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Author: IGNATOW, DAVID
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Ignatow, David    Poet's Biography
1272 poems available by this author


1905    Poem Text    
First Line: While my father walked through mud
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


1905       
First Line: While my father walked through mud
Last Line: And that was the torment
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


1960       
First Line: My son, my only death


1965       
First Line: I have the vietnam blues and greys


6       
First Line: You spring from a fantasy
Last Line: I would give myself to %with outspread arms %and in your absence %fall
Variant Title(s): Yo


6-AUG-45       
First Line: Gold priests %drowse with
Last Line: Blossom, hiroshima %in the downwind- %fall of a name


A CLOUD CREATES    Poem Text    
First Line: A cloud creates the face of a man who, happening to
Last Line: Is of the weather
Subject(s): Clouds


A DIALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I now will throw myself down
Last Line: And die there / in sorrow
Subject(s): Suicide; Grief


A FIRST ON TV (FOR WALTER CRONKITE)    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the twentieth century / you are there
Subject(s): Apathy; Cronkite, Walter (b. 1916); Men; Television; Tv


A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man confronted by masks
Last Line: And be cautious all the while.
Subject(s): Grief


A MORAL TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: All this for me, he asked
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


A REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: My poems no longer are 'beautiful'
Subject(s): Beauty; Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


A REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, listening to music, that's me
Subject(s): Fathers; Opera


A RHYME    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you know -- I don't -- what the trouble is
Last Line: And a very long pause.


A ROCK IS THROWN AT MY HEAD    Poem Text    


A ROCK IS THROWN AT MY HEAD       


A SEMBLANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over your mother's grave
Subject(s): Graves; Mothers; Prayer; Tombs; Tombstones


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: For having loved my parents
Last Line: I am myself.
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


A SOUND IS LIKE ANY OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I once thought a low chord
Last Line: Terror, remorse, pleasure and triumph
Subject(s): Sound; Life


A SUITE FOR MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You keep eating and raising a family
Last Line: Of my superiority
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A SUMMER OF BUTTOCKS    Poem Text    


A SUMMER OF BUTTOCKS       


A SUMMING UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps a table set for two, or a garden
Last Line: They have become so familiar to us.
Subject(s): Conversation


A VISION OF BLACK ROCK    Poem Text    


A VISION OF BLACK ROCK       


A WORKING PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let them go around on tiptoes
Last Line: They will say black is merely the absence of color
Subject(s): Reality


A.G.    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick, get him into his grave
Last Line: What could grow from it?
Subject(s): Cruelty; Death; Dead, The


ABOUT MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The wonder of cherries
Subject(s): Money


ABOUT MONEY       
First Line: The wonder of cherries
Last Line: My mind is green with anxiety %about money
Subject(s): Money


ABOVE AND WITHIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the distance a phalanx of black clouds
Last Line: Above and within.
Subject(s): Clouds; Night; Bedtime


ABOVE EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wished for death often
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ABOVE EVERYTHING       
First Line: I wished for death often
Last Line: This one, I will praise it %above everything
Subject(s): Death


ABSOLUTELY       
First Line: Now the idea is to aim a camera on one tree from morning until
Last Line: Oh how we long to know, as we live and as we die absolutely


ADDENDUM       
First Line: It'll surely be eight o'clock
Last Line: Am I then, if not important %to my hours?


ADOLESCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I too have been drawn in
Subject(s): Love


ADOLESCENCE       
First Line: I too have been drawn in
Last Line: Whoever I chased %ran over the length of the world
Subject(s): Love


ADOLESCENCE       
First Line: When I was a child I loved my bed
Last Line: Between a dream and a defeat


ADONIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in love with a pig
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


ADONIS       
First Line: I am in love with a pig
Last Line: Your tusk buried %in my side
Subject(s): Pigs


ADULTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow kimono I gave her on the dark stairway
Last Line: Where I earn my pay.
Subject(s): Kimonos; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


AESTHETIC       
First Line: I want to write a poem that will make me happy


AESTHETICS       
First Line: I want a poem that tells itself what to do
Last Line: Poem, by my love, be their patient standby %when they kill or curse themselves
Variant Title(s): Sequence


AESTHETICS II       
First Line: My poetry was forced on me


AFFECTION       
First Line: The affection with which I approach you
Last Line: With the other's power to induce %in us the happiness that comes %with self-regard


AFTER       
First Line: After sex, a couple talks together


AFTER THE SUBWAY RIDE       


AFTER WRITING A POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not want to be seen or heard or spoken to
Last Line: For one hour to eternity.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Solitude; Loneliness


AGAINST THE EVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I reach to close each book
Subject(s): Books; Reading


AGAINST THE EVIDENCE       
First Line: As I reach to close each book
Last Line: Against the evidence, I live by choice
Subject(s): Books


AGED POET       
First Line: His belly projects, as if to say


AGING       
First Line: On th shore I crouch


AH, ROOM, YOU WAIT FOR ME DAY AND NIGHT       


ALEXANDER DIED DRUNK       
First Line: I really don't have to know who I am


ALL COMES TO SUNLIGHT       


ALL QUIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How come nobody is being bombed today?
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Bly, Robert (b. 1926); Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Anti-war Protests


ALL QUIET       
First Line: How come nobody is being bombed today?
Last Line: At which I could have voiced a protest, %running my whole family off a cliff
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Bly, Robert (b. 1926); Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE NO MONEY, YOU'VE GIVEN IT UP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): United States; Working Class; Boredom; Social Commentaries


ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE NO MONEY, YOU'VE GIVEN IT UP       


ALL THE ATOM BOMBS AND BOMBERS       


ALLEGORY       
First Line: I offer my back to the silken net


ALMOST NEVER       
First Line: The sun, dimesize and cool, in the 5 o'clock sky
Last Line: Had moved, you see, just as on earth, it scares them to be free


AMERICA AMERICA       
First Line: Someone chops down a tree and begins to saw it into lumber strips


AMERICAN AND LEND-LEASE       
First Line: And they come begging for money


AMERICAN PARABLE       
First Line: Good boys are we to have retrieved


AN ALLEGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I offer my back to the silken net
Last Line: Say, “how everything shines”


AN APPEAL       
First Line: We need you on tv to tell us the story of your life, holding us with
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (b. 1926)


AN ECOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: We drop in the evening like dew
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AN ILLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: She was saying mad things:
Last Line: Rustled around her
Subject(s): Eccentrics & Eccentricites; Hallucinations & Illusions


AN OMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the bird that appears
Last Line: From its regularity
Subject(s): Birds


AN ONTOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dark I step out of bed
Subject(s): Ontology; Being


ANCIENT FABLE       
First Line: A swordsman came charging out of his castle with sword unsheathed


AND HE WILL FAIL       
First Line: I have been assaulted, met in a dark alley


AND IK STAND       
First Line: Behind my enemy stands god


AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: That’s my corpse you’re looking at, laid out as I’ve
Last Line: "earth was good to me, and I would give myself back in
Subject(s): Corpses; Funerals; Self


AND NOW       
First Line: That's my corpse you're looking at, laid out as I've instructed


AND REST    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave me birth between your sturdy legs
Subject(s): Mothers


AND REST       
First Line: You gave me birth between your sturdy legs
Last Line: To where you are and rest with you
Subject(s): Mothers


AND STEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I understand myself
Last Line: And step over / stone
Subject(s): Self


AND STEP       
First Line: I understand myself
Last Line: And step %over stone


AND THAT NIGHT       
First Line: A photo is taken of the family
Last Line: This crazy man comes along %to finish it off


AND THE SAME WORDS       
First Line: I like rust on a nail
Last Line: End it %with changed emphasis


AND THE WIND COMES       
First Line: The voices of children are the silences


ANEW       
First Line: Dante forgot to say


ANSWER       
First Line: We are standing in the narrow hallway


APOLOGY       
First Line: I placed a chair between my desk
Last Line: For something made useless %to itself


APPEAL       
First Line: We need you on tv to tell us the story of your life, holding us with
Last Line: Will know then that you are one of us, we will address ourselves %to all sides and in a world chorus
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (b. 1926)


APPLE       
First Line: The skin also wrinkles in old age


APPLE WATCHER       
First Line: Rose is my apple watcher


APPOINTMENT CARD       
First Line: He flashes a knife and waves it under our noses


ARMOR    Poem Text    
First Line: How do I explain myself to a man
Last Line: Or to whose funeral.
Subject(s): Food & Eating


AS I STUMBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I must make my own sun
Last Line: As I stumble upon them
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AS IF    Poem Text    
First Line: The prayerful humanity of bach
Last Line: To make a whole of it
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Violence; Contradictions; Life


AS IF       
First Line: The prayerful humanity of bach
Last Line: To make a whole of it


ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: I am abandoned to a dream
Last Line: As she glides at my side
Subject(s): Dreams; Deserts; Mirages


ASLEEP       
First Line: I am abandoned to a dream
Last Line: As she glides at my side


ASSASSIN       
First Line: Stare into the gun barrel, a wildly grinning man behind it


AT A DANCE       
First Line: Knowing what I know


AT EIGHTY I CHANGE MY VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: At age eighty to discover my illusion
Last Line: And carry an umbrella in the sun
Subject(s): Old Age


AT FIFTY    Poem Text    
First Line: There it is again
Last Line: But there it is again
Subject(s): Middle Age; Desire


AT FOUR O'CLOCK       
First Line: At four o'clock I went by
Last Line: In the dress of an ordinary woman
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


AT HOME       
First Line: See how it takes us, my finished darling


AT NIGHT THE DARKENED WINDOWS       


AT TABLE       
First Line: People gorging on what is placed
Last Line: And swallowing, affirming our unity %with the living


AT THE MUSEUM       
First Line: I see that the stillness of a statue


AT THE ZOO       
First Line: We have locked up the elephant


AT THIS MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm very pleased to be a body. Can there be someone without a body?
Last Line: Buried as one body which others would do for us tenderly?
Subject(s): Body, Human


AT THIS MOMENT       
First Line: I'm very pleased to be a body. Can there be someone without a body
Last Line: Could we not grow old in this posture and be buried as one body which others would do for us tenderl


AUTUMN       
First Line: The trees are standing like silent members


AUTUMN LEAVES       
First Line: This time I can't grieve


AUTUMN LEAVES       
First Line: Children of the road, autumn leaves
Last Line: Lies sprawled beneath a tree %gaunt in his giving
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN: 1       
First Line: The trees are standing like silent members


AUTUMN: 2       
First Line: A leaf lies shaking
Subject(s): Leaves


AUTUMN: 2       
First Line: A leaf lies shaking
Last Line: Facing the tree %from which it fell
Subject(s): Leaves


AWAITING       
First Line: A man with head lifted stands listening


BACKYARD       
First Line: When I wake up in the morning I'm scattered


BAGEL       
First Line: I stopped to pick up the bagel
Last Line: After another like a bagel %and strangely happy with myself
Subject(s): Bagels; Dreams; Food And Eating


BAKER EATS CAKE WITH HIS PROBLEMS       


BE LIKE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I will walk, if I must,
Last Line: Be like me
Subject(s): Relationships


BE LIKE ME       
First Line: I will walk, if I must
Last Line: Someone comes by and whispers, %'be like me'


BEARER OF PAIN       
First Line: We come back to the source of our pain
Last Line: As the bearer of pain


BEARING LEAVES AGAIN    Poem Text    
Last Line: A leaf in season
Subject(s): Aging


BEAUTIFUL AND KIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside my window
Last Line: To step out the window


BEAUTIFUL AND KIND       
First Line: Outside my window


BECAUSE       
First Line: Because of the sun on my face
Last Line: I am its agent and its power


BECAUSE WORDS HAVE NO EFFECT UPON THE WIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Is to stay alive
Subject(s): Language; Wind; Trees; Survival


BEFORE I MET YOU I WASN'T ALWAYS SAD    Poem Text    
Last Line: That I may find myself
Subject(s): Love


BEFORE I MET YOU I WASN'T ALWAYS SAD       


BEFORE THE SABBATH    Poem Text    
First Line: The man is gone on a friday
Last Line: In unfinished corners we huddle, / growing cold
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963); Assasination


BEFORE THE SABBATH       
First Line: The man is gone on a friday
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


BEHIND HIS EYES       
First Line: A man, tied to a tree, thinks he is beginning to feel something of the tree
Last Line: As this last thought becomes the bark he has seen behind his eyes


BETWEEN SHADE AND SUN       
First Line: I'm alive to prove the existence of death in me too
Last Line: In the change from shade to sun


BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD       
First Line: If there is anything to life


BETWEEN US    Poem Text    
First Line: Does my blood need a motive
Last Line: Out of the same matter?
Variant Title(s): I Have Already Written You Off
Subject(s): Blood; Love - Nature Of


BETWEEN US       
First Line: I have already written you off
Last Line: To which I offer a poem %in recompense for the failure %between us
Variant Title(s): I Have Already Written You Of


BETWEEN US       
First Line: Does my blood need a motive
Last Line: As when stars collapse %and new ones are born %out of the same matter?
Variant Title(s): Bloo


BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: In these typewriter keys is the story of my parents and me


BIRDS IN WINTER       
First Line: At the command


BIRDS IN WINTER       
First Line: At the command %they rise trembling on air


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Today being the day, what gift can I give
Last Line: In the paradise we promised to each other


BLACK EYES, SNUB NOSE, WIDE MOUTH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of the speeding train, thinking
Subject(s): Memory; Beauty; Old Age


BLACK EYES, SNUB NOSE, WIDE MOUTH       


BLESSING       
First Line: Women, that you know of death is a blessing
Last Line: Of this world, and will lay a hand %upon my beating heart
Subject(s): Death


BLESSING MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe in stillness
Subject(s): Silence


BLESSING MYSELF       
First Line: I believe in stillness
Last Line: I speak for it, %blessing myself
Subject(s): Silence


BLUE DANUBE       
First Line: What about your death?


BOSS       
First Line: Who hoarded among the monthly bank statements
Last Line: Where the photos lay
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


BOTHERING ME AT LAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is my mother?
Subject(s): Death – Mothers; Dead, The


BOTHERING ME AT LAST       
First Line: Where is my mother?
Last Line: I looked for her in bed, and found her in her coffin, %bothering me at last
Subject(s): Death; Mothers


BOWERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bums are the spirit of us parked in ratty old hotels
Last Line: "of your wealth, the long hours filled
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bowery, New York City; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BOXING MATCH       
First Line: Am I really a sports fan, I ask myself
Last Line: And I am glad for him %and admire him
Subject(s): Sports


BREAD ITSELF       
First Line: Mother, in my unwanted suffering, I turn to you
Last Line: Of sorrow as the bread itself
Variant Title(s): Threnod
Subject(s): Mothers; Pain


BRIEF BIO       
First Line: Begin from the vacant
Last Line: L learned to care about %in my elders
Variant Title(s): A Brief Bio


BRIEF CASES    Poem Text    
First Line: It was then that carrying brief cases
Last Line: Withdrawn into the dark / gave birth
Subject(s): Briefcases; Sex Roles


BRIEF CASES       
First Line: It was then that carrying brief cases
Last Line: Withdrawn into the dark %gave birth
Subject(s): Briefcases


BRIEF ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In every beautiful song is a promise of sleep
Last Line: Sing to me, strolling through silent streets
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Sleep


BRIEF ELEGY       
First Line: In every beautiful song is a promise of sleep
Last Line: Sing to me, strolling on silent streets


BRIGHTNESS AS A POIGNANT LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I tread the dark and my steps are silent
Last Line: Perhaps to view itself in me
Subject(s): Fathers


BROODING       
First Line: The sadness of our lives
Last Line: Of others are either idiots, or people %who never gained consciousness


BROTHERHOOD       
First Line: On th side panel of a truck this sign


BUSINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no money in breathing
Last Line: "breathing doesn’t give enough
Subject(s): Business; Debt; Businessmen; Businesswomen


BUSINESS       
First Line: There is no money in breathing
Last Line: Breathing doesn't give enough %of a return
Subject(s): Breath


BUSINESS LIFE       
First Line: When someone hangs up, having said
Last Line: To your ear, your senses and your dignity
Subject(s): Hate; Salespersons


BUSINESS MAN IS A TRAITOR TO HIMSELF FIRST       


BUT I CAN ACT       
First Line: I am looking around for an exit from my loneliness that


BUT THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The rooster crying
Last Line: And his flock awaits.
Subject(s): Roosters; Cocks


BUTCHER SHOP       
First Line: A disciplined institution %of slaughter allows pigs, chickens
Last Line: Before a block of wood, %a kind of altar


BUZZ       
First Line: Why was I born if I have to die
Last Line: And when it grew tired it rested
Subject(s): Flies


BY THE NEST OF THE MOTHER BIRD       
First Line: I love you in caves and meadows
Last Line: I cannot remember anything without love of you. %I cannot remember living %without drawing breath


CASE HISTORY       
First Line: Lately my asshole has been talking to me


CASH AND CARRY       
First Line: Dear pop, you might like to know: your death


CASTAWAY       
First Line: The waves lift and slap him


CENTER OF GRAVITY       
First Line: Is in speaking of silences about living
Last Line: Such a silence that speaks to the density %of living


CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: All men betray me
Last Line: As of the earth itself
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


CHRIST       
First Line: All men betray me


CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: Smitty, the cop in the booth
Last Line: I could thank him as a jew


CITY       
First Line: If flowers want to grow
Last Line: I'm going to bend down to smell them


CLERK       
First Line: Love me whom I do not believe in


CLINIC       
First Line: Poor slobs, who warm their bottom


CLOSET NAMED LOVE       
First Line: Fine thing for me to have walked into a closet and hung myself on the
Last Line: Brate in my own stale air


CLOUD CREATES       
First Line: A cloud creates the face of a man who, happening to look up, recognizes it
Last Line: So he has no faults. He is without fault, he is of the weather


COCKROACHES       
First Line: I have become friendly with baby cockroaches that dare to come out in
Last Line: It to a life of friends
Subject(s): Solitude


COME!       
First Line: Come, let us blow up the whole business
Last Line: But let us wipe out a few hundred millon
Subject(s): Cities


COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: In the subway I had the impulse to kill
Subject(s): Perception


COMMUNION       
First Line: In the subway I had the impulse to kill
Subject(s): Perception


COMMUNION: 1       
First Line: To say what has to be said here
Last Line: I have brothers


COMMUNION: 2       
First Line: Let us be friends, said walt
Last Line: Their throats, being alone in the world, %not a friend to bury
Variant Title(s): Communio


COMPANY       
First Line: I am a cripple, my two arms hanging down over my head


COMPLEX       
First Line: My father's madness is to own himself
Last Line: Giving of himself with forced breath
Subject(s): Fathers


CONCRETE       
First Line: We roll apart, lie side by side
Last Line: And the road is concrete


CONFUSION IS WHAT I KNOW BEST       
Last Line: Is the impress of our search %for its meaning. What are we %doing loving each other?


CONSOLATION       
First Line: I think that when the yellow pillow


CONSOLATION       
First Line: My wife, I dread to come and tell you
Last Line: Have revealed to us our arms %enclosed about each other
Subject(s): Marriage


CONTENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I should be content
Subject(s): Contentment; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


CONTENT       
First Line: I should be content
Last Line: And not as a comment %on my life
Subject(s): Contentment; Mountains


CONVERSATION       
First Line: What's your name? %what does it matter to you?
Last Line: This is a citizen's arrest. Come with me. You have %confessed to lying, hidin under a pseudonym and
Variant Title(s): Leaving The Door Open: 5


CONVIVIO       
First Line: We forget sometimes that no matter what
Last Line: Have it clean, full of sharp movement


COOKOUT       
First Line: A lit charcoal stove stands against the rear of the lawn


COUNTRY LIVING       
First Line: Here it's so quiet I can't hear


COUPLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever he looks, standing still in the city,
Last Line: But prepared for them
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


COUSIN ALEX    Poem Text    
First Line: My cousin alex, tall and sinewy
Last Line: At alex's absence
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Cousins


CREDO II       
First Line: Put flowers on the window sill


CRHISTMAS IMPROVISATIONS       
First Line: I am the poet of peace


CROWDING       
First Line: So many are dead or dying
Last Line: That living too %must be worthwhile
Subject(s): Death


DANCER       
First Line: It wasn't to shake her body that she danced


DAUGHTER SO BEAUTIFUL I CANNOT BELIEVE IT       


DAY GOES BY WITH ITS STRIVING       


DAY MY DREAM       
First Line: Fish tossed on sand


DEAD OF MY EARNING       


DEAR HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: At five this morning I opened half an eye
Last Line: Keeps coming up.
Subject(s): Dawn; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Sunrise; Iliad; Odyssey


DEAR ROBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your roses are blooming in a basket
Last Line: In its receptive soil
Subject(s): Roses; Poetry & Poets; Survival; Perseverance


DEAR ROBERT       
First Line: Your roses are blooming in a basket
Last Line: Each other and to enjoy, to attend a rose %in its receptive soil


DEATH AND LIFE ARE INTIMATES    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, let us blow up the whole business
Last Line: To turn to, no relationship / as intimate
Subject(s): Life; Death


DEATH OF A LAWNMOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: It died in its sleep,
Last Line: The dead keep to themselves
Subject(s): Lawnmowers


DEBATE       
First Line: This man brings me stones
Last Line: I answer sweetly, %because they are stone


DEDICATION       
First Line: To one who clamered upon a white horse


DENIED       
First Line: What I'm living with is my father
Last Line: Simultaneously denied the slap


DERELICT       
First Line: I'm going to be dead a long time


DESERT PEOPLE       
First Line: When they have a place to go to


DESPITE THE PLAINNESS OF THE DAY       
Last Line: In happiness makes of the plain day %its own festive occasion
Subject(s): Erotic Love


DIALOGUE       
First Line: I now will throw myself down


DIGNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Rocks jut out of the sea
Last Line: They lacked before.
Subject(s): Sea; Stones; Ocean; Granite; Rocks


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever we do, whether we light
Last Line: By being planted too close to our parents
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Transience; Impermanence


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever we do, whether we light
Last Line: By being planted too close to our parents
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DILEMMA       
First Line: Whatever we do, whether we light
Last Line: And there too we are caught, %by being planted too close to our parents


DINER       
First Line: If I order a sandwich and get a plate of ham and eggs instead
Last Line: Now when in hell did I buy this diner and who needs it!
Subject(s): Restaurants


DIRECTIVE       
First Line: Break the branch


DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING    Poem Text    
Last Line: And blind me forever from this wasting life
Subject(s): Immortality


DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The patient cries, give me back feeling
Last Line: Avidly without pause
Variant Title(s): Resolution
Subject(s): Physicians; Wit & Humor


DOCTOR       
First Line: The patient cries, give me back feeling


DOG       
First Line: Great things not to have to say anything


DOMESTIC SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My lovely rose who forgives me
Last Line: As to have a rose for his woman
Subject(s): Love – Marital


DOMESTIC SONG       
First Line: How lovely rose who forgives me


DOOR       
First Line: Wherever I go I carry the door with me, opened or closed
Last Line: At rest by putting it to work. Thank you
Variant Title(s): Wherever I G


DREAM       
First Line: I am lying face up on a raft
Last Line: Against the grass like its lover


DREAM       
First Line: Someone approaches to say his life is ruined
Last Line: The stores lit up with their goods


DROLL HUSBAND       
First Line: Whatever this world means to me


DUSK       
First Line: In the gathering dark, the tree trunk bare
Last Line: Being fed the sky
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


EACH DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Cynthia matz, with my finger in your cunt
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


EACH DAY       
First Line: Cynthia matz, with my finger in your cunt
Last Line: I too wanted love pure and simple
Subject(s): Erotic Love


EACH NIGHT       
First Line: I see flat hat upon the river


EACH OF US       
First Line: We shall love each other in bed, parlor, and kitchen
Last Line: We are guilty %and cannot live without the guilt %and cannot live with it


EACH STONE ITS SHAPE       
Last Line: So many meaningful %differences


EARTH HARD TO MY HEELS       
Last Line: I am a surprised guest to the air


EAST BRONX    Poem Text    
First Line: In the street two children sharpen
Subject(s): Bronx, New York City


EAST BRONX       
First Line: In the street two children sharpen
Last Line: Always alone and always %the sun shining
Subject(s): Bronx, New York City


EAST SIDE WEST       
First Line: The stairs squeak like mice caught outside
Last Line: On the stairs, as if searching in me %for the help she needs
Subject(s): Neighbors


ECOLOGY       
First Line: We drop in the evening like dew
Last Line: As they drop. This explains %the ocean and the sun
Subject(s): Death


EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside me is the peace of an egg
Last Line: So peaceful too under snow
Subject(s): Eggs; Peace; Self; Clemency


ELEGY       
First Line: I must wait for a stranger to knock on my door


ELEGY FOR YOUTH       
First Line: I trembled when I heard the news
Last Line: I may follow without fear, %your gift to me
Subject(s): Death - Children


EMERGENCY CLINIC       
First Line: Come in with your stab wound up the middle


EMERGENCY CLINIC II       
First Line: Your eyes were bulging behind thick horn-rimmed glasses
Last Line: Who looked at me blankly %as if waiting for a comment on your lives
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Hospitals


ENVOI       
First Line: Strange judgment upon me
Last Line: In the same passionate vindication %of myself
Subject(s): Fathers


EPISODE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman passes by an apartment house
Last Line: From room to room.
Variant Title(s): Story
Subject(s): Marriage; Story-telling; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: There were no hidden motives to his life
Last Line: As I have forgiven you / my sins
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Sin; Forgiveness


EPITAPH       
First Line: There were no hidden motives to his life
Last Line: As I have forgiven you %my sins


EPITAPH FOR A SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Enderle, who died for his country
Last Line: Stink in winter.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


ERRAND BOY I       
First Line: To get quicker through the day
Last Line: By his long stride - and carries it %to the other end of the room


ERRAND BOY II       
First Line: It was the way he went to pick up the carton


ESCAPADE       
First Line: Poet and gangster reach in the dark


ESCAPE       
First Line: There was a man in me who bit his lips


ETERNAL MEN ARE DEPLANING AT AIRPORTS       


EUROPE AND AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: My father brought the emigrant bundle
Last Line: As guns pounded on the shore
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants; Fathers; Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


EUROPE AND AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: My father brought the emigrant bundle
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


EUROPE AND AMERICA       
First Line: My father brought the emigrant bundle
Last Line: As the knife fell; while I have slept %as guns pounded on the shore
Subject(s): Fathers; Immigrants


EVENING       
First Line: An evening in the wind, in the fruitless heart of fruit


EVERY DAY       
First Line: The dog's bark that sounds as if it were choking
Last Line: And that is the night that follows %every day
Variant Title(s): Leaving The Door Open: 1


EVERYBODY KNOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The flowers we forget to buy
Last Line: Everybody knows what flowers cost
Subject(s): Flowers; Gifts & Giving


EVERYBODY KNOWS       
First Line: The flowers we forget to buy


EXCHANGE       
First Line: You tell me how helpless you are to leave


EXPRESS YOUR WILL       
First Line: Seeing a patch of sky through the trees


EXULT AMONG SAD, RESIGNED MEN       


FABLE       
First Line: There was a woman had a child


FACES THAT JUDGE ME       


FACT       
First Line: I'm closing the door
Last Line: I'm going to close the door %and then close it


FAITHFUL ONE       
First Line: Praying, he moves among those holding knives


FALL       
First Line: No, no, no, the leaves are saying, thrashing about in the wind
Last Line: Though they can be heard thrashing to and fro and against each other


FALLING ASLEEP THINKING OF TEETH       
First Line: Do I need teeth, I ask myself in sleep


FATHER       
First Line: Father fell backwards off the stool
Last Line: I've had my day
Subject(s): Fathers


FATHER AND SON       
First Line: A black man is hugging me around the throat behind with his forearm
Last Line: I think he is smiling back as the elevator begins to climb
Subject(s): African Americans; Crime And Criminals


FEARFUL THING       
First Line: Love's cockroach crawls
Last Line: The mind has a record of a fearful thing
Subject(s): Fear


FEELING WITH MY HANDS       
First Line: With this poem be able to think and breathe


FIGURES OF THE HUMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My love, pills in her purse
Last Line: Figures of the human struggling awake
Subject(s): Life


FIGURES OF THE HUMAN       
First Line: My love, pills in her purse
Last Line: Figures of the human struggling awake


FINGERNAILS       
First Line: They look long enough to bite and I attack them with my teeth


FIRST COFFIN POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you, my plain pine box
Last Line: I am, sincerely yours
Subject(s): Coffins


FIRST COFFIN POEM       
First Line: I love you, my plain pine box
Last Line: I am, sincerely, yours
Subject(s): Coffins


FIRST ON TV (FOR WALTER CRONKITE)       
First Line: This is the twentieth century %you are there
Last Line: Will be to remain calm
Subject(s): Apathy; Cronkite, Walter (b. 1916); Men; Television


FISH THAT LIVES AT THE BOTTOM       
Last Line: Nevertheless, in the anonymity %of the sea
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


FISHERWOMAN       
First Line: She took from her basket four fishes
Last Line: She had done one thing, she felt, well, %making one complete day
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Labor And Laborers


FLY       
First Line: I killed a fly
Last Line: I lay my body down beside the fly
Subject(s): Flies


FOLK SINGER       
First Line: The other day I heard in the movies
Last Line: It was so beautiful %how he sang
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Singing And Singers


FOR ...       
First Line: Poet of dead farms


FOR A FRIEND       
First Line: I did not tell you to open the window
Last Line: I found a dime in the street


FOR ALL FRIENDS       
First Line: Talking together, we advance from loneliness
Last Line: For earth too falls towards eternity


FOR ERNEST LUBIN       
First Line: You were shot in the back
Last Line: For having caused the gun %to be fired


FOR JANE KENYON    Poem Text    
First Line: As I die, it will be to feel myself
Last Line: In the nature of things themselves
Subject(s): Kenyon, Jane (1947-1995); Death


FOR JANE KENYON       
First Line: As I die, it will be to feel myself
Last Line: In the nature of things themselves


FOR JOHANNES EDFELT       
First Line: I once had a religion to turn to
Last Line: I look skyward with curiosity


FOR JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You're dead, what can I do for you?
Subject(s): Berryman, John (1914-1972); Poetry & Poets


FOR JOHN BERRYMAN       
First Line: You're dead, what can I do for you?
Last Line: That thinks to live in that knowledge %is praiseworthy
Subject(s): Berryman, John (1914-1972); Poetry And Poets


FOR LORI       
First Line: There is no meaning to your death other than our grief
Last Line: You were putting yourself to sleep in the absence


FOR MARIANNE MOORE       
First Line: In her garden were flowers


FOR MEDGAR EVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They're afraid of me
Last Line: And above them a tree shall grow / for shade
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Evers, Medgar (1925-1963)


FOR MEDGAR EVERS       
First Line: They're afraid of me
Last Line: And above them a tree will grow %for shade
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Evers, Medgar (1925-1963)


FOR MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I die choose a star
Subject(s): Daughters; Healing; Cures


FOR MY DAUGHTER       
First Line: When I die choose a star
Last Line: Me in darkness and silence %together
Subject(s): Daughters; Healing


FOR MY DAUGHTER IN REPLY TO A QUESTION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We're not going to die
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FOR MY DAUGHTER IN REPLY TO A QUESTION       
First Line: We're not going to die
Last Line: We will not be forgotten and passed over %and buried under the births and deaths to come
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


FOR MY MOTHER ILL    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll join you in your sleep
Last Line: As you close your eyes, / its comfort
Subject(s): Healing; Mothers; Sickness; Cures; Illness


FOR MY MOTHER ILL       
First Line: I'll join you in your sleep
Last Line: As you close your eyes, %its comfort
Subject(s): Healing; Mothers; Sickness


FOR MY PARENTS       
First Line: I was a child in your house
Last Line: And I grew up brooding %though assured


FOR NOBODY ELSE    Poem Text    
First Line: She presents me with a mountain
Last Line: I catch my breath
Subject(s): Love


FOR NOBODY ELSE       
First Line: She presents me with a mountain


FOR ONE MOMENT       
First Line: You take the dollar
Last Line: Your hair grey, your legs weakened %from long standing


FOR ROSE       
First Line: I have a name
Last Line: You are calling


FOR STANLEY KUNITZ       
First Line: I study your photo %at age three. You
Last Line: Victory for us %who serve life


FOR THE LIVING       
First Line: Said the lord, I am humble


FOR THE NIGHT       
First Line: Look ma, I'm not your son any longer


FOR WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot read you
Last Line: The boss?
Subject(s): Life; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


FOR WCW    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat in rows listening to your poems
Last Line: Bleating his lines.
Subject(s): Funerals; Poetry & Poets; Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Burials


FOR YAEDI    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking out the window at the trees
Last Line: Now I know myself from a stone / or a sledgehammer
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


FOR YAEDI       
First Line: Looking out the window at the trees
Last Line: Now I know myself from a stone %or a sledgehammer


FOR YOUR FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Love me and I'll think about it
Subject(s): Fear; Love


FOR YOUR FEAR       
First Line: Love me and I'll think about it
Last Line: Love me for my desperation %that I may love you for your fear
Subject(s): Fear; Love


FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I do know that birds continue to live and procreate as long as
Last Line: For the sake of living with questions
Subject(s): Birds; Life


FOREVER       
First Line: At the water's edge of a deserted beach
Last Line: As though the mind %lives on forever


FOREVER       
First Line: I do know that birds continue to live and procreate as long as
Last Line: This that I have written, for the sake of living with questions %forever
Variant Title(s): With Questions Foreve
Subject(s): Curiosities And Wonders; Knowledge


FORGET IT       
First Line: That a dog should see another dog and trot over to it-that can
Last Line: To each other in a world where the stars are so far apart from %us?


FORK I RAISE TO MY MOUTH SHOULD BE THE FORK IN A DREAM       


FORK I RAISE TO MY MOUTH SHOULD BE THE FORK IN A DREAM       


FORKS WITH POINTS UP       
First Line: Points up, our forks


FORM       
First Line: The form falls in on itself
Last Line: Crawl toward each other


FOUR CONVERSATIONS: A CATECHISM       
First Line: Do I feel a moral outrage about immoral acts? No


FOUR CONVERSATIONS: A DISCUSSION       
First Line: I'm looking for the idea of order
Last Line: I have forgotten what that one was


FOUR CONVERSATIONS: CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS       
First Line: I wait for the mailman


FOUR CONVERSATIONS: IMPROVISATION II       
First Line: I always speak with the voice of god


FROM A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm on a stair gong down
Last Line: That these stairs were built / by human hands
Subject(s): Stairs


FROM A DREAM       
First Line: I'm on a stair going down
Last Line: That these stairs were built %by human hands


FROM MY WINDOW       
First Line: The church steeple rises above the tracks and the train slides by
Last Line: Feels nothing and is not master of itself either as it spins


FUTURE       
First Line: I am going to leave a child in an empty room
Last Line: Prepare to live without me %as I am prepared
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


GAME       
First Line: Hunt me down


GARDEN AND THE STORE       
First Line: My uncle smoked his cigarettes down to the last half inch
Last Line: He who owned the garden and the store
Variant Title(s): Leaving The Door Open: 1


GARDENERS       
First Line: So is the child slow stooping beside him
Last Line: Beside her grandfather's elderly puppet walk


GENTLE WEIGHT LIFTER       
First Line: Every man to his kind of welcome in the world
Last Line: Amidst wonders not yet arrived
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


GET THE GASWORKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Get the gasworks into a poem
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


GET THE GASWORKS       
First Line: Get the gasworks into a poem
Last Line: In disgust with discipline
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


GLIMPSE OF E.E. CUMMINGS       
First Line: The reading was over and he stood against


GOD SAID, HAVE YOU FINISHED MY THINKING?       
Last Line: And set you upon a mountain


GOD'S       
First Line: I must train myself to no long exist
Last Line: But it is life I can assume %is god's, and I can live with it
Subject(s): God


GOING DOWN       
First Line: There's a hole in the earth I'm afraid of
Subject(s): Graves


GOOD ANGEL       
First Line: Time and again he would come


GRANDCHILDREN       
First Line: It won't work
Subject(s): Grandchildren


GROWING UP       
First Line: These were among my first thoughts on earth


GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE ZOO       
First Line: Ladies and gentlemen %these are pygmies, fated to live


GUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: Guilt is my one attachment to reality
Last Line: That too is the extent of my fault
Subject(s): Guilt


GUILT IS MY ONE ATTACHMENT TO REALITY       


GULLS       
First Line: They thread the air


HAIRS       
First Line: I am stuyding the hairs from my head that I was able to pull out gently


HAROLD    Poem Text    
First Line: From the west comes harold, with a bitter smile
Last Line: And six-cent stamp for home
Subject(s): Hospitals; Jews; Racism; Judaism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


HAROLD       
First Line: From the west comes harold, with a bitter smile
Last Line: For rent, food, gas to keep a car %and six-cent stamp for home
Subject(s): Hospitals; Jews; Racism


HE IS ORGANIZED TO DIE       


HE MOVES STRAIGHT BEFORE HIM, LEGS MOVING LIGHTLY       
Last Line: He explodes
Subject(s): Lust


HEADLINE: PRISONER WITHOUT REMORSE       
First Line: Why did you kill? Did you have a quarrel?


HEART       
First Line: My heart has an opening that discharges blood
Last Line: Fresh and willing %from having studied the heart
Subject(s): Hearts


HEBREW LESSON       
First Line: What I remember is the rabbi's hand
Last Line: And it never was explained to me


HELLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello, drug addict, can you become a poem of perfect form?
Last Line: Your napalmed brain and drug-addicted body
Subject(s): Literary Prizes; Poetry & Poets; Social Commentaries; War; Drugs & Drug Abuse


HERE I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I am / at the toilet bowl
Last Line: At my own foregone conclusion / calmly piss
Subject(s): Lavatories; Toilets


HERE I AM       
First Line: Here I am %at the toilet bowl
Last Line: Calmly piss
Subject(s): Lavatories


HERE I AM       
First Line: Here I am standing
Last Line: At my own foregone conclusion, calmly piss


HERE I AM IN A ROOM       
Last Line: And reading from a book of essays on the nature of the poet,%the thinker, the marker


HERE I AM WITH MIKE       
First Line: Here I am, with mike in hand, shooting down the rapids in my business suit
Last Line: I could have only by shortening my life. I'm enjoying it all
Subject(s): Rather, Dan (b. 1931)


HERE IN BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in bed behind a brick wall
Last Line: And faces of people
Subject(s): Relationships


HERE IT IS       
First Line: This is how I felt as a child


HIGH DIVER       
First Line: The sea will receive him as a guest


HIS NAME       
First Line: I hear a child singing
Last Line: She makes up songs %in which she sings his name


HOMELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: No room of his own
Last Line: Come instead.
Subject(s): Homeless


HOPE       
First Line: In the woods as the trees fade in the dusk
Last Line: Related to the tree %and the cold dark


HORIZON WAS LIKE AN OPEN MOUTH       


HOSPITAL CLERK       
First Line: How many whose names and addresses


HOW COME?    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm in new york covered by a layer of soap foam
Last Line: Who will die of soap foam
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


HOW COME?       
First Line: I'm in new york covered by a layer of soap foam
Last Line: God help the many %who will die of soap foam
Subject(s): New York City


HOW ELSE       
First Line: It's this way: the tree has to be pruned
Last Line: When the hired stranger is a lover %too


HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT       


HOW TO BE RIGHT       
First Line: Now don't you think you should relax?


HUMAN CONDITION, I       
First Line: Rifle death of presidents


HUMAN CONDITION, II       
First Line: We are here to make each other die


HUNGER ON TV       
First Line: We touch eyes


HUNTER       
First Line: While birds nest, I carry a gun


HURRY HURRY       
First Line: Ay, open the window, the shop is stifling us


I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: I assume a buddha-like expression in the mirror
Last Line: In his eyes and am understood
Subject(s): Buddhism; Self; Buddha; Buddhists


I AM       
First Line: I assume a buddha-like expression in the mirror
Last Line: To know he exists and that I exist %in his eyes and am understood
Subject(s): Buddhism; Self


I AM ALONE AS I WRITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet writing this places me
Last Line: Yet it is not life
Subject(s): Solitude


I AM ALONE AS I WRITE       
First Line: Yet writing this places me
Last Line: It is not life


I AM ALONE, MOTHER, WITHOUT YOU       


I AM INDIFFERENT TO THE GIRL STANDING       


I AM LIKE A SCRAP OF PAPER STUCK    Poem Text    
Last Line: And the tire keeps crushing / me to myself
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


I AM LIKE A SCRAP OF PAPER STUCK       


I AM SOON GONE       


I AM WELL       
First Line: Say, what is it


I CAN BE SEEN EACH SUNDAY       


I CLOSE MY EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: I close my etes like a good little boy at night in bed
Last Line: Why can't I live forever?
Subject(s): Immortality


I CLOSE MY EYES       
First Line: I close my etes like a good little boy at night in bed
Last Line: Why can't I live forever?
Subject(s): Immortality


I COME TO JOY WHEN SUFFERING BEGINS       


I COULD SPEND MY LIFE CONTEMPLATING THE WEAVING       


I COULDN'T HAVE LOVED YOU AS A CHILD       


I DO NOT SING FOR NOW       


I DON'T WANT TO       
First Line: I have such a sympathy for my floor


I DREAM       
First Line: I dream I am lying in the mud on my back and staring up into the sky
Last Line: Of the sky I could not get flying in it, while I'd be missing the mud


I DREAM I HURL A SPEAR       
First Line: I dream I hurl a spear into the body of my love
Last Line: Bends forward to comfort me as I support myself against %it in a paroxysm of leaving my body


I FELT    Poem Text    
First Line: I felt I had met the lord
Last Line: By taking up your child
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


I FELT I HAD MET THE LORD       


I FIX MY EYES ON A BLADE OF GRASS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Calm, sad, resigned
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Mowing & Mowers; Grass


I FIX MY EYES ON A BLADE OF GRASS       


I GIVE YOU A LITLE STICK, YOU GIVE ME A TINY PEBBLE       


I GIVE YOU A LITTLE STICK, YOU GIVE ME A TINY PEBBLE       


I HAVE SPOKEN       
First Line: I conquer the world with a cough
Last Line: Coughing to relieve myself, %I have spoken


I HEAR MY MOTHER CALL ME IN MY SLEEP       


I IDENTIFY WITH THE WOODEN SHED IN MY NEIGHBOR'S BACKYARD.       
Last Line: Proud to have a body like any shed or cord of cut logs


I KILLED A FLY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: I lay my body down beside the fly
Subject(s): Flies; Death; Dead, The


I LEANED, BALLOONING MY SHIRT       


I LIKE HOW YOUR BELLY       
Last Line: Of love. My hand travels %over it gently, the peace %in me of fulfillment


I LIVE BECAUSE DEATH IS THE GOAL       


I LOOK OUT ON AN EMPTY ROAD AND I'M DELIGHTED       


I LOVE TO FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a dream I am making phone calls to dozens of airlines
Last Line: And I love to fly
Subject(s): Air Travel


I LOVE TO FLY       
First Line: In a dream I am making phone calls to dozens of airlines


I LOVE WITH MY CONTRADICTIONS       
Last Line: But so is life


I MAY HAVE SAID A FEW THINGS RIGHT       


I ONCE HAD AN ENEMY       


I PLAY AT DEATH       


I SAW A LEAF       
First Line: I saw a leaf flying in the direction opposite the ground
Last Line: A single leaf lay on the doorstep at my feet
Subject(s): Leaves


I SEE A HAWK SOARING       


I SEE A TRUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I see a truck mowing down a parade
Last Line: Working for a living
Subject(s): Cities; Labor & Laborers; Urban Life; Work; Workers


I SEE A TRUCK       
First Line: I see a truck mowing down a parade
Last Line: It is a holiday called %'working for a living'
Subject(s): Cities; Labor And Laborers


I SHAKE MY FIST AT A TREE       
Last Line: To see you dead, then there is no answer %to your death but but life, and I am living it
Subject(s): Leaves; Trees


I SHALL FOLLOW       


I SHOWED HIM MY WOUND       


I SIT AT MY DESK, LISTENING TO THE PHONE RING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Solitude


I SIT AT MY DESK, LISTENING TO THE PHONE RING       


I SLEEP     Poem Text    
First Line: I uncoil myself and lie straight out
Last Line: A beating heart
Subject(s): Sleep


I SLEEP SO THAT IN THE SILENCE       
Last Line: To my dismay %a beating heart
Subject(s): Sleep


I STAND UPON A DIKE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And I have only this dike
Subject(s): Water Supply


I STAND UPON A DIKE AT NIGHT, WATCHING       


I SURMOUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Pain at fraud, believing
Last Line: Giving as its reason that myself exists.
Subject(s): Life; Self-reliance


I TURNED MY BACK       
First Line: I stood in the center of a ring of faces


I UNCOIL MYSELF AND LIE STRAIGHT OUT    Poem Text    
Last Line: To enjoy this body and mind
Subject(s): Dreams; Imagination; Contentment


I UNCOIL MYSELF AND LIE STRAIGHT OUT       


I USED TO BE IN LOVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: As asking permission they have / changed places?
Subject(s): Love – Loss Of


I USED TO BE IN LOVE       


I WANT       
First Line: I'll tell him I want to be paid immediately


I WANT TO BE A SCENE OF SOME SORT       


I WAS AN ANGRY MAN       
First Line: When first we met
Last Line: In the hollow of their home


I WAS ANGRY       
Last Line: I am shown your fear %which reads me %from its dark hiding. %you secretly survive


I WHISTLED BRAHMS TO TELL YOU I LOVED YOU       


I WILL WALK       
First Line: I study the folds of fat round your waist lovingly


I WISH A GOD WERE POSSIBLE    Poem Text    
Last Line: In being boundless
Subject(s): God


I WONDER WHO IS NEXT       
First Line: Listen, mao tse-tung will live forever


I WRITE TO CAPTURE THE MEANINGLESS AS IT WERE AN ANIMAL       
Last Line: So I shall be killed, and I will weep in my grave, missing the meaningless
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


I'D RATHER LOOK AROUND ME       


I'LL COME BACK       
First Line: I'll tear up the floor


I'M A MACHINE       
First Line: I'm a machine that needs to be told I'm not a machine, who will
Last Line: Another with whom to share my excellence, so much there was of it %that it had spread to others and


I'M ASKING       
First Line: I'll build you a house


I'M GOING BACK TO SOMETHING    Poem Text    
Last Line: In the emptiness afraid to live
Subject(s): Death


I'M HERE       
First Line: The radio said, go to your shelters


I'M NOT ONE       
First Line: I'm not one you want to know
Last Line: To yourself in my shadow


I'M SURE TREES ARE DEPRESSED ALSO       


I'VE NOTHING TO OFFER    Poem Text    
First Line: But forgiveness
Last Line: Of earth, air and water
Subject(s): Forgiveness


I'VE NOTHING TO OFFER       
First Line: But forgiveness %for the cruelty of the impersonal
Last Line: None of us happy with ourselves, %of earth, air and water


I'VE WANTED TO BE OLD AND WRUNG THROUGH       


IF I CAN WALK FARTHER       


IF I KISS YOU       
First Line: If I kiss you, it will not mean the world %is kissing you
Last Line: When we were persons in each other's sight and touch
Subject(s): Love


IF I SHOULD       
First Line: Fall asleep forever %I will have lived the inevitable
Last Line: For a time %between happiness and dread


IF MY HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: If my hand believes
Last Line: Each death affirmative
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Death; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Dead, The


IF MY HAND BELIEVES IN DEATH       


IF TREES THAT ARE LESSER THAN I, SO IT IS SAID BY OTHERS       


IF WE COULD BE BROUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: If we could be brought to the surface
Last Line: The fish that is our slippery life / and death
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Life


IF WE COULD BE BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE       
Last Line: The fish that is our slippery life %and death


IF WE KNEW       
First Line: If we knew of a purpose
Last Line: Our manhood, age and withering %into the love of dying


ILLUSION       
First Line: She was saying mad things
Last Line: The shredded hem of her dress %rustled around her


IMAGE       
First Line: The image in the mirror feels nothing
Last Line: If there is a god, this is he


IMAGINE       
First Line: Imagine picking up a gun
Last Line: To comfort and excite us %at the same time. We are %in bed safe, thrilled %it was the other guy


IMAGINE PICKING UP A GUN       


IMPERMANENCE       
First Line: The branches in the wind trace
Last Line: As it has been drawn. Where %are you, I am left thinking. %whose smile are you returning?


IN A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: A vacuum cleaner held over my head
Last Line: With my satellite heart, brain, bones and blood
Subject(s): Dreams; Vacuum Cleaners; Death; Nightmares; Dead, The


IN A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: At fifty I approach myself
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


IN A DREAM       
First Line: I died and called for you
Last Line: We were together
Subject(s): Death


IN A DREAM       
First Line: At fifty I approach myself
Last Line: Go to hell, %and I walk off
Subject(s): Aging


IN A DREAM: 1       
First Line: Out of a crowd he steps
Last Line: And say, it's his life he leads, %and look away


IN ABSENTIA       
First Line: You sunken-cheeked lover of yourself


IN AN OPEN PALM       
First Line: I see myself at my own feet


IN ANCIENT TIMES       
First Line: And they took abu and stoked the fire with him
Last Line: Foresakedness, over which the lions howled %for the flesh that crawled by


IN ANOTHER DREAM       
Last Line: Our path upward. You and I sail off together, with earth %attached to my toes. We laugh, we are happ


IN CHILDHOOD       
First Line: In the lumberyard where I stood


IN DREAM       
First Line: I walk in on my parents white haired


IN LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a child in limbo
Last Line: Without a child in the house
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


IN LIMBO       
First Line: I have a child in limbo
Last Line: But there is no wisdom %without a child in the house
Subject(s): Children


IN ME       
First Line: The leaves of the tree hide the sun
Last Line: Trees, mountains, earth and water %will vanish in me


IN MEMORIAM (AL LICHTMAN)       
First Line: He stood with two-wheeler between us


IN MY CHILDHOOD     Poem Text    
First Line: In my childhood I awoke to my mother's voice
Last Line: I am fighting panic that everything / does exist in itself alone
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Silence; Fear


IN MY CHILDHOOD       
First Line: A yellow canary looked at me
Subject(s): Children


IN MY CHILDHOOD I AWOKE TO MY MOTHER'S VOICE       
Last Line: I am fighting panic that everything %does not exist in itself alone
Subject(s): Children


IN MY DARK MOOD I LOOK OUT UPON THE STREET       


IN MY ROOM       
First Line: If my wife thinks I am sitting here being ambitious


IN NO WAY       
First Line: I am of the family of the universe, and with all of us together
Last Line: In no way shall death part us


IN PLACE OF LOVE WE MUST HAVE MONEY       


IN RETROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: We regret the sunsets and the flowers are ignored
Last Line: For me, and I praise death, his doing too
Subject(s): Regret; Death; Dead, The


IN SEASON       
First Line: I have enemies among the leaves


IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm seated beside my phone
Last Line: To ring in the dark
Subject(s): Telephones; Waiting


IN THE END IS THE WORD TO DESTROY THE WORLD       
Subject(s): Troy


IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: And now I wish to pray and perform
Last Line: Now the earth spins
Subject(s): Sun


IN THE SILENCE WE SAT ACROSS A TABLE       


IN THE STREET WE STROLLED HAND IN HAND       


IN THE STREET, THE BUG CARS SCUTTLE AND SHOOT       


IN THE WOODS       
First Line: My beard rough as the beginning
Last Line: If you can get away


IN THIS DREAM       
First Line: A vacuum cleaner held over my head


IN THIS DREAM I DO NOT EXIST    Poem Text    
First Line: In this dream I do not exist. This I know since it is my dream
Last Line: I say this in the best of health and in expectation of a long life
Subject(s): Dreams


IN THIS DREAM I'M AN INDIAN       


INDEPENDENCE       
First Line: The child he raises in the slums
Subject(s): Independence


INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This tree has two million and seventy-five thousand leaves
Subject(s): Trees


INFORMATION       
First Line: This tree has two million and seventy-five thousand leaves
Last Line: We could swap information
Subject(s): Trees


INHERITANCE       
First Line: I never thought your harsh voice would be silenced


INTEGERS       
First Line: Let me hold your body


INTERVIEW       
First Line: Dear fellow gull, a question or two for you to answer


INTERVIEW: 2       
First Line: I represent the morning shout. We hear you are dying
Last Line: No comment


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Dirt and stone, if I may know you as you know yourselves
Last Line: As if already they were partners of the stones and dirt
Subject(s): Creation; Death; Dirt; Stones


INVOCATION       
First Line: Dirt and stone, if I may know you as you know yourselves
Last Line: As if already they were partners of the stones and dirt?


IT FILLS ME TO LOVE YOU       


IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is heart-rending to know a kiss
Last Line: In each other's sight and touch
Subject(s): Life


IT IS       
First Line: It is heart-rending to know a kiss %cannot cure the world of its illnesses
Last Line: When we were persons %in each other's sight and touch


IT IS PAINFUL       


IT IS PECULIAR THAT YOU SHOULD LOVE ME       


IT IS PECULIAR THAT YOU SHOULD LOVE ME       
Last Line: I smile and kiss your cheek, %rest an arm across your shoulder


IT MOVES ME TO LOVE YOU       
First Line: What I might have lost
Last Line: I do not love in being self %alone


IT'S A SICK LIFE       
First Line: Being poet. He writes
Last Line: To cure itself %of death and of life


IT'S MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: He is lying on the ground, twisting
Last Line: You are robbing me of my life
Subject(s): Pain


IT'S NOT YOU I MISS       
Last Line: A cloth of the colors %of the days and nights %we spent together


IT'S SO REASSURING TO SHOW MYSELF TO YOU       
Last Line: At heart and wishes to be known and loved #as I love all I am and will be ever


ITS ORIGIN       
First Line: You found yourself in the arms of your lover
Last Line: To where I go in the knowledge %that all love is a death %and its origin is joy


JOB HUNTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it references you want
Last Line: Is my reference, my only one.
Subject(s): Job Hunting; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


JOB'S ANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not a man's way to plead
Last Line: And god came down
Subject(s): God; Job (bible)


JOB'S ANGER       
First Line: It was not a man's way to plead


JOSEPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Joseph saw no trouble ahead
Last Line: "he made his brothers tremble
Subject(s): Manipulation; Courts & Courtiers; Brothers


JOURNEY       
First Line: I am looking for a past %I can rely on
Last Line: Undisturbed: love arranged %as order directed at the next day %going to bed was a journey
Subject(s): Home; Memory; Poetry And Poets


JOURNEY       
First Line: A dog running in the shadow of trees
Last Line: To let you know, to cheer with me %at its journey
Variant Title(s): A Bar


JOY IN THE BROKEN BONDS OF MY THINKING       


JOY OF FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of this
Last Line: In memory of your dream
Subject(s): Flight; Dreams; Survival


JUNGLE TALK       
First Line: When monkeys grab each other by the tail


KADDISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of my birth, for how long were we together
Subject(s): Men; Mothers; Mourning; Bereavement


KADDISH       
First Line: Mother of my birth, for how long were we together
Last Line: I have found my mother %and I am safe and always have been
Subject(s): Men; Mothers; Mourning


KEEP TIME AWAY       
First Line: On some mornings she calls him up just as lunchtime begins, and
Last Line: Him. How can she convince him that it is love and only love that %keeps her here away from him?
Subject(s): Office Employees


KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: Lying between her legs
Last Line: At least for then, %the knowledge of their future life %beneath the soil
Subject(s): Erotic Love


LAST ATTEMPT       
First Line: I have still to sort you out from my dream


LAST NIGHT I SPOKE TO A DEAD WOMAN WITH GREEN FACE       


LEAF       
First Line: A leaf is spiralling directly at the tall grass
Last Line: To find itself a place on earth
Variant Title(s): Leaving The Door Open: 4
Subject(s): Aging; Environment; Nature


LEAPING FROM AMBUSH       
First Line: A man goes by with a woman
Last Line: From killing the man and leaping %upon the woman?
Subject(s): Lust


LEARNING TO STRATCH       
First Line: A stage hand comes out of the wings and yanks the pullcord of a motor


LEAVES       
First Line: Reclining in my own stomach warmth


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 1       
First Line: He got his friends to agree to shoot him standing against a stone wall


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 11       
First Line: Here in bed behind a brick wall
Last Line: Of the beauty of the trees %and faces of people


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 12       
First Line: I find you at twenty-six %seeking refuge


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 13       
First Line: I no longer want to feel with you
Last Line: Leaving death behind


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 14       
First Line: Stranger in my life
Last Line: A father can: love, pity and faith


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 15       
First Line: You are totally helpless in sleep


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 16       
First Line: I named you my son, then withdrew


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 17       
First Line: Whatever contribution I was to make to living
Last Line: My neighbor standing in his doorway %too and staring out


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 19. STABILITY       
First Line: There is a fault in the universe
Last Line: Each particle of self in search %of assurance, constancy, stability
Subject(s): Self; Universe


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 2       
First Line: Here comes one of my kind. It's night, and I am caught


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 20       
First Line: What kind of life is it for a bird that lands upon a branch


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 21       
First Line: Lying quietly on the bed


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 22. THE VIOLENCE       
First Line: The language among the clashing winds
Last Line: And so I become impersonal to myself, %a mind of the wind


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 23       
First Line: The bird was flying toward me
Last Line: Could make me feel at home


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 24. FOR NOW       
First Line: How the zebra died in the mouth %of the lioness
Last Line: And that time had passed %for now


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 25       
First Line: The dog barks and is for the moment a dog heard


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 26       
First Line: You are unhappy with the way things


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 27. TWO       
First Line: The steam hammer pounds with a regularity on steel
Last Line: The finally the cost too is absorbed in the doing that has become %a ritual between two fated oppone


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 28. THE NEED       
First Line: He has come to the conclusion
Last Line: Always the danger, %the need to be alert


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 29. NIGHT       
First Line: How good it is to feel the joy at last
Last Line: It is the light of houses in the distance %punctuating the night


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 3. FOR NERUDA       
First Line: Soldiers surround the house of the poet and crouch


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 30       
First Line: He is hobbling along on a wooden leg, with cup outstretched


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 31. COUPLING       
First Line: Wherever he looks, standing still in the city
Last Line: In search of one room, empty of inhabitants %but prepared for them


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 32. ACROSS THE ROOM       
First Line: He was caressing the back and shoulders
Last Line: Had changed her seat and was laughing %at him from across the room


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 33       
First Line: At table they talked of family and kids


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 34       
First Line: They came at him with crooked teeth


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 35       
First Line: Outside his window a woman washes her window


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 36       
First Line: Here he is, sitting quietly, enjoying


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 37       
First Line: He is digging his own grave a little while before he expects to die


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 38       
First Line: I am a vase holding a bunch of flowers


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 39       
First Line: Do you know I love you?


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 4       
First Line: Two men wrestle on the ground


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 40       
First Line: My hot-water bottle, my latest love


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 41       
First Line: I'm lying in bed looking up at the ceiling


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 42. EVERYONE       
First Line: Everyone touch everybody's lips. It's ritual, it's important
Last Line: And this difference is what interests you on being yourself talking and loving


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 43       
First Line: Sadly is how I must say it


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 44. MEETING       
First Line: Finally, I have reduced you to a human being
Last Line: At the borders of each other's self, %our bodies meeting on a bed


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 45       
First Line: The men you've loved are one man
Last Line: But making each of us %the first and the last
Subject(s): Love


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 46       
First Line: What we have done to keep a good house


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 47       
First Line: Air that embraces me in a gentle breeze


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 48       
First Line: The glow upon the ground


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 5       
First Line: I crawled over the dead bodies and moaning mouths of the dying


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 50       
First Line: I did not take into account my disillusionment


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 51. LOST CHILDHOOD       
First Line: How was it possible, I a father
Last Line: And it was as though satisfying %my own lost childhood
Subject(s): Children; Fathers


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 52       
First Line: It is annihilation of the person you became in meeting people


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 53       
First Line: The machine, you know, will vary with the weather


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 55       
First Line: In the spaces between the stars still water dances


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 56       
First Line: I wish a god were possible
Last Line: That itself a god %in being boundless


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 57       
First Line: The waves laughed as they died


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 58       
First Line: I am lifted from my sadness


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 59       
First Line: To welcome the day


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 6       
First Line: As he passes his hand over his face in front of the mirror


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 60       
First Line: In sleep I meet myself


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 61       
First Line: He sees the coming and going of friends


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 62       
First Line: I've wanted to write my way into paradise
Last Line: To dream of the paradise %we were to enter at my words
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 63. WITHOUT RECRIMINATION       
First Line: It is wonderful to die amidst the pleasures I have known
Last Line: I did not fail my life
Subject(s): Contentment


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 7. FROM THE BEGINNING       
First Line: The sweetness in a man, the very one about to set out
Last Line: As it conveyed itself to them in his playing from the beginning


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 8       
First Line: This newspaper states that idi amin killed over one hundred thousand ugandans


LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN: 9       
First Line: He is searching inside his body for the cause of his depression


LEGEND OF YOUTH       
First Line: In the small square to which we had confined ourselves


LETTER       
First Line: I love you, of course, and do you know who else I love?


LETTER TO A FRIEND       
First Line: Yesterday I killed a man. It was such a surprise to me


LIFE       
First Line: To rest in love as a water bug rests on the surface, swinging to and
Last Line: Sense of self in this watery support, the self of hip and thigh, my %head, too, afloat. Let this be


LIFE AND ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm only a bystander
Last Line: In these lines.
Subject(s): Absence; Life; Separation; Isolation


LIFE AS A FROG       
First Line: The teacher's calm voice guides him


LIFE DANCE       
First Line: I see bubbling out of the ground


LIFE IS AS DECEPTIVE AS THE SUN       


LIFE OF WONDER       
First Line: I am alone with life, but we do not talk to each other, as


LIKE A LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: In myself I speak the language of love
Last Line: Sound like a lie
Subject(s): Lies


LIKE A LIE       
First Line: In myself I speak the language of love


LIKE SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ground, the apartment house
Last Line: Modestly, like smoke / going up
Subject(s): Smoke


LIKE SMOKE       
First Line: The ground, the apartment house


LINGUISTICS       
First Line: I heard a man without a tongue talking


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: You wept in your mother's arms
Last Line: To the pounding of the feet, the pulsing voices.
Subject(s): Love; Dancing & Dancers; Life


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: It's to hear the children under my window
Last Line: To the pounding of the feet, the pulsing voices.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Life


LISTENING       
First Line: You wept in your mother's arms
Last Line: I was lifted up in joy


LITTLE FRIEND       


LIVE IT THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt a huge liner stood in the desert, its crew leaning
Last Line: Live it through
Subject(s): Deserts; Dreams; Ships & Shipping; Nightmares


LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bessie’s face lingers before me
Last Line: And as if speaking for me
Subject(s): Women; Music & Musicians; Fathers & Daughters; Perseverance


LIVES       
First Line: Bessie's face lingers before me
Last Line: Having praised bessie, %echoing my pleasure


LIVES II       
First Line: At colonnus oedipus complained


LIVING       
First Line: My routine existence: bed at eleven, up at six, breakfast
Last Line: They ask for what does not exist routinely


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: As cars drive by on southern state parkway
Last Line: Speeding apart
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Long Island (n.y.)


LONG ISLAND       
First Line: As cars drive by on southern state parkway
Last Line: The cars speed by, a community in themselves, %speeding apart


LONGEST KNIVES       
First Line: In a garden of innocent instruments


LOOSE GOWN       
First Line: I wear my life loosely around me
Last Line: But the wind in these pockets %of my life keep me from falling


LOST CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: How was it possible, I a father
Last Line: My own lost childhood
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


LOVE IN A ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: What I offer she strips
Last Line: And picking fleas
Subject(s): Love; Monkeys


LOVE IN A ZOO       
First Line: What I offer she strips


LOVE IS HIS NEMESIS: IT FOLLOWS HIM INTO SLEEP    Poem Text    
Last Line: Man and woman, at a job
Subject(s): Love – Complaints


LOVE IS HIS NEMESIS: IT FOLLOWS HIM INTO SLEEP       


LOVE ME LOVE MY BOMBS       


LOVE POEM       
First Line: When I die, who will wind my watch?
Last Line: To another, such as we, to carry on %what need not end with us


LOVE POEM FOR THE FORTY-SECOND STREET LIBRARY       
First Line: With my eyes turned to the sky
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; New York City; Library; Librarians; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


LOVE POEM FOR THE FORTY-SECOND STREET LIBRARY       
First Line: With my eyes turned to the sky
Last Line: This way, my eyes shimmering and turned %upwards
Subject(s): Librarians And Libraries; New York City


LOVE WE HAD       
First Line: The love we had for one another is somewhere
Last Line: That fits the face of grief, %at risk among others
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LOVER       
First Line: I'd tell of stones dropping upon me


LOVERS       
First Line: The sea drills into the shore


LUNCHTIME       
First Line: None said anything startling from the rest
Last Line: From underneath her


MAKE UP A POEM ABOUT A MAN GOING TO SLEEP       


MAKE UP A POEM ABOUT A MAN GOING TO SLEEP IN HIS       


MAN CANNOT LEAP OVER HIMSELF       


MAN CONFRONTED BY MASKS       


MAN OF HIS TIME       
First Line: He was riding the train away from her with whom he had just
Last Line: Sands poisoned. He felt no guilt at that either


MAN WHO ATTRACTS BULLETS       
First Line: I'm being shot at in the street


MAN WHO FELL APART IN THE STREET AS HE WALKED       
First Line: First, his right arm swung loose and dropped to the sidewalk
Last Line: Him he could not make fun of them and get away with it


MAN'S POSTURE       
First Line: There are many forms of love, but none


MAN, I'VE COOLED ON ANGER       


MANACLED YOUTH       
First Line: He walks briskly between two cops
Last Line: With the same curiosity, as he approaches %the courthouse with brisk step %between two cops stolid a


MANAGER       
First Line: I want no balking, no hesitation


MARKETING       
First Line: The noise is not enough


MARMOSET       
First Line: I feed an ancestor out of my hand
Last Line: I honor, with my hand outstretched


MARRIAGE SONG       
First Line: As for life, I have not held a bouquet of roses


MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE       
First Line: It is perfectly possible


MEETING       
First Line: Strange, but I get the impression that you're dying


MELPOMENE IN MANHATTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: As she walked she would look back
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MELPOMENE IN MANHATTAN       
First Line: As she walked she would look back
Last Line: Or into hostile crowds
Subject(s): New York City


MEMORIES OF A HORSEMAN       
First Line: I am never so quick as when I ride


MEN SANG       
First Line: Nicias warned them: in sicily stood ruin


MIDNIGHT: 2       
First Line: In place of you
Last Line: In my room I must turn %my back on to sleep %in the dark


MIRRORS       
First Line: Finish your food, as the shell strikes


MODERN FABLE       
First Line: Once upon a time a man stole a wolf from among its pack and said to
Last Line: The pack kept running away. It was a kind of relationship


MONEY AND GRASS       
First Line: Tonight reality is in the rest
Last Line: And I am earth's offering again %to wild horns and engines


MOON       
First Line: I walk beneath it, seeing a stranger


MOONLIGHT POEM       
First Line: I wish you would get happy again


MORAL TALE       
First Line: All this for me, he asked
Last Line: Moral: in adversity we find our goal in life
Subject(s): Erotic Love


MORNING       
First Line: I am not a bird


MOTHER AND CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: She feared the baby would fall
Last Line: Hands resting upon her
Subject(s): Mothers; Death – Children; Death - Babies; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


MOTHER AND CHILD       
First Line: She feared the baby would fall


MOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: He sees one fluttering across the room
Last Line: Out upon the floor beneath silent, gray outspread wings
Subject(s): Moths


MOTHS       
First Line: He sees one fluttering around the room and, concerned for his
Last Line: Out upon the floor beneath silent, gray outspread wings


MOUNTAIN IS STRIPPED       
First Line: I no longer have to declare myself


MOVING PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When two take gas / by mutual consent
Subject(s): Suicide


MOVING PICTURE       
First Line: When two take gas %by mutual consent
Last Line: And a house on it %for two to enter
Subject(s): Suicide


MR. MAMMON I       
First Line: It was no use their pleading with me


MR. MAMMON II       
First Line: In business my ideal is to get up


MURDERER       
First Line: I pull a knife but it is to protest
Last Line: For the grief and anger %I have given
Subject(s): Anger


MY ARMS RAISED ABOVE MY HEAD       


MY ENEMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I know how I have learned to hate
Last Line: As I love my enemies
Subject(s): Enemies


MY ENEMIES       
First Line: I know how I have learned to hate
Last Line: That my life loves my toenails even as I love my enemies
Subject(s): Enemies


MY EYES ARE FORMING A TREE       


MY LIFE HAS BEEN A SEEKING       


MY LOVE FOR YOU IS A DARK HALL       
Last Line: And in the evening %and praised for its beauty %in the eye and in the mouth


MY NATIVE LAND       
First Line: I pledge allegiance to the lips of the vagina


MY NEIGHBOR       
First Line: Why is that old woman in the gutter


MY ONLY ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: My only enemy has no metal for his hatred
Last Line: I do not forget my only enemy
Subject(s): Enemies


MY ONLY ENEMY HAS NO METAL FOR HIS HATRED       


MY OWN HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I view the leaf, my theme is not the shades of meaning
Subject(s): Home


MY OWN HOUSE       
First Line: As I view the leaf, my theme is not the shades of meaning
Last Line: Leaf that my walk among the trees, after completing this %poem, would be like entering my own house
Subject(s): Home


MY OWN LINE       
First Line: I try to follow through the maze


MY PITY       
First Line: This locked man %a springer of death upon himself


MY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a place to come to
Subject(s): Self-reliance


MY PLACE       
First Line: I have a place to come to
Last Line: Having located himself %through my place
Subject(s): Self-reliance


MY POETRY IS FOR THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
Last Line: And in sleep rejoice
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MY POETRY IS FOR THE NIGHT       
Last Line: And in sleep rejoice
Subject(s): Night; Poetry And Poets


MY PRESIDENT WEEPS       
First Line: The president's blood is on my hands; he has taken


MY SELF IS A WATCHER       


MY SKELETON, MY RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Interesting that I have to live with my skeleton
Last Line: And I its friend, shielding it from harm
Subject(s): Skeletons; Identity; Death; Dead, The


MY WHOLENESS IS DEPENDENT    Poem Text    
Last Line: Upon both states existing
Subject(s): Life


MYSELF       
First Line: I am alone with my anger
Last Line: In the presence of a stranger


MYSTIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: No man has seen the third hand
Last Line: Of our hunger or of our giving
Subject(s): Human Behavior


MYSTIQUE       
First Line: No man has seen the third hand
Last Line: And unseen will change the object %of our hunger or of our giving


NAILHEAD       
First Line: Keep the money coming in
Last Line: Yanking needs someone insane %and I stand ready for tomorrow too


NAME       
First Line: What was it like for sociability
Last Line: To the crematorium to give humanity %a name


NEIGHBORS       
First Line: Where do they find the answers?
Last Line: To expel waste and to make arrangements %and to carry them out
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEITHER ONE       
First Line: A woman is pleading that she loves him and asking why he does
Last Line: Repairs for the house and the need for a new car. Everything is back %to normal, and neither one is


NEW MEXICO    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun blazes in silence
Last Line: Darkness and cold.
Subject(s): New Mexico; Sun


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit here glad, glad of my comfort and so somber
Last Line: With the helplessness of the newborn.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Solitude; Wind; Loneliness


NEW YORK       
First Line: I had to laugh


NEWS PHOTO       
First Line: This idiot had suffered his own faults


NEWS REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: At two a.M. A thing, jumping out of a manhole
Last Line: Through perfume and a bath
Subject(s): News; Violence


NEWS REPORT       
First Line: At two a.M. A thing, jumping our of a manhole
Last Line: And the smell of a goat clinging tenaciously %through perfume and a bath


NEXT TO DIE       
First Line: I'm learning to wear black


NICE GUY    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a friend and he died
Last Line: He died of too much
Subject(s): Frendship; Death; Dead, The


NICE GUY       
First Line: I had a friend and he died. Me


NIGHT AT AN AIRPORT       
First Line: Just as the signal tower lights flash


NIGHT LIFE       
First Line: This time from behind


NIGHT PEOPLE       
First Line: See them with their backs


NIGHT THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: My sudden, unexpected wish for mashed potatoes
Subject(s): Life Choices; Desire


NO ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have learned to love without explanation
Last Line: Without which I can expect / no answer
Subject(s): Love


NO ANSWER       
First Line: I have learned to love without explanation


NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS    Poem Text    
Last Line: A severed past, / a dismembered part
Subject(s): Transience; Language


NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS       


NO THEORY    Poem Text    
First Line: No theory will stand up to a chicken's guts
Subject(s): Men


NO THEORY       
First Line: No theory will stand up to a chicken's guts
Last Line: At the odor escaping
Subject(s): Men


NOAH       
First Line: He must wade out to a high point


NOCTURNE       
First Line: My room is lit, and those who care


NOTE ON TURGENEV       
First Line: There is no settling down anywhere


NOTES FOR A LECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will teach you to become american, my students
Last Line: You have meaning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


NOTES FOR A LECTURE       
First Line: I will teach you to become an american, my students
Last Line: And dance. You have a costume, %you have meaning


NOTHING IS LEFT BUT THE STARS       


NOURISH THE CROPS       
First Line: I examine the sun for my life's goodness


NOW       
First Line: He's in class teaching
Last Line: As if to say, I'm here, %as you have asked of me. %now are you at peace?
Subject(s): Lust; Schools


NOW CELEBRATE LIFE AND DEATH       
First Line: The croatians watching the soldiers line up in front of them for the exceution


NOW I HEAR TWO UNSYNCHRONIZED STEEL HAMMERS POUNDING       
Last Line: And I am left at my typewriter to make the necessary sounds that we associate with life
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


NURSE       
First Line: The old man who can undress before you
Last Line: Of your respect to his side
Subject(s): Aging; Nurses


OBSERVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Reality is the other person
Last Line: In the other.
Variant Title(s): "reality Is The Other Person"";
Subject(s): Imagination; Reality; Fancy


OBSOLETE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to drive up
Last Line: He can't make me obsolete
Subject(s): Automobiles - Mantenace & Repair


OBSOLETE       
First Line: I'm going to drive up


OEDIPUS REFORMED    Poem Text    
First Line: I will not kill my father
Last Line: My wife will play my mother / and be kind
Subject(s): Fathers


OEDIPUS REFORMED       
First Line: I will not kill my father
Last Line: My wife will play my mother %and be kind
Subject(s): Fathers


OF THAT FIRE       
First Line: Inside I am on fire. Imagine, though, coming up to city hall
Last Line: Not knowing they are dying in the fire that was lit in them,born of that fire
Subject(s): Fire


OF THE LIVING       
First Line: Will I ever tire of writing of my approaching death


OFF TO THE CEMETERY       
First Line: To die is to be brought down among blacks
Last Line: To the cemetery in cars and cabs %that are as good-looking as false teeth
Subject(s): Death; Funerals


OFFICE PARTY       
First Line: The hips go circling in the slow suggestive manner


OH IRENE       
First Line: What has happened to irene whose bald brother


OLD       
First Line: The wonder is mine as she counts
Last Line: I am growing old
Subject(s): Aging


OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The girl who has been whistled at
Last Line: With pleading eyes.
Subject(s): Women; Flirtation


OLD MAN LOOKS AT THE YOUNG KISSING       
First Line: The yearning to make it all there is


OMEN       
First Line: I love the bird that appears
Last Line: I can only surmise %from its regularity
Subject(s): Birds


ON CENSORSHIP       
First Line: A man, a famous man, is being talked about in another country


ON FREEDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: In a dream I'm no longer in love
Subject(s): Death; Freedom; Dead, The; Liberty


ON FREEDOM       
First Line: In a dream I'm no longer in love
Last Line: I'm dying and I'm free
Subject(s): Death; Freedom


ON MODERN POETRY       
First Line: The poem of the mind is the act of finding
Last Line: Combing. The poem of the act of the mind


ON POETRY       
First Line: I'm tired of living
Last Line: You could not write


ON THE DEATH OF WINSTON CHURCHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now should great men die
Subject(s): Churchill, Winston (1874-1965)


ON THE DEATH OF WINSTON CHURCHILL       
First Line: Now should great men die
Last Line: One by one %offer to die
Subject(s): Churchill, Winston (1874-1965)


ON WALKING INTO A DARK ALLEY       
First Line: Look into these shadows


ONCE MORE       
First Line: An odor passed between us distinctly a fart


ONCE THERE WAS A WOMAN SMILED AT ME       
Last Line: Meeting in her house, thinking %of just this
Subject(s): Lust


ONCE UPON A TIME       
First Line: Once upon a time there was an animal that did not think it was
Last Line: And then it dreamt of resisting this need. It awoke, annoyed %with itself


ONE CAN       
First Line: One can fall in love as often as a tree grows leaves
Last Line: And complications, unless one takes oneself to be a tree


ONE LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: One leaf left on a branch / and not a sound of sadness
Last Line: In swaying mildly in the breeze
Subject(s): Leaves


ONE LEAF       
First Line: One leaf left on a branch %and not a sound of sadness
Last Line: One leaf and it spends itself %in swaying mildly in the breeze
Subject(s): Leaves


ONTOLOGY       
First Line: In the dark I step out of bed
Last Line: And harm cannot come unless I happen, %but because I exist, I am existence
Subject(s): Ontology


OPEN BOAT       
First Line: With no place to lay my head


OPENING PATHS       
First Line: I am indifferent again, I am obsessed by indifference
Last Line: Other this is so much more difficult than love and we are trying


OPTIONS       
First Line: One, surround the territory with armed forces


ORANGE PICKER       
First Line: I was tempted to the grove by its odor


ORGASM       
First Line: It is the mind experiencing its pleasure
Last Line: Of pleasure in the self, life singing %to life, more beautiful %even than a single mind
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ORIGINS       
First Line: While you offer me smiles I submit poems


OUR MASTERPIECE       
First Line: You can stick a sign for sale


OUT OF FOCUS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a sense in which living itself seems a form of
Last Line: Already you persist in walking about attending to our affairs
Subject(s): Life; Futility


PAINTER       
First Line: When she sees parrots and princesses they are there


PAINTER AND HER SUBJECT       
First Line: My frenzy back and forth has made her sit still


PALE SKIN IS UPON THE CHEEKBONE LIKE A PLEA       


PAPER CUTTER       
First Line: He slides the cut paper out
Last Line: And not get up all day, he laughs
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


PARDON KEEPS THE SUN       
First Line: You say sorrow and desperation


PARDON OF CAIN       
First Line: Who did you kill that you thought would make life simpler


PARK       
First Line: I sit beside old retired italians %they chat and have smooth skins
Last Line: I a stranger, and feel the quiet %and stability they make, %and lasting custom
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


PARTING       
First Line: You are watching me, wondering when
Last Line: Seeing me pass among the dead, %seeing yourself as in an aging mirror
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (b. 1926)


PASSENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: This one on the platform
Last Line: She boards with an assault motion.
Subject(s): Commuters; Travel; Journeys; Trips


PAST       
First Line: That summer when you ran from my parents' house
Last Line: Preferring not to have lived than to have made %unhappiness my life


PAYMASTER       
First Line: The pay could have been more


PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Peace belongs with the birds
Last Line: Their wings widespread
Subject(s): Birds; Peace


PEACE       
First Line: Peace belongs with the birds
Last Line: Utter no protest, %their wings widespread
Subject(s): Birds; Peace


PEACE FOR AWHILE       
Last Line: Of coming to grips with what we wish to do %and the failure to do it
Subject(s): Peace


PEOPLE DON'T MATTER ANY LONGER       


PERMANENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leaving earth with little knowldge of it
Subject(s): Transience


PERMANENCE       
First Line: I am leaving earth with little knowledge of it
Last Line: And what does failure mean but to sink below %into the permanence of ocean of our being


PHASE OF ORDER       
First Line: Could I calmly watch myself being robbed of my wallet


PHYSICAL LOVE       
First Line: I would like to know which way does it curl


PLANT       
First Line: With one part rooted in resignation


PLANTONIST       
First Line: This fart was so powerful


PLAY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I draw near to the roof's edge
Subject(s): Rape


PLAY AGAIN       
First Line: I draw near to the roof's edge
Last Line: Until I really die, when you are old %on a flight of stairs
Subject(s): Rape


PLAYFULLY       
First Line: Lovely death of the horse


PLEASURE       
First Line: I enjoy watching myself


PLEASURE       
First Line: With broken tooth he clawed it


POEM       
First Line: A view of the mountain from the valley floor


POEM       
First Line: I am tired of you


POEMS THE DEAD KNOW BY HEART       
First Line: Long poems are for the dead


POET TO PHYSICIST IN HIS LABORATORY       
First Line: Come out and talk to me
Last Line: When you are questioned.


POETS I HAVE REFUSED TO READ       


POETS OF THE NEW YORKER    Poem Text    
Last Line: To weep for the dead can be found / in cemeteries
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Hotels


POETS OF THE NEW YORKER       


POLITICAL CARTOON       
First Line: Ten men are seated around a conference table


PORTRAIT       
First Line: My mother never forgave my father %for killing himself
Last Line: I can feel my cheek %still burning


PRAYER       
First Line: May I continue to earn money


PREMONITIONS       
First Line: A bird winging through space
Last Line: As what we have done is the future too %which is always


PREPARATION       
First Line: And how I sat and gave a wall my love


PREPARING       
First Line: I'll have to see my father dead


PRETEND YOU ARE ASLEEP       
First Line: If you look closely at the exhalations of my inner heat


PRICING       
First Line: The grave needed a stone marker
Last Line: Finally with his daughter he discussed %the price and the stone's color
Subject(s): Graves


PRINCIPLE       
First Line: Make no mistake, you cannot take
Last Line: You are making love to all the world %that I am
Subject(s): Love


PRINT SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the pin-ups of the nude
Last Line: Queer for looking.
Subject(s): Business; Printing & Printers; Businessmen; Businesswomen


PRODIGAL SON       
First Line: I went back for redress


PROEM       
First Line: Is a tree guilty?


PROGRESS OF LOVE       
First Line: When I first met you I talked to your body


PROLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine was the life planned to go wrong
Last Line: With whispers, your legs trembling
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Mine was the life planned to go wrong
Last Line: Your stomach quakes, your head thick %with whispers, your legs trembling


PROMENADE    Poem Text    
First Line: His head split in four parts
Last Line: Are the leaves, touching each other and the sun
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology)


PROMENADE       
First Line: His head split in four parts
Last Line: Are the leaves, touching each other and the sun


PROPOSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Begin with this
Last Line: Of flowers. Am I dreaming?
Subject(s): Flowers; Peace


PROSE POEM IN SIX PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm so happy, he shouts, as he puts a bullet through his head
Last Line: "his comfort, he is ready to die successfully, he dies and is complete, an
Subject(s): Death; Suicide; Dead, The


PROSE POEM IN SIX PARTS       
First Line: I'm so happy, he shouts, as he puts a bullet through his head
Last Line: He dies and is complete, an ordinary man
Subject(s): Death; Suicide


PROUD OF MYSELF       
First Line: It's of no consequence to the grass that it withers, secure in its identity
Last Line: Woods. I am the message, watch me die, proud of myself


PUZZLE (1)       
First Line: All the way to the station I was trying to make out who was the guy reponsible
Last Line: Suppose it was only one of the men, %how in hell were you supposed to know?


PUZZLE (2)       
First Line: I came into the train and saw them standing together in a corner
Last Line: It happened, but it was puzzling. Suppose it was only one of the %men, how in hell were you supposed


RAVEN CROAKING ON THE PERCH OF MY HEART       


READING AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: What have I learned that can keep me
Last Line: On my face
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


READING AT NIGHT       
First Line: What have I learned that can keep me
Last Line: Again to let its light shine %on my face
Subject(s): Death


READING THE HEADLINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a burial ground in me where I place the bodies
Last Line: I know my direction and have companions, after all
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death


READING THE HEADLINES       
First Line: I have a burial ground in me where I place the bodies
Last Line: I know my direction and have companions, after all


REFUSE MAN       
First Line: I'm going to pull my stinking wagon
Last Line: I had to, being a man
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Disposal


RELATIONSHIP       
First Line: I shall always love the sea


REPLY       
First Line: My poems no longer are 'beautiful'
Last Line: For beauty is made %and not lamented on
Subject(s): Beauty; Death; Poetry And Poets


REPLY       
First Line: I am the chair he sits on at the desk to type his poems and letters


REQUIEM       
First Line: My father, listening to music, that's me
Last Line: Between them what was impossible %to settle in their early days?
Subject(s): Fathers; Opera


RESCUE THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf
Last Line: You who are free / rescue the dead
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Love


RESCUE THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf
Subject(s): Love


RESCUE THE DEAD       
First Line: Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf
Last Line: You who are free, %rescue the dead
Subject(s): Love


RESOLVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you love
Last Line: It is possible to be happy.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


RESPECTED GRAVES       
First Line: I am seated on a chair resting upon a wooden floor


RESTAURANT       
First Line: The restaurant I walk into expects me to have the cash or credit
Last Line: Excitement, combat, power and domination?


REVERSALS       
First Line: I have trained myself in idlesness and want


REWARD       
First Line: They who love me stand in my way
Last Line: Shielding myself with their presence


RIGHTFUL ONE       
First Line: I heard my son burst out of his room
Last Line: Was gone and left a power to feel free


RITUAL ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I enter the theatre the play is going on
Last Line: At each other's groins
Subject(s): Theater & Theaters


RITUAL ONE       
First Line: As I enter the theatre the play is going on
Last Line: Of children playfully aiming their kicks %at each other's groins
Subject(s): Theater And Theaters


RITUAL THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is quiet for me, now that I have buried the child
Last Line: For her to live is to act in terxms of death
Subject(s): Child Abuse; Murder; Torture


RITUAL TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: The kids yell and paint their bodies
Last Line: Bang against each other, scream and scatter
Subject(s): Children; Nothingness; Play


RITUAL TWO       
First Line: The kids yell and paint their bodies


RIUTAL THREE       
First Line: It's quiet for me, now that I have buried the child


ROCKETS       
First Line: For those who'll take my place
Last Line: I rose up and walked within range %of the guns and the rockets
Subject(s): Peace


ROOM       
First Line: There's a door to my name


RUSH HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: That tall, shapely blond standing at her husband's side
Last Line: We will not talk to one another.
Subject(s): Commuters; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SAID A VOICE TO ME       


SALES TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Better than to kill each other off
Last Line: To unity and morale
Subject(s): Salespersons; Selling


SALES TALK       
First Line: Better than to kill each other off
Last Line: The knotted tie under a white collar add up %to unity and morale
Subject(s): Salespersons


SALESMAN       
First Line: What a busy man I was, I had first to step into one place


SAMSON       
First Line: Did I love god for myself alone


SANGUINE       
First Line: For twelve years this old lamp
Last Line: To become miracles


SAY PARDON TO A BUM    Poem Text    
Last Line: And follow your own will / in the open spaces ahead
Subject(s): Liberty; Identity; Begging & Beggars


SAY PARDON TO A BUM       
Last Line: And follow your own will %in the open spaces ahead
Subject(s): Wanderers And Wandering


SAYING YES TO LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Because so many of us have died
Last Line: And to pay my bills
Subject(s): Life


SEA IS MY PLACE       
First Line: You have brought me to an opening to the sea for each to sail in
Last Line: Smile draws me with the force of fear. I place my hand upon your %face and I know the sea is my plac


SEARCH FOR GRACE       
First Line: Is this to say that the blue of the sky


SECRET CRUMBS       
First Line: The execution was pronounced in the womb


SECRETLY       
First Line: My foot awes me


SEDIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: You are such a well-rounded sponge
Last Line: And I tasting of sediment
Subject(s): Sponges


SEDIMENT       
First Line: You are such a well-rounded sponge
Last Line: You swollen and out of shape %and I tasting of sediment


SEE       
First Line: It's not you in particular
Last Line: How the wind lifts up %the unexceptionable waves %and sets them down


SELF       
First Line: Now I feel so far from you


SELF-ANALYSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not writing because I feel as though
Last Line: Victims of their dreams.
Subject(s): Death; Poetry & Poets; Self; Dead, The


SELF-CENTERED    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the only day that I was born
Last Line: At which time I was the beginning
Subject(s): Egoism & Egotism


SELF-CENTERED       
First Line: I love the only day that I was born
Last Line: At which time I was the beginning
Subject(s): Egoism And Egotism


SELF-EMPLOYED    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand and listen, head bowed,
Last Line: To do the job in dark, airless conditions?
Subject(s): Self


SELF-EMPLOYED       
First Line: I stand and listen, head bowed
Last Line: To do the job in dark, airless conditions?


SEMBLANCE       
First Line: Over your mother's grave
Last Line: Its meaning. You pray %to the air
Subject(s): Graves; Mothers; Prayer


SEPARATE DEAD       
First Line: The leaves on the tree in front of my house - they live and die together
Last Line: Which the dead are lying, the separate dead
Subject(s): Death; Leaves


SEPARATE ROOMS       
First Line: We an aging couple
Last Line: Lying in separate beds %in separate rooms
Subject(s): Aging; Marriage


SH, THIS POEM WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING       
First Line: Yes, I was out to visit with my friends


SHADOWING IN THE GROUND       
First Line: What I had witnessed had been lived through
Last Line: I have forgotten her name
Subject(s): Grief


SHAPELY       
First Line: He stops his wife in the street
Last Line: Swinging his arms and legs wide, %he walks chipper: his wife has %shapely thighs


SHE WAS THE AUDIENCE       
First Line: The patriotic speeches


SHINED SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Get a shine. Who knows, it might lead to money
Subject(s): Shoes


SHINEY SHOES       
First Line: Get a shine. Who knows, it might lead to money


SHIP       
First Line: I saw an ocean liner in the desert, its crew leaning over the railing
Last Line: And we could help each other to live it through
Subject(s): Deserts; Food And Eating; Ships And Shipping


SIDE BY SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: What does it mean to be mature?
Last Line: I'm all out of them
Subject(s): Maturity


SIDE BY SIDE       
First Line: What does it mean to be mature?


SIGNAL       
First Line: How can I regret my life
Last Line: And I do not torture myself %with my shortcomings


SILENTLY       
First Line: What may two lovers say


SIMPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I must set a shape in air
Last Line: That I am.
Subject(s): Life; Men


SIMULACRUM       
First Line: The world is made up of cab drivers
Last Line: While from the street rises %the all consuming roar of his constituents


SIMULTANEOUSLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Simultaneously, five thousand miles apart
Last Line: Sprouting leaves.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


SINCE THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in search of revival
Last Line: What I am left to do
Subject(s): Past; Conduct Of Life


SINCE THEN       
First Line: I am in search of revival
Last Line: What I am left to do


SINGERS OF PROVENCE       
First Line: Was it beauty for one's head
Subject(s): Provence, France; Singing And Singers


SIX LOVE POEMS, SELS.       
First Line: We are seated at the kitchen table


SIX LOVE POEMS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: We are seated at the kitchen table
Last Line: The space we occupy together
Subject(s): Parents; Male-female Relationships; Parenthood


SIX LOVE POEMS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: What would life be without you?
Last Line: Through my imagining
Subject(s): Love


SIX LOVE POEMS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: If we could be brought up to the surface
Last Line: To listen intently
Subject(s): Love


SIX MOVEMENTS ON A THEME       
First Line: Thinking myself in a warm country


SKETCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: In new york, bus drivers are the only happy men
Last Line: That reads drink blotto!
Subject(s): Cruelty; New York City; Violence; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: I would be buried beside my parents
Last Line: Beside us, face up to the sky
Subject(s): Parents; Graves; Parenthood


SKY       
First Line: I would be buried beside my parents
Last Line: Beside us, face up to the sky
Subject(s): Parents


SKY IS BLUE       
First Line: Put things in their place
Last Line: What place, ask her


SLEEPY       
First Line: Now where can I move to get peace
Last Line: That whoever tries to make his weight felt %is going to get a reaction


SO HERE ARE ALL OF YOU       


SO INTRICATELY IS THIS WORLD RESOLVED       
Last Line: Lest, cracking in bright air, a planet fall


SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: In his hands the submachine gun is excited
Last Line: In any ace / he is finished
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


SOLDIER       
First Line: In his hands the submachine gun is excited
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


SOLITUDE       
First Line: I am sitting here alone because


SOMEHOW IT DOES NOT WRITE ITSELF, OUR LIFE TOGETHER       


SOMEONE I KNOW / WHOM I FEARED       


SOMETHING OF OURSELVES, WE DECIDED FINALLY    Poem Text    


SOMETHING OF OURSELVES, WE DECIDED FINALLY       


SOMETIMES I THINK I'VE LIVED TOO LONG       
Last Line: In my search for final cause %I'm contained in its study


SOMETIMES IB THE SUBWAY YOU SEE A FACE       


SONG       
First Line: The song is to emptiness
Last Line: Bowling or collecting coins, %writing about it


SPACE POEM       
First Line: A fly has landed on the moon


SPHINX       
First Line: They had stood in the sun and piled up these stones


SPINNING       
First Line: I hold my hands out to you


SPIRIT       
First Line: If you will say the sea is water


SPRING       
First Line: The mountain in its blue haze


STAGES       
First Line: I am somewhere left behind in a dream


STAKE AND THE CHAIN       
First Line: I heard you tell me candid expressions of defeat


STATEMENT FOR THE TIMES       
First Line: On sunday, day of rest, visiting the lake
Last Line: But they will build them up %for a stubborn ideal


STEPS FOR THREE - A PROSE POEM       
First Line: On stage, a girl child, father and mother sit around a table


STIEGLITZ WORE A CAP TO TAUNT BULLS       


STONES WILL PAY ME HEED    Poem Text    
First Line: What has brought me to you, stone
Last Line: Are here and they pay me heed
Subject(s): Stones


STORY OF PROGRESS       
First Line: The apple I held and bit into was for me. The friend who spoke to me
Last Line: Errand of candles to place at the foot and head of her coffin


STRANGER       
First Line: That face grown hair, flat-lipped


STREET SCENE       
First Line: Now the steam hammer is still


SUBURBIA       
First Line: Living here is like walking on your own shit
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUBURBIA I       
First Line: What is with the bird
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUBURBIA II       
First Line: The silence of the suburb
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There slouched the drunk, head fallen
Subject(s): Commuters; Surprise


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sorry, she would say
Last Line: In the sober spirit of the ride.
Subject(s): Commuters; Surprise


SUBWAY       
First Line: I thought that if he could stoop


SUBWAY       
First Line: There slouched the drunk, head fallen
Last Line: Really were bettered by my efforts %he could not deter me
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Subways


SUBWAY       
First Line: Look at me, stranger, as if I had no coin


SUCCESS IN THE TOUCHES OF YOUR HAND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Singleness like garments / clinging in the wind
Subject(s): Success


SUCCESS IN THE TOUCHES OF YOUR HAND       


SUFFERING IS WHAT I DO BEST       


SUITE FOR MARRIAGE       
First Line: You keep eating and raising a family


SUMMARY       
First Line: There is no mercy in things


SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Men and women at the beach


SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Men and women at the beach
Last Line: Rest.


SUMMER       
First Line: Sideways to the sea we walked
Last Line: Each would root the other to the spot, %freed of ourselves


SUMMER       
First Line: Through that gap in the cluster of leaves


SUNDAY AT THE STATE HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sitting across the table
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Men; Madness; Mental Illness


SUNDAY AT THE STATE HOSPITAL       
First Line: I am sitting across the table
Last Line: And trying with almost no success %to bring the present to its mouth
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Men


SUNLIGHT, PIERCING THE GLOOM OF THIS HOUSE       
Last Line: But for the sudden entrance %of sunlight into this house


SUNLIGHT: A SEQUENCE FOR MY DAUGHTER, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am proud of your soft, brown eyes
Last Line: To see if I can rub your gentleness on me
Subject(s): Daughters


SUNLIGHT: A SEQUENCE FOR MY DAUGHTER, SELS.       
First Line: I am proud of your soft, brown eyes
Subject(s): Daughters


SUNSET       
First Line: The face of branches


TAKE TO YOURSELF YOUR HELPLESSNESS       


TALKING TO MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: About my being a poet, the trees certainly haven't expressed an interest
Last Line: I am digging a place for for a burial with my feet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TALKING TO MYSELF       
First Line: About my being a poet, the trees certainly haven't expressed an interest
Last Line: I am digging a place for a burial with my feet
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


TASTE       
First Line: Let the bombs hang in air a moment
Last Line: Who know the taste of flesh


TENDERNESS I HAVE FOR GOOD GIFTS, CHANTE THE WOMEN       


THAT I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Live because you have a sweet face
Last Line: On me.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THAT I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Live because you have a sweet face
Last Line: On me.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THAT LAW HAS REASONS       
First Line: Because roads lead to towns


THAT'S THE SUM OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know which to mourn. Both have died on me, my wife and my car
Subject(s): Automobiles; Marriage; Mourning; Cars; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Bereavement


THAT'S THE SUM OF IT       
First Line: I don't know which to mourn. Both have died on me, my wife and my car
Last Line: Without a car, I cannot find another woman. That's the sum of it
Subject(s): Automobiles; Marriage; Mourning


THE AMERICAN PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good boys are we to have retrieved
Last Line: Each time heavier with gold / and less wieldly
Subject(s): United States; Greed; Social Commentaries


THE BAGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I stopped to pick up the bagel
Subject(s): Bagels; Dreams; Food & Eating; Nightmares


THE BOXING MATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I really a sports fan, I ask myself
Last Line: And I am glad for him / and admire him
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers


THE BREAD ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, in my unwanted suffering, I turn to you
Variant Title(s): Threnody
Subject(s): Mothers; Pain; Suffering; Misery


THE BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: The building stands alone
Last Line: As to what to do with ourselves
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


THE BUSINESS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When someone hangs up, having said
Last Line: To your car, your senses and your dignity
Subject(s): Hate; Salespersons; Selling


THE BUTCHER SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: A disciplined institution
Last Line: Before a block of wood, / a kind of altar
Subject(s): Butchers; Social Commentaries


THE CENTER OF GRAVITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is in speaking of silences about living
Last Line: Such a silence that speaks to the density / of living
Subject(s): Silence; Life


THE CHILD HAD LOST A FRIENDLY DOG IN AN ACCIDENT       


THE COMPLEX    Poem Text    
First Line: My father's madness is to own himself
Last Line: Giving of himself with forced breath
Subject(s): Fathers


THE DINER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I order a sandwich and get a plate of ham and eggs instead
Last Line: Now when in hell did I buy this diner and who needs it
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE DOG BARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dog barks and is for the moment a dog heard
Last Line: At being a dog or lover or child
Subject(s): Relationships


THE ESCAPADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Poet and gangster reach in the park
Last Line: The haul beside them still theirs
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


THE EXECUTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The women who work for us
Last Line: Into the evening.
Subject(s): Office Work; Women


THE FACE OF BRANCHES    Poem Text    
Last Line: And is not yet done / with living
Subject(s): Death; Life


THE FISH THAT LIVES AT THE BOTTOM    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of the sea
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FISHERWOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She took from her basket four fishes
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Labor & Laborers; Women; Anglers; Work; Workers


THE FLAME LIGHTS UP    Poem Text    
First Line: Mistakes are many
Last Line: The silence around you
Subject(s): Errors


THE FLOWER LOVER HAS PICKED A TIME BOMB       


THE FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I killed a fly
Last Line: I lay my body down beside the fly
Subject(s): Flies; Death


THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am going to leave a child in an empty room
Last Line: As I am prepared
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE GENTLE WEIGHT LIFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Every man to his kind of welcome in the world
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE GOOD ANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The good angel / time and again he would come
Last Line: And solid, at last
Subject(s): Angels


THE HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the woods as the trees fade in the dusk
Last Line: And the cold dark
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE IMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The image in the mirror feels nothing
Last Line: If there is a god, this is he
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE INTERVIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I represent the morning shout. We hear you are dying
Last Line: "finally: are you dead and, if so, can you describe it for us, for your
Subject(s): Journalists; Death; Conduct Of Life


THE JOBHOLDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand in the rain waiting for my bus
Last Line: And wait for my turn to die.
Subject(s): Death; Labor & Laborers; Dead, The; Work; Workers


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am looking for a past / I can rely on
Subject(s): Home; Memory; Poetry & Poets


THE LEAVES OF THE TREE HIDE THE SUN    Poem Text    
Last Line: A leaf in season
Subject(s): Leaves


THE METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bumping agsinst rock in the dark
Last Line: From rock to rock
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE MOMENT WHICH IS LIKE A PEAR       


THE MOUNTAIN IS STRIPPED    Poem Text    
First Line: I no longer have to declare myself
Last Line: The mountain is stripped
Subject(s): Justice; Self-control; God


THE NAILHEAD        Recitation by Author


THE NEWS PHOTO    Poem Text    
First Line: This idiot had suffered his own faults
Last Line: He could grin for his picture
Subject(s): News; Photography & Photographers


THE NIGHT IS CALM       


THE OIL BURNER RUNS BY THERMOSTAT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Electrical Appliances


THE OIL BURNER RUNS BY THERMOSTAT       


THE OPEN BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: With no place to lay my head
Last Line: Afraid, afraid / of a human
Subject(s): Boats; Solitude; Alienation (social Psychology)


THE ORANGE PICKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was tempted to the grove by its odor
Last Line: These oranges have failed me
Subject(s): Oranges


THE OUTLAW    Poem Text    
First Line: They went after him with a long stick
Last Line: For that he was despised.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


THE PAPER CUTTER    Poem Text    
First Line: He slides the cut paper out
Last Line: "and not get up all day,"" he laughs"
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE PARIAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The pariah / in the beginning
Last Line: In his thoughts
Subject(s): Relationships


THE PAVEMENT HAS ITS LIFE       


THE PRINCIPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Make no mistake, you cannot take
Last Line: As you take me in your arms, making love to all the world that I am
Subject(s): Love


THE PRODIGAL SON    Poem Text    
First Line: I went back for redress
Last Line: In setting him adrift
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE REBEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When I must look to see where I can run
Last Line: You are free.
Subject(s): Escapes; Prisons & Prisoners; Revolutions; Fugitives; Convicts


THE REFUSE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to pull my stinking wagon
Last Line: I had to, being a man
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


THE RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: The restaurant I walk into expects me to have the cash or credit
Last Line: Excitement, combat, power and domination?
Subject(s): Restaurants; Brotherhood; Disappointment


THE RIGHTFUL ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard my son burst out of his room
Last Line: Was gone and left a power to feel free
Subject(s): Sons; Sickness; Forgiveness


THE ROUND, PALE GLOBE IN THE CEILING       


THE SAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is someone smiling at me from behind
Last Line: In the illusion that it sets them free.
Subject(s): Comfort; Despair


THE SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I feel so far from you
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE SEPARATE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves on the tree in front of my house - they live and die together
Last Line: Which the dead are lying, the separate dead
Subject(s): Death; Leaves


THE SIGNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: How can I regret my life
Last Line: With my shortcomings
Subject(s): Traffic Signals


THE SILENCE OF THE SUBURBS IS ADMISSION       


THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do they shine so brightly if not to be themselves
Last Line: Because it is in me to change.
Subject(s): Self-reliance; Stars


THE TIME COMES WHEN YOU ARE FACING HIM    Poem Text    
Last Line: And it is like the moment before going into battle
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE TIME COMES WHEN YOU ARE FACING HIM       


THE VASE    Poem Text    
First Line: See how tall and straight I stand
Last Line: But an enclosure upon emptiness?
Subject(s): Vases


THE VASE ON THE TABLE IS NEVER ANYTHING       


THE WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The ward attendant who owns his home speaks amicably
Last Line: Patients and attendant compose the ward
Subject(s): Hospitals


THE WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Live for myself
Last Line: Turned up my collar
Subject(s): Weather


THE WORLD IS SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: Or under a hot sun, sworn out / with looking
Subject(s): Life


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: This longing to be healed in you
Last Line: Is a struggle to breathe
Variant Title(s): Longing
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THEIR MOUTHS FULL       
First Line: Let there be ripeness, said the lord
Last Line: Their mouths full of one another


THEORY OF DRESSING       
First Line: These shoes are for these lines


THER LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd tell of stones dropping upon me
Last Line: Were well and behovel
Subject(s): Love – Complaints


THERE IS A TENDERNESS IN THE VOICES OF TWO PERSONS       


THERE IS AN APPLE THAT MUST NOT FALL       


THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME       


THESE WORDS       
First Line: The poem frightens me


THEY PUT A TELEPHONE IN HIS COFFIN       


THEY SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: They said your footprints were stamped in blood
Last Line: Say what hurts.
Subject(s): Hospitals; Police; Regret; Violence


THINKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I am caught in the body of a fish
Last Line: Caught in the body of a fish
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Freedom; Anglers; Liberty


THINKING       
First Line: I am caught in the body of a fish
Last Line: To freedom is a torment like being %caught in the body of a fish
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Freedom


THIS BODY ON WHICH I COUNTED FOR AN ETERNAL LIFE       


THIS IS MORTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The lit room is blinding
Last Line: In the bright room
Subject(s): Love


THIS IS MORTAL       
First Line: The lit room is blinding
Last Line: For this is mortal %in the bright room


THIS IS THE SOLUTION       
First Line: This is the solution: to be happy with slaughter
Last Line: To lie down in the blood of our innocence


THIS IS THE SOLUTION TO BE HAPPY WITH SLAUGHTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: To lie down in the blood of our innocence
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THIS MORNING       
First Line: I've spent this morning studying the leaves
Last Line: And shakes them up, as if to remind them
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


THIS WOMAN HAD HER ARMS AROUND ME       


THOUGHTS OF A TINY PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had a different life to live
Last Line: To get away from the smell.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Pigs; Agriculture; Farmers; Boars; Hogs


THREE       
First Line: Coming to you


THREE IN TRANSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I understood the beauty
Last Line: Of the branches
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature; Williams, William Carlos (1883-19530


THREE IN TRANSITION       
First Line: I wish I understood the beauty
Last Line: Is free %of the branches


THUS TRULY       
First Line: The sounds of labor in the street, hammers at work to open pavement
Last Line: In deepest secret we are each other's subject of pain, thus truly as one


TICK TOCK       
First Line: Have you just stabbed a man to death? Live


TIME OF NIGHT       
First Line: My mouth to utter a cry %that would have the street fall silent
Last Line: Are persons, to everyone else %a time of morning %a time of night


TO A FRIEND WHO HAS MOVED TO THE EAST SIDE       
First Line: What did you expect you were getting?


TO AN APPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: You were rotten
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


TO AN APPLE       
First Line: You were rotten
Last Line: To be processed. I think about it %and write of the good in you
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


TO CURE ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: It’s a sick life, being poet
Last Line: Of death and life
Subject(s): Poetry &n Poets


TO MAKE KNOWN (FOR ZERO MOSTEL)       
First Line: I notice you waddled
Subject(s): Mostel, Zero (1915-1977); Mostel, Samuel Joel


TO MAKE KNOWN (FOR ZERO MOSTEL)       
First Line: I notice you waddled
Subject(s): Mostel, Zero (1915-1977)


TO NOWHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: I carry my keys like a weapon
Last Line: On a mission to nowhere
Subject(s): Fear; Keys; City & Town Life


TO NOWHERE       
First Line: I carry my keys like a weapon


TO ONESELF       
First Line: Admit the sky carries no threatening message
Last Line: Men rest themselves upon the flood


TO STAY ALIVE       
First Line: Because words have no effect upon the wind
Last Line: Would imply stay rooted %is to stay alive


TOMORROW       
First Line: I exist without the dignity of stone
Last Line: Or opens to the sun or moon? I am %the door to tomorrow


TOMORROW       
First Line: Whose the power, I ask


TRANSCENDENTALIST WALKING THROUGH SKID ROW       
First Line: He is in the secret


TREAD THE DARK: 1. BRIGHTNESS AS A POIGNANT LIGHT       
First Line: I tread the dark and my steps are silent
Last Line: Beatin in, but %not for me
Subject(s): Fathers


TREAD THE DARK: 10       
First Line: Paint a wall %cover the weather stains
Last Line: Unless I scatter myself %among the animals and furniture of earth


TREAD THE DARK: 11       
First Line: Holes I want to creep into


TREAD THE DARK: 12. AN ACCOUNT IN THE PRESENT TENSE       
First Line: I am about to close the refigerator after removing a package of meat
Last Line: We look at each other, beginning to understand
Subject(s): Emptiness; Food And Eating; Hunger; Hunting; Landlords And Tenants


TREAD THE DARK: 13. AT THE END OF THE WORLD       
First Line: Emanuel puffed at his cigar as he studied the monster


TREAD THE DARK: 14       
First Line: It's midnight, the house is silent
Last Line: It's as if the world has come to an end %on a low musical note


TREAD THE DARK: 15       
First Line: The sky makes no sense to me
Last Line: Beneath the sky, slowly drifting %in and out of streets and bars


TREAD THE DARK: 16       
First Line: I am standing on the soft, spongy surface of my brain
Last Line: And I accept myself falling and sing out my terror like a song
Subject(s): Self-consciousness


TREAD THE DARK: 17. THE PROCESSION       
First Line: It is a man held aloft on a spit


TREAD THE DARK: 18       
First Line: The trouble is that I can't occupy


TREAD THE DARK: 19       
First Line: I wake up from a slime pit


TREAD THE DARK: 2. FROM THE OBSERVATORY       
First Line: Each step is to and from an object
Last Line: Among the stars that are dead, %dying or afire
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


TREAD THE DARK: 20. THE ABANDONED ANIMAL       
First Line: There was an animal whose keeper had died


TREAD THE DARK: 21       
First Line: I have found what I want to do


TREAD THE DARK: 22. THIS FALSE DESIRE       
First Line: This false desire for life as I enjoy the sight of leaves turning brown


TREAD THE DARK: 23       
First Line: Inside me is the peace of an egg
Last Line: I am prepared to enjoy it
Subject(s): Eggs; Peace; Self


TREAD THE DARK: 24       
First Line: Cautiously, to die cautiously


TREAD THE DARK: 25. A RECOUNTING       
First Line: I sat among the dead and heard their insides


TREAD THE DARK: 26. DANTE'S BROTHER       
First Line: There's my tiger standing in the woods. He and I belong


TREAD THE DARK: 27. SCISSORS       
First Line: I hold a pair of scissors over my head and open and close the blades
Last Line: I do not want to be a man cutting through grass and flesh in the sunlight
Subject(s): Scissors


TREAD THE DARK: 28       
First Line: I am dreaming of the funeral of the world


TREAD THE DARK: 29. APOCRYPHA       
First Line: People came to watch him
Last Line: To them he was not human, %and so he died


TREAD THE DARK: 3. THE SEASONS       
First Line: The seasons doubt themselves and give way
Last Line: And the sun is a flame of doubt %warming to our bodies
Subject(s): Seasons


TREAD THE DARK: 30. THE SUICIDE       
First Line: I find I have opened a vein in warm water


TREAD THE DARK: 31. THE DEAD SEA       
First Line: It is so still that tracks have been laid


TREAD THE DARK: 32. THEME AND VARIATIONS       
First Line: How do you get to scream the world is good


TREAD THE DARK: 33       
First Line: I am going to where nobody else can be heard


TREAD THE DARK: 34. SUICIDE IN TWO VOICES       
First Line: Shit on this world


TREAD THE DARK: 35       
First Line: I say hello to the grass, it stays silent


TREAD THE DARK: 36. DEATH OF A LAWN MOWER       
First Line: It died in its sleep
Last Line: Its work has come to nothing, %the dead keep to themselves
Subject(s): Death; Mowing And Mowers


TREAD THE DARK: 37. IS THERE A VALUE TO LIFE?       
First Line: Four squares, two below, two placed on top, combine to form a new


TREAD THE DARK: 38. CANNIBALS       
First Line: I bite off a strip of my own flesh


TREAD THE DARK: 39. THE SPORTSMAN       
First Line: Shutting out the cries od the dying and hungry


TREAD THE DARK: 4. WITH THE SUN'S FIRE       
First Line: Are you a horror to yourself?
Last Line: With water, air, with dirt, with food %and with the sun's fore
Subject(s): Sun


TREAD THE DARK: 40. SOUTH BRONX       
Subject(s): Bronx, New York City


TREAD THE DARK: 41. THE FOREST WARDEN       
First Line: I notice the earth is not shaken by this fire


TREAD THE DARK: 42. THE ONLY ONE I KNOW       
First Line: The leaves turn and twist in the wind


TREAD THE DARK: 43       
First Line: I am plastering myself into the wall of an apartment house


TREAD THE DARK: 44. THE LIFE THEY LEAD       
First Line: I wonder whether two trees standing side by side really need each other
Last Line: A picture of benign harmony, and that may be so, with both dedicated to the life they lead


TREAD THE DARK: 45. THOUGHTS       
First Line: Smash myself against a wall %to feel how deeply I love life
Last Line: Smashes his bottle on the curb %I laugh. He is in my company%with the first smashed bottle


TREAD THE DARK: 46. A MEDITATION       
First Line: There's no gunpowder for my gun


TREAD THE DARK: 47       
First Line: I placed myself inside an iron cage and threw away the key


TREAD THE DARK: 48. AT THE MUSEUM       
First Line: This wax figure against a wall moving


TREAD THE DARK: 49. THE QUESTION       
First Line: I dream I am flying above the city
Last Line: Question now is whether I can %keep flying


TREAD THE DARK: 5       
First Line: Examine me, I am continuous
Last Line: In time and die %when I am dead
Subject(s): Self


TREAD THE DARK: 50       
First Line: I'm afraid to open the door


TREAD THE DARK: 51    Poem Text    
First Line: I sink back upon the ground, expecting to die
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Exhibitions; Zebras; Zoos; Childhood; World's Fairs; Expositions


TREAD THE DARK: 51       
First Line: I sink back upon the ground, expecting to die
Last Line: And I will learn to love you as a zebra whom I did not love as a human being
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Exhibitions; Zebras; Zoos


TREAD THE DARK: 52       
First Line: I'm alone and none of my furniture


TREAD THE DARK: 53. THE VASE       
First Line: See how tall and straight I stand
Last Line: But an enclosure upon emptiness?
Subject(s): Vases


TREAD THE DARK: 54       
First Line: If trees which have the best life of all


TREAD THE DARK: 55. THE METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: Bumping against rock in the dark
Last Line: And moves nimbly in the dark %from rock to rock


TREAD THE DARK: 56. THE EXPLORER       
First Line: I have this mountain to climb


TREAD THE DARK: 57. IN MY DREAM       
First Line: I've made an order for myself and it is through its tightly fitted parts


TREAD THE DARK: 58. HAIR       
First Line: Did you know that hair is flying around in the universe
Last Line: Where it lands on everyone and everyone is sharing in the coat of many colors


TREAD THE DARK: 59. TO CHARLES REZNIKOFF       
First Line: I think I am being swirled like a leaf


TREAD THE DARK: 6. THE TWO SELVES       
First Line: I existed before my mind realized me
Last Line: And withdraw into a stone, forever %known to you
Subject(s): Self


TREAD THE DARK: 60. THE PLEASURE       
First Line: When I watch myself


TREAD THE DARK: 61       
First Line: Standing by the sea I hear myself


TREAD THE DARK: 62       
First Line: I touch the flesh around the skeleton


TREAD THE DARK: 63       
First Line: I am alone and I feel my important thoughts


TREAD THE DARK: 64       
First Line: In this dream I do not exist. This I know since it is my dream
Last Line: I say this in the best of health and in expectation of a long life
Subject(s): Dreams


TREAD THE DARK: 65       
First Line: I look the sun in the eye


TREAD THE DARK: 66. FOR STEPHEN MOONEY, 1913-71       
First Line: I saw a shadow on the wall


TREAD THE DARK: 67. IN THE DARK       
First Line: I'm seated beside my phone


TREAD THE DARK: 68       
First Line: Praise the worker bees that can sting


TREAD THE DARK: 69       
First Line: Conceal yourself behind the rock


TREAD THE DARK: 7. THE JUGGLER       
First Line: He bows and extracts from his pockets a live rabbit
Last Line: Laughing like a clown and nobody wonders why he uses things alive
Subject(s): Jugglers


TREAD THE DARK: 70       
First Line: At night I think I will meet the one


TREAD THE DARK: 71       
First Line: It was true the earth potentially was a bomb


TREAD THE DARK: 72       
First Line: I live admiring the sky
Last Line: My life oceanic %reaching into the distance


TREAD THE DARK: 73       
First Line: I want to be buried
Last Line: As the flight of birds


TREAD THE DARK: 74       
First Line: So many people are dead


TREAD THE DARK: 75. MIDNIGHT       
First Line: As I stood heating a pan of milk on the stove


TREAD THE DARK: 76       
First Line: This plant could have been a person in another cage


TREAD THE DARK: 77. AS WE WALK OUR LIVES       
First Line: I find that my life depends on a bet that I have made with a menacing character


TREAD THE DARK: 78. THE SOCIAL LIFE       
First Line: I find that I've been hung upside down on a hook


TREAD THE DARK: 79. LIGHTLY       
First Line: To look for meaning is as foolish as to find it
Last Line: Holding the shell lightly, %letting it go lightly


TREAD THE DARK: 8. SCENARIO       
First Line: An old man realizes that he is seeing signs
Last Line: Pulsating warm cleft with the help of a pair of forceps around his throbbing head


TREAD THE DARK: 80. A PRAYER IN PART       
First Line: Not that we have ordered well may we turn back upon suffering


TREAD THE DARK: 81       
First Line: I must make my own sun


TREAD THE DARK: 82. FOR ROBERT LOWELL       
First Line: I sit here thinking I should write


TREAD THE DARK: 83. I'M A DEPRESSED POEM       
First Line: You are reading me now and thanks
Last Line: And now there are two of us. I think it's fun


TREAD THE DARK: 84       
First Line: I came upon the poem the way the hunter discovers the animal in the bush


TREAD THE DARK: 85. HELLO       
First Line: Hello, drug addict, can you become a poem of perfect form?
Last Line: Wow. I don't want to hear another word %except your groans and sighs
Subject(s): Literary Prizes; Poetry And Poets


TREAD THE DARK: 86. FINALLY       
First Line: Finally, I'm sitting here at my desk because I'm afraid to venture
Last Line: My one way to express it without losing myself in their arms


TREAD THE DARK: 87. EPILOGUE       
First Line: The trees are tall gods
Last Line: And start a ceremony %of prayer


TREAD THE DARK: 9       
First Line: There's the reality: a truck passes by on the road outside


TREAD THE DARK: I AM BROTHER       
First Line: I am brother to the tree
Last Line: The sun, desolated, will stand empty %as the wind


TREAD THE DARK: WHO COULD HAVE BELIEVED IT?       
First Line: Who could have believed it? This is hell and I am looking out
Last Line: And turn in for bed, locking your bodies together to affirm ouselves


TREE       
First Line: Looking out on it from my window


TRIPTYCH       
First Line: As you hold off the mugger who never knew you


TROUGH       
First Line: I'll watch that mailbox as if it were an ikon of some religious order
Last Line: Find I'm back with people, side by side, as at a trough, eating our way %through life out of each ot


TRUNINGS       
First Line: I am thinking my room is green


TUFT OF DAISIES       
First Line: A tuft of daisies has raised its head above the wooden deck


TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: The steam hammer pounds with a regularity on steel I should envy
Last Line: "absorbed in the doing that has become a ritual between


TWO       
First Line: In a dream I emptied a vail of tranquilizers


TWO FRIENDS       
First Line: I have something to tell you
Last Line: And go slow. %and you too


TWO VOICES       
First Line: I'll challenge myself, I said
Last Line: He murmured. 'challenge the weather.' %and he closed his eyes


UNTITLED    Poem Text    
First Line: I sink back upon the ground, expecting to die
Last Line: Whom I did n ot love as a human being
Subject(s): Zebras


US       
First Line: This country %people in it in their cars
Subject(s): Travel


VENDING MACHINE       
First Line: I look at a vending machine filled


VERSICLE AND RESPONSE       
First Line: Look smooth %talk nice


VISIT       
First Line: In my childhood I had the silence of the trees


WAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a man and do not know why I was born.
Last Line: I am patient and can wait
Subject(s): Mortality


WAIT       
First Line: I am a man and do not know why I was born
Last Line: I am patient and can wait


WAITING INSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I protest my isolation / but protest is a mark of my defeat
Last Line: With our arms around each other's waists, / in support
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WAITING INSIDE       
First Line: I protest my isolation %but protest is a mark of my defeat
Last Line: With our arms around each other's waists, %in support
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WAITING TO LIVE       


WALK THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The way through the woods is past trees
Last Line: Walk there
Subject(s): Walking; Forests


WALK THERE       
First Line: The way through the woods is past trees
Last Line: Ahead, is that too the sky %or a clearing? %walk there


WALKING       
First Line: I have got to have the things that hurt me
Last Line: For them without weights upon their feet, %walking


WALLS       
First Line: In a clay pit he sees himself trying to climb out


WALT WHITMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR HOSPITALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Prescient, my hands soothing
Last Line: To death which I have praised
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; Poetry & Poets; United States - History; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WALT WHITMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR HOSPITALS       
First Line: Prescient, my hands soothing
Last Line: To death which I have praised
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; Poetry And Poets; U.s. - History; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WANTS ADS       
First Line: Two lovers with little to say to one another begin to quote


WARD       
First Line: The ward attendant who owns his home speaks amicably with
Last Line: And attendant compose the ward


WATCH YOU FACE IN THE MIRROR       


WE    Poem Text    
First Line: You lift your face to mine
Last Line: I worship an idol, / the self
Subject(s): Togetherness


WE       
First Line: You lift your face to mine
Last Line: From the bad weather %of separation


WE ARE LIKE TWO FREIGHT CARS       
Last Line: Like two lovers exchanging greetings %at the climax of their ecstasy %on their own roadbed


WE ARE RELIVING DEAD MEN'S LIVES       
First Line: The club in the hand of the forest prowler


WE CAME NAKED       


WE CAN'T WRITE OURSELVES INTO ETERNAL LIFE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And share the earth with earth
Subject(s): Mortality; Writing & Writers; Truth


WE HAVE BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: To make palpable the bitter
Last Line: Beautiful and bitter
Subject(s): Beauty; Bodies


WE HAVE BODIES       
First Line: To make palpable the bitter
Last Line: To make our being worth to us, %beautiful and bitter


WEATHER       
First Line: Live for myself
Last Line: I bend my head %turned up my collar
Subject(s): Weather


WEDDING       
First Line: You are floating on the surface of the well beloved
Last Line: Die in pleasure with myself. I did not fail my life


WERE YOU PERHAPS SENT BY THE FBI       


WHAT ABOUT DYING        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHAT HAPPENS       
First Line: What happens if I deduct six from ten?
Last Line: And bring it into our booming %economy and culture


WHAT HAS BROUGHT ME TO YOU, STONE 2 IGNATOW, DAVID WHAT SHALL HE DO WITH A SON'       


WHAT IS THIS LIFE, ANYWAY       
First Line: Finding in death an inspiration
Last Line: Praise life, %its capacity for praise


WHAT WOULD LIFE BE WITHOUT YOU?       
Last Line: As any man and more because of what %I have made come to life %through my imagining


WHAT'S NEXT?    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby carriage was old, one wheel lopsided
Last Line: As she stood still. What next?
Subject(s): Mothers; Life Choices


WHEN I LOOK AT THE FACES THAT CONFRONT ME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Working Class; Subways; Desperation


WHEN I LOOK AT THE FACES THAT CONFRONT ME       


WHEN I SEE LIFE IN SHORT, DEATHLIKE SCENES       


WHEN NEWS CAME OF HIS DEATH I WAS DISAPPOINTED       


WHEN THE NEWS CAME OF HIS DEATH I WAS DISAPPOINTED       


WHEN THERE IS LIFE       
First Line: It was a machine gun firing automatically at the distance


WHERE AM I GOING?       
First Line: In the dark I watch the flaming part of me


WHERE IS A ROCK TO BORE A HOLE THROUGH?       


WHERE NOTHING IS HIDDEN       
First Line: Now I understand myself running back
Last Line: And live for hundreds of years %without comment


WHEREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever I go
Last Line: He will accept with terror
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WHEREVER       
First Line: Wherever I go, %into food stores
Last Line: He will accept the terror


WHILE I LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream of language as the sun
Last Line: But you must wait / while I live
Subject(s): Language; Life


WHILE I LIVE       
First Line: I dream of language as the sun
Last Line: But you must wait %while I live


WHISPER TO THE EARTH       


WHISTLE OR HOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird that sings to itself
Subject(s): Birds


WHISTLE OR HOOT       
First Line: The bird that sings to itself
Last Line: It triumphs, whistle or hoot
Subject(s): Birds


WHITE CEILING       
First Line: Until that child, one flight below, stops crying
Last Line: Since those below are helpless, I lie here %and look up at the white ceiling
Subject(s): Insomnia; Neighbors


WHITE-HAIRED, I WALK IN ON MY PARENTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: With the past in our future
Subject(s): Parents; Time; Past; Future


WHITE-HAIRED, I WALK IN ON MY PARENTS       
Last Line: With the past in our future
Subject(s): Parents


WHO AM I TO BE LOVED       
Last Line: I am human and must love %to be human


WHO ARE THESE MEN WHO BECOME PLUMBERS       


WHY CAN'T I BE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why can’t I be an empty house falling into decay, unaware of myself?
Last Line: Shine upon me, sun, so that I become lit up like a sunbeam
Subject(s): Self


WHY IS IT THAT LYING IN BED       


WINDOW WAS MADE IN AN EFFORT TO BE FREE OF BRICK       


WITH HORACE I TAKE MY STAND BESIDE TWO ROCKS       
Last Line: He entered a stone house and struck off %his fire upon stone
Subject(s): Horace (65-8 B.c.)


WITH MY BACK TO THE INSANE WORLD       
Last Line: To think he is alone and that the world %waits on him for decision


WITH OTHERS       
First Line: When I see fish swimming in schools
Last Line: In grief too, my one identity %with others


WITH THE DOOR OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something I want to communicate to you
Last Line: With the door open between us
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


WITH THE DOOR OPEN       
First Line: Something I want to communicate to you
Subject(s): Healing


WITH THE SUN'S FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you a horror to yourself?
Last Line: And with the sun's fire
Subject(s): Sun


WITH THE SUN'S FIRE       
First Line: Are you a horror? %do you have eyes peering at you
Last Line: Of stones and stars, with water %air, with dirt, with food %and with the sun's fire


WITHOUT FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I weep to myself
Last Line: I weep to myself
Subject(s): God


WITHOUT FEAR       
First Line: I weep to myself


WITHOUT RECRIMINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It is wonderful to die amidst the pleasures I have known
Last Line: With myself. I did not fail my life
Subject(s): Contentment


WITHOUT SEXUAL ATTRACTION, THERE IS    Poem Text    
Last Line: "we pass each other as trains do,
Subject(s): Sex; Love


WITHOUT SEXUAL ATTRACTION, THERE IS       
Last Line: We pass each other as trains do, %whistling screams
Subject(s): Sex


WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: We can't write ourselves into eternal life
Last Line: And shared the earth with earth
Subject(s): Mortality; Writing & Writers


WITNESS       
First Line: We can't write ourselves into eternal life


WORKING PRINCIPLE       
First Line: Let them go around on tiptoes
Last Line: They will say, black is merely the absence of color


WORLD       
First Line: The world is so difficult to give up
Last Line: Or under a hot sun, worn out %with looking


WORLD       
First Line: The world opens as you receive me
Last Line: Vanished in you. I am my own creator %ever to be and never to deny it %in the grave


WOUND       
First Line: This longing to be healed in you
Last Line: Each night in bed without you %is a struggle to breathe
Variant Title(s): Longin
Subject(s): Erotic Love


WRONG       
First Line: Why do I resent you?
Last Line: Yourself in my absence-as I cannot %because I miss my mother%and am wrong


YEARS OF LOSS       
First Line: I love the beginning, always a promise
Last Line: In the face and the years of loss %in evidence


YOU FEED ME AND I GIVE YOU IRON AND ANGER       


YOU SPOUTING ABOUT MONEY       


YOUR BODY IS NOT MINE       
Last Line: For me in that you're here %for the sake of difference %of which a world is made


YOUR FACE BEFORE ME       
Last Line: The sensation %of having made love %to you in the look %we two exchanged


ZOO       
First Line: Behind bars %a tiger


ZOO LION       
First Line: He gets up from the couch under the closed window
Subject(s): Zoos