
First Line: Oh but here is a piece of bread,' said chicha
Last Line: You must not think I took it from myself- %I really am not hungry


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 2.       
First Line: You must find it
Last Line: Jingling his name-and-registration %by mistake


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 3.       
First Line: Like a crust on something, that sky
Last Line: Witching on- %moonlight on fur and fingers in it, caressing


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 4.       
First Line: Fear not says the angel
Last Line: In it the soft jingling of a chain, %a chatter of wheels upon tracks


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 5.       
First Line: Then she said, it is sunday may 28 my birthday
Last Line: Anyone not up a 4 a.M. Will get a kugel. %a bullet simply for not getting up?


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 6.       
First Line: Mother's face, her eyes, cannot be described
Last Line: I am silently pleading with her: stop smiling. %I gaze at her tenderly and smile back


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 7.       
First Line: Six months, four of us are still alive
Last Line: This day the oven has been cheated of our %precious sister


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 8.       
First Line: We touch each other
Last Line: The germans look like things we have seen before. %we are not sure they are real


ANNUNCIATION WITH A BULLET IN IT: 9.       
First Line: We are marching in the blizzard
Last Line: Sooner or later she is taken to the crematorium. %it is a constant struggle


ARTICHOKE FOR MONTESQUIEU       
First Line: Its petals do not open of their own accord. That is our part
Last Line: What we could have done locks to the very core %with what we have


AT LUCA SIGNORELLI'S RESURRECTION OF THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: See how they hurry
Last Line: The open flesh / and mend itself
Subject(s): Bodies; Signorelli, Luca (1445-1523); Paintings & Painters


AT LUCA SIGNORELLI'S RESURRECTION OF THE BODY       
First Line: See how they hurry to enter
Last Line: The open flesh and mend itself


AT THE CABARET NOW       
First Line: The americans are lonely. They don't know what happened
Last Line: Tell me, %why did we live, lord? %blood in a wind, %why were we meant to live?


AT THE LONG ISLAND JEWISH GERIATRIC HOME       
First Line: This is the sugar
Last Line: Or mind nothing can slit her %free of


BOULEVERSEMENT       
First Line: The apparently sudden appearance of %blossoming-out afresh, out of reach
Last Line: Thinking %wanted that so. And that it strived


BREAKDANCING    Poem Text    
First Line: Staying alive the boy on the screen is doing it
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Religion; Teresa, Saint (1515-1582); Theology; Teresa Of Jesus, Saint; Teresa Of Avila, Saint; Theresa, Saint


BREAKDANCING       
First Line: Staying alive the boy on the screen is doing it
Last Line: Turning into the living past
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Religion; Teresa, Saint (1515-1582)


CHAOS       
First Line: What is it shall be torn off and held up, hanging -- skin
Last Line: Birds everywhere. Chatter in the upper branches
Variant Title(s): Detail From The Creatio


CONCERNING THE RIGHT TO LIFE       
First Line: As I rounded the corner - noiselessly - as if wide unseeable
Variant Title(s): The Right To Life
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women; Women In The Bible; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Shoah; Judaism; Virgin Mary


CONCERNING THE RIGHT TO LIFE       
First Line: As I rounded the corner - noiselessly - as if wide unseeable
Last Line: Rather the day is hot and the nights temperate %as in may in spain in andalusia
Variant Title(s): The Right To Lif
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women; Women - Bible


COVENANT       
First Line: She was being readied by forces she did not
Last Line: We have been free now ever since, for instance


DESCRIPTION       
First Line: Meet me, meet me whisper the waters from the train window and the small


DETAIL FROM THE CREATION       
First Line: I'm in the bathroom holding the baby down
Last Line: And how we say we can tell. We're sure we can tell from his face


DETAIL FROM THE CREATION OF MAN       
First Line: Even at the start, even before they hatched
Last Line: Ripple into pattern-you, you there-and the angel shuts his eyes %as far as if possible, further, and


DRAWING WILDFLOWERS       
First Line: I use no colors, just number threes
Last Line: Will not negotiate, and how I love %my black and white and the gray war they make


DREAM OF THE UNIFED FIELD       
First Line: On my way to bringing you the leotard
Last Line: Gold on her nose, which was a sign there was %gold %on that land


DUSK SHORE PRAYER       
First Line: The creeping revelation of shoreline
Last Line: At one's back. The path back barely findable


EASTER MORNING AUBADE       
First Line: She tried to clench the first dawnlight inside her skull
Last Line: For another perfect stone, wanting to see it once again, that opening


EMBODIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Deep autumn & the mistake occurs, the plum tree blossoms, twelve


EMERGENCY       
First Line: Walking in the dark along the river's dark
Last Line: That she might love?


END OF PROGRESS AUBADE       
First Line: Sleep. Sink. Don't let the ceiling in
Last Line: Finally is free %of love


EROSION       
First Line: I would not want, I think, a higher intelligence, one


ERRANCY       
First Line: Then the cicadas again like kindling that won't take
Last Line: Oh perpetual bloom, dread fatigue, and drowsiness like leavening I feel


ESCHATOLOGICAL PRAYER       
First Line: In montefalco, italy


ESTUARY       
First Line: She wondered about the year 1000. She
Last Line: Where the river spills and sea is all


EURYDICE ON HISTORY       
First Line: With what is said %in this dusk face me
Last Line: Situation with situation %and the statue put there to persuade me


EVENING PRAYER       
First Line: Someone has cut the grass. Someone has cut your tall %new grass, the sweetness
Last Line: Girl shall clean it further, further, spill %the hollow from her, know her?
Variant Title(s): Praye


EVOLUTION       
First Line: My nakedness is very slow. %I call to it, I waste my sympathy
Last Line: Where what wants to be human still won't show %its face


EXPECTING    Poem Text    
First Line: The balls are/ringing grammar
Subject(s): Relationships


EXPULSION       
First Line: In the cab, light plays down his neck from behind


FEATHER FOR VOLTAIRE       
First Line: The bird is an alphabet, it flies
Last Line: And this is the key to the kingdom


FISSION       
First Line: The real electric lights light upon the full-sized screen
Last Line: What you imagine the words say that is-don't move, don't %wreck the shroud, don't move


FLOOD       
First Line: So in the cave of the winds he prisoned the north wind
Last Line: And all whom the water has spared will now %begin %to starve


FOR MY FATHER LOOKING FOR MY UNCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The clues are everywhere
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FOR MY FATHER LOOKING FOR MY UNCLE       
First Line: The clues are everywhere
Last Line: Until we believed there was another indoors, %assiduous, free, a small community, a dream with shutt
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


FOR ONE MUST WANT/TO SHUT THE OTHER'S GAZE    Poem Text    
First Line: What are you thinking?
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


FOR ONE MUST WANT/TO SHUT THE OTHER'S GAZE       
First Line: What are you thinking?
Last Line: The real plot was invsisible. %what are you thinking?
Subject(s): Reason


FROM SIR FRANCIS BACON'S NOVUM ORGANUM       
First Line: Let the first motion be that of the resistance of matter, which exists in
Last Line: Cape, are repulsed, and again continue to make the attempt....


FROM THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: Has to do with the story about the girl who didn't die
Last Line: Young body (before it's made to go back in) whispering please


FROM THE REFORMATION JOURNAL       
First Line: It was during one of these times that %I felt the midst of its suffering
Last Line: Even thrice if necessary' %as when feeling you watch my sleeping body


FULL FATHOM    Poem Text    
First Line: & sea swell, hiss of incomprehensible flat: distance: blue long-fingered ocean and its


GEESE       
First Line: Today as I hang out the wash I see them again, a code
Last Line: This astonishing decay, the everyday, takes place
Subject(s): Geese


GIRL AT THE PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: It begins, what I cn hear, with the rain withdrawing from itself
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF NOT FEELIBNG       
First Line: As where a wind blows
Last Line: Mouthing and mouthing its crisp inaudible black zeros out


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF POINT-OF-VIEW       
First Line: A mourning dove. And again what you suffer
Last Line: No forwardness -- selfsame -- agin selfsame -- the path with the crumbs


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: How razor-clean was it supposed to become
Last Line: Who will they resemble when they're done with resemblance?


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF THE LITTLE UTOPIA       
First Line: Shall I move the flowers again?
Last Line: With black leaves rearranging it


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF THE PRIVATE LIFE       
First Line: All this was written on the next day's list
Last Line: In your exhausted hand. Oh put it down


GUARDIAN ANGEL OF THE SWARM       
First Line: Inclension of - (endogenous)
Last Line: Come now, let us go


GULLS       
First Line: Those neck-pointing out full bodylength and calling
Last Line: Spilled in the service of kings, or love, or for the sake of honor, %or for some other reason


HAYING       
First Line: Some meanings move


HEADLIGHTS       
First Line: And then, you see, it's the last moment, the last, you can hardly keep


HIGH TIDE       
First Line: She held a sign that said emergency (nothing else)
Last Line: The unpayable: the open-ended credit: created: equal: look


HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: But in the myth, at the beginning of our world


HISTORY       
First Line: So that I had to look up just now to see them
Last Line: Halftone, no orchard of %possibilities, %up into the eyes of my own %fate not the world's. %the boug


HISTORY       
First Line: But in the myth, at the beginning of our world
Last Line: And if she's naked now, then wat is there to take off %next?%and then what will love do?
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


HISTORY       
First Line: Into whose ear the deeds are spoken. The only
Last Line: Floor endure %to help us home?


HOLY SHROUD       
First Line: Deadwinter our thornberry
Last Line: Already something other than nothing %was visible in the almost


HOW MORNING GLORIES COULD BLOOM AT DUSK    Poem Text    
First Line: Left to itself the heart continues, as the tamarind
Last Line: But no one said how slow, how willing
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


HOW MORNING GLORIES COULD BLOOM AT DUSK       
First Line: Left to itself the heart continues, as the tamarind
Last Line: On its way out of the sky. %but no one said how slow, how willing
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


HUNGER       
First Line: 11:54 %thirteen fullest oranges pooling at the foot of %their tree
Last Line: A truth not a symbol. Grip it in scrutiny


HURRYING-HOME AUBADE       
First Line: A gust inside the god
Last Line: And 'I' am poured out like water


HYBRIDS OF PLANTS AND OF GHOSTS       
First Line: I understand tghat it is grafting
Last Line: And if I break you are you mine


I WAS TAUGHT THREE       
First Line: Names for the tree facing my window


I WATCHED A SNAKE       


I WATCHED A SNAKE       
First Line: Hard at work in the dry grass
Last Line: To sturdier stuff no doubt


IMMOBILISM       
First Line: I couldn't think of what else to show you


IMMOBILISM       
First Line: The eye in its socket sweeps over the withered field
Last Line: It darts, it stretches out along the dry hard ground, %it cannot find the end, it darts, it stretche


IMPERIALISM       
First Line: Noting but a shadow, lord, and hazy at that, at my feet
Last Line: Pulsing sticky heat, fan on, overhead on, all arms no face at all dear god, all arms


IN THE HOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Whir. The invisible sponsored again by white
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


IN THE HOTEL       
First Line: Whir. The invisible sponsored again by white
Last Line: In which you say yourself, in which you say %only yourself
Subject(s): Hotels


IN THE PASTURE        Recitation by Author
First Line: What am I supposed to put now
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


IN THE PASTURE       
First Line: What am I supposed to put now
Last Line: Down his wide throat
Subject(s): Farm Life


IN/SILENCE       
First Line: I try to hold my lie in mind
Last Line: Blood in the hand that reaches for them flows


JACKPOT       
First Line: Halfway through illinois on the radio


JUST BEFORE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: At some point in the day, as such, there was a pool. Of


KIMONO       
First Line: The woman on the other side


LATER IN LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Summer heat, the first early morning
Subject(s): Seasons; Time; Communication


LE MANTEAU DE PASCAL       
First Line: I have put on my great coat it is cold
Last Line: That I saw clearly the impossibility of staying


LITTLE REQUIEM       
First Line: The reason confiscated. The reason nowhere to be
Last Line: Always and everywhere. How consent to that - honor


LOOK UP       
First Line: Stillness - I posit you
Last Line: The feel of light or a bird-- %is that dark or is that cold-- %nothing darling, it is nothing


LOVE       
First Line: Here it's harvest. Dust
Last Line: Was he moved %towards it


LOVERS       
First Line: They have been staring at each other for a long time now


MANIFEST DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: Northbound, on the way to the station, through the narrow rutted
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Prisons & Prisoners; Language; Reality; Convicts; Words; Vocabulary


MANIFEST DESTINY (1)       
First Line: Northbound, on the way to the station, through the narrow
Last Line: Ready to change your name if need be--?


MANIFEST DESTINY (2)       
First Line: She lifts the bullet out of the blazing case
Last Line: Could not see %could not hold
Subject(s): Prisons And Prisoners; Rome, Italy; Women


MANTEAU       
First Line: In the fairy tale the sky
Last Line: So full of hollowness, so wild with rhetoric


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Not the flat light, still, against the wall this morning


MARRIAGE       
First Line: I'm taking the ashes from the woodstove out
Last Line: Softly she sang a bit then went upstairs
Subject(s): Marriage


MATERIALISM: 1.       
First Line: Looked for him %everywhere. Him
Last Line: Inward, a not- %finding you can


MATERIALISM: 10.       
First Line: Then open them again - no light - not
Last Line: The whole cannot exist without the parts. %stay, stay


MATERIALISM: 11.       
First Line: Then in the dark a sound - a whereabout
Last Line: The one air everywhere bifurcated, slashed up into the selfsame story - sounds like, sounds like


MATERIALISM: 12.       
First Line: And why are there
Last Line: Asking of the question %is not just any


MATERIALISM: 13.       
First Line: Then open your eyes
Last Line: Think I think - the exhausted director yelling- %it being a thousand years before the birth of


MATERIALISM: 14.       
First Line: And also, also, it is plain
Last Line: Physical subtleties, %theological niceties - you see


MATERIALISM: 15.       
First Line: -why %the why? What is
Last Line: The only real %force, accordingly


MATERIALISM: 16.       
First Line: On the stairs to the
Last Line: As it crosses through, %drubbed silk electric with


MATERIALISM: 17.       
First Line: It's that the dark seems to be composed
Last Line: Can't say - and mended (whoosh) %muddled - (what want?)


MATERIALISM: 18.       
First Line: And so that the owner
Last Line: To account for them %at the day of judgment


MATERIALISM: 19.       
First Line: If I were in
Last Line: Put it in emma's %hand


MATERIALISM: 2.       
First Line: And now, I said, behold
Last Line: Converse with one another %would they not suppose


MATERIALISM: 20.       
First Line: But are those voices? Why am I so slippery? Or is it sad?
Last Line: Supposed %to take, what?


MATERIALISM: 21.       
First Line: He put it into emma's hand


MATERIALISM: 3.       
First Line: It not quite dawn yet
Last Line: Yet - something powdery yet slick - the %continuum - she


MATERIALISM: 4.       
First Line: She did not under
Last Line: Whatever he was doing. %this was in the early part of


MATERIALISM: 5.       
First Line: ...Then open them again - no light - something
Last Line: Sprinkling over the green dark %but not materially, no, a dust of


MATERIALISM: 6.       
First Line: But even when the
Last Line: The person will suffer from %headache or become


MATERIALISM: 7.       
First Line: ...No luminosity and yet a sheen
Last Line: No green as yet, no bloom of %paths and possibilities - arcades, archways - no maze, no


MATERIALISM: 8.       
First Line: And suppose further %that the prisoners
Last Line: Fancy that the shadows %he formerly saw


MATERIALISM: 9.       
First Line: It often seemed to leon
Last Line: Situated at barnville, near %annale, which brought in


MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: The slow overture of rain,


MIND       
First Line: The slow overture of rain
Last Line: And all the richer for it


MIRROR PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's where I lower you


MISCELLANEOUS WEIGHTS AND MEASURES       
First Line: What carries the universal law as meaning secreted within itself
Last Line: From another place. %don't forget


MOTIVE ELUSIVE       
First Line: It turns out the child was not really watching
Last Line: Do not fear for the child, %its gold is hid


MY GARDEN, MY DELIGHT       
First Line: My neighbor brings me bottom fish
Last Line: So that I can't refuse


NEARING DAWN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sunbreak. The sky opens its magazine. If you look hard
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


NETTING       
First Line: My father would have saved us, had the occasion fire arisen
Last Line: Like gossip, or the smell of lilacs, or an overheard son: soon %everyone has caught it


NOLI ME TANGERE    Poem Text    
First Line: You see the angels have come to sit on the delay for a while
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


NOLI ME TANGERE       
First Line: You see the angels have come to sit on the delay for a while
Last Line: Until you have to leave her be if all you have to touch her with is form
Subject(s): Religion


NOTES ON THE REALITY OF THE SELF (1)       
First Line: Watching the river, each handful of it closing over the next
Last Line: Quick -- the evidence of the visual henceforth -- and henceforth, loosening


NOTES ON THE REALITY OF THE SELF (2)       
First Line: In my bushes facing the bandpractice field
Last Line: Its arctic course %themselves now sway


OBLIVION AUBADE       
First Line: What dimensions must the defeat acquire, the homecoming
Last Line: What was his name? How can he tell if he is mine?


OF FORCED SIGHTES AND TRUSTY FEREFULNESS       
First Line: Stopless wind, here are the columbine seeds I have
Last Line: Married to hurry and grim song


OF THE EVER-CHANGING AGITATION IN THE AIR       
First Line: The man held his hands to his heart as he danced
Last Line: Eyeing the spots where the birds must eventually land


ON DIFFICULTY       
First Line: It's that they want to know whose they are


ONE IN THE HAND       
First Line: A bird re-entering a bush
Last Line: When you let go


OPULENCE       
First Line: The self-brewing of the amaryllis rising before me
Last Line: And no footprints to or from the place - %no footprints to or from --


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up ahead, I know, he felt it stirring in himself already, the glance
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE       
First Line: Up ahead, I know, he felt it stirring in himself already, the glance
Last Line: For they were deep in the earth and what is possible swiftly%took hold
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OVER AND OVER STITCH       
First Line: Late in the season the world digs in, the fat blossoms
Last Line: Marking a stillness we can't keep


PENMANSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Beyond the margin, in the mind, the winner gets it right
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


PENMANSHIP       
First Line: Beyond the margin, in the mind, the winner gets it right
Last Line: Lilies, water %striders
Subject(s): Education; Schools


PHASE AFTER HISTORY: 1       
First Line: Then two juncos trapped in the house this morning
Last Line: The guest approves %by his beloved mansionry %that heaven's breath smells wooingly here


PHASE AFTER HISTORY: 2       
First Line: The police came and got stuart, brought him to
Last Line: Before it rammed its lights out %aiming for the brightest spot, the only clue


PHASE AFTER HISTORY: 3       
First Line: Because it is the face
Last Line: Those white hands waving and diving %in the water that is not there


PHILOSOPHER'S STONE       
First Line: It's like this. There are quantities. There's on- %goingness
Last Line: Seems bright yellow in its pitch


PICNIC       
First Line: The light shone down taking the shape of each lie
Last Line: Blacker shadows of spring now that the leaves are %opening, now that they're taking up %place
Subject(s): Picnics


PIETA       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: Just sound, part of one sound, one endless sound - maybe a cry maybe a countdown, love


POLLOCK AND CANVAS       
First Line: When he leaned down over
Last Line: And I will take away mine hand and thou, thou....)
Subject(s): Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956)


POLLOCK AND CANVAS       
First Line: When he leaned down over
Subject(s): Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956)


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Over a dock railing, I watch the minnows, thousands, swirl
Subject(s): Freedom; Transience; Liberty; Impermanence


PRAYER       
First Line: What of the quicksand %my desperate eye looking too hard
Last Line: -- oh quickness -- like a drop. Swallow %rouse says the dark


PRAYER ( FROM BEHIND TREES )       
First Line: The branchful of dried leaves blown about at the center
Last Line: How the new gods walk behind the old gods at the suitable distance


RAVEL AND UNRAVEL       
First Line: So that it's right, isn't it, that she should come to love it best


RAVEL AND UNRAVEL       
First Line: I think I understand today how she would come


READING PLATO       
First Line: This is the story %of a beautiful
Last Line: For the natural world


RECOVERED FROM THE STORM       
First Line: I went out afterwards to see
Last Line: I pick up and drag one large limb from the path


RED UMBRELLA AUBADE       
First Line: On my way home I hear, somewhere near dawn
Last Line: And then an aftertaste, as of ashes, in my mouth, from listening


REGION OF UNLIKENESS       
First Line: You wake up and you don't know who it is there breathing
Last Line: Up, something moving through the air now, something in the ground %that %waits


RELATIVITY: A QUARTET       
First Line: During the slowdown we lost power
Last Line: And then much later, like a dream, desolate, things being talked about


REPUBLIC FOR WHICH WE STAND       
First Line: I go to the grave after a year has passed
Last Line: Cherry limb %turns out to be a


ROOM-TONE       
First Line: Turn around (wind in the sycamore).


SALMON       
First Line: I watched them once, at dusk, on television, run
Last Line: Smiling, faces pressed against the stone


SALOME       
First Line: To start anywhere (that dance)


SAN SEPOLCRO    Poem Text    
First Line: In this blue light
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Piero Della Francesca (1420-1492)


SAN SEPOLCRO       
First Line: In this blue light
Last Line: Finding all of the stops
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Piero Della Francesca (1420-1492)


SCANNING       
First Line: After the rain there was traffic behind us like a long kiss
Last Line: Jacob dreamer -- the winged volumetrics chiseling-out a skull %for the dream


SCIROCCO       
First Line: In rome, at 26 piazza di spagna
Last Line: Which break in your hands


SEA-BLUE AUBADE       
First Line: Dawn - or is it sea-blue - fills the square
Last Line: Why is mother singing?


SELF PORTRAIT       
First Line: Tap tap


SELF-PORTRAIT AS APOLLO AND DAPHNE       
First Line: The truth is this had been going on for a long time during which


SELF-PORTRAIT AS BOTH PARTIES       
First Line: The cut flowers riding the skin of this river


SELF-PORTRAIT AS DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE       
First Line: So look I said this is the burning bush we're in it it has three faces


SELF-PORTRAIT AS HURRY AND DELAY       
First Line: So that every night above them in her chambers she unweaves it
Last Line: Beginning always beginning the ending as they go to sleep beneath her


SELF-PORTRAIT AS THE GESTURE BETWEEN THEM       
First Line: The gesture like a fruit torn from a limb, torn swiftly


SHADOW OF PETER       
First Line: Listen closely. Theses are not letters. They float
Last Line: Come now, let us go


SHORT HISTORY OF THE WEST       
First Line: Tap tap. %a blue sky. A sun and moon in it
Last Line: And how she will not rise


SHORT HISTORY OF THE WEST       
First Line: Tap tap
Last Line: Or full of feeling--and the light she should rise %to switch on now, %and how she will not rise


SO SURE OF NOWHERE BUYING TIMES TO COME       
First Line: I understood that there must have been
Last Line: Laws and, up, up, wielding utter particularity in this pregnant bagfulness, and so on


SOLITUDE       
First Line: The subject of mutability %fog hour tree (frogs)
Last Line: Everyone knows apparently what must be %s.S: what the 'something' is. %ed: understood by that?


SOUL SAYS       
First Line: To be so held by brittleness, shapeliness
Last Line: The wave breaking, the wave drowning me in laughter


SPELLED FROM THE SHADOWS AUBADE       
First Line: Trying to whisper life came back, the light came back
Last Line: Running a bit %then clinging to a tree


SPLIT TRACTATE       
First Line: But I feared that her soul didn't
Last Line: In fact, when you wre most broken, %her heaven was you?


SPOKEN FROM THE HEDGEROWS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To bring back a time and place.
Subject(s): War


SPRING       
First Line: When I caught sight of them, the secret lovers


STEERING WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the rear-view mirror I saw the veil of leaves
Last Line: Things in the world, you must believe me
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Leaves


STEERING WHEEL       
First Line: In the rear-view mirror I saw the veil of leaves
Last Line: Things in the world, you must believe me
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Leaves


STRANGERS       
First Line: The hand I placed on you, what if it
Last Line: They're flowers because they stop where they do


STROKE       
First Line: Of genius? How one wants to be other than being, how one wants to be
Last Line: Embracing brutality and importance. Some joy. Some preliminary sketches


STUDIES IN SECRECY        Recitation by Author
First Line: The secret we don't know we're trying to find, the thing unseen
Subject(s): Love


STUDIES IN SECRECY       
First Line: The secret we don't know we're trying to find, the thing unseen
Last Line: The golden-headed, the upthrown - have invented happiness say the last men - %and blink
Subject(s): Love


SUNDOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the day


SURFACE       
First Line: It has a hole in it. Not only where I concentrate
Last Line: The leaves very still as they are carried


TAKEN-DOWN GOD       
First Line: You are not supposed to write in the presence so I can't really do
Last Line: And down- %though only out once you go out this door


TENNESSEE JUNE       
First Line: This is the heat that seeks the flaw in everything
Last Line: The spirit breaks from you and you remain


THAT GREATER THAN WHICH NOTHING       
First Line: Even the plentitude is tired of the magnanimous, disciplined, beached eye in
Last Line: In which the living is forgotten to be living


THE GEESE    Poem Text    
First Line: Today as I hang out the wash I see them again, a code
Last Line: This astonishing delay, the everyday, takes place
Subject(s): Geese


THE HIDING PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I saw it was 1968
Last Line: No -- tell them no --
Subject(s): Labor Unions; Paris, France; Riots; Strikes; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


THE MARRIAGE       
First Line: I'm taking the ashes from the woodstove out
Last Line: Softly she sang a bit then went upstairs
Subject(s): Marriage


THE VISIBLE WORLD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I dig my hands into the absolute. The surface
Subject(s): Human Body; Transience; Reading And Books; Impermanence


THINKING       
First Line: I can't really remember now. The soundless foamed
Last Line: Shaking, with light - ) is born


TO PAUL ELUARD       
First Line: Farewell to the caterpillars standing in minks
Last Line: Butterfiles teach us to see meanings vanish %not one gets away


TO THE READER       
First Line: I swear to you she wanted back into the shut, the slow
Last Line: In which now a girl with a weed and a notebook appears


TREE OF KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: Then I came down and watched the fire awhile


TURNING       
First Line: Sunlight bright over stone walls: houses
Last Line: Whose turn is it now? Whose?


TWO PAINTINGS BY GUSTAV KLIMT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Although what glitters
Subject(s): Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918)


TWO PAINTINGS BY GUSTAV KLIMT       
First Line: Although what glitters on the trees
Last Line: Has something to do with pleasure


ULTRAHIGH FREQUENCY       
First Line: We fiddle with the set for about an hour


UNDERNEATH (1)       
First Line: Painful to look up
Last Line: (actually over) my throat


UNDERNEATH (11)       
First Line: By not escaping %the future is created
Last Line: With one law %cover me


UNDERNEATH (13)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Needed explanation
Subject(s): Love


UNDERNEATH (2)       
First Line: Ghosts -- not having
Last Line: I'm asking -- for weight %the ready -- flowers


UNDERNEATH (3)       
First Line: Explain -- given to
Last Line: (the pone rings at dawn) (very occasionally)


UNDERNEATH (7)       
First Line: Mirror. Roll away
Last Line: The bough springing back into the tree


UNDERNEATH (9)    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring / up, up you go, you must be introduced
Subject(s): Change; Seasons


UNDERNEATH (9)       
First Line: Spring %up, up you go, you must be introduced
Last Line: Organized around a radiant absence. %in his dance the people do not move
Subject(s): Change; Seasons


UNDERNEATH (LIBATION)       
First Line: Look the middle period %where will the council be tomorrow
Last Line: Who rules the house? %persuasion


UNDERNEATH (SIBYLLINE)       
First Line: As if we could tell %if we'd been abandoned
Last Line: Look you have to lift the match to it again %because this syllable is still intact


UNTITLED       
First Line: In the city that apparently never was
Last Line: Round) (below) hissing bend down bend down o wretched wife, %do you not recognize your love?


UNTITLED ONE       
First Line: A curtain rose, I felt an obligation
Last Line: To take a bow. All at once. All together. That I might remember


UNTITLED TWO       
First Line: And shades approached. A masonary of shades, one in a
Last Line: And the rail gleams, and the rail overflows with corrugated light


VEIL       
First Line: In the tabernacle the veil hangs which is (choose one):
Last Line: Though not yet (dear x) not yet


VEIL       
First Line: Exile angle of vision %so steep the representation
Last Line: Are we alone? I can never think of you %without smiling


VERTIGO       
First Line: Then they came to the very edge of the cliff and looked down


VIA NEGATIVA       
First Line: Gracious will. Gracious indistinct
Last Line: Till the level is reached where a fall begins) (more or less %long)


VISIBLE WORLD       
First Line: I dig my hands into the absolute. The surface breaks
Last Line: I put the seed in. The beam moves on


WANTING A CHILD       
First Line: How hard it is for the river here to re-enter


WAY THINGS WORK       
First Line: Is by admitting %or opening away
Last Line: Is that eventually %something catches


WHAT IS CALLED THINKING: AFTER TRAKL       
First Line: When I surprised the deer the wind was against me
Last Line: History! A dress rustles on the spiral staircase. %I lay my forehead into the silver hands


WHAT THE END IS FOR (GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA)    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy just like you took me out to see them
Last Line: Until the sound of the open ocean grows and the voice.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Strategic Air Command; Nuclear Freeze


WHAT THE INSTANT CONTAINS (LYLE VAN WARING, 1922-1988)    Poem Text    
First Line: Presently lyle gets into bed
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHAT THE INSTANT CONTAINS (LYLE VAN WARING, 1922-1988)       
First Line: Presently lyle gets into bed
Last Line: And then the blue vase I'll put them in for a time
Subject(s): Death


WHICH BUT FOR VACANCY       
First Line: Again the dream. But of what?
Last Line: Where one bud, today, has just begun to rip %into view


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 1       
First Line: Is it because of history or is it because of matter
Last Line: And translating now into the mercury lights %through which the surgeons %bend


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 2       
First Line: Blink. There. It's just the body. Put it on
Last Line: There. It's just the inflammation-purr. Blink again


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 3       
First Line: Now I will make a sound for you to hear
Last Line: Now I will make it. Just make it. Make it. %how do you feel?


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 4       
First Line: If I am responsible, it can't be for everything
Last Line: Stare-emptiness, green, and on it, instead of a face, %that cry %floating


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 5       
First Line: Maybe if I turn the tv on?
Last Line: Feeling okay?


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 6       
First Line: Said moses show me your face
Last Line: But what can we do? %call the


WHO WATCHES FROM THE DARK PORCH: 7       
First Line: Policeman, the surgeon?
Last Line: No later, no matter. %there, you got it now. You got it


WILLOW IN SPRING WIND: A SHOWING       
First Line: Pointless homesickness. Pointless shudderings
Last Line: Dazzling the still philosophies