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Author: LARKIN, JOAN
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Larkin, Joan    Poet's Biography
40 poems available by this author


AFTERLIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm older than my father when he turned
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Abortion


ALTHEA       
First Line: The baby lasted one whole year
Last Line: Whatever is on its breath
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


BLACKOUT SONNETS        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Teenagers; Sex; Abortion


BLACKOUT SONNETS       
First Line: Something happened I couldn't have told you then


BREATHING YOU IN       
First Line: The scent you say is no scent
Last Line: Opened dark folds around you. %closed, opened, around you


BROKEN GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Seconal and wine I lived on the street
Subject(s): Alcoholics & Alcoholism; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Substance Abuse Recovery; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


CLIFTON    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved booze
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Gays & Lesbians; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CLIFTON       
First Line: I loved booze
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Homosexuality


CO-ALCOHOLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw you in the street, head lowered, stumbling
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


CO-ALCOHOLIC       
First Line: I saw you in the street, head lowered, stumbling
Last Line: Last night the fear in my eyes stared at the fear in your eyes
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


COW'S SKULL WITH CALICO ROSES       
First Line: Nothing soft in this skull %hung up, somewhere--
Last Line: Of things to outlast a life: %its artifacts and bones


FAWN BEFORE DOW SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The day I went to work,
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Child Care; Baby Sitters; Governesses


FLESH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hooves were forbidden, but she fed us
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Family Life; Relatives


GENEALOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I come from alcohol
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Alienation (social Psychology); Exiles; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Estrangement; Outcasts


GENEALOGY       
First Line: I come from alcohol
Last Line: And all that I could ever hope to bear
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Alienation (social Psychology); Exiles


GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: You are saying good-bye to your last
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


GOOD-BYE       
First Line: You are saying good-bye to your last
Last Line: Blooms and stiffens with desire
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


HOUSEWORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Through this window, thin rivers
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


HOW THE HEALING TAKES PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: How the face changes, the cloud
Last Line: Stones from entrances
Subject(s): Substance Abuse; Healing


HOW THE HEALING TAKES PLACE       
First Line: How the face changes, the cloud
Last Line: Stones from entrances
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


IN THE DUCHNESS       
First Line: Women swayed together %on a packed square of scuffed
Last Line: Loafers - would come touch me %and at last I'd dance


IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, SIXTEEN MONTHS SOBER       
First Line: To find words for this
Last Line: I'm picking up %this pen
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Alienation (social Psychology); Exiles


INVENTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: One who lifted his rams with joy, first time across the finish
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


INVENTORY       
First Line: One who lifted his rams with joy, first time across the finish
Last Line: One who wanted to live till his birthday, and did
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


NIGHT, ST. MARK'S PLACE       
First Line: Deep in my dirty quilt
Last Line: Deep in a filthy quilt, %sister %there are my fingers


RAPE       
First Line: After twenty years I want to call it that, but was it?
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


RAPE       
First Line: After twenty years I want to call it that, but was it?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


REVIEW       
First Line: It wasn't the worst movie %I've seen about aids
Last Line: It was your face, & I wept
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


RHYME OF MY INHERITANCE        Recitation by Author
First Line: My mother gave me a bitter tongue
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


RHYME OF MY INHERITANCE       
First Line: My mother gave me a bitter tongue
Subject(s): Homosexuality


RISKS       
First Line: When your hair beats over me like gold
Last Line: & you rock me like a hammock %under the near stars


SECRET SONG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Self


SLEEPING ON THE LEFT SIDE       
First Line: I primaled it,' she said %the smooth word like 'marbled'
Last Line: Her mother's kiss--unfinished-- %her father's bent head


TESTIMONY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Alcoholics & Alcoholism


THE COMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: In barlight alchemized: gold pate, the bellmouth
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE OFFERING    Poem Text    
First Line: When they cleaned you and gave you to me
Subject(s): Birth; Mothers; Children; Child Birth; Midwifery; Childhood


WANT    Poem Text    
First Line: She wants a house full of cups and the ghosts
Subject(s): Relationships; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


WANT       
First Line: She wants an old house full of cups and the ghosts
Last Line: Meanwhile, we've kissed all weekend; we want %to drive the eighty miles and do it again


WASTE NOT    Poem Text    
First Line: We're using every bit of your death
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


WASTE NOT       
First Line: We're using every bit of your death
Last Line: I'm wading in the swift river, balancing on stones
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness