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Author: HULL, LYNDA
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Hull, Lynda    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Wojahn, David, Mrs.
103 poems available by this author


1933       
First Line: Whole countries hover, oblivious on the edge
Last Line: That her father will live forever


ABACUS       
First Line: No grand drama, only chinatown's incendiary glow
Last Line: The sum of unguents, of healing roots, %a measure of time, a calculation beyond all worth


ACCRETION       
First Line: Consider autumn


ADAGIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Across majestic boulevard, steam bath
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ADAGIO       
First Line: Across majestic boulevard, steam bath
Last Line: Slanted on the mantel showing a dove-gray sky %beginning to lighten, strangely, from within
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


AMULETS       
First Line: Riddled by seaworms, the figurehead's blind
Last Line: Charms meant to cheat fate, to stay the journeyer %a little while longer, who'll never pass this way


ARIAS, 1971       
First Line: It was her hair I always noticed, rippling
Last Line: I tell you, it was snowing


AT THE WESTLAND       
First Line: The camera angle's high and dizzy
Last Line: She wants to give him that. Let him have that


AT THIRTY       
First Line: Whole years I knew only nights: automats


AUBADE       
First Line: Below the viaduct, the 5:05's stiff wind snares


AUTUMN, MIST       
First Line: This morning I took the wine from the sill


BAR XANADU    Poem Text    
First Line: A perfect veronica, invisible, scallops air
Last Line: Riffling your skirt in the scent of blood oranges and sweat
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Prostitution; Disappointment; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


BAR XANADU       
First Line: A perfect veronica, invisible, scallops air
Last Line: Gritty wind from andalusia %riffling your skirt in the scent of blood oranges and sweat


BLACK MARE    Poem Text    
First Line: It snakes behind me, this invisible chain gang
Last Line: Terminal hotel, the world shuddering with trains
Subject(s): Hotels; Love - Complaints; Disappointmenr; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


BLACK MARE       
First Line: It snakes behind me, this invisible chain gang
Last Line: Terminal hotel, the world shuddering with trains


BOOKKEEPER       
First Line: I know the way evening shawls the mirror


CARNIVAL       
First Line: Sure the advertisements are full of advice. They beseech
Last Line: Pots carefully arranged to catch the rain? Artifacts, %I swear to you, disappeared before my eyes


CHARMED HOUR       
First Line: On the radio, gypsy jazz. Django reinhardt


CHIFFON       
First Line: Fever, down-right dirty sweat
Last Line: Essence, the heart surprised, dark and bitter


CHINESE NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The dragon is in the street dancing beneath windows
Last Line: He brings me ghost money
Subject(s): New Year; Conduct Of Life


CHINESE NEW YEAR       
First Line: The dragon is in the street dancing beneath windows
Last Line: He brings me ghost money


CONTAGION       
First Line: The air swamps, static, overheated


COUNTING IN CHINESE       
First Line: Past midnight, september, and the moon dangles
Last Line: I am cold and draw my sweater close. I discover %that I'm counting, out loud, in chinese


CROSSING, 1927       
First Line: A floating city of substance, of ether


CUBISM, BARCELONA       
First Line: So easily you fall asleep, the room a cage of rain
Last Line: In the subway, a few exotic feathers twisting in the wind. %but it won't be me, jack. It won't be me


DENOUEMENT       
First Line: In the house, the emptied rooms, sand hushing
Last Line: With shadow cupped in palms before applause


DIAMONDS       
First Line: Only once had I seen the diamonds worn


EDGEMONT: THE SWANS       
First Line: Next, the dull silk thwack of an umbrella opening. No, that
Last Line: & bus tickets stain %their hands with minute, indigo numbers that show the fare


FAIRY TALES: STEEL ENGRAVINGS       
First Line: Dusk after dusk, through the smoke of industry
Last Line: By sheer volume, each girl might stay her departure


FIAT LUX    Poem Text    
First Line: Static from the radio stippled gray as anesthesia dream
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


FIAT LUX       
First Line: Static from the radio stippled gray as anesthesia dream
Last Line: The city floated %distant and celestial, brutal in its own rung music
Subject(s): Cities


FITTING       
First Line: The room smelled of steam


FLOATING WEDDING       
First Line: Awake she's wedded to the stranger


FOR ANN       
First Line: The years have verdigrised the fallen leaves
Last Line: Clicks open, and who is it now that enters


FORTUNATE TRAVELLER       
First Line: Dazed and voluptuous, monroe sways through
Last Line: I can't recall what we spoke of -- it meant so much


FRUGAL REPASTS       
First Line: After the ribboning fever of interstate, after freight yards
Last Line: Fired empty & clean. Better this immersion than to live untouched


GATEWAY TO MANHATTAN       
First Line: Someone's saying it's almost time for the ambulance
Last Line: And keep on paying. %wasn't this exctly what you wanted?


HOLLYWOOD JAZZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Who says it's cool says wrong
Last Line: Here. Take my arm, walk with me
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


HOLLYWOOD JAZZ       
First Line: Who says it's cool says wrong
Last Line: Here, take my arm. Walk with me
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


HOSPICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Frayed cables bear perilously the antiquated lift
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


HOSPICE       
First Line: Frayed cables bear perilously the antiquated lift
Last Line: Are shaken with rumor of this strange good fortune
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


HOUSEKEEPING COTTAGES       
First Line: A tin flamingo rhumbas with a mermaid


INSECT LIFE OF FLORIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: In those days I thought their endless thrum
Last Line: And dangerous as the human heart
Subject(s): Florida; Family Life; Insects; Animals; Relatives; Bugs


INSECT LIFE OF FLORIDA       
First Line: In those days I thought their endless thrum


INVISIBLE GESTURES       
First Line: The way geodes can be cracked to reveal ears


JACKSON HOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes after hours of wine I can almost see
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


JACKSON HOTEL       
First Line: Sometimes after hours of wine I can almost see
Last Line: So small I could cup her in my hands
Subject(s): Hotels


LITTLE ELEGIES       
First Line: I don't know if bonnard


LOST FUGUE FOR CHET    Poem Text    
First Line: A single spot slides the trumpet's flare then stops
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Baker, Chet (1929-1988); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LOST FUGUE FOR CHET       
First Line: A single spot slides the trumpet's flare then stops
Last Line: Plunge beneath the still green waters of the grand canal
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Baker, Chet (1929-1988); Jazz; Music And Musicians


LOVE SONG DURING RIOT WITH MANY VOICES; NEWARK, 1967       
First Line: The bridge's iron mesh chases pockets of shadow
Last Line: Like women bending through smoke %to burdens, singing terror, singing pity


MAGICAL THINKING       
First Line: A woman, after an absence of many years, returns


MAQUILLAGE       
First Line: After nestling champagne splits in ice
Last Line: But that was long ago. I was only seventeen


MIDNIGHT REPORTS    Poem Text    
First Line: That's how billboards give up their promises
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


MIDNIGHT REPORTS       
First Line: That's how billboards give up their promises
Last Line: Blue the color of bruises, of minor regrets
Subject(s): Music, Rock


NIGHT WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Reflected in the plate glass, the pies
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Restaurants; Waiters & Waitresses; Rock & Roll; Cafes; Diners


NIGHT WAITRESS       
First Line: Reflected in the plate glass, the pies
Last Line: In wrinkles, in every fault %of this frail machinery
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Restaurants; Waiters And Waitresses


ONE NOTE TOLLING       
First Line: In the plaza, ornamental trees
Last Line: The tears of the virgin were raining


ONLY WORLD, SELS.       


ORNITHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone to seed, ailanthus, the poverty
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


ORNITHOLOGY       
First Line: Gone to seed, ailanthus, the poverty
Last Line: If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


PREPARING THE ESTATE SALE       
First Line: This woman, this marie brousseau


REAL MOVIE, WITH STARS       
First Line: The tide foams in with its cargo of debris, and this man
Last Line: These heavenly infernos, burning here above the sea


RED VELVET JACKET       
First Line: It's almost biblical driving this midnight burning highway
Last Line: Against this world burning ruthless, crucial & exacting


REMINGTON       
First Line: It's hot - the evening could so easily erupt


RIVER BRIDGE       
First Line: Winter, stepping into the night trolley
Last Line: Someone said get out of town


RIVERS INTO SEAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Palaces of drift and crystal, the clouds
Last Line: Adrift in the sea’s restless shouldering
Subject(s): Travel; Seas; Rivers; Journeys; Trips


RIVERS INTO SEAS       
First Line: Palaces of drift and crystal, the clouds
Last Line: Adrift in the sea's restless shouldering


SHORE LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: She wears the sailor suit - a blouse with anchors
Last Line: All night long over the sleek, impossible cars
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


SHORE LEAVE       
First Line: She wears the sailor's suit - a blouse with anchors
Last Line: All night long over the sleek, impossible cars


SLICK PACKAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the supermarket flourescents threaten
Last Line: Your net bag of sleek passages like a weapon
Subject(s): Supermarkets


SLICK PACKAGES       
First Line: When the supermarket fluorescents threaten


SO MANY SWIMMERS       
First Line: Confettied to shreds, the last leaves darken
Last Line: To the circling of cormorants inviolate, beyond %the coast of anything we know


SPELL FOR THE MANUFACTURE AND USE OF A MAGIC CARPET       
First Line: When the last commuter trains etch


SPRING       
First Line: If only we'd arrived without history


STAR LEDGER       
First Line: Almost time to dress for the sun's total eclipse
Last Line: So each one stands within their own brief human orbit %whilethe world reverses, then slowly, recover


STREET OF CROCODILES       
First Line: April's chill glistens this prospect
Last Line: Everything damned, for everything human & lovely


STUDIES FROM LIFE       
First Line: Soot-blackened, marble angels freeze
Last Line: Translate, we might hear how the saint dwells %perpetual, the form of this hunger within


SUITE FOR EMILY: 1. THE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Everywhere the windows give up nothing
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 1. THE LETTER       
First Line: Everywhere the windows give up nothing
Last Line: And consume so they become the only world
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 2. HOLY CITY, CITY OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: What is that general rule which tells
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 2. HOLY CITY, CITY OF NIGHT       
First Line: What is that general rule which tells
Last Line: Spread stunned before me. These hands
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 3. COMBAT ZONE/WAR STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The district's been demolished, sown with salt
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 3. COMBAT ZONE/WAR STORIES       
First Line: The district's been demolished, sown with salt
Last Line: So we can make a street, so we can make a neighborhood
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 4. JAIL, FLAMES -- JERSEY 1971    Poem Text    
First Line: The psychic's globe whirls its winds: demons
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 4. JAIL, FLAMES -- JERSEY 1971       
First Line: The psychic's globe whirls its winds: demons
Last Line: At me & wanted to be me. And I didn't care
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 5. ADDRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello death angel, old familiar, old nemesis
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 5. ADDRESS       
First Line: Hello death angel, old familiar, old nemesis
Last Line: Death I am tired of you
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 6. DARTMOUTH WOMEN'S PRISON, 1992    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily, delirium's your province
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 6. DARTMOUTH WOMEN'S PRISON, 1992       
First Line: Emily, delirium's your province
Last Line: Of voices winged over water, becoming %water, & gone
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 7. A STYLE OF PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a prayer that goes lord I am powerless
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


SUITE FOR EMILY: 7. A STYLE OF PRAYER       
First Line: There is a prayer that goes lord I am powerless
Last Line: Each fugitive moment the heaven we choose to make
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SYSTEM       
First Line: All week, floods throughout the south


THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Streak of world blurred charcoal & scarlet, the el slows,
Last Line: That thing which shines & doth so much torment us
Subject(s): Identity; Conduct Of Life


TIDE OF VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: At the hour the streetlights come on, buildings
Last Line: The tide of voices pearling in our hands
Subject(s): Love


TIDE OF VOICES       
First Line: At the hour the streetlights come on, buildings


UTOPIA PARKWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Marble steps cascade like stereopticon
Last Line: Cyngus, the pleiades, one of the graces
Subject(s): Bacall, Lauren; Carmichael, Hoagy (1899-1981); Cornell, Joseph (1903-1972)


UTOPIA PARKWAY       
First Line: Marble steps cascade like stereopticon
Last Line: Takes her place among the constellations, %cygnus, the pleiades, one of the graces


UTSUROI       
First Line: Of course there's the rose %tranced across sun-warmed tile
Last Line: Their fugitive spell over the tables, %over the traffic's sleek sussurrus


VISITING HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: From the hospital solarium we watch row houses
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


VISITING HOUR       
First Line: From the hospital solarium we watch row houses
Last Line: Shimmers as gulls unfold like riva's evening hands %across the sky, tremulous, endangered
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


VITA BREVIS       
First Line: Houseboats roll soft with morning's thin drizzle
Last Line: Evening gardens drenched in the radiant %calm hue of chamomile, %this illusion of a universe, %a pro


WINDOW       
First Line: Streak of world blurred charcoal & scarlet, the el slows
Last Line: That thing which shines & doth so much torment us