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Author: JOHNSON, DENIS
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Johnson, Denis    Poet's Biography
151 poems available by this author


20-APR-69       
First Line: When I think that I am watching
Last Line: Are disapperng toward their dinners


A POEM ABOUT BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: For years the scenes bustled
Last Line: And I might strike out
Subject(s): Baseball


AFTER MAYAKOVSKY       
First Line: It's after one. You're probably alone
Last Line: I swear you'll never see my face again


ALL-NIGHT DINERS    Poem Text    
First Line: At another table, some south americans are singing
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


ALL-NIGHT DINERS       
First Line: At another table, some south americans are singing
Last Line: Can be shared but not this survival
Subject(s): Restaurants


BASEMENT       
First Line: Last night I dreamed
Last Line: Who will never walk again


BEHIND OUR HOUSE       
First Line: The cedar mapped with water and hung with rain
Last Line: Dark on the day, help me


BLESSING       
First Line: Christ by the dumpster peeling and tossing
Last Line: The laughter spilling from our broken necklaces


BOARDING       
First Line: One of these days under the white
Last Line: These days, my god, jesus christ, %I'm telling you out of my soul


BOY AGED SIX REMEMBERING       
First Line: This has been a
Last Line: Often composed of memories


CABINET MEMBER       
First Line: Wake up %in the mornng: a critical
Last Line: I had something in my hands


CALIFORNIA       
First Line: Drove south two days ago
Last Line: And you get drunk, and your scars are dancing


CHECKING THE TRAPS       
First Line: Morning %the door opening, changing
Last Line: Closing the door


CHILD IS BORN IN THE MIDWEST       
First Line: As I look on your struggle I remember
Last Line: Could the womb contain your loneliness


CIRCLE       
First Line: I passed a helicopter
Last Line: And involve me forever in their grief


COMING OF AGE       
First Line: Outside the spring
Last Line: High music encounters %us before %it begins, and we are dancing


COMMUTING       
First Line: We understand well that we must hold
Last Line: And weight, the heart's cinder %turning over


CONFESSION OF ST. JIM-RALPH       
First Line: I used to sneak into the movies without paying
Last Line: These things speak the clear promise of heaven


CONSEQUENCE OF GRAVITY       
First Line: My wife's voice yelling from
Last Line: I will never touch her, hold her


CROSSING OVER THE ICE       
First Line: I should have brought
Last Line: Of downward flight under an expanse of snow


CROW       
First Line: Crow shines on a dead branch that may have
Last Line: For transgressions we made in ignorance


DRINK       
First Line: When I woke up this morning
Last Line: With the wine of next summer


DRIVING TOWARD WINTER       
First Line: Miraculously %there is the sun, coming back
Last Line: Distinguished movements of an unusual fish


DRUNK IN THE DEPOT       
First Line: Drunk here in the railway depot
Last Line: To get them. It should have been %night, and it is


DRY DRY LAND. HERE       
Last Line: The land, its dry infinitude


EMPLOYMENT IN THE SMALL BOOKSTORE       
First Line: The dust almost motionless
Last Line: And now that is all over


ENOUGH       
First Line: The terminal flopped out
Last Line: It takes to leave home and then go back again


EVENING WITH THE EVENING       
First Line: The night is very tall
Last Line: That precedes him, darkness of which he is he center


FALLING       
First Line: There is a part
Last Line: This first last line in weeks


FEET       
First Line: Obedient to the laws of meat we walk
Last Line: My name is james man %life sentence


FLAMES       
First Line: In 1972 I crossed kansas on a bus
Last Line: Of love and failure making %a speechless church out of your dark %and invisible face


FOR JANE       
First Line: At left, with a net, in a light
Last Line: Of these words to be those things


FOR THE DEATH OF THE OLD WOMAN       
First Line: One after another along
Last Line: By themselves, can you walk on them


FROM A BERKELEY NOTEBOOK       
First Line: One changes so much
Last Line: Rain like mist, among the pines


GLIMPSED OLD WOMAN IN THE SUPERMARKET       
First Line: From the sidewalk I can see her
Last Line: Your trembling delicate loins


GRAY DAY IN MIAMI       
First Line: Our love has been
Last Line: Gull ocean trembling its boats


GROCERY ON VENICE BEACH       
First Line: Thank you salesperson I see your heart
Last Line: Of malibu the cold %small lights


HEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in the electric dusk your naked lover
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


HEAT       
First Line: Here in the electric dusk your naked lover
Last Line: The bogus moon of tenderness and magic %you hold out to each prisoner like a cup of light?
Subject(s): Music, Rock


HEAVENS       
First Line: From mind to mind
Last Line: Like the drowned out of our shirts
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


HONOR       
First Line: At a party in a spanish kind of tiled house
Last Line: In barrooms before a vast audience of the dead
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


IN A LIGHT OF OTHER LIVES       
First Line: It's raining, and the streetlights on the wet
Last Line: It is the examiner who is a fist


IN A RENTED ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a good dream, even if the falling is
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


IN A RENTED ROOM       
First Line: This is a good dream, even if the falling is
Last Line: Darknesses before I strike the correct sleep, and dream
Subject(s): Hotels


IN PRAISE OF DISTANCES       
First Line: As the winter slips up under
Last Line: Will never be sorted out


INCOGNITO LOUNGE       
First Line: The manager lady of this
Last Line: And were married to a deep %comprehension and terror
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


INNER WEATHER       
First Line: This is the middle of the night
Last Line: Of the weather, that something falling burns on them


IOWA CITY       
First Line: The stifled musk of wood beneath linoleum
Last Line: In a silence and in a tiny souvenir


KILLED IN THE WAR I DIDN'T GO TO       
First Line: I have seen you walking out
Last Line: And fishes in my eyes and my feet moving through the world


LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The sounds of traffic
Last Line: It shines so
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentary


LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW POEM       
First Line: The sounds of traffic
Last Line: With some lubricant %it shines so


MAN AMONG THE SEALS       
First Line: At night here in the park it is different
Last Line: Under balloons through the lighted park


MAN WHO WAS KILLED       
First Line: Whatever the wind says that divides
Last Line: Through the rain, dreaming after his life


MINUTES       
First Line: You and I - we agitate
Last Line: Suffering without end


MONK'S INSOMNIA       
First Line: The monastery is quiet. Seconal
Last Line: Flying in their airplanes in the dark


MOURNING IN THE HALLWAY       
First Line: My neighbor's voice occurs within the hall, sadly
Last Line: Away with, I leap to hold my own son


MOVIE WITHIN A MOVIE       
First Line: In august the steamy saliva of the streets of the sea
Last Line: For now they are in another world


NIGHT       
First Line: I am looking out over
Last Line: Life. I am desolate. %what is happening to me


NOW       
First Line: Whatever the foghorns are
Last Line: I am what it says


NUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: My luck has been so all but
Last Line: Soft skin could be managed?
Subject(s): Desire


NUDE       
First Line: My luck has been so all but
Last Line: Soft skin could be managed


OCEAN AND WILSHIRE       
First Line: The jogging women
Last Line: While you prayed


ON A BUSY STREET A MAN WALKS BEHIND A WOMAN       
First Line: There is the chance that you will step
Last Line: Do it, I didn't do it


ON THE MORNING OF A WEDDING       
First Line: At the barber
Last Line: When he kills me


ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA       
First Line: Stranger, to one like you
Last Line: Already stupefied, toward oblivion


ORCHARD       
First Line: I was a child
Last Line: Nothing -- a trick of twilight, wind, and flowers


OTHER AGE       
First Line: A petal dripping off a dead flower, dew on the benches, a dead shoe
Last Line: And they are afraid


OUR SADNESS       
First Line: There's a sadness about looking back when you get to the end
Last Line: They'll have %sadness, sadness, sadness


OUT THERE WHERE THE MORNING       
First Line: Out there where the morning
Last Line: As it grinds and echoes against the metal


PALO ALTO       
First Line: Ever day I have to learn more about shame
Last Line: And we told one another we ought to be ashamed


PASSENGERS       
First Line: The world will burst like an intestine in the sun,
Last Line: Over my life, and I will never die.


PAST       
First Line: I will always love you
Last Line: I'll be wounded along scars


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: There was something I can't bring myself


POEM       
First Line: Loving you is every bit as fine
Last Line: Of light the speed of light the speed of light


POEM       
First Line: There was something I can't bring myself
Last Line: I pulled to the side of the road and wrote this poem
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


POEM ABOUT BASEBALLS       
First Line: For years the scenes bustled
Last Line: And I might strike out


POEM QUESTIONING THE EXISTENCE OF THE SEA       
First Line: In exactly the same
Last Line: Rain over this desert


PRAYER: THAT WE MAY BE GIVEN THIS DAY THE USUAL BUSINESS       
First Line: Some days the automobiles are smiling
Last Line: Driven by bright fire


PRAYERS OF THE INSANE       
First Line: The crocuses are all closed up; the spring is cold
Last Line: I bow my head to pray, and they are what I see


PROPOSAL       
First Line: The early inhabitants of this continent
Last Line: In the danger that carries us like a mother


QUICKLY AGING HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing to drink in
Last Line: South, into the kitchen, into / nowhere?
Subject(s): Middle Age


QUICKLY AGING HERE       
First Line: Nothing to drink in
Last Line: South, into he kitchen, into %nowhere


RADIO       
First Line: He bears a rakish feather
Last Line: I am only beginning to understand %whose orphanhood, whose tears


RED DARKNESS       
First Line: Endeavor is that of seeking to be understood
Last Line: That I shall not have to suffer any change


RETIREMENT       
First Line: I would like to be just an old man with my gin
Last Line: Very drunk, when I did not lie to you


RISEN       
First Line: How sad, how beautiful
Last Line: The angels stand up inside themselves


ROCKEFELLER COLLECTION OF PRIMITIVE ART       
First Line: Solter my neighbor rocks his lover through the human night
Last Line: Why can't I imagine this
Subject(s): Art And Artists


SAINT       
First Line: I'm drinking tea, looking out over santa monica
Last Line: All around it, and organizations weeping


SKEWBALD HORSE       
First Line: I wish to tell about a time
Last Line: Oh, it was summer! But it was dusk


SOMEONE THEY AREN'T       
First Line: Of all the movies that have made me sweat
Last Line: Someone to make them feel betrayed one more time


SONG       
First Line: The small, high wailing
Last Line: By our lives of failure, %spent looking everywhere %for someone to say these words


SONNETS CALLED ON THE SACREDNESS       
First Line: Close by the jerkwater rancheros tonight, the round
Last Line: The boy in the cub scout uniform settles down and eats


SPACEMAN TOM AND COMMANDER JOE       
First Line: I will never be his father. He will never be my son
Last Line: You are my father. I am your son


SPECTACLE       
First Line: In every house
Last Line: Stranger %oh! Stranger


SPRING       
First Line: By now even the ground
Last Line: Moving in his own shadow against the next


STORY       
First Line: Dunking one %adjacent a disturbed
Last Line: I will know by these signs


STORY       
First Line: Dunking one
Last Line: I will seek these things, %I will know by these signs


STREET SCENE       
First Line: Everything is water
Last Line: Surface over the falling deep, only water


STUDENTS       
First Line: They hold out their hands crushed
Last Line: She feels as though she begins, now, to fly


SUPERMARKETS OF LOS ANGELES       
First Line: The supermarkets
Last Line: What mouths are saying


SURREPTITIOUS KISSING    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to say that
Last Line: Holding us up now
Subject(s): Desire


SURREPTITIOUS KISSING       
First Line: I want to say that
Last Line: Holding us up to now


SURVIVORS       
First Line: Yes, it slips down to this time, dissolves
Last Line: Of graves with no one in them


SWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I find you will no longer love
Last Line: And ends I did not know who she was
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


SWAY       
First Line: Since I find you will no longer love,
Last Line: And ends I did not know who she was.


TALKING RICHARD WILSON BLUES, BY RICHARD CLAY WILSON    Poem Text    
First Line: You might as well take a razor
Last Line: Ultrahigh frequency station. And it goes like this
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Male-female Relationships


TALKING RICHARD WILSON BLUES, BY RICHARD CLAY WILSON       
First Line: You might as well take a razor
Last Line: Ultrahigh frequency station. And it goes like this


TELLING THE HOUR       
First Line: If you want to know
Last Line: Have I killed an animal'


TEN MONTHS AFTER TURNING THIRTY       
First Line: We've been to see a movie, a rotten one
Last Line: Of jerusalem knowing things we never learned


THE BOARDING    Poem Text    
First Line: One of these days under the white
Last Line: Iím telling you out of my soul
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentary


THE CONFESSION OF ST. JIM-RALPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to sneak into the movies without paying
Last Line: These things speak the clear promise of heaven
Subject(s): Heroism; Travel; Crime & Criminals; Death; Soldiers; Heroes; Heroines; Journeys; Trips; Dead, The


THE FLAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1972 I crossed kansas on a bus
Last Line: A speechless church out of your dark / and invisible face
Subject(s): Buses; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE HEAVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: From mind to mind
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE HONOR    Poem Text    
First Line: At a party in a spanish kind of tiled house
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE INCOGNITO LOUNGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The manager lady of this
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


THE ROCKEFELLER COLLECTION OF PRIMITIVE ART       
First Line: Solter my neighbor rocks his lover through the human night
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dunking one
Last Line: I will know by these signs
Subject(s): Reality


THE WHITE FIRES OF VENUS    Poem Text    
First Line: We mourn this senseless planet of regret
Last Line: Of the person one meant to become
Subject(s): Aliens; Extraterrestrials


THE WORDS OF A TOAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The man wants to make love to the crippled man's sister
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THERE ARE TRAINS WHICH WILL NOT BE MISSED       
First Line: They tell you if you write great poems
Last Line: Distances deliberately like a train


THIS IS THURSDAY. YOUR EXAM WAS TUESDAY'       
First Line: It is a fine, beautiful
Last Line: That has nourished me


THRONE OF THIRD HEAVEN OF NATIONS MILLENNIUM GEN. ASSEMBLY       
First Line: I dreamed I had been dreaming
Last Line: And I command you not to fear


TO ENTER AGAIN       
First Line: For the first few instants in
Last Line: Toward us, toward our distant perfection


TOMORROW       
First Line: I take
Last Line: That the weather tomorrow in %the mountains will be unprecedented


TRAVELING       
First Line: When I was waiting for a haircut at joe's
Last Line: In the chair said 'he can't hear a word of nothing'


TWO       
First Line: The airplane is like silver
Last Line: Contained, but coming, going


ULYSSES       
First Line: The hull of the knife and the surf
Last Line: And the archipelago %of the mirror


UPON WAKING       
First Line: At the far edge of earth, night
Last Line: Has come to peace in this new room


VEIL       
First Line: When the tide lay under the clouds
Last Line: And you'd know. You would know goddamn it. And never be able to say


VESPERS       
First Line: The towels rot and disgust me on this damp
Last Line: Memory and peace -- the grip of chaos


VICTORY       
First Line: The woman whose face has just finished breaking
Last Line: Only face, this time, again, I haved not won


VIETNAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I bought a pair of ray bans from the devil
Last Line: And I'm still laughin
Subject(s): Vietnam


VISITS       
First Line: Today, carl and I took
Last Line: I just want you to smell the rain %on this straw


WHAT THIS WINDOW OPENS ON       
First Line: Several of those faces on the avenue
Last Line: What the voices must mean when they are singing


WHERE THE FAILED GODS ARE DRINKING       
First Line: Virgin stranded on the tennis court
Last Line: And the trees too are beautiful and dead


WHITE FIRES OF VENUS       
First Line: We mourn this senseless planet of regret
Last Line: Of the person one meant to become


WHITE, WHITE COLLARS    Poem Text    
First Line: We work in this building and we are hideous
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


WHITE, WHITE COLLARS       
First Line: We work in this building and we are hideous
Last Line: And break, and I see my previous lives
Subject(s): Office Employees


WHY I MIGHT GO TO THE NEXT FOOTBALL GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes you know
Last Line: Was wide open! The end was wide open . . .
Subject(s): Youth; Love - Beginnings


WHY I MIGHT GO TO THE NEXT FOOTBALL GAME       
First Line: Sometimes you know
Last Line: Was wide open! The end was wide open


WILLITS, CALIFORNIA       
First Line: Meadows that wreck with a solitude
Last Line: Waiting under the beautiful eyes of billboards


WINTER       
First Line: On the streets, which have gutters
Last Line: There! Emphasizing on the tabletop


WOMAN       
First Line: There's nobody here
Last Line: The dark grows, and the time comes
Subject(s): Restaurants


WOMAN AT THE SLOT MACHINE       
First Line: If the children were not locked
Last Line: The radio, it's jack benny and he's playing %the violin


WOMAN IN THE MOON       
First Line: Who wouldn't have been afraid
Last Line: And nothing %will ever bring you back. %and nothing will ever get rid of you


WOMAN IS WALKING ALONE LATE AT NIGHT       
First Line: No one can know through what silence she moves. For long
Last Line: Was lost, gone to the air, was really gone


WORDS OF A TOAST       
First Line: The man wants to make love to the crippled man's sister
Last Line: What can I do for you but drink this glass of water?
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


WORKING OUTSIDE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon swells
Last Line: My heart just lies down, / a stone
Subject(s): Night; Nature; Bedtime


WORKING OUTSIDE AT NIGHT       
First Line: The moon swells
Last Line: My heart just lies down %a stone


YEAR'S FIRST SNOW       
First Line: Emptying into
Last Line: Has been descending


YOU       
First Line: You were as blind to me
Last Line: Not even if you came out %of a prison, and begged me