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Author: JARMAN, MARK
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Jarman, Mark    Poet's Biography
238 poems available by this author


A.M. FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Night’s afterbirth, last dream before waking
Last Line: And knew. And switched the light on. Wide awake
Subject(s): Fog; Religion; Haze; Theology


A.M. FOG       
First Line: Night's afterbirth, last dream before waking
Last Line: And knew. And switched the light on. Wide awake


ADAGIO FOR STRINGS       
First Line: The miracle of living in the present
Last Line: A true joy. I remember how it tasted


AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To lie in your child’s bed when she is gone
Last Line: Who finds you here and lies down by your side
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT       
First Line: To lie in your child's bed when she is gone
Last Line: Who finds you here and lies down by your side


ALL DAY       
First Line: All fight on the cusp of summer
Last Line: We were fighting. We had fought all day
Subject(s): Quarrels


ALL SHE REMEMBERS FROM HER LATIN CLASS       
First Line: All she remembers from her latin class
Last Line: In the road is a well. It fills with tears.


AS CLOSE AS BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: He flicker doesn't know his call's not needed
Last Line: "everything says back, ""I am present, too."
Subject(s): God


ASCENSION OF THE RED MADONNA       
First Line: She's been gone whenever I looked
Last Line: The photographer's blinded plate, %appearing as nothing is everything
Subject(s): Religion


AT THE BROADWAY EXIT       
First Line: I rarely put the money out the window
Last Line: I wish I hadn't said a thing about it


AT THE ZANE GREY PUEBLO HOTEL       
First Line: What advice will she give him on the way


AWAKENED BY SEA LIONS       
First Line: The 3 a.M. Firefight of neighborhood dogs


BAD GIRL SINGING    Poem Text    
First Line: She took her roommate's cash
Last Line: But we yielded to her song
Subject(s): Cheating; Singing & Singers; Songs


BLACK RIVIERA       
First Line: There they are again. It's after dark
Last Line: So insular, so quiet, it enters the earth


BULGARIAN ICON OF THE LAST SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: If they saw around his head and theirs the halo
Last Line: As if to say: “just as you can eat at your house. Any night”
Subject(s): Last Supper, The


BUTTERFLIES UNDER PERSIMMON    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard a woman
Last Line: And wished I could be like that
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Desire; Envy


BUTTERFLIES UNDER PERSIMMON       
First Line: I heard a woman %state once that because
Last Line: In sun and shadow, %and wished I could be like that


CALIFORNIA PASTORAL       
First Line: T-shirted and wing-tipped, in banana slacks
Last Line: Along the warm white sidewalk, past our church, %and entered theirs where candles welcomed them


CAVAFY IN REDONDO       
First Line: Our ruins run back to memory
Last Line: No ghosts here, and that is our good fortune, %to give it all to the ocean, the troubled sleeper


CHIMNEY SWIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Throughout the winter, we once believed, they hid
Subject(s): Nature


CHIMNEY SWIFTS       
First Line: Throughout the winter, we once believed, they hid
Last Line: Is part of the enchantment, %is to believe they feel it, too, and act
Subject(s): Nature


CLOUD SKETCH       
First Line: These clouds are the color of the gauze I saw
Last Line: The sky, shicked, effervescent, in motion. June, %evening, weather fine


CLUES TO DISPLACED PERSONS       
First Line: Old, heavy, engraved tabletops caught crumbs


CREATOR       
First Line: Entering the silence, the quiet street
Last Line: That made the things that made the things that made %the beginning, and the middle, and the end


CUCKOO       
First Line: They cannot move, although the late light chills them


CURE, AND ANECDOTE       
First Line: Once in southern indiana where the ohio


DAYS OF '74    Poem Text    
First Line: What was the future then but affirmation
Last Line: To that first word repeated all night long
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Love - Erotic; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DAYS OF '74       
First Line: What was the future then but affirmation


DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN AND HELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The wave breaks
Last Line: Don’t know what to say
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


DIALECT    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't remember the air, the light, the voices
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


DIALECT       
First Line: I can't remember the air, the light, the voices
Last Line: Surveying burning blocks by helicopter
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DISPATCHES FROM DEVEREUX SLOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Highwayman of the air, coal-headed, darting
Last Line: And our paired silhouettes are waiting for us
Subject(s): Birds


DRESSING MY DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One girl a full head taller
Last Line: They cry, “it’s not my fault.”
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Clothing & Dress


DRESSING MY DAUGHTERS       
First Line: One girl a full head taller
Last Line: They cry 'it's not my fault'


DROUGHT RAIN       
First Line: Rapturous, all day at the window
Last Line: In sidewalk cracks and vacant lots, %like manger straw, pale as match flame


EASY SERMON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sermons are easy
Last Line: When the highest powers fall
Subject(s): Sermons; World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


ELEGY FOR REDONDO BEACH       
First Line: Before they lined the esplanade with lamps
Last Line: After they drained our darkness %like a marsh


EPISTLE (1)       
First Line: Easier to think about the body of the comet than the human body
Last Line: Salvation, if it comes, will come to save that solitude


EPISTLE (10)       
First Line: When the thief does come in the night, it is mid-afternoon on a sunny
Last Line: This letter goes out with a list of things encoded that we still possess


EPISTLE (2)       
First Line: Listening to you on the call in show yesterday, I knew that you were
Last Line: From me


EPISTLE (3)       
First Line: I have always thought the real world was wherever you could die and
Last Line: Company here. There isn't any there


EPISTLE (4)       
First Line: As soon as I left, your cities exploded. You began to slash and burn
Last Line: About what it says. It contains my blessing


EPISTLE (5)       
First Line: If god were not promiscuous, we would have no one to blame for our
Last Line: Moment. God is with a lover, throwing his head back, wailing like a %woman giving birth


EPISTLE (6)       
First Line: How urgently we try to put birth behind us, the union of microbes, that
Last Line: Keep thinking this way and you may console yourself endlessly


EPISTLE (7)       
First Line: I have lost my explanation for the divine plan
Last Line: Know. And because of that-our knowing-something we do not know


EPISTLE (8)       
First Line: One wants, the other wants
Last Line: One thinks so. One hopes not


EPISTLE (9)       
First Line: There is no formula for bliss, yet why not pretend there is? Begin with
Last Line: Is turned into poetry.' say, 'god has committed you to memory'


FIVE PSALMS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let us think of god as a lover
Last Line: Let us be faithful in another
Subject(s): God; Relationships


FOR THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you wake up, raising the film over your eyes, in a hollow of boughs or bark,
Last Line: Letters like this one are written, it is because we are
Subject(s): Birds


FORGOTTEN INFANCY, KENTUCKY       
First Line: Bats clumped in the yellow hall to the toilet
Last Line: The abandon of their laughter when I woke


FOX NIGHT       
First Line: What have I done to merit that regard
Last Line: And wonder at the nature of the world


FROM ANOTHER PLANET    Poem Text    
First Line: Life here supports happiness as we know it
Last Line: Your sun, a pa;e heartbeat, is our pole star
Subject(s): Life


GLIDERS       
First Line: They are after my time. I cannot understand
Last Line: And certainly more permanent than one observer, claiming %tohave come home, then leaving


GOOD FRIDAY       
First Line: Heat is what I imagine, dust and tension
Last Line: Out in a rush, our love she takes as her own


GOOD VOICES       
First Line: Sentence-sounds of our parents, babytalking
Last Line: The voice of the involuntary heartbeat


GOODBYE TO A POLTERGEIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an empty socket alone
Last Line: And sink like ribbons, absorbed by the air
Subject(s): Solitude


GOSSAMER       
First Line: Their architecture waits in the morning


GRID       
First Line: I walk those streets tonight, streets named for gems
Last Line: And the ones that wear them, named for spanish women, %themselves end on the edge of town with nothi


GROUND SWELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,
Last Line: Where things began to happen and I knew it
Subject(s): Teenagers; Sports; Surfing


GROUND SWELL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


GROUND SWELL       
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen
Last Line: Where things begin to happen and I knew it
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


HAWK       
First Line: Back from my long journey I am eager


HOMING INSTINCT       
First Line: There we see him, driving
Last Line: And mix it with his nerves, %and make it honey
Subject(s): Cities


IF I WERE PAUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider how you were made.
Last Line: Having read it, you will know that it contains my blessing
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN       
First Line: The children will be terrified, we know it
Last Line: Though everything has been done


IN HELL       
First Line: The anteroom was just a modern lobby
Subject(s): Memory


IN THE CLOUDS       
First Line: Simply by thinking I stood among the clouds. They surrounded
Last Line: In the clouds, we have to take the earth with us


INSIDE       
First Line: The night will be as plesant as the day
Last Line: Than the day past, with its intimate sweet flesh, %and the night falling, with its closeness like a


INSTANT       
First Line: That the name flies out of her memory
Last Line: Of the slippery murk where she will have to pick %it out again


INTERESTING TIMES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Everything’s happening on the cusp of tragedy, the tip of comedy, the pivot of event
Last Line: Everyone in a minute will be somewhere else entirely. As the crow flies
Subject(s): Life; Iraq War (2003-2011)


INTERESTING TIMES       
First Line: Everything's happening on the cusp of tragedy, the tip of
Last Line: Everyone in a minute will be somewhere else entirely. As %the crow flies


IRIS: 1       
First Line: The woman sat on the bus, her daughter's head in her lap
Last Line: And the brittle comedian on %the tv chattered in agreement


IRIS: 2       
First Line: Iris found her mother and child another life, driving %sixty hours
Last Line: And hears, before his voice can speak the words, iris %saying, I think it's time to go


IRIS: 3       
First Line: Now, she was free, as free as her ghosts - the ghost
Last Line: The house where pain and pleasure had turned to poetry %and stone, and a family had been happy


JEFFERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To raise a stump of rock into a tower, rolling a stone / in place as the years pass.
Last Line: Loved ones reappear, and you will sleep
Subject(s): Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


LAST SUPPERS       
First Line: Loneliest when hung in a church annex
Last Line: Would call down on their heads. When their eyes open, %they eat and drink and talk, at ease, in peac
Subject(s): Last Supper, The; Religion


LE TOUQUET       
First Line: If we could miss a ship every day


LINE OF EUCALYPTUS       
First Line: They were no more to him than trees
Last Line: In windbreak order, as if listening %to a child's story patiently


LOS ANGELES    Poem Text    
First Line: In that city we were perfect
Subject(s): Cities; Los Angeles; Urban Life


LOS ANGELES       
First Line: In that city we were perfect
Last Line: At times, we hover over, knowing, %helpless, looking on
Subject(s): Cities; Los Angeles


LOST IN A DREAM       
First Line: When I drove the l. A. Canyon with a dead cat
Last Line: He heard the baby snuffling and sputtering %and heard us saying, 'what a year this has been.'


MAN WHO KNEW       
First Line: When the old man died he became as a little child


MARY SMART       
First Line: When my mistakes flash back and half blind me
Last Line: Less like a ghost, she said, than a figure of speech
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Old Age; Peace


MIRROR       
First Line: Outside is the untreed, tearless light
Last Line: Years from now, my mother fixing my tie %in the front hall, turning me toward the mirror


MISS URQUHART'S TIARA       
First Line: I know this can't mean anything at all
Last Line: It took them pressing close to close the book


MY PARENTS HAVE COME HOME LAUGHING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: That seems not to be pain, and it comforts me
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


NASHVILLE MOON       
First Line: The moon is such a good thing to come back to
Last Line: That might wake people who have long been buried


NEXT WAR       
First Line: Time is all conditional nowadays


NORTHERN INSOMNIA       
First Line: Passing out of rain into dull cloudlight
Last Line: Showed a place already full of night, %a negative inscribed with wakefulness


OBLIVION    Poem Text    
First Line: While I was under
Last Line: The same room you left
Subject(s): Time


OLD ACQUAINTANCE       
First Line: White throated sparrow, the century is beginning
Last Line: We are counting on many things, including you


OUTSIDE       
First Line: God says to adam and eve, this time nothing's forbidden
Last Line: God reminds them, 'nothing is forbidden.' %they eat the fruit of forgetfulness, and forget


PAIR OF TANAGERS       
First Line: The scarlet male, his green mate, their back wings
Last Line: Together such a distance, to this end


PAMPOCALIA       
First Line: Lately, I se a future
Last Line: I see a future. I have not prepared %my children for the road to adel moor


PAST FROM THE AIR: 1. THE FALL       
First Line: She holds her baby and steps into the air
Last Line: Falling itself through space still hold her up


PAST FROM THE AIR: 2. THE IRON       
First Line: The day blew in the window from the sea
Last Line: Wind, gulls, my fever -- we were all believers


PAST FROM THE AIR: 3. THE MOMENT       
First Line: Before the night-backed mirror of the window
Last Line: And she smiles, but her revery has ended


PAST FROM THE AIR: 4. PRAYING       
First Line: A wedge of morning sunshine bathes her hands
Last Line: Her mind. He pities her. He cannot read


PAST FROM THE AIR: 5. PATIENCE       
First Line: One of those days the traveller doesn't call
Last Line: No word. No word. No word. No word. No word


PAST FROM THE AIR: 6. THE APPARITION       
First Line: The old trees of the neighborhood are dying
Last Line: How white our faces both were with distress


PAST FROM THE AIR: 7.       
First Line: The view the book gives is anonymous
Last Line: Would be more than a house. We leave it there


PATRIARCH       
First Line: As he was recalcitrant near the end


PRAYER FOR OUR DAUGHTERS       
First Line: May they never be lonely at parties
Last Line: And be themselves again, both blessed and blessing


PROVERBS       
First Line: Three things are too wonderful for me
Last Line: My whole body is moving
Variant Title(s): The Creature's Res


PSALM: THE NEW DAY       
First Line: The new day cancels dread
Last Line: To remember in the right order


QUESTIONS FOR ECCLESIASTES    Poem Text    
First Line: What if on a foggy night in a beachtown, a night when the pacific leans close
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


QUESTIONS FOR ECCLESIASTES       
First Line: What if on a foggy night in a beachtown, a night when the pacific leans close
Last Line: People who needed urgently to hear it, god kept a secret
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


RECKLESS FATHER       
First Line: A father can dissolve among the trees
Last Line: Surely it was better to keep him driving


REMEMBERED WEATHER       
First Line: Rained-out halloweens; foggy july fourths
Last Line: And mother, a bright start swallowed up in mist


SEA-FIG       
First Line: In my new country we will keep this plant


SHRINE AND THE BURNING WHEEL       
First Line: On the way to the evening reading
Last Line: A wheel of history turns, %and the boys burn the wheel


SHYNESS OF THE MUSE IN AN ALMOND ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The gray-green husks are opening. The wasps
Last Line: But not that I was here, that he was lonely
Subject(s): Farm Life; Solitude; Agriculture; Farmers


SHYNESS OF THE MUSE IN AN ALMOND ORCHARD       
First Line: The gray-green husks are opening. The wasps


SIGHTINGS       
First Line: An absence turned to presence is confusing
Last Line: I was astonished, I could hardly speak %and wrote it all down afterward, in greek


SKIN CANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Balmy overcast nights of late september
Subject(s): Cancer (disease); Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


SKIN CANCER       
First Line: Balmy overcast nights of late september
Last Line: For home that feels no different from health
Subject(s): Cancer (disease); Seashore


SOMEONE IS ALWAYS PRAYING AS THE PLANE       
First Line: Someone is always praying as the plane
Last Line: The rockhard, rippled face of facelessness.


SONNET: 1. THE WORD 'ANSWER'       
First Line: Lightning walks across the shallow seas
Last Line: As dangerous as it is beautiful
Variant Title(s): The Word "answer


SONNET: 10       
First Line: Have healed the flesh and changed the mind of weather
Last Line: Or taken to what was what things always were


SONNET: 11       
First Line: This boy listening eagerly to his friend
Last Line: Look for the sacred face inside that face
Variant Title(s): Unholy Sonne


SONNET: 12       
First Line: God does not know, god is what is known
Last Line: Consider things made by our loves and hates


SONNET: 13       
First Line: Blessedness - not only in a face
Last Line: And the mask of meanness turns aside and winces


SONNET: 14. IN VIA EST CISTERNA       
First Line: All she remembers from her latin class
Last Line: In the road is a well. It fills with tears


SONNET: 15       
First Line: She is a cloud in her own sunny day
Last Line: Into your hand and calculate its worth


SONNET: 18. CYCLE       
First Line: Everything around the central meaning
Last Line: Like everything around a central meaning


SONNET: 2       
First Line: Which is the one, which of the imps inside
Last Line: About the things we speak of in our prayers


SONNET: 21       
First Line: Think of the harsh attire that god put on
Last Line: Breathed in the comfort of a private van


SONNET: 22       
First Line: What will we give up in the after life
Last Line: The thrill in scenting that first cup of coffee


SONNET: 23       
First Line: How long was their grief - so inconsolable
Last Line: They were celebrating by the third day


SONNET: 24       
First Line: Breath like a house fly batters the shut mouth
Last Line: How good it is to come back from the dead!


SONNET: 26       
First Line: Ray's body lies below a slab that states
Last Line: To end the thing that he's begun to say


SONNET: 3       
First Line: Soften the blow, imagined god, and give
Last Line: As he laughed and said he thought that he was stronger


SONNET: 30. SIGHTINGS: DAMASCUS       
First Line: Headlong in your career, breathing out threatenings
Last Line: You wouldn't know yourself - a vessel of grace


SONNET: 30. SIGHTINGS: EMMAUS       
First Line: They're eating dinner with someone they loved
Last Line: All of which tastes like joy and disbelief


SONNET: 30. SIGHTINGS: KENOSIS       
First Line: An absence turned to presence is confusing
Last Line: Filling his place as much or more than ever.'


SONNET: 30. SIGHTINGS: PATMOS       
First Line: On a clear day you can see dark matter
Last Line: And wrote it all down afterwards, in greek


SONNET: 32       
First Line: There is a law outside the daily racket
Last Line: The law inside the law inside the law


SONNET: 33       
First Line: Lord, spare me from the drowsiness that starts
Last Line: The goading preoccupation of a lifework


SONNET: 34       
First Line: Although I know god's immanence can speak
Last Line: Till, marking this blank page, I found a way


SONNET: 35       
First Line: The yellow blister wears a ring of red
Last Line: Until the final silence and its cause


SONNET: 37       
First Line: I can't do more than this. I can't do less
Last Line: That blunts immortal and industrial diamonds


SONNET: 39       
First Line: Which ones should I believe among the voices
Last Line: And makes me wonder what it's laughing for


SONNET: 4       
First Line: I think of gosse, watching his father paint
Last Line: Pry open the mute heavens like a bivalve


SONNET: 40       
First Line: History happening and people living
Last Line: Gossip of sweet delight and endless night


SONNET: 42       
First Line: Instead, you can walk backwards into life
Last Line: Or that someone somewhere knows where you are headed


SONNET: 45       
First Line: He passes through the rolled-up warehouse door
Last Line: Of emptiness and fullness, like a sky. %larry lewis, 1946-1996


SONNET: 46. NASHVILLE MOON       
First Line: The moon is such a good thing to come back to
Last Line: That might wake people who have long been buried


SONNET: 47       
First Line: I laid it out, how a would beat its wings
Last Line: He paused for breath, then whispered, 'have a plan.'


SONNET: 48. THE WORLD       
First Line: The world works for us and we call it grace
Last Line: And when the world works, we still call it grace


SONNET: 6       
First Line: Outside my door I keep an angel chained
Last Line: As when he comes and pleads with me in dreams


SONNET: 8       
First Line: He loads his weapons, but the lord god sees him
Last Line: Which you and I would squander with a scream
Variant Title(s): Unholy Sonne


SONNET: 9       
First Line: Someone is always praying as the plane
Last Line: The rockhard, rippled face of facelessness


SPELL FOR ENCANTO CREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tall blades of tufted grasses, keep on flowing.
Last Line: Keep them returning, keep them coming back
Subject(s): Nature


STARS       
First Line: I signed up for astronomy in college
Last Line: To give up to your peace, turned by love


STORY HOUR       
First Line: What were they saying, the storytellers


STRATFORD-UPON-AVON BUTTERFLY; FARM AND JUNGLE SAFARI       
First Line: Eight-inch wings, gray, folded, within reach
Last Line: And life itself, remember, tomorrow and tomorrow. %so that we cry though not aloud, to sleep again


SUPREMES       
First Line: In ball's market after surfing till noon
Last Line: From that height they still look frail and frozen, %full of simple sweetness and repetition
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Supremes, The (singing Group)


TESTIMONY AND POSTSCRIPT       
First Line: Once I was someone coming out of the dark


THE BLACK RIVIERA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There they are again. It's after dark.
Last Line: So insular, so quiet, it enters the earth
Subject(s): Youth; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The children are hiding among the raspberry canes.
Last Line: Veiled and humming, soon enough
Subject(s): Childreb; Nature


THE DESIRE OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Caught and composed, motionless blue, behind
Last Line: Rise toward the dam's lip too much for flood gates
Subject(s): Dams


THE HOMING INSTINCT    Poem Text    
First Line: There we see him, driving
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE SAME CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have it in oregon
Last Line: Gigantic , immoveable
Subject(s): Time


THE SUPREMES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In ball's market after surfing till noon
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Supremes, The (singing Group); Rock & Roll


THEY SAW THE PROBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: How do you turn into a flower of the field,
Last Line: More than a lifetime to construct that airport
Subject(s): Flowers


THIS WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It could have happened this way
Last Line: The warm night enters
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


THOUGH WE NO LONGER POSSESS IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you know me, my body at least
Last Line: Though we no longer possess it
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THREE THOUSAND       
First Line: They will never stand again in the kitchen before bedtime and eat cold
Last Line: And no matter how vigilant we try to be, we will die, too, and forget %them


TO THE POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't want to get that far, only to where
Last Line: Let's let it keep coming
Subject(s): Relationships


TO THE TREES       
First Line: How do you feel as you rear up or hunch over to seek sunlight?
Last Line: Rain, showing a face of turquoise


TO ZOE, BEGINNING WINTER       
First Line: The ground, hard as a board this morning, thrusts up
Last Line: In glory all at once -- but warily


TODAY IS FRESH, AND YESTERDAY IS STALE.       
Last Line: That turns the ash of yesterday to flesh


TRANSFIGURATION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They were talking to him about resurrection, about law,
Last Line: He was transfigured by resistance, as he listened, / and they talked


TRANSFIGURATION       
First Line: They were talking to him about resurrection, about law
Last Line: He was transfigured by resistance, as he listened %and they talked


UNCLE TENOR       
First Line: He arrived with the lemon tree


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: After the praying, after the hymn-singing
Last Line: Intact. There is still murder in your heart
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Breath like a house fly batters the shut mouth
Last Line: How good it is to come back from the dead!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ray's body lies below a slab that states
Last Line: To end the thing that he'd begun to say
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Future Life; Coffins; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a law outside the daily racket,
Last Line: The law inside the law inside the law
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of the harsh attire that god put on
Last Line: Breathed in the comfort of a private van
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): God


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Please be the driver bearing down behind
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: In which of these details does god inhere
Last Line: Telling her son, who cried for help, good luck
Variant Title(s): Sonnet:


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: I'll bet the final reckoning's like this
Last Line: And blank as lethe and the river styx
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 2


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Here is the soul. He pointed to a place
Last Line: And if there was a wound, my soul would fill it
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 2


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Fallen persimmons among the dew-bent grasses
Last Line: And, change the world around you once a year
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 4


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: A living room. Gray walls and carpet, light
Last Line: And someone else sees with them after that
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 1


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: I need an image for the soul and choose
Last Line: Choose something else entirely if I could
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 3
Subject(s): Bodies


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: The thin end of the wedge thrusts underneath
Last Line: You have to want this miracle to occur
Variant Title(s): Sonnet:


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: The gift for all our waking in this life
Last Line: Is, said the man, a dreamless, mindless sleep
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 4
Subject(s): Life; Sleep


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: He will not let us blame him easily
Last Line: He'd tell us that the aftermath is love
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 3


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Who am I talking to when I say, 'you
Last Line: And then I credit you as my creator


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: One model asks another, 'what do you eat?'
Last Line: Eating down to the perfume of your wrist
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 2
Subject(s): Food And Eating


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: I laid it out, how a would beat its wings
Last Line: He paused for breath, then whispered, 'have a plan.'


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Please be the driver bearing down behind
Last Line: And see you face to face, and say, 'my lord!'
Variant Title(s): Please Be The Driver Bearing Down Behin
Subject(s): Automobiles; Racing


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Put on the costume jewelry and chapeau
Last Line: If nothing is sacred, we can worship it
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 3


UNHOLY SONNET       
First Line: Nothing but pleasure in the bottle's voice
Last Line: As butter and olive oil, only pleasure watches
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 2
Subject(s): Drinks And Drinking


UNHOLY SONNET 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear god, our heavenly father, gracious lord
Last Line: Solve nothing but the problems that I set
Subject(s): God


UNHOLY SONNET 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Half asleep in prayer I said the right thing
Last Line: Once was enough to be dissatisfied
Subject(s): Religion; Prayer; Theology


UNHOLY SONNET 13    Poem Text    
First Line: Drunk on the umbrian hills at dusk and drunk
Last Line: Our bodies, bread, a sharp umbrian wine
Subject(s): God; Nature


UNHOLY SONNET 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Amazing to believe that nothingness
Last Line: Itself in absence, which the stars adore
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


UNHOLY SONNET: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: One model asks another, 'what do you eat?'
Last Line: Eating down to the perfume of your wrist
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Resurrection, The; Jesus Christ


UNHOLY SONNET: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing but pleasure in the bottle's voice
Last Line: As butter and olive oil, only pleasure watches
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Pleasure; Food & Eating; Wine


UNHOLY SONNET: 44    Poem Text    
First Line: The gift for all our waking in this life
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is always praying as the plane
Last Line: As butter and olive oil, only pleasure watches
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Prayer


UNHOLY SONNETS       
First Line: Someone is always praying as the plane
Last Line: Or love the world away from making war %or taken to what was what things always were
Subject(s): Prayer


UNHOLY SONNETS: 1       
First Line: Dear god, our heavenly father, gracious lord
Last Line: Solve nothing but the problems that I set


UNHOLY SONNETS: 1       
First Line: What a fine new shirt his wife has given him
Last Line: That pop him open like a purple fig
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress; Marriage


UNHOLY SONNETS: 10       
First Line: Time to admit my altar is a desk
Last Line: And speak as soon as I can find a voice


UNHOLY SONNETS: 11       
First Line: Half asleep in prayer I said the right thing
Last Line: Once was enough to be dissatisfied


UNHOLY SONNETS: 12       
First Line: There was a pious man upright as job
Last Line: Just something about you pisses me off


UNHOLY SONNETS: 13       
First Line: Drunk on the umbrian hills at dusk and drunk
Last Line: Our bodies, bread, a sharp umbrian wine


UNHOLY SONNETS: 14       
First Line: After the praying, after the hymn-singing
Last Line: Intact. There is still murder in your heart


UNHOLY SONNETS: 15       
First Line: A useful god will roost in a bird-box
Last Line: A god like that can make the nighttime hell


UNHOLY SONNETS: 16       
First Line: We drove to the world's end and there betrayed
Last Line: Did we have something to compare it with


UNHOLY SONNETS: 17       
First Line: God like a kiss, god like a welcoming
Last Line: And god the secret neither one is keeping


UNHOLY SONNETS: 18       
First Line: In civilization and its discontents
Last Line: But not before they're brought to execution


UNHOLY SONNETS: 19       
First Line: I swat him in the face and hope that nothing
Last Line: Discovered at the moment you are lost


UNHOLY SONNETS: 2       
First Line: Hands folded to construct a church and steeple
Last Line: Is being locked inside another hand


UNHOLY SONNETS: 2       
First Line: And if when he returned he found his mother
Last Line: Is that he'd rather see her safe in heaven
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 1


UNHOLY SONNETS: 2       
First Line: The devil comes on the air waves, crooning
Last Line: Or change the channel, let alone my life
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 1
Subject(s): Devil


UNHOLY SONNETS: 20       
First Line: If god survives us, will his kingdom come?
Last Line: We'll greet him as the children would have done
Variant Title(s): If God Survives Us, Will His Kingdom Come


UNHOLY SONNETS: 3       
First Line: Balaam upon his ass was unaware
Last Line: I need a metaphor to sleep tonight


UNHOLY SONNETS: 3       
First Line: We crowded in the taxi. It was dawn
Last Line: And I knew this was hell and I was dead
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 2
Subject(s): Death; Hell


UNHOLY SONNETS: 4       
First Line: Amazing to believe that nothingness
Last Line: Itself in absence, which the stars adore


UNHOLY SONNETS: 4       
First Line: So many creatures and so many minds
Last Line: Were not a way of loving our own kind
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 4
Subject(s): Creation; Nature


UNHOLY SONNETS: 5       
First Line: This is the moment. This is all we have
Last Line: We'll forget that we were going to forget


UNHOLY SONNETS: 6       
First Line: Look into the darkness and the darkness looks
Last Line: And seeing is believing and being seen


UNHOLY SONNETS: 7       
First Line: Reduce the proof of nature. So we tried
Last Line: Of god. And language. Both of them had died


UNHOLY SONNETS: 8       
First Line: Two forces rule the universe of breath
Last Line: And thought god's grace filled emptiness, like breath


UNHOLY SONNETS: 9       
First Line: Almighty god, to you all hearts are open
Last Line: A comet on your fingertip, and squint


UPWELLING       
First Line: Under the wave, the gray, clamping pressure
Last Line: (you ... You. Who are you?) - %suspended, like a sentence, in the present


VOICE TRIES WHISPERING       
First Line: A morning overcast like gray amnesia. The thunderheads
Last Line: Remember yesterday,' a voice tries whispering. 'yesterday %your head was in the clouds.'


WAVE       
First Line: Always offshore, or already broken, gone
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


WAVE       
First Line: Always offshore, or already broken, gone
Last Line: Swelling again with pleasure; %all riders lifted easily as light
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore


WHEN I LOOK AT THE DATES OF ARTISTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I look at the dates of artists who died before my age
Last Line: I was the homebody, tethered to my spiral notebook, alarmed by experience
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Time


WHICH IS THE ONE, WHICH OF THE IMPS INSIDE       
First Line: Which is the one, which of the imps inside
Last Line: About the things we speak of in our prayers.


WIND       
First Line: Worrying about the children I kept waiting
Last Line: Forgive them. And let them live their lives'


WORRY BIRD       
First Line: God was an idea before he was an image
Last Line: Anyone who has been a child can know