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Author: HALPERN, DANIEL
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Halpern, Daniel    Poet's Biography
223 poems available by this author


A BAD YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We call it a bad year, / diseases of the blood
Subject(s): Time


ABIDING MEMENTO       
First Line: Always going back there %hilltown dinners
Last Line: How even at that moment it was %this memory in time flowing back


AFTER RUMI       
First Line: So many nights cast to darkness %without morning
Last Line: By one version fire %no longer catches


AFTER THE VIGIL       
First Line: They turn up, no longer nameless, %their bodies clear, so nearly pure
Last Line: Into this world, keeping their own counsel


AIR, '56       
First Line: Across the way a phonograph scratches out 'ja-da'
Last Line: Melody climbing the coolish, friendly air


ALL CITY       
First Line: He was all city, but not in sports- %something a little different
Last Line: Looking up at the lunar disk-aqueous, drifting


AMARYLLIS       
First Line: Through the city the flocks are led
Last Line: Clouded the air, the hum of evening traffic grew


ANNUALS    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees hold against
Subject(s): Nature


ANNUALS       
First Line: The trees hold against
Last Line: This empire's time %running out, color %the correct landscape %to show what's left you
Subject(s): Nature


ANTECEDENT       
First Line: I meant to have time to think this over
Last Line: A plausible thing, something out of nothing


APPROACH       
First Line: Let what declines find a level of its own
Last Line: Theories of season, its rising %and falling, the guards at last coming around
Subject(s): Nature


ARGUMENT       
First Line: But it ate a hole in my heart
Last Line: The cost? One more entry through the heart


ARRIVING       
First Line: On a day long and wet we fall upon
Last Line: Of moth wings on the screen, starving for light


AT DANTE'S TOMB       
First Line: Too austere even for dante
Last Line: Amonmg the four worlds we inhabit


BAD YEAR       
First Line: We call it a bad year, %diseases of the blood
Last Line: Of our bones?-is just a stone's throw away
Subject(s): Time


BAR ESCARGOT: A STORY       
First Line: Moe served drinks in the bar escargot, a youthful liberian saved by peter
Last Line: Were pulled through the shuttered openings into the waiting darkness


BEAUTY & RESTRAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: We decided to make nothing definite
Subject(s): Beauty; Heaven; Paradise


BEAUTY & RESTRAINT       
First Line: We decided to make nothing definite
Last Line: Even the sun, hovering in this paradise, %eventually goes down
Subject(s): Beauty; Heaven


BEGIN       
First Line: We are in the room
Last Line: I need only begin. Can you hear me


BELL & CAPITOL       
First Line: There is the sound of trumpets brilliant off the brick


BELOW KEATS'S ROOM, FIRST LIGHT       
First Line: I won't forget
Last Line: In the piazza di spagna, at that hour, I heard keats say it


BIRTHRIGHT       
First Line: I think they go back to visit
Last Line: Will inherit your past


BLUE SUSPENSION       
First Line: Brown wood and moss-covering
Last Line: Bread, the red wine, the girl in her blue suspension


BRAVURA LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: He would tell you the grass this spring was a pale
Subject(s): Change; Lament; Nature; Time


BRAVURA LAMENT       
First Line: He would tell you the grass this spring was a pale
Last Line: Drowning while showered by the fluid blow of keen insight
Subject(s): Change; Lament; Nature; Time


BREAKER OF GLASS       
First Line: In pleases him, how he multiplies
Last Line: In the bathroom's dark wall


BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: Their old, pale green pontiac cleaned up
Subject(s): Clubs (associations); Parties


CALL       
First Line: The sharp, insomniac cry of a seabird
Last Line: Of the unmolested feeding birds at sunrise, just rising


CANDLES FOR BESSIE       
First Line: We walk as far as we can
Last Line: Throw light against the darkening vestibules


CARELESS PERFECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: According to lin yutang
Subject(s): Perfection


CARNIVAL FOOD       
First Line: It was great to see you the other day
Last Line: It comes back to me. Forget those brilliant enchiladas


CARNIVAL MOOD       
First Line: But my god you were beautiful. A vegetarian, right?
Last Line: Or as my daughter queried, which is higher--space or heaven?


CHILD RUNNING       
First Line: The little girl runs too quickly in the summer afternoon
Last Line: What's one estatic child running on the beach


CINEMA VERITE       
First Line: In the cinema verite of the sixties the beautiful
Last Line: Are numbered but the evening is long


CLAMS       
First Line: The gift of clams is here, waiting
Last Line: This gift of clams


CLICHE DOMESTIQUE       
First Line: Sunday and a dark day, of domesticity


CLUMSY GRATITUDE       
First Line: There is only one secret despite the many
Last Line: In what ways the secret revealed %is nothing more than an ongoing form of grace


COFFEE       
First Line: There was a little coffee house in the mid-sixties,
Last Line: The cups of coffee cooling, just out of reach


CORPSE OF THE INSENSITIVE       
First Line: The mountainside or pasture hills
Last Line: As if that body rising in the grass were ours


CREELEY'S HEAVEN       
First Line: If they've %left they're
Last Line: Just now on %the branch


DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The line of girls anathema,
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DANCE       
First Line: The line of girls anathema, %pale summer dresses, conspicuous makeup
Last Line: Their legs moving already. Dance?


DANCE       
First Line: No one's dancing here tonight
Last Line: No one's dancing here tonight -- wouldn't you know it


DAUGHTER & CHAIR       
First Line: It's a sunny day in the middle of the year
Last Line: There's only the one sun and it shines in her eyes


DAYBREAK        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


DAYBREAK       
First Line: The angular %stick-legged walk
Last Line: The explosive light breaking %off bay glass


DEAD BIRDS       
First Line: All the days you can remember
Last Line: Spirit like memory rising, gravity free


DEAD FISH       
First Line: The pale arc of line feeds
Last Line: Pulled in on a fly


DEATH OF LI PO       
First Line: Not even their master calligraphers
Last Line: As he passed through that perfect circle of light
Subject(s): Li Po (701-762)


DEJA VU       
First Line: The great wings of the fan spread
Last Line: It will be with my hands


DESPERADOS    Poem Text    
First Line: We were desperate. No, we were beyond desperation
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers


DESPERADOS       
First Line: We were desperate. No, we were beyond desperation
Last Line: We hadn't made a move - just kept on driving
Subject(s): Driving And Drivers


DINNER FOR TWO       
First Line: It wasn't an easy address to find, buried in chinatown, above
Last Line: Something very old and odd and intense. I'd like to do that


DIRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the way there are signs, nothing
Subject(s): Nature; Signs & Signboards


DIRECTION       
First Line: Along the way there are signs, nothing
Last Line: The limitless ocean passing over the many bones
Subject(s): Nature; Signs And Signboards


DIRECTION FROM ZULU       
First Line: Be seated first thing upon awakening
Last Line: In your zibeline robes remember this: %you are zechariah. You are zoroaster. You are zebedee


DUSK       
First Line: She never happens upon a garden at dusk
Last Line: Portrait in the high glass windows of the city %a brilliant light held against the darkening snow


DUTCH APRIL       
First Line: Tulips charge the grazing dikes, and I walk
Last Line: Its load of ripe edam upon the quay


EARLY DEATH       
First Line: It is the first death that seems so open
Last Line: Invisible trees, in the little light left them


ELEGIES FOR CARELESS LOVE       
First Line: I've been trying to write you of that night
Last Line: Do not expect applause


ENDINGS       
First Line: A few years later
Last Line: Three thousand times %round this floor


EPITHALAMIUM       
First Line: In the streets the crowds go about their business
Last Line: The time has come. I am waiting for you
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


ETERNAL LIGHT OF TALK       
First Line: That's one way to look at it, I thought
Last Line: To be sure, his was a living will


ETHNIC LIFE       
First Line: I've been after the exotic
Last Line: Where the senses can be heard


FEVER JOURNAL       
First Line: It is evening. Purple
Last Line: Back over the water from the north


FIRST FEVER       
First Line: Here's a fevered child %bedded down between us
Last Line: Above the darkening, faced %toward the cooling dawn


FISH        Recitation
Subject(s): Fish


FISH       
First Line: She is washed by white-water, white if she looked up
Last Line: The fish bending to touch her


FIVE RIDDLES: 1.       
First Line: Your digs neither rouse nor rib
Last Line: To walk this earth upon his own good luck


FIVE RIDDLES: 2.       
First Line: With a body full of vertebrae
Last Line: First and final trip alone %is its funeral


FIVE RIDDLES: 3.       
First Line: It is my pulse
Last Line: And I have the final word


FIVE RIDDLES: 4.       
First Line: Your arms cover half
Last Line: That we began in this world, which is half yours


FIVE RIDDLES: 5.       
First Line: I lurk in shadows
Last Line: Keeps their world alive


FOLLOWING IT DOWN       
First Line: Think how you will follow it down
Last Line: Out of the cobalt balance


FOR THE UNIDENTIFIED       
First Line: From above the park is bruised surface
Last Line: And sure we will like this for a long time. %isn't this evening turned to night lasting?


FOR YOU       
First Line: You are not going to say any more now
Last Line: This last long river is for you


FOREIGN NEON        Recitation


FOREIGN NEON       
First Line: Consider a landscape of winter
Last Line: Her cheek, a color akin to foreign neon


FORESEEABLE FUTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: We would have found powell in paris
Subject(s): Future


FORESEEABLE FUTURES       
First Line: We would have found powell in paris
Last Line: We could have found our way to the music
Subject(s): Future


FROG NIGHTS       
First Line: The frogs outside my window hog the night
Last Line: This room, where in disguise we move


FUGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: A child asks endlessly about dying
Subject(s): Mortality


FUGUE       
First Line: A child asks endlessly about dying
Last Line: The days run out-no longer oneself


GIRL WHO DOESN'T SMILE       
First Line: I am seated
Last Line: My own undying love


GLASSWORKS       
First Line: You run out of invention and the glass stem
Last Line: And make it live below intelligence


GOD HASN'T MADE ROOM -- MRIRIDA N'AIT ATTIK       
First Line: My sister, you are a stranger to this place
Last Line: On a warm summer night


GONE       
First Line: A girl I didn't know handed me a letter and went away
Last Line: The blue vein a river through her golden temple at rest


GRASSHOPPER       
First Line: Mokhtar sat in his favorite cafe on the rue de la plage
Last Line: The grasshopper kept on eating and weeping until the onion was gone


HALFWAY       
First Line: Chekhov said if you wish to have
Last Line: The things he cooked and never ate


HEAVENLY ORNAMENTS       
First Line: They are, so many of them, too far away now
Last Line: The heavenly ornaments burn only for the living


HER BODY [THE SIGNATURE]    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: They are small enough to find and care for a tiny stone
Subject(s): Human Body; Women


HER BODY: 1. THE FINGERS       
First Line: They are small enough to find and care for a tiny stone
Last Line: Who sent her, letting them know contact's made


HER BODY: 2. THE EYES       
First Line: We believe their color makes some kind of difference
Last Line: Maybe just looking with loyalty into the eyes of another


HER BODY: 3. THE TOES       
First Line: Who went to market
Last Line: You go, %I stay. %two autumns


HER BODY: 4. THE SIGNATURE       
First Line: Who knows how they get here
Last Line: An angel's thumbprint, a signature, her soul


HERE AT FIFTY       
First Line: The checklist at dawn %gets longer
Last Line: The final midpoint, the last step %the infinite standstill


HERMIT       
First Line: I live at a distance
Last Line: You can't leave a wife of enclosure. %you can't leave a house of air


HOBBYIST       
First Line: In late august she decided to make thanksgiving turkeys
Last Line: The needles and thimbles, the hundred threads


HOEG'S ISLAND       
First Line: She lived on an island connected to an island by a bridge
Last Line: Angle into the rising sun-forms punctuating the language of %what lay ahead


HOMAGE TO N       
First Line: She is the most beautiful woman in moscow
Last Line: The sun shines, but in my soul darkness reigns


HOT TEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Midafternoon./her canyon. Her house
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


HOT TEA       
First Line: Mid-afternoon %her canyon. Her house
Last Line: Heat from the valley washing over us %the tea we sip frosts our shades


HOUSE OF FLAME       
First Line: Get the marinade right
Last Line: As white sheets - your white voice %in the expectant air, calling me back


HOW TO EAT ALONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: While it's still light out
Subject(s): Food & Eating


HOW TO EAT ALONE       
First Line: While it's still light out
Last Line: The company is the best you'll ever have
Subject(s): Food And Eating


HUNGRY AS DOGS       
First Line: You write only of the night? She writes
Last Line: We were famished, wasn't that why we went out? %hungry as dogs


I AM A DANCER       
First Line: There is no reason to be bothered
Last Line: I kick open the air and, my friend, I walk out


IN SEASON       
First Line: The game birds you like to pursue await %disagreeable weather
Last Line: Finite diversion the art of this world


INFESTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Even insects have histories
Last Line: Upon which they take their evening meal
Subject(s): Insects; Exterminating & Exterminators; Bugs


INFESTATION       
First Line: Even insects have histories
Last Line: Upon which they take their evening meal
Subject(s): Insects


INFIDELITIES: 1       
First Line: I read somewhere that every love
Last Line: Life sentences %back to back


INFIDELITIES: 2       
First Line: There's a grey cat who's not allowed into the house
Last Line: A gourmet cat when hungry: squab, fillet, hearts of chicken


INFIDELITIES: 3       
First Line: Adjoining suites in cities halfway round the world
Last Line: Will accompany you the full distance home


INFIDELITIES: 4       
First Line: We talked in the oyster bars
Last Line: Parting with nothing left to say


INFIDELITIES: 5       
First Line: There's a rich, humid park that carries on for acres
Last Line: We want it this lingering way: constant renaming, constant return


INSULT -- MRIRIDA N'AIT ATTIK       
First Line: You are wrong, mother of my former husband
Last Line: That I no longer know is name


JUST ANOTHER DARKENING       
First Line: Just a darkening, as if the century had come
Last Line: These hours so like mirrors, the night so unwilling to relinquish


KEEPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Judged by the inch
Last Line: "home, something
Subject(s): Property; Possessions


KEEPERS       
First Line: Judged by the inch
Last Line: Home, something %whole to keep
Subject(s): Property


LADY KNIFE-THROWER       
First Line: In the gay silver air of the tent
Last Line: In their teakwood rack, we are all we desire


LANDING       
First Line: On the prow
Last Line: And yet take them in


LAST DANCE       
First Line: You were dancing. %you were dancing
Last Line: You were dancing a slow dance, %but you were dancing


LAST DAYS OF THE YEAR       
First Line: Sometimes the days must
Last Line: Of the cars outside, passing by


LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is late and the others have turned
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


LATE       
First Line: It is the harsh, rude sound of a man leaving
Last Line: Repetition of walking shoes, moving with intent


LATE (ON LINES BY ELIZABETH BOWEN)       
First Line: It is late and the others have turned
Last Line: Again from that window and talk to me


LEAVING THE CITY       
First Line: We were complaining about the streets
Last Line: We wept openly for our exhaustion


LESSON       
First Line: Where have they gone
Last Line: Again and again at her breast


LETTER TO THE MIDWEST       
First Line: You would notice the humor: storks
Last Line: In a frenzy, circle, and float home


LIFE AMONG OTHERS       
First Line: I tempt light off the bay till evening
Last Line: From this setting of props, I return it all


LIKE ANYONE       
First Line: She had theories: like every eel
Last Line: Like her life at the slight angle %she lived it


LIME KILN       
First Line: Late august, the dead days of lime
Last Line: Nothing but the wet flesh of memory


LOVE SONG       
First Line: Your eyes the coolish pallor of the greenback
Last Line: O such eyes make of what they see a cage


MARRIAGE POEM       
First Line: Underappreciated today for his epigrammatic wit
Last Line: Can be believed forever over the years


MEASURES SHE HAS TAKEN       
First Line: The cruelties of africa cloud the nails
Last Line: A little open ocean, the sun afloat on orient


METAPHYSICAL       
First Line: Yes, I thought this to be everlasting
Last Line: Oh yes, how the world rises before us and goes by


MIDNIGHT: TRIADIC GHAZAL       
First Line: Let the night be the one place of darkness
Last Line: And then, too, what lies ahead


MOON OVER SQUIBNOCKET    Poem Text    
First Line: A hundred yards out the rockpile shelters the keeper bass
Subject(s): Moon


MOON OVER SQUIBNOCKET       
First Line: A hundred yards out the rockpile shelters the keeper bass
Last Line: Oh yes, perfect summer night. A few of us just looking up
Subject(s): Moon


MY EYES YOUR EYES       
First Line: I give you one of my blue eyes %because you are four and ask for it
Last Line: If you asked %if you asked for it


NAMING THE UNBORN       
First Line: Marry late and the next question
Last Line: And await what will come, %this vigil we keep for the nameless
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


NATURE LOVER'S LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: They want only to look at it
Last Line: But when the moment comes, they refuse to touch it
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Nature


NATURE LOVER'S LAMENT       
First Line: They want only to look at it
Last Line: But when the moment comes, they refuse to touch it
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Nature


NEW BLAST-FURNACE IN THE KEMEROVO -- BELLA AKHMADULINA       
First Line: Up there where the new blast-furnace rises
Last Line: Then scatters sparks, failing stars of fire


NEW ROAD       
First Line: Stippled, if you were after distance
Last Line: Where the new road like a wave meets the old


NEW STRANGERS       
First Line: Here's to you!-to you
Last Line: They've been there? And always so familiar


NIGHT FOOD       
First Line: I talked with those who fished the santa monica pier
Last Line: The wet sea air, night fishing


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: The train passes through the night
Last Line: It was enough


NIGHTWORK       
First Line: The humid night has thrown
Last Line: The ongoing sea-sound in the shell of night


NOTE       
First Line: To get your attention


NUDE       
First Line: In one of watteau's pencil sketches
Last Line: Which he left without a mark


OF THE AIR       
First Line: Tonight, in the country, I stood awhile
Last Line: Not in the night, but through the air


OUR BOYS: THE EIGTH PILLAR       
First Line: We know what we're doing now. Believe me
Last Line: Pitch tents where the sun's no emblem, whee the stars %don'tcarry cards and after the shot they don'


PARTING WORDS       
First Line: It's a small town somewhere
Last Line: And fashion will have lifted her skirt a little


PASSING       
First Line: Sometimes you called on those
Last Line: And you'd let them go


PASTIMES       
First Line: Why, you're a genius, she said
Last Line: As we glue and stitch through life


PERSON SMOKING       
First Line: Cigarette smoke floats up
Last Line: Into the white air of the sheets


PERVERTS       
First Line: A lonely little lman
Last Line: He can wait


PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: I've never felt this way before he said
Last Line: His hand, still warm, felt nothing


PINK SHARON       
Last Line: She says, yes


PLACE TO EAT       
First Line: Do you remember driving such south looking for a place to eat?
Last Line: Lights finally found the broken white rule running north?


PORTONCINI DEI MORTI       
First Line: In the analects confucius says
Last Line: Among the living


POSTCARD       
First Line: She tells you she doesn't come with strangers
Last Line: The taste of her body seasoned with sea salt, %the scent of her body the moment before waking


POUND       
First Line: It was a night one might have expected
Last Line: In perfect american %keeping it simple


PREPARATIONS FOR THE END OF THE EVENING       
First Line: The light is spanish on the moroccan back streets
Last Line: Over which the opaque water continues


PROTECT YOURSELF       
First Line: Outside, a feckless day occurs
Last Line: When you remember the number's one


REAL ESTATE       
First Line: No stream ran through the twenty-seven acres
Last Line: From the life that's my estate to a rotting house of spare remains
Subject(s): Houses


RESURRECTION       
First Line: Remember the sage and wild thyme nagging their sandals
Last Line: Of sharing one thing with another


RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come back again and again, the fields no
Subject(s): Homecoming


RETURN       
First Line: Come back again and again, the fields no
Last Line: Living against dark fields, come back again, the family %holding dinner for you, come back, come bac


RETURN, STARTING OUT       
First Line: There it is, the jagged sprawl of the familiar
Last Line: Moves, merely floating, looking back


RIVER PASSAGE       
First Line: The river town is too far now
Last Line: Upriver to the capital of strangers


ROMANCE       
First Line: They met and in their meeting they were happy
Last Line: When she stood up for the final time, their eyes met


RUBBER JUNCTION       
First Line: I am a man who has watched the sun break down
Last Line: As the flood begins a slow descent down the stairs


RUSTED TIN       
First Line: What washes up, what's left behind, what's
Last Line: Bearing unbidden but beautiful gifts


SCARS    Poem Text    
First Line: \o7 they are the short stories of the flesh,
Subject(s): Memory


SCARS       
First Line: They are the short stories of the flesh
Last Line: Before us what we may still need to see


SENOR EXCELLENT       
First Line: I was taken there as a child
Last Line: Witnessing the utterances of the human race


SHELDON'S POEM       
First Line: The cafe sags out beneath a meager
Last Line: Ing his life as the sun enters the hill


SHELDON'S POEM I       
First Line: Sheldon put on his female garb
Last Line: Beats and haight hadn't started up yet


SILENCE -- BELLA AKHMADULINA       
First Line: Who was it that took away my voice
Last Line: You raise me now in song


SISTERHOOD       
First Line: If you let them, they'll take your eyes away
Last Line: Lifts you upon its edge to the waking street


SNAPSHOT OF HUE       
First Line: They are riding bicyles on the other side
Last Line: The bicycles barely moving, the sun posted above


SOLDIER       
First Line: A soldier is walking in the streets of a very old city
Last Line: A bright bird out of the cobalt, like all the others


SPEND       
First Line: Diminishing returns she said
Last Line: Nothing that needs to come back comes back


SPRING ZOO       
First Line: The childen are too kind this year
Last Line: And let the big cats do my pacing


STAZIONE       
First Line: She arrives but isn't met because her lover
Last Line: And lets her go. The nearest track is hers


STILL       
First Line: I hear callers in the trees
Last Line: Recalled into movement and loved, wholly still


STORM       
First Line: The italian police stopped us today
Last Line: That we can go that distance, and continue on


STREET       
First Line: Where do you go I'm thinking of you
Last Line: Here's a little song you lie back the colors of your body talk


STREET FIRE       
First Line: It is past midnight in a thick fog when sirens
Last Line: Bound with rubber that smolders into morning


SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are sorry, they bring up umbrellas
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


SUMMER IN THE MIDDLE CLASS       
First Line: All over america
Last Line: And then %the total darkness


SUMMER NIGHTS       
First Line: You took me to see your friend, a youngish man
Last Line: On the walls of my room, and passing on


SUMMER RENTALS       
First Line: Today we went to see the summer rentals
Last Line: I returned the handshake you taught me as a boy


SUMMER STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the storm's
Subject(s): Storms


SUMMER STORM       
First Line: All day the storm's
Last Line: The small-talk, our right to all this


TAKE FOR EXAMPLE       
First Line: Take the insect for example
Last Line: He set out from without a song


TANGO       
First Line: When celina arrived the floor was on fire
Last Line: By her hips and her mouth she was built for the tango


TATTOO       
First Line: Did you see a cockatoo? I ask
Last Line: To what's here now. A bird of restrained flight


THAW       
First Line: We wondered where the headlands were
Last Line: The river-run and wild thyme. The shore-chive. %ebb and flow


THE AFTERNOON: MID-DECEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a woman


THE DEATH OF LI PO       
First Line: Not even their master calligraphers
Subject(s): Li Po (701-762); Li Bai (71-762)


THE END OF VIGIL    Poem Text    
First Line: All night I am held in the sound
Subject(s): Storms


THE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The italian police stopped us today
Subject(s): Italy; Storms; Automobiles; Italians; Cars


THEY CAN TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY       
First Line: They can take your breath away
Last Line: They can take your breath away


TIDAL       
First Line: I walk out at sunset, over the prehistoric beach slate
Last Line: My solitude fits like fabric, tailored to last forever


TITLE       
First Line: Late afternoon light and the devotees


TO A DAUGHTER       
First Line: When we are no longer the only ones you
Last Line: Come on home, daughter, our girl, our first light


TO A FRIEND SHOT ON A MEXICAN BUS       
First Line: He's one of the hard talkers
Last Line: We won't die insulting the dust


TRAVELING ON CREDIT       
First Line: They would think up trips on sundays
Last Line: And postcards back on the weekend


TREES IN VARIOUS CLIMATES       
First Line: There is something to say
Last Line: Through the skeletal trees


VISITORS       
First Line: At low tide, midsummer, I walked out to the mussel beds
Last Line: With a pail of mussels, waiting for her


WALKING IN THE 15TH CENTURY       
First Line: There are angels on the road from san sepulcro
Last Line: To pay the caretaker the few hundred lire for a look


WHITE CONTACT       
First Line: There is a boy running along the beach
Last Line: Running along the beach


WHITE FIELD       
First Line: It is like standing beyond
Last Line: Alone and warm, again intact, starting out


WHITE TENT       
First Line: I pitched a tent in an open field
Last Line: As they lifted, and disappeared


WHITE TRAIN       
First Line: The night knows nothing of the chants of night
Last Line: This is no dream. I know nothing


WOMEN       
First Line: She dreams
Last Line: Beautiful things from the city


WORDS OF ADVICE       
First Line: Language held you above the water
Last Line: The lyrics long ago lost on you


YOU GO OUT       
First Line: You don't always feel well
Last Line: To give up order and move on


ZENO'S LEMUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't he the man with crimson socks
Subject(s): Animals; Mankind; Human Race


ZENO'S LEMUR       
First Line: Isn't he the man with crimson socks
Last Line: A word of arrival, recognition hovering before him
Subject(s): Animals; Mankind