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Author: KENYON, JANE
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Kenyon, Jane    Poet's Biography
290 poems available by this author


A BOY GOES INTO THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: My brother rode off on his bike
Last Line: I at last can claim them as my own
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Family Life; Childhood Memories; Relatives


AFTER AN EARLY FROST       
First Line: The cat takes her squealing mouse into the bathtub to play
Last Line: Though not for a while


AFTER AN ILLNESS, WALKING THE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Wet things smell stronger
Last Line: Imagines to the end that he is free
Subject(s): Dogs


AFTER AN ILLNESS, WALKING THE DOG       
First Line: Wet things smell stronger
Last Line: Imagines to the end that he is free


AFTER THE DINNER PARTY       
First Line: A late-blooming burgundy hollyhock sways
Last Line: Out the light...And there's an end to it


AFTER THE HURRICANE       
First Line: I walk the fibrous woodland path to the pond
Last Line: Who made a sacrament of saying no


AFTER TRAVELING       
First Line: While in silence I take
Last Line: Leading a matched pair of pugs %on a bifurcated leash


AFTER WORKING LONG ON ONE THING       
First Line: Through the screen door
Last Line: The sky won't darken in the west %until ten. Where shall I turn %this light and tired mind?


AFTERNOON AT MACDOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: On a windy summer day the well-dressed
Last Line: To find late innings of a red sox game?
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


AFTERNOON AT MACDOWELL       
First Line: On a windy summer day the well-dressed
Last Line: To find late innings of a red sox game


AFTERNOON IN THE HOUSE       
First Line: It's quiet here. The cats
Last Line: Sitting in the middle of perfect %possibility


ALONE FOR A WEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: I washed a load of clothes
Last Line: And allegorical. . . .
Subject(s): Solitude


ALONE FOR A WEEK       
First Line: I washed a load of clothes
Last Line: Your pillow plump, cool, %and allegorical


AMERICAN TRIPTYCH: 1. AT THE STORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clumps of daffodils along the storefront
Last Line: Pulley in the doorway of a country store
Subject(s): Country Stores


AMERICAN TRIPTYCH: 1. AT THE STORE       
First Line: Clumps of daffodils along the storefront
Last Line: Pulley in the doorway of a country store


AMERICAN TRIPTYCH: 2. DOWN THE ROAD       
First Line: Early summer. Sun low over the pond. Down the road the
Last Line: The house, sometimes it tunnels into tall grass at the edge of the %hayfield


AMERICAN TRIPTYCH: 3. POTLUCK AT THE WILMOT FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH       
First Line: We drive to the flat on a clear november night. Stars and
Last Line: Again I am struck with love for the republic


APPLE DROPPING INTO DEEP SNOW       
First Line: A jay settled on a branch, making it sway
Last Line: Who cry, outraged, lord, when did we see you


APPOINTMENT       
First Line: The phoebe flew back and forth
Last Line: I could have heard what you had to say


APRIL CHORES       
First Line: When I take the chilly tools
Last Line: Thinks its way up %through loam


APRIL WALK       
First Line: Evening came, and work was done


ARGUMENT       
First Line: On the way to the village store
Last Line: And the wish to forestall the argument


AT A MOTEL NEAR O'HARE AIRPORT       
First Line: I sit by the window all morning
Last Line: In the parking lot of a motel


AT THE DIME STORE       
First Line: Since I saw him last his teeth have gone
Last Line: Of substance was gone, leaving only %white rectangular spaces on the lawn


AT THE FEEDER       
First Line: First the chickadees take
Last Line: At bubastis, during the xxiii dynasty


AT THE IGA: FRANKLIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is where I would shop
Last Line: Never enough in the bank
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


AT THE IGA: FRANKLIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: This is where I would shop


AT THE PUBLIC MARKET MUSEUM: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA    Poem Text    
First Line: A volunteer, a daughter of the confederacy
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


AT THE PUBLIC MARKET MUSEUM: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA       
First Line: A volunteer, a daughter of the confederacy
Last Line: Blue. It was what both sides %agreed to do
Subject(s): Americans; United States


AT THE SPANISH STEPS IN ROME       
First Line: Keats had come with his friend severn
Last Line: In accordance with the law is there


AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE       
First Line: Noon heat. And later, hotter still
Last Line: To come with sleepy eyhes, and pass your fingers %lightly, lightly up my thighs


AT THE TOWN DUMP       
First Line: Sometimes I nod to my neighbor
Last Line: With the rest of what was mine


AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE       
First Line: The pines look black in the half-light of dawn. Stillness
Last Line: Black dust from the binding rubbed off %on my hands, and on the altar cloth


AUGUST RAIN, AFTER HAYING       
First Line: Through sere trees and beheaded
Last Line: After something it cannot name


BACK       
First Line: We try a new drug, a new combination
Last Line: Into the toe of my christmas stocking


BACK FROM THE CITY       
First Line: After three days and nights of rich food
Last Line: Then feed my sheep'


BAT       
First Line: I was reading about rationalism
Last Line: The one who astounded mary %by suddenly coming near


BEAVER POOL IN DECEMBER       
First Line: The brook is still open
Last Line: In an unconflicted mind


BISCUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The dog has cleaned his bowl
Last Line: Might have given him a stone
Subject(s): Dogs


BISCUIT       
First Line: The dog has cleaned his bowl
Last Line: Might have given him a stone


BLUE BOWL       
First Line: Like primitives we buried the cat
Last Line: But always says the wrong thing


BOX OF BEADS       
First Line: This morning I came across
Last Line: That held them around her neck


BOY GOES INTO THE WORLD       
First Line: My brother rode off on his bike
Last Line: I at last can claim them as my own


BREAKFAST AT THE MOUNT WASHINGTON HOTEL       
First Line: In the valley a warm spring rain


BRIEFLY IT ENTERS, AND BRIEFLY SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the blossom pressed in a book
Last Line: When you think to call my name...
Subject(s): God


BRIEFLY IT ENTERS, AND BRIEFLY SPEAKS       
First Line: I am the blossom pressed in a book
Last Line: When you think to call my name


BRIGHT SUN AFTER HEAVY SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: A ledge of ice slides from the eaves
Last Line: It, too, rises and falls
Subject(s): Snow; Neighbors


BRIGHT SUN AFTER HEAVY SNOW       
First Line: A ledge of ice slides from the eaves
Last Line: Wooden pin is left, solitary as a finger; %it, too, rises and falls


CAGES       
First Line: Driving to winter park in march
Last Line: No longer caring what anyone thinks


CALL       
First Line: I lunged out of sleep toward the ringing
Last Line: For a moment like still more rain


CAMP EVERGREEN       
First Line: The boats like huge bright birds
Last Line: Longed-for, possessed, luxurious, and sad


CAMPERS LEAVING: SUMMER 1981       
First Line: Just now two chartered buses from boston
Last Line: That every word has been spoken to me


CATCHING FROGS       
First Line: I crouched beside the deepest pool
Last Line: Laughter, though I don't remember laughter


CESAREAN       
First Line: The surgeon with his unapologetic
Last Line: Out, and why did everybody shout


CHANGES       
First Line: The cast-iron kitchen range
Last Line: And bicycles, howling, %waving his arms in the air


CHANGING LIGHT       
First Line: Clouds move over the mountain
Last Line: Between their shoulder blades


CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Her sickness brought me to connecticut.
Last Line: Forwarded, will begin to reach me here
Subject(s): Christmas; Absence; Nativity, The; Separation; Isolation


CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME       
First Line: Her sickness brought me to connecticut
Last Line: Forwarded, will begin to reach me here


CHRYSANTHEMUMS       
First Line: The doctor averted his eyes
Last Line: Overwhelming that we began to cry, %he first, and then I


CHURCH FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Who knows what I might find
Last Line: Today, so they'll be ripe by saturday
Subject(s): Church Fairs


CHURCH FAIR       
First Line: Who knows what I might find
Last Line: Today, so they'll be ripe by saturday


CIRCLE ON THE GRASS       
First Line: Last night the wind came into the yard
Last Line: Dark in the center, like an eye


CLEANING THE CLOSET       
First Line: This must be the suit you wore
Last Line: Fumble to put the suit %back where it was


CLEARING       
First Line: The dog and I push through the ring
Last Line: Is wait for you to come back to me


CLIMB       
First Line: From the porch of our house we can see
Last Line: The muscular shoulders of a patient hawk


CLOTHES PIN       
First Line: How much better it is
Last Line: With a gray-brown wooden clothes pin


COATS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw him leaving the hospital
Last Line: For irremediable cold
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


COATS       
First Line: I saw him leaving the hospital
Last Line: The hood under his chin, preparing %for irremediable cold


COLD       
First Line: I don't know why it made me happy to see the pond ice over
Last Line: Bed-the pillows cold, as if I had not been there two minutes %before


COLORS       
First Line: Sometimes I agreed with you
Last Line: And all by insensible degrees


COMING HOME AT TWILIGHT IN LATE SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Se turned into the drive
Last Line: And ate, and were grateful
Subject(s): Homecoming


COMING HOME AT TWILIGHT IN LATE SUMMER       
First Line: We turned into the drive
Last Line: And we each took a pear, %and ate, and were grateful


CULTURAL EXCHANGE       
First Line: A postcard arrives from a friend %visiting the great wall of china
Last Line: That night I was honored by a banquet %in a room so cold I could see my breath


DARK MORNING: SNOW       
First Line: It falls on the vole, nosing somewhere
Last Line: There's nothing I want


DEER SEASON       
First Line: November, late afternoon. I'm driving fast
Last Line: I plan our evening meal


DEPRESSION       
First Line: ...A mote. A little world. Dusty. Dusty
Last Line: Burst out to tell the men, are not believed


DEPRESSION IN WINTER       
First Line: There comes, a little space between the south
Last Line: Turned back down my path, chastened and calm


DRAWING FROM THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Only mama and I were at home
Last Line: To that, too
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


DRAWING FROM THE PAST       
First Line: Only mama and I were at home
Last Line: Was good at it, and I alert %to that, too


DRINK, EAT, SLEEP       
First Line: I never drink from this blue tin cup
Last Line: But the pages were like hnoney %to his tongue


DRY WINTER       
First Line: So little snow that the grass in the field
Last Line: Has never entirely disappeared


DUTCH INTERIORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Christ has been done to death
Last Line: With an air of cautious pleasure
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


DUTCH INTERIORS       
First Line: Christ has been done to death
Last Line: With an air of cautious pleasure


EATING THE COOKIES       
First Line: The cousin from maine, knowing
Last Line: It seemed like the next thing to do


EVENING AT A COUNTRY INN       
First Line: From here I see aq single red cloud
Last Line: The beautiful sane and solid bales of hay


EVENING SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does this light force me back
Last Line: But does not consume / my heart
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


EVENING SUN       
First Line: Why does this light force me back
Last Line: What sorrow burns %but does not destroy my heart


FALLING       
First Line: March. Rain. Five days now
Last Line: Of living without possessions


FAT       
First Line: The doctor says it's better for my spine
Last Line: Noodles gleaming with cream, yams, and plums, %and chapati fried in ghee


FATHER AND SON       
First Line: August. My neighbor started cutting wood
Last Line: As it happened, of their life together


FEAR OF DEATH AWAKENS ME       
First Line: ...Or it's a cloud-shadow passing over tuckerman
Last Line: Back the way I came, hoping to avoid more cold


FEBRUARY: THINKING OF FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now wind torments the field
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


FEBRUARY: THINKING OF FLOWERS       
First Line: Now wind torments the field
Last Line: To the tongue of the burgundy lily
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


FINDING A LONG GRAY HAIR       
First Line: I scrub the long floorboards
Last Line: I feel my life added to theirs


FIRST EIGHT DAYS OF THE BEARD       
First Line: 1. A page of exclamation points
Last Line: 8. The toenails of the face


FOR THE NIGHT       
First Line: The mare kicks %in her darkening stall, knocks
Last Line: And the bat lets %go of the rafter, falls %into black air


FROM ROOM TO ROOM       
First Line: Here in this house, among photographs
Last Line: Taking a look around


FROM THE BACK STEPS       
First Line: A bird begins to sing
Last Line: Not sure what the color will be


FROST FLOWERS       
First Line: Sap withdraws from the upper reaches
Last Line: The last loud rupture of the calm


FULL MOON IN WINTER       
First Line: Bare branches rise %and fall overhead
Last Line: Of living in a body, %needy and full of desire


GERANIUM       
First Line: How many years did I lug it, pale and leggy
Last Line: Head its head had grown too large


GETTYSBURG: JULY 1, 1863       
First Line: The young man, hardly more
Last Line: Trunk of a tree, but he did not %see it with his open eye


GOING AWAY       
First Line: Like varya in the cherry orchard
Last Line: Left in the silent house, like firs


GUEST       
First Line: I had opened the draft on the stove
Last Line: Someone carrying on alone


HANGING PICTURES IN NANNY'S ROOM       
First Line: When people reminisce about her they say how cross she
Last Line: Prided herself on her repose of manner


HAPPINESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There's just no accounting for happiness
Last Line: To the wineglass, weary of holding wine
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HAPPINESS       
First Line: There's just no accounting for happiness
Last Line: To the wineglass, weary of holding wine


HAVING IT OUT WITH MELANCHOLY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was born, you waited
Last Line: Its bright, unequivocal eye
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


HAVING IT OUT WITH MELANCHOLY       
First Line: When I was born, you waited
Last Line: Singing in the great maples; %its bright, unequivocal eye


HAVING IT OUT WITH MELANCHOLY: 8. CREDO       
First Line: Pharmaceutical wonders are at work
Last Line: When I awake, I am still with thee


HAVING IT OUT WITH MELANCHOLY: 9. WOOD THRUSH       
First Line: High on nardil and june light
Last Line: Its bright, unequivocal eye


HEAVY SUMMER RAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The grasses in the field have toppled,
Last Line: Lie shattered on the lawn
Subject(s): Rain; Loss


HEAVY SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: The grasses in the field have toppled
Last Line: With their black and secret centers %lie shattered on the lawn


HERE       
First Line: You always belonged here
Last Line: The first pale and tentative %root hair in a glass of water


HERMIT       
First Line: The meeting ran needlessly late
Last Line: With bowls of freshly opened blossoms


HIGH WATER       
First Line: Eight days of rain; %the ground refuses more
Last Line: And moving headlong away from here


HIGH WATER       
First Line: Eight days of rain


HOMESICK       
First Line: My clothes and hair smell stale
Last Line: Paste, and rank pink laurel wine


HOW LIKE THE SOUND       
First Line: How like the sound of laughing weeping
Last Line: Vanished behind the morning register


ICE OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: As late as yesterday ice preoccupied
Last Line: Sighs, sneezes, and closes his eyes
Subject(s): Nature


ICE OUT       
First Line: As late as yesterday ice preoccupied
Last Line: Sighs, sneezes, and closes his eyes


ICE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: For the hemlocks and broad-leafed evergreens
Last Line: Extreme, which I intuit, but can't quite name.
Subject(s): Longing; Beauty


ICE STORM       
First Line: For the hemlocks and broad-leafed evergreens
Last Line: Extreme, which I intuit, but can't quite name


IN MEMORY OF JACK       
First Line: Once, coming down the long hill
Last Line: Lights of annihilation and release


IN SEVERAL COLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning, cup of coffee
Last Line: For a part in the opera
Subject(s): Colors; Cats


IN SEVERAL COLORS       
First Line: Every morning, cup of coffee
Last Line: For a part in the opera


IN THE GROVE: THE POET AT TEN       
First Line: She lay on her back in the timothy
Last Line: It was hard to distinguish from pain


IN THE NURSING HOME       
First Line: She is like a horse grazing
Last Line: Master, come with your light %halter. Come and bring her in


INERTIA    Poem Text    
First Line: My head was heavy, heavy
Last Line: In a pile of mail
Subject(s): Centipedes; Inertia


INERTIA       
First Line: My head was heavy, heavy
Last Line: Over the edge of the page, and vanish %in a pile of mail


INPATIENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The young attendants wrapped him in a red
Subject(s): Literary Form


INPATIENT       
First Line: The young attendants wrapped him in a red
Last Line: The suitcase with his streetclothes in the car
Subject(s): Literary Form


INSOMNIA       
First Line: The almost disturbing scent
Last Line: Put grass in their jar in the morning


INSOMNIA AT THE SOLSTICE       
First Line: The quicksilver song %of the wood thrush spills
Last Line: All night, and now I'll have %to entertain you all day


IRONING GRANDMOTHER'S TABLECLOTH       
First Line: As a bride, you made it smooth
Last Line: Whose child I am, whether I have children


KILLING THE PLANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: That year I discovered the virtues
Last Line: Flowers, the example of persistence
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


KILLING THE PLANTS       
First Line: That year I discovered the virtues


LAST DAYS       
First Line: Over the orchard a truly black cloud appeared
Last Line: A housefly lit on her blue-white brow


LEARNING IN THE FIRST GRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cup is read. The drop of rain
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


LEARNING IN THE FIRST GRADE       
First Line: The cup is read. The drop of rain
Last Line: Muttering under his beard
Subject(s): Education; Schools


LEAVING BARBADOS       
First Line: Just as the sun pitched summarily over
Last Line: Pink, copen, lavender,black and red. %tonight another couple will sleep in our bed


LEAVING TOWN       
First Line: It was late august when we left. I gave away my plants, all but
Last Line: And part of the next morning


LET EVENING COME    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the light of late afternoon
Last Line: Comfortless, so let evening come
Subject(s): Evening; Time; Sunset; Twilight


LET EVENING COME       
First Line: Let the light of late afternoon
Last Line: Be afraid. God does not leave us %comfortless, so let evening come


LETTER       
First Line: Bad news arrives in her distinctive hand
Last Line: And we go the long way home


LETTER IN AUTUMN       
First Line: This first october of your death
Last Line: And I the gray oak alongside


LETTER TO ALICE       
First Line: Twilight. A few bats loop out of the barn
Last Line: For their first year. More flowers, more art. %write


LINES FOR AKHMATOVA       
First Line: The night train from moscow, beginning to slow
Last Line: Or if the secret of secrets is within me again


LITTER       
First Line: I poured the unused coffee grounds
Last Line: In windows I've never before seen open


LITTLE BOAT       
First Line: As soon as spring peepers sounded from the stream
Last Line: Bending over a book), and no one knew I was not %where I seemed to be


LOOKING AT STARS       
First Line: The god of curved space, the dry
Last Line: The hem of his mother's robe


MAIN STREET: TILTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: I waited in the car while he
Last Line: By others equally equivocal


MAN EATING    Poem Text    
First Line: The man at the table across from mine
Last Line: With a pearl-white plastic spoon
Subject(s): Food & Eating


MAN EATING       
First Line: The man at the table across from mine
Last Line: With a pearl-white plastic spoon


MAN SLEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Large flakes of snow fall slowly, far
Last Line: Or like abel, broken, at his brotherís feet
Subject(s): Homeless


MAN SLEEPING       
First Line: Large flakes of snow fall slowly, far
Last Line: Or like abel, broken, at his brother's feet


MAN WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: The room was already light when
Last Line: Not the utter darkness he desired
Subject(s): Waking


MAN WAKING       
First Line: The room was already light when
Last Line: Not the utter darkness he desired


MOSAIC OF THE NATIVITY: SERBIA, WINTER, 1993    Poem Text    
First Line: On the domed ceiling god
Last Line: Lodges and begins to grow
Subject(s): Balkan Conflicts (yugoslavia); Christmas; Serbia; Nativity, The; Servia


MOSAIC OF THE NATIVITY: SERBIA, WINTER, 1993       
First Line: On the domed ceiling god
Last Line: Of christ, cloaked in blood, %lodges and begins to grow
Subject(s): Balkan Conflicts (yugoslavia); Christmas; Serbia


MOVING THE FRAME       
First Line: Impudent spring has come
Last Line: Time, but I woke up again


MUD SEASON       
First Line: Here in purgatory bare ground
Last Line: Of purple, but for the moment %holds its tongue


MY MOTHER       
First Line: My mother comes back from a trip downtown to the dimestore
Last Line: When she goes downtown, I think she will not come back


NEEDLE       
First Line: Grandmother, you are as pale
Last Line: Like the young nurse with the needle


NO       
First Line: The last prayer had been said
Last Line: Whether to stay, or leave her there


NO STEPS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The young bull dropped his head and stared
Last Line: In a zip-lock plastic sandwich bag
Subject(s): Bulls


NO STEPS       
First Line: The young bull dropped his head and stared


NOT HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Searching for pillowcases trimmed
Last Line: Or evening paper, unaware
Subject(s): Home; Mice


NOT HERE       
First Line: Searching for pillowcases trimmed
Last Line: And we read the mail %or evening paper, unaware


NOT WRITING       
First Line: A wasp rises to its papery
Last Line: To enter its own house


NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I divested myself of despair
Last Line: To be mercy clothed in light
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE       
First Line: I divested myself of despair
Last Line: And god, as promised, proves %to be mercy clothed in light


NOVEMBER CALF    Poem Text    
First Line: She calved in the ravine, beside
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


NOVEMBER CALF       
First Line: She calved in the ravine, beside
Last Line: A frayed and knotted scrap of rope
Subject(s): Farm Life


NOW THAT WE LIVE       
First Line: Fat spider by the door
Last Line: Under the blue %imperturbable mountain


NOW WHERE?       
First Line: It wakes when I wake, walks
Last Line: Cool clear weather; heat, rain


ON THE AISLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Goodbye to maui - to orchids on our plates
Last Line: And he runs for it
Subject(s): Air Travel; Farewell; Parting


ON THE AISLE       
First Line: Leaving maui -- orchids on our plates
Last Line: A close connection to tucson, %and runs for it


OTHERWISE    Poem Text    
First Line: I got out of bed
Last Line: It will be otherwise
Subject(s): Family Life; Mortality; Relatives


OTHERWISE       
First Line: I got out of bed %on two strong legs
Last Line: But one day, I know, %it will be otherwise


PAINTERS       
First Line: A hot dry day in early fall


PARENTS' WEEKEND: CAMP KENWOOD       
First Line: Midmorning the company of cars
Last Line: Everything seemed right just as it was


PEAR       
First Line: There is a moment in middle age
Last Line: Until things have gone too far


PEONIES AT DUSK    Poem Text    
First Line: White peonies blooming along the porch
Last Line: A loved oneís face
Subject(s): Peonies


PEONIES AT DUSK       
First Line: White peonies blooming along the porch
Last Line: Search it as a woman searches %a loved one's face


PHARAOH    Poem Text    
First Line: The future ainít what it used to be
Last Line: Water, a book and a pen
Subject(s): Baseball


PHARAOH       
First Line: The future ain't what it used to be,'
Last Line: Life surrounded you -- your comb and glasses, %water, a book and a pen


PHILOSOPHY IN WARM WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now all the doors and windows
Last Line: Pulling up the corn
Subject(s): Heat


PHILOSOPHY IN WARM WEATHER       
First Line: Now all the doors and windows
Last Line: Beyond alarm, goes right on %pulling up the corn


PHOTOGRAPH OF A CHILD ON A VERMONT HILLSIDE       
First Line: Beside the rocking horse, for which
Last Line: Barefoot in the dusty drive %after the supper dishes are done


POND AT DUSK       
First Line: A fly wounds the water but the wound
Last Line: And the men struggle with the casket %just clearing the pews


PORTION OF HISTORY       
First Line: The sweet breath of someone's laundry
Last Line: Head bobbing wildly on its frail stem


PORTRAIT OF A FIGURE NEAR WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Rebuked, she turned and ran
Last Line: Then water enters, though it makes / no sound
Subject(s): Anger


PORTRAIT OF A FIGURE NEAR WATER       
First Line: Rebuked, she turned and ran
Last Line: Then water enters, though it makes %no sound


POTATO    Poem Text    
First Line: In haste one evening while making dinner
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


POTATO       
First Line: In haste one evening while making dinner
Last Line: Hand-me-down clothes on the line
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


PRIVATE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is always the dispossessedó
Last Line: And proper reward for work
Subject(s): Inanimate Objects


PRIVATE BEACH       
First Line: It is always the dispossessed
Last Line: And proper reward for work


PROGNOSIS       
First Line: I walked alone in the chill of dawn
Last Line: Settled, the bough did not sway


RAIN IN JANUARY       
First Line: I woke before dawn, still
Last Line: I let it hang beside me, pale, %useless, and strange


READING ALOUD TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I chose the book haphazard
Last Line: And let them pull it free
Subject(s): Books & Reading; Fathers & Daughters; Mortality


READING ALOUD TO MY FATHER       
First Line: I chose the book haphazard
Last Line: And you must honor that desire %and let them pull it free


READING LATE OF THE DEATH OF KEATS       
First Line: I tried to distract myself by reading
Last Line: Until it flew or fell away


SANDY HOLE       
First Line: The infant's coffin no bigger than a flightbag
Last Line: No one dares to come near him, even to touch his sleeve


SECRET       
First Line: In a glass case marked 'estate jewelry'
Last Line: My agitation has dropped away


SEPTEMBER GARDEN PARTY       
First Line: We sit with friends at the round
Last Line: Passes through the wine


SHIRT       
First Line: The shirt touches his neck
Last Line: Down into his pants. %lucky shirt


SICK AT SUMMER'S END       
First Line: Today from the darkened room I heard
Last Line: I'm falling upward, nothing to hold me down


SICK WIFE       
First Line: The sick wife stayed in the car
Last Line: That it made her sick at heart


SIESTA: BARBADOS       
First Line: From bed we heard


SIESTA: HOTEL FRATTINA       
First Line: Midafternoon the sound of weeping in the hall
Last Line: By four on a november afternoon


SLEEPERS IN JAIPUR       
First Line: A mango moon climbs the dark
Last Line: From its cool terra-cotta urn


SMALL EARLY VALENTINE       
First Line: Wind plays the spy %opens and closes doors
Last Line: Lifting his head and ears %when after twenty years %odysseusapproached him


SOCKS       
First Line: While you were away
Last Line: Tight dark fists


SONG       
First Line: An oriole sings from the hedge
Last Line: Under every leaf and tongue


SPRING CHANGES       
First Line: The autumnal drone of my neighbor
Last Line: And 'be careful!' through the glass


SPRING EVENING       
First Line: Again the thrush affirms
Last Line: Waits to sow his corn


SPRING SNOW       
First Line: A thoughtful snow comes falling....%seems to hang in the air before
Last Line: Dodging the clothesline won't %use until peonies send up red, %plump, irrepressible spears


STARTING THERAPY       
First Line: The psychiatrist moves toward me
Last Line: Where we lived when I was four


STAYING AT GRANDMA'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes they left me for the day
Last Line: And leave the other there alone?
Subject(s): Grandparents; Holy Ghost; Religion; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Holy Spirit; Theology


STAYING AT GRANDMA'S       
First Line: Sometimes they left me for the day
Last Line: And leave the other there alone
Subject(s): Grandparents; Holy Ghost; Religion


STROLLER       
First Line: It was copen blue, strong and bright
Last Line: To interrogate your wounds, the progress %of your beating heart


SUITOR       
First Line: We lie back to back. Curtains
Last Line: For short visits, like a timid suitor


SUMMER 1890: NEAR THE GULF       
First Line: The hour was late, and the others
Last Line: Before her, like a bright light %before a closed eye


SUMMER: 6:00 A.M.       
First Line: From the shadowy upstairs bedroom
Last Line: Swell on the kitchen %floor beside the child's shoe


SUN AND MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Drugged and drowsy but not asleep
Last Line: On the table in the hall
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


SUN AND MOON       
First Line: Drugged and drowsy but not asleep
Last Line: Accrued unopened %on the table in the hall


SURPRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: He suggests pancakes at the local diner
Last Line: Accomplishment with which he has lied
Subject(s): Lies


SURPRISE       
First Line: He suggests pancakes at the local diner
Last Line: Accomplishment with which he has lied


TAKING DOWN THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me some light! Cries hamlet's
Last Line: We're having, let it be extravagant
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


TAKING DOWN THE TREE       
First Line: Give me some light!' cries hamlet's
Last Line: We're having, let it be extravagant


TEACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes there's gravel on the bend
Last Line: While they wait for evening thaw
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


TEACHER       
First Line: Sometimes there's gravel on the bend


THE ARGUMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: On the way to the village store
Last Line: And the wish to forestall the argument
Subject(s): Religion; Death; Theology; Dead, The


THE BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I was reading about rationalism
Last Line: By suddenly coming near
Subject(s): Bats


THE BLUE BOWL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Like primitives we buried the cat
Last Line: But always says the wrong thing
Subject(s): Death - Animals; Cats


THE BLUE BOWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like primitives we buried the cat
Subject(s): Cats


THE CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: I lunged out of sleep toward the ringin
Last Line: For a moment like still more rain
Subject(s): Sickness; Mothers; Rain


THE CLEARING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dog and I push through the ring
Last Line: Is wait for you to come back to me
Subject(s): Dogs; Love - Loss Of


THE POND AT DUSK    Poem Text    
First Line: A fly wounds the water but the wound
Last Line: Just clearing the pews
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE SHIRT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The shirt touches his neck
Last Line: Lucky shirt
Subject(s): Love; Clothing & Dress


THE SUITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: We lie back to back. Curtains
Last Line: For short visits, like a timid suitor
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


THE WAY THINGS ARE IN FRANKLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the undertaker is going out
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


THIMBLE       
First Line: I found a silver thimble
Last Line: Words the wearer must have spoken


THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hen flings a single pebble aside
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THINGS       
First Line: The hen flings a single pebble aside
Last Line: Must fall, glad at last to have fallen
Subject(s): Religion


THINKING OF MADAME BOVARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The first hot april day the granite step
Last Line: The ant was struggling with its own desire
Subject(s): Nature


THINKING OF MADAME BOVARY       
First Line: The first hot april day the granite step
Last Line: The ant was struggling with its own desire


THIS MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The barn bears the weight
Last Line: Tremble as it passes
Subject(s): Farm Life; Snow; Agriculture; Farmers


THIS MORNING       
First Line: The barn bears the weight
Last Line: Making the house %tremble as it passes


THREE CROWS       
First Line: Three crows fly across a gun-metal
Last Line: Hang bright against wet black bark %'I lived,' he said 'all my life %on the edge of another's nest'


THREE SMALL ORANGES       
First Line: My old flannel nightgown, the elbows out
Last Line: And three small hard green oranges


THREE SONGS AT THE END OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: A second crop of hay lies cut
Last Line: It was the only life I had
Subject(s): Summer


THREE SONGS AT THE END OF SUMMER       
First Line: A second crop of hay lies cut
Last Line: It was the only life I had
Subject(s): Summer


THREE SUSANS       
First Line: Ancient maples mingle over us, leaves
Last Line: And wild cats are stalking in the moat


TRAVEL: AFTER A DEATH       
First Line: We drove past farms, the hills terraced with sheep
Subject(s): Death; Literary Form; Dead, The


TRAVEL: AFTER A DEATH       
First Line: We drove past farms, the hills terraced with sheep
Last Line: Oh, when am I going to own my mind again
Subject(s): Death; Literary Form


TROUBLE WITH MATH IN A ONE-ROOM COUNTRY SCHOOL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The others bent their heads and started in
Last Line: And changed, back to the class
Subject(s): Schools; Mathematics; Education; Schools; Shame; Students; Students


TROUBLE WITH MATH IN A ONE-ROOM COUNTRY SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The others bent their heads and started in
Last Line: And changed, back to the class
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Shame; Students


TROUBLE WITH MATH IN A ONE-ROOM COUNTRY SCHOOL       
First Line: The others bent their heads and started in
Last Line: And changed, back to the class
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Shame


TWILIGHT: AFTER HAYING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Yes, long shadows go out
Last Line: Grows wet with dew
Subject(s): Hay & Haymaking; Religion; Theology


TWILIGHT: AFTER HAYING       
First Line: Yes, long shadows go out
Last Line: The ravaged field %grows wet with dew
Subject(s): Hay And Haymaking; Religion


TWO DAYS ALONE       
First Line: You are not here. I keep
Last Line: Nothing tells me that I don't


VISIT       
First Line: The talkative guest has gone
Last Line: And the delicate sadness of dusk


WAITING       
First Line: At the grocery store on a rainy july day
Last Line: And she will wait. Life is odd...%I too am waiting, though if your asked %what for, I wouldn't know


WAKING IN JANUARY BEFORE DAWN       
First Line: Something that sounded like the town
Last Line: Humpbacked and headless on the chair


WALKING ALONE IN LATE WINTER       
First Line: How long the winter has lasted -- like a mahler
Last Line: Of chill, sends me hurrying home


WALKING NOTES: HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT       
First Line: Wearing only her nightdress
Last Line: He mowed, and now she waters listlessly


WASH       
First Line: All day the blanket snapped and swelled
Last Line: Restless, under its fragrant weight


WASH DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: How it rained while you slept! Wakeful
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


WASH DAY       
First Line: How it rained while you slept! Wakeful
Last Line: You'll laugh, but I feel it - %some power has gone from the sun
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


WAY THINGS ARE IN FRANKLIN       
First Line: Even the undertaker is going out
Last Line: We sometimes feel when others fail
Subject(s): Americans; United States


WE LET THE BOAT DRIFT       
First Line: I set out for the pond, crossing the ravine
Last Line: After a long time, and well away from humankind


WHAT CAME TO ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I took the last / dusty piece of china
Subject(s): Loss


WHAT CAME TO ME       
First Line: I took the last %dusty piece of china
Last Line: I grieved for you then; %as I never had before
Subject(s): Loss


WHILE WE WERE ARGUING    Poem Text    
First Line: The first snow fell - or should I say
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


WHILE WE WERE ARGUING       
First Line: The first snow fell - or should I say
Last Line: Between disintegrating clouds. I said %aloud. 'you see, we have done harm'
Subject(s): Religion


WHIRLIGIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two bearded men: one chops a log
Last Line: Waving our arms to scare the crows away
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


WHIRLIGIGS       
First Line: Two bearded men: one chops a log


WHO       
First Line: These lines are written
Last Line: The words which are my food


WINDFALLS       
First Line: The storm is moving on, and as the wind
Last Line: When I stopped, begin to move again


WINTER LAMBS    Poem Text    
First Line: All night snow came upon us
Last Line: Agree or disagree
Subject(s): Winter; Lambs; Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


WINTER LAMBS       
First Line: All night snow came upon us
Last Line: As we fall into this life, %agree or disagree


WITH THE DOG AT SUNRISE       
First Line: Although we always come this way
Last Line: Pines, nose to steaming nose


WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU WEEPING?    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning after the crucifixion
Subject(s): Women


WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU WEEPING?       
First Line: The morning after the crucifixion
Last Line: Of the black oarsman on the oars
Subject(s): Women


WORK       
First Line: It has been light since four. In june
Last Line: Like the rest. And oh, your sigh %the sigh you sighed then


YARD SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the stupefying sun
Last Line: "and one she calls ""ghost with long legs."
Subject(s): Yard Sales


YARD SALE       
First Line: Under the stupefying sun
Last Line: And one she calls 'ghost with long legs.'


YEAR DAY       
First Line: We are living together on the earth
Last Line: Of my hands. Wear them in your hair