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Author: HARVEY, MATTHEA
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Harvey, Matthea    Poet's Biography
102 poems available by this author


BY BICYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not good or bad it's how you get around these
Last Line: Singing and the spokes all spinning in response
Subject(s): Bicycles; Cycling


BY BICYCLE       
First Line: It's not good or bad it's how you get around these
Last Line: Singing and the spokes all spinning in response


CEILING UNLIMITED SERIES       
First Line: God of seedpods, we are wallowing in it
Last Line: Worn coin. I would have liked an answer


CROWDS CHEERED AS GLOOM GALLOPED AWAY       
First Line: Everyone was happier. But where did the sadness go?
Last Line: With those big black eyes, was almost sure to win


DOUBLE PORTRAIT, CARNIVAL, 1925       
First Line: I worked on us
Last Line: And we stood there in disguise


EVERYTHING MUST GO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Today's class 3-deifying:
Last Line: The body but not the dreaming head


FESTIVAL OF GIOVEDI GRASSO       
First Line: Because it means looking into the sun, the people can barely see
Last Line: And the sun slips down the churchsteps one by one
Subject(s): Festivals; Sun


FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS'S LETTERS TO HIS LOVE       
First Line: Why do you not ask me about the lions you write of the dying
Last Line: Who turn around and charge when they have been betrayed


GEM IS ON PAGE SIXTY-FOUR       
First Line: Ahem said the guards when anyone lingered too long
Last Line: Which couldn't be taken away & poured down the sink


GOING OFF THE DEEP END INTO CONFECTIONERY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We're the anemones guarding
Last Line: We sugar the obstacle dark
Subject(s): Fish


GOOD ARE BAD FOR BUSINESS       
First Line: That cupid sure was stupid the money's in the breaking
Last Line: To come home late I still get kisses from the mrs


GRADATIONS OF BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The scent of pig is faint tonight
Last Line: But the exact bend in the river behind them, the pattern of trees
Subject(s): Aging


GRADATIONS OF BLUE       
First Line: The scent of pig is faint tonight
Last Line: But the exact bend in the river behind them, the pattern of trees


HOW ALL THINGS VESTIGIAL GAINED PRESTIGE       
First Line: A man once sent his daughter to show &tell with
Last Line: Of sheep from stealing away and slipping into the sea


I MAY AFTER LEAVING YOU WALK QUICKLY OR EVEN RUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain fell in a post-romantic way.
Last Line: Glum was the woman in the ostrich feather hat
Subject(s): Divorce


I MAY AFTER LEAVING YOU WALK QUICKLY OR EVEN RUN       
First Line: I meant me in the general sense
Last Line: Was the woman in the ostrich feather hat


IDEAS ONLY GO SO FAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Last year I made up a baby. I made her in the shape of a hatbox or a cake. I could have iced her &
Last Line: Sunset—quite unlike my baby, who like any good idea, eventually ended up dead
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


IDEAS ONLY GO SO FAR       
First Line: Last year I made up a baby. I made her in the shape of a
Last Line: Quite unlike my baby, who like any good idea, eventually %ended up dead


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 1. MONOSCENE       
First Line: A master illuminator once painted the holy virgin
Last Line: To shave before setting out across the legume


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 2. DIPTYCH       
First Line: Five of my hands %would have fit
Last Line: The divine he'd say %kicking her under the table


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 3. MONOSCENE       
First Line: I thought of writing as painting's poor relation
Last Line: But a loop of hair or longer line makes all the difference


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 4. TRIPTYCH       
First Line: Necessary writing tools
Last Line: Smooth the vellum


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 5. MONOSCENE       
First Line: When I showed him my band of red angels a camel
Last Line: His eyes seemed to follow them over the hill


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 6. DIPTYCH       
First Line: Light comes in from the left more color less color
Last Line: Next I shall have you paint judas


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT: 7. MONOSCENE       
First Line: I page through the book
Last Line: Twisting the ring on her finger


IMAGE CAST BY A BODY INTERCEPTING LIGHT       
First Line: Shadows simplify-the beak combing the back is lost
Last Line: The order of creation-that god made the sun and made us after


IMPLICATIONS FOR MODERN LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ham flowers have veins and are rimmed in rind, each petal a little meat sunset. I
Last Line: Mud. If you stay, I will find you fresh hay
Subject(s): Flowers; Animals


IN DEFENSE OF OUR OVERGROWN GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night the apple trees shook and gave each lettuce a heart
Last Line: To close I’m sorry there won’t be any salad and I love you
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Relationships


IN DEFENSE OF OUR OVERGROWN GARDEN       
First Line: Last night the apple trees shook and gave each lettuce a heart
Last Line: To close I'm sorry there won't be any salad and I love you


INTRODUCTION TO DISEASE       
First Line: Call me responsible. %(like all of them %it loves an exam)
Last Line: Like that. %I do. Like that


INTRODUCTION TO EDEN       
First Line: Call me what you will
Last Line: In case the gate sings back


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: For the time being
Last Line: Feel something catch
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LESSONS IN SEEING: 1. EXAMINATION       
First Line: The child studies the e in its various
Last Line: T b v muttering why don't these damn things ever form a word


LESSONS IN SEEING: 2. TROMPE L'OEIL       
First Line: This project is to copy a carpet they are giving away because
Last Line: Fool the eye into seeing what is there behind and beyond


LESSONS IN SEEING: 3. RESTORATION       
First Line: Most people would not know where to begin with such a
Last Line: And found the grain the imperfections the lines to follow


LETTING GO       
First Line: The first time he saw a bell do a full somersault
Last Line: He wanted to hang on and go clanging up into the sky


MEAT RAVIOLI VS. SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE       
First Line: Little girls sat on the edge of the pool
Last Line: Self as discrete package or self in the world


MEMENTO MORI       
First Line: A brown leaf struggles against the sky
Last Line: As always on purpose they have left too much


MINARETS & PINNACLES       
First Line: Around 5 o'clock even the grounded crowds
Last Line: She loved it-which was truly inexplicable


MORE SKETCHES FOR A BEAUTIFUL HAT       
First Line: Plain black hat with waterfall veil
Last Line: Naturally quite an inspiration to me


NAPOLEON'S GARDENS       
First Line: We were betting all yellow
Last Line: We needed to take what you tasted


NEED FOR CONSISTENCY       
First Line: Once the stagecoach was stopped &the thieves found
Last Line: She knew exactly what time her husband would be back


NEW FRIENDS        Recitation by Author
First Line: Plant me just below the potatoes
Subject(s): Burials


NO-HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: No-hands has hands but he keeps them clenched in fists at his chest. He appeared long ago on the
Last Line: I give you something and you take it from me
Subject(s): Hands


NOT SO MUCH MINIATURE AS FAR AWAY       
First Line: Little was left of the forest
Last Line: Be silverfish, be blimp


NUDE ON A HORSEHAIR SOFA BY THE SEA       
First Line: I don't know what to do with his body
Last Line: The iris must look like from inside the eye


OBJECTIVE FATIGUE       
First Line: How wonderful to have something felt be fact, to be told you cannot
Last Line: To turn to someone and say this is what you have done


OBOE PLAYER       
First Line: His lips are full, but to play he must fold them in
Last Line: Echoed back in each footstamp, each clap


ONE FILAMENT AGAINST THE FIRMAMENT       
First Line: Most days group v. Practiced on seeing through
Last Line: Formed to research why it had left but it never became clear


ORNAMENTAL       
First Line: Winters, he reletters
Last Line: Delight as the rooster %turns red


OUR AMERICAN HUSBANDS WERE BORN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Into their studies, they study
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


OUR SQUARE OF LAWN       
First Line: From the parrot's perch %the view is always hello
Last Line: It is the closest we come %to dreaming


OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN-TURKISH BATHS       
First Line: A fragment of speech cuts though the thick night air
Last Line: From the bath's underskirts and mixes with the fog
Variant Title(s): Outside The Russian-turkish Bath


PAINT YOUR STEPS BLUE       
First Line: It is spring & people are out repainting their front steps
Last Line: Lie on the ground & a boy on a skateboard rides over over them


PITY THE BATHTUB ITS FORCED EMBRACE OF THE HUMAN FORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Pity the bathtub that belongs to the queen its feet
Last Line: Inside the body oh pity the bathtub but pity us too
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Showers & Showering


PITY THE BATHTUB ITS FORCED EMBRACE OF THE HUMAN FORM       
First Line: Pity the bathtub that belongs to the queen its feet
Last Line: Inside the body oh pity the bathtub but pity us too


POEM (TO BE READ WITH PHILIP GLASS?ÇÖS STRING QUARTET NO. 5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the bell jar of the glass factory
Last Line: Shivers in the newly imagined breeze
Subject(s): Glass, Philip


RESTRICTED VISTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Where they've punched holes in the roof,
Last Line: Panoramas pulsing beneath each shoe
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


SAD LITTLE BREATHING MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under its glass lid, the square
Last Line: The present is in there somewhere
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SELF-PORTRAIT IN BLUE JACKET, 1950       
First Line: What is not in the picture: a field of poppies
Last Line: Still holding my breath


SELF-PORTRAIT IN TUXEDO, 1927       
First Line: I can mock the debonair pose of hand on hip
Last Line: In a dream sequence your taffeta would not burn


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BLUE-BLACK GLOVES, 1948       
First Line: Is it true that the night you said to me, sweetly
Last Line: Would not find it beautiful


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH GLASS BALL, 1936       
First Line: And so I held it softly to my chest
Last Line: It knew my heart, was my heart


SELF-PORTRAIT YELLOW-PINK, 1943       
First Line: I said goodbye with yellow on my cheek
Last Line: Sometimes you are very hard to please


SETTING THE TABLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To cut through night you'll need your sharpest scissors. Cut around the birch, the
Last Line: And eat it between the two scenes. Your food will taste just right
Subject(s): Food & Eating


SHIVER & YOU HAVE WEATHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the aftermath of calculus
Last Line: As always I was beside myself
Subject(s): Disappointment


SHIVER & YOU HAVE WEATHER       
First Line: In the aftermath of calculus
Last Line: As always I was beside myself


STATE OF EXPECTATION       
First Line: Again housewives took blue pills to magnify the moment
Last Line: A medal which he modestly said he had never expected


TERROR OF THE FUTURE / 4    Poem Text    
First Line: You had to win the sweepstakes
Last Line: So what if the grass was really green glass?
Subject(s): Wit & Humor


TERROR OF THE FUTURE / 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweetheart, there’s no one on the street
Last Line: Historian. Help me with that “or”
Subject(s): Terror


THAT WAS THE FIRST DAY & WE NEVER FORGOT IT       
First Line: Our questions started small: why was the radio warm when we
Last Line: Wish I could see just you


THE BACKYARD MERMAID    Poem Text    
First Line: The backyard mermaid slumps across the birdbath, tired of fighting birds for seeds
Last Line: She wants to get lost in that sad glowing square of blue. Don’t you?
Subject(s): Cats


THE CROWDS CHEERED AS GLOOM GALLOPED AWAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: Larger horses’ faces. Gloom, #341, with those big black eyes, was almost sure to win
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THE FESTIVAL OF GIOVEDI GRASSO       
First Line: Because it means looking into the sun, the people can barely see
Subject(s): Festivals; Sun; Fairs; Pageants


THE FUTURE OF TERROR / 1    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of a schoolbag could send us scrambling
Subject(s): Schools; Students


THE FUTURE OF TERROR / 5    Poem Text    
First Line: If there were gamebirds in our gables,
Last Line: While we spun ever-so-slowly below
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE FUTURE OF TERROR / 7    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From the gable window, we shot
Last Line: My note (for nobody) and I’m ready
Subject(s): Terror


THE GEM IS ON PAGE SIXTY-FOUR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Ahem said the guards when anyone lingered too long
Last Line: Which couldn’t be taken away & poured down the sink
Subject(s): Sex


THE GOLDEN AGE OF FIGUREHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: First we sloughed off the sailors—when a storm hit we’d lean into it and watch as they slipped
Last Line: Was invented, like the giant tenor who unbuckles his belt and lets out his one truest note
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Ships & Shipping


THE INVENTION OF FILM        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Prehistoric Peoples


THE INVENTION OF LOVE        Recitation by Author
First Line: The cace woman and the cave man lie side by side
Subject(s): Love; Prehistoric Peoples


THE RADIO ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: The radio animals travel in lavender clouds.
Last Line: Tests of true or false
Subject(s): Communication


THERMAE: 1. VESTIBULUM (ENTRANCE HALL)       
First Line: Because he is thinking so hard about his ode, because his
Last Line: The attendant has to take off the gold coin from him


THERMAE: 1. VESTIBULUM (ENTRANCE HALL)       
First Line: Because he is thinking so hard about his ode, because his mind is full
Last Line: Attendant has to take the gold coin from him


THERMAE: 2. APODYTERIUM (DRESSING ROOM)       
First Line: Constellations in the corners. Having unwound their masters'
Last Line: Sun glints and boats in the flecks of their eyes


THERMAE: 2. APODYTERIUM (DRESSING ROOM)       
First Line: Constellations in the corners. Having unwound their masters' togas
Last Line: And boats in the flecks of their eyes


THERMAE: 3. PALAESTRA (ATHLETICS ROOM)       
First Line: O fickle muse, feather ball tossed between men, you come
Last Line: The bright mosaic floor. If it were that easy. If you could %wrestle it down


THERMAE: 3. PALAESTRA (ATHLETICS ROOM)       
First Line: O fickle muse, feather ball tossed between men, you come when
Last Line: Could wrestle it down


THERMAE: 4. LACONICUM (SWEATING ROOM)       
First Line: Steam makes a dream scene out of the sweating men. He
Last Line: With strigils until told to stop. He rubs his back against a %marble wall


THERMAE: 4. LACONICUM (SWEATING ROOM)       
First Line: Steam makes a dream-scene out of the sweating men. He doesn't
Last Line: Against a marble wall


THERMAE: 5. CALIDARIUM (HOT ROOM)       
First Line: He will focus on a woman. Always a good idea. Where shall
Last Line: The walls. Studying them he decides to use stanzas


THERMAE: 5. CALIDARIUM (HOT ROOM)       
First Line: He will focus on a woman. Always a good idea. Where shall she sit? In
Last Line: There are separate baths along the walls. Studying them he decides to %use stanzas


THERMAE: 6. TEPIDARIUM (WARM ROOM)       
First Line: With his toe he traces the arabesques from the walls onto the
Last Line: Act like ideas, but not exactly


THERMAE: 6. TEPIDARIUM (WARM ROOM)       
First Line: With his toe he traces the arabesques from the walls onto the bottom
Last Line: Similes seem more scrupulous. Aqueducts act like ideas, but not exactly


THERMAE: 7. FRIGIDARIUM (COLD ROOM)       
First Line: Rain comes in through the oculus making a splashing circle
Last Line: Up, fish from the waist down, with a heart that can't tell %the difference


THERMAE: 7. FRIGIDARIUM (COLD ROOM)       
First Line: Rain comes in through the oculus making a splashing circle the
Last Line: The waist up, fish from the waist down, a heart that can't tell the %difference


THIS HOLDS WATER       
First Line: Those who have no visitors visit the outside weather
Last Line: Until the boat reaches a lower level and floats down the river


TOE THE LINE WITH ME       
First Line: We needed water & frozen water
Last Line: Looked in through the screendoor. %I sat next to my ex


TRANSLATION       
First Line: They see a bird that is bright in both beak and feather
Last Line: Clothesline with a red shirt on it but she sees a bird


WAC-A-MOLE REALISM?ÄÓ    Poem Text    
First Line: At the carnival, robo-boy sees only things he recognizes. The ferris wheel is an
Last Line: —and then wham, it disappears
Subject(s): Popular Culture


WAITRESSING IN THE ROOM WITH A THOUSAND MOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is difficult at best. The moons desperately want to circle
Last Line: The tables. Our leader has left us too
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses; Food & Eating


WORD PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Proper nouns are legible in any light and like to stay near their
Last Line: The photograph the water is bluer than blue
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary