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Author: HECHT, ANTHONY
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Hecht, Anthony    Poet's Biography
252 poems available by this author


A BIRTHDAY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a small cloud, like a little hovering ghost
Subject(s): Love


A CERTAIN SLANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Etched on the window were barbarous thistles of frost
Subject(s): Ice; Winter


A FRIEND KILLED IN THE WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Night, the fat serpent, slipped among the plants,
Last Line: Red at the heart, white petals furling out
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: In italy, where this sort of thing can occur
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been wondering
Last Line: The endless repetitions of his own murmurous blood
Subject(s): Separation


A LOVE FOR FOUR VOICES: HOMAGE TO FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we have fallen transposingly in love
Last Line: Here where we fall transposingly in love
Subject(s): Love


ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam, my child, my son
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


ADAM       
First Line: Adam, my child, my son
Last Line: To circle the great globe, %it shall reach you yet
Subject(s): Parents


AFTER THE RAIN; FOR W.D. SNODGRASS       
First Line: The barbed-wire fences rust
Last Line: Sought with a reckless thirst %a light so pure and just


ALCESTE IN THE WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening is clogged with gnats as the light falls
Last Line: Peruked and stately for the final act
Subject(s): Exiles


ALCESTE IN THE WILDERNESS       
First Line: Evening is clogged with gnats as the light fails
Last Line: Versailles shall see the tempered exile home, %peruked and stately for the final act


ALL OUT       
First Line: This is the way we play our little lgame
Last Line: Do what you will, it always ends the same


AN OFFERING FOR PATRICIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The work has been going forward with the greatest difficulty, chiefly because I cannot
Last Line: Onion and lily work their primal peace
Subject(s): Love


AND CAN YE SING BALULOO WHEN THE BAIRN GREETS?'       
First Line: All these years I have known of her despair
Last Line: There is no cure for me in the world of men


ANTAPODOSIS: 1       
First Line: You send us your used weather, the gray serge
Last Line: That the great plains and hoagy carmichael %provided: 'you've come a long way from st. Louis.'


ANTHEM    Poem Text    
First Line: These birds pursue their errands
Last Line: And airs of william byrd
Subject(s): Birds


ANTHEM       
First Line: These birds pursue their errands
Last Line: Of melodies unheard: %brave philharmonious billings %and airs of william byrd


APPLES FOR PAUL STUTTMAN       
First Line: Chardin, cezanne, they had their apples
Last Line: All of our love, and find it in an apple, %my helen, your elisse


APPLICATION FOR A GRANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Noble executors of the munificent testament
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


APPLICATION FOR A GRANT       
First Line: Noble executors of the munificent testament
Last Line: But a pad on eighth street and your approbation
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


APPREHENSIONS       
First Line: A grave and secret malady of my brothers
Last Line: Until one learns to read between the lines


AQNTAPODOSIS: 2       
First Line: We send you our used daylight, mildewed dawns
Last Line: And what do we hand you but 'the great white way,' %our name in lights, somewhat the worse for where


AS PLATO SAID       
First Line: Although I do not know your name, although
Last Line: I do not even know you by your name


AT THE FRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: Before a grotto of blue-tinted rock
Last Line: Of the wind’s brother francis in the flesh
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Bellini, Giovanni (1430-1516); Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Frick Museum (new York City); Paintings & Painters; Saints


AT THE FRICK       
First Line: Before a grotto of blue-tinted rock
Last Line: Of the wind's brother francis in the flesh
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Bellini, Giovanni (1430-1516); Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Frick Museum (new York City); Paintings And Painters; Saints


AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE'       
First Line: A small, unsmiling child
Last Line: But it needs no greeks or romans %to foresee the ice and snow


AUSPICES       
First Line: Cold, blustery cider weather, the flat fields
Last Line: Standing alone among the beggarweeds


AUTUMNAL       
First Line: The lichens, like a gorgeous, soft disease
Last Line: A feeble gloria to this cool decay %or casual dirge of birth


BALLADE OF THE SALVAGED LOSSES       
First Line: Where are they now, those tousled glories
Last Line: They're all in richard wilbur's verses


BEHOLD THE LILIES OF THE FIELD       
First Line: And now. An attempt
Last Line: Yes. I am looking. I wish I could be like them


BIRDWATCHERS OF AMERICA       
First Line: It's all very well to dream of a dove that saves
Last Line: With a light frost, crouched an outrageous bird


BIRTHDAY POEM       
First Line: Like a small cloud, like a little hovering ghost
Last Line: O that I may be worthy of that look
Subject(s): Love


BLACK BOY IN THE DARK       
First Line: Summer. A hot, moth-populated night
Last Line: This expendable st. Michael we employ %to stay awake and keep the darkness out?


BOOK OF YOLEK       
First Line: The dowsed coals fume and hiss after your meal
Last Line: Though they killed him in the camp they sent him to, %he will walk in as you're sitting down to a me
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Germany; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


BOUNTIFUL HARVEST       
First Line: As if mistaking a foghorn for the last trump
Last Line: And rose again in green (with some scattered grays.) %that went forth, was fruitful, and multiplied


CAST OF LIGHT; AT A FATHER'S DAY PICNIC       
First Line: A maple bough of web-foot, golden greens
Last Line: Their shadowy fate's unfathomable design


CERTAIN SLANT       
First Line: Etched on the window were barbarous thistles of frost
Last Line: The smooth cool plunder of celestial fire?
Subject(s): Ice; Winter


CHORUS FROM OEDIPUS AT COLONOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What is unwisdom but the lusting after
Last Line: Thrashes his sides and breaks over his head
Subject(s): Mortality


CHRISTMAS IS COMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness is for the poor, and thorough cold
Last Line: If you haven't got a ha'penny, god bless you
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS IS COMING       
First Line: Darkness is for the poor, and thorough cold
Last Line: If you haven't got a ha'penny, god bless you
Subject(s): Christmas


CLAIR DE LUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Powder and scent and silence. The young dwarf
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


CLAIR DE LUNE       
First Line: Powder and scent and silence. The young dwarf
Last Line: The heart turns to stone, but it endures
Subject(s): Dreams


COMING HOME; FROM THE JOURNALS OF JOHN CLARE       
First Line: They take away our belts so that we must hold
Last Line: And fresh and well and beautiful as ever


CONFESSION       
First Line: Patty-cake, patty-cake %vladimir horowitz
Last Line: Soll ich nicht spielen, icht %find' sie zu schwer


CONGRESS OF VIENNA       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %klemens von metternich
Last Line: Abendlandsuntergang. %everything stinks


COST       
First Line: Think how some excellent, lean torso hugs
Last Line: Or remember that fifteen-year campaign %won seven years of peace?


CROWS IN WINTER       
First Line: Here's a meeting %of morticians in our trees
Last Line: And the wind, a voiceless thorn, %goes over the details, %making a soft promise %to take our breath


CURRICULUM VITAE       
First Line: As though it were reluctant to be day
Last Line: Of some departed us, %signing our lives away %on ferned and parslied windows of a bus


DEATH AS A MEMBER OF THE HAARLEM GUILD OF ST. LUKE       
First Line: Not just another hals, all starch and ruff --
Last Line: And settle for a simple box of pine


DEATH DEMURE       
First Line: I am retiring in more ways than one
Last Line: Nobody knows how dry (and shy) I.'


DEATH IN WINTER       
First Line: Delicate sensors registered the shock
Last Line: The sound of someone laughing through clenched teeth


DEATH RIDING INTO TOWN       
First Line: Here comes clint eastwood riding into town
Last Line: Go ahead, make my day!'


DEATH SAUNTERING ABOUT       
First Line: The crowds have gathered here by the paddock gates
Last Line: No premium on haste


DEATH THE ARCHBISHOP       
First Line: Ah, my poor erring flock
Last Line: I have been given the key


DEATH THE COPPERPLATE PRINTER       
First Line: I turn christ's cross till it turns catherine's wheel
Last Line: I'm always grateful for such human aid


DEATH THE FILM DIRECTOR       
First Line: Open with a long shot. Chimneys and spires
Last Line: What could be called an inevitable plot


DEATH THE HYPOCRITE       
First Line: You claim to loathe me, yet everything you prize
Last Line: Acknowledge me. I fit you like a glove


DEATH THE INQUISITOR       
First Line: My testimonies are wonderful to the ears of the wise
Last Line: There is no match for my patience


DEATH THE JUDGE       
First Line: Here's justice, blind as a bat
Last Line: And grins and picks his teeth


DEATH THE KNIGHT       
First Line: I am my lady's champion, a knight sans peur
Last Line: Defer to her; la belle dame sans merci


DEATH THE MEXICAN REVOLUTIONARY       
First Line: Wines of the great chateaux
Last Line: South of the border


DEATH THE OXFORD DON       
First Line: Sole heir to a distinguished laureate
Last Line: I gnaw and gnaw the satisfactory bone


DEATH THE PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Snub-nosed, bone-fingered, deft with engraving tools
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEATH THE PAINTER       
First Line: Snub-nosed, bone-fingered, deft with engraving tools
Last Line: Divested of his testicles and eyes
Subject(s): Death


DEATH THE PATIENT       
First Line: ...What am I
Last Line: Learn where it's all heading


DEATH THE POET A BALLADE-LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS       
First Line: Where have they gone, the lordly makers
Last Line: Here I put off my flesh-disguise %et nunc in pulvere dormio


DEATH THE PUNCHINELLO       
First Line: Two servants were paid to set his house on fire
Last Line: As the poet said, 'ce craqpaud-la, c'est moi.'


DEATH THE SOCIETY LADY       
First Line: Money, my dear, is my demosthenes
Last Line: While ugliness is no more than skin-deep


DEATH THE WHORE       
First Line: Some thin gray smoke twists up against a sky
Last Line: The smoke, my dear, the smoke, I am the smoke


DEEP BREATH AT DAWN       
First Line: Morning has come at last. The rational light
Last Line: Perform his mindless fury in our blood


DEODAND       
First Line: What are these women up to? They've gone and strung
Last Line: Car je suis la belle france


DESTINATIONS       
First Line: The children having grown up and moved away
Last Line: But in the end, he knew, this would be foreplay %to the main event when she'd take him to the cleane


DEVOTIONS OF A PAINTER       
First Line: Cool sinusoties, waved banners of light
Last Line: Against the gospel let my brush declare: %'these are the anaglyphs and gleams of love.'


DICHTUNG UND WAHRHEIT'; FOR CYRUS HOY       
First Line: The discus thrower's marble heave
Last Line: We begin with the supreme donnee, the word


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark and amusing he is, this handsome gallant
Last Line: And while I hesitate, they both are mine
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DISCOURSE CONCERNING TEMPTATION       
First Line: Though learned men have been at some dispute
Last Line: It is man's brief and natural estate


DOUBLE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: I recall everything, but more than all
Last Line: Speechless, inept, and totally unmanned
Variant Title(s): Double Sonnet: I
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


DOUBLE SONNET       
First Line: I recall everything, but more than all
Last Line: Speechless, inept, and totally unmanned
Variant Title(s): Double Sonnet:


DOUBLE SONNET: II       
First Line: It is part of pride, guiding the hand
Last Line: Speechless, inept, and totally unmanned.


DOVER BITCH; A CRITICISM OF LIFE       
First Line: So there stood matthew arnold and this girl
Last Line: And sometimes I bring her a bottle of nuit d'amour
Subject(s): Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888); Poetry And Poets


DOWN THERE ON A VISIT       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %gustav von aschenbach
Last Line: Soft, antinomian %decadent boys


DRINKING SONG       
First Line: A toast to that lady over the fireplace
Last Line: This measuring hand. We are beholden all


ECLOGUE OF THE SHEPHERD AND THE TOWNIE       
First Line: Not the blue-fountained florida hotel
Last Line: Those just proportions we hypostatize %not as flat prairies but the city of god


END OF THE WEEKEND       
First Line: A dying firelight slides along the quirt
Last Line: Some small grey fur is pulsing in its grip
Subject(s): Sex


ENVOI       
First Line: A voice that seems to come from outer space
Last Line: Posterity's faint echo of its past, %and payload lifted into haloed air


ESCAPE LITERATURE       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %baron von munchausen
Last Line: Give me the burroughs boys, %william and abe


ET IN ARCADIA EGO       
First Line: Shepherds, I have got the clap
Last Line: Let me hereabouts be praised %as your re pastore


EXILE; FOR JOSEPH BRODSKY       
First Line: Vacant parade grounds swept by the winter wind
Last Line: Telling you you are welcome and at home


FEAST OF STEPHEN       
First Line: The coltish horseplay of the locker room
Last Line: And hears an unintelligible prayer
Subject(s): Men


FEAST OF STEPHEN: II       
First Line: If the heart has its resons, perhaps the body
Last Line: The bounced basketball sound of a leather whip.


FEAST OF STEPHEN: III       
First Line: Think of those barren places where men gather
Last Line: The rope, the chains, handcuffs and gasoline.


FEAST OF STEPHEN: IV       
First Line: Out in the rippled heat of a neighbor's field,
Last Line: And hears an unintelligible prayer.


FIFTH AVENUE PARADE       
First Line: Vitrines of pearly gowns, bright porcelains
Last Line: That will lay down its arms at eighty-sixth


FIRMNESS       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %mme. De maintenon
Last Line: Iconographically, %just what she meant


FOR JAMES MERRILL: AN ADIEU    Poem Text    
First Line: The daily press keeps up-to-date obits
Last Line: Scored in in sweetly noted higher keys
Subject(s): Merrill, James (1926-1995); Death; Dead, The


FOR JAMES MERRILL: AN ADIEU       
First Line: The daily press keeps up-to-date obits
Last Line: Scored in his sweetly noted higher keys


FROM THE GROVE PRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / ralph waldo emerson
Last Line: Based on a volume of / japanese prints
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


FROM THE GROVE PRESS       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %ralph waldo emerson
Last Line: Based on a volume of %japanese prints
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


GARDENS OF THE VILLA D'ESTE       
First Line: This is italian. Here
Last Line: Lead down the garden path to bed %and win us both to may


GHOST IN THE MARTINI       
First Line: Over the rim of the glass
Last Line: I touch her elbow, and, leaning toward her ear, %tell her to find her purse
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences; Martinis


GIANT TORTOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am related to stones
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


GIANT TORTOISE       
First Line: I am related to stones
Last Line: The hard crust getting harder
Subject(s): Turtles


GLADNESS OF THE BEST;' FOR HAYS ROCKWELL       
First Line: See, see upon a field of royal blue
Last Line: Of all god's mercies, he was less than least


GLORY THAT WAS ROME       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %titus andronicus
Last Line: Picturing passionate %sexual crime


GOING THE ROUNDS: A SORT OF LOVE POEM       
First Line: Some people cannot endure
Last Line: Yourself exhausted and six months big with child, %you saved my son's life


GOLIARDIC SONG       
First Line: In classical environs %deity misbehaves
Last Line: Ur-satirist of morals %and mother of our joys


GRAPES       
First Line: At five o'clock of a summer afternoon
Last Line: Behind the international date line - %an accident I read about in 'time'


GREEN: AN EPISTLE       
First Line: I write at last of the one forbidden topic
Last Line: Writing this very poem - about me


HANDICAP       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %judas iscariot
Last Line: Known to his buddies as %jude,the obscure


HILL       
First Line: In italy, where this sort of thing can occur
Last Line: I stood before it for hours in wintertime
Subject(s): Italy


HORATIAN VIRTUE    Poem Text    
First Line: A blameless, upright life, an unblemished conscience
Last Line: Measuring mabel
Subject(s): Innocence


HOUSE SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not of the wealthy, coral gables class
Last Line: "rude canticles of ""summers"", ""summers"", ""summers"
Subject(s): Sparrows


HOUSE SPARROWS       
First Line: Not of the wealthy, coral gables class
Last Line: And, to the lovely honor of their race, %rude canticles of 'summers, summers, summers'
Subject(s): Sparrows


HUMORESQUE       
First Line: From sewage lines, man-holes, from fitted brass
Last Line: The shiny rigor mortis of the rails %blends with the exhalations of my love


HUNT; FOR ZBIGNIEW HERBERT       
First Line: A call, a call. Ringbolt clink sat dusk. Shadows wax. Sesame
Last Line: Tonight the interrogations begin again


I BIDE MY TIME, YOU SEE, I BIDE MY TIME       
First Line: I bide my time, you see, I bide my time
Last Line: I bide my time, you see, I bide my time


ILLUMINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ground lapis for the sky, and scrolls of gold
Last Line: That will find their way to the light through drifts of snow
Subject(s): Christmas; Light; Snow; Nativity, The


ILLUMINATION       
First Line: Ground lapis for the sky, and scrolls of gold
Last Line: That will find their way to the light through drifts of snow
Subject(s): Christmas; Light; Snow


IMITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Let men take note of her, touching her shyness
Variant Title(s): The Gift Of Song
Subject(s): Beauty


IMITATION       
First Line: Let men take note of her, touching her shyness
Last Line: To flush all silence, may she by these songs %know it was love I have looked for at her hands
Variant Title(s): The Gift Of Son
Subject(s): Beauty


IMPROVISATIONS ON AESOP       
First Line: It was a tortoise aspiring to fly
Last Line: Is not that pastoral instruction sweet %which says who shall be eaten, who shall eat?


IN MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lime-and-mint mayonnaise and salsa verde
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Critics & Criticism; Sickness; Illness


IN MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE       
First Line: Lime-and-mint mayonnaise and salsa verde
Last Line: Within the waters of the grand canal, %and writhes and twists, wrinkles and reassembles
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Critics And Criticism; Sickness


INDOLENCE       
First Line: Beyond the corruption of both rust and moth
Last Line: Consciences of a pure and niveous white


IT NEVER RAINS...       
First Line: Patty-cake, patty-cake, %jupiter pluvius
Last Line: All over danae's %succulent lap


IT OUT-HERODS HEROD. PRAY YOU, AVOID IT'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tonight my children hunch
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


IT OUT-HERODS HEROD. PRAY YOU, AVOID IT'       
First Line: Tonight my children hunch
Last Line: Who could not, at one time, have saved them from the gas
Subject(s): World War Ii


JAPAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a miniature country once
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


JAPAN       
First Line: It was a miniature country once
Last Line: And like such clever tricks, %it shall be buried in excelsior
Subject(s): Japan


JASON       
First Line: The room is full of gold
Last Line: Triumphs in gardens full of marigold


LA CONDITION BOTANIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Romans, rhuematic, gouty, came
Last Line: His daily and all-nourishing bread
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


LA CONDITION BOTANIQUE       
First Line: Romans, rheumatic, gouty, came %to bathe in ischian springs
Last Line: And in his streaming face manly to earn %his daily and all-nourishing bread


LA-BAS: A TRANCE       
First Line: From silk route samarkand, emeralds and drugs
Last Line: Comes to him from the turkish word for turban


LATE AFTERNOON: THE ONSLAUGHT OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: At this time of day
Last Line: The puddled oil was a miracle of colors
Subject(s): Love


LATE AFTERNOON: THE ONSLAUGHT OF LOVE       
First Line: At this time of day
Last Line: The puddled oil was a miracle of colors


LE JET D'EAU    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, your lids are weary
Subject(s): Eyes; Tears


LE JET D'EAU       
First Line: My dear, your lids are weary
Last Line: Falls like an opulent glistening %of tears
Subject(s): Eyes; Tears


LE MASSEUR DE MA SOEUR       
First Line: My demoiselle, the cats are in the street
Last Line: The man-in-the-moon's microphalic grin?


LETTER       
First Line: I have been wondering
Last Line: The endless repitions of his own murmurous blood


LIFE OF CRIME       
First Line: Burdened from birth with a lean methodist
Last Line: The pockets of all the elegantly clothed


LIZARDS AND SNAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the summer road that ran by our front porch
Last Line: And swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail
Subject(s): Lizards; Snakes; Family Life; Serpents; Vipers; Relatives


LIZARDS AND SNAKES       
First Line: On the summer road that ran by our front porch
Last Line: And swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail


LOT OF NIGHT MUSIC       
First Line: Even a pyrrhonist
Last Line: Blooms in a world made innocent again


LULL; FOR ALLEN TATE       
First Line: Through a loose camouflage
Last Line: But for the moment the whole world is real


MAN WHO MARRIED MAGDALENE; VARIATION THEME LOUIS SIMPSON       
First Line: I have been in this bar
Last Line: But verily I tell you, %she hath her reward


MATHEMATICS CONSIDERED AS A VICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would invoke that man
Last Line: The ass will learn to sing
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


MATISSE: BLUE INTERIOR WITH TWO GIRLS -- 1947       
First Line: Outside is variable may, a lawn of immediate green
Last Line: Of the small brief sad ambitions of the flesh


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The orchestra tunes up, each instrument
Subject(s): Meditation


MEDITATION       
First Line: The orchestra tunes up, each instrument
Last Line: And every gathered voice, every amen, %join to compose the sacred conversation
Subject(s): Meditation


MEMORY       
First Line: Sepia oval portraits of the family
Last Line: The dusty gleam of temporary wealth


MESSAGE FROM THE CITY       
First Line: It is raining here
Last Line: The faint, fresh %smell of iodine


MORE LIGHT! MORE LIGHT!'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Composed in the tower before his execution
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


MORE LIGHT! MORE LIGHT!'       
First Line: Composed in the tower before his execution
Last Line: Ghosts from the ovens, sifting through crisp air %and settled upon his eyes in a black soot
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


MURMUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A little sibilance, as of dry leaves
Last Line: Through the great crowds, “remember you are mortal”
Subject(s): Mortality


MURMUR       
First Line: A little sibilance, as of dry leaves
Subject(s): Mortality


MYSTERIES OF CAESAR       
First Line: Known to the boys in his latin class as 'sir,'
Last Line: Which is the pitiless bliss of solitude
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Schools; Translating And Interpreting


NAMING THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having commanded adam to bestow
Subject(s): Animals; Bible; Names; Religion; Theology


NAMING THE ANIMALS       
First Line: Having commanded adam to bestow
Last Line: And shyly ventured, 'thou shalt be called 'fred''
Subject(s): Animals; Bible; Names; Religion


NOMINALISM       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %juliet capulet
Last Line: Save that all montagues %stink in god's nose


ODDS       
First Line: Three new and matching loaves
Last Line: A tiny settlement among those powers %that shape our world, but that are never ours


ON TRANSLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Robert, how pleasantly tempting to surmise
Last Line: Me, signor hecate
Subject(s): Translating & Interpreting; Fitzgerald, Robert Stuart (1910-1985)


ORIGIN OF CENTAURS; FRP DIMTRI HADZI       
First Line: This mild september mist recalls the soul
Last Line: Those powerful, clear hoofprints on the path
Subject(s): Animals


OSTIA ANTICA       
First Line: Given this light
Last Line: And symbols of endurance, whispers %'this is love'


OVERVIEW       
First Line: Here, god-like, in a 707
Last Line: The wounded, orphaned, indigent, %the dying and the comatose


PARADISE LOST, BOOK 5. AN EPITOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / archangel raphael
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


PARADISE LOST, BOOK 5. AN EPITOME       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %archangel raphael
Last Line: Given to lewdness and %rodomontade
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


PEEKABOO       
First Line: Go hide! Go hide! But through the latticework
Last Line: Black is the color of my true love's clothes


PERIPETEIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Of course, the familiar rustling of programs
Subject(s): Love


PERIPETEIA       
First Line: Of course, the familiar rustling of programs
Last Line: Shakespeare or I or anyone ever dreamed
Subject(s): Love


PERSISTENCES       
First Line: The leafless are feathery
Last Line: Writ crosswise on their arteries, %the burning, voiceless jews


PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: In the manger of course were cows and the child himself
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


PIG       
First Line: In the manger of course were cows and the child himself
Last Line: O swine that takest away our sins %that takest away
Subject(s): Pigs


PLACE OF PAIN IN THE UNIVERSE       
First Line: Mixture of chloroform and oil of cloves
Last Line: The pain is lifelike in that waxwork tear
Subject(s): Pain


PLEDGE       
First Line: Beauty of face, of body, and of spirit
Last Line: The air is sweetest that a thistle guards


POEM FOR JULIA       
First Line: Held in her hand of 'almost flawless skin'
Last Line: Or its own ramified complexity


POEM WITHOUT ANYBODY       
First Line: Mid-ocean. Nightfall. No one. The sea spray
Last Line: Into horizonless indifference, %the cold, blank rock-face of a sunless day


POINT OF VIEW       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %marcus aurelius
Last Line: Meaning both 'stoic,' and, %possibly, dumb


PROFESSIONALISM       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy, %quintus tertullian
Last Line: Boring his near ones and %dear ones to death


PROSPECTS       
First Line: We have set out from here for the sublime
Last Line: I have no doubt we shall arrive on time


PROUST ON SKATES       
First Line: The alpine forests, like huddled throngs of mourners
Last Line: Steeped in a sip of tea


RARA AVIS IN TERRIS       
First Line: Hawks are in the ascendant. Just look about
Last Line: A quarter-century of faultless love


RETREAT       
First Line: Day peters out. Darkness wells up
Last Line: The sun flings mycenaean gold %against a neigbor's window-pane


RIDDLES       
First Line: Where the wind listeth, there the sailboats list
Last Line: That signified to belshazzar the end %of all his hopes and the issue of his loins


RITES & CEREMONIES: 1. THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, adonoi, author of all things
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


RITES AND CEREMONIES: 1. THE ROOM       
First Line: Father, adonoi, author of all things
Last Line: And he has heard me out his holy hill
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


RITES AND CEREMONIES: 2. THE FIRE SERMON       
First Line: Small paw tracks in the snow, eloquent of a passage
Last Line: Is blown past the sheepfold %out of hearing


RITES AND CEREMONIES: 3. THE DREAM       
First Line: The contemplation of horrors is not edifying
Last Line: Or wait for the next heat, the buffaloes


RITES AND CEREMONIES: 4. WORDS FOR THE DAY OF ATONEMENT       
First Line: Merely to have survived is not an index of excellence
Last Line: To thee as it is prophesied, and say, %'he shall come down like rain upon mown grass'


ROMAN HOLIDAY       
First Line: I write from rome. Last year, the holy year
Last Line: The blood of remus whispers out of wells


ROME       
First Line: Just as foretold, it wall was there
Last Line: At length, utterly graveled


RUMINANT       
First Line: Out of the urdu, into our instant ken
Last Line: And wisdom's legate


RUSSIAN SOUL       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %rodya raskolnikov
Last Line: Beaten, said he, by re- %ligion and sax


SAMUEL SEWALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Samuel sewall, in a world of wigs
Subject(s): Sewall, Samuel (1652-1730)


SAMUEL SEWALL       
First Line: Samuel sewall, in a world of wigs
Last Line: Madam, your humble servant, samuel sewall
Subject(s): Sewall, Samuel (1652-1730)


SARABANDE ON ATTAINING THE AGE OF SEVENTY-SEVEN       
First Line: Long gone the smoke-and-pepper childhood smell
Last Line: Bone-deep and numbing as I should know by now %diminishing the cast, like musical chairs


SAUL AND DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a villainous spirit, snub-nosed, foul
Last Line: .......And make saul cease to tremble
Subject(s): Saul (bible)


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 1       
First Line: I can at last consider those events
Last Line: Is to remember happiness once it's passed. %I am too numb to know whether he's right


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 2       
First Line: Over the froth-white cowls of our morning coffee
Last Line: From the skilled legerdemain of those adept, %tapered, manicured, bejewelled hands


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 3       
First Line: See, what a perfect day. It's perhaps three
Last Line: An irritation I must not let damage %what yet remains of this holiday of ours


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 4       
First Line: Two days of rain. Confining. Maddening
Last Line: Among the pale profusions of azaleas, %the brilliant reds of the geraniums


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 5       
First Line: Somewhere along in here, deeply depressed
Last Line: Havoc about them, the discourse of guides, %the bewildered tourists, acres of desolation


SEE NAPLES AND DIE: 6       
First Line: Marriages come to grief in many ways
Last Line: Giant sea-worms bright with a glittering slime, %crabs limping in their pheumatoid pavane


SESTINA D'INVERNO    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this bleak city of rochester
Subject(s): Rochester, New York; Winter


SESTINA D'INVERNO       
First Line: Here in this bleak city of rochester
Last Line: That is neither to our mind nor of our making
Subject(s): Rochester, New York; Winter


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: AVARICE       
First Line: The penniless indian fakirs and their camels
Last Line: And frankincense and myrrh
Variant Title(s): Avaric


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: ENVY       
First Line: When, to a popular tune, god's mercy and justice
Last Line: Thou shalt not toil nor spin


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: GLUTTONY       
First Line: Let the poor look to themselves, for it is said
Last Line: And eat the word out of the parchment face


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: LUST       
First Line: The phoenix knows no lust, and christ, our mother
Last Line: Not be such as one is to be other


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: PRIDE       
First Line: For me almighty god himself has died,' %said one who formerly rebuked his prid
Last Line: The mercy by which each of us is tried


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: SLOTH       
First Line: The first man leaps the ditch
Last Line: Consider, and be wise


SEVEN DEADLY SINS: WRATH       
First Line: I saw in stalls of pearl the heavenly hosts
Last Line: The dead-white phosphorus of sacred hearts


SHORT END       
First Line: Here the anthem doth commence
Last Line: Fire-engine red, the red of valentines, %of which she is herself the howling center


SISTERS       
First Line: How like a golden floating benediction
Last Line: Like spinnakers, flame-white tongues of cyclamen


SOMEBODY'S LIFE       
First Line: Cliff-high, sunlit, in the tawny warmth of youth
Last Line: Like easter trinkets of the tzarevitch


SONG OF THE FLEA       
First Line: Beware of those who flatter
Last Line: I live upon your blood


SOURCES OF JUVENILE CRIME       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %alfred, lord tennyson
Last Line: Fosters our growing de- %linquency rate


SPRING FOR THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the weathers hardy praised
Last Line: He chiefly sings
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Spring


STEP FORWARD, PLEASE! MAKE ROOM FOR THOSE IN BACK       
First Line: Step forward, please! Make room for those in back
Last Line: Step forward, please! Make room for those in back


STILL LIFE       
First Line: Sleep-walking vapor, like a visitant ghost
Last Line: Just before dawn, somewhere in germany, %a cold, wet, garand rifle in my hands


SWAN DIVE       
First Line: Over a crisp regatta of lights, or a school
Last Line: Of catatonia, for which his body yearns


TARANTULA OR THE DANCE OF DEATH       
First Line: During the plague I came into my own
Last Line: That was the black winter when I came %into my own


TARANTULA: OR THE DANCE OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: During the plague I came into my own
Last Line: Into my own
Subject(s): Plague; Death; Dead, The


TERMS       
First Line: Holidays, books and lives draw to their close
Last Line: Grows ominously, a malign, ingrown %melanoma, softly spreading its dark tide


THE BOOK OF YOLEK    Poem Text    
First Line: The dowsed coals fume and hiss after your meal
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Germany; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Germans; Shoah; Judaism


THE DOVER BITCH; A CRITICISM OF LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: So there stood matthew arnold and this girl
Subject(s): Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888); Poetry & Poets


THE END OF THE WEEKEND    Poem Text    
First Line: A dying firelight slides along the quirt
Subject(s): Sex


THE FEAST OF STEPHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The coltish horseplay of the locker room
Subject(s): Men


THE GHOST IN THE MARTINI    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Over the rim of the glass
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences; Martinis


THE MYSTERIES OF CAESAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Known to the boys in his latin class as 'sir,'
Last Line: Which is the pitiless bliss of solitude
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Schools; Translating & Interpreting; Students


THE ORIGIN OF CENTAURS; FRP DIMTRI HADZI    Poem Text    
First Line: This mild september mist recalls the soul
Last Line: Those powerful, clear hoofprints on the path
Subject(s): Centaurs


THE PLACE OF PAIN IN THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mixture of chloroform and oil of cloves
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


THE PLATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now he has silver in him. When sometime
Last Line: Where in his head the fire is most alive.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE TRANSPARENT MAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I'm mighty glad to see you, mrs. Curtis,
Last Line: And sat here and let me rattle on this way
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


THE VENETIAN VESPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's merciful is not knowing where you are
Last Line: Who was never even at one time a wise child
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %ludwig mies van der rohe
Last Line: Carry stress better than %lintel and post


THIRD AVENUE IN SUNLIGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: My bar is somewhat further down the street
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


THIRD AVENUE IN SUNLIGHT       
First Line: Third avenue in sunlight. Nature's error
Last Line: My bar is somewhat further down the street


THOUGHTFUL ROISTERED DECLINES THE GAMBIT       
First Line: I'm not going to get myself shot full of holes
Last Line: It won't be the cannon's mouth, in any case


THREE PROMPTERS FROM THE WINGS       
First Line: He rushed out of the temple
Last Line: And never had a loverm %responsible for this


TO FORTUNA PARVULORUM       
First Line: As a young man I was headstrong, willful, rash
Last Line: That stirred me as a boy


TO L.E. SISSMAN, 1928-1976       
First Line: No 'a spring breath of lux across the charles'
Last Line: The wisdom and the wit of raquel welch, %'and connoisseurs of california wines.'


TO PHYLLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou must wander in these woods
Last Line: The shift of multiplicity
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


TRANSPARENT MAN       
First Line: I'm mighty glad to see you, mrs. Curtis
Last Line: And I take it very kindly that you came %and sat here and let me rattle on this way


UPON THE DEATH OF GEORGE SANTAYANA       
First Line: Down every passage of the cloister hung
Last Line: Freezes with traitors in the ultimate pit


VENETIAN VESPERS       
First Line: What's merciful is not knowing where you are
Last Line: Foolish and muddled in later years, %who was never even at one time a wise child


VENETIAN VESPERS: INTRODUCTORY POEM; FOR HELEN       
First Line: Whatever pain is figured in these pages
Last Line: Gold these base matters floated in suspension %are due alone to you


VICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy / thomas stearns eliot
Last Line: Zeugmas, and rhymes he de-/plored in his prose
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965); Eliot, T. S.


VICE       
First Line: Higgledy-piggledy %thomas stearns eliot
Last Line: Zeugmas, and rhymes he de- %plored in his prose
Subject(s): Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965)


VOICE AT A SEANCE       
First Line: It is rather strange to be speaking, but I know you are there
Last Line: I think I may already have said too much


VOW       
First Line: In the third month, a sudden flow of blood
Last Line: Your younger brothers shall confirm in joy %this that I swear


WHIRLIGIG OF TIME       
First Line: They are fewer these days, those supple, suntanned boys
Last Line: To cluster in unswept corners, fouling doorways


WISE       
First Line: Who are the wise? Those heavy-lidded sages
Last Line: The quoted, the belaurelled, the much feted? %or we, the spouses of unrivalled cooks?