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Author: JOSEPH, LAWRENCE
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Joseph, Lawrence    Poet's Biography
94 poems available by this author


3-DEC-37       
First Line: Not in budapest beside the powerful dark danube


ABOUT THIS       
First Line: I surfaced from my reflections to see
Last Line: With high-flying clouds and white heat


ADMISSIONS AGAINST INTEREST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Taking my time, literal as I seemed, crazy
Last Line: But sell it cheaply to survive
Subject(s): Arab Americans; City & Town Life


ADMISSIONS AGAINST INTEREST       
First Line: Taking my time, literal as I seemed, crazy
Last Line: But sell it cheaply to survive


AFTER ALL       
First Line: The truth of knowing
Last Line: Gray velvet ricocheted %across the street


ALL DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: At four in the morning
Last Line: Into the sea
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Family Life; Thomas, Helen (1920-2013)


AN AWFUL LOT WAS HAPPENING    Poem Text    
First Line: When you come down to particulars everything's more complicated
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


ANY AND ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: You draw nearer to see her more closely
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Attorneys


ANY AND ALL       
First Line: You draw nearer to see her more closely
Last Line: Decide for him whether his clauses should be restrictive, %whether to replace every 'any' with 'all'
Subject(s): Law And Lawyers


AWFUL LOT WAS HAPPENING       
First Line: When you come down to particulars everything's more complicated
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


BEFORE OUR EYES       
First Line: The sky almost transparent, saturated
Last Line: Let's just keep to what's before our eyes


BETWEEN US    Poem Text    
First Line: What was his name?
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


BETWEEN US       
First Line: What was his name?
Last Line: Wasn't no future %praisin' jesus
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


BROODING       
First Line: How could I foresee
Last Line: A month-old baby %can't open his eyes


BY THE WAY       
First Line: What I saw was impossible


CURRICULUM VITAE    Poem Text    
First Line: I might have been born in beirut
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


CURRICULUM VITAE       
First Line: I might have been born in beirut
Last Line: I am as good as the unemployed %who wait in long lines for money
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


DO WHAT YOU CAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the church of I am she hears there is a time to heal
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


DO WHAT YOU CAN       
First Line: In the church of I am she hears there is a time to heal
Last Line: The judge, looking down, will smile and say, %'then do what you can.'
Subject(s): Cities


EVEN THE IDIOT MAKES DEALS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: On mack avenue the smell of hot iron closes your eyes
Last Line: She knows you'll put a coin into her waiting hand
Subject(s): Arab Americans; Detroit, Michigan


FACTORY RAT       
First Line: Hands of the west virginian who insists


FLAKE OF LIGHT MOVED       
First Line: Sunset, for a while
Last Line: Watched, as if hypnotized, and more, %much more, than that


FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the air was fog
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FOG       
First Line: All day the air was fog
Last Line: Through smokestacks %into air
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


GENERATION       
First Line: Matter smashed -- atomic age america --
Last Line: Human form over non-being


GREAT SOCIETY       
First Line: Where my mother prayed for my birth


HERE       
First Line: Pockets puffed with bottles,
Last Line: East of this wasteland, %where the towers smoke.


I HAD NO MORE TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I saw her
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


I HAD NO MORE TO SAY       
First Line: The last time I saw her
Last Line: Bus ride, nervousness, %the factory
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


I NOTE IN A NOTEBOOK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Pink sunlight, blue sky, snowed-upon january morning
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


I PAY THE PRICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Memory slipping more and more
Last Line: I pay the price
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Time


I PAY THE PRICE       
First Line: Memory slipping more and more


I'VE ALREADY SAID MORE THAT I SHOULD       
First Line: All that I now is that I know


IN A FIT OF MY OWN VIVIDNESS       
First Line: In a fit, you might say, of my own vividness
Last Line: Not tears! This discord enacts no measure


IN A MOOD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Less stupid than I seem, less
Last Line: Then what, and then again what, unfolded
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


IN IT, INTO IT, INSIDE IT, DOWN IN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: In it, into it, inside it, down in
Subject(s): Social Commentary


IN THE AGE OF POSTCAPITALISM        Recitation by Author
First Line: The disabled garment worker
Subject(s): Social Commentary


IN THE AGE OF POSTCAPITALISM       
First Line: The disabled garment worker %who explains to his daughter
Last Line: This october sixth, in new york city, %during the nineteen eighties


IN THE BEGINNING WAS LEBANON       


IN THE TENTH YEAR OF WAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I bend / over the machine. / heat
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


IN THE TENTH YEAR OF WAR       
First Line: I bend %over the machine. %heat
Last Line: I danced before the machine
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


IN THIS TIME       
First Line: When you don't understand yet


INCLINED TO SPEAK    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw that. One woman, her personality
Last Line: Inclined to speak only to those closest to us
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Truth


IS IT YOU?    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the giant magnet lifts
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


IS IT YOU?       
First Line: Where the giant magnet lifts
Last Line: Your blackest rib?
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


IT'S NOT ME SHOUTING AT NO ONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Before dawn, on the street again
Last Line: To be alone
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentary


IT'S NOT ME SHOUTING AT NO ONE       
First Line: Before dawn, on the street again


JUST THAT       
First Line: So that's it? Just that? No dream
Last Line: Part of my element, out of mind, in the flesh


LET US PRAY       
First Line: My name is lawrence joseph


LINES IMAGINED TRANSLATED INTO A FOREIGN LANGUAGE       
First Line: And then the logic of war
Last Line: Officially dismissed %the report as 'ridiculous.'


LONDON       
First Line: Aged malt whiskey and cigarettes


MAMA REMEMBERS       
First Line: I tried to do what I was told, made


MATERIAL FACTS       
First Line: On the j train, a gun swung
Last Line: On a corner in chinatown


MOVEMENT IN THE DISTANCE IS LARGER UP CLOSE       
First Line: Apart from that, the sun came around
Last Line: On the avenue. Precisely. Where we ought to be


MY EYES ARE BLACK AS HERS       
First Line: Much did he see. Slowly


MY GRANDMA WEIGHED ALMOST NOTHING       
First Line: It was that april morning that the weight


NOT YET       
First Line: When my father breathed


NOTHING AND NO ONE AND NOWHERE TO GO    Poem Text    
First Line: I've laughed before no one
Last Line: And nowhere to go
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


NOTHING AND NO ONE AND NOWHERE TO GO       
First Line: I've laughed before no one
Last Line: And nowhere to go
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


NOW EVENING COMES FAST FROM THE SEA       
First Line: The east river looks as black
Last Line: Now evening comes fast from the sea


OCCIDENT-ORIENT EXPRESS       
First Line: East and west, converged expression
Last Line: Set perpendicular into the earth


ON NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To proceed: whether results are evident
Last Line: Her husband drowsing in a chair?
Subject(s): Nature; Social Commentary


ON NATURE       
First Line: To proceed: whether results are evident


ON THAT SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: April and may. There, very near
Last Line: A memory so vivid, I close my eyes
Subject(s): Time; Memory


ONCE AGAIN        Recitation by Author


OUT OF THE BLUE       
First Line: Not that we lacked experience
Last Line: Disappearing %in a crevice in the sky


OVER DARKENING GOLD       
First Line: So here we are. Thieves stealing from thieves
Last Line: Formed over gold, over darkening gold


PARTICULAR EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE       
First Line: Awakened by your body, in the first place
Last Line: Contradicted, doubtlessly raving


RUBAIYAT       
First Line: All the stories about killing, burned bones, the smoke


SAND NIGGER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the house in detroit
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Cities; Detroit, Michigan; Dissenters; Exiles; Lebanon; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts; Urban Life


SAND NIGGER       
First Line: In the house in detroit
Last Line: With cousin and brother %against the stranger
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Cities; Detroit, Michigan; Dissenters; Exiles; Lebanon; Marginality, Social


SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION (1)       
First Line: A manic sense of the economic
Last Line: Without any inner disputation


SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION (2)       
First Line: So no self-centered anarchism
Last Line: Without any inner dispute


SOME SORT OF CHRONICLER I AM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Some sort of chronicler I am, mixing
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SOME SORT OF CHRONICLER I AM       
First Line: Some sort of chronicler I am, mixing
Last Line: From now on it's every man for himself


STOP ME IF I'VE TOLD YOU       
First Line: That year, too, was finished


THAT TOO    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A long walk up west street along the piers
Last Line: The blues and greens fired by crimson are the sea
Subject(s): Relationships


THAT'S ALL       
First Line: I work and I remember. I conceive
Last Line: I don't know hwy I choose who I am: %I work and I remember, that's all


THE BRONZE-GREEN GOLD-GREEN FOREGROUND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Too, in the rain. The code changed again
Subject(s): Language


THE GAME CHANGED        Recitation by Author


THE PATTERN-PARALLEL MAP OR GRAPH    Poem Text    
Last Line: An illuminated scroll unrolled on the counter
Subject(s): Time


THEN       
First Line: Joseph joseph breathed slower %as if that would stop
Last Line: Before you'd realize the voice howling in you %was born then


THERE I AM AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I see it again, half darkness in its brown light
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THERE I AM AGAIN       
First Line: I see it again, half darkness in its brown light
Last Line: Angry, ashamed, and proud as the poor with whom he deals
Subject(s): Cities


THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENS       
First Line: This is how it happens, paine


THIS MUCH WAS MINE       
First Line: Saturday morning, the june sun


TIME WILL TELL IT SO       
First Line: A time of comedy sprung
Last Line: A figure, realized, %resonates, exhausted by love


UNDER A SPELL       
First Line: Now the governor of the federal reserve bank
Last Line: When you turn and look through me


UNYIELDINGLY PRESENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Near the curb behind the police lines
Subject(s): Violence


VARIATIONS ON VARIATIONS ON A THEME       
First Line: Winter dragged on. Established remnants
Last Line: Both cloudiness and transparency can be painted


WHEN YOU'VE BEEN HERE LONG ENOUGH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You breathe yellow smoke, you breathe lead
Last Line: As the doors open and no one comes on
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHEN YOU'VE BEEN HERE LONG ENOUGH       
First Line: You breathe yellow smoke, you breathe lead
Last Line: You feel the need to destroy, like everyone else, %as the doors open and no comes in


WHO TO DENY       
First Line: I see him before dawn, roused


WHOSE PERFORMANCE AM I WATCHING       
First Line: It's this way, by these words, too much yet still to be proven
Last Line: The river's cold. The filtered sunlight insinuating opulence