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Author: KOCH, KENNETH
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Koch, Kenneth    Poet's Biography
288 poems available by this author


A MOMENTARY LONGING TO HEAR SAD ADVICE FROM ONE LONG DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Who was my teacher at harvard. Did not wear / overcoat
Subject(s): Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Universities & Colleges - Faculty; Students; Educators; Professors


AFRICA PAESE NOTTURNO    Poem Text    
Last Line: Just one ray of light africa my africa
Subject(s): Africa


AFRICA PAESE NOTTURNO       
Last Line: Just one ray of light %africa my africa
Subject(s): Africa


AH, SWEET BANQUET, LOVELY BANQUET       
Last Line: Been and which will last forever


ALIVE FOR AN INSTANT       
First Line: I have a bird in my head and a pig in my stomach
Last Line: I have a baby in my landscape and I have a wild rat in my secrets from you


ALLEGHENY MENACES       
Last Line: Buy them right and sell them right %and we'll go home again!


ALLEGORY OF SPRING       
First Line: The blossoming cherry trees were quarreling. She thought this when
Last Line: Understand. Well, will you or not? He said. Yes, she said. Then she %said, no


ART OF LOVE       


ART OF POETRY       
First Line: To write a poem, perfect physical condition
Last Line: And poetry and life are not like that. Now I have said enough
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CHIAROSCURO       
First Line: Other romes, other moons, other umbrellas
Last Line: Gaze at us with another sense of space


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: FRAGMENT       
First Line: Moon in the mirror, are you the same as the one outside
Last Line: Are you like that lady, who


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: FRAGMENT       
First Line: They wandered in the scorched and gloomy summer
Last Line: So like the bird, so like our good old beach,' %he said


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: FROTH       
First Line: Coppers in the ocean, millions of them, dropped there
Last Line: To be red masters


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: GETTING BACK ON LAND       
First Line: The arms of those armchairs resemble the legs
Last Line: And they are glad to see the armchairs again, which remind them of their legs


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: GREAT BEAUTY       
First Line: It's like being received in the arms of a great beauty
Last Line: But I love this fog


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: LA DIMINUZIONE DALLA MAMMA       
First Line: La mia mamma
Last Line: Nell'aria bruna di firenze


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: LITTLE-KNOWN HISTORIAL FACT       
First Line: Charlemagne, don't be so unhappy! You gadabout, rain
Last Line: Charlemagne was an italian


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: MATEEYANAH       
First Line: Not like a child but like a wild blackbird
Last Line: She descended the stairs from her tree


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: MATTERS       
First Line: At eight o'clock the torn apron was willing
Last Line: Of sunshine and beautiful ways


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: MORRO ROCK       
First Line: No more sandals made from fibrous particles of lunch
Last Line: Dropped on the equally fibrous cheerleader. Uhuh, henry hudson


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: NINETEEN THIRTY SIX       
First Line: Paint the house, painter
Last Line: Hit the sidewalk, cement


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: OFFER       
First Line: Morning may find us whiter, perhaps surprised
Last Line: By the clanging streetcar


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: PASSAGE       
First Line: A boat comes by, captain smiling, lady on his arm
Last Line: Written on the paper beneath his pen. Boat goes by with a frown


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: SCHWEITZERREICH       
First Line: Geneva. A bird call. Someone's name
Last Line: Geneva. The flowers. The flower. The geneva


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: SOLEMN       
First Line: Les jeunes gens jouent des checkers
Last Line: The boy stares at his checkers, and the other cries 'move


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE BOOK OF MAGICAL POETRY       
First Line: An anthology of magical poetry
Last Line: Abandon pour toujours my habeas corpus


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE FLOWERS OF EVIL       
First Line: Lay on the table
Last Line: My savior replied


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE RUE QUENTIN-BAUCHART IN 1951       
First Line: It was horsemeat
Last Line: No I else. %goodbye


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: TRIESTE E UNA DONNA       
First Line: Vagabond silence, music of my tears
Last Line: Chugging like a train, into trieste


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: VAGABONDS       
First Line: Vagabonds! That's what we are - vagabonds
Last Line: We stand and watch, enchanted, some human fiesta


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: VIDA BREVE       
First Line: Nothing else matters, only the clam with the little william nose
Last Line: Here, eat him, now here, eat him; and then smile


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: WAHEGO       
First Line: Aren't you afraid of being a few
Last Line: When he reaches the last place of rest


ARTIST       
First Line: Ah, well, I abandon you, cherrywood smokestack
Last Line: Million tons of blue paint. Waiting anxiously for it to arrive. How would %grass be as a substitute?


AT EXTREMES       
First Line: I had a dream about a polar bear
Last Line: The polar bear swims toward the dam. He is part of a %continuum


AT THE OPERA       
First Line: Ah do you remember %the voice of gianni poggi
Last Line: Was still alive %when we left %the theatre and came home


ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVY, INTENSE (SUMMER) STILLNESS       
First Line: Let's sit down %in this blazing garden
Last Line: Yes, yes -- look! The future! %but now it's gone


AU COCONUT SCHOOL       
Last Line: With a pleasure undreamed-of today %bonheur aujourd'hui meme pas reve!
Variant Title(s): A La Coconut Schoo


AUS EINER KINDHEIT       
First Line: Is the basketball coach a homosexual lemon manufacturer?
Last Line: For we're due to be dawned on, I guess


BALLADE       
First Line: We who have ten years to live, approximately
Last Line: A wonderful seamlessness has just come up in my poetry


BEL CANTO    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is high, the seaside air is sharp,
Subject(s): Inspiration; Books; Wisdom; Reading


BEL CANTO       
First Line: The sun is high, the seaside air is sharp
Last Line: Thank you for being this, and for its inspiration


BERTHA       
First Line: Noble: the walls of our castles no longer withstand
Last Line: Norway was happy under her rule


BOILING WATER       
First Line: A serious moment for the water is when it boils
Last Line: That is enough. For the germ when it enters or leaves a body. For the fly when it lifts its little w


BORDER       
First Line: At the border the french customs person, a woman, seeing the baby
Last Line: Customs, can't you get that little monster to be still? The baby also was %named charlotte, and she


BRASSIERE FACTORY       
First Line: Is the governor falling
Last Line: And foolish tanks, for what bare breasts might be


BRICKS       
First Line: The bricks in a wall %sang this song
Last Line: Or if it was the animals, %and, 'everything comes soon.'


BRING BACK THE BEDS       
Last Line: Make love %- two hundred times


BURNING MYSTERY OF ANNA IN 1951       
First Line: I don't know how to kiss'
Last Line: Walking, until I smelled the fields, on two legs


CIRCUS       
First Line: We will have to go away, said the girls in the circus
Last Line: The soft wind of summer blew in the light green trees
Subject(s): Circus


CIRCUS (II)       
First Line: I remember when I wrote the circus
Last Line: And I wonder if any good will come of either of them %all the same
Subject(s): Circus; Poetry And Poets


COLLECTED POEMS       
First Line: Buffalo days
Last Line: The hand-painted ears of death %oh look inside me %alabama %alabama


COMMOSSO       
First Line: Perhaps at the end of the mountains that isn't a woman
Last Line: That spends its wild excitement on the water


CURRENCY       
First Line: In the fifties western europe was the place
Last Line: We can pay for the coffee so we have the dawn


DAYS AND NIGHTS       
First Line: It came to me that all this time
Last Line: At the house in bella firenze


DEPARTURE FROM HYDRA       
First Line: As I was walking home just now, from seeing
Last Line: Seems surely true. I smiled, and closed the door


DESIRE CAME BACK TO HIM, BUT THE GIRL WAS GONE....       
Last Line: Branches of some trees and kiss. The sheet, as she turns now to the %right, makes the sound of the l


DESIRE FOR SPRING       
First Line: Calcium days, days when we feed our bones!
Last Line: Dear coolness of heaven, come swiftly and sit my chairs!


DOES THE SUN USE YOU       
Last Line: Become a science in other minds


DOWN AT THE DOCKS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Piers


DOWN AT THE DOCKS       
Last Line: For you and that big dark blue


DRIVING ALONG       
Last Line: Tonight' %'unto this planet.'
Subject(s): Driving And Drivers


DUPLICATIONS       


EN L'AN TRENTIESME DE MON EAGE       
First Line: O red-hot cupboards and burning pavements, alas it's summer; my cheeks ...
Last Line: We can't stand here forever smoking bumblebee cigarettes!


ENERGY IN SWEDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Those were the days / when there was so much energy in and around me
Subject(s): Sweden


ENERGY IN SWEDEN       
First Line: Those were the days %when there was so much energy in and around me
Last Line: When the gods give both, a man shouldn't complain
Subject(s): Sweden


EQUAL TO YOU       
First Line: Can you imagine the body being
Last Line: And by being the body of the real


FARM'S THOUGHTS       
First Line: Hay, passion stilled the
Last Line: Oh how through the air my beloved master bee sails!


FATE       
First Line: In a room on west tenth street in june


FIRST STEP       
First Line: In the country of the middle
Last Line: A line in the water %a line around the park %of bushes and trees


FOUR ATLANTICS       
First Line: There are four emilies: the emily of her parents
Last Line: That goes from the strait of gibraltar to britain's northmost edge


FRESH AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: At the poem society a black-haired man stands up to say
Subject(s): Air; Dadaism; Poetry & Poets; Poetry Readings; Poetry Society Of America


FRESH AIR       
First Line: At the poem society a black-haired man stands up to say
Last Line: O green, beneath which all of them shall drown!
Subject(s): Air; Dadaism; Poetry And Poets; Poetry Readings; Poetry Society Of America


GEOGRAPHY       
First Line: In the blue hubbub of the same-through-wealth sky
Last Line: The lake was covered with gloom. Enna plunged into it screaming


GIGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet dancers / twisting their backs toward a future
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


GIRL AND BABY FLORIST SIDEWALK PRAM NINETEEN SEVENTY ...       
First Line: Sweeping past the florist's came the baby and the girl
Last Line: Neither inside nor outside thinking about the mountains of peru


GREEN STEP       
First Line: The green step was near the two girls, five-year-olds, in white rather stiff
Last Line: Her mother is miles away, in a car. The old man is here. A servant comes down the step and picks th


GUINEVERE OR THE DEATH OF THE KANGAROO       
First Line: Guinevere: oh solids! %giraffe: yes, and you know, last evening there were
Last Line: The manner of machines, %daguerrotype, cigarette store


HEARING       
First Line: Hear the beautiful tinny voices of the trumpets
Last Line: And from the earth, a sigh: 'this song is finished.' -- alabama


HEROINE OF THE GREEK RESISTANCE       
First Line: K (a man): my first trip to greece and I don't have any buttons
Last Line: J, as the heroine of the greek resistance: the %sharpness clears the bay


HISTORY OF JAZZ       
First Line: The leaves of blue came drifting down
Last Line: He smilingly picked up his yellow horn to play, but all that came out of it was steam
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


HOMAGE       
First Line: Mrs. Pubo is out on the sidewalk sitting


HOMAGE TO FOH       
First Line: Well, if you can't get off the telephone


HOMAGE TO FRANK O'HARA       
First Line: Sometimes it seems to me I am possessed


HOMAGE TO FRANK'S UNCOLLECTED POEMS       
First Line: Marsden is in hartford and kim is in cincinnati


HOW IN HER PIROGUE SHE GLIDES    Poem Text    


HOW IN HER PIROGUE SHE GLIDES       
Last Line: Like boats, themselves, upon the running tide
Subject(s): Women


HUMAN SACRAMENT       
First Line: Is nothing new sacred? The book, the sky
Last Line: They're here in time


I AM DEATH I'LL TAKE THE HAND       
Last Line: For each is there alone


IF I AM TO BE PRESERVED FROM HEARTACHE AND SHYNESS       
Last Line: And give that person some joy in that person's heart


IMPRESSIONS OF AFRICA       


IN ANCIENT TIMES       
Last Line: The oxen bring us power and bring us love!
Subject(s): Animals; Oxen; Past


IN BED       
First Line: Mornings in bed
Last Line: Discobolus in bed %the discus thrower %is still in bed


IN LOVE WITH YOU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: O what a physical effect it has on me
Subject(s): Love


IN LOVE WITH YOU       
First Line: O what a physical effect it has on me
Last Line: Not like an edge of land coming over the sea!


IN THE MORNING       


IN THE RANCHHOUSE AT DAWN       
First Line: O corpuscle!


IO       
First Line: Look at this lovely river maid, who bears the name of io
Last Line: Her father was, and stirred the lust of jove the thunder-giver


KO, OR, A SEASON ON EARTH, SELS.       


L'ART D'ETRE GRAND-PERE       
First Line: We like the reticent muscle of these days
Last Line: Making the spinning earth its messenger %of all that it's about


LADIES FOR DINNER, SAIPAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Enter the heroines complete with red lip and hairless leg
Subject(s): Women; Sexual Allure


LAST TO FRANK (FOR A WHILE)       
First Line: Nothing on the radio


LET THE OBI FALL       
Last Line: Obi! Obi! %let it fall


LET US PRAISE THE ELEPHANT    Poem Text    


LET US PRAISE THE ELEPHANT       
Last Line: The elephant brings it down - %man gai no chi
Subject(s): Elephants


LET'S POUR COCA COLA ON THE PRIEST    Poem Text    


LET'S POUR COCA COLA ON THE PRIEST       
Last Line: While he's asleep
Subject(s): Courts And Courtiers


LO WHERE HAUSSMANN COMES, SEE WHERE HE COMES       


LO, WHERE HAUSSMANN COMES, SEE WHERE HE COMES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Haussmann, Georges-eugene (1809-1891); Paris, France; Architecture & Architects


LOCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: These locksw on doors have brought me happiness
Subject(s): Locks


LOCKS       
First Line: These locks on doors have brought me happiness
Last Line: From waking and finding you are not there


LUNCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The lanternslides grinding out b-flat minor
Subject(s): Lunch


LUNCH       
First Line: The lanternslides grinding out b-flat minor
Last Line: To see what they are, because it's time for lunch
Subject(s): Lunch


MA PROVENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: En ma provence le ble est toujours vert
Subject(s): Provence, France


MA PROVENCE       
First Line: En ma provence le ble est toujours vert
Last Line: She writes it out in enervating prose %'in my provence, my rose.'
Subject(s): Provence, France


MAGIC OF NUMBERS       
First Line: How strange it was to hear the furniture being moved around
Last Line: Everything I read turned into a story about you and me, and everything I did was turned into a poem


MARY MAGDALENE'S SONG       
First Line: Mary magdalene's coming!
Last Line: The merry magdalene way!


MEDITERRANEAN SUNS!    Poem Text    


MEDITERRANEAN SUNS!       
Last Line: Of these resorts? %just climb down
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea; Sun


MEETING YOU AT THE PIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I should like to describe amerika to you
Subject(s): United States; New York City; Immigrants; Kafka, Franz (1883-1924); America; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


MENDING SUMP       
First Line: Hiram, I think the sump is backing up'


MIGHT I BE THE FIRST       
Last Line: Oh raids on the english supplies!


MY OLIVETTI SPEAKS       
First Line: Birds don't sing, they explain. Only human beings sing
Last Line: Poetry, which is written while no one is looking, is meant to be looked at for all time


NEVER AGAIN WILL TONE COME       


NEW GUIDE       
First Line: Look at this champagne factory
Last Line: Two women and three men go by, speaking catalan


NO ONE ELSE       
First Line: I could never have had anything
Last Line: Forgotten and evenings %boat-flat similar and signed: 'no one else'


ON AESTHETICS       
First Line: Aesthetics of taking a walk
Last Line: One shadow -- %enough! %is passing by


ON BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beauty is sometimes personified
Subject(s): Beauty


ON BEAUTY       
First Line: Beauty is sometimes personified


ON HAPPINESS       
First Line: It was distressing to think that kawabata had committed suicide. It
Last Line: Happiness? He told me his answer: 'I said 'how can anyone answer %a question like that?''


ON THE EDGE       
First Line: Sleeping one day beside the zuyder zee
Last Line: Getting out of the car and going back


ON THE GREAT ATLANTIC RAINWAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I set forth one misted white day of june
Subject(s): Relationships; Rain


ON THE GREAT ATLANTIC RAINWAY       
First Line: I set forth one misted white day of june
Last Line: In the same way, though we are dying for the truth


ONE TRAIN MAY HIDE ANOTHER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: In a poem, one line may hide another line
Subject(s): Kenya; Railroads; Railways; Trains


ONE TRAIN MAY HIDE ANOTHER       
First Line: In a poem, one line may hide another line
Last Line: To have waited at least a moment to see what was already there
Subject(s): Kenya; Railroads


OUR HEARTS       
First Line: All hearts should beat when cho fu's orchestra plays 'love'
Last Line: Or power to change anything (sometimes -- maybe a fraction -- if so, it's amazing!) -- the


PASSING TIME IN SKANSEN       
First Line: I went dancing in stockholm at a public dancing place
Last Line: I got on some kind of streetcar that eventually stopped near my hotel


PERICLES       
First Line: I stop and go, pericles
Last Line: (epilogue) the organ's orgasm and the aspirin tablet's speechless spasm


PERMANENTLY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: One day the nouns were clustered in the street
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


PERMANENTLY       
First Line: One day the nouns were clustered in the street
Last Line: Which can never be undone %until the destruction of language
Subject(s): Language


PLEASURES OF PEACE       
First Line: Another ribald tale of the good times at madame lipsky's
Last Line: Crackle, love's flat, sun's sweets, o peace, to you


POEM       
First Line: Here there are girls with tearing breasts, like
Last Line: And now, I hear, some shy thing has happened to you


POEM       
First Line: The thing
Last Line: And therefore %must use %science


POEM FOR MY TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Passing the american graveyard, for my birthday
Subject(s): Birthdays; Cemeteries; Graveyards


POEM OF THE FORTY-EIGHT STATES       
First Line: O kentucky! My parents were driving
Last Line: You and I will go there when kenneth is dead


POEMS BY SHIPS AT SEA: AMERICAN FOAM       
First Line: You can talk about the banda's crazy waters
Last Line: Carried upon her parent's shoulders home


POEMS BY SHIPS AT SEA: AUTUMN LEAVES       
First Line: In autumn the leaves fall
Last Line: Final harbour, who are the mother of life


POEMS BY SHIPS AT SEA: BEARING CARGO       
First Line: Bearing cargo, heavy cargo over the plain
Last Line: But, on the second, she is there again


POEMS BY SHIPS AT SEA: BOXERS       
First Line: Boxers sometimes try to stabilize
Last Line: I'll try, but can't do much, to let him win


POEMS BY SHIPS AT SEA: BRAGAN       
First Line: Way over the expanding water
Last Line: This island, this woman, this bragan


PREGNANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the pomegranate is the blue sky
Subject(s): Wisconsin; Paris, France; Animals; City & Town Life; Country Life


PREGNANCY       
First Line: Inside the pomegranate is the blue sky
Last Line: Tell me, sons of atlantis, what will happen next?


PROMENADE OF THE GHOSTLY SUBTITLES       
First Line: It was the time of the promenade of the ghostly subtitles
Last Line: Which one the titles awoke they would never have


PROVERB       
First Line: Les morts vont vite, the dead go fast, the next day absent!
Last Line: And life goes on


QUESTION IN RED INK       
First Line: I come to you out of an old darkness
Last Line: To streak away like electrons, %careless and obscene as a broken nerve?


RAILWAY STATIONERY       
First Line: The railway stationery lay upon
Last Line: Now it screams closer, and he flags it down
Subject(s): Railroads


RED ROBINS       


RELATIONS       
First Line: Julie, there was the time
Last Line: From where her family cemented its name


RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH       
First Line: Shellfish, well really only clams, by the dozens and dozens were being
Last Line: The girl said, in a tentative tone. One part of the mother's being ill was %the panic she felt drivi


ROMA NON BASTA UNA VITA       
First Line: Kate, to mario. You seem so happy. How can that be, when you've told
Last Line: So comes the dawn


SCHOOLROOM IN HAITI       
First Line: In haiti, port-au-prince, a man walked up and down the
Last Line: They were left fatally behind


SCHOOLYARD IN APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Little girls smearing
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SCHOOLYARD IN APRIL       
First Line: Little girls smearing
Last Line: Stare out of windows %remembering april
Subject(s): Education; Schools


SEASONS ON EARTH       
First Line: There is a way of thinking about happiness
Last Line: And true? Oh, was it ever yours and mine?


SEASONS: 1. SPRING       
First Line: Now pizza units open up, and froth
Last Line: That we bounce high on this day's trampoline


SEASONS: 2. SUMMER       
First Line: So do they prosper, and so do we look
Last Line: And toward which they resume their silent strains


SEASONS: 3. AUTUMN       
First Line: But now hear autumn bellow from the trees
Last Line: Becomes a thing autumnal of its own


SEASONS: 4. WINTER       
First Line: If the west wind is autumn's, what is that
Last Line: And in the range of how they most appear


SEINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hounded by central islip to the end


SIMPLICITY OF THE UNKNOWN PAST       
First Line: Out the window, the cow out the window


SIX HAMLETS: HAMLET REBUS       
First Line: To be, or not to be: that is the question
Last Line: And by opposing end them


SIX HAMLETS: LA COMTESSE DE BERCY HAMLET       
First Line: To be, or not to be: that is the question
Last Line: And by opposing end them


SIX HAMLETS: LITTLE RED RIDING HAMLET       
First Line: To be, or not to be: that is the question
Last Line: And by opposing end them


SIX HAMLETS: SMOKING HAMLET       
First Line: To be, or not to be: that is the question
Last Line: And by opposing end them


SLEEPING WITH WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Caruso: a voice
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SLEEPING WITH WOMEN       
First Line: Caruso: a voice. %naples: sleeping with women
Last Line: Asleep and sleeping with them, asleep and asleep, sleeping with women, %asleep & sleeping with them,


SOME GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: Do not bake bread in an oven that is not made of stone
Last Line: And you can show that you have learned them for yourself


SONGS ARE ABOUT DEATH       
Last Line: And sight is about stopping %for a while


SPICES       
First Line: We need three tons of spice by tuesday next
Last Line: Such is the lot that heaven sends to both of us. L'chaim. Farewell!


SPRING       
First Line: Let's take a walk
Last Line: To be bathed in a light white light %come on


STRAITS       
First Line: It is easy to be cruel in love: one merely has not to love
Last Line: He spent a number of years in exile. 'it is supposed to be turning out our products


STUDY OF TIME       
First Line: One bird deserves another. One white and orange tabletop
Last Line: And be forty-eight years old? One age deserves another. One time deserves another time


SUMMERY WEATHER       
First Line: One earring's smile
Last Line: To themselves; but %the wind is blowing, blowing!


SUN OUT       
First Line: Bananas, piers, limericks!
Last Line: Of the black brave ocean


TAKING A WALK WITH YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: My misunderstandings: for years I thought muno bello meant
Subject(s): Language; Knowledge; Words; Vocabulary


TAKING A WALK WITH YOU       
First Line: My misunderstandings: for years I thought


TALKING TO PATRIZIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Patrizia doesn't want to
Subject(s): Love


TALKING TO PATRIZIA       
First Line: Patrizia doesn't want to
Last Line: Let my back and head fall against %the chair late isn't anything!


THANK YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh thank you for giving me the chance
Subject(s): Advertising; Teeth; Self; Careers; Toothaches


THANK YOU       
First Line: Oh thank you for giving me the chance
Last Line: And thank you for the evening of the night on which I fell off my horse %in the shadows. That was re


THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: What's sweeter than at the end of a summer's day
Subject(s): Native Americans; Thanksgiving Day; New York City; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


THANKSGIVING       
First Line: What's sweeter than at the end of a summer's day


THE ART OF POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: To write a poem, perfect physical condition
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE BANQUET SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: As, sweet banquet, lovely banquet
Subject(s): Food & Eating


THE BRASSIERE FACTORY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Is the governor falling
Subject(s): Brassieres


THE CIRCUS (I)    Poem Text    
First Line: We will have to go away, said the girls in the circus
Subject(s): Circus


THE CIRCUS (II)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I remember when I wrote the circus
Subject(s): Circus; Poetry & Poets


THE HISTORY OF JAZZ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The leaves of blue came drifting down
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not so unsound as a path
Subject(s): Horses


THE MAGIC OF NUMBERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: How strange it was to hear the furniture moved around in the apartment upstairs
Subject(s): Relationships; Ooetry And Poets; Love - Erotic; Time; Numbers; Conduct Of Life


THE RAILWAY STATIONERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The railway stationery lay upon
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE STUDY OF HAPPINESS        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


THE TRIP FROM CALIFORNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shoe-fixery and on the train
Subject(s): Travel; Pleasure; Journeys; Trips


THE TRUE LIFE    Poem Text    


THEY SAY PRINCE HAMLET'S FOUND A SOUTHERN ISLAND    Poem Text    


THEY SAY PRINCE HAMLET'S FOUND A SOUTHERN ISLAND       
Last Line: And wear, with fair ophelia, denmark's crown
Subject(s): Shakespeare - Hamlet


THIS DANCING MAN WAS ONCE THE POPE       
Last Line: And all we need to know


THIS LIFE WHICH SEEMS SO FAIR    Poem Text    


THIS LIFE WHICH SEEMS SO FAIR       
Last Line: It shoots the bubbles from the air %and closes down the market
Subject(s): Life


TIME ZONE       
First Line: A light from the ceiling is swinging outside on forty-second street
Last Line: I'm excited I'm writing at my typewriter it doesn't make too much sense


TO 'YES'       
First Line: You are always the member of a team
Last Line: Are you smiling? Yes. I'll follow you, yes? No reply


TO ANGELIC CIRCUMSTANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: God bless you, angelic circumstances
Subject(s): Angels; Blessings


TO ANGELIC CIRCUMSTANCES       
First Line: God bless you, angelic circumstances
Last Line: The blest air that we breathe!
Subject(s): Angels; Blessings


TO DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: You could be a rock
Last Line: Still, thanks for whatever I have. “not my doing – I'm the shall-have man”
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


TO DESTINY       
First Line: You could be a rock %or a rock star. An elephant. A ride in a canoe
Last Line: No wonder hardly anyone speaks to you any more. 'I know. It's useless.' %still, thanks for what I al


TO EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: You hung out with me till I was eleven years old
Subject(s): Experience


TO EXPERIENCE       
First Line: You hung out with me till I was eleven years old
Last Line: I'm no angel. I'm with you if you ring or if you crack the bell
Subject(s): Experience


TO FRANK 2       
First Line: Junk junk junk and I read in the paper


TO FRANK O'HARA WITH MY INSPIRATION DIMMING       
First Line: Nothing's easy, if love is love


TO INSULTS       
First Line: I used to, to some degree, live by you. When
Last Line: Our saviour was never known to smile,' wrote baudelaire. %neither did he use you


TO JEWISHNESS, PARIS, AMBITION, TREES, MY HEART, AND DESTINY       
First Line: Now that you all have gathered here to talk with me
Last Line: Heart, the rest of this story is yours. Let it go forward in any way it needs %to go


TO KIDDING AROUND       
First Line: Kidding around you are terrible sometimes
Last Line: Snow swirls in the mountains


TO LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: All one can say with certainty about anything that has you is it moves!'
Subject(s): Life


TO LIFE       
First Line: All one can say with certainty about anything that has you is it moves!
Last Line: I have no husband, says the would-be bride. But she has you


TO MARIJUANA       
First Line: There is one wonderful moment %that I remember, when I had smoked you
Last Line: For the eagle's wing, away from my reasonable beak


TO MARINA       
First Line: So many convolutions and not enough simplicity
Last Line: When I had you to write to, when I could see you %and it could change


TO MEXICO       
First Line: I can't imagine your not existing; but on the other hand
Last Line: One explosion. What could be there instead?


TO MY FATHER'S BUSINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leo bends over his desk
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Careers


TO MY FIFTIES       
First Line: I should say something to you
Last Line: No time. Farewell!'


TO MY HEART AS I GO ALONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm sorry you feel lonely
Subject(s): Self


TO MY HEART AS I GO ALONG       
First Line: I'm sorry you feel lonely
Last Line: Of brilliance, as beneath my breastbone I found you


TO MY OLD ADDRESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Help! Get out of here! Go walking!
Subject(s): Home; Houses


TO MY OLD ADDRESSES       
First Line: Help! Get out of here! Go walking!
Last Line: Forty-eight, neneteen, twenty-three, o worlds in which I was alive!
Subject(s): Home; Houses


TO MY OLD POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: You had no indpendence
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TO MY OLD POEMS       
First Line: You had no independence
Last Line: Things seem to be all right between us now


TO MY POLLOCK       
First Line: Picture! If only jackson had used ink


TO ORGASMS       
First Line: You've never really settled down %have you, orgasms?
Last Line: For an hour or a day at a time


TO SLEEP       
First Line: Great comrade woman of existence, brava sleep!
Last Line: Of what we together still might do


TO SOME BUCKETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting to fill you, buckets
Subject(s): Buckets And Pails


TO SOME BUCKETS       
First Line: Waiting to fill you, buckets
Last Line: You lend your sides to the soul


TO TESTOSTERONE    Poem Text    
First Line: You took me to the spanish steps
Subject(s): Testosterone; Travel; Journeys; Trips


TO TESTOSTERONE       
First Line: You took me to the spanish steps
Last Line: Exhiliration, riding on your horns, is never far away


TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE       
First Line: I needed to find you and, once having found you, to keep you
Last Line: Even when the theater had no people in it, you were there


TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE       
First Line: I will never forget %the first time I heard you
Last Line: In fact on the very same rapido %ten years before


TO THE OHIO       
First Line: You separated my hometown from kentucky
Last Line: From one you took your name, and from the other, then, %your meaning


TO THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: In every microsecond of the present, you're here
Last Line: Together, might past, we dominate
Subject(s): Past; Love – Loss Of; Absence


TO THE ROMAN FORUM       
First Line: After my daughter katherine was born
Last Line: It is happening now, it happened then


TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY    Poem Text    
First Line: It felt unusual
Subject(s): Army - United States


TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY       
First Line: It felt unusual %even if for a good cause
Last Line: And be glad to be with you


TO THE UNKNOWN       
First Line: Though we don't know anything about you
Last Line: As far as the open part in which you live


TO VARIOUS PERSONS TALKED TO ALL AT ONCE       
First Line: You have hlped hold me together
Last Line: If you want to we can go over there %where there's a little more light


TO YOU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut
Subject(s): Love


TO YOU       
First Line: I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut
Last Line: Receives me in the questions which you always pose


TOMB OF ALEXANDER       
First Line: Inside here adamantly
Last Line: Alexander cinnamon tree


TRANSPOSED HAMLET       
First Line: Tube heat, or nog tube heat: data's congestion
Last Line: Ant ply cop posy kingdom


TRUE LIFE       
Last Line: Come with us up from the ground %to the village of breathable air!'
Subject(s): Life; Villages


TRUE STORY OF THE MULE       
First Line: Enjoying everyone
Last Line: Over distant facades


ULLA       
First Line: I followed the young woman - ulla, was that her name
Last Line: Please follow me. On the walls are designs of roses and of fleurs-de-lys


VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS       
First Line: I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next
Last Line: I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 1       
First Line: Botticelli lived %in a little house
Last Line: Will be, and am


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 10       
First Line: Jean dubuffet lived
Last Line: Plus beaux que %vous ne pensiez


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 2       
First Line: Sappho lived %in a little house
Last Line: And can be taken away


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 3       
First Line: George gordon lord byron lived
Last Line: Time after time after time


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 4       
First Line: Saint francis of assisi lived
Last Line: Above it %carved on a stone


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 5       
First Line: Borges lived %in a little house
Last Line: At the library day's end


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 6       
First Line: Vladimir mayakowsky lived
Last Line: To hear him read his lines


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 7       
First Line: Maya plisetskaya lived
Last Line: You start to lose %your 'elevation'


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 8       
First Line: Ludwig wittgenstein lived
Last Line: He completely changed his mind


VOUS ETES PLUS BEAUX QUE VOUS NE PENSIEZ: 9       
First Line: Frank o'hara lived
Last Line: At five a.M., amazed


WEST WIND       
First Line: It's the ocean of western steel
Last Line: The intemperate climate of this double frame of the universe


WHAT MAKES THIS STATUE NOBLE SEEMING       
Last Line: I want your mouth, your breath
Subject(s): Faces; Desire


WHAT MAKES THIS STATUE NOBLE SEEMING       
Last Line: I want you! That or death! %I want your mouth, your breath!
Subject(s): Desire


WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: They often begin by saying, 'paris! How I wish I were there!'
Subject(s): Paris, France


WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT PARIS       
First Line: They often begin by saying, 'paris! How I wish I were there!'
Subject(s): Paris, France


WHEN I WAS A YOUNG WOMAN       
Last Line: That it may chance again


WHEN THE SUN TRIES TO GO ON       


WHERE AM I KENNETH?       
First Line: Nail kenneth down
Last Line: (blue is the air above concentric lambeth.)


WHY SHOULD DENMARK GRIP MY MIND       
Last Line: They shall be our hecatomb


WISH TO BE PREGNANT       
First Line: A bird just sat on a tree branch outside my living room window and
Last Line: My wife came in from the kitchen. Lunch is ready, she said. Then, %oh, how I want to have a child!


WITH JANICE       
First Line: The leaves were already on the trees, the fruit blossoms
Last Line: Except when they are speaking, as we stopped less %when all this was around


WITTGENSTEIN, OR BRAVO, DR. WITTGENSTEIN!       
First Line: The only things that we can say
Last Line: And can never come true


YOU KNOW ALL THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The first, violent year
Subject(s): Time; Love


YOU WANT A SOCIAL LIFE, WITH FRIENDS       
Last Line: But writes hardly anything at all


YOU WERE WEARING    Poem Text    
First Line: You were wearing your edgar allan poe printed cotton blouse
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


YOU WERE WEARING       
First Line: You were wearing your edgar allan poe printed cotton blouse
Last Line: Lid smashed into a likeness of the mad english king, george the third
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress


YOUR FUN IS A SNOB       
First Line: Amnesty store by the facing machine
Last Line: Without, in leaflets, to within, often 'we're,' the crib


YOUR GENIUS MADE ME SHIVER    Poem Text    


YOUR GENIUS MADE ME SHIVER       
Last Line: Thank you shall have it, ever - %illumined, and onrushing like a river
Subject(s): Genius