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Author: KINNELL, GALWAY
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Kinnell, Galway    Poet's Biography
256 poems available by this author


52 OSWALD STREET       
First Line: Then, when the full moonlight %would touch our blanketed bodies
Last Line: And three children, and a fourth %sleeping, quite long ago


ACROSS THE BROWN RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The brown river, finger of a broken fist
Last Line: These eyes from outer space, evicted statues
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


AFTER MAKING LOVE WE HEAR FOOTSTEPS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: For I can snore like a bullhorn
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Fathers; Men; Prayer


AFTER MAKING LOVE WE HEAR FOOTSTEPS       
First Line: For I can snore like a bullhorn
Last Line: This blessing love gives again into our arms
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Fathers; Men; Prayer


AGAPE       
First Line: I want to touch her
Last Line: Again to sit up half the night %and laught and forget not %all of us will rejoice %like this always


AH MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat here as a boy
Last Line: So must be dark
Subject(s): Moon


ALEWIVES POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: We lay on the grass and gazed down and heard
Last Line: Stand on the pulse and love the burning earth


ANGEL       
First Line: This angel, who mediates between us %and the world underneath us
Last Line: Making logs and bone together %cry through the room, crack! Splinter! Groan!


ANGLING, A DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though day is just breaking / when we fling two nightcrawlers
Subject(s): Sports


ANGLING, A DAY       
First Line: Though day is just breaking %when we fling two nightcrawlers
Last Line: There are days when you don't catch anything
Subject(s): Sports


ANOTHER NIGHT IN THE RUINS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the evening
Last Line: To open ourselves, to be / the flames?
Subject(s): Relationships


ANOTHER NIGHT IN THE RUINS       
First Line: In the evening
Last Line: To open himself, to be %the flames?


AUCTION       
First Line: My wife lies in another dream
Last Line: Most of it sold off to the spindle mill, %passing beneath anowl, startling a few doves, %to see the


AVENUE BEARING THE INITIAL OF CHRIST INTO THE NEW WORLD       
First Line: Pcheek pcheek pcheek pcheek pcheek
Last Line: Our little lane, what a kingdom it was! %oi weih, oi weih
Subject(s): New York City; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BITING INSECTS       
First Line: The biting insects don't like the blood of people who dread dying
Last Line: Will know that now it is you being accepted back into the family of mortals
Subject(s): Farm Life


BLACKBERRY EATING    Poem Text    
First Line: I love to go out in late september
Subject(s): Blackberries; Food & Eating


BLACKBERRY EATING       
First Line: I love to go out in late september
Last Line: In the silent, startled, icy, black language %of blackberry-eating in late september
Subject(s): Blackberries; Food And Eating


BRAEMAR    Poem Text    
First Line: One night from the stern I thought, as I watched
Last Line: Pale bodies the sea's farness from their shore
Subject(s): Sea; Night; Ocean; Bedtime


BREAK OF DAY       
First Line: He turns the light on, lights


BROTHER OF MY HEART       
Last Line: In this place that loses its brothers, %in this emptiness only the singing sometimes almost fills


BURN       
First Line: Twelve years ago I came here
Last Line: The sea throws itself down, in flames


BURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: He lives, who last night flopped from a log
Last Line: Burning a house burning in the wilderness
Subject(s): Sickness; Dogs; Illness


BURNING       
First Line: He lives, who last night flopped from a log
Last Line: Burning a house burning in the wilderness


CANADIAN WARBLER    Poem Text    
First Line: The canadian warbler on his limb
Last Line: Only, you were like a harp, at my thought's touch
Subject(s): Birds


CAT       
First Line: The first thing that happened
Last Line: If either ofus lets on about the seizure %I know for certain the cat will kill us both


CEILING       
First Line: I don't like looking at
Last Line: I don't want to die. %I want to be born


CELLIST       
First Line: At intermission I find her backstage
Last Line: Screaming at night and the teary radiance of one %who gives everything no matter what has been given


CELLS BREATHE IN THE EMPTINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the flowers turn to husks
Last Line: How many inert molecules are ready to break into life?
Subject(s): Evolution


CEMETERY ANGELS       
First Line: On these cold days
Last Line: Partly opened as though %warming itself at a fire


CHAMBERLAIN'S PORCH       
First Line: On three sides of the stretcher bed


CHICAGO       
First Line: In this city I loved you, where light
Last Line: Revive the embrace in that melted glow


COINALISTE       
First Line: She can drink from a beer bottle


CONCEPTION       
First Line: Having crowed the seed
Last Line: Say, 'yes, I am two now %and with you, three'


CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR SAYS GOODBYE ... STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Goodbye, lady in bangor, who sent me
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Schools; Students


CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR SAYS GOODBYE ... STUDENTS       
First Line: Goodbye, lady in bangor, who sent me
Last Line: Their loneliness %given away in poems, only their solitude kept
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Schools


CRYING       
First Line: Crying only a little bit
Last Line: I wept it! Ha ha


DAYBREAK       
First Line: On the tidal mud, just before sunset
Last Line: As the true stars at daybreak


DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE       
First Line: A piece of flesh gives off
Last Line: Lieutenant! %this corpse will not stop burning!
Subject(s): Death


DEATH OF A SISTER       
First Line: While the prairies were burning she fell sick
Last Line: Then we assaulted again the heart-breaking earth


DECEMBER DAY IN HONOLULU       
First Line: This day, twice as long as the same day in sheffield, vermont


DECONSTRUCTION OF EMILY DICKINSON       
First Line: The lecture had ended when I came in
Last Line: After all that humbug. But she was silent
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


DIVINITY       
First Line: When the man touches through
Last Line: Knows the pass-whispers it, %and his loving friend becomes his divinity


DRIFTWOOD FROM A SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the white of faces from which the sunburn has suddenly been
Subject(s): Driftwood


DRIFTWOOD FROM A SHIP       
First Line: It is the white of faces from which the sunburn has suddenly been
Subject(s): Driftwood


DUCK-CHASING    Poem Text    
First Line: I spied a very small brown duck
Subject(s): Ducks; Mallards; Drakes


DUCK-CHASING       
First Line: I spied a very small brown duck
Last Line: When it is over it is all over
Subject(s): Ducks


EVERYONE WAS IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: One day, when they were little, maud and fergus
Last Line: Maud said, ďdonít. Frog is already elsewhere.
Subject(s): Love


FAREWELL       
First Line: The last adagio begins
Last Line: From ahead of me comes the hic of somebody drunk %and then the nunc of his head bumping against the


FARM PICTURE       
First Line: Black earth


FEATHERING       
First Line: Many heads before mine have waked
Last Line: In high, soft, clear, wild notes


FERGUS FALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: He climbed to the top
Last Line: Sits in the dry gray wood of his rowboat, waiting for pickerel
Subject(s): Death; Past


FERGUS FALLING       
First Line: He climed to the top %of one of those million white pines
Last Line: Sits in the dry gray wood of his rowboat, waiting for pickerel


FERRY STOPPING AT MACMAHON'S POINT       
First Line: It comes vigorously in


FIRE IN LUNA PARK       
First Line: The screaming produced by the great fright machines
Last Line: And no one is healed but gathered and used again


FIRST DAY OF THE FUTURE       
First Line: They always seem to come up
Last Line: One has to keep facing the right way, or one sees one dies, and one %dies


FIRST SONG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Then it was dusk in illinois, the small boy
Last Line: His heart to the darkness and into the sadness of joy.
Subject(s): Children; Illinois; Labor & Laborers; Childhood; Work; Workers


FLIES       
First Line: Walt whitman noticed a group of them
Last Line: A draft of icy air. But my sisters say no


FLOWER HERDING ON MOUNT MONADNOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I can support it no longer
Last Line: It is a flower. On this mountainside it is dying.
Subject(s): Birds; Flowers; Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire


FLOWER OF FIVE BLOSSOMS       
Last Line: Oh first our voice be done, and then, before and afterwards and %all around it, that singing


FLY       
First Line: The fly
Last Line: The naked dirty reality of him last


FOR ROBERT FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you talk so much
Last Line: Down hills floating by heart on the bulldozed land.
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


FOR RUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a surprise
Last Line: For ruth, for ruth
Subject(s): Memory


FOR THE LOST GENERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Oddities composed the sum of the news
Subject(s): Social Protest


FOR THE LOST GENERATION       
First Line: Oddities composed the sum of the news
Last Line: (o hiroshima, o jews) - %no generation was so gay as the lost
Subject(s): Social Protest


FOR WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you came and you talked and you read with your
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


FOR WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS       
First Line: When you came and you talked and you read with your
Last Line: Drained spittle from his pipe, then %scrammed
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


FOSSILS       
First Line: In the cliff over the frog pond
Last Line: Over the least fossil %day breaks in gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Subject(s): Fossils


FREEDOM, NEW HAMPSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: We came to visit the cow / dying of fever
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


FREEDOM, NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: We came to visit the cow %dying of fever
Last Line: And the few who loved him know this until they die
Subject(s): Farm Life


FROG POND       
First Line: In those first years I came down
Last Line: Crushing it into his hair, as he had done before


FULL MOON       
First Line: The day is ours together


GEESE       
First Line: As soon as they come over the mountain


GETTING THE MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk back / toward the frog pond, carrying
Subject(s): Farm Life; Postal Service; Agriculture; Farmers; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


GETTING THE MAIL       
First Line: I walk back %toward the frog pond, carrying
Last Line: And the kyrie of a chainsaw down off wheelock mountain
Subject(s): Farm Life; Postal Service


GOODBYE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, poor woman, lies tonight
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


GOODBYE       
First Line: My mother, poor woman, lies tonight
Last Line: That is how we have learned, the embrace is all
Subject(s): Family Life


GRAY HERON       
First Line: It held its head still
Last Line: Or change into something else
Subject(s): Birds


GROANS       
First Line: When poet x comes out with a startling
Last Line: From the milk and eggs and from the pleasure %of paying full attention to another, made audible
Subject(s): Bly, Robert (b. 1926)


HEN FLOWER       
First Line: Sprawled %on our faces in the spring
Last Line: Even these feathers freed from their wings forever %are afraid


HOW MANY NIGHTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: From a branch nothing cried from ever in my life
Subject(s): Peace; Nature


HOW MANY NIGHTS       
Last Line: From a branch nothing cried from ever in my life


IN A PARLOR CONTAINING A TABLE       
First Line: In a parlor containing a table
Last Line: You too. You too. You too


IN FIELDS OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun rises
Last Line: A lark bursts up all dew.
Subject(s): Fields; Summer; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


IN THE ANSE GALET VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds / rise by twos out of the jungle , cross
Last Line: Gnawed already at its death edge?
Subject(s): Nature


IN THE BAMBOO HUT       
First Line: There would come ot me the voices
Last Line: Motionless, erect, attentive, %skeleton of desire inside the brain


IN THE FARMHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Eaves moan, / clapboards flap
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


IN THE FARMHOUSE       
First Line: Eaves moan, %clapboards flap
Last Line: Rattling on the twelve lights of blackness
Subject(s): Farm Life


INSOMNIAC       
First Line: I raise my head off the pillow and study
Last Line: Together we will outsleep the night'


ISLAND OF NIGHT       
First Line: In a dream if saw a beautiful island
Last Line: Islands of night against their downward drift


JUDAS-KISS       
First Line: Those who lie waiting know time
Last Line: With a click, like a conductor's %ticket-punch, this one here, god %of our fathers, this one is the


KILAUEA       
First Line: Here is a stone with holes in it
Last Line: Hoots out last nights' portion of disgust, %and shaves, a fleshy, rhythmic rasping, like a katydid's


KISSING THE TOAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere this dusk / a girl puckers her mouth
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


KISSING THE TOAD       
First Line: Somewhere this dusk %a girl puckers her mouth
Last Line: To make is smile wider %to love on, oh yes, to love on
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


LA BAGAREDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I take the dogs into
Subject(s): Constellations; France


LA BAGAREDE       
First Line: I take the dogs into
Last Line: At having love who dies - is shining
Subject(s): Constellations; France


LACKAWANNA    Poem Text    
First Line: Possibly a child is not damaged immediately
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


LACKAWANNA       
First Line: Possibly a child is not damaged immediately
Last Line: Rubs across the brain, making it %do what it can, sing
Subject(s): Railroads


LAKE MEMPHREMEGOG       
First Line: We loaf in our gray boat in the sunshine


LAST GODS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She sits naked on a rock
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Men


LAST GODS       
First Line: She sits naked on a rock
Last Line: Two faces float, looking up %at a great maternal pine whose branches %open out in all directions %ex
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Men


LAST HOLY FRAGRANCE       
First Line: When by first light I went out


LAST SONGS       
First Line: What do they sing, the last birds
Last Line: Reinvent it on earth %a song


LASTNESS: 1       
First Line: The skinny waterfalls, footpaths %wandering out of heaven, strike
Last Line: A tree, a lost animal, the stones %because in the dying world it was set burning


LASTNESS: 2    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A black bear sits alone
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


LASTNESS: 2       
First Line: A black bear sits alone
Last Line: And smelled the grasslands and the ferns
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


LASTNESS: 3       
First Line: Walking toward the cliff overhanging %the river, I call out to the stone
Last Line: Stop here %living brings you death, there is no other road


LASTNESS: 4       
First Line: This is the tenth poem %and it is the last. It is right
Last Line: And the first %voice comes craving again out of their mouths


LASTNESS: 5       
First Line: That bach concert I went to so long ago
Last Line: Still singing, from the sliced intestine %of cat


LASTNESS: 6       
First Line: This poem %if we shall call it that
Last Line: Opening his arms into the attitude %of flight, as he obeys the necessity and ...


LASTNESS: 7       
First Line: Sancho fergus! Don't cry!
Last Line: Laid out, see if you can find %the one flea that is laughing


LEAPING FALLS       
First Line: The morning of the winter's


LILACS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sweet wind climbed with a laggard pace
Last Line: Would arrange the bottom of her china dream
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


LITTLE SLEEP'S-HEAD SPROUTING HAIR IN THE MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: You cry, waking from a nightmare
Subject(s): Daughters; Mortality


LITTLE SLEEP'S-HEAD SPROUTING HAIR IN THE MOONLIGHT       
First Line: You cry, waking from a nightmare
Last Line: The wages of dying is love
Subject(s): Daughters; Mortality


LOOKING AT YOUR FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking at your face / now you have become ready to die
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


LOOKING AT YOUR FACE       
First Line: Looking at your face %now you have become ready to die
Last Line: The white chiselings of the poem %in the white stone
Subject(s): Travel


LOST LOVES       
First Line: On ashes of old volcanoes
Last Line: Like the tadpole, its time come, tumbling toward the slime


MAN IN THE CHAIR       
First Line: I glanced in as I walked past %the door of the room where he sat
Last Line: Two or three of them, who had reached up %and had him by the foot, and were pulling hard


MAN ON THE HOTEL ROOM BED       
First Line: He shifts on the bed carefully, so as
Last Line: The daylight grows so bright the man sees %the next darkness already forming inside it
Subject(s): Hotels


MAN SPLITTING WOOD IN THE DAYBREAK       
Last Line: Who looked strong? That was years ago. That was me


MAN SPLITTING WOOD IN THE DAYBREAK       


MASSAGE       
First Line: Hoisted onto the table, he lies limp
Last Line: In the next world. Through the wall, from the next ward, come hard, uninhibited groans


MEMORIES OF MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When we drove a spike too weak into wood too hard
Subject(s): Fathers; Memory


MEMORIES OF MY FATHER       
First Line: When we drove a spike too weak into wood too hard
Last Line: That in mid-morning bursts %into glittering dust in the sunshine
Subject(s): Fathers; Memory


MEMORY OF WILMINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty-some years ago, hitchhiking
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


MEMORY OF WILMINGTON       
First Line: Thirty-some years ago, hitchhiking
Last Line: Was far along on its way to becoming a city %and already well advanced on its way back to dust
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT       
First Line: A telephone rings through the wall


MIDDLE OF THE WAY       
First Line: I wake in the night
Last Line: Half my life belongs to the wild darkness


MIDDLE PATH       
First Line: Your foot would lift, as if levitating
Last Line: Of such is the kingdom of [effaced


MILK       
First Line: When he pulls back on the oars


MOUNT FUJI AT DAYBREAK       
First Line: From the fuji-view stand made of cinder block


MY MOTHER'S R AND R       
First Line: I don't know why she lay late
Last Line: We would taste every woman and expel %any who came to resemble her


NEAR BARBIZON       
First Line: At first I thought some animal, wounded


NEVERLAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Bending over her bed, I saw the smile
Last Line: Intact for the water table, she opened her eyes
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


NEVERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Bending over her bed, I saw the smile
Last Line: And now it grows faint, and now I cannot hear it
Subject(s): Death; Brothers & Sisters; Dead, The


NEVERLAND       
First Line: Bending over her bed, I saw the smile
Last Line: And now it grows faint, and now I cannot hear it


NIGHT       
First Line: Just as the paint leaps off the brush
Last Line: When they have been living since before the earth began


OATMEAL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I eat oatmeal for breakfast
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Oatmeal; Cookery


OATMEAL       
First Line: I eat oatmeal for breakfast
Last Line: Simultaneously gummy and crumbly, %and therefore I'm going to invite patrick kavanagh to join me
Subject(s): Cooking And Cooks; Oatmeal


OLD ARRIVALS       
First Line: Molded in verdigris %shortly before she died


OLD LIFE       
First Line: The waves collapsed into themselves


OLIVE WOOD FIRE       
First Line: When fergus woke crying at night
Last Line: Had burned low. In my arms lay fergus %fast asleep, left cheek glowing, god
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970; Politics; War


ON FROZEN FIELDS       
First Line: We walk across the snow


ON THE OREGON COAST       
First Line: Six or seven rows of waves struggle landward


ON THE TENNIS COURT AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: We step out on the green rectangle
Last Line: As winter comes on, all the winters to come
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


ON THE TENNIS COURT AT NIGHT       
First Line: We step out on the green rectangle
Last Line: As winter comes on, all the winters to come
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


PARKINSON'S DISEASE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: While spoon-feeding him with one hand
Subject(s): Parkinson's Disease


PARKINSON'S DISEASE       
First Line: While spoon-feeding him with one hand
Last Line: For him to pass from this paradise into the next
Subject(s): Parkinson's Disease


PASSION       
First Line: At the end of a full day of walking we found
Last Line: My new eyes searched the passion of the stars


PAST       
First Line: A chair under one arm


PATH AMONG THE STONES       
First Line: On the path winding
Last Line: In all the windows %of stone
Subject(s): Stones


PEER GYNT    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat down at last on a fallen log - that had
Last Line: I take for my petals the darkness of this hour
Subject(s): Wood; Fathers


PEN       
First Line: Its work is memory
Last Line: Reverse gear and a cry, 'c'mon back, c'mon back.'


PERCH       
First Line: There is a fork in a branch
Last Line: Touch icy cheek to icy cheek, %kiss, then shudder to discover %the heat waiting inside their mouths


PICNIC       
First Line: When my father was three years dead and dying
Last Line: You have hair on your legs, I never thought you did


POEM       
First Line: I long for the mantle
Last Line: Of applewood, you will feel all your bones %break, %over the holy waters you will never drink


POEM       
First Line: Could it be that the foot
Last Line: To scratch the ground %eating the minutes out of the grains of sand %forever?


POEM       
First Line: On this hill crossed %by the last birds


POEM OF NIGHT       
First Line: I move my hand over
Last Line: The river leaning like a wave toward the emptiness


POEMS OF NIGHT       
First Line: I touch your face
Last Line: The river leaning like a wave towards the emptiness


PORCUPINE       
First Line: Fatted %on herbs, swollen on crabapples
Last Line: For the forced-fire %of roses


PRAYER       
First Line: Whatever happens. Whatever
Last Line: I want. Only that. But that


QUICK AND THE DEAD       
First Line: At the hayfield's edge, a few stalks
Last Line: Which is what we have for eternity on earth


RAPTURE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I can feel she has got out of bed
Subject(s): Love


RAPTURE       
First Line: I can feel she has got out of bed
Last Line: Looking down inside herself at our rapture
Subject(s): Love


REPLY TO THE PROVINCES    Poem Text    
First Line: He writes from the provinces: it is
Subject(s): Country Life; Luxembourg Gardens, Paris


REPLY TO THE PROVINCES       
First Line: He writes from the provinces: it is
Last Line: Perhaps they are lying among the leaves, laughing, %pointingout for each other the brown faces in th
Subject(s): Country Life; Luxembourg Gardens, Paris


RIVER THAT IS EAST       
First Line: Buoys clanging like churches
Last Line: The immaculate stream, heavy, and swinging home again


ROOM       
First Line: The door closes on pain and confusion
Last Line: You see? Nothing that enters the room %can have only its own meaning ever again


RUINS UNDER THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day under acrobat
Last Line: And up there the old stars rustling and whispering
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted


RUINS UNDER THE STARS       
First Line: All day under acrobat %swallows I have sat
Last Line: And up there the stars rustling and whispering


RUNNING ON SILK       
First Line: A man in the black twill and gold braid of a pilot
Last Line: That night forty years ago, as if turned to wood %and put out by his murderers to sell cigars


SAINT FRANCIS AND THE SOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The bud / stands for all things
Subject(s): Animals; Farm Life; Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Saints; Agriculture; Farmers


SAINT FRANCIS AND THE SOW       
First Line: The bud %stands for all things
Last Line: The long, perfect loveliness of sow
Subject(s): Animals; Farm Life; Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Saints


SEEKONK WOODS       
First Line: When first I walked here I hobbled


SEVEN STREAMS OF NEVIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack the blindman, whose violin
Last Line: In the heart's hell you have it; call it love
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Human Behavior; Sin; Love; Suicide


SHEFFIELD GHAZAL 4: DRIVING WEST       
First Line: A tractor-trailer carrying two dozen crushed automobiles overtakes a
Last Line: This happened to your father and to you, galway-sick to stay, longing %to come up against the ends o


SHEFFIELD GHAZAL 5: PASSING THE CEMETERY       
First Line: Desire and act were a combination known as sin
Last Line: Know it and welcome it


SHOOTING STARS       
First Line: It's empty, black blue
Last Line: Imagined himself a god, staggers, %looking for the way out of here


SHOWING MY FATHER THROUGH FREEDOM       
First Line: He arrived for his august visit at night
Last Line: And almost understand what he sees but is unable to speak


SHROUD       
First Line: Lifted by its tuft of angel hairs, a milkweed
Last Line: When will it ever be finished?


SOME SONG       
First Line: On a stoop


SOW PIGLET'S ESCAPES       
First Line: When the little sow piglet squirmed free
Last Line: She wriggled hard and cried, oui oui oui, all the way home
Subject(s): Farm Life


SPINDRIFT       
First Line: On this tree thrown up
Last Line: What is he but the scallop shell %shining with time like anypilgrim?


SPRING OAK       
First Line: Above the quiet valley and unrippled lake
Last Line: It shook itself and was all green


STONE TABLE       
First Line: Here at the stone table on the hill
Last Line: Grafted for our lifetimes onto paradise root-stock


STREET OF GOLD       
First Line: When I step forward to go to her
Last Line: The night runs out of gold. And I %am almost as old as my father


STRIPED SNAKE AND THE GOLDFINCH: 1       
First Line: When I pick up the corner of the sheet of black
Last Line: To the black plastic, pauses, and slides under


STRIPED SNAKE AND THE GOLDFINCH: 2       
First Line: Stepping into the woods, I remember going
Last Line: Snow creaks as if the press of nightwalking hurt it


STRIPED SNAKE AND THE GOLDFINCH: 3       
First Line: How much do I have left of the loyalty to earth
Last Line: That will hold the last hour we have to live


STRIPED SNAKE AND THE GOLDFINCH: 4       
First Line: Coming out of the woods I cross the field
Last Line: Before giving it that vast lick from head to tail


STRIPED SNAKE AND THE GOLDFINCH: 5       
First Line: When I open my hand, wherever I had touched
Last Line: Through this heaven, some moments, on the way to death


SUPPER AFTER THE LAST       
First Line: The desert moves out on half the horizon
Last Line: I make you over. I breed the shape of your grave in the dirt


TELEPHONING IN MEXICAN SUNLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Talking with my beloved in new york
Last Line: Made her bed in his ear and slept him the world
Subject(s): Love; Mexico


TELEPHONING IN MEXICAN SUNLIGHT       
First Line: Talking with my beloved in new york
Last Line: All at once, fast, as if the air gasped
Subject(s): Love


THAT SILENT EVENING       
First Line: I will go back to that silent evening
Last Line: Through the dark the sparkling that heavens the earth


THE AVENUE BEARING THE INITIAL OF CHRIST INTO THE NEW WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Pcheek pcheek pcheek pcheek pcheek
Subject(s): New York City; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


THE BEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In late winter
Last Line: Was that sticky infusion, that rank flavor of blood, that poetry, by which I lived?
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Blood; Life


THE BITING INSECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The biting insects don't like the blood of people who dread dying
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE CORRESPONDENCE-SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR SAYS GOODBYE TO HIS POETRY STUDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Goodbye, lady in bangor, who sent me
Last Line: Their solitude given away in poems, only their loneliness kept
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Poetry & Poets; Educators; Professors


THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A piece of flesh gives off
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DECONSTRUCTION OF EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The lecture had ended when I came in
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


THE DESCENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Nailed by our axes to the snow
Last Line: It'll way be this side of china, for sure
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing; Death; Dead, The


THE FEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Juniper and cedar in the sand
Last Line: Our two shapes dying in each other's arms
Subject(s): Water; Sand


THE FOSSILS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cliff over the frog pond
Subject(s): Fossils


THE FUNDAMENTAL PROJECT OF TECHNOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Under glass: glass dishes which changed
Last Line: To look back and say, a flash, a white flash sparkled.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Victims; Judgment Day; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


THE GRAY HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: It held its head still
Subject(s): Birds


THE HOMECOMING OF EMMA LAZARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having no father anymore, having got up
Last Line: It fades, and the wounds of all we had accepted open.
Subject(s): Lazarus, Emma (1849-1887)


THE MAN ON THE HOTEL ROOM BED       
First Line: He shifts on the bed carefully, so as
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


THE MAN SPLITTING WOOD IN THE DAYBREAK    Poem Text    
Last Line: Who looked strong? That was years ago. That was me
Subject(s): Strength; Divorce; Solitude; Transience; Impermanence


THE MYSTIC RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I cross
Last Line: Bit of secret, lighted flesh, open up the earth?
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Southern States; Racism; South (u.s.); Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE OLIVE WOOD FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: When fergus woke crying at night
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970; Politics & Government; War


THE PATH AMONG THE STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the path winding
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE PERCH    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a fork in a branch
Last Line: The heat waiting inside their mouths
Subject(s): Trees


THE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: On this hill crossed
Last Line: Knocked crazy on a locust / post
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets;


THE POETRY SHELF    Poem Text    
First Line: The poems / stand in boxes on the shelves
Last Line: Poem perpetually begins
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE ROAD BETWEEN HERE AND THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I heard the terrible chaste snorting of hogs trying to re-enter
Last Line: Know are not - get used up, that's it.
Subject(s): Life


THE SCATTERING OF EVAN JONES'S ASHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Judith moves like a dancer
Last Line: Quickened by evan's ashes
Subject(s): Cremation; Funerals; Burials


THE SEAKONK WOODS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I want to crawl face down in the fields
Last Line: It is not now then never, shines what is
Subject(s): Nature


THE SEEKONK WOODS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When first I walked here I hobbled
Last Line: If not now then never, shines what is
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


THE SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: No one throws away
Last Line: The way, by being more intensely upon it
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


THE SOW PIGLET'S ESCAPES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the little sow piglet squirmed free
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE STONE TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here at the stone table on the hill
Last Line: Grafted for our lifetimes onto paradise root-stock
Subject(s): Nostalgia; Nature; Death; Friendship


THE SUPPER AFTER THE LAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The desert moves out on half the horizon
Last Line: I make you over. I breed the shape of your grave in the dirt
Subject(s): Resurrection, The; Messiah; Deserts


THE WOLVES    Poem Text    
First Line: They had tussled last night. Lechien cried
Last Line: I noticed, was missing forom beside his bed
Subject(s): Hunting; Death; Hunters; Dead, The


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 1       
First Line: I have come here %from chicago, packing
Last Line: More black ashes than it was earth


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 2       
First Line: A few years back, %they said, there'd %been a prospector here
Last Line: When spring came he disappeared


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 3       
First Line: I set out walking %from where they turned
Last Line: As though I'd come here begging


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 4       
First Line: On top of cedar butte %you can see the whole compass
Last Line: Under the crisscross of logging roads %and oozing down its ravines


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 5       
First Line: It is twenty-five years %since the first blue-white puff
Last Line: In the distance keep %appearing as motionless smoke


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 6       
First Line: All day the big, %immaculate flakes of snow
Last Line: Some birds began wrangling and chirping


TILLAMOOK JOURNAL: 7       
First Line: At the sound of surf %I scramble to my feet
Last Line: It is only steps to the unburnable sea


TO A CHILD IN CALCUTTA       
First Line: Dark child in my arms, eyes
Last Line: In rags, in the pain of a little flesh


TO CHRIST OUR LORD       
First Line: The legs of the elk punctured the snow's crust
Last Line: The pattern and mirror of the acts of earth


TOLD BY SEAFARERS       
First Line: It is told by seafarers


TRAGEDY OF BRICKS       
First Line: The twelve-noon whistle groans
Last Line: Which eats first the living forms, %and after that the windows and doors


TWO SET OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY       
First Line: We sit side by side
Last Line: We started with, but made of time and sorrow


UNDER THE MAUD MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: On the path
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


UNDER THE MAUD MOON       
First Line: On the path
Last Line: You shall open %this book, even if it is the book of nightmares
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


UNDER THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE       
First Line: I broke break %at the riverbank,
Last Line: It is true, the great and wondrous sun will be shining %on an old spider wrapping a fly in spittle-s


VAPOR TRAIL REFLECTED IN THE FROG POND    Poem Text    
First Line: The old watch: their
Last Line: Seeing the drifting sun that gives us our lives.
Subject(s): Social Problems; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; War


VOW       
First Line: When the lover
Last Line: Brings down among us %stays, to give %dignity to the suffering %and to intensify it


WAIT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wait, for now
Last Line: Rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion
Subject(s): Suicide; Love - Loss Of; Patience; Faith; Belief; Creed


WAIT       
First Line: Wait, for now %distrust everything if you have to
Last Line: Rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion


WAKING       
First Line: What has just happened between the lovers
Last Line: Good. For now askers and beggarmen %come up to them needing change for breakfast


WALK IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: We talked all morning, she said
Last Line: That takes us all and under like that grass


WESTPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: From the hilltop we could overlook
Last Line: Of wind through the roots of its clinging flowers.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WHEN ONE HAS LIVED A LONG TIME ALONE    Poem Text    


WHEN ONE HAS LIVED A LONG TIME ALONE       
Last Line: In a halo of being made one: kingdom come, %when one has lived a long time alone
Subject(s): Solitude


WHEN THE TOWERS FELL    Poem Text    
First Line: From our high window we saw the towers
Last Line: Each life, put out, lies down within us
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


WHERE THE TRACK VANISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow revives in the apple trees
Last Line: We must have been walking through it all our lives
Subject(s): Travel


WHO, ON EARTH       
First Line: A ship sits on the sea raking
Last Line: Explain himself, laugh, love, or sing; %can only fall in loneliness %with ... But ... Who, %on earth


WHY REGRET?    Poem Text    
First Line: Didn't you like the way the ants help
Last Line: Holding hands in our sleep?
Subject(s): Contentmernt


WHY REGRET?       
First Line: Didn't you like the way the ants help
Last Line: You and your beloved are holding hands in your sleep


WOLVES       
First Line: Last night knives flashed. Lechien cried


YESTERDAY FROM MY FEVER    Poem Text    
Last Line: And dreads, the fevered earth, plunged gratefully again
Subject(s): Sickness; Togetherness