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Koestenbaum, Wayne    Poet's Biography
156 poems available by this author


ANSWER IS IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: I wanted proof of god's hunger, but no sacrifice
Last Line: Suit he wore in life fits me well, too well, like a charm
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


ARCADES FASHION PROJECT #1: THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1976)       
First Line: Ava gardner wore her yellow seersucker expose
Last Line: And I wore my opalescent red jung theory of progress


ARCHAIC AWE    Poem Text    
First Line: My name is bossyboots
Subject(s): Minnelli, Liza (b. 1946)


ASIE (SHEHERAZADE)       
First Line: One word, 'nacreous'
Last Line: Slave to a moment's %dream that land is liquid, that there's no prime meridian
Variant Title(s): Sheherazad


BALLAD OF THE LAYETTE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


BRAHMS PIANO QUARTET NO. 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Brahms dreamt
Subject(s): Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)


CASH       
First Line: I waited to shave my faint mustache
Last Line: Without shaving. What is it men do? They shave. %when men don't shave, their faces at first turn gre


COLLECTED WORKS OF SLIMBOY       
First Line: One cloacal day, a princess %margaret rose opens
Last Line: But she has the power to step %over the sea wall into the sea


CREVICES       
First Line: I can't tell apart %human beings and lawn ornaments
Last Line: Not my business-but I think about it some mornings


DEBUT (ODE TO ANNA MOFFO)       
First Line: What possesses me
Last Line: Addressed to miss moffo, care %of the mind's met, where broadway joins forgotten avenues
Subject(s): Moffo, Anna (b. 1934); Singing And Singers


DOCTOR TYPE       
First Line: Lives thirteen floors above and runs a practice
Last Line: The wound that aches at dusk, by dawn %will be gone
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Physicians; Sickness


DOG BITE       
First Line: I was locking my apartment door, on the way


DOSSIER OF IRRETRIEVABLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night at bar 6
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Gays & Lesbians; Social Commentaries; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: I       
First Line: The same example applies to the excoriated
Last Line: Extricating himself from the table, %painfully moving from dinner to dinner %to a virtuous destinati


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: II       
First Line: ... With averted %eyes, young indicated woman like us
Last Line: Chiaroscuro of %earth sometimes united with itself and sometimes riven ...


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: III       
First Line: Here's dawn undressing like a minor seventh
Last Line: When I mature, I will go with flavio %to the place where men meet their negatives


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: IV       
First Line: Dear god, what adventures I had in rome!
Last Line: I dived into myself, after eleanor and her sister %used me as an illustration of ungainliness


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: IX       
First Line: Most armies, when love knocks, rush to the door
Last Line: I've gone two steps toward ardency %without doubting %the sensations that nightly crowd my spine


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: V       
First Line: Felice is happy, a million times over
Last Line: A coarse alpine %air made love to the river in her-- %a daughter minicing, conscientiously


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: VI       
First Line: O god, %you who told me so, that last time
Last Line: I pass the hours %in a torched landscape bereft of parallels


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: VII       
First Line: I laughed through my nostrils the long ride home
Last Line: Only the soul-- 'death,' in common parlance-- %is dry enough to arouse suspicion


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: VIII       
First Line: Donna, you made error after error
Last Line: Lady of the borderless old world's misery, %donna, fresh cold blade of the castrato's axe!


EROTIC AND SEPULCHRAL EPIGRAMS FROM THE CINQUENCENTO: X       
First Line: This is how I consider flowers: they cascade
Last Line: Including venus, or the fiendish %interpretation we give ellipses, %when blankness means us no harm


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1970       
First Line: In the dressing room
Last Line: Only nectar, and privet, and shadow


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1975       
First Line: Sodden on her bed
Last Line: After the saltimbanque %had removed his louche, aeolian linen


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1976       
First Line: Her slant wit woke
Last Line: This daredevil attempt at permanent inscription


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1977       
First Line: This is how I learned
Last Line: My trio rehearsed at the block's end


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1978       
First Line: He worked at a gas station
Last Line: Resumes its fabled nearness to the sand
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1979       
First Line: I took the cable car to liberty baths
Last Line: A mile before it meets the magenta, polymorphous bay


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1980       
First Line: I turned carnation in the dining hall
Last Line: From tomorrow's tamely twirling game-room globe


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1980       
First Line: Sedans cruised our beach
Last Line: Of ezra pound, a thesis due the ides of march


EROTIC COLLECTIBLES: 1992       
First Line: One man's dick had the quaint
Last Line: Whose haunted ending never shifts


EST-CE QUE       
First Line: I've graduated from rossini's cinderella
Last Line: Italian, draws with her voice a commonwealth %in which everything I burn to say at once resides


ESTATE SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: On igavel I bought
Subject(s): Language; Fathers; Words; Vocabulary


FANTASIA ON MY FATHER'S GIFT       
First Line: For safe mailing, he sealed the box with too much
Last Line: Of flesh, as though it were maladroit at sports %and could not rise to the occasion of air


FAUST IN SEERSUCKER SHORTS       
First Line: Do you like opera?' I whispered to him
Last Line: And I stole, alone, %downstairs to the darker archipelago, %at what cost you know


FEMALE MASCULINITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Two guys sucking each other in the steam room
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Gays & Lesbians; Relationships; Love - Erotic; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


FUGITIVE BLUE       
First Line: My sister made up kennings for what she hated: 'socks fall down'
Last Line: When carla put her hand on ricky's knee %I saw my future's blueprint. I was wearing pants of lapis l


GAUDY SLAVE TRADER       
First Line: Everyone hates the gaudy slave trader, for good reason
Last Line: But until then, resistance will be my only form of slumber
Subject(s): Slavery


HISTORY OF BOYS       
First Line: Call him a %for angel butt, curved poplar
Last Line: The boxer flap opened, spoke %this humid moral
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE       
First Line: First came the age of gold, then silver, steel
Last Line: Of a french eighteenth-century pleasure %palace complete with folly, vista, pond, %and the possibili


HOW TO BEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Patio furniture, plastic


IN PURSUIT OF LOST RIGOR       
First Line: I'm no longer afraid of my unconquerable laziness, which kind
Last Line: Abets my vulnerability to the 'j'accuse' of a passing fly


INTO THE LOBSTER BISQUE OF THE SKY I SHALL SAIL       
First Line: Into the lobter bisque of the sky I shall sail %with my mouth closed
Last Line: Even if the world in this case %is only your self, breasting the wind


JOHN WAYNE'S PERFUMES    Poem Text    
First Line: In 'cast a giant shadow', john wayne wore claiborne sport;
Subject(s): Wayne, John (1907-1979)' Perfume; Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


L'INDIFFERENT (SHEHERAZADE)       
First Line: Poor daphne, changed into a laurel. Her lip--
Last Line: Naked, as if I've purchased him %from an arabian sorceress %who sews the body to its sorrow, invisib


LA FLUTE ENCHANTEE (SHEHERAZADE)       
First Line: A common complaint is that words are not kinetic
Last Line: So that she can't distinguish what is space %from what is silver, what is blank from what the wheel


LAMENT       
First Line: I want to stop being a person
Last Line: All whispered by one person, all forgotten?


LETTER (ODE TO ANNA MOFFO)       
First Line: Anna, I've waited ten years for this hour:
Last Line: You signed it, and my program, with letters huge, %sweeping,circular, so full they overflowed the pa


LITTLE ODE TO INCORRIGIBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Boy with snot running out his nose,


METAMORPHOSES: 1. ADAM       
First Line: Two boys exchange dna and blood, the usual
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Brothers; Eve; Half-brothers


METAMORPHOSES: 1. ADAM       
First Line: Two boys exchange dna and blood, the usual
Last Line: But what can I reap? What can I destroy?
Subject(s): Adam And Eve; Bible; Brothers


METAMORPHOSES: 1. ADONIS       
First Line: Some goddess smacked my ear - it bled
Last Line: Pretend colts, gamboled on her clavicle


METAMORPHOSES: 1. MEDUSA       
First Line: I like to destroy more that I like to create
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical


METAMORPHOSES: 1. MEDUSA       
First Line: I like to destroy more that I like to create
Last Line: We struck a bargain at apollo's urinal
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical


METAMORPHOSES: 10. PHILOMELA (FRANK SINATRA)       
First Line: I lay free and fee-fie-foe on my eighteen hectombs
Subject(s): Sinatra, Frank (1915-1998)


METAMORPHOSES: 10. PHILOMELA (FRANK SINATRA)       
First Line: I lay free and fee-fie-foe on my eighteen hectombs
Last Line: Our amour a catarrh %of buried family
Subject(s): Sinatra, Frank (1915-1998)


METAMORPHOSES: 11. HERMAPHRODITUS (JAMES SCHUYLER)       
First Line: I woke up sweating from dreams of persecution
Last Line: Slob ate his matzoh, taught its meaning to the stutterer


METAMORPHOSES: 12. TIRESIAS (ELSA SCHIAPARELLI)       
First Line: Lupine friend, you fell down the vilesmelling stair
Last Line: I gave alms to the man who tore out the telephone


METAMORPHOSES: 13. CUPID (SAMSON)       
First Line: I will give a party in arizona, five hundred bucks a head
Subject(s): Samson


METAMORPHOSES: 13. CUPID (SAMSON)       
First Line: I will give a party in arizona, five hundred bucks a head
Last Line: I bided my time in the fishbelly incinerator
Subject(s): Samson


METAMORPHOSES: 14. TIRESIAS (SAINT TERESA)       
First Line: I tripped on the phone cord. We want our
Subject(s): Teresa, Saint (1515-1582); Teresa Of Jesus, Saint; Teresa Of Avila, Saint; Theresa, Saint


METAMORPHOSES: 14. TIRESIAS (SAINT TERESA)       
First Line: I tripped on the phone cord. We want our
Last Line: Skyline and the eggshell house dispensing lully airs ...
Subject(s): Teresa, Saint (1515-1582)


METAMORPHOSES: 15. PERSEUS (SAINT SEBASTIAN)       
First Line: My wart grew. It became the hand's foundation
Subject(s): Sebastian, Saint (d. 288)


METAMORPHOSES: 15. PERSEUS (SAINT SEBASTIAN)       
First Line: My wart grew. It became the hand's foundation
Last Line: This winter does not take place on parnassus
Subject(s): Sebastian, Saint (d. 288)


METAMORPHOSES: 16. PROSERPINA (JOHN RUSKIN)       
First Line: I growled tell them to jump off a cliff
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Ruskin, John (1819-1900)


METAMORPHOSES: 16. PROSERPINA (JOHN RUSKIN)       
First Line: I growled tell them to jump off a cliff
Last Line: Or wahtever new punishment I can devise
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Ruskin, John (1819-1900)


METAMORPHOSES: 17. APOLLO (ARTHUR RIMBAUD)       
First Line: In rio she met my chariot halfway
Subject(s): Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-1891)


METAMORPHOSES: 17. APOLLO (ARTHUR RIMBAUD)       
First Line: In rio she met my chariot halfway
Last Line: Boots for sale in the dream gone for farthings
Subject(s): Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-1891)


METAMORPHOSES: 18. PHILOMELA (JEAN RHYS)       
First Line: For a nanosecond I wanted his bod
Subject(s): Rhys, Jean (1894-1979)


METAMORPHOSES: 18. PHILOMELA (JEAN RHYS)       
First Line: For a nanosecond I wanted his bod
Last Line: The wrong saint, but I am blind, a rash assaults my bridal bed
Subject(s): Rhys, Jean (1894-1979)


METAMORPHOSES: 19. PERSEUS (JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU)       
First Line: And if my prick goes solid in the buttered hole
Last Line: The mailslot to receive your oiled salute


METAMORPHOSES: 2. ADONIS       
First Line: Disease was her great context - when she went blind
Last Line: Then lay spent on the movie theater floor


METAMORPHOSES: 2. MEDUSA       
First Line: My full lower lip excites the masses
Last Line: I'm not the leader - just the secretary


METAMORPHOSES: 2. ORPHEUS (OSCAR WILDE)       
First Line: The mean man came to me in a dream
Subject(s): Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


METAMORPHOSES: 2. ORPHEUS (OSCAR WILDE)       
First Line: The mean man came to me in a dream
Last Line: Pork smell steamed from his truncated, polish thumb
Subject(s): Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


METAMORPHOSES: 20. PHAETON (EZRA POUND)       
First Line: We ate mush at the oldage home and waited for the jews
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


METAMORPHOSES: 20. PHAETON (EZRA POUND)       
First Line: We ate mush at the oldage home and waited for the jews
Last Line: And you, tongue cut off, dare approach me for alms?
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972)


METAMORPHOSES: 21. HERMAPHRODITUS (KATHERINE ANNE PORTER)       
First Line: She opened my ribcage and observed the beating heart
Last Line: #name?


METAMORPHOSES: 22. OCYRRHOE (ANTONIO AND PIERO DEL POLLAIOLO)       
First Line: We hung out by the swan - shirtless - we pulled
Last Line: I tak mostly about civil war


METAMORPHOSES: 3. MEDUSA       
First Line: Next I will write a book about the plague
Subject(s): Plague


METAMORPHOSES: 3. MEDUSA       
First Line: Next I will write a book about the plague
Last Line: With a nextie - paisley - brooks brothers
Subject(s): Plague


METAMORPHOSES: 3. PERSEUS (WALT WHITMAN)       
First Line: The seer died. No one claimed him
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


METAMORPHOSES: 3. PERSEUS (WALT WHITMAN)       
First Line: The seer died. No one claimed him
Last Line: I guessed my way out ofthe yard, said black mass at home
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


METAMORPHOSES: 4. MEDUSA       
First Line: Damn the use of visual aids in education
Subject(s): Education


METAMORPHOSES: 4. MEDUSA       
First Line: Damn the use of visual aids in education
Last Line: To mass - and paid attention - and communion tasted like %cinammon
Subject(s): Education


METAMORPHOSES: 4. MEDUSA (MAE WEST)       
First Line: I gave my artist sister a cruel haircut
Last Line: Face blind-side up, glint cornea curdled milk


METAMORPHOSES: 5. DAPHNE (VIOLETTA VALERY)       
First Line: All three are men
Subject(s): Mankind; Murder; Human Race


METAMORPHOSES: 5. DAPHNE (VIOLETTA VALERY)       
First Line: All three are men
Last Line: Dagger to the voice! %and I alone
Subject(s): Mankind; Murder


METAMORPHOSES: 5. HERMAPHRODITUS       
First Line: So maybe I'm not in the middle of an international
Last Line: I'm the hole in your getaway vehicle


METAMORPHOSES: 6. MEDUSA       
First Line: I used to be afraid of horses - and then I rode
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Imagination; Fancy


METAMORPHOSES: 6. MEDUSA       
First Line: I used to be afraid of horses - and then I rode
Last Line: The cottage was in carmel - on a bluff - nextdoor to bob hope
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Imagination


METAMORPHOSES: 6. MEDUSA (ELIZABETH TAYLOR)       
First Line: She meditated, I froze in the adjoining room
Last Line: Which part of my body did she not eat?


METAMORPHOSES: 7. ECHO       
First Line: Silly boy - you're wearing a shirt from the 1960's
Last Line: You returned in the form of a writ or codicil


METAMORPHOSES: 7. ECHO (WALLACE STEVENS)       
First Line: I acquired new pine teeth
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


METAMORPHOSES: 7. ECHO (WALLACE STEVENS)       
First Line: I acquired new pine teeth
Last Line: And what was I to do %but turn inanimate?
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


METAMORPHOSES: 7. ORPHEUS       
First Line: He was a darling, stymied drip painter
Last Line: Beside a cup of hot milk flavored with hebona


METAMORPHOSES: 8. DAPHNE       
First Line: I wore garlic around my neck to ward off
Last Line: Also a forgery - and mortgaged, to boot


METAMORPHOSES: 8. ECHO       
First Line: The married man had a pimple on his lip
Last Line: Of my fluid motions -she said slow down - I sped up


METAMORPHOSES: 8. ECHO (GERTRUDE STEIN)       
First Line: I want his quim
Subject(s): Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946)


METAMORPHOSES: 8. ECHO (GERTRUDE STEIN)       
First Line: I want his quim
Last Line: I pardon him, and wade in the river
Subject(s): Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946)


METAMORPHOSES: 9. JUNO (EDMUND SPENSER)       
First Line: No dios or subcontinent gave him asylum
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599)


METAMORPHOSES: 9. JUNO (EDMUND SPENSER)       
First Line: No dios or subcontinent gave him asylum
Last Line: I said and fled with eunuch to buckingham palace
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599)


MOVING OCCUPATIONS       
First Line: Summer light I was driving towards
Last Line: And the girls are gone


NATIONAL NUDIST CLUB NEWSLETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the unisex nursery's toilet my undershirt falls
Subject(s): Passion; Sex


ORNATE AND LOVELY CORNER HOUSE       
First Line: Oldsmobiles up and down the canals all night
Last Line: Why no children %gather in my cool garden when the heat %grows violent


PIANO LIFE       
First Line: Today I sightread the last
Last Line: To receive the consolation %of its unending vellum


POEM FOR GEORGE PLATT LYNES    Poem Text    
First Line: George platt lynes photographed a naked man, curled
Last Line: Raises his hand to feel the fine light fail?
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


POEM FOR GEORGE PLATT LYNES       
First Line: George platt lynes photographed a naked man, curled
Last Line: Raises his hand to feel the fine light fail?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM FOR MY SON       
First Line: The bird cried once in the brake
Last Line: Were fluid %on a rotten farmhouse floor


POEM FOR MY SON (II)       
First Line: Sexually I'm zero
Last Line: Would have no imagination. %I would have a son
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


POSSESSIVENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The atonality of folded underwear


POURQUOI CLUB       
First Line: Wounded, prosaic, she trusted
Last Line: Steve whistles along with petula clark's 'mon homme'


PROFESSOR YOUNG AND OLD       
First Line: My new black horn-rims make me look professorial
Last Line: Passed enough time, I will be my father's age, %the age he returns, white-bearded, to forgive berlin


RELICS OF THE TRUE CROSS       
First Line: I escape from my high school charges for one weekend
Last Line: He is content with the 'v.' in the fog, the widow %calls 'vain' to me, meaning, 'wayne,' and I answe


RHAPSODY       
First Line: Long ago, before
Last Line: In fission: the universe is beginning %again, and baldie is the big bang


RHAPSODY: I       
First Line: What if I were not
Last Line: Of sorrow when it flies across the page and leves no trace


RHAPSODY: II       
First Line: I alone among the living
Last Line: As we drove past orchards now chopped down


RHAPSODY: III       
First Line: O for the inspiration to speak without error or apology
Last Line: Of every foment I could wish for, even before I had reached the wishing age


RHAPSODY: IV       
First Line: Well, I've decided one important thing
Last Line: The awful majesty of the one %thing truly worth saying


RHAPSODY: IX       
First Line: I only believe in the huge and the grandiose
Last Line: And nothing I can say to you will bring him back to life


RHAPSODY: V       
First Line: If I'm not careful I'll think I'm playing the octaves
Last Line: And I stumbled over sex as the stone obstructing mysticism's way


RHAPSODY: VI       
First Line: Tito schipa please give me courage
Last Line: To ameliorate the emptiness


RHAPSODY: VII       
First Line: At the memorial garden beside the abandoned mansion
Last Line: You need to keep their hues intact


RHAPSODY: VIII       
First Line: When the morning's absinthe-clouded nocturne ends
Last Line: And the only way to prove an experience is to repeat it


SPLINTERS: 1. THE ORIGIN OF WOE       
First Line: This afternoon I met my woe
Last Line: A fantastic detachment and wore a reversible cape
Subject(s): Worry


SPLINTERS: 2. TELEPHONE, MY MOTHER'S ANKLE       
First Line: I telephone my mother's left ankle
Last Line: The truth of my iniquity and telephone %my mother's ankle
Subject(s): Telephones


SPLINTERS: 3. ROSES ANCIENNES       
First Line: The jews lost faith in me
Last Line: Have gone away only momentarily
Subject(s): Faith


SPLINTERS: 4. THE MOTHER'S SHARD       
First Line: No matter who you are, you open
Last Line: A v-neck sweater and never %fondle shards
Subject(s): Knives


SPLINTERS: 5. NEURASTHENIA       
First Line: Normal, I live beside an ugly church
Last Line: Domino days, monday knocking sunday %onto saturday


SPLINTERS: 6. CLAUSTROPHOBIA       
First Line: I stand on the cusp %of a giant undertaking
Last Line: Well within its vast, %staggered understatement


SPLINTERS: 7. TRANSPARENT FLIP-FLOPS       
First Line: I swam amid turtles in a pool
Last Line: Early hours I keep, though I was once %your customer
Subject(s): Swimming


SPLINTERS: 8. REDWOOD FENCE SPLINTER       
First Line: Peony, aster, or withered carnation
Last Line: Drive I dramatized to the dense %derelict nation
Subject(s): Wood


SQUARE OF SWAN       
First Line: Swan on the shower wall, steve washes you
Last Line: Respectful of the somber windowbox %creaking as a gust strikes it, and the swan's moan


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: APHORISTIC IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: I wonder if I have scandalous doings (an early botched
Last Line: Wrote a strict %opus one in c


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: MAYORAL RACE IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: I dropped out of the mayoral race %a scandal. Offered
Last Line: Everyone said, 'he looks awake!' %but I was fast asleep


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: NOTHING IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: My face is widening %cheeks a clown's
Last Line: I wish I had a larger chin %it could function as stop sign


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: PRINCESS DIANA IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: I walked a hamptons beach %diana approached. I stopped
Last Line: I've given your evasions much thought.' %what evasions, diana?


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: RITARDANDO IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: Without license I drove %a bad car in the dark
Last Line: Ritards in this piece %we don't want it to drag on longer than it should.'


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: ROLE MODEL IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: I nominated my role model for a nobel peace prize
Last Line: My role model wore it on an ocean liner %waters damned by omissions, equally damned by gold


STANZAS IN MY 39TH YEAR: WHY I WANT X IN MY 39TH YEAR       
First Line: I used to be pretentious %then I grew simplistic
Last Line: Three times in one sentence %I might have been the figure circling 'was.'


STAR VEHICLES: BEHAVIOR AND MISBEHAVIOR       
First Line: Raquel welch appeared in my bedroom before the proper world began
Last Line: In the venerable arrondissement where she was born


STAR VEHICLES: HAUNTING TUNE THAT ENDS TOO SOON       
First Line: In the early years of plague, I knew a guy who died named crawford
Last Line: Illegal to pick, though it grew unfettered along the tragic roads


STAR VEHICLES: I'M NOT IN 'DARLING'    Poem Text    
First Line: Bette davis has no reason to be jealous of michelangelo antonioni
Last Line: A wilderness stretching farther than the exiled eye could see
Subject(s): Davis, Bette (1908-1989); Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


STAR VEHICLES: I'M NOT IN 'DARLING'       
First Line: Bette davis has no reason to be jealous of michelangelo antonioni
Last Line: A wilderness stretching farther than the exiled eye could see
Subject(s): Davis, Bette (1908-1989); Homosexuality


STAR VEHICLES: IDA'S GLOVE       
First Line: Ida lupino appeared on 'this is your life,' one of her hands gloved
Last Line: But an extra, disastrous occasion, masked as joy


STAR VEHICLES: RITA, TIME, AND SPACE       
First Line: Rita hayworth in tonight and every night and affair in trinidad
Last Line: I was returned from the dead, detached, to observe the anthropology of my %own horror


STAR VEHICLES: THE GARBO INDEX    Poem Text    
First Line: My dead friend vito praised garbo's last scene in queen christina
Last Line: With the tranquililty of all final compositions
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Gays & Lesbians; Identity; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


STAR VEHICLES: THE GARBO INDEX       
First Line: My dead friend vito praised garbo's last scene in queen christina
Last Line: With the tranquillity of all final compositions
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Homosexuality


STAR VEHICLES: THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE       
First Line: Sophia loren, whose birthday, september 20th, I share
Last Line: Who wear sophia loren glasses? To what bounty do I remain %blind?


TEA DANCE       
First Line: Young man always expose themselves to me on amtrak
Last Line: Talk out of turn, I will never stop talking %in that future where it is eternally my turn


THE ASS FESTIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Pink cum dribbles out my anus
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE BITTER TEARS OF ALEXANDER SCRIABIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A novel begins here
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THE BOOK OF SCAPEGOATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Click the grief castanets.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Social Commentaries; Skin Condition; Grandparents; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


THE DEBUT (ODE TO ANNA MOFFO)       
First Line: What possesses me
Subject(s): Moffo, Anna (1934-2006); Singing & Singers; Songs


TO A MAPLE        Recitation by Author
First Line: Green leaves outside my window
Subject(s): Maple Trees