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Author: KELLY, ROBERT
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Kelly, Robert    Poet's Biography
565 poems available by this author


A LITHUANIAN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mist mist my beauty lost
Last Line: Red ribbons like strips of meat in the rain
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


A WOMAN FROM CONNAUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: My great-great-great-great-grandmother
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Connaught, Ireland; Family Life - Ireland; Grandparents; Heritage; Heredity; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


A WOMAN WITH FLAXEN HAIR IN NORFOLK HEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever you are
Last Line: In the middle of things
Subject(s): Togetherness


A: 1       
First Line: A forehead or a brow %face, %a face %here, near to the speaker
Last Line: I think I'm speaking


A: 10       
First Line: Am here %where you told me to be %to be who you are
Last Line: I believe that we can bring this from the mind


A: 2       
First Line: For love is a high school of persuasion
Last Line: Wiping her forehead from the sweat of the day


A: 3       
First Line: Her brow a storm cloud %new-bent in heav'n
Last Line: Something is near to the speaker %as a bird is near to the sky


A: 4       
First Line: I am part of what I say
Last Line: Only by what one is, I suppose is what it means, %are you?)


A: 5       
First Line: Across the tops of some new leaves
Last Line: A father swallowed up inside his son


A: 6       
First Line: A as in prayer. A as in rock
Last Line: A word that probably turns out to be my name


A: 7       
First Line: The sky was bright and empty over lockerbie
Last Line: Silence once broken can never be mended.' -s. Beckett


A: 8       
First Line: Of course a is longest, how could it not be
Last Line: Father+mother+crucified son (aleph, mem, tav) spell emeth, 'truth'


A: 9       
First Line: But as I was saying before sense obtruded
Last Line: Were the same as a valley full of gravel, %vast finity of sand


ABJECT       
First Line: One by one the leaves in sunlight fall
Last Line: Then we dive back under the shabby old wall


ABRAK       
First Line: It is caught as far as death in a mountain
Last Line: Everything that happens takes its sense from you who happensit. %you go down together


ACQUISITION       
First Line: I saw the web resplendent strung
Last Line: Waiting at the end of herself for her to become


ACTAEON       
First Line: Diana in the far trees
Last Line: Forever from her feelings


ADAM'S OFF-OX       
First Line: What is the nature of the accumulation
Last Line: Already your little son is whimpering in his bed


ADVERTISEMENT       
First Line: There is a biblical quality in poetry, and impassioned rush to
Last Line: Your nearest hand. And blood too is veiled in light


AFTERDEATH       
First Line: Coming back to my place
Last Line: Only by losing that place found


AGAINST DEATH THIS DENSITY       
Last Line: To sleep taste of on our tongues


AGAINST MUSIC       
First Line: Utter silence
Last Line: It would save us. %but could we hear it? %imagine you could hear it. %imagine you're hearing it now


AGAINST THE CODE       
First Line: Language is the only genetics
Last Line: Beyond the grid of speech


AIR: FOR ENGLISH HORN       
First Line: So why so %sad the thin
Last Line: After the giant falls


ALBA       
First Line: The sun %didn't know a %thing
Last Line: Lust this %new mown sun


ALCHEMIST       
First Line: The origin, far side of a lake
Last Line: Whose name is love & which only of all light love can eat


ALIEN WITNESS       
First Line: I have never understood some things are private. What is
Last Line: How many times can you lose the same war?


ALL HALLOWS EVE       
First Line: The sun bangs its drum
Last Line: Map us till we're here


ALL THIS ROMANCE       


AMONG THE SAGES       
First Line: Sometimes towards the end of a year the calendar


AMSTERDAM WINDOW       
First Line: When things are dark enough you see them
Last Line: That ancient city where all our information lives


ANALYTIC HYMN       
First Line: It rains even in california
Last Line: Spinnaker cheeked out, white-flanked, the whole %of her quivering


AND IF THE MOON IS AS YOU SAY       


AND THEN THE GULL, THAT OLD COMPANION       


AND WHEN ALL THAT IS ROBERT IS GONE       
Last Line: Will the simple knower stand


ANGEL OF THE DIALECTIC       
First Line: I told a friend: poetry, like love, is the triumph of imagination over
Last Line: My wine is language, which touches %every mouth and stays pure, itself renewed by the act of being u


ANSWER MAN       
First Line: Who is my father
Last Line: Who is this man


ANYTHING NATURALLY IT'S OPPOSITE       
First Line: Tell me a rose for a change


APPLES OF SODOM       
First Line: If in all thy nonce deceiving


ARCHER       
First Line: This small arrow
Last Line: My bow stretched to breaking, %my arrow suddenly lets go?


ARGOT OF STEEL       
First Line: Bridge be gothic. The argot of steel
Last Line: Of our eternal enemy, the world


ARIADNE'S THREAD       
First Line: You can choose a language
Last Line: Letters the alphabet could gladly do without


AT POETS WALK PARK       
First Line: Auden, even before the end of his life, was ashamed
Last Line: But then there is no question, is there?


AUGURIES       
First Line: Whipped only against the day
Last Line: What do I want of you %space by intricate monad freed


AUSTERITY       
First Line: Hot traffic down route 9


AUTUMN       
First Line: When the large eyes of the small
Last Line: Where it would be ready for him when he slept


AVARICE       
First Line: There are children who know you
Last Line: Contradict your yellow appetite


BALLAD OF GOOD FRIDAY       
First Line: On tis day close to two
Last Line: And a weird moon nailed up in the clouds


BALLAD OF THE EXTERNAL HEART       
First Line: I am the giant who keeps his heart
Last Line: But is the life of me at last


BALTIC TRAGEDY       
First Line: Oelbewoelbe, a place or beach
Last Line: A mute number of escaping slaves


BANDITS       
First Line: Everything you have is really mine
Last Line: Line of footsteps, deer or daughters, lost in woods


BEFORE THE REVOLUTION       
First Line: The notebook moves but the hand


BEING NEAR SOMEONE YOU LOVE DYING       
Last Line: All around the helpless cack-handed silence that is you


BEING SURE ABOUT WHERE THINGS ARE       


BEL CANTO       
First Line: Urgent %beauty of what by voice alone
Last Line: Into a silence that is always waiting


BERLIN SONNETS       
First Line: As if it were hard to begin. But one has already begun
Last Line: For music means nothing but manipulation


BETWEEN TWO BIRCHES       
Last Line: Secure in the land %where the two birch trees go


BINDING BY STRIKING       
First Line: Say I come to you by circles. Say the line
Last Line: The oil of others is the light-giving flame. %say we are same. Say we come to it simply again


BIRDS TOLD ME       
Last Line: By going some by staying


BITTERSWEET GROWING UP THE RED WALL       
Last Line: Among the skeletons of wild carrot and tansy


BLACKBERRIES       
First Line: These are the friends who wait for me
Last Line: Feel exactly the same way about you


BLESS ME FATHER       
Last Line: And twice with wind


BLUEBELLS       
First Line: Why is the bluebell called
Last Line: Paps of his loveliest lout


BODY       
First Line: Of course I want to take off my body like everybody else
Last Line: You fragrant excuse


BONES       
First Line: What makes the face interesting of course
Last Line: And what they learn turns into the bones of their face


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 10       
First Line: Earth is a woman who imgaines us. She sings
Last Line: For I was an old man, in love with difference


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 11       
First Line: Persephone is the woman buried %in ordinary life
Last Line: She carries with her wherever she goes


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 12       
First Line: Under the ground?
Last Line: Is the girl lost in the ground


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 14       
First Line: To plant three roses for each one only a dollar
Last Line: Flowers & wheatfields to eat from the indigo distance you are


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 16       
First Line: The kind of rose she wants called john f. Kennedy
Last Line: But a muscle of color? Lips of fragrant light?


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 17       
First Line: Breast %below ground
Last Line: Milk spurts up


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 18       
First Line: Buried in noontime traffic
Last Line: Comfort in the steady sun, time beating down


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 9       
First Line: I had awakened early
Last Line: Into the silent mind


BOY AMONG ROSES       
First Line: How big is a boy, is black, wears red
Last Line: And everyone he meets could be his wife


BRAHMS       
First Line: Sexual differences unfold by dream
Last Line: A strict notation for how each lover moves


BRIGHT MORNING NEAR THE BRANDENGURG GATE       
First Line: How to heal a hand
Last Line: In case anybody asks


BRUCKNER AT SAINT FLORIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something, / in the back of the mind
Last Line: Your magdalen mouth
Subject(s): Bruckner, Anton (1824-1896); Memory


BURIAL OF ROBERT SCHUMANN       
First Line: Is he dead then for all the rain
Last Line: Will never blow again


BURNT OFFERINGS       
First Line: I have stood at the right hand of the sacrificer


BY THE AMERICAN SHORE       
First Line: I want to find a house


BY THE MILL RIVER       
First Line: I sat with my mother here
Last Line: This wind is your wife


BY THE RIVER       
First Line: At just such hour
Last Line: Dark soon %&no order


CALLING       
First Line: I see your face where I have seen no one
Last Line: Till meaning hurts your eyes


CANZONE       
First Line: What is evident becomes a flower


CARETAKERS       
First Line: Our county madhouse is surrounded by lawns, well-tended
Last Line: Through whatever may be growing, even there, in the dark


CARMEN SAECULARE       
First Line: Pushing the treasure maps aside, bring out
Last Line: To seem to dwell in bodies but to die alone


CARTOGRAPHY       
First Line: There is an area in hungary that is mostly mountain
Last Line: Sleep then, in this garden made of one immense black %rose


CATHEDRAL OF THE INCARNATION       
First Line: Standing below the huge wooden crucifix
Last Line: Takes with closed eyes %before he simply dies


CAUSES       
First Line: Trace the arrow all the way
Last Line: Now. The deer falls


CELESTIAL LINGUISTICS       
First Line: Well, simply, we should start out
Last Line: Because he was listening so hard


CENTERFIELDER       
First Line: At the brink %a lovely rain
Last Line: I can do nothing unless it comes down


CHAIRS COME TOWARD US       


CHANGEMAKER       
First Line: This time is the waiting one
Last Line: With skill (not luck) you get your penny back


CHASTITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is a love of not being misunderstood
Subject(s): Chastity


CHASTITY       
First Line: Is a love of not being misunderstood
Last Line: The starvros crowned with seven roses, %the crucifixion in the rose
Subject(s): Chastity


CHILD'S SONG       
First Line: This little chance was all my beginnings
Last Line: He claimed will carry me beyond the world


CHIVALRY       
First Line: I am sending you a letter
Last Line: Do I have to explain every loaf of bread?


CHOOSER AND THE CHOSEN       
First Line: There was a humid woman
Last Line: You get somewhere or to quiet nowhere, %I sit forever watching your beauty torn


CITY, TO FICINO       
First Line: I only know what some thing means when someone


CLIFFS AT WEST POINT       
First Line: Narrow now, I count the leaves
Last Line: Irish cliffs to squeeze your river in


CLOUDHERD'S SONG       
First Line: Never having done anything ever but watch
Last Line: I call you cloud and call myself yours


COL. FAWCETT'S EXPEDITION       
First Line: Was it colonel fawcett's expedition


COLORADO       
First Line: Fastidious dislocations of a fugue a saturday
Last Line: Density is closest to the heart of the sun of inside stories%imago flying metal spell the last name


COMET       
First Line: Infants in the crib at
Last Line: And what we see with is our father


COMING       
First Line: The blue mouth of the shark
Last Line: With bells & shaky musics & we run


COMMANDMENTS       
First Line: We have been here before. On this shelf
Last Line: Wind-swept busy grail-thronged offices


CONSTANT TELLING OF THE FATHER AND HIS WIDDERSHINS       
First Line: Who arose %from his sweaty footprint
Last Line: Wait for him here


CONTINUITY       
First Line: The persistent manifestation of change


CONVALESCENT       
First Line: It wasn't till it was healed
Last Line: The judges are asleep in their seats


CROW IS CRYING OUT IN THE EMPTINESS OF THE SKY       
Last Line: In the emptiness of the mouth


CRY OF I       
First Line: Blas escovar, who killed an ox by shouting at it


CURVATURE OF SOUND       
First Line: A sleepless week will not impede
Last Line: Her side-wound clotted with flowers %spring again and things suddenly exist


CUSTOMS INSPECTOR       
First Line: Everything starts in the same way
Last Line: Sometimes I reach in & touch the stone


CYPRESS HILLS       
First Line: Exhaustion is our liberty
Last Line: Till finally just because it was, it is


DARK MIRROR SCRATCHED DESPITE LOVE'S CARE: 1. AMONG THE VESSELS       
First Line: What I did and what I thought
Last Line: The chorus out there disguised as dawn


DARK MIRROR SCRATCHED DESPITE LOVE'S CARE: 2. THE FISH       
First Line: God this is boring, all this remembering
Last Line: Telling rosary beads and fathomless histories


DARK MIRROR SCRATCHED DESPITE LOVE'S CARE: 3. THE COAST OF OPAL       
First Line: The trouble with dogs
Last Line: Already his body full of absence


DARK MIRROR SCRATCHED DESPITE LOVE'S CARE: 4. LA QUESTION       
First Line: Of course dream is mostly interrogation
Last Line: A cry heard, swift passage of a frightened bird


DAWN       
First Line: From a sea sleep I come


DEATH OF RASPUTIN       
First Line: He couldnt open the wine, drank
Last Line: No one hears it. He does not %understand it himself


DEATH OF TRAGEDY       
First Line: Choked with song the dictionary dies
Last Line: To their senses before the end, and wake


DEATHBEDS       
First Line: To write at all the deathbeds of the world
Last Line: Our life is made of listening to the final breath


DEFILEMENTS: 5       
First Line: Come ride with me to my leprosy bed
Last Line: A centurion checking his spare change


DEFILEMENTS: 6       
First Line: Rove back, or rome ('crossback') %a warrior towards
Last Line: The frozen midnight void you stumble %over the slopjar half-hidden by the bed


DEFILEMENTS: 7       
First Line: I touch and you %give me the disease called
Last Line: The dance, it has been called, the dirt


DEFILEMENTS: 8       
First Line: The dance is our waste paper
Last Line: Waiting for the world to come along


DEMONSTRATION       
First Line: What did they call it when the elephant
Last Line: And there you are in the world and no one sleeps


DETECTIVE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the house. Under the porte-cochere. In the vestibule. On the parquet.
Subject(s): Detective Stories


DETECTIVE STORY       
First Line: In the house. Under the porte-cochere. In the vestibule. On the parquet.
Last Line: In bed with the room. In the hall. On foot. In the hall. In the house. %in the room in the house
Subject(s): Detective Stories


DIE FERNE GELIEBTE       
First Line: Ea -- enki -- enlil
Last Line: The smell of cut grass sweet on the evening air


DIFFERENCE       
First Line: The life is ominous. There is a cable that beneath the streeted hill connects


DIRECTIONS FOR A LIFE FULL OF BLISS       
First Line: When it moves


DIRGE FOR EMILE NELLIGAN       
First Line: Why do the leaves give so much?
Last Line: For we beget nothing but journeys


DISMEMBERED       
First Line: The sex they do against me in the streets leaves me poor as a
Last Line: Sometimes the cry's a word. And sometimes not


DOGWOOD THE ANSWER       
First Line: The dogwood is no answer


DOOR       
First Line: Then there was the waiting
Last Line: The door sways open and open its powerful wing


DOORKNOB       
First Line: Seeing your hand on the doorknob when you said 'I see my
Last Line: Us to remember to be them


DOORS       
First Line: Suppose you didn't know what a door is. That it opens, for instance
Last Line: Suppose all round us there are things like doors in things like walls %and we never knew


DR. SUNYATA'S POEM       
First Line: Asking that purple flower
Last Line: It is known here %by some other name


DREAM DEBRIS    Poem Text    
First Line: And when there's nothing left there's you
Last Line: All flesh wants you because your mind
Subject(s): Desire


DUMPIER'S VOYAGES       
First Line: In buying horses pay no need to the haunch
Last Line: Up to the hock in years and years of fallen cloves


EARLY SPRING DAY ALONG THE HOUSATONIC       
First Line: Water the quick anemone. We flower
Last Line: Are pawky. But the boats are awake


EDGEWISE TO LULU       
First Line: As if in revealing something
Last Line: As if bliss. All the tiny orgasms aligned


EGGS       
First Line: The connoisseur of eggs is surly at breakfast
Last Line: Some other day he will see this battle through


EGON SCHIELE'S BRIDGE       
First Line: Any image is a boast of mind


EL DESDICHADO       
First Line: It was the annual all-nite / all morning
Last Line: Poinsettia blood-leaves %are poisonous to children


ELEGY       
First Line: Alone alone is not a touch or need
Last Line: Happening. Someone is calling you


ELEGY       
First Line: Robert when you entered the bardo
Last Line: The life you gave me also pour


ELEMENTS OF MORAL SEMIOTICS       
First Line: Can I mark the paper in the red of heart's love
Last Line: Isomorphic urgencies you understand


ELEMENTS OF POETRY       
First Line: It should be formal as water
Last Line: Your breath the oxygen it needs


ELGAR'S SECOND SYMPHONY       
First Line: A patchwork quilt %in old countries
Last Line: I love you, my son, my last born


END OF MEMORY       
First Line: Let the idle caliph tie his own shoelaces
Last Line: Incurable disease pretending to be my mind


ENEMIES       
First Line: It is amazing. Life is as full of enemies as a tree with birds in
Last Line: Then a friend comes and leans on doorbell a long time and we%know that once again we have been saved


EPISODE IN LITERARY HISTORY       
First Line: The avant-garde has moved at last so far forward that we
Last Line: But at least we finally have them in our sights


EPITAPH       
First Line: What to say of it
Last Line: I have eaten flowers %& I will die


EPITHALAMION       
First Line: Instantly, quietly, with no remembering
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


EPITHALAMION       
First Line: Instantly, quietly, with no remembering
Subject(s): Wedding Song


ESTABLISHING THE ACTUAL LOCATION OF SOMETHING       
First Line: The idea is to tie the rock down and beat it till it sleeps
Last Line: The touch of your skin is like the sun going down behind %trees


EUCALYPTUS       
First Line: Dont you remember? It was eucalyptus, but it wasnt stockton. It was
Last Line: In complete sentences and spoke them into you, along with some %words of my own. Look in your lap an


EVE OF ST. MARK'S       
First Line: Tonight the dust's footprint shows the about to die, wraiths at churchdoor
Last Line: Is to be no one %but it cleanses & heals


EVENING       
First Line: A ladder going up into the tree
Last Line: God is alone with the pears


EVENING SPENT BACKWARDS       
First Line: They said: nihil in intellectu quin prius in sensu, but I say on the
Last Line: Whoever it was, was busy reading


EVERY LANGUAGE IS A SECOND LANGUAGE       
First Line: A gull crashed into my language and I fell
Last Line: Trying to still itself with their words


EVERY POEM SHOULD HAVE TWELVE THINGS IN IT       


EVIDENCE       
First Line: Lifting a life out of all these lives
Last Line: Who are these people? Who wrote these plays?


EXCALIBUR       
First Line: I said this prayer to draw your love'
Last Line: Looked just like her shapely simple arm %lifting wet to him from the dark water


FABLE       
First Line: Once was a woman %showed her %self
Last Line: &love %hid themselves %in this city


FACE AT A WINDOW       
Last Line: My love, %my anyone


FACE IN THE ROCK WALL       
Last Line: In whose only waters I could breathe


FACE IN THE ROCK WALL       
First Line: Sun about to set


FALL DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: They are blowing the leaves away
Last Line: Or would be if there were still leaves
Subject(s): Leaves; Children; Childhood


FAREWELL LETTER       
First Line: There are not many ways


FEELINGS       
First Line: If he just could change the color of the music he was %listening to
Last Line: That's all that human feelings ever are


FENNEL       
First Line: Looking for something to stand some long trailing soft leaves of fennel


FIFTH NOETIC HYMN    Poem Text    
Last Line: I swear to god we think the way we see
Subject(s): North, The


FIN DE SIECLE       
First Line: Being close to it again as if again
Last Line: Ceremony before I sleep in you %immeasurable yes


FIRE EXIT: 76    Poem Text    
First Line: The nomad always has another planet up his sleeve
Last Line: Pine cones on fire
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIRE EXIT: 77    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a letter of the alphabet like a muddy road in sweden
Last Line: All form and no information
Subject(s): Letters


FIRE EXIT: 78    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods green moveless sea
Last Line: Rebuking every image.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


FIRST NOETIC HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Let them love me
Last Line: You make me feel
Subject(s): Love


FIRST RELIGION       
First Line: The ones who got us started
Last Line: To be somebody's house


FIVE PRECIOUS STONES       
First Line: From the blue air an emerald condenses. In it I see, facet by facet
Last Line: The source light of emptiness illumines %somethingness here.All I am is what it sees


FLAGS       
First Line: He is his own worst enemy'
Last Line: And it is his light, our light, %the only place that's dark %is inside his grasping fingers


FLAVOR OF BEING WRONG CAME TO ME USUALLY       


FLOWER FOR THE NEW YEAR       
First Line: At first I couldn't remember the name %of the vine-borne flower that climbs
Last Line: So dark the flower, so dark the heavy traffic of names


FLOWERS OF UNCEASING COINCIDENCE       
First Line: Analyzing difference


FOLK MUSIC OF TIBET       
First Line: The upper octave of the long cross-flute
Last Line: I trust the radical %explanation %birds in the trees


FOR COLUMBUS DAY       
First Line: In between america and america is america
Last Line: Let there be nothing between america and america


FOR MY FATHER, ON HIS EIGHTY-FOURTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Father, I suspect that I've done all the things


FOR MY UNCLE BARNEY, THE ROSICRUCIAN       
First Line: Dear uncle you are mostly home
Last Line: There is where nothing is left to remember


FOR THE ASKING       
First Line: Things that are always answering


FOR WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: A serenade, man with the abominable guitar
Last Line: Hark! Your broken china analyzes us


FORMAL       
First Line: Always another %shape to locate
Last Line: And your rigorous bones


FOURTH NOETIC HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The cry of faeces from the dark of the gut
Last Line: To her who wraps us in her long sweet unknowing
Subject(s): Hecate (goddess)


FRENCH LINE       
First Line: The old man was called le jeune. Priest
Last Line: On the third day out I understood the sea


FROM       
First Line: From the central divisions
Last Line: From the loss that is eden and the tears %that turn into morning


FROM A HILL IN THE BLACK FOREST       
First Line: The autobahn in baden-baden glistered in the summer
Last Line: We lean on the warm car hood and think we think, and %think we see


FROM PURGATORY MARY FLANNERY SPEAKS...       
First Line: I recount the snake's head dipping
Last Line: The excesses of our spent lives, %and our eyes sting


FROM THE RESTING PLACE OF THE GRAIL       
First Line: The clue to unbounded transmissions from the architects
Last Line: Kiss me. My mouth is the lips of your mother before you %were born


GAP IN THE TEXTURE       
First Line: This dance between the lines
Last Line: Light is silence


GATHERING OF LUMES FROM THE FIRST YEAR       
First Line: They are given to %hold close, not
Last Line: This night conceals no %animal %body but my own


GETHSEMANI       
First Line: Kneeling there on the ground in the garden all through the
Last Line: He asked if anyone would help, or take his place. We all said %no


GETTING THERE       
First Line: Look for me when the birds see me coming
Last Line: Their soft wet mouths %full of the silence called language


GIANT FIGHTS BACK       
First Line: A means to imbed you in my life
Last Line: Pray for my lost terrors, for my sand


GODS       
First Line: They live with each other
Last Line: Until the holding is yourself %and your last love is letting go


GOODBYE       
First Line: You ask me to say goodbye to the 20th
Last Line: Now I'm tired of saying hello


GOSHAWKS       
First Line: The pleasures %of every beginning %the lovely %fact of body
Last Line: Which nothing ends, all satisfactions are the same %the lie that tumbles forward towards the lie of


GRACELA       
First Line: Are there at evening shuddering palaces
Last Line: Our hands caressing switches that speak the light


GRAMMAR OF THINGLISH       
First Line: Things are trying to tell us
Last Line: Could say it better than her silence


GRAVEYARD IN NOVEMBER       
First Line: Afterlichen %where we suppose


HALLOWEEN: THAYER STREET       
First Line: Those things that come from the other world
Last Line: I am tired %of worrying these spaces. I am tired %of being frightened of just us


HARDNESS OF THE STONE       
First Line: The wooden clapper
Last Line: Empty as a bell in the air


HARUSPEX       
First Line: Examine the skypath of sightless birds
Last Line: Spell out the answer to


HEAD OF ORPHEUS       
First Line: When orpheus walked beneath the trees
Last Line: And orpheus saw them throw it in the sea


HERALDRY       
First Line: Slant dark top of a chain-sawed tree stump
Last Line: And her hand was pale with leaving


HERCULES MUSARUM       
First Line: Be strong this way


HISTORY IS SOMETHING TO TAKE SHELTER IN       
Last Line: Has lived all her life in the city. %it is there. It is simply there


HOLY SONNETS       
First Line: The thing I am that is not me...%thankmeal our grace is given
Last Line: Slamming the door on an empty room


HORSE       
First Line: Waiting at the stable for the horse to be born
Last Line: The horse that was the thing I saw when I died


HOW IT FELT       
Last Line: A fly stuck to the sun


HOW TO WRITE A POEM       
First Line: Bring in everything you're thinking about
Last Line: Comes, the feast is served, the poem's done


HUI-NENG CHOPS BAMBOO       
First Line: To know it is to know everything
Last Line: Fits and is severed from bamboo


HUNTER       
First Line: I must have thought I was a kind of hunter
Last Line: Since they do it so easy and so quiet


HYDROGEN OXIDE       
First Line: When she first sent me the news of the disorder
Last Line: You saw the thing the way it really is


HYMN       
First Line: Gods of different ages deign
Last Line: Of unnamed sources


I AM IN A RING OF BEGGARS       


I SNARLED AT THE ROSE SELLER       


I WANT TO TELL YOU       
Last Line: The earth is tired %of comparisons


I WANT TO TELL YOU WHY HUSBANDS STOP LOVING WIVES       
Last Line: Everything else is again. %die to each other and live


I WISH IT WAS ME AND NOT THE NORTH WIND       


IDENTITIES       
First Line: It is the identities I carry
Last Line: Rests light on the diver's plan


IF DAWN WOULD ONLY QUIET ME THE HOST       
Last Line: What species of releasement or dark falling %down through the spaces inside words


IF I WERE A CRESCENT MOON       


IF MEN WEREN'T SO PHYSICAL WOMEN       


IF SHE WENT DOWN TO THE TOWN       
Last Line: & food & bodies. Tell me %with your hands in my hair


IN ISLAND MIST       
First Line: The apparition is not simply what appears
Last Line: House with roses just planted at the door. The sun, you %oldest hammerr


IN MAHLER'S SLEEP       
First Line: An archaic austerity %comes out of the ground
Last Line: The austere thing is warm in his hand


IN MARY FRANK'S GARDEN       
First Line: A leaf to be brave
Last Line: That there is so much lust here, %so many parted lips


IN MEMORY OF JAMES MERRILL       
First Line: Held at the mercy of the drummer
Last Line: For a minute and the man in the raincoat is gone


IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER       
First Line: God is anywhere that frightens me
Last Line: A king's head is lifted up to show the silent crowd


IN MEMORY OF THE NORMANDIE       
First Line: When things are fallen on their sides. Ocean liner all my war
Last Line: Carry memories in the skin alone


IN PUBLIC SPACE       
First Line: Here the alphabet changes
Last Line: Mortality. Leaves on the ash


IN THE HOUSE OF THE RAVEN       
First Line: Are the gods stronger where you are
Last Line: A prayer is just a name nobody knows


IN THE LIGHT       
First Line: Where did I see you? In the mistaken light
Last Line: Light of someone at the door


IN THE SMALL       


IN TITIAN SEEN       
First Line: About to put her lips
Last Line: Faithful to receive him at the last


INJUNE       
First Line: In june was a jar had %honey in its head
Last Line: I speak of an actual tree %rare than remorse


INTO THE HUMAN LIMIT       
First Line: Two old gentlemen play at their dining room table
Last Line: A housewife at breakfast tearing open a loaf of bread


IS IT THE HUM OF YOU UPSTAIRS ON THE TELEPHONE       
Last Line: I breathe slowly, like the entire earth


IT ALL STAYS OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Merchandise mind / middleman personality
Last Line: That isnít (entirely) me
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THAT HE WAS NEAR DEATH.       
Last Line: It must be death it is so empty & so kind


IT WAS THE LITTLE THING YOU CARED ABOUT       
Last Line: This one out of all the whole dream


ITINERARIUM MENTIS AD DEUM       
First Line: To know the truth of things is to be on a ladder
Last Line: A tune the hens and calves and sheep hear as they die


JANUARY       
First Line: He hated the feel of the watch on his wrist


KABBALAH NUDE BY NATURE       
First Line: The great air accepts even music into its hands


L'INSU DE LA MAIN       
First Line: This is where we were going and nobody knew
Last Line: A word among women to speak with your mouth


LADY OF       
First Line: She woke & found her city was beseiged by her
Last Line: Where he stood now watching her solution


LANGUAGE       
First Line: If you know your mother's brother


LAOCOON       
First Line: Theory: when you have seen every single thing
Last Line: You get to go with the gleam where the gleam goes


LAST DAYS LIKE THIS       


LAST LIGHT       
First Line: There is a meadow
Last Line: Laying him wantonly down to rest


LAST RELIGION       
First Line: And the pier %widened
Last Line: Could board %that single boat


LAST SONNET FOR TED BERRIGAN 1934-1983       
First Line: It is about time to say goodbye


LATTICE       
First Line: Is this love? Is this the train
Last Line: Man, forgive game. %woman, forgive man


LATTICES INSPIRED    Poem Text    
First Line: We do not know
Last Line: Is not what thinks the mind
Subject(s): Relationships


LAW       
First Line: Your body stands silent
Last Line: & when you are in movement the rain falls


LE POETE DE 14 ANS       
First Line: I was trying to be beautiful with lousy tools


LES JOUEURS DE FOOT-BALL, 1908       
First Line: Athletes come running up a field
Last Line: My father eight years old peers out from where he hides


LESSER ART       
First Line: Call %& wait for an answer
Last Line: I would have gone outside to smell the first roses %but doors are compromises


LETTER TO MARCUS AURELIUS FROM AN EMPTY WORLD       
First Line: Just look at this thing like wire, a tree
Last Line: That's what the rabi's smile implied


LIBER UMBRARUM       
First Line: The sea was close today but I did not touch her
Last Line: Young eels come home


LIFE OF INTIMATE FLEEING       
First Line: Under the cypresses the air is still
Last Line: A nest of brackets %enclosing sky %fork of the great tree


LIFE SIGNS       
First Line: He jumped back from the mirror


LIKENESS       
First Line: There is no home


LIMITS       
First Line: And you there far away on the mnemonic lawn, what linguistic operation
Last Line: Some once-elegant carving on an italian column I came across in a %savage garden


LINE       
First Line: Because a line is the measure of silence
Last Line: Nothing else to offer. We are the interruptions


LINGUISTICS       
First Line: That stirs the way of seeing it
Last Line: Rimes with the end of the world


LITTLE OFFICE FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX       
First Line: Antiphon: nigra sum %I am obscure but full of sense
Last Line: Response: it is the bridegroom, come to wake the bride


LITTLE OFFICE FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN       
First Line: This is the day to think about the two of them


LONDON SONNETS       
First Line: Everything bothers me is what I mean


LONG MARCH       
First Line: My father made me begin thinking in the body of my mother
Last Line: Trudged the eleven conscious miles between luching and %hsin-ssu


LOOKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once when I read the funnies
Last Line: But this blankness is your mother
Subject(s): Mothers


LOOKING       
First Line: Once when I read the funnies
Last Line: But this blankness is your mother


LOOM (EXCERPT)       
First Line: [passe defini] the preterite is to reduce reality to a point
Last Line: The other thing. The process %the god


LOVE       
First Line: For love is the suchness of what is loved
Last Line: A grimy dictionary passed from friend to friend


LOVE SONG I       
First Line: The grunion %are coming
Last Line: Not interested. Everything I care for %happens all the time


LOVER       
First Line: The noonday %arrow means
Last Line: Magic pain, %amazing sin


MAITREYA       
First Line: Snow lies blue under the trees' shadows and strong where the sun strikes ...
Last Line: Without going from there he is not staying he is always coming towards


MAN       
First Line: He puts his pants on his head
Last Line: And they all tell him what to do


MAN AFRAID OF HEIGHTS IS FALLING FROM A JET AT 35,000 FEET WHILE TRY       
First Line: Why is the earth so eager to meet me?
Last Line: Whoever I was, I almost flew


MAN SLEEPING       
First Line: He had been sleeping for an hour and the ocean changed
Last Line: Man waking in an island, seaplane landing


MAN WHO LOVED WHITE CHOCOLATE       
First Line: There is an egg in the middle of things
Last Line: It's morning and he's full of sperm again


MAPPING       
First Line: A book for us to write, like this
Last Line: You know something you almost remember


MARK ON PAPER       
Last Line: These birds are erasing the sky


MARRIAGE CONSIDERED AS AN ARRANGEMENT OF OBJECTS IN SPACE       
First Line: Going where for a wedding


MARROW BONE       
First Line: Can the remarkable submarines
Last Line: We carry on our frolicking no longer. And this is dying


MARY FLANNERY SPEAKS ABOUT HER FATHER       
First Line: On all fours, his lips tucked
Last Line: And I died in his blood


MARY FLANNERY SPEAKS ABOUT MADAME CHIANG KAI-SHEK       
First Line: Brilliant in a flowered dress
Last Line: My unbound feet flung against the sky


MASK LET SLIP       
First Line: I have learned nothing and remember nothing
Last Line: I am tired of having to tell yu who I am


MEANS       
First Line: In all the emergency rooms
Last Line: Somebody always has a match on him


MEANS       
First Line: Everything is a duet. Every duet collapses into fervent love
Last Line: That is the only important question. Do we cast a shadow?


MEASURE       
First Line: From what pontic wit, what salt in banks
Last Line: An animal %is forgiveness


MEASURE       
First Line: If the ink is too light for the pen


MEASURE THOSE DISTANCES: OF THIS NIGHT       
First Line: Here and now she becomes alive
Last Line: Her madwoman's hair and the air it floats on


MEASURE THOSE DISTANCES: THE BOAT       
First Line: Floated in the cove
Last Line: A white enormous %silent owl nesting on


MEASURE THOSE DISTANCES: THE CHURCH       
First Line: Stood deep in woods
Last Line: Chugged along under the hill


MEASURES       
First Line: What could they be
Last Line: Though usually you see them two by two


MEASURES THOSE DISTANCES: GOING       
First Line: If you ever get there
Last Line: That much further away


MEDITATOR       
First Line: He settles down on the lake and becomes a swan


MELENCOLIA; AFTER ALBRECHT DURER       
First Line: Be near me then, it is only a design
Last Line: A simple current underneath the mind %that is the mind


MEN       
First Line: In dreams men menstruate, get pregnant, give birth
Last Line: Little tree that stands up quiet every morning


MESSENGER       
First Line: If you don't have much time


MESSENGERS       
First Line: I am my neighbor's dog
Last Line: And my stupid head is up here with the stars


MIDNIGHT IN LARAMIE       
First Line: In this distant island I inhabit all alone
Last Line: You are finished with the earth and are too tired to be sky


MOMENT OF APHASIA       
First Line: Find the word. If the found word doesn't come quickly, the sentence it


MONGOLIA       
First Line: Once they touched
Last Line: Nightfall, the world


MONSOON       
First Line: Rain. From the verandah or what
Last Line: My father's footstep shuffling up the walk


MONT BLANC    Poem Text    
First Line: The hand on my desk is my hand the everlasting
Last Line: Of vacancy turn out to be a lover?
Subject(s): Blanc, Mont; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


MONUMENT       
First Line: Though he had made a scant


MOON       
First Line: By early morning %is down the western
Last Line: Them alone, there is %nowhere else


MOON CLOSES       


MORNING PRAYER       
First Line: (in the name of the flower) (and of the sun) (a red
Last Line: Understands it either, bobby, just try to sing along


MOUNTED POLICEMEN       
First Line: There are strange white people to be sure
Last Line: Horses %fill the streets of my city with white traffic


MOUTH OF THE BLUE DOG IS BOUND BEFOREHAND       
First Line: We can walk through the blue night and no blue mouth will bite us
Last Line: Love? %a kind committment to how things are


MUDRA       
First Line: The old book talks about the form
Last Line: Over the deserts of the hand, to breathe


MY BOYHOOD WAS A RAFT OF POEMS       
Last Line: Spinmaker cheeked out, white-flanked, the whole %of her quivering


MY CITY       
First Line: The cathedral has never been finished


MY NAME       
First Line: When we were children, the girls sang a counting game and
Last Line: From tribe to tribe, over the mountains and under the sun, %bringing the only news


MYTH MAY NOT BE OVERLASTING       


NATURE OF METAPHOR       
First Line: A man rises from the toilet in a public bathroom. He flushes
Last Line: Then sinks down sobbing under a bush, among the green %myrtle in the north corner of the little park


NEEDING QUIET, THE MEN OF OLD       
Last Line: Find it between %what I say & what I mean


NEW BORN       
First Line: I have been thinking of him
Last Line: I suppose he has told you all this already


NEWARK    Poem Text    
First Line: John coltrane died this morning
Last Line: Say itself inside our heads.
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Newark International Airport


NORMAL       
First Line: Times I think there are no regular folks left in the world
Last Line: Closed on weird kitchens


NOTICES DARKER FORM MOVE       
Last Line: Asks it. Stands. Geometry $is unreliable. Lover


NOVEMBER MEDITATION       
First Line: Glaze over a morning. Accept
Last Line: Not more golden than the said?


NUEVA YORK       
First Line: This city


NURSING RESENTMENTS       
First Line: Everything hurts you
Last Line: Leaning on the gate that leads to his son


O LOVE / MICE EAT THE BLIND CAT'S FOOD       
Last Line: All day long my mother sleeps


OBJECTIONS TO THE UNSATISFACTORINESS OF CYCLIC EXISTENCE       
First Line: Then it if rain we again become another instancing the same
Last Line: Hook of an apple cloud edge of an edge


ODE 15       
First Line: Direct to transpire: the devil is
Last Line: Round her. He takes the mail away


ODE 16       
First Line: That I came to know it all
Last Line: This time does not come again


ODE TO LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: To put on shoes and be sophisticated
Subject(s): Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Women


ODE TO LANGUAGE       
First Line: To put on shoes and be sophisticated
Last Line: In san francisco. Only you %are ever different
Subject(s): Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Women


OF TECHNE       
First Line: Now will the ironwork
Last Line: My man weight, my human longing


OF THE SENTENCE THAT SPEAKS ITSELF MORNING       
First Line: And from what silence waiting steadily


OF WILLIAM MOUNT,THE LUMINIST       
First Line: There are dyes & there are textures
Last Line: With which also the boy %-- the generations! -- %is silently fulfilled


OH THE GRAIL WAS A GLAD HOTEL       


OIL OF EXCESS       
First Line: Our adoration must not be humble - lowness


ON A PORTRAIT OF JOSEPH PRIESTLEY       
First Line: Who is this man who signs a face


ON BEING ASKED TO TAKE PART ON A PUBLIC READING       
First Line: But I am not a different voice


ON GOATHLAND MOOR       
First Line: I think of you on the moors
Last Line: Waiting for the hare to turn away


ON HOMER       
First Line: It is a jewish name, this semite
Last Line: The beautiful poison of things seen


ORIGIN OF IT       
First Line: From an oak took bright
Last Line: Rushed to the place of her proper dance %and later %remembered %was music


ORIGINAL WOMEN       
First Line: How it was in the beginning was once revealed to me
Last Line: To love and serve her and entertain her and throw %small stones at palm trees for her to dislodge sw


ORION: OPENING THE SEALS       
First Line: Opening the throat %what %sound can tell
Last Line: The lost language in live lips %found


ORPHEE       
First Line: I have a right to lust for anybody I like. I have a right to lust for you
Last Line: You read it, you have a right to read it. Later you remember you wrote %it yourself


ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Orpheus can never look back at the real woman trailing behind him out of hell
Last Line: Seeing his wife as an ordinary woman, she is lost. And he is lost
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


ORPHEUS. AS IN ORPHAN. ALONE       


PARTITA       
First Line: Yes doctor is something to follow the lines
Last Line: The scandalous rhyme that links earth with heaven


PATMOS       
First Line: A bible dissolves in upon itself a man renews
Last Line: Deep-shouldered in the black bay


PENTECOST       
First Line: The emergency is coming, it's taking its time
Last Line: The word is round, and long ago it spoke the sky


PEOPLE THE FLOWERS       
First Line: You walk to that corner on avenue b
Last Line: The people the oceans


PERFECT STRANGER       
First Line: That thing we walk around with inside, turns out to be death
Last Line: It turns into is what it is, here, the perfect stranger who rules %all our lives


PERSONAL HISTORY       
First Line: I am a dethroned descendant of kings, too poor to repair my forefathers'


PHANTOM OF THE OPERA       
First Line: It is like a carriage. It runs away over the crest
Last Line: How could you fail to love me, you taught so well


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 1       
First Line: There is something pouring from the left fundibulum
Last Line: The ice comes back. Parallel patterns, like a crow in flight


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 10       
First Line: It is after all the apparencies. It is after all
Last Line: That really is what they said


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 11       
First Line: The first cathedral previous to any mud caked anklebone
Last Line: Are strictly momentary and passionate and vague


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 12       
First Line: Wanting to know about it the blood of old
Last Line: They caught like meek diseases from the sound of rain


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 13       
First Line: It could not cut the vanity the haughtiest
Last Line: Intense flame inside the stone the wise call water


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 2       
First Line: Gruesome if forgotten, the sulc is now. This cleft
Last Line: O lord jesus look my knees, round and juicy golden oozes


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 3       
First Line: And so with america, hymeneal, hiems
Last Line: Turning our bodies glad from light to light


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 4       
First Line: Suppose they are causes
Last Line: Hide in my touch. I am not to find


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 5       
First Line: There are the nearer stretches of the folded blanket
Last Line: Dear friend, trying to keep in touch with all the transformation


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 6       
First Line: That the phone rings all day long
Last Line: Here is the answer. The seed gets in your hair


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 7       
First Line: Are these the norms by which we know
Last Line: Are these the norms by which we know our only earth?


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 8       
First Line: The hallway crowded with alchemicals
Last Line: If there were any other color it would be me.'


PHYSIOLOGY OF WILLIAM BLAKE: 9       
First Line: Then it is a fish that swims inside and doesn't veer
Last Line: As quick flags of triumph or surrender


PIETER SAENREDAM'S GREAT CHURCH IN HAARLEM       
First Line: To sense the sum
Last Line: For what we are raindrop we are glass


PIGEONS       
First Line: Pigeons are jewish. They say little
Last Line: Small pale messiah pecking by my side


POEM FOR EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: All women are beautiful as they rise
Last Line: To find that he is not alone
Subject(s): Eucharist; Communion


POEM FOR EASTER       
First Line: All women are beautiful as they rise
Last Line: To find that he is not alone


POEM FOR MY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: How many birthdays


POEM FOR THE JEWS       
First Line: The candles of the jews are ignited
Last Line: And their hands have given everything away


POEM IS A HAND       
First Line: A poem is a hand laid on the small of your back
Last Line: The cliff of things, the place in you that feels the hand


POET       
First Line: I never believed I had something to say


POETIC RAPTURE READS FACT TOO       
First Line: It isn't all about sex and squirrels


POPEYE'S LAMENT       
First Line: What good did it ever do me, all this strength
Last Line: Strong as a girl


POSTCARD       
First Line: In mexico a tourist shitting in the bushes
Last Line: But by then the corporal has forgotten the moon


POSTCARDS FROM THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: In that country there is a heap of millet
Last Line: But the distance is still there. He carries it %the way a blind man carries his hands


POUSSIN       
First Line: As an exacting inference of a small century crawling around on its


PRAY FOR ALL TRAVELLERS. FOURTH SNOW TODAY       
Last Line: And the flame come home to the fire


PREFIX: FINDING THE MEASURE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Finding the measure is finding the mantram
Last Line: Consequence of the motion of the whole world
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PREFIX: FINDING THE MEASURE       
First Line: Finding the measure is finding the mantram
Last Line: Consequence of the motion of the whole world


PRESSED FLOWERS OF LIBREVILLE       
First Line: I heard


PRIEST       
First Line: Once was a priest wanted to be crushed
Last Line: Alone with his endless body


PRINCE ADREI LOOKS AT THE SKY       
First Line: It is huge and full of difference
Last Line: Torn by a stone knife wielded, bled us


PROCESS       
First Line: How much more
Last Line: The old men %watching one %spring go out


PROFESSOR MORIARTY'S TREATISE ON THE DYNAMICS OF AN ASTEROID       
First Line: It reaches me from everywhere. Information
Last Line: My feelings from my web. My body is the world


PROMPTER'S BOX       
First Line: We need a prompter
Last Line: You'd think after all these years they'd get it right


QASIDA OF THE MISTY DAY       
First Line: Is it the kettle boiling or
Last Line: Dripping sweat narcissus brings his body home


QUICK ANSWER WEBBED TO ALL HER LIKENESSES       
First Line: Once a womb was. And


QUIET AND THE SHELL    Poem Text    
Last Line: All this island music
Subject(s): Silence


QUIET AND THE SHELL       


QUIET DEMENTIA OF A WINTER NIGHT       


RAINMAKERS       
First Line: The groups of god
Last Line: An old woman visiting her bees


RALEGH       
First Line: Caught in the window
Last Line: Where all the images stand still


RAM BLISSOMS HIS MATE       
Last Line: A country where no one has to be wise


REACHING THE LIMITS       
First Line: Out of the city, non-human reek elaborate
Last Line: Outside the easy music of the head. Or let it touch me


READING       
First Line: Other peoples' eyes, their movements pass
Last Line: Noonday sinners in the hands of a jealous god


READING LI SHANG-YIN: FALLING FLOWERS       
First Line: Even you shaking myself out of the dust
Last Line: I have torn %the images %of the life she tore %and still can't bear %to sweep them away


RECESSIONAL       
First Line: Into the underneath


REMEMBERING       
First Line: Birds ping off the window
Last Line: Trying to escape from the world


RESISTING THE SWEET SENSE AMONG HIS LEGS       
Last Line: And it was silent in the language of leaves


RETURNING TO THE CLASS OF DISCUSSABLE REFERENTS       
Last Line: Into seeing black slow winds, a rainy sky


REVERE BEACH       
First Line: There is never


RHINEBECK       
First Line: Even his son is a very old man now
Last Line: Whether it's a healthy thing to do


RIDDLE FOR ROBERT GRAVES AT NINETY       
First Line: The rock they are carved in


RITUAL DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn it so on is on top
Last Line: Place is what is left when the dance is done
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancing; Social Commentary


RIVERBOAT       
First Line: I am a new face that joins the ship
Last Line: And only the gaudy courtcards of the gamblers %float back to tease the next ecstatic pilgrims


ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE PLAYING SOLITAIRE       
First Line: Just tell me your name, that's poetry enough for me
Last Line: Just making one or two interesting mistakes?


RUBE GOLDBERG SUITE       
First Line: Intersection of artist and philistine


SAGITTARIUS       
First Line: To shoot is not always to kill


SAMSARA       
First Line: How do you like me as I am today
Last Line: And goes, the bee never wearies of the rose


SAMSON IN THE TEMPLE OF DAGON       
First Line: Sometimes he is shown plucking the columns inward
Last Line: The reasonable pillar of the right


SATYR MOURNING A NYMPH       
First Line: I suppose the most beautiful painting in london is piero di
Last Line: But all around him as he thinks his grief through the light is %busy answering


SAYING       
Last Line: Let it be bliss. %let it be this


SAYING I GREW UP HEARING       
First Line: You could eat off the floor' they used to say


SCIENCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Science explains nothing
Last Line: Only it uses the wrong words
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


SCION       
First Line: The son says:
Last Line: But nobody seems to know how this town got its name.' %theywere no wiser


SEA TEACHES ME FRENCH       
First Line: I move my tongue
Last Line: Salt-haired, you from the surf


SEATING ARRANGEMENTS       
First Line: Dew on grass + something remembers
Last Line: Chair = each one is one each


SECOND NOETIC HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe. Room for doubt
Last Line: Fast red car soon out of human sight
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


SECRET AGENT       
First Line: To be what I am is to be guided
Last Line: They are the veins of my true body, %this planet of distrust, this war


SECTION 10: EARTH IS A WOMAN WHO IMAGINES US.       
Last Line: For I was an old man, in love with difference


SEEK OUT THE FAR CAPILLARIES       
Last Line: How can you grieve? She is somewhere


SENSATION       
First Line: Back on the old days


SERMON ON LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: But in my heart
Last Line: Quench my thirst!
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SET ON WAR       
First Line: Night when the fates are decided
Last Line: A flag is the only enemy of the sky


SHAKESPEARE       
First Line: Fear no more the and how


SHELTER       
First Line: Deliberately, like a tarpaulin
Last Line: At the door. The door waiting for me


SHIPWRECK       
First Line: By dawn the timbers in the lowest
Last Line: Alone an answer argues he can never hear


SHORTSTOP       
First Line: Pick up the ball and hold it
Last Line: Then throw the batter out


SIGNE DU MIROIR       
First Line: How I have stared at that one
Last Line: I have stared at my face till there is no one there


SINAI       
First Line: From the quartz heater a column
Last Line: It is doors that make our houses old


SINGING UNDER THE GROUND       
First Line: I was a lad under ground, black swan among capons
Last Line: For I was a me, and a wonder, a word without father or mother


SIZE       
First Line: Jeanne, however big it is
Last Line: It poured %into me & made me new. %I bring it to you


SKIES       
First Line: All my life I have loved rain
Last Line: Clean sharp iron brown light home


SOME DEFICIENCIES OF SUSANNAH'S BATH       
First Line: The elders linger by their wishing-well
Last Line: O terrible grammar where the world was made!


SOME PRINCE OF THE TROJANS HERE       
First Line: Among the trees witth names
Last Line: Among low dusty branches, blue %dusty berries of the juniper


SONG XXI       
First Line: Not ready lord not ready . I can't get started . Blew sweet . Out
Last Line: Down seaside where it is said great ocean is that rings us round


SONG: 26       
First Line: Circle & wheel of ... Who cares what I'll %have to say of time?


SONG: FOR THOSE WHO COME AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Learn the new way
Last Line: And there is no different from here
Subject(s): Social Commentary


SONG: FOR THOSE WHO COME AFTER       
First Line: Learn the new way


SONGBOOK       
First Line: Palabras of amber %I speak of amber
Last Line: For logic is the poetry of frightened men


SONGS FROM THE CHILDWOOD       
First Line: And if the sparrow
Last Line: Your house is everywhere


SONNET 18       
First Line: When they look they'll find it beautiful
Last Line: He'd found beneath him, a skin he always knew


SONNET FOR TED BERRIGAN'S SONNETS REPRINTED       
First Line: It must be the whole world don't you think


SOUND       
First Line: First she heard a sound
Last Line: But the thunder %was all over her mind


SOUND OF THE CENTER       
First Line: Masaniyeh %the tree of %death the fatal
Last Line: He filled with snakes and roots and vineleaves to remind


SPELL       
First Line: Someone immensely naked
Last Line: Travelling hand to mouth forever with our beautiul eyes


SPRING SONNET       
First Line: Love, do not be more clever than the heart
Last Line: More than love be clear not ever. Be heart


ST SEBASTIAN SECTOR, CALVARY       
First Line: On a stopped train hearing the intercom
Last Line: Two roses down on the coffin %we have to see


STAINS       
First Line: How we have to suffer to be anybody. Slices of lemon once I
Last Line: Busied myself with those false hopes we call thinking


STANDING AT MIDNIGHT       
Last Line: Tossed back in your face from a lost mirror


STANZAS       
First Line: Upon whose accents do I marshall a small domestic beast
Last Line: Then the clean light of elderts lane the library close now %these names mean nothing to you


STANZAS FROM DANTE       
First Line: Verge in me, matter, I feel you tell me, feel
Last Line: Truth is an answer: all will would our senses deny


STANZAS: STANZA THREE       
First Line: It is not bad to be boring and to be dead
Last Line: Darlings our business is always this other %reaching


STANZAS: STANZA TWO       
First Line: So it is formal and faithful as a xerox something is lost
Last Line: Whose shadows are satin and nightfall and radish and now I %remember


STARTLED BY A SENTENCE I FIND WRITTEN       
Last Line: Peasants drinking stolen champagne just over the crest of a hill


STATE OF THE NATION       
First Line: Summer is walking out & master horse
Last Line: Looks back at the people, their feet %are perfectly still


STATUE OF ELVIS FOUND ON THE MOON       
First Line: I saw labrador not the orkneys this labrador was green
Last Line: Beaming us down from and into the curious situation of %emptiness


STONE WALL IN PROVIDENCE       
First Line: At dawn the sun investigates the blue copper dome
Last Line: In the method which comes: %to cherish every difference and know there is no difference


STORY       
First Line: It was a cactus coming out of the ground, or more precisely a cactus
Last Line: He thinks each time it's a moth or a sluggish winter fly. Story of %fly in winter. Story of a house'


STUDIES FROM MISHNAH: III       
First Line: (dbr) %behind %this book
Last Line: I want to get behind this book I find her breathing


STUDY AFTER TITIAN       
First Line: Once I was marsyas the musician
Last Line: Sunlight snickering in the crannies thereof


STUDYING HORSES       
First Line: When you wake up from sleeping with women
Last Line: The gorgeous infidelities that make you free


SUIT OF CARDS       
First Line: Ace %to want is my only wand
Last Line: Cast off! He cried but no one listened and the shore was %far


SUN OF THE CENTER       
First Line: A man divided into animal
Last Line: The corn is eaten, the animal howls, the sun flowers


SWANS       
First Line: So many swans here in connecticut


TAMING THE WOMAN       


TEARS OF EDMUND BURKE       
First Line: Let the ink %run out & return
Last Line: Before the glisten had dried off the ink


TELEPHONE       
First Line: The fray of meaning
Last Line: Into that vast mistake called understanding


TEMPLUM       
First Line: I have seen the terrifying gates
Last Line: A white wind sleeping on the world


TEXTS 23       
First Line: The bird that hovers
Last Line: To hover over the text. %to read


THALAMION       
First Line: Come up the dry staircase
Last Line: With an oil you press from him


THAT A MAN PULLS ON THE WORLD       
Last Line: And by so drawing gives claws to the tiger and redness to the rose


THAT FURIOUS WATER       
First Line: Her hands were cold, she hid them
Last Line: The shape they lend the wind is what you speak


THAT YOU DIED IN THE WINTER       
Last Line: Spring, among the enormous memory of you


THE CLOUDHERD'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Never having done anything ever but watch
Last Line: I call you cloud and call myself yours
Subject(s): Clouds


THE DOGWOOD THE ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The dogwood is no answer
Last Line: All this island music
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Neighbors


THE INVADERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Given: / when he saw the shape of the cloud
Last Line: All I could do was say them so I did
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THEN       
First Line: If a flower could walkd
Last Line: They hear about with dread, yet dare to enter %and go and go and never come to the end


THEORY OF PLACE       
First Line: It is always enough to live, isn't it


THING FORGIVES LANGUAGE       
First Line: You are aluminum
Last Line: The rest is me


THIRD NOETIC HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The unicursal pentagram
Last Line: Is empty, remembering the back of my mind
Subject(s): Memory


THIS ANIMAL HAS BEEN SET FREE       
First Line: It says on a cage in the zoo


THIS BE CALLING AGAIN AND THIS BE WOOD       
Last Line: This calling e a river and be done


THIS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL IS OLD       
Last Line: And don't go to sleep


THIS IS THE END       
First Line: At any moment the sun may come out
Last Line: Dream, buster, dream


THOR'S THRUSH: 4, SELS.       


THOR'S THRUSH: 5, SELS.       


THOR'S THRUSH: 6, SELS.       


THOR'S THRUSH: 7, SELS.       


THOSE WHO ARE BEAUTIFUL       
Last Line: If it is music it hears


THREE ORGAN RITUALS FOR ERIK SATIE       
First Line: Knowing too little


TIME GONE       


TIMING       
First Line: Where was it buried?
Last Line: And given her a strange little smile


TO DO IT AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE       
Last Line: This ordinary mind


TO HER BODY, AGAINST TIME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Long over, what's on the tree
Last Line: The form plain
Subject(s): Old Age


TO HER BODY, AGAINST TIME       
First Line: Long over, what's on the tree
Last Line: Rain against a hidden sun, %the form plain


TO MY FRIENDS WHEN I AM EIGHTY-FIVE       
Last Line: Robert, we will walk in these nice woods. %then leave me there with weasels and the moon


TOO MUCH ABOUT THE DANCE       
First Line: The old serenader


TORMENTS OF SINCERITY       
First Line: A boat sideways in rapids, a telegram
Last Line: But two old dead men are arguing about god


TOUCH       
First Line: I have been trying to touch you all my life
Last Line: Held loosely, towards you. My hand


TOURNAMENT FROM WHICH I WOKE       
First Line: The wild chirp of the alarm came in the thick of the battadure


TOWARDS THE DAY OF LIBERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesnt matter what we see there
Last Line: The shadow's own
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


TOWARDS THE DAY OF LIBERATION       
First Line: It doesnt matter what we see there
Last Line: Whose body is that? %the shadow's own


TOWER OF BABEL       
First Line: Certain men decided to build a tower that would reach heaven
Last Line: Still stands unfinished, and no one can say where it actually %could go


TRIADS       
First Line: Things disappear. A suite
Last Line: Shouting pollen pollen in the night


TUNE       
First Line: A sheep was. And a purse dangled from his arms. A sporran jogged
Last Line: Might? I revise the animal. How %do you listen? I hear with my hands


TURQUOISE       
First Line: There is always another language to learn. Massive silver encrusted with


TWENTY       
First Line: How could I have known and what is there to know
Last Line: The bed should be chill and austere it isn't it's just a bed%to carry savage apartness across an ave


UBIQUIST       
First Line: He'd be as weeds
Last Line: A pregnant poem conceived upon a word %that means 'someone who wants to be everywhere'


UMBELLIFERAE       
First Line: Old flower


UNE SEMAINE DE SILENCE       
First Line: A travers la riviere une chose
Last Line: Fesses hanches dos durent %je suis une lame un minuit je passe


UNQUELL THE DAWN NOW       
First Line: Then we went, high hooked from the
Last Line: Then one found her gown gone, though all's a gate so


VALUATION       
First Line: If this were a painting and not a poem


VAMPIRE       
First Line: What time do I have who have no time


VARIATIONS ON A POEM OF STEFAN GEORGE       
First Line: Windows where I once with you
Last Line: Alle freude nahmst du mit


VARIATIONS ON SOME STIRRINGS OF MALLARME       
First Line: The chest is open and I elude all the leaves
Last Line: A friend obsessed with you is calling your name %godlike even to create a world in which you answer


VENUS OF MOUNT RUTSEN       
First Line: The snow-woman we've seen all week


VIRGIN AND THE FIG       
First Line: She stood before a limestone wall


VOCATION       
First Line: Months worth of notations


VOYAGE TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH       
First Line: Knowledge is not a matter of it
Last Line: All science comes through this ill-fitting door


WANDERER       
First Line: He broke the mind-lock and lived
Last Line: In me and be my will. For I am long in tarrying and want %nothing


WEEDS       
First Line: Are flowers we do not claim as ours. Her dress was sable
Last Line: Seme old books would say, sown with tiny flowers


WEEK AS WORK       
First Line: When I am a coin it is tomorrow


WHAT       
First Line: What does not show through
Last Line: What the dying high school geometry teacher remembers %of first love


WHAT DO YOU DO IF       


WHAT IF THE WORLD WERE ONLY WHAT IT IS AND WE STILL COULDN'T       
First Line: Disperse me. I am the nitre on your cave wall
Last Line: In the exhausted theater and send them home


WHAT IS ATTAINED HAS NO IDEA       


WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE RIVER       
First Line: Was a piece but not of music
Last Line: From rapids, dreams of a drowning man, %spit from your poor blind god


WHAT THE WAITRESS AT DUNKIN DONUTS SAID TO ME       
First Line: Trouble me, trouble me the plain white bread ...'


WHEN I FINALLY CAUGHT       


WHEN I WAS TWENTY I WAS SURE       


WHEN IT COMES       
First Line: If someone told you music's
Last Line: Communicative, too much love


WHEN THE BROKERS WERE RAINING ON WALL STREET       
Last Line: Nothing was speaking but the bones of her face


WHEN THE CEDAR       
Last Line: Branch the whole world shakes


WHERE WOULD THE DUST GO IF YOU SHOOK IT OUT       
First Line: Except on the very items you seek to guard
Last Line: Was moving and you couldn't read french


WHITE WALL       
First Line: Stare at the wall


WHO DO I COME HOME TO BE? A PARABLE       
Last Line: Than teddy wilson last thruway midnight albany


WHY THE ACROBAT WAS SMILIING       
First Line: The closeness ('subrisio saltat.'
Last Line: (no wonder %winter is all thinking


WIND SWAY       
First Line: Now my diana was a naked hip, cool bedsheet
Last Line: Into the silent practice of our lives


WINDOWS       
First Line: Beware the simplicity of windows
Last Line: The hills endure your absence forever


WINTER MUSIC       
First Line: The radiator is tired of the heat is tired of the house is tired
Last Line: Is tired of even one more time coming again


WOMAN FROM CONNAUGHT       
First Line: My great-great-great-great-grandmother
Last Line: Quiet women and their heavy gods
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry; Connaught, Ireland; Family Life - Ireland; Grandparents


WOMAN WITH FLAXEN HAIR IN NORFOLK HEARD       
First Line: Wherever you are
Last Line: And checking the sun and looking away


WOOL       
First Line: How could I forget the wool of my coat
Last Line: And what we do now we have done before


WORK OF THE KILN       
First Line: It is the ordinary mistake
Last Line: Almost in your hands


WOUNDS OF CHRIST       
First Line: From the grand borders of the least concerned of all
Last Line: My brother, and of this mother mind we both are fleshed


YESTERBITE       
First Line: That doomed reprisal


YOU BREAK A MIRROR       


YUCATAN       
First Line: The pyramid at kabah which you can see only if you are attentive