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Author: KINZIE, MARY
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Kinzie, Mary    Poet's Biography
163 poems available by this author


ACCIDIE    Poem Text    
First Line: The light, robust buildings
Last Line: Against the obstinate mark
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


ACCIDIE       
First Line: The light, robust buildings


ADVANCE OF SUMMER       
First Line: The unwelcome and self-conscious sheen of morning
Last Line: That made us shudder and fall back into the self


ALCAICS       
First Line: Like any infant, hard to conceive except
Last Line: Flare forward, through our old life, new creature


ALLEGORY       
First Line: Wearing her iron face


AT WENTWORTH-BY-THE-SEA       
First Line: Fringed with the firs' young topmost growth


AUTUMN EROS       
First Line: When she came down, the child's composure held


BALTIMORE       
First Line: Four facing photographs by roland freeman
Last Line: A palomino, the eye still open on the world he leaves
Subject(s): Baltimore, Maryland; Photography And Photographers


BAMBERGER REITER       
First Line: When he came to her in the night - the great


BEAUTIFUL DAYS       
First Line: Blossoms lift the branches
Last Line: They do not know %what life does


BETROTHED       
First Line: Clerks and spaniards at the door


BICAMERON       
First Line: As in the beginning there are several
Last Line: Those lines do not meet


BLUE WOOD       
First Line: The place stands on its first foundation


BOLT       
First Line: That girl so long ago walked, as they all did, shop girls
Last Line: Frozen, finished in suspension


BOY       
First Line: By day his world extends, far, knotted, hot
Last Line: Is being too good, waiting, as in play, %then climbing up when she says that he may
Subject(s): Literary Form


BRASS BOX WITH CRICKET       
First Line: I am a soldered brazen thing
Last Line: The cry from which no night is safe


BRIEF AGAINST PLURALISM       
First Line: Other people tell me what they know


BYE BYE BLACKBIRD       
First Line: I am making a dentist appointment by phone - what more
Last Line: Sent out all night its chink of illusory fire


CALIFORNIA SORROW: CLAREMONT RAGA    Poem Text    
First Line: Languorous landscape
Last Line: Comes closer / and more near
Subject(s): Jazz; California


CALIFORNIA SORROW: MOUNTAIN VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Mountains did look in
Last Line: Like a drone instrument / the highway
Subject(s): Mountains; Man-woman Relationships; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Male-female Relations


CANICULA    Poem Text    
First Line: Fireflies float noiseless
Subject(s): Literary Form


CANICULA       
First Line: Fireflies float noiseless
Last Line: She is not part of the wheel... %her pretty breathing
Subject(s): Literary Form


CATACOMB       
First Line: I think of friendly floral lemon


CHAGALL IN HIS SICKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we came to the darkened town. You sang a song
Last Line: Where we're but spirit, star, and emblem of your cosmic jest
Subject(s): Chagall, Marc (1889-1885)


CHAGALL IN HIS SICKNESS       
First Line: When we came to the darkened town you sang a song


CHANTICLEER       
First Line: I still have the unredeemed


CHARM       
First Line: As if you were still there within your grid


CILANTRO       
First Line: Like the door opening in a wall to reveal a nonexistent room
Last Line: Our bodies articulate, for one day more, something like wakefulness


CIRCADIAN       
First Line: How dark the day is
Last Line: When I lift her up %she looks down at her night world %deli berately


CLOVER CROSS       
First Line: Below my hand what do I see
Last Line: Bent and our bodies lain


CURRENT       
First Line: Midnight and thereafter, I keep stirring her awake


DARK CAROL       
First Line: Like a puppet in her bed


DAWN SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: This was to have been the summer
Last Line: At the foot of the bed
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


DAY OF BLOOD       
First Line: Rain hurries out of the cloud


DAYS OF DARKNESS       
First Line: Grief, grief, I had forgotten
Last Line: Need this have been so? %it is worse than losing him


DINER       
First Line: Obvious' was what I seemed to myself


DOWN TO QUANTICO       
First Line: I felt like a pilot bringing down the wounded
Last Line: Those who swim the twilight of their captors %break into pieces far too small to see


DRAWING THROUGH FEVER       
First Line: Already warm, the cravings draw up through her


DREAD       
First Line: Because imprisoned by the mysteries


DWELLER IN THE FOREST       
First Line: This is no natural realm. Only one creature has been taken in
Last Line: At some time and at some other, outworn with waiting, could go away


EARLY DECEMBER       
First Line: Everything seems sad, even this writing
Last Line: Vanishing in a volume of lost writing


ELEGIACS FOR THE OLD YEAR       
First Line: Snow fell during the hours of the day


EMBLEMS 1V: SOL       
First Line: My child urges me to watch her but the sun pours fuzz
Last Line: From which the entire future lifts then spills


EMBLEMS I: KNOT       
First Line: People were running soundlessly in a hollow
Last Line: Alien, because performed without a single word


EMBLEMS II: GATE       
First Line: On the playground my daughter's interest flickers
Last Line: Delighting in reverting to itself


EMBLEMS III: ROTA       
First Line: No. There. About this I was wrong. Diminutive
Last Line: To take me back, and nothing but a fewer for a shade


EMBLEMS V: LUX       
First Line: Traced on the hill behind the mother
Last Line: Into a word


ENGRAVING OF BLAKE       
First Line: From the ceiling near the roof


ET EXCRUCIOR       
First Line: The very ground dead as the moon


FABLES       
First Line: That his falcon, from the throat


FAITH       
First Line: How should I let her go?
Last Line: Being with her, or %her being evidence of things not seen


FAN       
First Line: Coded in darkness
Last Line: Upon her hurrying form


FIRST PASSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Running there I am at fourteen
Last Line: Golden gossip of the afternoon
Subject(s): Teenagers; Family Life; Relatives


FIRST STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: It was alabama. It was cold
Last Line: And that my feet had never touched the ground
Subject(s): Storms


FRANCES       
First Line: She does not seem to hear the grind of her whisper
Last Line: City that she does not wish to hear a living word


GEOMETRICAL       
First Line: Neither then, nor ever


GHIBERTI'S EVE       
First Line: Rising from a bas relief in eden


GHOST SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: A mother's love - my love for you - hurts at the core
Subject(s): Grief; Mothers; Sorrow; Sadness


GHOST SHIP       
First Line: A mother's love - my love for you - hurts at the core
Last Line: Weh, weh, as she wails forth her grief, deeply %suspect, for all her scattered waifs
Subject(s): Grief; Mothers


GLAD DAY       
First Line: Such cloudy morning full of mist


GLANCING BLOW       
First Line: To soften which they come, minuscule spririts
Last Line: And never to diminish in her mind


GRASSHOPPER       
First Line: At this moment, however, the wine dreggy and the cheese slick


GROUND ZERO: 1       
First Line: Now the cold has shaken all the dust


GROUND ZERO: 2       
First Line: From the tenth floor of a building near the ghetto


GROUND ZERO: 3       
First Line: The eye composes the scene into a picture


GROUND ZERO: 4       
First Line: Only in time will one begin to link


GUIDE TO FALLEN COUNTRY       
First Line: Like a scaffold thrown


HALF RATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: He did not sweat. Even in hot weather
Last Line: The need he confined himself to in this life
Subject(s): Survival; Food & Eating


HALF RATIONS       
First Line: He did not sweat. Even in hot weather


HAVE YOU SEEN ME       
First Line: Verso, the children on each bulk-mail card
Last Line: Asking even the wind, have you seen me


HOUSE OF MYSTERY       
First Line: She supposed it was a bad painting
Last Line: For tyrannical display


HUMAN FACE       
First Line: A film of green, unfocused plush, of fantasy


IMPROMPTU       
First Line: In the frontroom I dance
Last Line: My wrists o %lovely lovelier %across the ballet-sweetening %streamers in his eyes


IN MINIATURE       
First Line: Companion familiar
Last Line: Lazy hazel


IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE FACULTY CLUB       
First Line: It was a hard spring, for personal reasons
Last Line: Who had their homes to sail to and the rest of life


ISEULT OF BRITTANY       
First Line: Reversal in the air


KALEIDOSCOPE       
First Line: Dream within dream within dream. Missorted truths
Last Line: Of the puzzle it would take a life to name


KNIGHT AND DEATH       
First Line: Sum of virtue, with a noble heart


L'ESTATE       
First Line: Black and white, the flocks of tiny creatures


LEAF POEM       
First Line: You ask again about the little leaf
Last Line: Me, sunflower, weary of time


LEARNING THE WORLD       
First Line: You sad? She asks, settling into her father's chair
Last Line: On whose random path these traces ravel, %knotted as kin, narrow as the way


LETTER TO PORTSMOUTH NAVAL PRISON       
First Line: I am going through your papers once again


LITTLE BROWN JUG       
First Line: He jigs the little baby on his knee
Last Line: And eyes so shining, I thought she %was the sweet drink he craved: 'don't I love thee?'


LOOKING IN AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Asleep, alive, her shape makes me afraid
Last Line: Drawing the night along her shoulder blade
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


LOOKING INTO LIFE       
First Line: At a curve in a new hampshire highway


LUNAR FROST       
First Line: The night of the day
Last Line: In the sparking rearview mirror above my head


MANNIKIN       
First Line: Behind that window casting its melony light
Last Line: Finding the midpoint of the hypnotized stare %where all their distant happiness crowds in


MARY CHAPEL       
First Line: Her arms pour down within her sleeves
Last Line: Without much nuance, except in the event


MEETING THE FAMILY       
First Line: I have scenes with a mother, not mine


MELISANDE       
First Line: Awakening in the sixteenth century


MIDWINTER       
First Line: We seem to be dining


MODERN LOVE       
First Line: He thrust aside her clothing


MONOLOGUE BEFORE AN INNOCENT BEING PRISONED IN A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: To play with you fancifully is not
Last Line: I found an ancient body, bark and plinth
Subject(s): Innocence


MUSE OF SATIRE       
First Line: They put her together out of this and that


NATURE MORTE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cezanne room a window has been broken
Last Line: Fall grained and harvested from their sheer place
Subject(s): Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906)


NEREID'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I held you in my arms
Last Line: The ocean's at the door
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


NEREID'S SONG       
First Line: I held you in my arms


NOTE CORRECTING THE HOUR FOR DINNER       
First Line: Afternoon. The sluggish hours ring


NOVUM ORGANUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of disturbance
Last Line: You of what you do
Subject(s): Nature


OLD AFFAIR       
First Line: The thing seemed cold: his hair


OLD FLAME       
First Line: It was mid-august before dawn as
Last Line: That licked at her exhaustion


OLD PORTSMOUTH       
First Line: Swift, illegible signs


OLD POSTCARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me the words to write to you
Last Line: Accept your sister, daughter, lover, heloise
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


OLYMPIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep is a precious act, the point
Last Line: Be all my balance and medallion now?
Subject(s): Sleep


ON THE ACTOR EDWARD PETHERBRIDGE       
First Line: In that dark place of bodies and bodily gloom


ONLY CHILD       
First Line: Sometimes, I think I see her watching them
Last Line: And, in a flash, can watch the dead to life


OTHER CHILDREN       
First Line: We are in the car and going south
Last Line: From each shape on the seat %a squib of formless interest


PAINTING       
First Line: As imagined land this river town


PALACE OF DEFECTIVES       
First Line: Sentenced for life. Men


PALAZZO       
First Line: How quick we are, we take up
Last Line: The while dragging %against nectar-bearing thickets %of bloom smoky abdominal sacs


PARTING INSCRIPTION       
First Line: At the final hour, half beside himself


PINE       
First Line: Aisles of southern evergreens exhale
Last Line: I am convinced they will never come back. %my aunt, who died last year, tries to console me


PLAGUE SUMMER       
First Line: The leaden heat beats down on the deadening drum


PREGNANT SON       
First Line: In the time of year when budding


PROVISO       
First Line: Even in melancholy overlooked


READING AN OLD POEM OF MINE       
First Line: How much of what I did then was unhealthy


RECOIL       
First Line: The cloud applies its pall, cold folds us
Last Line: The body goes back, at last, to the clean husk


REQUIEM: ALL SOULS'       
First Line: Feathery in movement, all of betty's handmaids, contrary


REQUIEM: CHRISTMAS       
First Line: The betty patterson specialty kitchen, baltimore


REQUIEM: EASTER       
First Line: As the ladies baked only six or seven kinds of good at times


REQUIEM: ST. JOHN'S DAY       
First Line: Baltimore was sunk in its swamp of punishments


RINGING WORDS       
First Line: They have closed the prison where they had you teach
Last Line: Feeding its stripes into the sea
Subject(s): Literary Form


SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Older now, he is among us in diminished form
Last Line: At everything spread down there for sale
Subject(s): Fathers; Aging


SAME LOVE       
First Line: There is the love that makes you feel


SECOND BOLT       
First Line: The drawing shows a child transfixed upon the floor
Last Line: Of the weird child whose eyes cross, too


SHED       
First Line: We would not need them for another year


SHUTTLE AND THORN       
First Line: That fierce july she bent over her work like another artless


SMALL BIRTHDAY POEM       
First Line: Foggy and dark, this birthday you're


SOULS       
First Line: The mist is everywhere, like cloth


SOUND WAVES: 1. (AT FOURTEEN WEEKS)       
First Line: In the first negative, a shape presages
Last Line: Tethered to darkness by one spectral knee, %rib and feature faint in quality
Subject(s): Literary Form


SOUND WAVES: 2. (AT SIXTEEN WEEKS)       
First Line: A fortnight later, hurtling through its stages
Last Line: Creature has spied our mediocrity, %rib and feature white with gravity
Subject(s): Literary Form


SOUND WAVES: 3. (AT TWENTY-ONE WEEKS)       
First Line: Seeming to speak, a fresh image assuages
Last Line: Yet close to home, just as her self would be, %and ribbed and featured with humanity
Subject(s): Literary Form


SOUND WAVES: ENVOI       
First Line: A second view looks from the fontanelle
Last Line: And ribbed and featured with humanity
Subject(s): Literary Form


SPARROWS       
First Line: Night's fallen. I wait at a light


STORM PICTURES       
First Line: Visitaiton of wind


STRADE DI BOLOGNA       
First Line: Rose and aqua, with flecks of creamy bronze
Last Line: Singleminded second sight


STUNDENBUCH       
First Line: The blunt view of the bell tower


SUMMER GLOBE       
First Line: Territorial the stretch of sand


SUMMERS OF VIETNAM       
First Line: Rising toward new england along the throughway
Last Line: When deepen long after we have passed them by


SUN AND MOON       
First Line: Complements. Like figures in statuary
Last Line: Crank about the sky manifesting signs of %knowledge and justice
Subject(s): Literary Form


SUNDAY IN THE LOW COUNTRIES       
First Line: On the maroon horsehair divan
Last Line: To the cloudy furniture


SUPERBIA       
First Line: They've loosed the opposites who throng


SUPERBIA: A TRIUMPH WITH NO TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: They've loosed the opposites who throng
Last Line: Wrong number. He marked it in his book
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


TAFFY       
First Line: We were tired of the easter chicks
Last Line: Usn to remember, once forget
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


TAR ROOF       
First Line: Still shining from the rain in jagged slices
Last Line: Snow had brought its thicknesses to proof


THE ADVANCE OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The unwelcome and self-conscious sheen of morning
Last Line: That makes us shudder and fall back into the self
Subject(s): Summer; Self


THE BAMBERGER REITER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night there came to her the great
Last Line: The fiery god spoke, “yes. You.” and she'd come through
Subject(s): Statues


THE CHILDHOOD OF HOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon nephele from her many
Last Line: And stallions for the night's desire
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Iliad; Odyssey


THE GLAD DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Such cloudy mornings full of mist
Last Line: Else, the greying heaven strokes the earth
Subject(s): Contentment; Nature


THE HUMAN FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: A film of green, unfocused plush, of fantasy
Last Line: This is a being. The one nobody dares portray
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Hauser, Kaspar (1812-1833); Faces; Movies; Cinema


THE MUSE OF SATIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: They put her together out of this and that
Last Line: Walks again, she'll burn your building down
Subject(s): Satire


THEINE    Poem Text    
First Line: If compelled / to give it up
Last Line: Sleepier / than air
Subject(s): Melancholy; Dejection


THEIR STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: At this hour of destitution
Last Line: Tap against the clock


THOSE WHO WILL NOT COME       


TO GOD WHO GETS AWAY WITH THINGS       
First Line: Let it be gray, gesu, always


TO HER CAT       
First Line: The cat still has to do a lot of sewing
Last Line: While her children tangle in the sewing


TO MY DAUGHTER       
First Line: I can see the movement of the heartbeat
Last Line: Designating nothing but her heartbeat


VIEW FROM NOWHERE       
First Line: It does not seem thinkable the earth will live hereafter
Last Line: Ever again


VOICE       
First Line: Perhaps it was not until late afternoon, my first visit with you cut


VULCAN       
First Line: The old mechanic at the service station


WALTZING MATILDA       
First Line: One follows the small figures
Last Line: That coils to the sky, all %the pretty steps like writing only %the limbs can do, only they forget


WHEN WE TURNED OUR BACKS ON IT, THE OCEAN       
First Line: Losing form in the recoiling weather


XENOPHILIA       
First Line: Out in the northeast banks of thunderous
Last Line: Sweep down us and globes of brain and organ lurch %with passing salts and distances and hopes