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Author: JARRELL, RANDALL
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Jarrell, Randall    Poet's Biography
365 poems available by this author


17889-1939       
First Line: A man sick with whirling


1938: TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS       
First Line: The reflections in the forest of the dying child


1938: THE SPRING DANCES       
First Line: These loves are the helpless or wanted bliss


1945: THE DEATH OF THE GODS       
First Line: In peace tomorrow, when your slack hands weigh


90 NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe,
Last Line: And we call it wisdom. It is pain
Subject(s): Mythology - Norse; North Pole; Pain; Suffering; Misery


90 NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe
Subject(s): North Pole; Pain; Suffering; Misery


90 NORTH       
First Line: At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe
Last Line: And we call it wisdom. It is pain
Subject(s): North Pole; Pain


A CAMP IN THE PRUSSIAN FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk beside the prisoners to the road
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; World War Ii; Shoah; Judaism; Second World War


A CONVERSATION WITH THE DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Indulgent, or candid, or uncommon reader
Last Line: He was right. And now, to have no choice!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Devil; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


A COUNTRY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird that I don't know,
Last Line: Sees, in the moonlight, graves
Subject(s): Birds; Country Life


A FIELD HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He stirs, beginning to awake
Subject(s): Hospitals; World War Ii; Second World War


A FRONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fog over the base: the beams ranging
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


A GIRL IN A LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: An object among dreams, you sit here with your shoes off
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; Pushkin, Alexander (1799-1837); Schools; Sleep; Library; Librarians; Students


A LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: For wars his life and half a world away
Last Line: Thre lying ambers of the histories
Subject(s): War; Soldiers


A MAN MEETS A WOMAN IN THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the separated leaves of shade
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Lorenz, Konrad (1903-1989); Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Schumann-heink, Ernestine (1861-1936); Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)


A PILOT FROM THE CARRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Strapped at the center of the blazing wheel
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


A POEM FOR SOMEONE KILLED IN SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Though oars are breaking the breathless gaze
Last Line: Are man's responsibilities
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A POEM FOR SOMEONE KILLED IN SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Though oars are breaking the breathless gaze
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A SICK CHILD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Postman comes when I am still in bed, the
Last Line: All that I've never thought of - think of me!
Subject(s): Sickness; Imagination; Children; Illness; Fancy; Childhood


A SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: It is evening. One bat dances
Subject(s): Soul


A UTOPIAN JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a minute the doctor will find out what is wrong
Variant Title(s): The Long Vacation
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


A WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: There set out, slowly, for a different world
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ABOVE THE WATERS IN THEIR TOIL       


ABSENT WITH OFFICIAL LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lights are beginning to go out in the barracks
Last Line: With whom he labors, sleeps, and dies
Subject(s): Soldiers


ABSENT WITH OFFICIAL LEAVE       
First Line: The lights are beginning to go out in the barracks


AESTHETIC THEORIES ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Poems, like lives, are doing what we can


AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep: here's your bed ... You'll not come, any more, to ours
Last Line: Run away, little comet's-hair-comber!
Subject(s): Death; Sleep; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


AFTERWARDS       
First Line: Sleep: here's your bed ... You'll not come, any more, to ours


AGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake, but before I know it it is done
Subject(s): Aging


AGING       
First Line: I wake, but before I know it it is done
Subject(s): Aging


ALL OR NONE       
First Line: Each year, just as the blossoms


AN ENGLISH GARDEN IN AUSTRIA (SEEN AFTER DER ROSENKAVALIER)    Poem Text    
First Line: It is as one imagined it: an english garden
Last Line: It is an one imagined it: an english garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


AN OFFICERS' PRISON CAMP SEEN FROM A TROOP-TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is some school, brick, green, a sleepy hill
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; World War Ii; Convicts; Second World War


AND DID SHE DWELL IN INNOCENCE AND JOY       


ANGELS OF HAMBURG       
First Line: In caves emptied of their workers, turning


ARCHANGELS' SONG       
First Line: Raphael: the sun sings out, as of old


AUGSBURG ADORATION       
First Line: Mozart, goethe, and the duke of wellington
Last Line: The green forum's sparrows are the sparrows of home
Subject(s): Augsburg, Germany


AUTHOR TO THE READER       
First Line: I've read that luther said


AUTOMATON       
First Line: In the emplacements of the wood


BAD MUSIC       
First Line: I sit, sit listening; my lashes droop


BAMBERG       
First Line: You'd be surprised how much


BATS       
First Line: A bat is born %naked and blind and pale
Last Line: All the bright day, as the mother sleeps %she folds her wings about her sleeping child


BIRD OF NIGHT       
First Line: A shadow is floating through the moonlight
Subject(s): Animals


BIRTH OF VENUS       
First Line: The thunderbolt strikes the ocean


BLACK SWAN       
First Line: When the swans turned my sister into a swan
Last Line: And stroked all night, with a black wing, my wings
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


BLIND SHEEP       
First Line: The sheep is blind; a passing owl
Last Line: I am a sheep, and not an ass
Subject(s): Blindness; Sheep


BLOOD FOR A STRANGER, SELS.       
First Line: The cow wandering in the bare field
Last Line: Cry out in pride and blessedness: I children!


BOYG, PEER GYNT, THE ONE ONLY ONE       
First Line: Well, I have had a happy life, said hazlitt


BREATH OF NIGHT       
First Line: The moon rises. The red cubs rolling
Last Line: The beings of this world are swept %by the strife that moves the stars


BRONZE DAVID OF DONATELLO       
First Line: A sword in his right hand, a stone in his left hand


BURNING THE LETTERS       
First Line: Here in my head, the home that is left for you
Last Line: Make yours the memory of that accepting %and accepted life whose fragments I cast here


CAMP IN THE PRUSSIAN FOREST       
First Line: I walk beside the prisoners to the road
Last Line: The star laughs from its rotting shroud %of flesh. O star o f men!
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; World War Ii


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, JUVENILE DIVISION       
First Line: The soot drifted from the engines to the marble


CHARLES DODGSON'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The band played ideomeneo
Last Line: A hippopotamus asleep
Subject(s): Carroll, Lewis (1832-1898); Philosophy & Philosophers; Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge


CHARLES DODGSON'S SONG       
First Line: The band played idomeneo


CHE FARO SENZA EURIDICE       
First Line: Had I my will, the shrill wind sang


CHILDREN SELECTING BOOKS IN A LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: With beasts and gods, above, the wall is bright.
Last Line: Change, dear to all things not to themselves endeared
Subject(s): Children; Books & Reading; Childhood


CHILDREN SELECTING BOOKS IN A LIBRARY       
First Line: With beasts and gods, above, the wall is bright


CHILDREN'S ARMS       
First Line: On my way home I pass a cameraman


CHIPMUNK'S DAY       
First Line: In and out the bushes, up the ivy
Last Line: Dives to his rest
Subject(s): Animals; Chipmunks


CHIPMUNK'S DAY       


CHRISTMAS ROSES       
First Line: The nurse is at the tree, and if I'm thirsty no one minds


CINDERELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her imaginary playmate was a grown-up
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


CINDERELLA       
First Line: Her imaginary playmate was a grown-up
Last Line: But come, come in till then! Com in till then!
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


CITY, CITY       
First Line: Turn out the light, turn over, shut your eyes


CLOCK IN THE TOWER OF THE CHURCH       
First Line: How patient man is in his time
Last Line: Gesture, withdraw into damnation
Subject(s): Middle Ages; Millenium; Second Advent


COME TO THE STONE       
First Line: The child saw the bombers skate like stones across the fields


COME TO THE STONE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The child saw the bombers skate like stones across the field
Last Line: Come to the stone and tell me why I died
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


CONVERSATION WITH THE DEVIL       
First Line: Indulgent, or candid, or uncommon reader


COUNTRY LIFE       
First Line: A bird that I don't know
Last Line: The angel kneeling with the wreath %sees, in the moonlight, graves


COUNTRY WAS       
First Line: All hills and all interesting - in one field


DEAD       
First Line: The maze under the loess


DEAD IN MELANESIA       
First Line: Beside the crater and the tattered palm
Last Line: And the isles confuse him with their own black dead


DEAD WINGMAN       
First Line: Seen on the sea, no sign; no sign, no sign
Last Line: The lives' long war, lost war - the pilot sleeps
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii


DEATH OF THE BALL TURRET GUNNER       
First Line: From my mother's sleep I fell into the state
Last Line: When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation And Aviators; Death; World War Ii


DESCRIPTION OF SOME CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS       
First Line: The torn hillside with its crooked hands


DEUTSCH DURCH FREUD    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe - / I do believe, I do believe
Last Line: For certain; I don't know enough german
Subject(s): German Language; Writing & Writers


DEUTSCH DURCH FREUD       
First Line: I believe my favorite country's german


DIALOGUE BETWEEN SOUL AND BODY       
First Line: You're the can and I'm the salmon


DIFFICULT RESOLUTION       
First Line: Night after night the dead moon lit


DREAM       
First Line: What dreams you must have had last night


DREAM OF WAKING       
First Line: In the bottom of a boat, badly wounded, crying and stroking the face


DREAMS       
First Line: It is already late, my sister


DUMMIES       
First Line: O the dummies in the windows


EIGHTH AIR FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: If, in an odd angle of the hutment
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


EIGHTH AIR FORCE       
First Line: If, in an odd angle of the hutment
Last Line: Men wash their hands, in blood, as best they can: %I find no fault in this just man
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii


EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK       
First Line: In my gay room, bare as a barn


ELEMENTARY SCENE       
First Line: Looking back in my mind I can see
Last Line: I, I, the future that mends everything


EMANCIPATORS       
First Line: When you ground the lenses and the moons swam free
Subject(s): War


END OF THE RAINBOW       
First Line: Far from the clams and fogs and bogs


ENGLISH GARDEN IN AUSTRIA       
First Line: It is as one imagined it: an english garden


ENORMOUS LOVE, IT'S NO GOOD ASKING       


ESSAY ON THE HUMAN WILL       
First Line: The innocents tug blindly at the yielding


ESTHETIC THEORIES ART       
First Line: Poems, like lives, are doing what we can
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Esthetics


FACE       
First Line: Not good any more, not beautiful


FAIRY SONG       
First Line: Warmed over pine-cones


FALLING IN LOVE IS NEVER AS SIMPLE       


FAREWELL SYMPHONY       
First Line: A few miles ago, a year, a year


FEAR       
First Line: The running peoples on their bloody way


FIELD AND FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: When you look down from the airplane you see lines
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


FIELD AND FOREST       
First Line: When you look down from the airplane you see lines
Last Line: The trees can't tell the two of them apart
Subject(s): Environment; Fields


FIELD HOSPITAL       
First Line: He stirs, beginning to awake
Last Line: He neither knows, remembers - but instead %sleeps, comforted
Subject(s): Hospitals; World War Ii


FIRE AT THE WAXWORKS       
First Line: In the basement of the waxworks the old guard puts on his glasses


FOR THE MADRID ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Stranger, the wages that we earned
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FOR THE MADRID ROAD       
First Line: Stranger, the wages that we earned
Last Line: Are man's responsibilities
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FRONT       
First Line: Fog over the base: the beams ranging
Last Line: All the air quivers, and the east sky glows
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii


GAME AT SALZBURG       
First Line: A little ragged girl, our ball-boy
Last Line: The world whispers: hier bin I


GERMANS ARE LUNATICS       
First Line: Of course, of course! Who else would die


GHOST STORY       
First Line: The fox lifts his head from the feathers
Last Line: Trails over the lonely valley, %the leaves stir absently


GHOST, A REAL GHOST       
First Line: I think of that old woman in the song


GIRL DREAMS THAT SHE IS GISELLE       
First Line: Beards of the grain, gray-green: the lances


GIRL IN A LIBRARY       
First Line: An object among dreams, you sit here with your shoes off
Last Line: The corn king beckoning to his spring queen
Subject(s): Librarians And Libraries; Pushkin, Alexander (1799-1837); Schools; Sleep


GLEANING       
First Line: When I was a girl in los angeles we'd go gleaning


GOOD-BYE, WENDOVER; GOOD-BYE, MOUNTAIN HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wives on day-coaches traveling with a baby
Subject(s): Absence; Army Life; World War Ii; Separation; Isolation; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


GOOD-BYE, WENDOVER; GOOD-BYE, MOUNTAIN HOME       
First Line: Wives on day-coaches traveling with a baby
Last Line: And you might as well get used to it, your ord's
Subject(s): Absence; Army Life; World War Ii


GUNNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Did they send me away from my cat and my wife
Subject(s): Holidays


GUNNER       
First Line: Did they send me away from my cat and my wife
Subject(s): Holidays


HANGED MAN ON THE GALLOWS       
First Line: Warmed by fire and fed with dew


HAPPY CAT       
First Line: The cat's asleep; I whisper kitten
Last Line: Men aren't happy; why are you?
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


HE       
First Line: I sit all day outside a bank


HEAD OF WISDOM       
First Line: The little will comes naked to its world


HOHENSALZBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: I should always have known; those who sang from the river
Last Line: A dweller of the earth, invisible
Subject(s): Germany; Relationships


HOHENSALZBURG: FANTASTIC VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF ROMANTIC       
First Line: I should always have known; those who sang from the river


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life
Last Line: A step is on the stairs
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE       
First Line: To prefer the nest in the linden


HOPE       
First Line: The week is dealt out like a hand


HOUSE IN THE WOOD       
First Line: At the back of the houses there is the wood
Last Line: In the house in the wood, the witch and her child sleep


HUGO VAN DER GOES 'PORTINARI ALTARPIECE'       
First Line: After a while the masters show the crucifixion
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Van Der Goes, Hugo


HUGO VAN DER GOES 'PORTINARI ALTARPIECE'       
First Line: After a while the masters show the crucifixion
Last Line: Is the small radioactive planet men call earth
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Paintings And Painters; Van Der Goes, Hugo


HUNT IN THE BLACK FOREST       
First Line: After the door shuts and the footsteps die
Last Line: Are blurred into one face: a child's set face


ICEBERG       
First Line: The pressure as it crushes gags the moan


IN A HOSPITAL GARDEN       
First Line: Through a hospital window


IN GALLERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The guard has a right to despair. He stands by god
Subject(s): Museums; Sculpture & Sculptors; Art Gallerys


IN GALLERIES       
First Line: The guard has a right to despair. He stands by god
Last Line: A quarter's worth of nickel and aluminum
Subject(s): Museums; Sculpture And Sculptors


IN MONTECITO       
First Line: In a fashionable suburb of santa barbara
Subject(s): California


IN MONTECITO       
First Line: In a fashionable suburb of santa barbara
Last Line: And greenie has gone into the greater monecito %that surrounds montecito like the echo of a scream
Subject(s): California


IN NATURE THERE IS NEITHER RIGHT NOR LEFT NOR WRONG       
First Line: Men are what they do, women are what they are


IN THE CAMP THERE WAS ONE ALIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Flakes pour to the black dead
Last Line: The footsteps die was he dies
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Concentration Camps; Shoah; Judaism


IN THE CAMP THERE WAS ONE ALIVE       
First Line: Flakes pour to the black dead
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


IN THE WARD: THE SACRED WOOD       
First Line: The trees rise from the darkness of the world


IN THOSE DAYS       
First Line: In those days - they were long ago -


INDIAN       
First Line: Among the shades and cries of the night


INDIAN MARKET IN MEXICO       
First Line: The bees are eating the candy


ISLAND       
First Line: While sun and sea - and I, and I -


ISLANDS       
First Line: Man, if I said once, I know


JACK       
First Line: The sky darkened watching you


JAN-38       
First Line: Ski-rails run down the sugar-loaf


JEROME    Poem Text    
First Line: Each day brings its toad, each night its dragon
Subject(s): Jerome, Saint (347-419)


JEROME       
First Line: Each day brings its toad, each night its dragon
Subject(s): Jerome, Saint (347-419)


JEWS AT HAIFA       
First Line: The freighter, gay with rust


JONAH    Poem Text    
First Line: As I lie here in the sun
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


JONAH       
First Line: As I lie here in the sun
Last Line: And also much cattle?'
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


KIRILOV ON A SKYSCRAPER, BLOOD FOR A STRANGER       
First Line: Something gnaws inside my head


KNIGHT, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL       
First Line: Cowhorn-crowned, shockheaded, cornshuck-bearded
Last Line: And the body underneath it says: I am
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Durer, Albrecht (1471-1528)


LA BELLE AU BOIS DORMANT       
First Line: She lies, her head beneath her knees


LABORATORY       
First Line: In the technician's thicket


LADY BATES       
First Line: The lightning of a summer %storm wakes, in her clay cave
Last Line: You're fast asleep, you're fast asleep


LAMENT OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IN ROME       
First Line: Very bitter were the sorrows


LE POETE CONTUMACE       
First Line: On the coast of armorica


LEARNERS       
First Line: When the planes come in all night, and the lights reach


LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: One winds through firs - their weeds are ferns
Last Line: The mote dances in a nature full of squirrels
Subject(s): Loss; World War Ii; Second World War


LEAVE       
First Line: One winds through firs - their weeds are ferns


LINES       
First Line: After the centers' naked files, the basic line
Last Line: The longest of their lives, the men are free
Subject(s): World War Ii


LITTLE POEM       
First Line: All night in the womb I heard the stories


LONDON       
First Line: The wind wore me north, london I left a year


LONELY MAN       
First Line: A cat sits on the pavement by the house
Last Line: To be a man; will find, soon, some especial %opening in a good firm for a former cat


LOSS       
First Line: Bird of the spray, the tree of bones


LOSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not dying: everybody died
Subject(s): Death; World War Ii; Dead, The; Second World War


LOSSES       
First Line: It was not dying: everybody died
Last Line: We are satisfied, if you are; but why did I die?'
Subject(s): Death; World War Ii


LOST CHILDREN       
First Line: Two little girls, one fair, one dark
Last Line: But the child keeps on playing, so I play


LOST LOVE       
First Line: When I woke up this morning


LOT IS VACANT STILL       


LOVE FOR ONE ORANGE       
First Line: Prokofiev's sick prince can't laugh


LOVE, IN ITS SEPARATE BEING       
First Line: Gropes for the stranger, the handling swarm


LULLABY       
First Line: For wars his life and half a world away
Last Line: And his dull torment mottles like a fly's %the lying amber of the histories


MACHINE-GUN       
First Line: The broken blood, the hunting flame


MAIL CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The letters always just evade the hand
Subject(s): Army Life; Postal Service; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen; Second World War


MAIL CALL       
First Line: The letters always just evade the hand
Last Line: The soldier simply wishes for his name
Subject(s): Army Life; Postal Service; World War Ii


MAN       
First Line: The cranes along the scaffoling are gorged


MAN IN MAJESTY       
First Line: He looks. Looks. Looks in rapture


MAN MEETS A WOMAN IN THE STREET       
First Line: Under the separated leaves of shade
Last Line: Be the same day, the day of my life
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Lorenz, Konrad (1903-1989); Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Schumann-heink, Ernestine (1861-1936); Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)


MARCHEN (GRIMM'S TALES)       
First Line: Listening, listening; it is never still
Last Line: But of our own hears, the realm of death -- %neither to rule nor die? To change, to change!
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


MEMO FROM THE DESK OF X       
First Line: Re: the question of poems
Last Line: The extinction of poems


MEMOIRS OF GLUCKEL OF HAMELN       
First Line: We are all children to the past


METAMORPHOSES       
First Line: Where I spat in the harbor the oranges were bobbing
Last Line: The sky is all black where the carrier's burning, %and the blood of the transports is red on the tid
Subject(s): War


METEORITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Star, that looked so long among the stones
Last Line: Breathe on me still, star, sister
Subject(s): Stars


METEORITE       
First Line: Star, that looked so long among the stones


MILLER       
First Line: On bank and brake the moonshine quakes


MOCKINGBIRD       
First Line: Look one way and the sun is going down
Last Line: So well that, for a minute in the moonlight, %which one's the mockingbird? Which one's the world?
Subject(s): Birds; Mockingbirds


MONEY       
First Line: I sit here eating mile-toast in my lap-robe


MOTHER, SAID THE CHILD       
First Line: Mother, said the child, the boughs all talk


MOVING       
First Line: Some of the sky is grey and some of it is white
Last Line: She hears her own heart and her cat's heart beating. %she holds the cat so close to her he pants


NESTUS GURLEY       
First Line: Sometimes waking, sometimes sleeping


NEW GEORGIA       
First Line: Sometimes as I woke, the branches beside the stars


NEWS       
First Line: Children, come to my knee


NEXT DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Moving from cheer to joy, from joy to all
Subject(s): Aging; Housewives; Middle Age; Wisdom


NEXT DAY       
First Line: Moving from cheer to joy, from joy to all
Last Line: Confused with my life, that is commonplace and solitary
Subject(s): Aging; Housewives; Middle Age; Wisdom


NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS       
First Line: In the arden apartments


NIGHT WITH LIONS       
First Line: When I was twelve we'd visit my aunt's friend


NOLLEKENS       
First Line: Old nollekens? No, little nollekens


NORTHERN SNOWS       
First Line: I miss my volley; walking back to serve


NOVEMBER GHOSTS       
First Line: The rain slants from the clouded light


NURSERY RHYME       
First Line: Here we are: bowl, the thousands


O MY NAME IT IS SAM HALL       
First Line: Three prisoners - the biggest black - %and their one guard stand


O WEARY MARINERS, HERE SHADED, FED       


OFFICERS' PRISON CAMP SEEN FROM A TROOP-TRAIN       
First Line: It is some school, brick, green, a sleepy hill
Subject(s): Prisons And Prisoners; World War Ii


OLD AND THE NEW MASTERS       
First Line: About suffering, about adoration, the old masters


OLD ORCHARD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST       


OLD POEMS       
First Line: I knew you once so well I know you still


OLD SONG       
First Line: A shoe that I forgot to tie


ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The rewarded porters opening their smiles
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM       
First Line: The rewarded porters opening their smiles
Last Line: And take from strangers their unmeant kisses
Subject(s): Railroads


ONE WHO WAS DIFFERENT       
First Line: Twice you have been around the world


ORIENT EXPRESS       
First Line: One looks from the train
Last Line: Behind everything there is always %the unknown unwanted life
Subject(s): Railroads


OVER THE FLORID CAPITALS       
First Line: Up midnight's staring sky


OVERTURE: THE HOSTAGES       
First Line: The teacher, the preacher, my mother, a mouse


OWL'S BEDTIME STORY       
First Line: There was once upon a time a little owl
Subject(s): Friendship


PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT EVERYTHING       
First Line: We lie like the gods


PERFECTLY FREE ASSOCIATION       
First Line: The torn-up newspaper


PILOT FROM THE CARRIER       
First Line: Strapped at the center of the blazing wheel
Last Line: Shining as the fragile sun-marked plane %that grows to him, rubbed silver tipped with flame
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii


PILOTS, MAN YOUR PLANES    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn; and the jew's-harp's sawing seesaw song
Subject(s): Air Warfare


PILOTS, MAN YOUR PLANES       
First Line: Dawn; and the jew's-harp's sawing seesaw song
Subject(s): Air Warfare


PLAYER PIANO       
First Line: I ate pancakes one night in a pancake house
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Nostalgia; Pianos


POEM       
First Line: There I was, here I am: a foot in the air


POEM FOR SOMEONE KILLED IN SPAIN       
First Line: Though oars are breaking the breathless gaze
Last Line: With the songs of the world where no one dies
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


PORT OF EMBARKATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Freedom, farewell! Or so the soldiers say
Last Line: The slow lives sank from being like a dream?
Subject(s): Soldiers; Freedom; World War Ii; Liberty; Second World War


PORT OF EMBARKATION       
First Line: Freedom, farewell! Or so the soldiers say
Last Line: The slow lives sank from being like a dream?


PRAYER AT MORNING       
First Line: Cold, slow, silent, but returning, after so many hours


PRINCESS WAKES IN THE WOOD       
First Line: It darkened; I was cold


PRISONERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the wires of the post, unloading the cans of garbage
Subject(s): War


PRISONERS       
First Line: Within the wires of the post, unloading the cans of garbage
Subject(s): War


PROLOGUE TO WILEY ON NOVEMBER 17, 1941       
First Line: Welcome, deep wiley! From the sylvan dells


PROTOCOLS (BIRKENAU, ODESSA; THE CHILDREN SPEAK ALTERNATELY)    Poem Text    
First Line: We went there on the train. They had big barges that towed
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Odessa, Ukraine; Shoah; Judaism


PROTOCOLS (BIRKENAU, ODESSA; THE CHILDREN SPEAK ALTERNATELY)       
First Line: We went there on the train. They had big barges that towed
Last Line: And that is how you die. And that is how you die
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Odessa, Ukraine


QUILT-PATTERN       
First Line: The blocked-out tree


RABBIT HURRIES TO THE BRIM OF ITS WOOD       


RANDALL JARRELL, OFFICE HOURS 10-11    Poem Text    
First Line: Come back and you will find me just the same
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


RANDALL JARRELL, OFFICE HOURS 10-11       
First Line: Come back and you will find me just the same
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


RANGE IN THE DESERT       
First Line: Where the lizard ran to its little prey
Last Line: The lizard's tongue licks angrily %the shattered membranes of the fly
Subject(s): World War Ii


REFUGEES       
First Line: In the shabby train no seat is vacant
Subject(s): Refugees


RHAPSODY ON IRISH THEMES       
First Line: At six in the morning you scratched at my porthole


RISING SUN       
First Line: The card-house over the fault


ROMANCE OF SCIENCE       
First Line: The man remembers from the tales the rocket


SAY GOODBYE TO BIG DADDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Big daddy lipscomb, who used to help them up
Subject(s): Football; Lipscomb, Eugene ('big Daddy'); Sports


SAY GOODBYE TO BIG DADDY       
First Line: Big daddy lipscomb, who used to help them up
Last Line: The world won't be the same without big daddy %or else it will be
Subject(s): Football; Lipscomb, Eugene ("big Daddy"); Sports


SCHERZO       
First Line: To sit on a chair, to eat from a table


SCHOOL OF SUMMER       
First Line: Out somewhere in the middle of the crickets


SEARS ROEBUCK       
First Line: A passing cyclist winks; well, let her, let her


SECOND AIR FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Far off, above the plain the summer dries
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Army Life; Death; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Dead, The; Second World War


SECOND AIR FORCE       
First Line: Far off, above the plain the summer dries
Last Line: But for them the bombers answer everything
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Army Life; Death; World War Ii


SEDUCTIVE PIECE OF BUSINESS       
First Line: When at the end of don pasquale


SEE-ER OF CITIES       
First Line: When the train whistles, it wants to say


SEELE IN RAUM    Poem Text    
First Line: It sat between my husband and my children
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


SEELE IN RAUM       
First Line: It sat between my husband and my children
Last Line: Rich with a kind of longing satisfaction: %'to own an eland ! That's what I call life!'
Subject(s): Insanity


SICK CHILD       
First Line: The postman comes when I am still in bed
Last Line: All that I've never thought of - think of me!


SICK NOUGHT       
First Line: Do the wife and baby travelling to see


SIEGFRIED       
First Line: In the turret's great glass dome, the apparition, death
Last Line: Your world at last: you have tasted your own blood


SIGN       
First Line: Having eaten their mackerel, drunk their milk


SKATERS       
First Line: I stood among my sheep


SLEEPING BEAUTY: VARIATION OF THE PRINCE       
First Line: After the thorns I came to the first page
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SNOW-LEOPARD       
First Line: His pads furring the scarp's rime
Last Line: At all that he is: the heart of heartlessness
Subject(s): Leopards


SOLDIER (T.P.)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the runner's whistle lights the last miles of darkness
Subject(s): Army Life; War; Drills & Minor Tactics


SOLDIER (T.P.)       
First Line: When the runner's whistle lights the last miles of darkness
Last Line: As the leaf chars or is kindled; as the bough burns
Subject(s): Army Life; War


SOLDIER WALKS UNDER THE TREES OF THE UNIVERSITY       
First Line: The walls have been shaded for so many years
Subject(s): War


SONG: NOT THERE       
First Line: I went to the cupboard, I opened the door


SOUL       
First Line: It is evening. One bat dances
Last Line: Many times I had thought thee lost, %my poor soul, forever
Subject(s): Soul


SPHINX'S RIDDLE TO OEDIPUS       
First Line: Not to have guessed is better: what is, ends


STALAG LUFT       
First Line: In the yard, by the house of boxes


STATE       
First Line: When they killed my mother it made me nervous
Last Line: Now there's nothing. I'm dead, and I want to die


STORY       
First Line: Even from the train the hill looked empty


STREET HAS CHANGED       
First Line: In the city that ruled me


STREET OFF SUNSET       
First Line: Sometimes as I drive by the factory


SUBWAY FROM NEW BRITAIN TO THE BRONX       
First Line: Under the orchid, blooming as it bloomed


SUMMER NIGHT       
First Line: In the room, our old room, barred with moolight


SURVIVOR AMONG GRAVES       
First Line: There are fields beyond. The world there obeys


TERMS    Poem Text    
First Line: One-armed, one-legged, and one-headed
Last Line: But he says softly: “I am a man”
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


TERMS       
First Line: One-armed, one-legged, and one-headed


THE ANGELS AT HAMBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: In caves emptied of their workers, turning
Last Line: Rides over his city like a star
Subject(s): Hamburg, Germany; Bombs; World War Ii - Germany


THE AUGSBURG ADORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mozart, goethe, and the duke of wellington
Subject(s): Augsburg, Germany


THE BIRD OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A shadow is floating through the moonlight
Subject(s): Animals


THE BLACK SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When the swans turned my sister into a swan
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


THE BLIND MAN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I am blind, you out there. That is a curse
Last Line: And that tempts one to show mercy
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


THE BLIND SHEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The sheep is blind; a passing owl
Subject(s): Blindness; Sheep; Visually Handicapped


THE BREATH OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon rises. The red cubs rolling
Last Line: That we were unwilling to trade for this?
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


THE CHIPMUNK'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In and out the bushes, up the ivy
Subject(s): Animals; Chipmunks


THE CLOCK IN THE TOWER OF THE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: How patient man is in his time
Subject(s): Middle Ages; Millenium; Second Advent; Medieval History; Medieval Civilization; Medieval Literature; Second Coming Of Christ


THE DEAD WINGMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Seen on the sea, no sign; no sign, no sign
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


THE DEATH OF THE BALL TURRET GUNNER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From my mother's sleep I fell into the state
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Second World War


THE DREAM OF WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Something is there. And teacher here at home
Last Line: His life and their death: oh morning, morning
Subject(s): War; Death; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


THE EMANCIPATORS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you ground the lenses and the moons swam free
Subject(s): War


THE FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not good any more, not beautiful
Last Line: It is terrible to be alive
Subject(s): Aging; Memory; Self


THE HAPPY CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat's asleep; I whisper kitten
Last Line: Men aren't happy. Why are you?
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE KING'S HUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: After the door shuts, and the footsteps die
Last Line: And blurred into one face: a child's set face
Subject(s): Hunting


THE KNIGHT, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Cowhorn-crowned, shockheaded, cornshuck-bearded
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Durer, Albrecht (1471-1528)


THE LEARNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the planes come in all night, and the lights reach, wavering
Last Line: This is your world now, ghosts, have you learned anything?
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: After the centers' naked files, the basic line
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE LONELY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Cat sits on the pavement by the house, a
Last Line: Opening in a good firm for a former cat
Subject(s): Cats; Solitude


THE LOST CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two little girls, one fair, one dark
Last Line: But the child keeps on playing, so I play
Subject(s): Death - Children; Girls; Death - Babies


THE LOST WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: On my way home I pass a cameraman
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Children; Movies; Cinema; Childhood


THE MARCHEN (GRIMM'S TALES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Listening, listening; it is never still
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THE METAMORPHOSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I spat in the harbor the oranges were bobbing
Subject(s): War


THE MOCKINGBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Look one way and the sun is going down
Subject(s): Birds; Mockingbirds


THE OLD AND THE NEW MASTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: About suffering, about adoration, the old masters
Last Line: Is the small radioactive planet men called earth
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Nativity


THE OLIVE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: He went up under the gray leaves
Last Line: And shut from their own mothers' hearts
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


THE ONE WHO WAS DIFFERENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Twice you have been around the world
Last Line: Woman, that is
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Travel; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Journeys; Trips


THE ORIENT EXPRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: One looks from the train
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE OWL'S BEDTIME STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There was once upon a time a little owl
Last Line: A friend to play with,if, now, you will fly
Subject(s): Friendship; Owls


THE PLAYER PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: I ate pancakes one night in a pancake house
Last Line: Plays itself out a half-inch from my fingers
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Nostalgia; Pianos


THE PRINCESS WAKES IN THE WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: It darkened; I was cold
Last Line: In thee all these – all these, and I, are one
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE RANGE IN THE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the lizard ran to its little prey
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE REFUGEES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shabby train no seat is vacant
Subject(s): Refugees


THE SICK NOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Do the wife and baby travelling to see
Last Line: This was our peace, this was our war
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: VARIATION OF THE PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After the thorns I came to the first page
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THE SNOW-LEOPARD    Poem Text    
First Line: His pads furring the scarp's rime
Subject(s): Leopards


THE SOLDIER WALKS UNDER THE TREES OF THE UNIVERSITY       
First Line: The walls have been shaded for so many years
Last Line: And the blood is black upon the unturned leaves
Subject(s): War


THE SURVIVOR AMONG GRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are fields beyond. The world there obeys
Last Line: That we are waiting; that we are waiting
Subject(s): Survival; War; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


THE TRAVELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: As she rides to the station
Last Line: She gives no answer
Subject(s): Railroad Stations; Money; Terrorism


THE WAYS AND THE PEOPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: What does the storm say? What the trees wish
Last Line: Who is dying and glass on her marvelous bier
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE WOMAN AT THE WASHINGTON ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The saris go by me from the embassies
Subject(s): Identity; Zoos


THERE WAS GLASS AND THERE ARE STARS       
First Line: Whether one walks around the hill, or over


THINKING OF THE LOST WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This spoonful of chocolate tapioca
Last Line: Nothing: nothing for which there's no reward
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Los Angeles, California


THINKING OF THE LOST WORLD       
First Line: This spoonful of chocolate tapioca
Last Line: Nothing: the nothing for which there's no reward


THREE BILLS       
First Line: Once at the plaza, looking out into the park


TIME AND THE THING-IN-ITSELF IN A TEXTBOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I read it quickly: all the old clich??S
Last Line: As though – as though the fish, at least, were rotten
Subject(s): Academia


TIME AND THE THING-IN-ITSELF IN A TEXTBOOK       
First Line: I read it quickly: all the old cliches


TIMES WORSEN       
First Line: If sixteen shadows flapping on the line


TO BE DEAD       
First Line: Woman, men say of him, and women


TO THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: In that bad year and city of your birth


TO THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: The leaves are struck and dance, the bird is shown


TOURIST FROM SYRACUSE       
First Line: You would not recognize me
Last Line: You must not hope to arrive


TOWER       
First Line: He runs his eyes out idly, sliding


TRANSIENT BARRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer. Sunset. Someone is playing
Last Line: And the thing about it is, it's real
Subject(s): Army Life; Homecoming; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


TRANSIENT BARRACKS       
First Line: Summer. Sunset. Someone is playing
Last Line: And the thing about it is, it's real
Subject(s): Army Life; Homecoming; World War Ii


TRAVELER       
First Line: As she rides to the station


TREE       
First Line: When I looked at the tree the bough was still shaking


TREES IN SPRING       
First Line: We looked at the hawthorn with the helpless joy


TRUTH       
First Line: When I was four my father went to scotland


UP IN THE SKY THE STAR IS WAITING       
First Line: On a range in the night of the sea


UTOPIAN JOURNEY       
First Line: In a minute the doctor will find out what is wrong
Variant Title(s): The Long Vacatio
Subject(s): Sickness


VARIATIONS       
First Line: I lived with mr. Punch, they said my name was judy
Last Line: Man is the judgment of the world


VENETIAN BLIND       
First Line: It is the first day of the world


WAR       
First Line: There set out, slowly, for a different world
Last Line: You can't break eggs without making an omelette %that's what they tell the eggs
Subject(s): World War Ii


WARD IN THE STATES       
First Line: The ward is barred with moonlight


WASHING       
First Line: On days like these


WAYS AND THE PEOPLES       
First Line: What does the storm say? What the trees wish


WELL WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: What a girl called 'the dailiness of life'
Subject(s): Rivers; Wells


WELL WATER       
First Line: What a girl called 'the dailiness of life'
Last Line: And gulp from them the dailiness of life
Subject(s): Rivers; Wells


WELL-TO-DO INVALID       
First Line: When you first introduced me to your nurse


WHAN I WAS HOME LAST CHRISTMAS       


WHAT'S THE RIDDLE       
First Line: What's the riddle that they ask you


WHAT'S THE RIDDLE THEY ASK YOU?    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: I don't know
Subject(s): Riddles


WHEN ACHILLES FOUGHT AND FELL       


WHEN I WAS HOME LAST CHRISTMAS       


WHEN YOU AND I WERE ALL       
First Line: Time held his trembling hand


WIDE PROSPECT       
First Line: Who could have figured, when the harness improved


WILD BIRDS       
First Line: In the clear atmosphere


WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Quarried from snow, the dark walks lead to doors
Last Line: It moves so slowly that it does not move
Subject(s): Winter; Solitude


WINDOWS       
First Line: Quarried from snow, the dark walks lead to doors


WINTER'S TALE       
First Line: The storm rehearses through the bewildered fields


WOMAN       
First Line: All things become thee, being thine, I think sometimes
Last Line: At morning bring me, grayer for its mirroring, %the heavens' sun perfected in your eyes


WOMAN AT THE WASHINGTON ZOO       
First Line: The saris go by me from the embassies
Last Line: You see what I am: change me, change me!
Subject(s): Identity; Zoos


WOMEN ON A BUS       
First Line: These sacks of flesh piled in a pile


X-RAY WAITING ROOM IN THE HOSPITAL       
First Line: I am dressed in my big shoes and wrinkled socks


YARD       
First Line: I want...I want a ship from some near star
Last Line: To land in the yard
Subject(s): Language


ZENO       
First Line: The swallows' twisting southward-turning flock