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Howe, Fanny    Poet's Biography
313 poems available by this author


9/11/2001       
First Line: The first person is an existentialist
Last Line: The third person is a materialist


A HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: I traveled to the page where scripture meets fiction.
Last Line: Flipping through sewers for a flash of christ
Subject(s): Social Commentary


ABOUT LONELY ANGELS, FR. PALMS       


ADVANCE OF THE FATHER       
First Line: From raindrenched homeland into a well the upturned animal
Last Line: With the inhratiating stoop of those who came second in the world


AFTER ALL WAS ARRANGED FOR DEPARTURE       
Last Line: Off the runway or step into their story


AFTERWORD       
First Line: Thrice I croaked %before the sun was up
Last Line: No facts, no laws to stop my fall


APOPHATIC PATH       
First Line: What isn't what is
Last Line: Even the base of me being, unknown


AS A GUARD IN A BAGGY SUIT, FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


AT ROBESON STREET, FR. MISSION HILL       


AT THE LEVEL OF LAW ..., FR. JOY HAD I KNOWN BEFORE       


BASIC SCIENCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: One cadaver said to the other
Subject(s): Life


BASIC SCIENCE       
First Line: One cadaver said to the other
Last Line: Or sunburned back -- a weight %with properties that animate


BATHROOM       
First Line: On certain days a sweat folds in over her, covering her, covering her as weathe
Last Line: The naked eye. There is no escaping the universe


BOURGEOISIE DESPISES POVERTY AND DENIES IT CULTURAL VALIDITY       
First Line: A trough inside the pacific ocean led to an onshore flow. Then high
Last Line: Joke intended for someone else to laugh about


BROWN RECLUSE WEARS A VIOLIN DESIGN       
Last Line: Lay in which to plan well and lose the gist


BY HALVES    Poem Text    
First Line: We are always half way there
Last Line: On our way to such a communion
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


CAUGHT IN A WAR OF YES AGAINST NO ..., FR. PALMS       


CENSOR RACE, FR. MISSION HILL       


CHILIAST       
First Line: It looks as if I have survived. I now stand poolside. The steam is never
Last Line: Than under the ground ever? Are we all together now? Is this the end?


CLOSE UP       
First Line: The orange flower on the other side of that pane
Last Line: Written in light, in either case


CONCLUSIVELY       
First Line: The night was almost too long to bear
Last Line: Not far from a predawn holocaust %of travelling children


DARK LINE AROUND THE SETTLEMENT       
Last Line: Sleeping in the light, a settling rather


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 1.       
First Line: After the storm the word water kept rising
Last Line: By the hurricane. A ruined deck and dock, trees %uprooted from the heaving ground


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 10.       
First Line: After the storm, the long-limbed oak trees twist. Corkish
Last Line: Together one night they hosed down his anger, and learned %that a wound is only the edge of self-awa


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 11.       
First Line: At the capitalist party, the eros of a dress suggesting tips
Last Line: Gossip evolves like a sourball %growing smaller in a mouth


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 12.       
First Line: Apparatus, don't be embarassed by my life
Last Line: What if winning is a sign of god's love? %what if women made men so mean?


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 13.       
First Line: When you eat alone you don't exist
Last Line: Like the spaniel (the dog of invincible obsession) %you might stare fixedly into a water glass for h


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 14.       
First Line: Sometimes eros appears in sleeping ears as the prayers
Last Line: Like foreskin. And you find yourself %entering the long loneliness


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 15.       
First Line: He held his bike between his thighs to contemplate
Last Line: A people's army to rise against the problematics. %but anonymity is the true goal of my democracy


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 16.       
First Line: She could have backed up into the target of his anger's belly
Last Line: What if the saints live in outer space? %what if a jesus does too?


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 17.       
First Line: After the storm, the sun is drying seaweed
Last Line: And into the ears of babies, prayers %take a circular turn


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 18.       
First Line: Scissors cut up the tree's meat
Last Line: The plutocrats is a goal for the underling %to play bone with


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 19.       
First Line: Now an asteroid the size of an island is heading towards
Last Line: Who loves me better than the dog? %do women's thoughts really scatter?


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 2.       
First Line: Gloved and cycling, the worker leaves the house
Last Line: Has been hellish. Compressed by the cosmos, not embraced, %he knows the dread that can't say yes


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 20.       
First Line: From the porch, across the grass stacked with firewood
Last Line: Keep out the view of water. %it would drive them mad to see the power of water


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 21.       
First Line: After the storm, for her on the cliff, smoking
Last Line: What if there is no escape from our ignorance? %what if there is no escape from existence?


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 22.       
First Line: A body's interior is a serpent studded with corruption
Last Line: You are having the experience- %close to the surface - by which you usually live


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 23.       
First Line: There is no isthmus to chappaquiddick
Last Line: Of night. Blue and silver lights %dip into the surface


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 24.       
First Line: I bet it's been computed
Last Line: Of capitalism? Sink or swim. %what's the definition of apocalypse? Time


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 25.       
First Line: Let's start an anarchist party. The assassin folds up
Last Line: In the stuffed feeling of being a person %except when he's empty, then greed is good


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 26.       
First Line: Meanwhile the servant woman, her hands in suds
Last Line: What if I have to live this way for the rest of my life? %what if I never change?


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 27.       
First Line: If it was something corresponding to the ark
Last Line: And if it was east to; %an island of socialists was


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 28.       
First Line: He said of his life so far: it was me and it was about me
Last Line: My time was a mystery, but it was mine. %I wish I remembered more


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 29.       
First Line: The assassin crossed the unfinished palace
Last Line: He was a kind of innocent wearing the vestments of sin. %my fathers were women, he was often saying


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 3.       
First Line: It's as if money's eyes are located inside a pyramid
Last Line: Passing a blind couple walking, sighted child between. %hardluck stories are never boring


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 30.       
First Line: He knew to sit with his dish on one knee
Last Line: To wash up after him. %let's not call it a party, but an army, he told her


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 31.       
First Line: It's the end of a year of slaughter
Last Line: R the minds of humans are going to grow higher.... %as the water rises, so does the boat


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 32.       
First Line: Levels will be unaccountable in the windowless ark
Last Line: Around such bondage? Slaves and babies, %zero eyes, the surprise of the good


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 33.       
First Line: After the storm, a fragile boat, welded to a wall
Last Line: Becoming a garden ornament after a storm. %and if this is a ballad, its refrain is secret


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 34.       
First Line: Misery maintenance, cold pipe of the radiated
Last Line: Of the heart to others. It's a via negativa: no way ever %tohave both an honorable and youthlike pow


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 4.       
First Line: After a storm there's a powerless period, when the word
Last Line: Of the feet show. To begin again where? %near the pink dollop at the back of the tongue


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 5.       
First Line: The playing field is disheveled
Last Line: Nothing tech can stay: rust of entropy edges even %a bloated bike tire laid out on a stump


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 6.       
First Line: The worker's mother was always seeking the problem
Last Line: Is finding itself, there, in her eye. Enlightenment %is a level without measurement


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 7.       
First Line: The worker played king on a bike through seven gates
Last Line: Melancholy wouldn't quit her till she hit the kitchen %and the dishes waiting to pay her


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 8.       
First Line: Summer of the linoleum tulips
Last Line: Saws attacked the remnants of trees. Her psyche cracked %where a mirror made the candle brighter


DEMOCRACY: CHAPTERS IN VERSE: 9.       
First Line: She is making a cake in the post-storm kitchen
Last Line: For the conversion of workers to angels. %but only pure prayer makes the air into an ear


DOUBT       
First Line: Virginia woolf committed suicide in 1941 when the german bombing
Last Line: When history's things are working in your favor


DOWN ROBESON STREET, AWAY, FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Infinite nesting
Last Line: Red moon at 3 am
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EVERYTHING'S A FAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Coyote scruff in canyons off mulholland drive. Fragrance of sage and rosemary, now
Last Line: But a symptom nonetheless
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentary; California


EVERYTHING'S A FAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Coyote scruff in canyons off mulholland drive. Fragrance of sage
Subject(s): California


EVERYTHING'S A FAKE       
First Line: Coyote scruff in canyons off mulholland drive. Fragrance of sage
Last Line: There, a mild one, but a symptom nonetheless
Subject(s): California


FAST LANE OF A LIFE, FR. MISSION HILL       


FEEL THE MANIFEST AS A MAGNET       
Last Line: But the patter of real-music %and that will be you


FINISH       
First Line: A fin siecle echoing fuck
Last Line: To the free world or whatever it's called
Variant Title(s): It Was No Drea


FIRST A GREEN OPENING, FR. PALMS       


FOOTSTEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have never arrived
Last Line: Slave up, slave down
Subject(s): Failure


FOR NOT HAVING DIED YET, FR. JOY HAD I KNOWN BEFORE       


FRANKLIN PARK       
First Line: When snow falls on franklin park
Last Line: Your emptiness will %come too, follow you from home and everywhere %the courage to suffer is missing


FREE CHILD'S SWINGING, FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


GARCIA'S POPCORN, FR. MISSION HILL       


GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT       
First Line: Has my father abandoned me? Or what do I mean
Last Line: I am falling to the end of the opening question. %outside its law
Subject(s): Good Friday; Holidays; Holy Week


GOODBYE, POST OFFICE SQUARE       
First Line: Where wrought iron spears
Last Line: One cathedral is equal to a sigh


GRAY VICTORY, FR. MISSION HILL       


GRIEF YOU NAMED THAT TIME, FR. ROBESON STREET       


GULLS        Recitation by Author


HISPANIC NEON, FR. MISSION HILL       


HURON RED, THE MIST IN INNER CONNECTICUT       
Last Line: A mouthful of expletives


I DIDN'T READ ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE..., FR. ROBESON STREET       


I HAVE TO SAY IT ..., FR. PALMS       


I WAS BLIND UNTIL MY EYES WERE OPENED       
Last Line: It whets your appetite


ICE    Poem Text    
First Line: They say ice
Last Line: Your liquor, your dog, but not your death
Subject(s): Ice


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 1       
First Line: God is already ahead and waiting: the future is full
Last Line: Like a hand on a hand on an arm asking do you know me?


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 2       
First Line: I feel the city grow wild with desire fertile
Last Line: Now I know how to comfort a human like you %then I'd have held one


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 3       
First Line: The first disappointment
Last Line: That was the last one %a gate of a gift


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 4       
First Line: The constant x
Last Line: To everything else than x %is just as much more
Variant Title(s): Onlie


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 5       
First Line: The indivisble heavens
Last Line: White trees, say. Cherry, if %not snow


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 6       
First Line: Sister poverty, welcome to my cloister
Last Line: Ups the odds that there's a why but, why


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 7       
First Line: Some patios won't allow the shadow of a maid
Last Line: Face to the wall and to hell with the soup


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 8       
First Line: It was a night to be left alone
Last Line: Sex, too, squeezes out a lot of pleasure %till nothing is left but the neck


IN THE SPIRIT THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS: 9       
First Line: Son the one who was also called sun
Last Line: When the world takes up no space but I


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 1       
First Line: I'd speak if I wasn't afraid of inhaling
Last Line: And see far to: another earth, a place I might know


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 10       
First Line: If you have to die
Last Line: For the sun now in its feather in its blue building


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 11       
First Line: When mirth sways like a mast
Last Line: And concentrate on the consciousness %the sea comes out of


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 12       
First Line: I'll pay and bow out
Last Line: Creations, mine, which like women %look new in the court of god


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 2       
First Line: Hide the name away in the secret
Last Line: To those who raise what they value %out of reach until its magic


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 3       
First Line: Sea mist surprises my heavy eyes
Last Line: Like mathematics around a head %on rising a siesta


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 4       
First Line: Small birds puff their chests and feathers
Last Line: Now visualize heaven as everything around it


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 5       
First Line: Concentrate on the top of the mast, father
Last Line: Consciousness has nothing to do with me either %I'm just moving inside it, catch as catch can't


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 7       
First Line: Come, tinkers, among droves of acorn trees
Last Line: You who loved the people and the world %tell us our failings and if we're home


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 8       
First Line: I am the people never so alone
Last Line: The little into the day but run %like a heart blind to advice


INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD: 9       
First Line: The sea at last lies over this place
Last Line: And the world in my eyes %is hardly a certainty


IT WASN'T DAWN UNTIL THE COCK ..., FR. ROBESON STREET       


IT'S CLOUDY DOWN SOUTH THICKENING, FR. ROBESON STREET       


JOY HAD I KNOWN: 1       
First Line: There's a lot of the west
Last Line: Those nearest the palace laugh hardest


JOY HAD I KNOWN: 2       
First Line: Nothing in life is so exciting
Last Line: Matching and watching the eros of the universe


JOY HAD I KNOWN: 3       
First Line: Outside snow decays the country
Last Line: When I hear your voice say joy %had I known before


LET IT SNOW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Let it snow unless it is in heaven
Last Line: Winter dinner bell
Subject(s): Snow


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 1       
First Line: How long I've waited, I can't count
Last Line: Take the walk home with me


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 10       
First Line: I may never see the vatican or troy
Last Line: Just once-o universe-one more time


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 2       
First Line: No more cinders, the cellar water is iced over
Last Line: Like a ribbon of a childhood's hair in soap?


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 3       
First Line: Amber is a folssilized resin, yellow
Last Line: Where two can't lock together


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 4       
First Line: Trailing the bill of a mallard
Last Line: The path turned forever %it was that uncertain


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 6       
First Line: Dry is the word for a life of solitude
Last Line: One who has attended history intact %is only an ornament


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 6       
First Line: Blue river, icy sunk
Last Line: Then an afterlife won't be enough


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 7       
First Line: Snow be in this time with us as music
Last Line: It brings no surprise


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 8       
First Line: But if %never happened
Last Line: Unknown, unowned


LINES OUT TO SILENCE: 9       
First Line: Like the ghost of a woman from ruin
Last Line: Ten years ago six months from now


LOOKING UP       
First Line: Tonight belongs to expertise
Last Line: Of god - safer among the stars %than the roses here in arabia are


LOVE ESSAYS, IN THE FORM OF EROS, FR. ROBESON STREET       


LOW ROAD       
First Line: Soon she headed into the wind. Sepulveda boulevard would lead
Last Line: Past the end of their lives to the reccling center with her daily bag %of cans


MENACE       
First Line: Lonely gondolas blacken canals
Last Line: The fruit has fallen, the leaf is stiff. %alleluiah, alleluiah


MY BROKEN HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: On the 85th night of 19-- there were 280 days left in the year
Last Line: Am I really better at being crushed than I was before?
Subject(s): Disappointment


MY BROKEN HEART       
First Line: On the 85th night of 19 -- there were 280 days left in the year
Last Line: Am I really better at being crushed than I was before?


MY SONG, MY ONLY SONG GOES:       
First Line: One is my lucky number! Her sneakers were wearing down to two
Last Line: These were written in the earthball under her body's weight, where %she was pleased to keep them


MY WORK WAS MY DELIGHT ALONGSIDE, FR. ROBESON STREET       


NEVER STOP AT A MOTEL WHERE SOME ..., FR. ROBESON STREET       


NO TIME SPENT ON FICTION, FR. ROBESON STREET       


NOT AS MUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Bracken and primrose
Last Line: With her breasts
Subject(s): Women; Clothing & Dress


NOTHING IN LIFE IS SO ..., FR. JOY HAD I KNOWN BEFORE       


NURSERY       
First Line: The baby was made in a cell
Last Line: O animation! O liberty!


O'CLOCK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You float inside your water
Subject(s): Time; Leaves; Water


O'CLOCK: 1       
First Line: After this girl was grown
Last Line: Where my body went


O'CLOCK: 10       
First Line: The dirt feels sweet
Last Line: Cool grass is your nurse, and sandalwood


O'CLOCK: 11       
First Line: The slits should be blue
Last Line: But what isn't a lie


O'CLOCK: 12       
First Line: Soft fist of feathers
Last Line: Inexactly, from trees


O'CLOCK: 12:04       
First Line: Hive-sized creams are on the chestnut tree
Last Line: To gaze at the feast at her waist
Variant Title(s): O'clock:


O'CLOCK: 12:35       
First Line: They stop to read the sky, the boys
Last Line: When a heart is cold (inside and deep ) %it means it's ripe


O'CLOCK: 13       
First Line: Clotted cream and heather, bronte way to heavenshire
Last Line: A sun is running the world


O'CLOCK: 13:22       
First Line: If a cloak with two hands
Last Line: Is under your foot, your number's up


O'CLOCK: 14       
First Line: Under sky that is water
Last Line: And four lie still. All gone wild


O'CLOCK: 15       
First Line: Rain -- red rhododendron tree
Last Line: Inside me, the way elsewhere


O'CLOCK: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Where twigs are breaking stones
Subject(s): Experience


O'CLOCK: 16       
First Line: Where twigs are breaking stones
Last Line: Half of every experience is lack of experience
Subject(s): Experience


O'CLOCK: 17       
First Line: Parent above, look down and see
Last Line: Into an interstate between work and wine


O'CLOCK: 18       
First Line: A red shirt for anarchy
Last Line: Then why this fear of men


O'CLOCK: 19       
First Line: Into the forest I went walking -- to get lost
Last Line: Human was god's secret name


O'CLOCK: 19:40       
First Line: Set golden butter out in a dish
Last Line: Give me your heart, your soul, your body. %then see


O'CLOCK: 19:44       
First Line: You must be pulled along
Last Line: In and out, in and out...And fairy-blast


O'CLOCK: 2       
First Line: Go on out but come back in
Last Line: Past? Present? Future? No such things


O'CLOCK: 20       
First Line: Rambling snowmounds and still sheep along
Last Line: Land pays the price for becoming human


O'CLOCK: 21       
First Line: You float inside your water
Last Line: Whoever acts, divides


O'CLOCK: 22       
First Line: I feel like the end
Last Line: No, I mean wild!


O'CLOCK: 23       
First Line: You travel a path on paper
Last Line: And how did you find the way -- with your mind %your only measure


O'CLOCK: 24       
First Line: Welcome television to this rug-ruined room
Last Line: To know anything new is to know it as known


O'CLOCK: 26       
First Line: When was when
Last Line: By the end and then found %to be true again


O'CLOCK: 27       
First Line: The edge of the dome is slipping
Last Line: And no answers, please, to any of my questions


O'CLOCK: 28       
First Line: Sometimes a goodbye
Last Line: Your nerves %reverses


O'CLOCK: 29       
First Line: From the bray of gray donkeys
Last Line: And there I am finally safe %in the sensorium of drum


O'CLOCK: 3       
First Line: A full irish breakfast
Last Line: This condition is called 'the future'


O'CLOCK: 30       
First Line: Prosaic poetry -- an animal
Last Line: Grew closer to the glaze %of their associations


O'CLOCK: 31       
First Line: Production continues into the alienated night
Last Line: Emotional time is what is irrevocable


O'CLOCK: 32       
First Line: Wild garlic flowers
Last Line: But more lonely from breathing


O'CLOCK: 33       
First Line: The limits have wintered me
Last Line: And I remember my office, sufficiency


O'CLOCK: 34       
First Line: The stain of blackberries near marx's grave
Last Line: Guerilla war, terror: %the tactics for landless neo-realists


O'CLOCK: 35       
First Line: Hello eternal life in the light
Last Line: Fertile as worms? Headless?


O'CLOCK: 36       
First Line: Bracken by the tracks
Last Line: Return to their newly multiplied beds %in spark and lead


O'CLOCK: 37       
First Line: I often believe that nothing can be lost
Last Line: Will lift their weights -- evidence that -- attachments survive through space


O'CLOCK: 38       
First Line: When one more means one less, you are a drudge
Last Line: Because the divinity of yesterday %divides you from the evidence


O'CLOCK: 39       
First Line: He was a cold-hearted saxon
Last Line: These are the dangerous ones


O'CLOCK: 4       
First Line: Every glance works its way to infinity
Last Line: And air gets into everything. %even nothing


O'CLOCK: 40       
First Line: So leave the field
Last Line: Becomes a thicket %crawling with roses in a halo of losses


O'CLOCK: 41       
First Line: If you mess up, run to the west
Last Line: There you grow strong and fertile as a slum


O'CLOCK: 42       
First Line: Moon ink is too bright to read
Last Line: That you can't disprove %because it doesn't move


O'CLOCK: 43       
First Line: Inked-in %nerve endings
Last Line: Known by no one but who's in


O'CLOCK: 45       
First Line: In envy's carriage there's a witness
Last Line: But one little head goes everywhere whining


O'CLOCK: 46       
First Line: There is a city of terror where
Last Line: Symbols -- symptoms -- no difference %in the leap to belligerence


O'CLOCK: 47       
First Line: Late afternoon -- the shadows lengthen
Last Line: It was a pre-christian transaction: %no value in facts


O'CLOCK: 48       
First Line: Spring wind blows trumpet
Last Line: Complex indications for one she %stuck in a century


O'CLOCK: 49       
First Line: Pass the small churchyard hamlet
Last Line: Huge golden torches on the way to finbar's ashes


O'CLOCK: 4:15       
First Line: I have backed up
Last Line: I have been out - cold - too - long enough
Variant Title(s): O'clock: 4


O'CLOCK: 4:27       
First Line: Unmanned ship - a bed
Last Line: Not here - not there - but always between
Variant Title(s): O'clock: 5


O'CLOCK: 51       
First Line: Nuns, monks and swamis
Last Line: Prefers indifference %or thinks it does


O'CLOCK: 53       
First Line: Sallying off to the pub
Last Line: But those were motives, not a defense


O'CLOCK: 54       
First Line: Herds of deer wander -- their heads like wand
Last Line: Almost every prediction has come to fruition


O'CLOCK: 55       
First Line: A war occurred in the vicinity
Last Line: I' in that hibernia of math, no mothers


O'CLOCK: 56       
First Line: On azure seats
Last Line: Choose mystery. So far, god, this may be my last %book of unreconstructed poetry


O'CLOCK: 57       
First Line: I won't be able to write from the grave
Last Line: And the short northern lights


O'CLOCK: 58       
First Line: Most of the continent
Last Line: Will sog the paths the closer they get %to the sea. The day should end


O'CLOCK: 6       
First Line: Like a sheep sweating inside
Last Line: And I associate


O'CLOCK: 7       
First Line: I suffer from ire, it's electric
Last Line: Seeking cures made of poison, asp


O'CLOCK: 8       
First Line: Next time I'll travel by dream
Last Line: The twelfth century was when?


O'CLOCK: 9       
First Line: Minister to my friends, saint peregrine
Last Line: Then fold back my unbelief %as you did my sheets


O'CLOCK: FEBRUARY FOUR       
First Line: Iced stones in a nice hotel
Last Line: The spirit unfolds to the animal of its form
Variant Title(s): O'clock: 2


O'CLOCK: FEBRUARY LATE       
First Line: Converse airwaves %flail the sea where a trough meets high water
Last Line: Then I can try regular sound, and then no sound
Variant Title(s): O'clock: 5


ON ROBESON STREET, THE RED OAK TREES, FR. ROBESON STREET       


ON SAVING HISTORY       
First Line: About saving history, karl rahner wrote
Last Line: It would be good to know them %as one and the same


ONE CROSSED OUT       
First Line: The walk up la breaking to the hills
Last Line: The pearls will roll, you'll see


ONE NIGHT IN BALTHAZAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The hotel bar downstairs
Last Line: As if he was the one
Subject(s): City & Town Life


OUTREMER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Some people wish to leave this earth
Last Line: I know, because he walked at my side for a short time
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


OUTSIDE SNOW DECAYS ..., FR. JOY HAD I KNOWN BEFORE       


OXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Homeless and never sadder,
Last Line: The book is out of print
Subject(s): Oxford, England; Books & Reading


PARALLEL       
First Line: Never out of, or into time so deep, as to justify staying this close
Last Line: It's like she doesn't look out the window. %she looks at what's on the window


PERFECTION AND DERANGEMENT       
First Line: Dirt road down a slope in spring the trees are spackled with white
Last Line: Was promised to us somewhere along the line


PERMANENT - FOR LIFE ..., FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


PLUTOCRACY       
First Line: After the storm the word water kept rising
Last Line: He tells her she has done it already


POEM FOR POTENTIAL       
First Line: All-sufficing person


POEM FROM A SINGLE PALLET: 1       
First Line: The wildness of the flower is all in the tone
Last Line: An indifferent shoulder (rocks) raised to dim %the passionate voice


POEM FROM A SINGLE PALLET: 2       
First Line: Three bags of gold, a fairytale
Last Line: Till the weight of it breaks


POEM FROM A SINGLE PALLET: 3       
First Line: But I, too, want to be a poet
Last Line: Of the poetic line %and no visible recompense


PROXIMITY OF PRAYER, FR. MISSION HILL       


Q: 1       
First Line: We moved to be happy
Last Line: It carried us down like storm-driven gulls %to this crash that we call a city


Q: 10       
First Line: The neo-neolithic urban nomad school of poetry
Last Line: To the other side that multiplies %the interior matter


Q: 11       
First Line: I light up the grids
Last Line: The final product %that's why I'm happy


Q: 12       
First Line: A little clover's on autumn leaves
Last Line: Favor the ghost over the father, maternalist


Q: 2       
First Line: One black wing was blowing down the road
Last Line: Our caravan has sought a remedy for memory %by moving over the same path


Q: 3       
First Line: Snow rises as it falls
Last Line: Roads end where only trees greet them %like brides in a terrified feminine dress


Q: 4       
First Line: I was sick of my wits
Last Line: I had to keep moving the books around


Q: 5       
First Line: After a good beatinf on a cold day
Last Line: And I really hoped %the hoping was over


Q: 6       
First Line: Creation was the end that preceded means
Last Line: Incorporated and diminished images %into little packages


Q: 7       
First Line: Heaven has been my nation-state
Last Line: The never-quite-but-hinted-at %attention of a thee


Q: 8       
First Line: Lambs don't fight being itinerant
Last Line: Patented in blue yes as food and clothing %for persons and their furniture


Q: 9       
First Line: Wherever I am becomes an end
Last Line: Turns the wilds into a resolution


QUIETEST: 4       
First Line: The holy one called
Last Line: When I taste 'god' I taste bread


QUIETEST: 5       
First Line: What does serpent mean?
Last Line: Daily says 'divine'


QUIETEST: 6       
First Line: Sex is made on a bed which is too loose
Last Line: Will die if there is no pain


QUIETEST: 7       
First Line: Zero built a nest
Last Line: And its pleasure is its own


QUIETEST: 8       
First Line: When she was alone in her cell, she didn't exist
Last Line: Off the runway, or step into their story


QUIETIST: 1       
First Line: Mad god, and thought
Last Line: Compulsion to die


QUIETIST: 2       
First Line: Two waters -- squared
Last Line: Pleasure bloodies his underskin %thin skin


QUIETIST: 3       
First Line: My bedclothes were stuffed with ashes
Last Line: For my asylum %was myself


REASON FOR THE PALM, FR. PALMS       


REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the great titanic
Last Line: Than the block of ice
Subject(s): Titanic (ship)


ROBESON STREET: 1       
First Line: The moon is moving away
Last Line: Solitary, I set up a night fork %and face the materials


ROBESON STREET: 2       
First Line: A blight was on the oaks
Last Line: Through leaves which naturally dizzied and fell


ROBESON STREET: 3       
First Line: Flamingo pink on the chimney stacks
Last Line: I'd still have only one history


ROBESON STREET: 4       
First Line: When snow falls on franklin park
Last Line: Over the edge of dried myrtle and beech %leaves. Cars whir and curse


ROBESON STREET: 5       
First Line: Away from the park and zoo
Last Line: But it's just he said, we got used to being


ROBESON STREET: 6       
First Line: Pushing children in plaid & silver prams
Last Line: What for what for, we cawed outside %as in bare trees, too plain to see


ROBESON STREET: 7       
First Line: In the sylvan section of the old zoo
Last Line: Me and the kids are looking to go home now


SAVING HISTORY: 1       
First Line: Unable to rest because unable to know
Last Line: What's left for you? Better to stand aside


SCATTERED LIGHT       
First Line: White slides over %rows of windowed eyes
Last Line: Is the most extreme caprice %a smashing of space


SCRAPE AND BELL        Recitation by Author


SEA-GARDEN: 1       
First Line: Bricks are stuck in earth
Last Line: Says:'the voice makes a covenant %among the flowers and debts'


SEA-GARDEN: 2       
First Line: The human is a thing
Last Line: Happy as yellow monochrome %the fragilest color among them


SEA-GARDEN: 3       
First Line: Among brick pots, buckets and rakes
Last Line: Thin strips of clouds spill across watered yards, a nation %and spell jeshua...Liberation


SEA-GARDEN: 4       
First Line: The highway cuts through
Last Line: So they could slip through the bars of a cage


SEA-GARDEN: 5       
First Line: Mother is often lop- %sided, her face like a cubist
Last Line: Who asked, can I have a slave or two?


SEA-GARDEN: 6       
First Line: Rapture in exile -- paradox
Last Line: Who can't die without a mother or a man


SHE SAW FOUR WAYS AROUND THE REFUGE       
Last Line: Less words, more sound. %less nature, more words


SLIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no bridge
Last Line: This hoop-la, / condescended to


SNOWFLAKES WHIRLED ..., FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


SOMETIMES I THINK YOU'LL NEVER ..., FR. ROBESON STREET       


SOMETIMES THE JOB GETS YOU AND SOMETIMES       
Last Line: Is knowing that there is no inner life


SPLINTER       
First Line: When I was a child
Last Line: And barely visible %(artificial) %two at a windowpane


SPLINTER OF LUCK, FR. MISSION HILL       


SPRUNG OUT OF STICKS ..., FR. FRANKLIN PARK       


STAMP THE LOGOS ON THE AIR, FR. PALMS       


STARLET    Poem Text    
First Line: That terrible day my heart took a blow that nearly killed
Last Line: Do I know it's there at all?
Subject(s): Disappointment; Actors & Actresses; Actresses


STARLET       
First Line: That terrible day my heart took a blow that nearly killed
Last Line: And if the time required to get there doesn't yet exist, how %do I know it's there at all?


START       
First Line: When adam the billionth %called the sky's name
Last Line: Before anyone answers to that name
Variant Title(s): Note


TELL ME WHAT IS ORDINARY       
Last Line: I'm drawing on the stimulant of panic


THE ADVANCE OF THE FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: From rain drenched homeland into a well: the upturned animal
Last Line: With the ingratiating stoop of those who came second in the world
Subject(s): Relationships


THE ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: The lassitude of angels
Last Line: Their suffering has brought
Subject(s): Angels


THE CENOTAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to leave this place
Last Line: My pillow is my friend
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE DESCENT        Recitation by Author


THE HUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Up the hill is a hut made of sound
Last Line: It dwells in ashen buildings where the present sleeps
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


THE LAW    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a law against us
Last Line: My respect for nature / and space
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Attorneys


THERE ARE NO 'OTHERS'       
First Line: Outside the plant they walked hurriedly, she a few paces behind
Last Line: When, as in dreams, the new and the equal know no evil


THIRD WORD FROM THE EAST    Poem Text    
First Line: In my sleep mohammed spoke
Last Line: One can see the shape but not the face
Subject(s): Prophecy & Prophets; Mohammed


THREE PERSONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The fields are infertile
Last Line: There was never any other
Subject(s): Mind, The


TORN PARTS: THE STORY       
First Line: Was the discovery of a brother walking in a storm
Last Line: I am the world, he said and left


UNDAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From no nowhere not near the sea
Last Line: Undoing would be undone


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 1       
First Line: Ringing bells in winter churches
Last Line: The stranger kin to the divine (sometimes)


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 2       
First Line: In secret space-time the heart is a conductor
Last Line: I will follow with my hands on a book I'm sure


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 3       
First Line: From no nowhere not near the sea
Last Line: Undoing would be undone


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 4       
First Line: No one speaks after compline
Last Line: Like wood with bullet-riddled wings


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 5       
First Line: Just needed a place
Last Line: Instructions on how to be good


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 6       
First Line: Light I can't %but let me write
Last Line: No holy talk confused us


UNDAY AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: 7       
First Line: I wrap my bones around my head
Last Line: Without the body on it %(cataphatic)


VETERAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I donít believe in ashes; some of the others do
Last Line: The one that moves around each form
Subject(s): Wind; Beliefs


VETERAN       
First Line: I don't believe in ashes; some of the others do
Last Line: The one that moves around each form


VICTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no rescue mission where it isnít freezing
Last Line: Into hip-hop? Dunnoóbut itís wonderful
Subject(s): Youth; Social Commentary; City & Town Life


VICTORY       
First Line: There is no rescue mission where it isn't freezing
Last Line: Into hip hop dunno but it's wonderful


VINEYARD: 1       
First Line: To imitation england
Last Line: She found her bird, they'd hung it there


VINEYARD: 10       
First Line: When home was a courthouse
Last Line: To the door, the justice


VINEYARD: 11       
First Line: Liberty for the few
Last Line: Wine colors contort on goblets


VINEYARD: 12       
First Line: Fog grays the skyline
Last Line: Let no light in but refract it


VINEYARD: 13       
First Line: One dreams of a land with vines
Last Line: And light in the service of loneliness


VINEYARD: 14       
First Line: The owners over the ocean sailed
Last Line: Kill them while they're still alive


VINEYARD: 15       
First Line: Some selves are generous
Last Line: They are given medication


VINEYARD: 16       
First Line: Since tears become stones
Last Line: Pull on their gowns and shoes


VINEYARD: 17       
First Line: Love's body and mouth lie down together
Last Line: And its smile %goes down. So does the sun


VINEYARD: 2       
First Line: By a bottle of fatigued blue flowers
Last Line: Sitting recluse: woodsy: the hidden one


VINEYARD: 3       
First Line: In a workplace torn by a union
Last Line: To the parents born with them


VINEYARD: 4       
First Line: Red x, correction. Red check, yes
Last Line: But copy, copy, copy


VINEYARD: 5       
First Line: All night in the rain
Last Line: Repeat the father's name: not-this-not-that


VINEYARD: 6       
First Line: When men wore overcoats
Last Line: The real voice is inviolate


VINEYARD: 7       
First Line: The self is a servant only
Last Line: Equality is not material %but x amount of soul


VINEYARD: 8       
First Line: To me the disobedient
Last Line: He sat in last night turned towards her


VINEYARD: 9       
First Line: Now a daring blue heron
Last Line: Is the most extreme caprice


WALLS MAKE A SPACE THE OPPOSITE, FR. ROBESON STREET       


WHAT DID YOU SEE?    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I saw the shrouds of prisoners
Last Line: And I recognize them!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WHEN I GET SCARED, FR. JOY HAD I KNOWN BEFORE       


WINTER DISTANCES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: When all these books are turf
Subject(s): Winter


WORM RIDES BETWEEN WALLS       
Last Line: Pressed between emotions


WOUNDS WERE BALMED, FR. PALMS       


WRECK OF THE 737       
First Line: How did you get here
Last Line: Executive into infinity


YOU CAN'T WARM YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF A BOOK BUT YOU CAN WARM YOUR HOP       
First Line: Feathers fluffed the ashtray bin at the bottom of the elevator
Last Line: Out. My personal angel is my maid, said one to another, putting %down his rilke with a gentle smile


YOU CAN?«÷T WARM YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF A BOOK BUT YOU CAN WARM YOUR HOPES THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Feathers fluffed the ashtray bin at the bottom of the elevator. Feathers and a smeared
Last Line: His rilke with a gentle smile
Subject(s): City & Town Life


YOU CHECK THE RIVER, I CHECK ..., FR. ROBESON STREET       


ZENO SAW, IN HIS LAW, FR. PALMS       


[SIC]       
First Line: If your shadow cant live at its full length then you suffer
Last Line: By that look you are allergic to authority