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Author: HIRSCH, EDWARD
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Hirsch, Edward    Poet's Biography
216 poems available by this author


ACROSS THE LONG DARK BORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister and I learned about our first war
Last Line: War between the states.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Divorce; Novels & Novelists; United States - History


AFTER THE LAST PRACTICE; GRINNELL, IOWA, NOVEMBER 1941    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone said, I remember the first hard crack
Last Line: Promised land of the empty endzone
Subject(s): Football; Memory


AFTER THE LAST PRACTICE; GRINNELL, IOWA, NOVEMBER 1941       
First Line: Someone said, I remember the first hard crack
Last Line: And then someone began singing in the darkness
Subject(s): Football; Memory


AMERICAN APOCALYPSE       
First Line: It was as if god had taken a pen of fire
Last Line: A city that aspired upward toward the sky
Variant Title(s): 'american Apocalypse


AMERICAN SUMMER       
First Line: Each day was a time clock that scarecely moved
Last Line: The freedom of walking out into the open air


ANCIENT SIGNS       
First Line: He loved statues with broken noses
Last Line: Trying to carry him hone again


AND WHO WILL LOOK UPON OUR TESTIMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: On an unsuspecting wednesday in october 1347
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Persecution; Plague; Sickness; Illness


AND WHO WILL LOOK UPON OUR TESTIMONY       
First Line: On an unsuspecting wednesday in october 1347
Last Line: Who will die in its own time %with its own wondering tales of woe
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Persecution; Plague; Sickness


APOSTROPHE (IN MEMORY OF DONALD BARTHELME, 1931-1989)    Poem Text    
First Line: Perpetual worrier, patron of the misfit
Last Line: And warmer, warmer and fair, most fair
Subject(s): Barthelme, Donald (1931-1989); Novels & Novelists


APOSTROPHE (IN MEMORY OF DONALD BARTHELME, 1931-1989)       
First Line: Perpetual worrier, patron of the misfit
Last Line: Which, as you said, is going to be fair %and warmer, warmer and fair, most fair
Subject(s): Barthelme, Donald (1931-1989); Novels And Novelists


ART PEPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: It's the broken phrases, the fury inside him
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Pepper, Art (1925-1982)


ART PEPPER       
First Line: It's the broken phrases, the fury inside him
Last Line: The white grief-stricken wail
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Pepper, Art (1925-1982)


AT THE GRAVE OF WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: One thinks of the gods dissolving in midair
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


AT THE GRAVE OF WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: One thinks of the gods dissolving in midair
Last Line: The domes of skyscrapers gleam in the distance
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


AWAY FROM DOGMA       
First Line: One night in portugal, alone ina forlorn
Last Line: God came down and possessed her


BLUE HYDRANGEA       
First Line: Mop-headed transplant from late summer
Last Line: To explode through the sterile florets %and burn away the night


BLUE RIDER       
First Line: He remembered leaping over the corral
Last Line: Hooves clattering beneath him


BLUNT MORNING       
First Line: I'll never forget that morning when my mother-in-law
Last Line: And then she fell back against her pillows %and stopped breathing


BRIGHTNESS       
First Line: I think of those months when we lay down together


BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP       
First Line: Listening to purple haze and the wind cries mary
Last Line: And electric guitars exploded in flames


CEMETERY BY THE SEA       
First Line: There is a treacherous curve on route 36


CEMETERY BY THE SEA: KAHUKU       
First Line: It's dawn and the sunlight


CHINESE VASE       
First Line: Sometimes I think that my body is a vase
Last Line: To kneel down, to forget the impossible weight %of being human, to drink clear water


COMMUTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's that vague feeling of panic
Subject(s): Commuters


COMMUTERS       
First Line: It's that vague feeling of panic
Last Line: Seem to float under green water %and the streets fill up with sea lights
Subject(s): Commuters


COMPLAINT       
First Line: The loudmouthed overweight woman with her hair in curlers


DAWN WALK       


DAYS OF 1968       
First Line: She walked through grant park during the red days of summer
Last Line: I can go to her if I don't look back at the ground


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 1. THE CRAVING       
First Line: I needed a warning from the goddess
Last Line: I crave those voices dreaming in my sleep


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 2. THE RAVISHMENT       
First Line: I listened so the goddess could charm my mind
Last Line: That dark green shore sweetened with clover


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 3. WHAT THE GODDESS CAN DO       
First Line: Maybe it was the way she held her head
Last Line: What the goddess can do to me, if she desires


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 4. THE SENTENCE       
First Line: When you read canto five aloud last night
Last Line: Our heaven will always be our hell, a swoon


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 5. THE MOURNING FIELDS       
First Line: The world below is starless, stark and deep
Last Line: Here on earth, a pitless world above


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 6. AFTER ALL THE ORPHIC ENCHANTMENTS       
First Line: After all the orphic enchantments, after all
Last Line: And swiveling round to gaze at her forever


DESIRE MANUSCRIPTS: 7. THE REGRET       
First Line: If we had never married, if you had never strolled
Last Line: Still singing about us, what might have been


DEVIL'S NIGHT       
First Line: He saw teenagers carrying flammable cans
Last Line: A broken skyline smoldered in the distance


DINO CAMPANA AND THE BEAR       
First Line: Here, in the night, I'm staring


EARTHLY LIGHT       
First Line: I thought of northern skies flooded
Last Line: Earth that is so fleeting, so real


EVANESCENCE       
First Line: The day was green and abstract
Last Line: We had been brushed by evanescence


EXCUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: If only I could begin to sift through the smoke
Subject(s): Love


EXCUSES       
First Line: If only I could begin to sift through the smoke
Last Line: Like a shadow on fire
Subject(s): Love


EXECUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I saw my high school football coach
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Sports; Students


EXECUTION       
First Line: The last time I saw my high school football coach
Last Line: Machine-like fury, perfect execution
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Sports


FACTORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Everywhere in new york city there are factories
Last Line: Pumping blood through the stillness of our arteries
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; New York City; Work; Workers


FACTORIES       
First Line: Everywhere in new york city there are factories
Last Line: Pumping blood through the stillness of my arteries
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


FAMILY STORIES       
First Line: I've been told about it so often


FAST BREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: A hook shot kisses the rim and
Last Line: Floating perfectly through the net.
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FIRST SNOWFALL: INTIMATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: How long it has taken me to recall
Subject(s): Nature


FIRST SNOWFALL: INTIMATIONS       
First Line: How long it has taken me to recall
Last Line: And raced each other home
Subject(s): Nature


FOR THE NEW WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The first idea was man walking through space in a tower
Last Line: The first idea was man walking through space in a tower
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders; Chicago; Cities; Urban Life


FOR THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: The first idea was man walking through space in a tower
Last Line: The first idea was man walking through space in a tower
Subject(s): Buildings And Builders; Chicago; Cities


FOR THE SLEEPWALKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight I want to say something wonderful
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleepwalking; Nightmares


FOR THE SLEEPWALKERS       
First Line: Tonight I want to say something wonderful
Last Line: And wake up to ourselves, nourished and surprised
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleepwalking


FOUR A.M.       
First Line: The hollow, unearthly hour of night
Last Line: The first broken plank of morning


FROM A TRAIN       
First Line: He saw tumultuous plains, interminable plateaus
Last Line: Andromeda rising, a divinity that would not die out


FUNDAMENTALIST       
First Line: It was just a dump really
Last Line: And carried into the light


HADES SONNETS: 1. SELF-PORTRAIT AS PERSEPHONE       
First Line: I tasted the white poppy of the dead
Last Line: Death itself, a schooling for the soul


HADES SONNETS: 2. FRANZ MARC'S LOST PAINTING ORPHEUS WITH THE..       
First Line: Picture the orphic painter walking alone
Last Line: And discovered the lost entrance to hades


HADES SONNETS: 3. THE FORGETFULNESS CHAIR       
First Line: My obstinate, self-absorbed, courageous
Last Line: And never found his way back to the living


HADES SONNETS: 4. THE ASPHODEL MEADOWS       
First Line: I dreamt that I found our bloodless shades
Last Line: And then I woke with you in my arms


HADES SONNETS: 5. TO DEMETER       
First Line: For I was broken open and shattered
Last Line: We will be together again in one body


HADES SONNETS: 6. SELF-PORTRAIT AS HADES AND PERSEPHONE       
First Line: Out of the nether regions of nightfall
Last Line: That was demonic, treacherous, immortal


HADES SONNETS: 7. VOYAGE       
First Line: I dreamt that you slipped a silver coin
Last Line: And return with them to the waking world


HOMAGE TO O'KEEFFE       
First Line: That year I lived with a colorful print


HOTEL WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Aura of absence, vertigo of non-being
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


HOTEL WINDOW       
First Line: Aura of absence, vertigo of non-being
Last Line: And it was dizzying, relentless, eternal
Subject(s): Hotels


HUSBAND AND WIFE       
First Line: I woke up and found you above me
Last Line: Was a sword over eden's gate


IDEA OF THE HOLY (NEW YORK CITY, 1975)       
First Line: Out of the doleful city of dis
Last Line: And sailed to the far side of nothing


IN MEMORIAM PAUL CELAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lay these words into the dead man's grave
Subject(s): Celan, Paul (1920-1970)


IN MEMORIAM PAUL CELAN       
First Line: Lay these words into the dead man's grave
Last Line: Let god pray to us for this man
Subject(s): Celan, Paul (1920-1970)


IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST       
First Line: The dead heat rises for weeks


IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR       
First Line: Once more the clock tolls like a heartbeat
Last Line: I heard the wind lashing the branches


IN THE MIDWEST    Poem Text    
First Line: He saw the iron wings of daybreak struggling
Last Line: He saw the gouged bodies of the unborn
Subject(s): Nature; Middle West


IN THE MIDWEST       
First Line: He saw the iron wings of daybreak struggling
Last Line: He saw the gouged bodies of the unborn
Subject(s): Nature


INCANDESCENCE AT DUSK       
First Line: There is fire in everything


INFERTILITY       
First Line: We don't know how to name


IOWA SUITE: 1. THE VOW       
First Line: We stood in the midst
Last Line: Giving names to the bare places


IOWA SUITE: 2. OCEAN OF GRASS       
First Line: The ground was holy, but the wind was harsh
Last Line: For those who drowned in an ocean of grass


IOWA SUITE: 3. IOWA FLORA       
First Line: We thought we were having an indigenous childhood
Last Line: And the shining, cup-flowered grass of parnassus


IOWA SUITE: 4. HOMAGE TO GRANT WOOD       
First Line: For years, I distrusted his spongy green trees
Last Line: I felt a sudden surge of happiness restored


ITALIAN MUSE       
First Line: Thus was the past: hoary, formidable
Last Line: The passionate garrulity of human grief


LECTURES ON LOVE: 1. CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: These lectures afford me a great pleasure
Last Line: Evil comes enswathed in every pleasure
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: Charles Baudelair
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poetry And Poets


LECTURES ON LOVE: 2. HEINRICH HEINE (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: Thank you, thank you ladies and gentlemen
Last Line: We are drowning. All that rescues us is love
Subject(s): Heine, Heinrich (1797-1856); Poetry And Poets


LECTURES ON LOVE: 3. MARQUIS DE SADE       
First Line: This is the first time I have given a lecture
Last Line: I would release you to a terrible freedom
Subject(s): Sade, Marquis De (1740-1814)


LECTURES ON LOVE: 4. MARGARET FULLER (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: Thank you for attending this conversation on love
Last Line: A woman can no longer be sacrificed for love
Subject(s): Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850)


LECTURES ON LOVE: 5. GIACOMO LEOPARDI (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: Thank you for listening to this new poem
Last Line: Love alone can redeem our universe
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


LECTURES ON LOVE: 6. RALPH WALDO EMERSON (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: Thank you for coming to this lecture on love
Last Line: Come lie down with me and devour the world
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


LECTURES ON LOVE: 7. COLETTE (VARIANT OF 'ON LOVE')       
First Line: My young friends, this is the final lecture
Last Line: Savor the world. Consume the feast with love
Subject(s): Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle (1873-1954)


LENINGRAD (1941-1943)    Poem Text    
First Line: For some of us it began with wild dogs
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


LENINGRAD (1941-1943)       
First Line: For some of us it began with wild dogs
Last Line: And scraped away the useless blue skin %and the dead flesh. Somehow we lived
Subject(s): World War Ii


LUMINIST PAINTINGS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY       
First Line: Slowly the nineteenth century is turning into dusk
Last Line: Schooners at evening lumbering across the bay


MAN ON A FIRE ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: He couldn't remember what propelled him
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


MAN ON A FIRE ESCAPE       
First Line: He couldn't remember what propelled him
Last Line: Like a warning-icy, long-forgotten- %while he turned back to an empty room.
Subject(s): Cities


MATISSE    Poem Text    
First Line: To begin with a light as vivid and warm
Last Line: Through the trees like colorful wild beasts
Subject(s): Matisse, Henri (1869-1954); Family Life


MATISSE       
First Line: To begin with a light as vivid and warm
Subject(s): Art And Artists


MEMORANDUMS       
First Line: I put down these memorandums of my affections


MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS       
First Line: Beyond junk bonds and oil spills
Last Line: A failed grief, a lost radiance


MILENA JESENSKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for attending this tribute to love
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


MILENA JESENSKA       
First Line: Thank you for attending this tribute to love
Last Line: And now we must live without his help
Subject(s): Death; Mourning


MOTOR       
First Line: It's the way the motor wheezed and coughed


MY FATHER'S BACK       
First Line: There is an early memory that I carry around
Last Line: A car door slams, just once, and he's gone. %tiny pools of water glisten on the street


MY GRANDFATHER'S POEMS       
First Line: I remember that he wrote them backwards
Last Line: Those faint wingbeats, that hushed singing


MY GRANDMOTHER'S BED    Poem Text    
First Line: How she pulled it out of the wall
Last Line: And her bed disappeared without a trace.
Subject(s): Beds; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NAMING THE LOST       
First Line: In his seminal postmodern meditation, 'thinking against oneself'


NEBRASKA, 1883       
First Line: Westward the wagon jolted
Last Line: Doggedly standing up to the emptiness


ON LOVE: BERTOIT BRECHT       
First Line: Let's light a match to the good old days
Last Line: Our destiny to free ourselves for love
Subject(s): Brecht, Bertolt (1898-1956)


ON LOVE: BERTOLT BRECHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's light a match to the good old days
Subject(s): Brecht, Bertolt (1898-1956); Love


ON LOVE: CHARLES BAUDELAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: These speculations afford me great pleasure
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poetry & Poets; Love


ON LOVE: CHARLES BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: These speculations afford me great pleasure
Last Line: Evil comes enswathed in every pleasure
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poetry And Poets


ON LOVE: COLETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother used to say, 'sit down, dear
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 7. Colette
Subject(s): Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle (1873-1954); Love


ON LOVE: COLETTE       
First Line: My mother used to say, 'sit down, dear
Last Line: Savor the world. Consume the feast with love
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 7. Colett
Subject(s): Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle (1873-1954)


ON LOVE: D. H. LAWRENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After the sweet red wine and the dry lecture
Subject(s): Lawrence, David Herbert (1885-1930); Love


ON LOVE: D. H. LAWRENCE       
First Line: After the sweet red wine and the dry lecture
Last Line: Ourselves immersed in a paradise of books
Subject(s): Lawrence, David Herbert (1885-1930)


ON LOVE: DENIS DIDEROT    Poem Text    
First Line: The strange, enlightening subject of love
Subject(s): Diderot, Denis (1713-1784); Love


ON LOVE: DENIS DIDEROT       
First Line: The strange, enlightening subject of love
Last Line: Yourself the encyclopedia of love
Subject(s): Diderot, Denis (1713-1784)


ON LOVE: DR. X    Poem Text    
First Line: So let's create a scene: I'm 'in love'
Subject(s): Love


ON LOVE: DR. X       
First Line: So let's create a scene: I'm 'in love'
Last Line: Eros is our way of re-forming ourselves
Subject(s): Love


ON LOVE: FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA    Poem Text    
First Line: I would invite loneliness into the room
Subject(s): Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936); Love


ON LOVE: FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA       
First Line: I would invite loneliness into the room
Last Line: The mystery of eros burns in our hands
Subject(s): Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936)


ON LOVE: GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text    
First Line: The ordeal of modern love forms my subject
Subject(s): Meredith, George (1828-1909); Novels & Novelists; Love


ON LOVE: GEORGE MEREDITH       
First Line: The ordeal of modern love forms my subject
Last Line: My one desire, my faithless modern love
Subject(s): Meredith, George (1828-1909); Novels And Novelists


ON LOVE: GERTRUDE STEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Love happens to be an astonishing state
Subject(s): Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946); Love


ON LOVE: GERTRUDE STEIN       
First Line: Love happens to be an astonishing state
Last Line: Love happens to be. An astonishing state
Subject(s): Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946)


ON LOVE: GIACOMO LEPARDI. POETRY WOULD BE A WAY OF PRAISING GOD ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep in the heart of night
Last Line: Love alone can redeem our universe
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 5. Giacoma Leopardi
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837); Love


ON LOVE: GIACOMO LEPARDI. POETRY WOULD BE A WAY OF PRAISING GOD ...       
First Line: Deep in the heart of night
Last Line: Love alone can redeem our universe
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 5. Giacoma Leopard
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


ON LOVE: GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE       
First Line: It's the right time to pollinate the air
Last Line: Come down to find me singing in the flames
Subject(s): Apollinaire, Guillaume (1880-1918); Poetry And Poets; Surrealism


ON LOVE: H. D.       
First Line: Do not blame helen
Last Line: For us, merging again
Subject(s): Doolittle, Hilda (1886-1961)


ON LOVE: HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I come to you as a whole-hearted man
Last Line: We are drowning; all that rescues us is love
Subject(s): Heine, Heinrich (1797-1856); Poetry & Poets; Love


ON LOVE: HEINRICH HEINE       
First Line: I come to you as a whole-hearted man
Last Line: We are drowning. All that rescues us is love
Subject(s): Heine, Heinrich (1797-1856); Poetry And Poets


ON LOVE: LAFCADIO HEARN    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, must make diverse pilgrimages
Subject(s): Hearn, Lafcadio (1850-1904); Love


ON LOVE: LAFCADIO HEARN       
First Line: I, too, must make diverse pilgrimages
Last Line: I welcome you to a shocking happiness
Subject(s): Hearn, Lafcadio (1850-1904)


ON LOVE: MARGARET FULLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for attending this conversation on love
Last Line: A woman can no longer be sacrificed for love
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 4. Margaret Fuller
Subject(s): Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850); Love; Women's Rights


ON LOVE: MARGARET FULLER       
First Line: Thank you for attending this conversation on love
Last Line: A woman can no longer be sacrificed for love
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 4. Margaret Fulle
Subject(s): Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850)


ON LOVE: MARINA TSVETAEVA    Poem Text    
First Line: Human thresholds are meant to be crossed
Last Line: I would be a wing that soars for love
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Love - Unrequited; Tsvetayeva, Marina (1892-1941); Estrangement; Outcasts


ON LOVE: MILENA JESENSKA       
First Line: I am raising my voice in a tribute to love
Last Line: And now we must live without his help


ON LOVE: OSCAR GINSBURG       
First Line: Ladies and gentlemen, friends and strangers
Last Line: Son, brooding about the strangeness of love
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jews; Love


ON LOVE: OSCAR WILDE       
First Line: To set the scene: we're in a country house
Last Line: Think of love when you think of oscar wilde
Subject(s): Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


ON LOVE: PAUL VALERY       
First Line: My subject is the oddity of amative life
Last Line: But I wish you all a form of radiance
Subject(s): Valery, Paul (1871-1945)


ON LOVE: PROLOGUE       
First Line: I woke up to voices speaking of love
Last Line: Life, my own, these ventures in love


ON LOVE: RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's devour the blessed apple of love
Last Line: Come lie down with me and devour the world
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 6. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882); Love


ON LOVE: RALPH WALDO EMERSON       
First Line: Let's devour the blessed apple of love
Last Line: Come lie down with me and devour the world
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 6. Ralph Waldo Emerso
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


ON LOVE: ROBERT DESNOS       
First Line: I would like to crack open my heart for you
Subject(s): Desnos, Robert (1900-1945); Love


ON LOVE: ROBERT DESNOS       
First Line: I would like to crack open my heart for you
Last Line: I return to the waking world for you
Subject(s): Desnos, Robert (1900-1945)


ON LOVE: TRISTAN TZARA    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no such thing as a dada lecture
Subject(s): Tzara, Tristan (1896-1963)


ON LOVE: TRISTAN TZARA       
First Line: There is no such thing as a dada lecture
Last Line: I am opposed to every system except one
Subject(s): Tzara, Tristan (1896-1963)


ON LOVE: ZORA NEALE HURSTON       
First Line: A lot of racial uplifters, 'negotiations
Subject(s): Hurston, Zora Neale (1903-1960); Love


ON LOVE: ZORA NEALE HURSTON       
First Line: A lot of racial uplifters, 'negotiations
Last Line: On this pilgrimage, henceforth and forever
Subject(s): Hurston, Zora Neale (1903-1960)


ON THE DEATH OF HART CRANE       
First Line: What is rainfall but the sky grieving
Last Line: The sea is a grave of tears


ORPHEUS ASCENDING       
First Line: Like a penitent extending a flame
Last Line: A world above so much like the world below


ORPHEUS: THE DESCENT       
First Line: Two nuns selling raffle tickets in a kiosk
Last Line: By the echo of sirens pulsing in the distance


ORPHIC RITES       
First Line: Plato says the gods sent him weeping away, empty
Last Line: Under a cloudy sky brimming with erasures


OUT OF THE PAST       
First Line: It's as if I'm in a field thick with mist


PAINTING OF PAN       
First Line: I wasn't afraid of the painting of pan
Last Line: That look of haunted recognition


PAUL CELAN: A GRAVE AND MYSTERIOUS SENTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's daybreak and I wish I could believe
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


PAUL CELAN: A GRAVE AND MYSTERIOUS SENTENCE       
First Line: It's daybreak and I wish I could believe
Last Line: Forever breaking behind the smokestacks
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


PHOTOGRAPH RIPPED IN HALF       
First Line: I don't know what it means


PILGRIMAGE       
First Line: Today I returned to see those two
Last Line: Half-feigned, half-real, and wholly human


POET AT SEVEN       
First Line: He could be any seven-year old on the lawn
Last Line: Laboring to express itself through him


POOR ANGELS       
First Line: At this hour the soul floats weightlessly


POSTHUMOUS ORPHEUS       
First Line: He wandered through a patchwork of open fields
Last Line: And then he gave up, defeated, and stopped singing


PROUSTIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: At times it seems lucky and unexpected, the past
Subject(s): Proust, Marcel (1871-1922)


PROUSTIAN       
First Line: At times it seems lucky and unexpected, the past
Subject(s): Proust, Marcel (1871-1922)


RAPTURE       
First Line: I felt it on parents day in 1963


READER       
First Line: It waited for him in the dusty treatises
Last Line: An emptiness, which he would not call god


RENUNCIATION OF POETRY       
First Line: These ruinous days of autumn. At dawn
Last Line: The goddess is something that has died in him


ROMAN FALL       
First Line: I remember the bells of sants maria maggiore
Last Line: Into the radiance and beyond


ROMANCE OF AMERICAN COMMUNISM       
First Line: The generation of aunt stalin and uncle pain
Last Line: The march of history, et cetera, and so on


SCORCHED       
First Line: In comes back to me as the enigma
Last Line: Two bodies cast from the bright flames


SELF-PORTRAIT AS EURYDICE       
First Line: Some part of me was already dead
Last Line: Love-and betrayed me to the emptiness


SHORT LEXICON OF TORTURE IN THE EIGHTIES       
First Line: That's not a man in pain


SIMONE WEIL: THE YEAR OF FACTORY WORK       
First Line: A glass of red wine trembles on the table
Last Line: And untouched food. Come down to her


SKOKIE THEATRE       
First Line: Twelve years old and lovesick, bumbling
Last Line: Each other's hands, trembling and changed


SKYWRITING       
First Line: Through the west window


SOLSTICE       
First Line: Remember how the city looked from the harbor
Last Line: And the night clamped shut


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a song for the speechless
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


SONG       
First Line: This is a song for the speechless
Last Line: Who have no voices have one tongue
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


SONG AGAINST NATURAL SELECTION       
First Line: The weak survive!
Last Line: A leg severed, a word buried; this %is how we recognize ourselves, and why


SORTES VIRGILIANAE       
First Line: I don't understand, I can scarcely see
Last Line: To summer's resplendent, celestial blues


SUMMER SURPRISED US    Poem Text    
First Line: These first days of summer are like the pail
Subject(s): Nature


SUMMER SURPRISED US       
First Line: These first days of summer are like the pail
Last Line: Poured out like a bucket of wild berries
Subject(s): Nature


SWEATSHOP POEM       
First Line: There are thirty-one shallow graves in august
Last Line: Sewing a dark shroud for my body
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers; Sweatshops


THE SWEATSHOP POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: There are thirty-one shallow graves in august
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Sweatshops; Work; Workers; Sweating System


THE UNNAMING    Poem Text    
First Line: She walked through the house, taking away its names
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


THE VILLAGE IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: No one remembers him anymore, a boy
Last Line: Fogging up in the bathroom, from the wet mirror
Subject(s): Fools; Past; Idiots


THREE JOURNEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever has followed the bag lady
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


THREE JOURNEYS       
First Line: Whoever has followed the bag lady
Last Line: And slept peacefully again, like a child
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


TRAVELER       
First Line: She wasn't prepared for the torrential rain
Last Line: And flaring up -- luminous, persistent, unabashed


TRISTAN TZARA       
First Line: There is no such thing as a dada lecture
Last Line: I am opposed to every system except one


TWO (SCHOLARLY) LOVE POEMS: 1. DEAD SEA SCROLLS       
First Line: I was like the words
Last Line: And deciphered its mysteries


TWO (SCHOLARLY) LOVE POEMS: 2. A TREATISE ON ECSTASY       
First Line: Touching your body
Last Line: Of a book that burst into flames


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 1. A CHILDREN'S ...       
First Line: Two suitcases sat on a forgotten shelf %collecting dust
Last Line: Like a waterfall %and everyone was drenched


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 10. FAR AWAY       
First Line: Somewhere a blue horse floats
Last Line: And a kite soars away from its string


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 2. ARTIST UNKNOWN       
First Line: A drawing that looked like the heavens %tilting on one wing
Last Line: A pasted collage on an office form %of a sunny evening in terezin


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 3. WHAT SOME OF THE       
First Line: Zuzga drew the saddest elephant in block 4
Last Line: God came to terezin and saw that it was bad


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 4. CHILDREN'S .....       
First Line: This evening we walked along the street of death
Last Line: Butterflies vanished


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 5. PARABLES       
First Line: This is a guard with a stick
Last Line: I don't believe %god forgot us


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 6. THE ART TEACHER       
First Line: Frau brandeis said that every object tells a story %if you look hard
Last Line: And the art teacher %was deported


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 7. ART PROJECT       
First Line: Cut 15,000 pieces of papers into dolls
Last Line: And burn 14,900 of the paper dolls %keep 1000


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 8. THE ANGEL OF ...       
First Line: Did not get up %it did not unleash our thirty-thousand wings
Last Line: Two suitcases sat on a forgotten shelf %collecting dust


TWO SUITCASES OF CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS FROM TEREZIN: 9. THE INJUNCTION       
First Line: At the end of the story %the locks were fastened again
Last Line: Shall stand under the waterfall %and remember


TWO UNHAPPY LOVE POEMS: 1. DAY WITHOUT YOU       
First Line: I wanted to lie. I wanted to say
Last Line: Where it seems so precisely like failure
Subject(s): Love


TWO UNHAPPY LOVE POEMS: 1. NIGHT WITHOUT YOU       
First Line: Always at 3 a.M. %it is easy to find a chisel with breasts
Last Line: I am tilted and obsolete, like a windmill
Subject(s): Love


UNCERTAINTY       
First Line: We couldn't tell if it was a fire in the hills
Last Line: And the blaze awaited them, too


UNDER A WILD GREEN FIG TREE       
First Line: I am going to eat seven pomegranate seeds
Last Line: The cycle of loss, myth of regeneration


UNEARTHLY VOICES       
First Line: Wind tumbles the branches by the side of the road
Last Line: The darkness, bringing back the sun


UNHAPPY LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to lie. I wanted to say
Last Line: Where it seems so precisely like failure
Subject(s): Love Complaints


UNNAMING       
First Line: She walked through the house, taking away its names
Last Line: Appallingly blank, waiting to be renamed
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


VILLAGE IDIOT       
First Line: No one remembers him anymore, a boy
Last Line: Fogging up in the bathroom, from the wet mirror
Subject(s): Fools; Past


WAITING FOR THE HURRICANE       
First Line: Season of white heat, shuddering, iridescent
Last Line: And a dusty countryside paralyzed by heat, %leaving us with ourselves in a city of glass


WATCHER       
First Line: He could not decide if the city at dusk
Last Line: The bountiful emptiness of everything


WELCOMING       
First Line: After the long drought
Last Line: Oh trumpet of laughter, oh gabriel, %joy everlasting


WHEN SKYSCRAPERS WERE INVENTED IN CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of it as a large moment with shadows
Subject(s): Chicago; Cities; Skyscrapers; Urban Life


WHEN SKYSCRAPERS WERE INVENTED IN CHICAGO       
First Line: I think of it as a large moment with shadows
Last Line: Even as houses, american houses, were growing on the prairie
Subject(s): Chicago; Cities; Skyscrapers


WHITMAN LEAVES THE BOARDWALK       
First Line: I am so small walking on the beach
Last Line: How can I be filled by such a vast love?


WILD GRATITUDE       
First Line: Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, zooey,
Last Line: Wreathing themselves in the living fire


WORK SONG       
First Line: All day I'd been trying to write
Last Line: Our bodies hypnotized, our voices joining in