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Author: HIRSHFIELD, JANE
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Hirshfield, Jane    Poet's Biography
231 poems available by this author


1973       
First Line: That winter we took turns stepping into
Last Line: Sweetness and heat, and in me, each time since, %the answering yes


20-OCT-83       
First Line: On a quiet morning in autumn


A BLESSING FOR A WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Today when persimmons ripen
Last Line: Today when persimmons ripen
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A CEDARY FRAGRANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Even now / decades after
Last Line: To make the unwanted wanted
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A DAY IS VAST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: But you can lose it
Subject(s): Time


A SWEETENING ALL AROUND ME AS IT FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even generous august
Last Line: Folds that loneliness, one moment, two, love, back into your arms
Subject(s): Love


ADAMANTINE PERFECTION OF DESIRE       
First Line: Nothing more strong
Last Line: The living cannot help but love the world


AFTER LONG SILENCE       
First Line: Politeness fades, %a small anchovy gleam
Last Line: Yet words are not the end of thought, they are where it begins


AFTER WORK       
First Line: I stop the car along the pasture edge


AGAINST LOSS       
First Line: For years I hoped


ALL SUMMER YOU KEPT TRYING TO ANSWER       
First Line: All summer you kept trying to answer to knocking %down the hill
Last Line: Still, waking is waking. It is good to have a companion %the late stars shine in the cold, some red,


ALL THE DIFFICULT HOURS AND MINUTES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: First the jar holds the umeboshi, then the rice does
Subject(s): Time


ALWAYS SHE READS THE SAME TRANSLATION       
Last Line: It eats slowly and she lives, moving a little


ARS POETICA       
First Line: These flat and leathery leaves


ASK MUCH, THE VOICE SUGGESTED       
Last Line: A cup taken out, a cup reappears; a bucketful taken, a bucket


AT NIGHT       
First Line: It is best


AT NIGHTFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like held lanterns, wavering
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


AT NIGHTFALL       
First Line: Like held lanterns, wavering
Last Line: Wobblings, desires, where I -- she seems quite sure of it --belong
Subject(s): Farm Life


AT THE ROOSEVELT BATHS       
First Line: These women ('tough as old chicken'
Last Line: Thunkety, thunkety %clearing the net


ATTEMPT       
First Line: It is not that they failed to come; they came


AUTUMN       
First Line: Again the wind
Last Line: Back to bare wood %without diminishment


AUTUMN QUINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: How sad they are
Subject(s): Loss


AUTUMN QUINCE       
First Line: How sad they are
Subject(s): Loss


BETWEEN THE MATERIAL WORLD AND THE WORLD OF FEELING       
First Line: Between the material world and the world of feeling there must be a border
Last Line: Flower or the dead-with an equally tender balance, and knows no difference %between them


BONSAI       
First Line: One morning beginning to notice
Last Line: Thickening the vacant branch-length in early march


BREAKABLE SPELL       
First Line: I don't know %with what tongue
Last Line: Hammering and sawing


CHILDHOOD, HORSES, RAIN       
First Line: Again rain


COMPLETING THE WEAVE       
First Line: A woman labors over the stories as over a needlepoint


CONTINUOUS EMBROIDERY       
First Line: The sky's blue deepens to meet


CONTRACT       
First Line: The woman who gave me the rose bush %reminds me
Last Line: Adding their signature branch by branch %agreeing to loss


COOK       
First Line: Each night you come home with five continents on your hands


COURTSHIP       
First Line: When men come visiting
Last Line: The daily faithfulness not even recognized as peacock-brilliant love


CYCLADIC FIGURE: THE HARP PLAYER       
First Line: Body out of whose being
Last Line: Seemed to it plausible, lovely


DA CAPO       
First Line: Take the used-up heart like a pebble
Last Line: Begin again the story of your life


DARK-GRAINED, SURPRISINGLY HEAVY       
First Line: Dark-grained
Last Line: With every mouthful, %something more torn open


DEAD DO NOT WANT US DEAD       
Last Line: Even a cucumber, even a single anise seed: feasting
Subject(s): Politics; War


DESIRE       
First Line: For years, the habit of wanting you


DESTINATION       
First Line: I wanted something, I wanted. I could not have it
Last Line: To the end we each nodded, pretending to understand


DIALOGUE       
First Line: A friend says


DIFFERENT RISING       
First Line: I reflect, in the bath


DOG STILL BARKING AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: It has come to this: three ants, seemingly separate, seemingly aimless
Last Line: To waver on the slim antennae of these my sisters?


DOOR       
First Line: A note waterfalls steadily
Last Line: That precedes change and allows it


DOPPELGANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The old knot
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


DOPPELGANGER       
First Line: The old knot
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


DOWNED BRANCH       
First Line: I wanted to be intimate to my own life
Last Line: Made without distinction of the lived-in tree


EACH HAPPINESS RINGED BY LIONS       
First Line: Sometimes when
Last Line: It is the moment they could almost let us go free


EACH STEP       
First Line: Nowhere on this earth
Last Line: While each step is nothing less than the glistening %river-body reentering home


EARTHLY BEAUTY       
First Line: Others have described
Last Line: Reproachful? Why does the bull?


EMPEDOCLES' PHYSICS       
First Line: Aversion carves the self.'
Last Line: The too-bright stream. Choose beauty loved -- %how loved -- within division's light


EVEN THE VANISHING HOUSED       
First Line: But what if the world's
Last Line: Though the infinite palace is infinite, it is precise


EVENING, LATE FALL       
First Line: It is not this world, then, to blame, with its red


FADO    Poem Text    
First Line: A man reaches close
Last Line: And the copper bowls balance
Subject(s): Magic


FLOOR       
First Line: The nails, once inset, rise to the surface
Last Line: The beautiful to be


FLOWERING VETCH       
First Line: Each of the tragedies can be read
Last Line: But the reason for going


FOR A GELDING       
First Line: No matter that it has been there
Last Line: Candy, half-white and half-red -- has gone on ahead


FOR A WEDDING ON MOUNT TAMALPAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: July / and the rich apples
Subject(s): Nature


FOR A WEDDING ON MOUNT TAMALPAIS       
First Line: July %and the rich apples
Last Line: Bringing home what is coming home %blessing what goes
Subject(s): Nature


FOR THE AUTUMN DEAD: ELECTION DAY, 1984       
First Line: And those other flowers
Last Line: To console the children with that hope


FOR THE WOMEN OF POLAND: DECEMBER 1981       
First Line: I think of you standing


FOR WHAT BINDS US       
First Line: There are names for what binds us


GODS ARE NOT LARGE       
First Line: But perhaps %the heart
Last Line: They are the fish, %going on %with their own concerns


GREAT POWERS ONCE RAGED THROUGH YOUR BODY       
First Line: Great powers once raged
Last Line: The narrow slashes of red have been riveted in


GREEN-STRIPED MELONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They lie / under the stars in a field
Last Line: The sign of their ripeness
Subject(s): Melons; Conduct Of Life


GROUNDFALL PEAR       
First Line: It is the one he chooses
Last Line: That place he takes first


HALF-SLEEPING       
Last Line: Again and again %in this night's dark rain


HAND       
First Line: A hand is not four fingers and a thumb
Last Line: A hand turned upwards holds only a single, transparent question %unanswerable, humming like bees, it


HAPPINESS       
First Line: I think it was from the animals
Last Line: Out of the trees protection and come in


HAWK CRY       
First Line: I do not know
Last Line: Watched a little as it did


HEART AS ORIGAMI       
First Line: Each one has its shape
Last Line: Not one of the lives of this world the heart does not choose


HEART STARTNG AND STOPPING IN THE LATE DARK       
First Line: I cannot tell
Last Line: To sit there a while in the petals, altering nothing


HEAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My mare, when she was in heat
Last Line: But desire, desire is long
Subject(s): Desire; Animals; Horses


HEAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My mare, when she was in heat
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


HEAT       
First Line: My mare, when she was in heat
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


HEAT OF AUTUMN       
Last Line: On the hook it belongs on in a closet soon to be empty, %and calling it pleasure


HESITATION       
First Line: Sometimes only a slowing
Last Line: With the scent of the plum tree just before it opens


HISTORY AS THE PAINTER BONNARD       
First Line: Because nothing is ever finished
Last Line: Though it is not the same; %her fine face neither right nor wrong, only thoroughly his


HOUSE IN WINTER       
First Line: Here %in the year's late tidewash
Last Line: Nor expectant, but every cell awakened at that knock


HUNGRY GHOSTS       
First Line: The flavors


I HAVE NO USE FOR VIRGINS       


I IMAGINE MYSELF IN TIME       
First Line: I imagine myself in time looking back on myself
Last Line: I whose choices made her what she will be?


I WRITE THESE WORDS TO DELAY       
First Line: What can I do with these thoughts
Last Line: To delay the other words that are waiting


IN A NET OF BLUE AND GOLD       
First Line: When the moored boat lifts, for its moment


IN APRIL SOMETHING STARTED       
Last Line: In april something started. In april something stopped


IN SMOOTH WATER THE MOUNTAINS SUSPEND THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where shallows and hillside
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


IN SMOOTH WATER THE MOUNTAINS SUSPEND THEMSELVES       
First Line: Here, where shallows and hillside
Last Line: How they rest like folded wings in the clear water %patient,waiting, having borne us this far
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


IN THAT WORLD, THE ANGELS WEAR FINS       
Last Line: Downward the rest of their lives


IN THAT WORLD, THE ANGELS WEAR FINS       


IN THE YEAR EIGHT HUNDRED       
First Line: Because of bad weather
Last Line: To better contemplate the various fates of man


IN YELLOW GRASS       
First Line: In the yellow grass
Last Line: Only the wild scent of earth will be left %to tremble after


IN YOUR HANDS       
First Line: I begin to grow extravagant
Last Line: That invent themselves %slowly into life


INFLECTION FINALLY UNGRASPABLE BY GRAMMAR       
First Line: I haven't yet found the pronoun through which to touch it directly
Last Line: They do this less and less these days, it seems


INSPIRATION       
First Line: Think of those chinese monks' tales
Last Line: Is an accident, though certain efforts make you accident-prone.' %the rest slants fox-like, in and o


INVOCATION       
First Line: This august night, raccoons


IT IS EASY TO BE FASCINATED WITH DEATH       


IT IS NIGHT. IT IS VERY DARK       
First Line: Rainfall past any interrogation
Last Line: Like an elephant trained to paint what is in her heart


IT WAS LIKE THIS: YOU WERE HAPPY       
First Line: It was like this: %you were happy, then you were sad
Last Line: Sometimes you ate roasted chestnuts, sometimes persimmons


ITHACA IN ARMS       
First Line: Oh, yes, the shuttle


JUST BELOW THE SURFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Just below the surface, fish, still
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


JUST BELOW THE SURFACE       
First Line: Just below the surface, fish, still
Last Line: Yet somehow, in another shadow of the same water %are still there
Subject(s): Seashore


JUSTICE WITHOUT PASSION       
First Line: My neighbor's son, learning piano


KINGDOM       
First Line: At times %the heart
Last Line: What it once owned


KNOWING NOTHING       
First Line: Love is not the reason
Last Line: Like love. Or would you think that the heart?


LAKE AND MAPLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I want to give myself
Subject(s): Peace


LAKE AND MAPLE       
First Line: I want to give myself
Last Line: Then give me the song
Subject(s): Peace


LEAVING THE OCTOBER PALACE       
First Line: In ancient japan, to travel
Last Line: By daybreak, the soundless mountains bow under snow


LETTER TO HUGO FROM LATER       
First Line: Dear dick: in order to xerox your book I had to break
Last Line: What you can for the horses. Your tardy friend, %jane


LIKE THE SMALL HOLE BY THE PATH-SIDE SOMETHING LIVES IN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Small holes that something unweighed by the self-scale lives in
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LIKE TWO NEGATIVE NUMBERS MULTIPLIED BY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lie down, you are horizontal.
Last Line: Into oranges and olives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LIVES OF THE HEART       
First Line: Are ligneous, muscular, chemical
Last Line: The heavy gate-violent, serene, consenting, suffering it all


LOVE AMID OWL-CRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not
Subject(s): Birds; Owls


LOVE AMID OWL-CRIES       
First Line: It is not
Last Line: The fact that there is a door
Subject(s): Birds; Owls


LOVE OF AGED HORSES       
First Line: Because I know tomorrow
Last Line: No luck is as boundless as theirs


LULLABYE       
First Line: Always there is desire


MATHEMATICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have envied those
Last Line: I lied, or did not lie, / in answer
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MEETING       
First Line: The rat was fat and healthy and equally surprised
Last Line: With its single, high, and unwashed corner window


MEETING THE LIGHT COMPLETELY       
First Line: Even the long-beloved
Last Line: What is said by all lovers: %'what fools we were, not to have seen.'


MESMER       
First Line: These mail-ordered tulips
Last Line: Whispering, how is it done belong


MILK    Poem Text    
First Line: From time to time the placid
Last Line: From cut bank
Subject(s): Calm; Milk; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility; Milkmen; Milkmaids


MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A person wakes from sleep
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


MOMENT       
First Line: A person wakes from sleep
Last Line: Who must so love their lives
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MOUNTAIN       
First Line: One moment, the mountain is clear
Last Line: While a single wild goose passed, silently climbing


MULBERRIES       
First Line: By the time
Last Line: The unguarded, late-sweetening %pleasures


MULE HEART       
First Line: On the days when the rest
Last Line: This too is a gift of the gods %calm and complete


MUSIC       
First Line: Why should they please us so


MUSIC LIKE WATER       
First Line: How, on a summer night
Last Line: That answer the dark on a summer night and fall still


MY WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wakeful, sleepy, hungry, anxious,
Last Line: I hold these
Subject(s): Life


NARCISSUS: TEL AVIV, BAGHDAD, SAN FRANCISCO; FEBRUARY 1991       
First Line: And then the precise
Last Line: As soon refuse, battered and soaking, the dark mahogany rain


NEEDLES OF PINE, OF MORNING       
First Line: By this morning, the color has gone from the gold


NOT MOVING EVEN ONE STEP       
First Line: The rain falling too lightly to shape
Last Line: How silently the heart pivots on its hinge


NOVEMBER ANGELS       
First Line: Late dazzle %of yellow
Last Line: However the passing brightness %hurts their eyes


NOVEMBER, REMEMBERING VOLTAIRE       
First Line: In the evenings


OF GRAVITY & ANGELS       
First Line: And suddenly, again
Last Line: When all of it joins in


OF THE BODY       
First Line: And what of that other net? The one
Last Line: Though a shadow flickers, remembering


ON READING BRECHT       
First Line: A child packs snow around a bit of stone


ON THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Uncountable tiny pebbles
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


ON THE BEACH       
First Line: Uncountable tiny pebbles
Last Line: All you are going to lose, though any of it would do
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore


ON THE CURRENT EVENTS       
First Line: The shadows of countries are changing


ONE LIFE IS SPENT, THE OTHER SPENDS US       
Last Line: A tail slightly kinked, a preference for one windowsill %over another


OPTIMISM       
First Line: More and more I have come to admire resilience
Last Line: Mitochondria, figs-all this resinous, unretractable earth


OSIRIS       
First Line: They may tell you the god is broken


OTHER EARTH       
First Line: At first we embrace trees


PATCHED CARPET       
First Line: Bought in a flea market, %cheaply
Last Line: The white dust covers my hands


PATTERN THAT CONNECTS       
First Line: Tonight, as you touched my face


PERCEPTIBILITY IS A KIND OF ATTENTIVENESS       
First Line: It is not enough
Last Line: The treasure -- oh even the treasure -- %treasure of water


PERCOLATION       
First Line: In this rain that keeps us inside
Last Line: Rising through cell-strands of xylem, leaflet and lung-flower %back into air


PERISHABLE, IT SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Perishable, it said on the plastic container
Last Line: Inside that hour with its perishing perfumes and clashings
Subject(s): Middle Age


PLENITUDE       
First Line: Even from a book of aging plates
Last Line: It is enough and more


POE: AN ASSAY (I)       
First Line: In 'the gold bug,' the overt finding of the treasure
Last Line: In poe the worry is like the long-cooled lead in baltimore house-glass, settled and clear


POEM WITH TWO ENDINGS       
First Line: Say 'death' and the whole room freezes
Last Line: (but the vanished, the vanished beloved, o where?)


POMEGRANATES       
First Line: Under %a thin coat of dust


PROMISE       
First Line: Mysteriously they entered, those few minutes
Last Line: The dog's tail wagged a little in his dream


PROTEUS ENTERING WATER       
First Line: For him, the world was tangential, to be abandoned


RAIN IN MAY       
First Line: The blackened iron


REBUS    Poem Text    
First Line: You work with what you are given
Last Line: How can I enter this question the clay has asked?
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


RECALLING A SUNG DYNASTY LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Palest wash of stone-rubbed ink


RECURRING POSSIBILITY       
First Line: Asked on the icy steps
Last Line: Like her have nothing to say


RED POPPIES       
First Line: Inside the metal, all things blossom
Last Line: Could be lifted -- red flower and black seed -- for the first time


REFUSAL       
First Line: The usual stories are of foxes and thick-pelted wolves
Last Line: Refusing the clear necessity, the dream-command


RESPITE       
First Line: Day after quiet day passes
Last Line: Incomprehensible sunlight falls on my hand


RESTRINGING THE BEADS       
First Line: One by one


RIPENESS       
First Line: Ripeness is %what falls away with ease
Last Line: It too will leave on that clean knife


RITUAL       
First Line: Before, in the cluttered shop
Last Line: And the elders, these new elders - what of them?
Subject(s): Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989


ROOM       
First Line: For two years it lay almost unentered
Last Line: Which half-starved, shivering hopes might follow it in


ROSES OF THE NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY       
First Line: Dry summers %the deer come down
Last Line: They slowly rise


SEAWATER STIFFENS CLOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Seawater stiffens cloth long after it’s dried
Last Line: Call her afterward tree, call her seawater angled by silence
Subject(s): Life


SEE HOW THE ROADS ARE STREWN       


SENTENCINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: A thing too perfect to be remembered
Last Line: Think assailable thoughts, or be lonely
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SHADOW       
First Line: That morning, sitting quietly
Last Line: I almost could see it--for a long silent time, remembering her


SILENCE       
First Line: One acquaintance says of another
Last Line: And quietly listens %love lowers its stricken face so no one will see


SILK CORD       
First Line: In the dream the string had broken
Last Line: That I myself had scattered, that I myself must find


SLEEP       
First Line: Horses, yes. %dogs, old ones especially
Last Line: Quilt the drowsy night-song of the mortal


SLEEPING       
First Line: Here, we are one geography


SLEEPING IN THE AFTERNOON       
First Line: The heat-stunned hills at midday


SONG       
First Line: The tree, cut down this morning


SONOMA FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Large moon the deep orange of embers.
Last Line: The griefs of others—beautiful, at a distance
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SPEED AND PERFECTION       
First Line: How quickly the season of apricots is over
Last Line: Eating those I can, before the bruises appear


SPEED WITH WHICH BLUE NEEDLES MOVE       
First Line: As I walk through the daylight


SPELL TO BE SAID BEFORE SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Each pot now hang bright
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleep; Nightmares


SPELL TO BE SAID BEFORE SLEEP       
First Line: Each pot now hang bright
Last Line: Guard them, o earth, in your travels
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleep


STANDING DEER       
First Line: As the house of a person
Last Line: Three deer stood like a blessing, then vanished


STING       
First Line: You can almost feel it
Last Line: Not pleasure, not pain


STORM: YADDO, 1989       
First Line: The night's stampede of winds
Last Line: The tall trees out the window turn toward winter


STORY       
First Line: A woman tells me
Last Line: So her daughter would not see, though she would see


STREAM OF IT       
First Line: They might say, a white bird in the snow
Last Line: And light is a salmon, %always returning, blindly, to its source


SURROUNDED BY ALL THE FALLING       
First Line: After four days of rain


SWEETENING ALL AROUND ME AS IT FALLS       
First Line: Even generous august
Last Line: Fold that loneliness, one moment, two, love, back into your arms


TAMARA STANDS IN STRAW       
First Line: And dreams her long-necked, sweet-grass reveries


TASK       
First Line: It is a simple garment, this slipped-on world
Last Line: Sunlight never reaches, but the earth still blooms


THAT FALLING       
First Line: You turn towards meteor showers in august


THE DEAD DO NOT WANT US DEAD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death


THE DECISION    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a moment before a shape
Last Line: It cannot be after turned back from
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE ENVOY    Poem Text    
First Line: One day in that room, a small rat.
Last Line: Long-legged and thirsty, covered with foreign dust
Subject(s): Rats; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE HEAT OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
Last Line: And calling it pleasure
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


THE PEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: November. One pear
Last Line: Dawnlight to dawnlight, I look: it is still there
Subject(s): Aging


THE RITUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Before, in the cluttered shop
Subject(s): Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989


THE STONE OF HEAVEN       
First Line: Here, where the rivers dredge up
Last Line: And seeing, begin to assemble the plain stones of earth.
Subject(s): Colors; Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE WOODPECKER KEEPS RETURNING    Poem Text    
Last Line: The handsome red-capped bird, the missing mate
Subject(s): Woodpeckers


THEOLOGY       
First Line: If the flies did not hurry themselves to the window
Last Line: This miraculous story, but everyone hurries to believe it


THIEF       
First Line: Every fire is stolen
Last Line: And then that too is faithfully stripped from our arms


THINGS KEEP SORTING THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Does the butterfat know it is butterfat,
Last Line: No one can ever know that
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


THIS LOVE       
First Line: A lucky woman
Last Line: Their course hide, the blown chaff of their scent -- %this love is strong


THIS RIPENESS       
First Line: Thin roads splice field to field


THIS WAS ONCE A LOVE POEM       
First Line: This was once a love poem, %before its haunches thickened, its breath grew
Last Line: With a single finger outstretched like a tiny flame


THREE TIMES MY LIFE HAS OPENED       
First Line: Three times my life has opened
Last Line: Or the one red leaf the snow releases in march


TO DRINK       
First Line: I want to gather your darkness
Last Line: Taking everything in with the water, everything


TO HEAR THE FALLING WORLD       
First Line: Only if I move my arm a certain way


TO JUDGMENT: AN ASSAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You change a life
Subject(s): Judgments; Love


TONIGHT THE INCALCULABLE STARS       


TOWARD THE INFINITE       
First Line: You might take it for a given


TOWARD THE SOLSTICE       
First Line: 9 a.M. Already


TREE       
First Line: It is foolish %to let a young redwood
Last Line: Softly, calmity, immensity taps at your life


TROMPE L'OEIL       
First Line: What you understand no longer matters


TWO WASHINGS       
First Line: One morning in a strange bathroom
Last Line: Back onto the stove with two steadying hands


UKIYO-E       
First Line: The blues' plunge


UNDER THE RIVER       
First Line: Under the river of the world, the world
Last Line: The ceilngs stencilled with water lilies, stars


VILNIUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For a long time
Last Line: I doubted if I should ever come back
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


VINEGAR AND OIL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wrong solitude vinegars the soul
Last Line: Of a fallen donkey, above a church door in finland
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


WAKING THE MORNING DREAMLESS AFTER LONG SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: But with the sentence: “use your failures for paper.” meaning, I
Last Line: Of ruined paper into a basket, pulling them out again
Subject(s): Middle Age; Writing & Writers


WAKING THIS MORNING DREAMLESS AFTER LONG SLEEP       
First Line: But with this sentence: %'use your failures for paper'
Last Line: Into a basket, pulling them out again


WATER DIAMONDS       
First Line: Inside perfection, continents could hide
Last Line: Within their thousand lives recall


WEDDING       
First Line: The high windows stream with fish
Last Line: Mirror of itself -- mercuric oxide tipped from flask to flask %first two, then one, wedded for life


WEIGHING       
First Line: The heart's reasons
Last Line: Then it asks more, and we give it


WHAT FALLS       
First Line: Today, what falls is wavering
Last Line: But crystallne and visible, as we are


WHAT IS USUAL IS NOT WHAT IS ALWAYS       
Last Line: Only the reminder that there is exception


WHAT THE HEART WANTS       
First Line: See then %what the heart wants
Last Line: Whatever asks, heart kneels and offers to bear


WHITE CURTAIN IN SUNLIGHT AND WIND       
First Line: More and more
Last Line: After, it could almost walk away


WINDOW       
First Line: I am not %opened or closed
Last Line: Like new lovers taking their fill in the crowded dark


WITH SINGING AND BANNERS       
First Line: Demosthenes, a wise man, filled his mouth


WITHIN THIS TREE       
Last Line: There is no other world


WOMAN IN RED COAT       
First Line: Some questions cannot be answered


WORLD       
First Line: Half-shop, half-museum, it occupies
Last Line: Perfectly scrolled and dry for half a century or more