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Author: HAYES, TERRANCE
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Hayes, Terrance    Poet's Biography
129 poems available by this author


A. MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hey, I am learning what it means to ride condemned.
Last Line: When you get this message, will you sigh, my lover is gone
Subject(s): Life


ABDUCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I cannot correct my name. Because the boat
Subject(s): Doubt; Love; Marriage; Skepticism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ALTER CALL       
First Line: To ask it once & for all
Last Line: Of imperfection, lord. %& cast them away


ALTHOUGH       
First Line: In spite of & otherwise. The way you halt
Last Line: The way more & more, he begins to gloat


AMBULANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some fool ignores the manual
Last Line: Above you asking your name, but you won't have a clue
Subject(s): Ambulances


AMBULANCE       
First Line: Some fool ignores the manual
Last Line: Above you asking your name, but you won't have a clue


ANCHOR HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Because keyless and clueless,
Last Line: And then calling out no more


APOTHECARY       
First Line: Where we're told they %house the panacea theory
Last Line: Of the dry patch %of skin around your heart


ARS POETICA # 789       
First Line: My daddies have voices
Last Line: But their snores make the wind chimes tremble


AT PEGASUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They are like those crazy women
Last Line: Wet & holy in its mouth
Subject(s): Youth; Love - Beginnings; Desire


AT PEGASUS       
First Line: They are like those crazy women
Last Line: Wet & holy in its mouth


AUTUMN       
First Line: Because the leaves ache
Last Line: You, my backward-doubling little self, %awaken me


BALLAD OF BULLETHEAD       
First Line: I was born in metal
Last Line: Is a boy %who's dizzy


BECKONED    Poem Text    
First Line: Has your memory ever been
Subject(s): Memory; Past


BLACKBIRD (CALLING MY BROTHER TO HEAR ROBERTA)       
First Line: She was the blackbird in our house
Last Line: The wing of my silent tongue


BLUE BORGES       
First Line: Pessadilla, ephialtes, incubus, alp
Last Line: All things long in their being to persist


BLUE TERRANCE       
First Line: I loved bruce lee and a ten dollar ukulele
Last Line: A gullet piping steam, the air inside a fist


BLUES PROCESSION       
First Line: Come tomorrow, our car had to be bright
Last Line: Slide down the glass like storm clouds %bound to wreck her somewhere in the week


BOWLING       
First Line: He got home late & ling- %ered in the kitchen & when I heard his wing
Last Line: Yes, I threw the soup on him, your honor. Then I threw the bowl


BOXCAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Black as snow & ice as cool / miles stood horn-handed while
Subject(s): Play


BOXCAR       
First Line: Black as snow & ice as cool / miles stood horn-handed while
Last Line: These boxcars pullin & pullin & pullin past
Subject(s): Play


BREATHE       
First Line: When my great-great-grandfather caesar plops out of the ether
Last Line: Until he can find a room to rent at an affordable rate


BROKEN DANGERFIELD NEWBY VILLANELLE       
First Line: My voice made them shiver
Last Line: But I sensed my own beauty; %what I could not remember, I felt


BULLETHEAD        Recitation by Author


BUTTER       
First Line: The same old dream: women of the globe on a love strike. They want equal
Last Line: In the morning I'll slide butter on my lover's toast


BUY ONE, GET ONE       
First Line: The old white man reading a box of corn flakes is like me
Last Line: Everything has its price; nearly everything has been bought


CANDIED YAMS'    Poem Text    
First Line: 3 boiled whole yams unpeeled and sliced,
Last Line: I want to make magic / magic
Subject(s): Food & Eating


CARELESS       
First Line: Dear self, yesterday after class
Last Line: As you. It was your father. Couldn't have been anyone else


CARP POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: After I have parked below the spray paint caked in the granite
Last Line: Packed so close they might have eaten each other had there been nothing else to eat
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; African Americans; Youth; Poetry & Poets; Convicts; Negroes; American Blacks


CLARINET       
First Line: I am sometimes the clarinet
Last Line: One of the branches %leaning above you


COCKTAILS WITH ORPHEUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After dark, the bar full of women part of me loves—the part that stood
Last Line: Of pleas released, but I am a black wound, what's left of the deed
Subject(s): Orpheus


CORPORAL       
First Line: Best known in youth for its punishment, its poor
Last Line: The skin's burning color. %the skull's charred parlor


DERRICK POEM (THE LOST WORLD)    Poem Text    
First Line: I take my $, buy a pair of very bright kicks for the game
Last Line: "even when he said, “we should go to the movies sometime,""
Subject(s): Shoes; African Americans; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers; Negroes; American Blacks


DERRICK POEM (THE LOST WORLD)       
First Line: I take my $, buy a pair of very bright kicks for the game
Last Line: Even when he said, we should go to the movies sometime & stopped


DIEGO RIVERA - DAMA DE BLANCO, 1939       
First Line: Cobwebs & mandrake. Bride holding the skull
Last Line: Beauty he swallows then returns, ruins then restores


EMCEE       
First Line: You get to wear triple x
Last Line: You want [beatbox beatbox beatbox] %breathlessness


EVENING       
First Line: For now I am in love with the navy blue
Last Line: Of the blouse. You are a map without boundaries, %wife. You are a river without end


EXAMPLE       
First Line: An instance made of little moment. Huh? Consider the lamp
Last Line: & you will get a window. What? But beware: no one will catch you when you leap


FIRE       
First Line: It was not smoke rising from the mouth
Last Line: & as long as she wept, there was food


FISH HEAD FOR KATRINA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The mouth is where the dead who are not dead
Last Line: The mouth is a flooded machine
Subject(s): Hurricane Katrina (2005)


FLORIDA       
First Line: In the black-tiled room
Last Line: Too many miles from this state %shaped like a leg gnawed up to the knee


FOR PAUL ROBESON       
First Line: They have never heard a black man speak
Last Line: They have never heard the sound when a river breaks free


FOR ROBERT HAYDEN       
First Line: Did your father come home after fighting
Last Line: Was he a blackjack smashed against your throat?


FRIDAY POEM       
First Line: I ascend a few steps behind the women
Last Line: Without water, finds a woman bathing in a creek


GANDER       
First Line: When the girl near
Last Line: Ask. It must be the book: humbert's danger- %ous poison passion. Dear you mutter. Dear. Dear. O dear


GENERAL       
First Line: The eager- %ness of a man the war doesn't near
Last Line: Of light on a blade? Into a gnarl & glare?


GOD IS AN AMERICAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I still love words. When we make love in the morning,
Last Line: Alright. It aches like an open book. It makes it difficult to live
Subject(s): Beauty


GOLIATH POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am always sorry for the big ape falling
Last Line: And the moon curved above us like an ear
Variant Title(s): The Sound Of A Big Man
Subject(s): Memory


GOLIATH POEM       
First Line: I am always sorry for the big ape falling
Last Line: And the moon curved above us like an ear
Variant Title(s): The Sound Of A Big Ma
Subject(s): Memory


GOSPEL OF THE TWO SISTERS       
First Line: Long ago two sisters lived in a small brick house beside a super highway. The
Last Line: Scratchy, awkward gospel began to unravel & crawl across the room


GULF STREAM'/FOUR STUDIES       
First Line: Then my dream went black as a sea without borders
Last Line: Who does not ask for help, %but awaits the tide's eulogy


GUN/WOMAN/SON       
First Line: His mother stands & pries the slug
Last Line: Saying, daddy, tell me again how I was born


HATHAWAY       
First Line: You close your eyes
Last Line: When the words run out


HEARTTHROB       
First Line: The music went out of my mother's heart
Last Line: My mother told him. She'd heard that was where my father lived


HERE AND HERE AND HERE THE EARTH PANTS       
Last Line: Of the poem that binds, of the poem that binds us


HEROIC SESTINA       
First Line: And a ten gallon hat on his head %when he galloped into the heart
Last Line: And my mother with a broken shoe, a heart you left unhealed


HIP LOGIC       
First Line: Some shoot the soft bloodless
Last Line: Sperm hop in the trenches %blessed with an ageless memory


HOWYOUBEENS       
First Line: Mostly people talk to people, standing
Last Line: Wasting it. Dumb. Bitching about the wind


HOWYOUBEENS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Mostly people talk to people, holding
Last Line: Wasting it. Dumb. Whining about the wind
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


I WANT TO BE FAT       
Last Line: At center of it %this heart. This heart. This heart


JUMPSCHOOL: POEM FOR MY BROTHER IN AIR       
First Line: Today there is no war
Last Line: As an eighth note drifting against the sky


LADY SINGS THE BLUES       
First Line: Satin luscious, amber beauty center-stage
Last Line: My father's in a distant place


LATE; FOR MY MOTHER       
First Line: This late, no one is clean
Last Line: But I want to touch her now, as I did not then


LIGHTHEAD'S GUIDE TO ADDICTION        Recitation by Author
First Line: And cif you are addicted to sleep, a bay of fresh coffee may help
Subject(s): Addictions


LIGHTHEAD'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Ladies and gentlemen, ghosts and children of the state,
Last Line: Out on a limb, there’s a chance you’ll fall in your sleep


LINER NOTES TO AN IMAGINARY PLAYLIST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wind solo' by the felonious monks
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


LORDE       
First Line: Walking our boundaries
Last Line: Who are you %without expectation


MASCULINE       
First Line: The word some duded claim came
Last Line: Streak in your father's work belt. The gram of vein & muscle %that tipped babylon's scale


MAUSOLEUM       
First Line: Well, let's get right to it: my parents live in a mausoleum. It's never too
Last Line: Cars. Like a house with a television in every room


MIDNIGHT       
First Line: You call %minutes before the train
Last Line: Myself for months %before now


MORNING POEM       
First Line: After charlie rose where a man claimed proof
Last Line: I stole off my father who smoked kools on the steps back %home, and grew too fat to wear it


MOTHER TO SON       
First Line: He was whole evenings
Last Line: As I fanned my dress %until the water dried


MR. T-       
First Line: A man made of scrap muscle & the steam
Last Line: That fat hollow medallion like the sun on a leash


MYSTIC BOUNCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even if you love the racket of ascension,
Last Line: "a hillside."" that's why I'm not a christian"
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


NEW FOLK    Poem Text    
First Line: I said folk was dressed in blues but hairier and hemped.
Last Line: "til it stilled. ""when the moon's black,"" I said. ""be faithful"
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music


NOIR: ORPHEUS       
First Line: Liberty avenue emptied long ago
Last Line: Love should save us %but it won't


NUCLEAR       
First Line: How to make a nation say, uncle
Last Line: About the city as the sky becomes a caul- %dron. The bones burn clean


ODE TO BALTHUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old dirty, dirty. Old dirty, dirty handful of skin & motion
Subject(s): Sex; Virginity; Vestals


ODE TO BIG TREND    Poem Text    
First Line: Pretty soon the negroes were looking to get paid.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; African Americans; Work; Workers; Negroes; American Blacks


ODE TO TONE       
First Line: My child is old as stone
Last Line: This morning I fill my mouth with dirt %from a hill gorged with bones


OMNIPOP, 1982       
First Line: Little things like pants get a mind of their own. They get their legs and
Last Line: Sound a doll makes. The world needs miniature pants. Bless the little %pants


ORIGIN OF THE DAYS       
First Line: Sunday: day of sun, a word old as religion
Last Line: As in stars. As in saturnine. Meaning, I just sat %on the dock of the bed all day


OVERSEAS       
First Line: I traveled so far west it became east again, over
Last Line: Of an ink on a white kimono in a skin I couldn't erase


PITTSBURGH       
First Line: Is a fat lady jabbering at the bus stop
Last Line: My stout rambling metaphor?


PITTSBURGH IS'    Poem Text    
First Line: A large woman gabbing at the bus stop.
Last Line: My stout, blabbering metaphor
Subject(s): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


POET DYING AT THE WINDOW       
First Line: I have a goddamn for every blade
Last Line: Flakes / covering your tracks as you go


POSTCARD FROM OKEMAH       
First Line: Turned from the camera's eye, hovering
Last Line: The ones who are hung or the ones who hang


PREFACE       
First Line: Well, ain't your mouth a pretty little pacemaker
Last Line: Because, baby, I've got at least an acre %of desires you can reap


REPAID       
First Line: By the seventeenth year of mortgage your eyes are pried
Last Line: Before the mule throws you from the ride'


SAINTLY       
First Line: What the bible said. A satin %cassock. A tail
Last Line: Pin pecks for eyes. No last %minute please to be added to the list


SALAMI (A MANIFESTO)       
First Line: My mother works third shift in a men's prison
Last Line: I'll be by after breakfast


SEABROOKS       
First Line: I began %with dark water, %ripples made
Last Line: We began with the broken song %gurgling from a brook


SEGREGATE       
First Line: On the first morning of school there is a young tree
Last Line: But clearly the cool-blooded amphibian-american does not agree


SHAFRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that my afro's as big as shaft's
Last Line: I grow beautiful as the theatre dims
Subject(s): Shaft (fictional Character); African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SHAFRO       
First Line: Now that my afro's as big as shaft's
Last Line: I grow beautiful as the theatre dims


SHAFT & THE ENCHANTED SHOE FACTORY OR ARS POETICA: THE EPIC QUEST FOR       
First Line: Shoeboxes line the walls like books
Last Line: Theme music blasts as shaft walks out into a ticker tape of snow


SHAKUR        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Shakur, Topac (1971-1996)


SMALL NOVEL       
First Line: The protagonist spends the first twenty pages
Last Line: And ends: 'there was nothing I could do about race'


SOME LUMINOUS DISTRESS       
First Line: Not even tomorrow morning can save us
Last Line: Where ever I'm going, I've been


SOMETHING FOR MARVIN       
First Line: Used to be %that skull cap
Last Line: In the record's groove


SONNET       
First Line: We sliced the watermelon into smiles
Last Line: We sliced the watermelon into smiles


SQUAWK       
First Line: Under the spell %of the doctor's polka-dot sweater
Last Line: The road runner was running our of road. %the black man ruffled & squawked with rage


STICK ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The dead were still singing turn the lights down low
Last Line: Into trend's shadow because our money always followed
Subject(s): Friendship; Death; Dead, The


STILL MUSIC       
First Line: How long til this water evaporates?
Last Line: Linger like a music in your throat, %vanish like water under heat


STUPOR       
First Line: Because sooner or later it will all go sour
Last Line: Of cold water pour- %ing from her bathroom spigot, slap you awake like a strap


SUMMER       
First Line: In oakland a white girl sings
Last Line: O summer, let me spread my wings


TENDERNESS       
First Line: It does not stop. It does not stop until you are safely home
Last Line: So I let it come. And it does not move from me


THE BLUE TERRANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you subtract the minor losses,
Last Line: Yes, I’m lonesome and I’m blue
Subject(s): Solitude


THE GOLDEN SHOVEL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of hunger, we end too soon
Subject(s): Family Life; Youth; Relatives


THE SAME CITY        Recitation by Author


THINGS-NO-ONE-KNOWS BLUES       
First Line: I filed for bankruptcy in the borough of luxury
Last Line: Monster. Occasionally death %calls me collect


TOENAILS       
First Line: They can be shellacked to shine like satin
Last Line: Is written. Or each toe is a window his nose %is pressed into


TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: We made our own laws.
Last Line: For collision. We called it touch
Subject(s): Games; Youth; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


TOUCH       
First Line: We made our own lawns %I want to be a hawk
Last Line: They did not use, a name %for collision. We called it touch


WHAT I AM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Fred sanford's on at 12
Last Line: Fred tells lamont
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WHAT I AM       
First Line: Fred sanford's on at 12
Last Line: You big dummy! %fred tells lamont


WHEN THE NEIGHBORS FIGHT       
First Line: The trumpet's mouth is apology
Last Line: There is the good pain %of your bite


WILLIAM H. JOHNSON       
First Line: Forgive this letter covered in paint
Last Line: I cannot tell you who I am, but who I ain't


WIND IN A BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: This ink. This name. This blood. This blunder.
Last Line: In the body. This wind in the blood
Subject(s): Touch (sense); Self


WOMAN WALKING ON THE ROAD       
First Line: We were in the car. We were heading home when christian
Last Line: My car sat in the lot disconnected, unopened, unmoved


WOOFER (WHEN I CONSIDER THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I consider the much discussed dilemma
Last Line: Linked by a blood filled baton in one great historical relay
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


YUMMY SUITE; BLUES       
First Line: Sun out like a floodlight
Last Line: Does it hush?


YUMMY SUITE; BLUES FOR SHAVON       
First Line: Shouldna been playin %on that corner anyway
Last Line: Lord he shouldna been there, baby


YUMMY SUITE; DERRICK & CRAGG       
First Line: Do you think of shavon %when they take you to the underpass
Last Line: Do you think of shavon


YUMMY SUITE; FROM MICAIAH       
First Line: Everybody asks if I knew you
Last Line: He was throwing things at them or setting them on fire


YUMMY SUITE; FROM REEN       
First Line: Yummy's mother, lorina called him
Last Line: Hope they don't call me


YUMMY SUITE; JANIE FIELDS       
First Line: At the corner of 95th street
Last Line: Returning his shirt to the drawer


YUMMY SUITE; LITTLE RON       
First Line: What exactly did he look like?
Last Line: I wasn't cryin if that's what you want to know


YUMMY SUITE; LOCAL GROCER       
First Line: Not catching the little crook on aisle four
Last Line: He knows the price %of everything