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Author: LAUX, DORIANNE
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Laux, Dorianne    Poet's Biography
144 poems available by this author


A SHORT HISTORY OF THE APPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Teeth at the skin. Anticipation
Subject(s): Apples


ABSCHIED SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone I love is dying, which is why
Subject(s): Death; Love; Memory; Women; Dead, The


ABSCHIED SYMPHONY       
First Line: Someone I love is dying, which is why
Last Line: A peace we could rise to
Subject(s): Death; Love; Memory; Women


ADAM'S DAD TEACHES THE KIDS TO PLAY BALL       
First Line: Dad stands on the mound preaching
Last Line: He's safe. Safe. %he's home


AFTER TWELVE DAYS OF RAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I couldn't name it, the sweet
Last Line: And smiled back.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Self-reliance; Solitude; Loneliness


AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we sat side by side
Last Line: Admiring each other's reflections.
Subject(s): Sex


ANTILAMENTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Regret


APHASIA; FOR HONEYA    Poem Text    
First Line: After the stroke all she could say
Subject(s): Illness


AS IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: The man I love hates technology, hates
Last Line: From some small, uncharted star.
Subject(s): Love; Progress; Simplicity


AUGUSTA       
First Line: She is born in a white room
Last Line: My new father. He holds me to his chest. %she smiles. Her hand covers her mouth


AWAKE       
First Line: Except for the rise and fall of a thin sheet
Last Line: The garden. The hard blue sky. The sweet %apple of light


BIRD       
First Line: For days not a red-breasted bird
Last Line: What do I have that she could want enough %to risk such failure, again and again?


BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: You're standing on the high school steps
Subject(s): Books; Librarians & Libraries; Schools; Women; Reading; Library; Librarians; Students


BOOKS       
First Line: You're standing on the high school steps
Last Line: The blur of the world. Into whoever you're going to be
Subject(s): Books; Librarians And Libraries; Schools; Women


BREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: We put the puzzle together piece
Subject(s): Jigsaw Puzzles


BREAK       
First Line: We put the puzzle together piece
Last Line: To a world that is crubmling, a sky %that is falling, the pieces %we are required to return to


CATCH       
First Line: The film footage wavers
Last Line: She's wet from the blue pool, shining, %car keys dangling from her teeth like minnows


CELLO    Poem Text    
First Line: When a dead tree falls in a forest
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


CELLO       
First Line: When a dead tree falls in a forest
Last Line: Shouldering the dead
Subject(s): Politics; War


CHILDREN'S TRAIN       
First Line: As the train approaches the tunnel, the kids
Last Line: Religious as they are pulled %into the frightening brilliance of the world
Subject(s): Children; Railroads


CHINA       
First Line: From behind he looks like a man
Last Line: China, or a ripe papaya, %so that now %when I think of love %I think of this


CROSS COUNTRY       
First Line: When the train stops to fuel up
Last Line: You saw growing too close %to the tracks, bent and trembling%on the outskirts of detroit


CROSSING       
First Line: The elk of orick wait patiently to cross the road
Last Line: This is how I know the marriage will last


DEATH COMES TO ME AGAIN, A GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Death comes to me again, a girl in a cotton slip
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death - Children; Graves; Silence; Women; Graveyards; Death - Babies; Tombs; Tombstones


DEATH COMES TO ME AGAIN, A GIRL       
First Line: Death comes to me again, a girl in a cotton slip
Last Line: Especially when they fight, and when they sing
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death - Children; Graves; Silence; Women


DEMOCRACY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Politics & Government; Winter


DUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Someone spoke to me last night
Last Line: And you're just too tired to open it.
Subject(s): Loss; Memory; Truth


EACH SOUND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Beginnings are brutal, like this accident
Last Line: Unspeakable light.
Subject(s): Language; Primitive Man; Progress; Words; Vocabulary; Cavemen


EVEN MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Drive toward the juan de fuca strait
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Saxophones; Singing & Singers; Women; Songs


EVEN MUSIC       
First Line: Drive toward the juan de fuca strait
Last Line: Even the saxophone, its blind, %unearthly moan
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Saxophones; Singing And Singers; Women


FAMILY STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family
Subject(s): Family Life; Story-telling; Women; Relatives


FAMILY STORIES       
First Line: I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family
Last Line: Deep in the icing, a few still burning
Subject(s): Family Life; Story-telling; Women


FAST GAS; FOR RICHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the days of self service
Last Line: Is come close and touch me.
Subject(s): Accidents; Automobiles - Service Stations; Baby Boom Generation; Love; Women; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We were afraid of everything: earthquakes
Subject(s): Fear; Women


FEAR       
First Line: We were afraid of everything: earthquakes
Last Line: Waiting to be saved, the endless, wind-driven waves
Subject(s): Fear; Women


FIGURES    Poem Text    
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Poverty; Women; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


FIGURES       
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Last Line: Can't be more than what he owes
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Poverty; Women


FINDING WHAT'S LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the poem my daughter reminds me
Last Line: Like an orange flower over the gravel street.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Loss; Mothers & Daughters; Poetry & Poets


FIRESTARTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Since this morning he's gone through
Subject(s): Fire; Firefighters; Oregon; Smoke; Women


FIRESTARTER       
First Line: Since this morning he's gone through
Last Line: And I can't take my eyes from the light
Subject(s): Fire; Firefighters; Oregon; Smoke; Women


FOR MY DAUGHTER WHO LOVES ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Once a week, whether the money is there
Last Line: Even the slightest of their calls.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Love; Mothers & Daughters


FOR THE SAKE OF STRANGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: No matter what the grief, its weight
Last Line: And fall weightless, away from the world.
Subject(s): Grief; Kindness; Sorrow; Sadness


GARDENER       
First Line: Who comes to tend the garden
Last Line: Into the shadow he casts on the soil?
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening; Women


GHOSTS       
First Line: It's midnight and a light rain falls


GIRL IN THE DOORWAY       
First Line: She is twelve now, the door to her room
Last Line: Then she turns to go, folds up %all that light in her arms %like a blanket %and takes it with her


GRAFFITI    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the dayton avenue signal tower
Last Line: Three smooth strokes and he's gone.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Graffiti


GRAVEYARD AT HURD'S GULCH    Poem Text    
First Line: His grave is strewn with litter again
Last Line: Just before the terrible hunger returns.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Loss; Love; Graveyards; Dead, The


HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: The heart shifts shape of its own accord-from bird to ax
Subject(s): Hearts; Homeless; Kindness; Poverty; Women


HEART       
First Line: The heart shifts shape of its own accord-from bird to ax
Last Line: Cop-on-the-beat heart with its black billy club, %banging on the lid
Subject(s): Hearts; Homeless; Kindness; Poverty; Women


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: At the high school football game, the boys
Last Line: Smelling the flowers pressed against her neck.
Subject(s): Education; Fathers & Daughters; Homecoming; Schools; Students


HOW IT WILL HAPPEN, WHEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There you are, exhausted from another night of crying
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Heaven; Women; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Paradise


HOW IT WILL HAPPEN, WHEN       
First Line: There you are, exhausted from another night of crying
Last Line: He's not coming back, and it will be the first time you believe it
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Heaven; Women


ICELAND       
First Line: The girl's bathroom is titled in pink
Subject(s): Berkeley, California; Girls; Women


ICELAND       
First Line: The girl's bathroom is titled in pink
Last Line: The withered scraps, like petals, into the sink
Subject(s): Berkeley, California; Girls; Women


IF THIS IS PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: If this is paradise: trees, beehives
Last Line: A bowl full of fire and pretend that it's magic?
Subject(s): Activity; Heaven; Progress; Exercise; Paradise


JENNIFER       
First Line: She sits on the hood of her boyfriend's car
Last Line: Tonight, at the drive-in, how they'll sit %so close in this car, how it will shine


KALEIDOSCOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember sex before my husband
Last Line: Crowded against our window, shivering.
Subject(s): Marriage; Memory; Sex; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


KISSING    Poem Text    
First Line: They are kissing, on a park bench
Last Line: Onto each other. They are kissing.
Subject(s): Desire; Kisses


KISSING AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Kissing again, after a long drought of
Subject(s): Kisses; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


LAKE HAVASU    Poem Text    
First Line: Man-made, bejesus hot, patches of sand turned to glass
Subject(s): Havasu, Lake, Arizona


LANDRUM'S DINER, RENO    Poem Text    
First Line: We slouch, half-asleep on christmas day
Last Line: What more we could want?
Subject(s): Comfort; Love; Nevada; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


LAST DAYS OF POMPEI       
First Line: What if the ashes came down on us
Last Line: Like a handful of dark straw


LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: His voice, toward the end, was a soft coal breaking
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Loss Of; Poetry & Poets; Women


LAST WORDS       
First Line: His voice, toward the end, was a soft coal breaking
Last Line: Mouths open. Last words flown up into the trees
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Loss Of; Poetry And Poets; Women


LATE OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight. The cats under the open window
Last Line: On end, afraid of what I might do next.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dreams; October; Violence; Nightmares


LAUNDROMAT       
First Line: My clothes somersault in the dryer. At thirty
Last Line: Smiling, into the wicker basket
Subject(s): Laundry And Laundering


LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And remote, and useful, / if only to itself. Take the fly, angel
Subject(s): Contentment; Life; Women


LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL       
First Line: And remote, and useful, %if only to itself. Take the fly, angel
Last Line: Such abundance. We are gorged, engorging, and gorgeous
Subject(s): Contentment; Life; Women


LIFE OF TREES       
First Line: The pines rub their great noise
Last Line: And breathe, and breathe again


LINE       
First Line: The line runs the length of the department store aisle-a mother grips a
Last Line: The new world. As if the future were theirs
Subject(s): Babies; Mothers; Women


LIVIA       
First Line: This house is a hotel
Last Line: I don't look innocent when I sleep %I look dead


MATINEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Twelve years old, two silver quarters singing
Last Line: Just reach out and take them into my arms.
Subject(s): Children; Motion Pictures; Sexual Harassment; Childhood; Movies; Cinema


MORNING SONG       
First Line: I'm up early listening to the hidden birds
Last Line: And into my own listening body


NEON HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: To come upon one, driving toward your lover
Subject(s): Animals; Art & Artists; Hearts; Horses; Love; Women


NEON HORSES       
First Line: To come upon one, driving toward your lover
Last Line: Of dream, lit chimera distilled from liquid air
Subject(s): Animals; Art And Artists; Hearts; Horses; Love; Women


NURSE       
First Line: My mother went to work each day
Last Line: Of singed skin, already planning the evening %meal, the raw fish thawing in its wrapper, %a perfect


OH, THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: You are the hero of this poem
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Poetry & Poets; Women; Valor; Bravery; Optimism


OH, THE WATER       
First Line: You are the hero of this poem
Last Line: They know you've come home
Subject(s): Courage; Hope; Poetry And Poets; Women


OLYMPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I convinced manet to paint me with a tinge of ocher
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Paintings & Painters; Women; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


OLYMPIA       
First Line: I convinced manet to paint me with a tinge of ocher
Last Line: For centuries. This hand that will never rise %from my lap
Subject(s): Courts And Courtiers; Paintings And Painters; Women


ON THE BACK PORCH       
First Line: The cat calls for her dinner


ON THE RIVER       
First Line: Last night we slept in the old van, our backs


ORGASMS OF ORGANISMS       
First Line: Above the lawn the wild beetles mate
Last Line: To hear the black-robed choir of their sighs
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Spring; Women


PEARL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She was nothing much, this plain-faced girl from texas
Subject(s): Biography; Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Women; Biographers


PEARL       
First Line: She was nothing much, this plain-faced girl from texas
Last Line: In a storm on a blackened stage like a house %on fire
Subject(s): Biography; Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Women


PLANNING THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I never dreamed my daughter would be 16
Last Line: The job of waking into each morning, trusting.
Subject(s): Future; Love; Mothers & Daughters


POOLHALL       
First Line: She leans over the felt, her pelvis
Last Line: And quarters, counting their lucky stars


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet jesus, let her save you, let her take
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Women; Estrangement; Outcasts


PRAYER       
First Line: Sweet jesus, let her save you, let her take
Last Line: Either life you choose will end in her arms
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Women


QUARTER TO SIX       
First Line: Qaurter to six and the housw swept with the colors of dusk
Last Line: Now you're going to get it,' you whispered, %cupping my cheek in your hand


RAY AT 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Bless this boy, born with the strong face
Subject(s): Blessings; Boys; Brothers; Death; Heaven; Women; Half-brothers; Dead, The; Paradise


RAY AT 14       
First Line: Bless this boy, born with the strong face
Last Line: He says, feel my muscle, and I do
Subject(s): Blessings; Boys; Brothers; Death; Heaven; Women


REETIKA ARRANGES MY CLOSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Her apartment is a lesson in schematics
Subject(s): Girls; Houses; Rooms; Women


REETIKA ARRANGES MY CLOSET       
First Line: Her apartment is a lesson in schematics
Last Line: I'm going to give her everything I own
Subject(s): Girls; Houses; Rooms; Women


RETURN       
First Line: My daughter, ten and brown - another summer
Last Line: Like a half-remembered dream, into %the perilous future, into the white %heart of the sun


ROMANCE       
First Line: I know we made it up, like god
Last Line: Throbs, aches. Nothing there %and still, the pain makes a shape
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Women


SHIPFITTER'S WIFE       
First Line: I loved him most %when he came home from work
Last Line: The white fire of the torch, the whistle, %and the long drive home
Subject(s): Hearts; Kisses; Love - Marital; Women


SINGING BACK THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't remember how it began
Last Line: The trouble I've seen.
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Forgetfulness; Music & Musicians


SKIPPING STONES       
First Line: I was thirteen the summer the family went to visit
Last Line: Again how to lob a stone into the middle of the lake %so that is sounds like stabbing a watermelon


SMALL GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought my father was a god
Last Line: Day after day, I watched them grow.
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Children; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Parents; Women; Childhood; Parenthood


SMOKE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who would want to give it up, the coal
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Smoke; Tragedy; Women; Dead, The


SMOKE       
First Line: Who would want to give it up, the coal
Last Line: Like the ghost the night will become
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Smoke; Tragedy; Women


STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We're deep into the seventh hour, the car
Subject(s): Adolescence; Automobile Accidents; Death; Heaven; Travel; Women; Teen Agers; Dead, The; Paradise; Journeys; Trips


STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN       
First Line: We're deep into the seventh hour, the car
Last Line: The siskiyou mountains divide up ahead, %waiting to swallow us whole
Subject(s): Adolescence; Automobile Accidents; Death; Heaven; Travel; Women


STUDENT       
First Line: She never spoke, which made her obvious
Last Line: For the body to blossom into speech
Subject(s): Mouths; Silence; Speech Disorders; Voices; Women


SUNDAY       
First Line: We sit on the front lawn, an igloo
Last Line: In your chair, take a deep drink %of gold beer, curl your toes under, and hum


SUNDAY RADIO    Poem Text    
First Line: From my husband's window I hear a woman
Last Line: To how his voice breaks, then goes on with the song.
Subject(s): Marriage; Radio; Singing & Singers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Songs


THAW       
First Line: I have come north in winter to watch
Last Line: To know for the first time the simple power %of cold, how even the earth's chilled blood %will never


THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: As the train approaches the tunnel, the kids
Subject(s): Children; Railroads; Childhood; Railways; Trains


THE EBONY CHICKERING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother cooked with lard she kept
Last Line: As he bowed, and she slipped him the check.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Mothers & Daughters; Musical Instruments; Pianos; Cookery


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We were talking about poetry
Last Line: Preparing to open the door.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Poetry & Poets; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


THE GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who comes to tend the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Women


THE JOB; FOR TOBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my friend lost her little finger
Last Line: To what's turning in the world.
Subject(s): Accidents; Factories; Fingers; Touch (sense)


THE LAUNDROMAT    Poem Text    
First Line: My clothes somersault in the dryer. At thirty
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering


THE LIFE OF TREES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pines rub their great noise
Subject(s): Trees


THE LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The line runs the length of the department store aisle-a mother grips a
Subject(s): Babies; Mothers; Women; Infants


THE LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: She is about to come. This time
Last Line: If she could see it, she would never let him see.
Subject(s): Pleasure; Sex


THE ORGASMS OF ORGANISMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the lawn the wild beetles mate
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Spring; Women


THE SECRET OF BACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Heels of the shoes worn down, each
Subject(s): Backs (human Body)


THE SHIPFITTER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved him most / when he came home from work
Subject(s): Hearts; Kisses; Love - Marital; Women; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE STUDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: She never spoke, which made her obvious
Subject(s): Mouths; Silence; Speech Disorders; Voices; Women; Stuttering; Muteness


THE THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: What is it when your man sits on the floor
Last Line: Into this other world he cannot build without you.
Subject(s): Ambition; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Seduction; Sex; Male-female Relations


THE WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: You called it screwing, what we did nights
Subject(s): Love; Women


THIS CLOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the room where we lie, light
Last Line: If I loved you, being this close would kill me.
Subject(s): Love; Sex


TOOTH FAIRY       
First Line: They brushed a quarter with glue
Last Line: I don't know,' she says, rocking, closing %her eyes. 'we were as surprised as you'


TRYING TO RAISE THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at me. I'm standing on a deck
Subject(s): Love; Singing & Singers; Women; Songs


TRYING TO RAISE THE DEAD       
First Line: Look at me. I'm standing on a deck
Last Line: I'm the only one here on my knees
Subject(s): Love; Singing And Singers; Women


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter set whatever had begun
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit; Harvest; Pear Trees; Trees; Women; Pears


TWILIGHT       
First Line: My daughter set whatever had begun
Last Line: When he takes the first dangerous bite
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit; Harvest; Pear Trees; Trees; Women


TWINS       
First Line: The only feature june and jerry had in common
Last Line: Echoed with their screams, until last %they were clean, and forgiven
Subject(s): Social Problems


TWO PICTURES OF MY SISTER       
First Line: The pose is stolen from monroe, struck
Last Line: Stays locked in the frame of the back window %no matter how many turns you take, %no matter how far


VACATION SEX    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We've been at it all summer, from the canadian border
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


WATER STREET BRIDGE       
First Line: On the turnpike to augusta, birches
Last Line: A lone truck with mud on its tires %threading its way to hollowell


WHAT COULD HAPPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Noon. A stale saturday. The hills
Last Line: Beyond that shadowy nest of red madrones.
Subject(s): Decay; Driving & Drivers; Towns; Women; Rot; Decadence


WHAT I WOULDN'T DO    Poem Text    
First Line: The only job I didn't like, quit
Last Line: And had been waiting all day to hear.
Subject(s): Job Hunting; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


WHAT MY FATHER TOLD ME       
First Line: Always I have done what was asked
Last Line: My hand raised to ask the question, %where did the children sleep?


WHAT WE CARRY; FOR DONALD    Poem Text    
First Line: He tells me his mother carries his father's ashes
Last Line: The relative comfort of silence.
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Cremation; Forgiveness; Legacies; Child Abuse; Clemency


WHAT'S BROKEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The slate black sky. The middle step
Subject(s): Time; Life


WHEN I WAS BORN       
First Line: When I was born the world was filled with fat hands
Last Line: Then, spreading my arms, I closed my eyes %and taught myself to dance


WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Graveyard trees hug their shadows close
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Women; Dead, The


WINDOW       
First Line: Graveyard trees hug their shadows close
Last Line: To let the darkness pour in
Subject(s): Death; Mothers; Women


WING    Poem Text    
First Line: Madrid, 1934 / until a shepherd boy from orihuela
Last Line: Had not heard a nightingale
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales; Wings; Women


WING       
First Line: Madrid, 1934 %until a shepherd boy from orihuela
Last Line: Had not heard a nightingale
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales; Wings; Women


WORD       
First Line: You called it screwing, what we did nights
Last Line: To each other-a thin cry, unwinding
Subject(s): Love; Women