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Author: LEVERTOV, DENISE
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Levertov, Denise    Poet's Biography
1038 poems available by this author


... ELSE A GREAT PRINCE IN PRISON LIES'       
First Line: All that blesses the step of the antelope


...THAT PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING'       
First Line: An awe so quiet %I don't know when it began
Last Line: When is daybreak?


3 A.M., SEPTEMBER 1, 1969       
First Line: Warm wind, the leaves %rustling without dryness
Last Line: The crickets practice their religion of ectasy


3 SHORT SOLOS       
First Line: Softest of shadows
Last Line: To splash down nearby on the waveless water


6:30 BUS, LATE MAY       
First Line: The mountain %a moonflower in late
Last Line: Mutely %by arcane power %summons the moon


90TH YEAR       
First Line: High in the jacaranda shines the gilded thread
Last Line: I am so tired,' she has written to me, 'of appreciating %the gift of life'


A CALVARY PATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the stone steps
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


A CLEARING    Poem Text    
First Line: What lies at the end of enticing
Subject(s): Country Life; Landscape


A CURE OF SOULS    Poem Text    
First Line: The pastor / of grief and dreams
Subject(s): Clergy; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


A HAPPENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Two birds, flying east, hit the night
Subject(s): Birds; Shapeshifting


A HUNDRED A DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear 19th century! Give me refuge
Last Line: And was not seen as shocking, nor as omen
Subject(s): Evolution; Extinct Animals


A MAP OF THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTY OF ESSEX IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Something forgotten for twenty years: though my fathers
Subject(s): Essex, England; Landscape; Maps


A RING OF CHANGES    Poem Text    
First Line: Shells, husks, the wandering
Subject(s): Casals, Pablo (1876-1973); Dreams; Love; Nature; Music & Musicians; Relationships; Nightmares


A STRAW SWAN UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Its form speaks of gliding
Subject(s): Swans


A TIME PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The old wooden steps to the front door
Subject(s): Marriage; Family Life; Relationships; Past; Human Behavior; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A TREE TELLING OF ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: White dawn. Stillness. When the rippling began
Subject(s): Environment; Music & Musicians; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Two angels, among the throng of angels
Subject(s): Angels


ABEL'S BRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Woman fears for man, he goes
Subject(s): Abel; Women


ABEL'S BRIDE       
First Line: Woman fears for man, he goes
Last Line: Is a cave, there are bones at the hearth
Subject(s): Abel; Women


ABOUT MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't lock me in wedlock, I want
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ABOUT MARRIAGE       
First Line: Don't lock me in wedlock, I want
Last Line: Airy space, not %locked in


ABOUT POLITICAL ACTION IN WHICH EACH INDIVIDUAL ACTS FROM THE HEART       
First Line: When solitaries draw close, releasing %each solitude into its blossoming
Last Line: Great energy flows from solitude, %and great power from communion


ABRUPTLY       
First Line: The last warm day, I caught
Last Line: Autumn had come


ABSENCE       
First Line: Here I lie asleep


ABSENTEE       
First Line: Uninterpreted, the days


ACHE OF MARRIAGE       
Last Line: Two by two in the ark of %the ache of it
Subject(s): Love - Marital


ACOLYTE       
First Line: The large kitchen is almost dark
Last Line: Bread that is more than bread


ACTION       
First Line: I can lay down that history
Last Line: The limits and depths of power


ADAM'S COMPLAINT       
First Line: Some people


ADVENT 1966    Poem Text    
First Line: Because in vietnam the vision of a burning babe
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975); Advent; War Atrocities; Social Commentaries


ADVENT 1966       
First Line: Because in vietnam the vision of a burning babe
Last Line: The delicate, firm, whole flesh of the still unburned


ADVISING MYSELF       
First Line: When the world comes to you m;uffled as through a glass
Last Line: Burning with joy or despair, you've known she was right


AFAR (2), SELS       
First Line: The first poem %becomes the last
Last Line: Enclosed in the lucid %amber of the world %becomes the first


AFTER MINDWALK       
First Line: Once we've laboriously
Last Line: Pervades, elusive but persistent
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


AFTER MINDWALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Once we've laboriously


AGAIN THAT OTHER       


AGAINST INTRUSION       
First Line: When my friend drove up the mountain
Last Line: At rest on sustaining air; and that its vanishings %are needful, as silence is to music?


AGE OF TERROR       
First Line: Between the fear
Last Line: The broken dead?


AGON       
First Line: The sea barely crinkled, breathing
Last Line: The sun is already gasping free


AIRSHOW PRACTICE       
First Line: Sinister wreathing mist in midsummer sky
Last Line: A violent awe, numb to all else


ALCHEMY       
First Line: Deep night, deep woods
Last Line: Brighter than its own %fogmuffled radiance


ALICE TRANSFIXED       
First Line: When your huge face


ALIENATION IN SILICON VALLEY       
First Line: I'd like to invoke a different world
Last Line: Vanished, that field built over


ALMOST-ISLAND       
First Line: The woods which give me their silence
Last Line: Or ever could know it, space


ALONGSIDE       
First Line: Catbird cadenzas from the bushes
Last Line: Soon enough it will be noon, and hot, and silent


ALTARS       
First Line: Again before your altar, silent lord
Last Line: After a day of looking for work


ALTARS IN THE STREET       
First Line: Children begin at dawn nimbly to build


AN EMBROIDERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Rose red's hair is brown as fur
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


AN INTERIM    Poem Text    
First Line: While the war drags on, always worse
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975); War Atrocities; Social Commentaries


ANAMNESIS AT THE FAULTLINE       
First Line: In each house, imprinted
Last Line: Gold of its aura


ANCIENT AIRS AND DANCES       
First Line: I knew too well
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


ANCIENT AIRS AND DANCES       
First Line: I knew too well
Last Line: Trying to drag me with you?
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


ANCIENT CAT       
First Line: Cat %old as this village


ANCIENT STAIRWAY       
First Line: Footsteps like water hollow
Last Line: Downward or upward?


ANCIENT TREE       
First Line: Can't get that tune %out of my head'
Last Line: A few apples %yellow in silver fog


ANIMAL RIGHTS       
First Line: Pig and wasp are robbed of their names


ANIMAL SPIRITS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was five and
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Childhood


ANIMAL SPIRITS       
First Line: When I was five and
Last Line: Wanting some absolute, some exhaustion
Subject(s): Animals; Children


ANNUALS       
First Line: All I planted came up
Last Line: In the sober wonder of %green healthy leaves?


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: We know the scene: the room, variously furnished
Last Line: Courage unparalleled, %opened her utterly


ANOTHER JOURNEY       
First Line: From a world compassed, closed to us
Last Line: Snowflakes glitter there, and melt


ANOTHER REVENANT    Poem Text    
First Line: One long-dead / returned for a night
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


ANOTHER REVENANT       
First Line: One long-dead %returned for a night
Last Line: A fabric %one with our listening
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


ANOTHER SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the gold mouth of a flower
Subject(s): Spring; Death; Dead, The


ANTEROOM       
First Line: Out of this afternoon whose light is broken


ANTIPHON       
First Line: And then once more
Last Line: Soaks the ground and its wintering seeds


APRIL IN OHIO       
First Line: Each day
Last Line: Are melting in tulip-cups


ARCTIC SPRING       
First Line: The polar she-bear, dirty ivory
Last Line: Strange wonders of air and light


ARE WE RULED BY THE WIND       


ARRIVAL (NORTH WALES, 1897)       
First Line: The orphan arrived in outlandish hat
Last Line: Golden glory broke forth and the hills %slipped like lambs


ARRIVED       
First Line: Away from home
Last Line: From yesterday to today


ART OF THE OCTOPUS: VARIATIONS ON A FOUND THEME       
First Line: The octopus is a solitary creature, and for it
Last Line: Towards everything they too begin %the solitary dance


ARTIST TO INTELLECTUAL (POET TO EXPLAINER)       
First Line: The lovely obvious! The feet
Last Line: Worm all over? My own %orient!


AS THE MOON WAS WANING       
First Line: Small intimations of destiny wove
Last Line: A summons I'd not resist


ASCENSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Stretching himself as if again
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Religion; Theology


ASCENSION       
First Line: Stretching himself as if again
Last Line: Mothering his birth: %torture and bliss
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Religion


AT DAVID'S GRAVE       
First Line: Yes, he is here in this
Last Line: Never cold in the field of graves


AT ONE       
First Line: The mountain's spine, the cow's ridge


AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT NOVEMBER 15, 1969    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Brown gas-fog, white
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


AT THE MASS AVE POETRY HAWKERS' READING       
First Line: When even craning my neck


ATHANOR       
First Line: Tempered wood. Wrought light. Carved


AUGUST DAYBREAK       
First Line: Slowly the crows patrol the parapet


AUGUST HOUSEPLANT       
First Line: Is there someone


AUTUMN JOURNEY       
First Line: Out of the autumn like a blade


AUTUMNAL       
First Line: Through the high leafy branches %rush of wind-flood. Gleam
Last Line: Silted over, under %the desert tides?


AVOWAL       
First Line: As swimmers dare %to lie face to the sky
Last Line: That all-surrounding grace


AWARE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I opened the door
Subject(s): Vines & Vinyards


AWARE       
First Line: When I opened the door
Last Line: The door by fractions, eavesdrop %peacefully


BALANCE       
First Line: At the door, some never, some let it be
Last Line: Slowly and silently has ripped the silk of evening


BARRICADES       
First Line: If now you cannot hear me, it is because


BATTERERS       
First Line: A man sits by the bedside
Last Line: He is terrified. Why had he %never seen, before, what she was? %what if she stops breathing?


BEARING THE LIGHT       
First Line: Rain-diamonds, this winter morning
Last Line: Shared out in endless abundance


BECCA       
First Line: Becca. Each washday
Last Line: Yes, and evenings too are beautiful


BEDTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: We are a meadow where the bees hum
Subject(s): Love


BEDTIME       
First Line: We are a meadow where the bees hum
Last Line: Surrounds our warm bed, and though %by day we are singular and often lonely
Subject(s): Love


BEGINNERS       
First Line: From too much love of living, %hope and desire set free
Last Line: Complete its gesture, %so much is in bud


BEGINNING OF WISDOM       
First Line: You have brought me so far
Last Line: I know so little. %you have brought me so far


BEYOND THE END       
First Line: In 'nature' there's no choice


BEYOND THE FIELD       
First Line: Light, flake by flake touching down on surface tension
Last Line: In tall grass near the fence of the mind's field


BIAFRA       


BLAKE'S BAPTISMAL FONT       
First Line: Behind the tree the hands %of eve and adam almost %meet
Last Line: The sky's dome %upturned, an unknown cosmos


BLESSING       
First Line: Hovering light embraces
Last Line: Of downy yellow, embrace without pressure of weight, %compassionate light


BLESSING       
First Line: Your river is in full flood,' she said


BLIND MAN'S HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF       
First Line: At the jutting rim of the land he lives


BLUE AFRICA       
First Line: As they roam over grassland


BLUE RIM OF MEMORY       
First Line: The way sorrow enters the bone
Last Line: And stains the sky yellow %to glow at midnight


BOOK WITHOUT WORDS       
First Line: The gray waves gnash


BRAIDING       
First Line: The way the willow-bark %braids its furrows
Last Line: Over the river shallows, %assenting, affirming


BRASS TACKS       
First Line: The old wooden house a soft


BREATHING       
First Line: An absolute %patience
Last Line: Happiness itself, a breathing %too quiet
Subject(s): Environment


BRIDE       
First Line: They sent me away to be bred
Last Line: But now I carried in me %the fruit of my mating


BRILLIANT SKY       
First Line: Never between the branches has the sky


BROKEN GHAZALS       
First Line: Each life spins


BROKEN PACT       
First Line: A face ages quicker than a mind
Last Line: Unsure how to proceed


BROKEN SANDAL       
First Line: Dreamed the thong of my sandal broke
Last Line: Where am I standing, if I'm %to stand still now?


BROTHER IVY       
First Line: Between road and sidewalk, the broadleafed ivy
Last Line: The relation is reciprocal. The ivy %meets its obligation by pure %undoubtable being


BRUCKNER       
First Line: Angel with heavy wings
Last Line: Listing heavenward


BULLFROGS TO FIREFLIES TO MOTHS       
First Line: At the dump bullfrogs


BUS       
First Line: The turnpike, without history, a function
Last Line: A world of will and function


BY RAIL THROUGH THE EARTHLY PARADISE, PERHAPS BEDFORDSHIRE       
First Line: The fishermen among the fireweed
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


BY RAIL THROUGH THE EARTHLY PARADISE, PERHAPS BEDFORDSHIRE       
First Line: The fishermen among the fireweed
Last Line: An angler's fly %lost in the sedge to watch the centuries
Subject(s): Environment; Fields


CABBAGE FIELD       
First Line: Both taine and the inland english child
Last Line: Anything but the sea?
Subject(s): Cabbage; Environment; Fields


CABDRIVER'S SMILE       
First Line: Tough guy. Star of david %and something in hebrew-a motto
Last Line: -immortalized for the cops, for his fares, for the world- %to be looking his best


CAEDMON    Poem Text    
First Line: All others talked as if
Subject(s): Caedmon (7th Century); Christianity; Religion; Theology


CAEDMON       
First Line: All others talked as if
Last Line: And pulled my voice %into the ring of the dance
Subject(s): Caedmon (7th Century); Christianity; Religion


CALVARY PATH       
First Line: Where the stone steps
Last Line: Cross of the calvary
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


CANCION    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am the sky
Subject(s): Women


CANCION       
First Line: When I am the sky
Last Line: Poems force the lock of my throat
Subject(s): Women


CANDLEMAS       
First Line: With certitude


CANDLES IN BABYLON    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the midnight streets of babylon
Subject(s): Babylon


CANDLES IN BABYLON       
First Line: Through the midnight streets of babylon
Last Line: Home to a calm dawn and %the work we had just begun
Subject(s): Babylon


CAPTIVE FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning's morning-glory
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


CAPTIVE FLOWER       
First Line: This morning's morning-glory
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


CARAPACE       
First Line: I am growing mine


CAT AS CAT       
First Line: The cat on my bosom
Last Line: Not mine. I-thou, cat, I-thou
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CATPIG       
First Line: John the cat %is most my brother, %almost pig
Last Line: Pepper each other's %somber faces


CELEBRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Brilliant, this day—a young virtuoso of a day
Last Line: With the claims of reasonable gloom
Subject(s): Nature


CELEBRATION       
First Line: Brilliant, this day - a young virtuoso of a day
Last Line: With the claims of reasonable gloom


CEREMONIES       
First Line: The ash tree drops the few dry leaves it bore in may


CERTAINTY       
First Line: They have refined the means of destruction
Last Line: Means death, death, death and death


CHANGE       
First Line: For years the dead
Last Line: Out from within one's wideopen eyes


CHANT: SUNSET, SOMERVILLE, LATE FALL '75       
First Line: Cloudy luminous rose-mallow sundown
Last Line: Breathing %close to us %dark, soft


CHARGE       
First Line: Returning to all the unsaid


CHEKHOV ON THE WEST HEATH       
First Line: A young girl in a wheelchair, %another girl pushing the chair
Last Line: Who you were, who you are, everpresent, vivid, %luminous dust


CHILDHOOD'S END       
First Line: The world alive with love, where leaves tremble
Last Line: They find it, wound about them like a cloud


CHILL       
First Line: Mother and father have fulfilled their promise
Last Line: Strewn in ivy, %and old feathers, ragged?


CHRISTMAS 1944    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright cards above the fire bring no friends near
Subject(s): Christmas; World War Ii; Nativity, The; Second World War


CHRISTMAS 1944       
First Line: Bright cards above the fire bring no friends near
Last Line: Hearing hatred crackle in the coal, %the voice of treason, the voice of love
Subject(s): Christmas; World War Ii


CLARITAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The all-day bird, the artist
Subject(s): Nature; Sparrows


CLARITAS       
First Line: The all-day bird, the artist
Last Line: Light %light light light


CLEARING       
First Line: What lies at the end of enticing
Last Line: At the end of enticing driveways


CLOAK       
First Line: And I walked naked %from the beginning
Last Line: Eyes looking out, %a longing silent at song's core


CLOSED WORLD       
First Line: The house-snake dwells here still
Last Line: In dry indifferent glare in my mind's eye %wavered but burned on


CLOUD POEMS: 1. THE CLOUD       
First Line: We have entered sadness %as one enters a mountain cloud
Last Line: Cloudy sadness, vague arms around us, %carries us like a bundle


CLOUD POEMS: 2. THE RECOLLECTION       
First Line: There was once a cloud-remember?
Last Line: Rivers, fold and fields, gleaming villages


CLOUD POEMS: 3. THE CUTTING-BEAM       
First Line: Imagine this blur of chill, white, gray, vague, sadness %buried off
Last Line: And oh, can the great and golden light %warm our flesh that has grown so cold?


CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds as I see them, rising
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Death; Clouds; Man-woman Relationships; Dead, The; Male-female Relations


CLOUDS       
First Line: The clouds as I see them, rising
Last Line: In pomp advancing, pursuing %the fallen sun


COLD SPRING       
First Line: Twenty years, forty years, it's nothing
Last Line: What if my poem is deathsongs


COME INTO ANIMAL PRESENCE    Poem Text    


COME INTO ANIMAL PRESENCE       
Last Line: An old joy returns in holy presence
Subject(s): Animals; Nature


COMMON GROUND       
First Line: To stand on common ground
Last Line: Sing to each other across the cold valleys


COMMON GROUND, SELS       
First Line: Not 'common speech' %a dead level
Last Line: Sing to each other across the cold valleys
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


COMPLAINT AND REJOINDER       
First Line: There's a kind of despair, when your friends
Last Line: In a village too small to contain %a single stranger


COMPLICITY       
First Line: On athe young tree's highest twig


COMPOSITION       
First Line: Two rooms away, seen through the open door
Last Line: This peaceful joy had blessed an autumnal morning


CONCORDANCE       
First Line: Brown bird, irresolute as a dry
Last Line: Till then attended to


CONCURRENCE       
First Line: Each day's terror, almost
Last Line: The first sunlight


CONSULTING THE ORACLE       
First Line: I asked a blind man the way east
Last Line: Sure of his felt way, %silent


CONTINENT       
First Line: In canada, a sense %of weight, of burden
Last Line: Not ethereal but poignant, a head %crowned with carved ice


CONTINUUM       
First Line: Some beetle trilling %its midnight utterance
Last Line: Its brood of minute stars %in the cracked flagstone


CONTRABAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The tree of knowledge was the tree of reason
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CONTRABAND       
First Line: The tree of knowledge was the tree of reason
Last Line: Splinters of fire, a strain of music heard, %then lost, then heard again
Subject(s): God; Religion


CONTRASTING GESTURES       
First Line: Coots, heads bobbing, forever urging themselves
Last Line: But their work. The plunge itself %their desire, a way to besubsumed, consumed utterly %into their w


CONVERSATION IN MOSCOW       
First Line: Red wine %from the %black sea. %glasses %filled and refilled
Last Line: Grief and delight entwined in the dark down there


CONVERSION OF BROTHER LAWRENCE       
First Line: What leafless tree plunging %into what pent sky was it
Last Line: A stone before the carver,' %you 'entered into yourself'


COUNTING SHEEP       
First Line: Mexico city - smog and light but no color


CRAVING       
First Line: Wring the swan's neck, seeking %a little language of drops of blood
Last Line: Tremble and speak %if you draw near them


CREATURE TO CREATURE       
First Line: Almost too late to walk in the woods, but I did
Last Line: Steady, acknowledging, unbiased


CROSSPURPOSES       
First Line: With dread she heard the letter %fall into the drop
Last Line: Two pairs of eyes looking past each other %to different distances


CROW SPRING       
First Line: The crows are tossing themselves
Last Line: How they scoop themselves %up from airy nadirs!


CRY       
First Line: No pulsations


CRYPTIC SIGN       
First Line: August. The woods are silent
Last Line: To somber gleaming


CULT OF RELICS       
First Line: My father's serviette ring
Last Line: To put their lips to the true chalice


CURVE       
First Line: Along the tracks


DAILY BREAD       
First Line: A gull far-off
Last Line: This is the day that the lord hath made, %let us rejoice and be glad in it


DANCE MEMORIES       
First Line: Plie, the knees bend


DANGER MOMENTS       
First Line: Some days, some moments
Last Line: They do, for now


DARK LOOKS       
First Line: Strange: today the mountain
Last Line: Of those unforeseeable words


DARK SUMMER DAY       
First Line: I want some funny jazz band


DAUGHTER (1)       
First Line: When she was in the strangers' house
Last Line: For a year, for seven years, for a century


DAUGHTER (2)       
First Line: Heading south, above %thick golden surf of cloud
Last Line: To put whatever it was, now, %no more chance


DAY BEGINS       
First Line: A headless squirrel, some blood
Last Line: Almost a transparent gray, %their dark veins %bruise-blue


DAY LONGS FOR THE EVENING       
First Line: The zenith longs for the banal horizon


DAY THE AUDIENCE WALKED OUT ON ME, AND WHY       
First Line: Like this it happened
Last Line: No one desecrated the white folks' chapel, %because no memorial service was held
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


DEAD       
First Line: Earnestly I looked into their abandoned faces
Last Line: A heavy thick silence in its place


DEAD BUTTERFLY       
First Line: Now I see its whiteness
Last Line: Their rockgreen color and the bold %cut of its wings
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


DEATH IN MEXICO       
First Line: Even two weeks after her fall
Last Line: Was a hostage. Old gods %took back their own


DEATH PSALM: O LORD OF MYSTERIES       
First Line: She grew old. %she made ready to die
Last Line: Past the open, %ancient, %courteously waiting life


DEATHLY DIVERSIONS       
First Line: In dark slick as


DECEMBER VENICE       
First Line: Up-ended under the sea, a forest supports the decaying


DECIPHERINGS       
First Line: When I lose my center %of gravity
Last Line: Makes in one's ears %transformed


DEFEAT       
First Line: Wanted %to give away pride


DEFEAT IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: On a dull day she goes


DEPTHS       
First Line: When the white fog burns off


DESCENDING SEQUENCE       
First Line: What I thought to be a river
Last Line: As if in fear


DESOLATE LIGHT       
First Line: We turn to history looking %for vicious certainties through which
Last Line: Drop me back in the well. %no avail


DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: While we were visiting david's grave
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


DESPAIR       
First Line: While we were visiting david's grave
Subject(s): Graves


DIALOGUE       
First Line: I am an object to you,' he said


DISCLOSURE       
First Line: From the shrivelling gray %silk of its cocoon
Last Line: Some primal-shaped, plain-winged, day-flying thing


DISTANCE       
First Line: While we lie in the road to block traffic from the air-force base
Last Line: That steady courage, win %such flame-crowns?


DISTANCED       
First Line: Shepherds in summer pastures


DIVORCING    Poem Text    
First Line: One garland / of flowers, leaves, thorns
Subject(s): Divorce


DIVORCING       
First Line: One garland %of flowers, leaves, thorns
Last Line: To see if we can survive, %severed
Subject(s): Divorce


DOG OF ART       
First Line: That dog with daisies for eyes
Last Line: Of art turns to the world %the quietness of his eyes
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOGBROTHERS       
First Line: Pigalone. Sylvia. %sylvia orphan onlypig
Last Line: I, sylvia, %am dog not pig


DOM HELDER CAMARA AT THE NUCLEAR TEST SITE       
First Line: Dom helder, octagenarian wisp
Last Line: Dances at the turning core


DON'T YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOWIN' ...       
First Line: The 4 a.M. Freight comes pounding and shaking through the fall night
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


DON'T YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOWIN' ...       
First Line: The 4 a.M. Freight comes pounding and shaking through the fall night
Last Line: To share a vision with you and find I'm dreaming
Subject(s): Railroads


DOORKEY FOR CORDOVA       
First Line: And light made of itself an amber


DOUBLE VISION       
First Line: Artery of ice
Last Line: Not to be denied


DOWN UNDER       
First Line: Bloodred, viridian, poison aqua
Last Line: Aboriginal mystery


DRAGON OF REVOLUTIONARY LOVE       
First Line: All the grievous wounds the murderers
Last Line: The spirit-dragon %flies alongside them


DRAGONFLY-MOTHER       
First Line: I was setting out from my house
Last Line: Acts os passage, hovering %journeys over the fathomless waters
Subject(s): Dragonflies


DRAWN IN AIR       
First Line: The arc of branch is not perfect
Last Line: A pleasure in simply %line as line


DREAM       
First Line: Someone imagined


DREAM 'CELLO       
First Line: When he improvised, from what


DREAM INSCAPE       
First Line: Mycelium, the delicate white threads
Last Line: Beam by beam away, splintered


DREAM INSTRUCTION       
First Line: In the language-root place (a wooden
Last Line: Wooden cave, home %of shadow and flame, of %language, gradual stillness, %blessing


DREAM: CHATEAU DE GALAIS       
First Line: In dream you ask me %to care for your child while its mother
Last Line: Known to our minds, of seeking each other, %of joy


DURING A SON'S DANGEROUS ILLNESS       
First Line: You could die before me-
Last Line: The other %tasting, in fear, the %desolation of %survival


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 1. WHEN WE LOOK UP    Poem Text    
First Line: He had not looked
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 1. WHEN WE LOOK UP       
First Line: He had not looked
Last Line: Does not know: we are members %one of another
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 2. THE PEACHTREE       
First Line: The danube orchards
Last Line: Death goes indoors %exhausted


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 3. CRYSTAL NIGHT       
First Line: From blacked-out streets
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 3. CRYSTAL NIGHT       
First Line: From blacked-out streets
Last Line: Each a mirror %for man's eys
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


DURING THE EICHMANN TRIAL: 3. CRYSTAL NIGHT       
First Line: From blacked-out streets
Last Line: For man's eyes


DWELLERS AT THE HERMITAGE       
First Line: Grief sinks and sinks %into the old mineshaft %under their house
Last Line: Our singed friends, %leave with us, in trust


DYPTICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Though no wind is blowing, the lake
Subject(s): Aging


DYPTICH       
First Line: Though no wind is blowing, the lake
Last Line: Her snows are gray
Subject(s): Aging


EARLIEST SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Iron scallops border the path, barely
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


EARLIEST SPRING       
First Line: Iron scallops border the path, barely
Last Line: Brings us to bells or flames
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


EARLY       
First Line: From behind the hill


EARTH DUST       
First Line: So slowly I am dying


EARTH WORM       
First Line: The worm artist
Last Line: Aerates %the ground of his living


EARTHWARDS       
First Line: Blue of ireland quickens in the sea


EARTHWOMAN AND THE WATERWOMAN       
First Line: The earthwoman by her oven
Last Line: In dragonfly dresses and blue shoes


EFFACEMENT       
First Line: Today the mountain
Last Line: With tobias on dusty roads


EL SALVADOR: REQUIEM AND INVOCATION       
First Line: Blood rape kill mutilate death-squad massacre


ELEPHANT EARS       
First Line: I've given up wearing earrings
Last Line: From long and uneven lobes?


ELLE EST DEBROUILLARDE'       
First Line: High on vitamins, I demonstrate to my friends
Last Line: Is 'the fine art of unhappiness' truly %losing its allure?


ELUSIVE       
First Line: A mountain comes and goes
Last Line: Slips by you with each recurrence


EMBLEM (1)       
First Line: Dreaming, I rush %thrust from the cave of the winds
Last Line: Far and far to the horizon's bent firtree


EMBLEM (2)       
First Line: A silver quivering cocoon that shakes
Last Line: Its dreams, its creased %compacted wings


EMBRACING THE MULTIPEDE: 1. EMBRACING THE MULTIPEDE       
First Line: On the dream sidewalk
Last Line: To give it your heart, a work of mercy


EMBRACING THE MULTIPEDE: 2. QUESTIONING THE CREATURE       
First Line: Where are you going, you
Last Line: And we'd seek him


EMBRACING THE MULTIPEDE: 3. PONDERING THE CREATURE       
First Line: Return to my dreams
Last Line: To seek and be found


EMBRACING THE MULTIPEDE: 4. CREATURE ABSENT: AN UNDERPASS       
First Line: Cherish the mystery
Last Line: Were sounding in a tunnel


EMBRASURE       
First Line: The wind behind the window moves the leaves


EMBROIDERY       
First Line: Rose red's hair is brown as fur
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


EMBROIDERY (IV) SWISS CHEESE       
First Line: Lost wooden poem, %cows and people wending
Last Line: Was twenty years ago, I need it now


EMISSARY       
First Line: Twice now this woman for whom my unreasonable dislike
Last Line: I shall refuse to take what is mine %from her gray hands


EMPTY HANDS       
First Line: In the night foundations crumble
Last Line: Into your empty hands


ENDURING LOVE       
First Line: It was the way
Last Line: Visiting time from eternity


ENGLISH FIELD IN THE NUCLEAR AGE       
First Line: To render it!-this moment, %haze and halos of
Last Line: Holds its breath, for %this minute at least was %not the last


ENGRAVED       
First Line: A man and woman
Last Line: Night has advanced upon them


ENTERING ANOTHER CHAPTER       
First Line: The nights pass, sleep and dreams, the ship rolling and creaking


ENTR'ACT: AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT NOVEMBER 15, 1969       
First Line: Brown gas-fog, white %beneath the street lamps
Last Line: Taste. No life %other, apart from


ENTR'ACTE (2)       
First Line: Last of october, light thinning


ENTR'ACTE: 'LET US SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG'       
First Line: There's a pulse in richard
Last Line: The singing begins


ENTRE LOUP ET CHIEN       
First Line: Night's broken wing
Last Line: When dawn has flared and faded


ENVY       
First Line: The bare trees


EPILOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought I had found a swan
Subject(s): Love


EPILOGUE       
First Line: I thought I had found a swan
Last Line: I thought I was wounded to the core %but I was only bruised
Subject(s): Love


EQUILIBRIUM       
First Line: How easy it is to return


EROS AT TEMPLE STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The river in its abundance
Subject(s): Lust


EROS AT TEMPLE STREAM       
First Line: The river in its abundance
Last Line: Sleek and %on fire
Subject(s): Lust


ESTRANGEMENT       
First Line: I have seen days now


EVENING TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: An old man sleeping in the evening train
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age; Railroads; Railways; Trains


EVENING TRAIN       
First Line: An old man sleeping in the evening train
Last Line: Rocks and bounces onward through sleeping fields, %our unknown stillness %holding level as water sea
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age; Railroads


EVERY DAY       
First Line: Three men spoke to me today


EVERYTHING THAT ACTS IS ACTUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: From the tawny light
Subject(s): Autumn; Imagination; Relationships; Truth; Fall; Fancy


EVERYTHING THAT ACTS IS ACTUAL       
First Line: From the tawny light %from the rainy nights
Last Line: To what you see of me is %that grasp alone


EXCHANGE       
First Line: Sea gulls inland


EYE MASK       
First Line: In this dark I rest
Last Line: Not ready, not ready at all


EYES AND NO-EYES       
First Line: Sewing together the bits of data %abandoned by the retina
Last Line: Darker purple %that lead to like strips of prayer rug


FACE       
First Line: When love, exaltation, the holy awe
Last Line: The day %not yet dawning


FACE TO FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: A nervous smile as gaze meets
Subject(s): Love


FACE TO FACE       
First Line: A nervous smile as gaze meets
Last Line: Heavy we are, our flesh %of stone and velvet goes down, %goes down
Subject(s): Love


FAIR WARNING       
First Line: Rain and the dark. The owl
Last Line: His tone much like the dove's


FAITHFUL LOVER       
First Line: Play with a few decades, shift them
Last Line: Seen then re-seen, recognized, wrought in myth


FANTASIESTUCK       
First Line: My delicate ariel'- %can you imagine
Last Line: Silvery ariel, %for your brief rest


FEBRUARY EVENING IN BOSTON, 1971       
First Line: The trees' black hair electric


FEBRUARY EVENING IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: As the stores close, a winter light
Subject(s): New York City; Evening; Winter; Aging; Conduct Of Life; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Sunset; Twilight


FEBRUARY EVENINING IN NEW YORK       
First Line: As the stores close, a winter light


FEET       
First Line: In the forties, wartime london, I read
Last Line: The endless foot-after-foot journey of peasant celery


FELLOW PASSENGERS       
First Line: A handsome fullgrown child, he seems
Last Line: Innocent and impatient, %at her tense thighs


FIRMAMENT       
First Line: Fish in the sky of water - silverly
Last Line: With the aqueous everything it shines in


FIRST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a flower
Subject(s): Love


FIRST LOVE       
First Line: It was a flower
Last Line: That once-in-a-lifetime %secret communion
Subject(s): Love


FIVE-DAY RAIN       
First Line: The washing hanging from the lemon tree


FLICKERING MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, not you, / it is I who am absent
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Spiritual Life; Women & Religion; Theology


FLICKERING MIND       
First Line: Lord, not you, %it is I who am absent
Last Line: The sapphire I know is there?
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Spiritual Life; Women And Religion


FLOWERS BEFORE DARK       
First Line: Stillness of flowers. Colors
Last Line: Stiller than silence


FLOWERS OF SOPHIA       
First Line: Flax, chicory, scabious
Last Line: Wise beyond comprehension


FLYING HIGH       
First Line: So much is happening above the overcast
Last Line: Sculpt themselves and winnow %epic epiphanies


FOLDING A SHIRT       


FOOTPRINTS       
First Line: Someone crossed this field last night


FOR A CHILD       
First Line: In the field, a %dark thing'
Last Line: No, it was a shy thing, %keeping still to look at me'


FOR BET       
First Line: You danced ahead of me, I took
Last Line: Yes, and evenings too are beautiful'


FOR CHILE, 1977       
First Line: It was a land where the winged mind %could alight
Last Line: Of broken fingers %a song of revolution reborn?


FOR INSTANCE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Often, it's nowhere special: maybe
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FOR INSTANCE       
First Line: Often, it's nowhere special: maybe
Last Line: That inward cry again - %erde, du liebe
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


FOR NIKOLAI, MANY THOUSAND MILES AWAY       
First Line: The procession that has been crossing
Last Line: Felt but not understood, their will %remote


FOR PAUL AND SALLY GOODMAN       
First Line: Between waking and sleeping I saw my life


FOR STEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning after your midnight death
Last Line: Which runs full tilt into absence
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Music & Musicians


FOR STEVE BLEVINS       
First Line: The mornng after your midnight death
Last Line: Which runs full tilt into absence


FOR THE ASKING       
First Line: Augustine said his soul
Last Line: Rose, and a skylight opened


FOR THE BLIND       
First Line: Listen: the wind in new leaves
Last Line: Is green. Light green. Not weightless, %light


FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1981       
First Line: I have a small grain of hope
Last Line: Clumsy and earth-covered- %of grace


FOR THOSE WHOM THE GODS LOVE LESS       
First Line: When you discover
Last Line: Is other, unvoiced. You can, you must proceed


FOR X...       
First Line: I've never written poems for you, have I
Last Line: Like talking flemish on a bus in devon


FOREST ALTAR, SEPTEMBER       
First Line: The gleam of thy drenched


FOUR ALARM CLOCKS       
First Line: The deaf woman died on a windy night


FRAGMENT       
First Line: Not free to love where their liking chooses


FRAGMENT       
First Line: All one winter, in every crowded hall, %at every march and rally
Last Line: You who were so many thousand miles away


FRAGRANCE OF LIFE, ODOR OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: All the while among
Subject(s): War


FRAGRANCE OF LIFE, ODOR OF DEATH       
First Line: All the while among
Last Line: I smell death
Subject(s): War


FREEDOM       
First Line: Perhaps we humans %have wanted god most as witness
Last Line: To itself, flooded %with otherness


FREEING OF THE DUST       
First Line: Unwrap the dust from its mummycloths
Last Line: Caliban, push your tongue %heavy into the calyx


FROM A PLANE       
First Line: Green water of lagoons, %brown water of a great river
Last Line: Not torn apart, though raked and raked %by our claws


FROM AFAR       
First Line: The world is round. %amber beads
Last Line: As if in the middle of the %round world you could hear me?


FROM BELOW       
First Line: I move among the ankles
Last Line: So far above me into the light


FROM THE IMAGE-FLOW - DEATH OF CHAUSSON, 1899       
First Line: Green in his mind the bows flicker, flicker and stream


FROM THE IMAGE-FLOW - SOUTH AFRICA 1986       
First Line: Africa, gigantic slave-ship, not anchored yet not moving


FROM THE IMAGE-FLOW - SUMMER OF 1986       
First Line: These days - these years


FROM THE ROOF       
First Line: This wild night, gathering the washing as if it were flowers
Last Line: We are to live now in a new place


FROM THE TRAIN, EASTWARD       
First Line: Furry blond wheatfield in
Last Line: Green tones sustained, vast plainsong


FUGITIVES       
First Line: The red cross vans, laden with tanks of
Last Line: Westward to zones relief has already fled from


GATHERED AT THE RIVER; FOR BEATRICE HAWLEY AND JOHN JAGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: As if the trees were not indifferent
Last Line: No pollen.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Victims; Hiroshima, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Nature; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


GAZE SALUTES LYONEL FEININGER WHILE CROSSING ...       
First Line: A certain delicacy in the desolation


GIFT       
First Line: Just when you seem to yourself
Last Line: This gift is your answer


GIFTS       
First Line: I want to give away the warm coat


GIRLS       
First Line: Not innocence; it was ignorance


GLITTERING NOISE       
First Line: To tell the truth
Last Line: In immense shoals, glittering %in the sea, like fire


GOD OF FLOWERS       
First Line: Mouth, horn, cilia, sun


GODDESS       
First Line: She in whose lipservice %I passed my time
Last Line: Speaks in its own tongue, but returns %lie for lie!
Subject(s): Women


GOETHE'S BLUES: 1       
First Line: The hills stirring under their woven
Last Line: Thinking of youfr austere %compassion


GOETHE'S BLUES: 2       
First Line: Fame tastes 'sweet' to him
Last Line: In a cube of plexiglass


GOETHE'S BLUES: 3       
First Line: Stop the coach! I want to get out and die
Last Line: Driving away from the gates of paradise


GOOD DREAM       
First Line: Rejoicing %because we had met again


GOODBYE TO TOLERANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Genial poets, pink-faced
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Women; Poetry & Poets


GOODBYE TO TOLERANCE       
First Line: Genial poets, pink-faced %earnest wits
Last Line: Would flow and mingle %for joy


GRACE-NOTE       
First Line: In sabath quiet, a street
Last Line: Ornaments his with %fresh contempt


GREAT BLACK HERON       
First Line: Since I stroll in the woods more often
Last Line: Complete in herself as a heron


GREAT WAVE       
First Line: With my brother I ran %willingly into the sea
Last Line: Crystal of its %unfathomed purpose


GREETING TO THE VIETNAMESE DELEGATES TO THE U.N.       
First Line: Our large hands %your small hands
Last Line: Our large hands %your small hands


GREY AUGUST       
First Line: The dog's thigh, the absurd heaven
Last Line: Quivers, it will be, %for this day, %thunder, not war


GREY SWEATERS       
First Line: You want your old grey sweater


GRIEF       
First Line: When your voice breaks %I'm impaled on the jagged %edges of its fracture
Last Line: Feet waving %wild and feeble


GROWTH OF A POET       
First Line: He picks up crystal buttons from the ocean floor
Last Line: Black. The deep song %delves


GULF       
First Line: Far from our garden at the edge of a gulf


GULF (II)       
First Line: My soul's a black boy with a long way to go ...'


GYPSY'S WINDOW       
First Line: It seems a stage
Last Line: Vase, look real, as unreal %as real roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Poetry And Poets; Reality; Roses


HANDS       
First Line: Don't forget the crablike %hands
Last Line: Their diagnonals, in common clothes


HE-WHO-CAME-FORTH       
First Line: Somehow nineteen years ago


HEART       
First Line: At any moment the heart
Subject(s): Hearts


HEIGHTS, DEPTHS, SILENCE, UNCEASING SOUND OF THE SURF       
First Line: Are they birds or butterflies
Last Line: The vast %ironic dark pacific


HER DELIGHT       
First Line: I, sylvia, tell you, my piglets
Last Line: I, sylvia, your mother, %have known %the grace of pig-joy


HER DESTINY       
First Line: The beginning: piglet among piglets
Last Line: Would be rich as creamy corn, %tasty as acorns


HER JUDGEMENT       
First Line: I love my own humans and their friends
Last Line: Without thought, without %respect for the spirit pig


HER LAMENT       
First Line: When they caressed %and held in loving arms
Last Line: How could a cherished piglet %have grown so tall?


HER NIGHTMARE       
First Line: The dream is blood: I swim
Last Line: My bowl of sleep %with terror, %with blood


HER SADNESS       
First Line: When days are short, %mountains already
Last Line: I know %too much about time for a pig


HER SECRET       
First Line: In the human's house %fine things abound
Last Line: Trinkets, toys- %civilization!


HER SISTER       
First Line: Kaya, my gentle %jersey cowfriend, %you are no pig
Last Line: Graygold side, %a bulwark %beside me


HER TASK       
First Line: My piglets cling to me, %perfect, quickbreathing, plump
Last Line: Pig-wisdom. O isis, bless %thy pig's piglets


HER VISION       
First Line: My human love, my she-human, %speaks to me in piggish. She knows
Last Line: O isis my goddess, %my goddess isis, %forget not thy pig


HERESY       
First Line: When god makes dust of our cooling magma
Last Line: In that bright veil to await %the common resurrection


HERON I       
First Line: St. Simon heron
Last Line: When he will upon his fish


HERON II       
First Line: Elegantly gray, the blue heron
Last Line: And look askance


HIDDEN MONSTERS AT THE MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY, A FOUND POEM       
First Line: I looked after the carving while it was executing at %the prison
Last Line: Leaving the spectator to imagine what he pleases behind it


HOLIDAY: 1. POSTCARD       
First Line: It's not that I can't %get by without you
Last Line: How he turns to give it- %ah, to whom?


HOLIDAY: 2. MEETING AGAIN       
First Line: At nepenthe, screaming %steller jays adorn
Last Line: Best friends: I'll love you %always if you'll love me


HOLIDAY: 3. TO EROS       
First Line: Eros, o eros, hail %thy palate, god who knows
Last Line: Last sweet sigh of a %chapter's ending


HOLIDAY: 4. LOVE LETTER       
First Line: Fragrant with sandalwood, with lightest %oil of almond
Last Line: Upon the airy spaces where it's %so hard to find foothold


HOLIDAY: 5. POSTCARD       
First Line: There's a thistle here %smells of meadowsweet
Last Line: It says I miss you, breaking %quiet upon the dark sand


HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, WANDERS AGAIN       
First Line: Between the pages
Last Line: For a stable's warmth %a birthplace


HOPE IT'S TRUE       
First Line: Wonder if this very day the hunza


HOPING       
First Line: All my life hoping the nightmare
Last Line: Because decades brought no reassurance


HUMAN BEING       
First Line: Human being -- walking
Last Line: Into the day's brilliance


HUNDRED A DAY       
First Line: Dear 19th century! Give me refuge
Last Line: And was not seen as shocking, nor as omen
Subject(s): Evolution; Extinct Animals


HUNGER       
First Line: Black beans, white sunlight


HUNTING THE PHOENIX       
First Line: Leaf through discolored manuscripts
Last Line: And a twist of singing flame %rekindling


HUT       
First Line: Mud and wattles. Round almost


HYMN       
First Line: Had I died? Or was I
Last Line: To see so well, though asleep, %though blind, %though gone from the earth


HYMNS TO DARKNESS       
First Line: Beauty growls from the fertile dark
Last Line: Unlit by even a candle


HYPOCRITE WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Hypocrite women, how seldom we speak
Subject(s): Hypocrisy; Women


HYPOCRITE WOMEN       
First Line: Hypocrite women, how seldom we speak
Last Line: With what frivolity we have pared them %like toenails, clipped them like ends of %split hair
Subject(s): Hypocrisy; Women


I LEARNED THAT HER NAME WAS PROVERB'    Poem Text    
First Line: And the secret names / of all we meet who lead us deeper
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


I LEARNED THAT HER NAME WAS PROVERB'       
First Line: And the secret names %of all we meet who lead us deeper
Last Line: Where we shall know %what it is to arrive
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


IDYLL       
First Line: The neighbor's black labrador, his owners
Last Line: On hind legs to bend with his paws %the figtree's curving branches %and reach the sweet figs with hi


IKON: THE HARROWING OF HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Down through the tomb's inward arch
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


IKON: THE HARROWING OF HELL       
First Line: Down through the tomb's inward arch
Last Line: To humble friends the joy %of giving him food - fish and a honeycomb


ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rav
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Hasidism; Zalman, Shneur (1745-1813); Heritage; Heredity


ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS       
First Line: The rav
Last Line: Would pause with his needle in the air
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry; Hasidism; Zalman, Shneur (1745-1813)


IMMERSION       
First Line: There is anger abroad in the world, a numb thunder
Last Line: Our own words are for us to speak, a way to ask and to answer


IMPROBABLE TRUTH       
First Line: There are times %no one seems to notice
Last Line: Only when sensing myself %too close to the deepening water


IN ABEYANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: No skilled hands
Subject(s): Sea Voyages; Solitude; Loneliness


IN CALIFORNIA DURING THE GULF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
Subject(s): California; Gulf War (1991); Operation Desert Storm (1991)


IN CALIFORNIA DURING THE GULF WAR       
First Line: Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
Last Line: Were not doves, there was no rainbow. And when it was claimed %the war had ended, it had not ended
Subject(s): California; Gulf War (1991)


IN CALIFORNIA: MORNING, EVENING, LATE JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale, then enkindled
Subject(s): California; Labor & Laborers; Nature; Work; Workers


IN CALIFORNIA: MORNING, EVENING, LATE JANUARY       
First Line: Pale, then enkindled


IN LOVE       
First Line: Over gin and tonic (an unusual reat) the ancient poet
Last Line: Diaphanous as those saris one can pass through a wedding ring


IN MEMORY OF MURIEL RUKEYSER       
First Line: The last event %of black emphasis week
Last Line: Now. Stop shaking. Imagine her. %she was a cathedral


IN MEMORY: AFTER A FRIEND'S SUDDEN DEATH       
First Line: Others will speak of her spirit's tendrils reaching


IN MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: There's in my mind a woman
Subject(s): Women


IN MIND       
First Line: There's in my mind a woman
Last Line: And torn taffeta, %who knows strange songs- %but she is not kind
Subject(s): Women


IN PRAISE OF ALLIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: No one celebrates the allium
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


IN PRAISE OF ALLIUM       
First Line: No one celebrates the allium
Last Line: Gold fur voluptuously %brushing that dreamy mauve
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


IN QUESTION       
First Line: A sunset of such aqueous hints, subdued
Last Line: Can not be assumed


IN SILENCE       
First Line: Clear from the terraced mountainside


IN SUMMER (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the light, late in the afternoon, pauses among
Subject(s): Summer


IN SUMMER (1)       
First Line: When the light, late in the afternoon, pauses among
Last Line: The sunlight tarries with
Subject(s): Summer


IN SUMMER (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Night lies down / in the field when the moon
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


IN SUMMER (2)       
First Line: Night lies down %in the field when the moon
Last Line: Move on, stiff and %not yet awake
Subject(s): Environment; Fields


IN THAI BINH (PEACE) PROVINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've used up all my film on bombed hospitals
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


IN THAI BINH (PEACE) PROVINCE       
First Line: I've used up all my film on bombed hospitals
Last Line: Common as any sparrow
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


IN THE KITCHEN       
First Line: The fire crackles in the kitchen range, and big disheveled


IN THE LAND OF SHINAR       
First Line: Each day the shadow swings
Last Line: Fall upon us, the dwellers in shadow


IN THE WOODS       
First Line: Everything is threatened, but meanwhile
Last Line: That revolutionary 'presente


IN TONGA THE SACRED BATS       


IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING'       
First Line: Birds afloat in air's current
Last Line: We inhale, exhale, inhale, %encompassed, encompassed


INDIAN SUMMER       
First Line: Zones of flickering
Last Line: Diaphanous light %are generous


INHERITANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in her nineties she recalled
Last Line: Once again to feel them soothe me.
Subject(s): Memory; Montague, John (b. 1929)


INITIATION       
First Line: Black %shining with a yellowish


INSTANT       
First Line: We'll go out before breakfast, and get
Last Line: For a lifetime's look, before the mist %draws in again


INTIMATION (1)       
First Line: Some trick of light %in the reflection of sunny kitchen against
Last Line: But very still, %facing november, %facing frost


INTIMATION (2)       
First Line: I am impatient with these branches, this light


INTRUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: After I had cut off my hands
Subject(s): Memory


INTRUSION       
First Line: After I had cut off my hands
Last Line: Came asking to be pitied
Subject(s): Memory


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Silent, about-to-be-parted-from house.
Subject(s): Home; Farewell; Parting


INVOCATION       
First Line: Silent, about-to-be-parted-from house


ISIS SPEAKS       
First Line: Sylvia, my faithful %petpig, teacher %of humans, fount
Last Line: There you shall live long, and at peace, %redreaming the lore of your destiny


IT SHOULD BE VISIBLE       
First Line: If from space not only sapphire continents
Last Line: Suffers a canker which is devouring it


JACOB'S LADDER       
First Line: The stairway is not %a thing of gleaming strands
Last Line: The poem ascends
Subject(s): Jacob (bible); Religion


JOIE DE VIVRE       
First Line: All that once hurt
Last Line: The pulse of life-pain %strong again, count it, %fast but %not fluttering


JOURNEYINGS       
First Line: Majestic insects buzz through the sky
Last Line: Solemn filaments, our journeyings %wind through the overcast


JOY       
First Line: Joy, the 'well...Joyfulness of
Last Line: Returns, her heart lightens, %she savors the crust


JUL-68       
First Line: Topmost leaves of young oak, %young maple
Last Line: It is that field I wake to, %a woman foolish with desire


KEEPING TRACK       
First Line: Between chores


KIN AND KIN       
First Line: Perhaps jeffers was right, our species


KINDNESS       
First Line: Eyes of kindness that the dog had, %the 3-legged beggar dog
Last Line: Its gift %for a while, and %wept in it, enabled


KNOWING THE UNKNOWN       
First Line: Our trouble %is only the trouble anyone
Last Line: Skeptical green world, that does not know us?


KNOWING THE WAY       
First Line: The wood-dove utters


L'ETE SE CLOT, SELS.       
First Line: Time %which will


LA CORDELLE       
First Line: Be here


LAMENTATION       
First Line: Grief, have I denied thee?
Last Line: And the black plumes


LAND OF DEATH-SQUADS       
First Line: The vultures thrive


LAST HEAVY FAIRYTALE, IN WHICH ONE LAYS ONE'S HEART ...       
First Line: The room is small, the table plain


LAST NIGHT'S DREAM       
First Line: I sing tree, making green


LAYING THE DUST       
First Line: What a sweet smell rises
Last Line: Smell sweeter than this %wet ground, suddenly black


LE MOTIF       
First Line: Southwest the moon %full and clear
Last Line: Shifting its planes and angles %yet again


LEATHER JACKET       
First Line: She turns, eager


LEAVING FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: He says the waves in the ship's wake
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


LETTER       
First Line: You in your house among your roommate's plants
Last Line: Hung from its faithful cord %level with heart's core


LETTER TO A FRIEND       
First Line: As if we were sitting as we have done so often
Last Line: See the whole of it. Then we'll divine %what fortune her gaze betokens


LETTER TO MAREK ABOUT A PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: This carpentered, unpainted, aging house
Last Line: Silver that measures %the fever it is to be human


LIBATION       
First Line: Raising our glasses, smilingly %we wish one another not luck
Last Line: To admit our new lives have begun


LIEBESTOD       
First Line: Where there is violet in the green of the sea


LIFE AROUND US       
First Line: Poplar and oak awake
Last Line: And wholly knew it


LIFE AT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The disasters numb within us
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975); War Atrocities; Social Commentaries


LIFE AT WAR       
First Line: The disasters numb within us
Last Line: The deep intelligence living at peace, would have


LIFE IN THE FOREST       
First Line: The woman whose hut was mumbled by termites
Last Line: Bit and bit at her sense of loss


LIFE IS NOT A WALK ACROSS A FIELD       
First Line: Crossing furrows from green hedge to hedge


LIFE OF ART       
First Line: The borderland - that's where, if one knew how
Last Line: What lies beyond the window, past the frame, beyond


LIFE OF OTHERS       
First Line: Their high pitched baying
Last Line: About and about the smoky map


LIKE LOVING CHEKHOV       
First Line: Loving this man who is far away %is like loving anton chekhov
Last Line: Familiar in the love of the unreachable dead


LIKE NOAH'S RAINBOW       
First Line: And again - after an absence
Last Line: I begin to lift my wings


LINK       
First Line: Half memory of what my mother
Last Line: Not-forgettings, to suffice %for its continuance


LISTENING TO DISTANT GUNS       
First Line: The roses tremble; oh, the sunflower's eye
Last Line: Betrays no whisper of the battle-scream


LITTLE VISIT TO DOVES AND CHICKENS       
First Line: Demure and peaceful, quiet above
Last Line: The need to press for a subtext, being so rare


LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The fire in leaf and grass
Subject(s): Time


LIVING       
First Line: The fire in leaf and grass
Last Line: Each minute the last minute
Subject(s): Time


LIVING ALONE: 1       
First Line: In this silvery now of living alone
Last Line: Solitude within multitude seduced me early


LIVING ALONE: 2       
First Line: Some days, though, %living alone
Last Line: Seems to have no buds, though


LIVING ALONE: 3       
First Line: I said, the summer garden I planted
Last Line: Shall my life utter %to bring itself forth?


LIVING FOR TWO       
First Line: Lily bloom, what ominous fallen crowfeathers of shadow
Last Line: Of our covenant, enemy, burden, friend


LIVING WITH A PAINTING    Poem Text    
First Line: It ripens / while I sleep, afternoons, on the old sofa
Subject(s): Painitings And Painters


LIVING WITH A PAINTING       
First Line: It ripens


LONDON PLANE       
First Line: Primrose dapple on grey. Majestic
Last Line: With promise and history


LONG WAY ROUND       
First Line: The solution,' they said to my friend
Last Line: Swim for dear life, all of us-'not,' %as it has been said, 'not waving, %but drowning.'


LOOK AT THE NIGHT (TEMPLE, EARLY '60S)       
First Line: The plough %the only constellation we are
Last Line: The moon %high in her dominion


LOOKING THROUGH       
First Line: White as cloud above
Last Line: Real, unreal sky


LOOKING, WALKING, BEING       
First Line: I look and look
Last Line: Walking and looking, %through the world, %in it


LOOKING-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: I slid my face along to the mirror
Subject(s): Mirrors; Self


LOSING TRACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Long after you have swung back
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


LOSING TRACK       
First Line: Long after you have swung back
Last Line: A light growth of green dreams dying


LOVE OF MORNING       
First Line: It is hard sometimes to drag ourselves
Last Line: That disregards our sloth, and this %calls us, calls us


LOVE POEM       
First Line: What you give me is %the extraordinary sun
Last Line: Warmth of the fall noonday %between the sheets in the dark


LOVE POEM       
First Line: Swimming through dark, slow, %breaststroke
Last Line: Full to the brim with moonlight %mirror


LOVERS I       
First Line: With one I learned


LOVERS II: REMINDER       
First Line: But that other ...'


LUXURY       
First Line: To go by the asters
Last Line: I see through my lashes the iridescence


LYRE-TREE       
First Line: There was a dead tree in the woods
Last Line: Lend me power to sing %the unheard music of that vanished lyre


M.C.5       
First Line: Not to blow the mind but


MAD SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: My madness is dear to me
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


MAD SONG       
First Line: My madness is dear to me
Subject(s): Insanity


MAGIC       
First Line: The brass or bronze cup, stroked at the rim
Last Line: To cease when we cease %to listen


MAKING PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: A voice from the dark called out,
Subject(s): Peace; Poetry & Poets


MAKING PEACE       
First Line: A voice from the dark called out
Last Line: A vibration of light-facets %of the forming crystal


MALICE OF INNOCENCE       
First Line: A glimpsed world, halfway through the film
Last Line: Details of agony carefully into the night report
Subject(s): Nurses


MAN ALONE       
First Line: When the sun goes down, it writes


MAN WEARING BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: I could be stone
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


MAN WEARING BIRD       
First Line: I could be stone
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


MANY MANSIONS       
First Line: What I must not forget %is the world of the white herons
Last Line: Its clarity dwindles in our confusion, %the amulet of mercy


MAP OF THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTY OF ESSEX IN ENGLAND       
First Line: Something forgotten twenty years: though my fathers
Last Line: The walls of the garden, the first light


MAPPEMONDE       
First Line: Nonchalant clouds below me


MARIGOLD FROM NORTH VIETNAM       
First Line: Marigold resurrection flower


MARRIAGE: 1       
First Line: You have my %attention: which is
Last Line: One from the other


MARRIAGE: 2       
First Line: I want to speak to you
Last Line: Will speak to me


MARTA (BRAZIL, 1928)       
First Line: A saxon peasant girl %darning a sock, is telling
Last Line: A story without an ending %broken off in the telling


MASQUERADE       
First Line: Today the mountain
Last Line: Mountain, %dense, unmoving


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 1. KYRIE       
First Line: O deep unknown, guttering candle
Last Line: O deep unknown, %have mercy upon us


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 2. GLORIA       
First Line: Praise the wet snow %falling early
Last Line: Flow and change, night and %the pulse of day


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 3. CREDO       
First Line: I believe the earth %exists, and %in each minim mote
Last Line: Be, that I may believe. Amen


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 4. SANCTUS       
First Line: Powers and principalities-all the gods
Last Line: Unknown, unknowable: %sanctus, hosanna, sanctus


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 5. BENEDICTUS       
First Line: Blessed is that which comes in the name of the spirit
Last Line: Flesh. In the blur of flesh %we bow, baffled


MASS FOR THE DAY OF ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS: 6. AGNUS DEI       
First Line: Given that lambs %are infant sheep, that sheep
Last Line: Spark %of remote light


MASS OF THE MOON ECLIPSE       
First Line: Not more slowly than frayed
Last Line: Is given again, given and given


MATINS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The authentic! Shadows of it
Subject(s): Truth


MATINS: 1       
First Line: The authentic! Shadows of it
Last Line: Thrust close your smile %that we know you, terrible joy
Subject(s): Truth


MATINS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The authentic! I said
Subject(s): Reality


MATINS: 2       
First Line: The authentic! I said %rising from the toilet seat
Last Line: Appearing fully itself, and %more itself that one knew


MATINS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: The new day rises
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Reality


MATINS: 3       
First Line: The new day rises
Last Line: The poet fondles and must break %if he will be nourished


MATINS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: A shadow painted where
Subject(s): Shadows


MATINS: 4       
First Line: A shadow painted where
Last Line: In its turning, in its becoming


MATINS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Stir the holy grains, set
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Children; Childhood


MATINS: 5       
First Line: Stir the holy grains, set
Last Line: Cold air %comes in at the street door


MATINS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: The authentic! It rolls
Subject(s): Reality


MATINS: 6       
First Line: The authentic! It rolls %just out of reach, beyond
Last Line: Formed in your own likeness


MATINS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Marvelous truth, confront us
Subject(s): Truth


MATINS: 7       
First Line: Marvelous truth, confront us
Last Line: Thrust close your smile %that we know you, terrible joy
Subject(s): Truth


MAY MORNINGS       
First Line: May mornings wear %light cashmere shawls of quietness
Last Line: Each a leaflined basket %of wakening flowers


MAY OUR RIGHT HANDS LOSE THEIR CUNNING       
First Line: Smart bombs replace %dumb bombs. 'now we can aim
Last Line: Not to sharpen, not to be smart


MEETING THE FERRET    Poem Text    
First Line: One of my best encounters with animals
Subject(s): Ferrets


MEETING THE FERRET       
First Line: One of my best encounters with animals
Last Line: Nevertheless, to have my own ferret
Subject(s): Ferrets


MELODY GRUNDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Take me or leave me, cries
Subject(s): Self-satisfaction


MEMORIES OF JOHN KEATS       
First Line: Watchfulness and sensation as john keats
Last Line: You would have known in it


MERRITT PARKWAY       
First Line: As if it were %forever that they move, that we
Last Line: North and south, speeding with %a slurred sound


METAMORPHIC JOURNAL       
First Line: A child, no-one to stare, I'd run full tilt to a tree
Last Line: In hers %and they enter the dance


METIER OF BLOSSOMING       
First Line: Fully occupied with growing - that's
Last Line: Nothing imperfect, withholding nothing!


MID-AMERICAN TRAGEDY       
First Line: They want to be their own old vision
Last Line: His life at last


MID-DECEMBER       
First Line: Westering sun a mist of gold
Last Line: Weightlessly with what will be, soon, %the afterglow


MIDNIGHT GLADNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The pleated lampshade, slightly askew
Last Line: At my lips before darkness. Gift after gift
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


MIDNIGHT GLADNESS       
First Line: The pleated lampshade, slightly askew
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


MIDSUMMER EVE       
First Line: All day the mountain boldly
Last Line: Of rock, its own bones, beneath %its flesh of snow


MILKY WAY       
First Line: Sky-wave breaks
Last Line: Time immemorial


MIRAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ethereal mountain
Subject(s): Mirages; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


MIRAGE       
First Line: Ethereal mountain
Last Line: Can one believe you are not a mirage
Subject(s): Mirages; Mountains


MISNOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: They speak of the art of war
Subject(s): War


MISNOMER       
First Line: They speak of the art of war
Last Line: At thirty thousand feet


MISSING BEATRICE       
First Line: Goodness was


MOCKINGBIRD OF MOCKINGBIRDS       
First Line: A greyish bird


MODES OF BEING       
First Line: January's fist %unclenches
Last Line: That which is and %that which is


MODULATIONS       
First Line: Easily we are happy, I was thinking, no need
Last Line: The divine animal %who carries us through the world


MOMENTS OF JOY       
First Line: A scholar takes a room on the next street
Last Line: You seek, and I find


MOON TIGER       
First Line: The moon tiger


MOONWATER       
First Line: With eyes made keen


MORNING MIST       
First Line: The mountain absent
Last Line: Tranquil in solitude


MOUNTAIN ASSAILED       
First Line: Animal mountain, %some of your snows are melting
Last Line: Gives you no respite


MOUNTAIN'S DAILY SPEECH IS SILENCE       
Last Line: Harbor a demon distinct from itself?


MOURNER       
First Line: Instead of arms to hold you


MOVEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Towards not being
Subject(s): Love


MOVEMENT       
First Line: Towards not being
Last Line: Grave springboard; the outflying spirit's %vertical trampoline
Subject(s): Love


MUTES       
First Line: These groans men use %passing a woman on the street
Last Line: Without seemliness, %without love
Subject(s): Lust; Sexual Harassment; Women


MYOPIC BIRDWATCHER       
First Line: One day the solitary heron
Last Line: Sustains his watchfulness


MYRIAD PAST, IT ENTERS US AND DISAPPEARS ...       
First Line: Until sometimes an ancient


MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF MAY'S PAST PERFECT       
First Line: Even as the beaches blacken again with oil
Last Line: Nuance of elegy, for the hint of judgement, %reproachful clarities of tense and sense?


MYSTERY (OAXACA, MEXICO)       
First Line: A gust of night rain lightly
Last Line: Always carrying my wares? I'd lie down %as if in the snow


MYSTERY OF DEEP CANDOR       
First Line: Intervals %so frank
Last Line: The secret depths of candor


NAMINGS       
First Line: Three hours wholly absorbed: trying to identify one rainsoaked
Last Line: Tonight two. One was plain, plodding slowly towards the airport. %one was a star, very silvery. It's


NATIVITY: AN ALTARPIECE       
First Line: The wise men are still on the road, searching


NEEDLES       
First Line: He told me about


NEW FLOWER       
First Line: Most of the sunflower's bright petals
Last Line: The autumn of its own brief bloom


NEW ITEMS: 1. AMERICA THE BOUNTIFUL       
First Line: After the welfare hotel %crumbled suddenly (after repeated warnings)
Last Line: Brought me something. Then %she began to cry


NEW ITEMS: 2. IN THE RIDDLE       
First Line: For some the hotel's collapse meant
Last Line: And I lost my television


NEW YEAR'S GARLAND FOR MY STUDENTS       
First Line: In winter, intricately wrapped, the buds


NEWS       
First Line: East boston too, like the fields


NEWS AND A GREEN MOON. JULY 1994       
First Line: The green moon, almost full
Last Line: And earth's cries of anguish almost audible


NEWS REPORT, SEPTEMBER 1991 U.S. BURIED IRAQI SOLDIERS ALIVE IN GULF    Poem Text    
First Line: What you saw was a / bunch of trenches with
Variant Title(s): News Report, Sept 1991 U.s. Buried Iraqi Soldiers Alive
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991); Operation Desert Storm (1991)


NEWS REPORT, SEPTEMBER 1991 U.S. BURIED IRAQI SOLDIERS ALIVE IN GULF       
First Line: What you saw was a %bunch of trenches with
Last Line: Arms and things %sticking out.' %cost-effective
Variant Title(s): News Report, Sept 1991 U.s. Buried Iraqi Soldiers Aliv
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991)


NIGHTINGALE ROAD       
First Line: How gold their hair was, %and how their harps
Last Line: Sweet and gold and shrill and the harps %flowing like milk


NOBLESSE OBLIGE       
First Line: With great clarity, great precision, today
Last Line: Its measured self-disclosure


NOT TO HAVE       
First Line: Not to have but to be


NOT YET       
First Line: A stealth in air that means


NOTE TO OLGA       
First Line: Of lead and emerald


NOVEL       
First Line: A wind is blowing. The book being written
Last Line: By scene, by sentence, something is rendered %back into life, back to the gods


NOVELLA       
First Line: In love (unless loved) is not love


NOVICES       
First Line: They enter the bare wood, drawn


O TASTE AND SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is / not with us enough
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Spiritual Life; Women & Religion; Theology


O TASTE AND SEE       
First Line: The world is %not with us enough
Last Line: Hungry, and plucking %the fruit
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Spiritual Life; Women And Religion


OBLIQUE PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the profound dark
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


OBLIQUE PRAYER       
First Line: Not the profound dark
Subject(s): Night


OBSESSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe it is true we have to return
Subject(s): Obsessions


OBSESSIONS       
First Line: Maybe it is true we have to return
Last Line: Flew into the intense sky still burning
Subject(s): Obsessions


OBSTINATE FAITH       
First Line: Branch-lingering oakleaves, dry


OCTOBER MOONRISE       
First Line: Moon, wisp of opal fire, then slowly
Last Line: Dark lake water %is gold unalloyed


OF BEING       
First Line: I know this happiness %is provisional
Last Line: This need to kneel: %this mystery


OF GODS       
First Line: God gave the earth-gods


OF NECESSITY       
First Line: Running before the storm, the older child


OF RIVERS       
First Line: Rivers remember


OFFENDER       
First Line: The eye luminous in its box of ebony


OLD ADAM       
First Line: A photo of someone else's childhood


OLD FRIEND'S SELF PORTRAIT       
First Line: Somber, the mouth pinched and twisted


OLD KING       
First Line: And at night


OLD KING       
First Line: The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd
Last Line: To go down %back into the known hole


OLD PEOPLE DOZING       
First Line: Their thoughts are night gulls %following the ferry, gliding
Last Line: Moving again through the closed door, %white and effortless, hungry
Subject(s): Women


OLGA POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: By the gas-fire, kneeling
Subject(s): Sisters


OLGA POEMS       
First Line: By the gas-fire, kneeling
Last Line: Of festive goodness in back of their hard, or veiled, or shining, %unknowable gaze
Subject(s): Sisters


ON A THEME BY THOMAS MERTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam, where are you?'
Subject(s): God; Merton, Thomas (1915-1968); Religion; Theology


ON A THEME BY THOMAS MERTON       
First Line: Adam, where are you?'
Last Line: He is not present to himself. God %suffers the void that is his absence
Subject(s): God; Merton, Thomas (1915-1968); Religion


ON A THEME FROM JULIAN'S CHAPTER 20    Poem Text    
First Line: Six hours outstretched in the sun, yes
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


ON A THEME FROM JULIAN'S CHAPTER 20       
First Line: Six hours outstretched in the sun, yes
Last Line: He saw, and sorrowed in kinship
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


ON BELIEF IN THE PHYSICAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS       
First Line: It is for all %'literalists of the imagination
Last Line: Bread at emmaus %that warm hands %broke and blessed


ON THE 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI       
First Line: A new bomb, big one, drops
Last Line: Have thrown it, as I was thrown %from life into shadow


ON THE EVE       
First Line: The moon was white
Last Line: Tuned its whiteness a tone higher


ON THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION       
First Line: It's when we face for a moment


ON THE PARABLES OF THE MUSTARD SEED       
First Line: Who ever saw the mustard plant
Last Line: Waiting to be sown


ON THE WAY       
First Line: On the way to the %valley of transformation
Last Line: And the face in the glass has shed its agelines as if %they were the mirage


ONCE ONLY       
First Line: All which, because it was
Last Line: Present, as now or never


ONE DECEMBER NIGHT       
First Line: This I had not expected
Last Line: Withdrew, just as I thought to summon courage %to offer honey-mead or slivovitz


ONLY CONNECT       
First Line: Gary with deer and bear


OPEN SECRET    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Perhaps one day I shall let myself
Subject(s): Nature


OPEN SECRET       
First Line: Perhaps one day I shall let myself
Last Line: Always loftier, lonelier, than I ever remember
Subject(s): Nature


OPEN SECRET       
First Line: My sign


OPEN SENTENCE       
First Line: To look out over roofs


OPPORTUNITY       
First Line: My father once, after his death
Last Line: We are both content


OUR BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Our bodies, still young under
Subject(s): Body, Human


OUR BODIES       
First Line: Our bodies, still young under
Last Line: Rooks are homing, says


OVERHEARD       
First Line: A deep wooden note %when the wind blows
Last Line: Unaware it had %spoken


OVERHEARD OVER S.E. ASIA    Poem Text    
First Line: White phosphorous, white phosphorous
Subject(s): Nature


OVERHEARD OVER S.E. ASIA       
First Line: White phosphorous, white phosphorous
Last Line: I decorate it in black, and seek %the bone
Subject(s): Nature


OVERLAND TO THE ISALNDS       
First Line: Let's go - much as that dog goes
Last Line: Not direction - 'every step an arrival'


PART I       
First Line: Revolution or death. Revolution or death


PART II       
First Line: Can't go further


PART III       
First Line: Silver summer light of trieste early evening


PART IV       
First Line: I went back


PARTIAL RESEMBLANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A doll's hair concealing
Subject(s): Youth


PARTIAL RESEMBLANCE       
First Line: A doll's hair concealing
Last Line: Shone in the opening and shutting of your %ingenious blindness


PASSAGE       
First Line: The spirit that walked upon the face of the waters


PASSING BELL       
First Line: One by one %they fall away
Last Line: The clapper of the bell. %the tolling begins


PAST       
First Line: Somewhere, married and in love


PAST III       
First Line: You try to keep the present
Last Line: Of lives long gone


PAST: 2       
First Line: My hand on chiseled stone, fitting


PATIENCE       
First Line: What patience a landscape has, like an old horse
Last Line: Within itself, entered that sunwarmed shelter?


PENTIMENTO       
First Line: To be discerned %only by those
Last Line: It lingers - %a draft %the artist may return to


PEOPLE AT NIGHT (DERIVED FROM RILKE)    Poem Text    
First Line: A night that cuts between you and you
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


PEOPLE AT NIGHT (DERIVED FROM RILKE)       
First Line: A night that cuts between you and you
Last Line: No one
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


PERHAPS NO POEM BUT ALL I CAN SAY AND I CANNOT BE SILENT       
First Line: As a devout christian, my father


PHONECALL       
First Line: Big bluejay black, %white sky in back; brittle
Last Line: Speaking from far away %lowpitched, loving, %one to one


PHOTO TORN FROM THE TIMES       
First Line: A story one might read and not know
Last Line: Her tears %shine and don't fall


PIG-SONG       
First Line: Walnut, hickory, beechmast, %apples and apples, a meadow
Last Line: And over the sunfall slope, %cool of the dark mudwallow


PILGRIM DREAMING       
First Line: By the fire light %of imagination, brand
Last Line: Yet giving %what he desires, if he gives light


PILOTS       
First Line: Because they were prisoners
Last Line: Be able to meet the eyes of mrs. Brown?


PLACE OF KINDNESS       
First Line: Somewhere there is a dull room
Last Line: In it, unknown to cruelty, %unknowing


PLACE TO LIVE       
First Line: Honeydew seeds: on impulse


PLAINS       
First Line: Tiepolo clouds
Last Line: Ecstatic saints and the heads %of cherubim


PLEASURES    Poem Text    
First Line: I like to find / what's not found
Subject(s): Pleasure


PLEASURES       
First Line: I like to find %what's not found
Last Line: Opens blue and cool on a hot morning
Subject(s): Pleasure


POEM       
First Line: Some are too much at home in the role of wanderer
Last Line: Can now take root in life, inherit love?'


POEM AT CHRISTMAS, 1972, DURING THE TERROR-BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM       
First Line: Now I have lain awake imagining murder
Last Line: The infection of their evil %thursts us


POEM RISING BY ITS OWN WEIGHT'       
First Line: The singing robes fly onto your body and cling there silkily
Last Line: Holds you %close and tenderly before he vanishes


POEM UNWRITTEN       
First Line: For weeks the poem of your body
Subject(s): Sex


POET AND PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: I send my messages ahead of me
Last Line: Alone, as I came.
Subject(s): Guests; Love; Poetry & Poets; Solitude; Visiting; Loneliness


POET AND PERSON       
First Line: I send my messages ahead of me
Last Line: When I leave, I leave %alone, as I came


POET LI PO ADMIRING A WATERFALL       
First Line: And listening to its
Last Line: Edge of the world, %entranced!


POET POWER       
First Line: Riding by taxi, brooklyn to queens


POET'S LATE AUTUMN       
First Line: Each morning, making tea


POETICS OF FAITH       
First Line: Straight to the point'
Last Line: Would remember their passage


POODLE PALACE       
First Line: I never pass the poodle palace
Last Line: To whether I heard it or not


POPLAR IN SPRING       
First Line: The tall poplar


PORTRAIT OF A MAN       
First Line: I %marcus silesius


POSTCARD       
First Line: The sunshine is wild here!
Last Line: The golf of sunshine are wavering!


POSTCARDS: A TRIPTYCH       
First Line: The minoan snake goddess is flanked by a chardin still-life, somber
Subject(s): Art And Artists


PRAISE OF A PALMTREE       
First Line: Tufts of brassy henna in the palm's


PRAYER       
First Line: At delphi I prayed %to apollo
Last Line: I think sometimes not apollo heard me %but a different god


PRAYER FOR REVOLUTIONARY LOVE       
First Line: That a woman not ask a man to leave meaningful work to
Last Line: Without closing our doors to the unknown


PRAYER PLANT       
First Line: The prayer plant must long
Last Line: Kneels down to praise you


PRESENCE       
First Line: Though the mountain's the same warm-tinted ivory
Last Line: Among those filmy guardians


PRESENCE       
First Line: Sunlight in ohio, touching


PRESENCE       
First Line: To the house on the grassy hill


PRIMAL SPEECH       
First Line: If there's an ur-language still among us
Last Line: The affirmation even before the naming


PRIMARY WONDER       
First Line: Days pass when I forget the mystery
Last Line: Hour by hour sustain it


PRISONERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though the road turn at last
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Dead, The; Burials


PRISONERS       
First Line: Though the road turn at last
Last Line: Smiling its ordinary %long-ago smile


PROLOGUE: AN INTERIM       
First Line: While the war drags on, always worse


PROTESTERS       
First Line: Living on the tim
Last Line: Enforced %their silence


PROTESTING AT THE NUCLEAR TEST SITE       
First Line: A year before, this desert
Last Line: To kiss that leper face


PSALM CONCERNING THE CASTLE       
First Line: Let me be at the place of the castle
Last Line: Stands be within me, let me be where it is


PSALM FRAGMENTS (SCHNITTKE STRING TRIO)       
First Line: This clinging to a god
Last Line: Minute by minute %from falling. %lord, you provide


PSALM PRAISING THE HAIR OF MAN'S BODY       
First Line: Husband, thy fleece of silk is black


PSALM: PEOPLE POWER AT THE DIE-IN (1)       
First Line: Over our scattered tents by night %lightning and thunder called to us
Last Line: By day and by night %we sat in the dust %on the cement pavement we sat down and sang


PSALM: PEOPLE POWER AT THE DIE-IN (2)       
First Line: Over our scattered tents by night
Last Line: And great power from communion


PSYCHE IN SOMERVILLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am angry with x, with y, with z,
Subject(s): Psyche (mythology); Relationships


PSYCHE IN SOMERVILLE       
First Line: I am angry with x, with y, with z %for not being you
Last Line: And no wings on his feet, %to bring me your words


PURE PRODUCTS       
First Line: To the sea they came
Last Line: But to live a little, invoking %the old powers


QUALITY OF GENIUS       
First Line: Trees that lift themselves like clouds %above the woods
Last Line: The tattered rage %of the sun


RAGA       
First Line: The fluteplayer %can't be seen to draw breath
Last Line: Flowing the honeycomb


RAGE AND RELENTING       
First Line: Hail, ricocheting off stone and cement, angrily
Last Line: To come to rest, %to melt


RAIN       
First Line: Trying to remember old dreams. A voice. Who came in


RAIN SPIRIT PASSING       
First Line: Have you ever heard the rain at night
Last Line: And your roots in their burrows %stretched and sighed?


RAINBOW WEATHER       
First Line: The rain-curtains are blowing
Last Line: Crinkled among the somber %festivities of fish


RAINWALKERS       
First Line: An old man whose black face shines golden-brown


RANGE       
First Line: Peak upon peak, brown, dustily gold, crowded
Last Line: A cupful of sky


RE-ROOTING    Poem Text    
First Line: We were trying to put the roots back
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


RE-ROOTING       
First Line: We were trying to put the roots back
Last Line: Even this digging, better than nothing, %has not yet begun
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


REARRANGEMENT       
First Line: Old chimney bricks, dull red


REBUFF       
First Line: Yes, I'm nettled


REFLECTIONS       
First Line: The mountain trembles in the dark lake


RELEARNING THE ALPHABET       
First Line: Joy - a beginning. Anguish ardor
Last Line: That which was poised already in the ah! Of praise


REMINDER       
First Line: Composed by nature, time, human art
Last Line: The misshaped cells remain


REPRESENTATIONS: ALLELUIA       
First Line: Angels carved from oak surround
Last Line: What sharp-ridged wings, what shine %of oaken feathers


REPRESENTATIONS: DAYBREAK       
First Line: A winding uphill road. The valley still
Last Line: As gold and silver


REPRESENTATIONS: IN PRIVATE       
First Line: He silent and angry
Last Line: Somewhere neither wants to go


REPRESENTATIONS: MALE VOICE CHOIR       
First Line: They move from left to right on the road below
Last Line: Of such harmonies brand her heart


REPRESENTATIONS: MOONGAZE       
First Line: Full moon's unequivocal
Last Line: Motionless as resting spiders


REPRESENTATIONS: PILGRIMS       
First Line: Pilgrims among the dune-grass, returning
Last Line: In soft sand tufted %with starry flowers


REPRESENTATIONS: SEEING THE UNSEEN       
First Line: Snow, large flakes
Last Line: Lit square of wakeful window


REPRESENTATIONS: STATION OF SOLITUDE       
First Line: Alone in his tiny station, the platform latticed with shadows
Last Line: Ever passed this way, ever will


REPRESENTATIONS: TIME RETREIVED       
First Line: It is late in a mild english autumn. All the leaves
Last Line: And the closed door to the hidden garden


REVIVALS       
First Line: When to my melancholy
Last Line: It driveth sorrow hence


REWARD       
First Line: Tired and hungry, late in the day, impelled
Last Line: I have no answer


RIDERS AT DUSK       
First Line: Up the long street of castles, over cobbles


RIVER       
First Line: Dreaming the sea that
Last Line: Dreaming towards %the calling sea


ROAD       
First Line: The wayside bushes waiting, waiting


ROAMER       
First Line: The world comes back to me


ROAST POTATOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the wholesale produce market
Variant Title(s): Roasting Potatoes
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


ROAST POTATOES       
First Line: Before the wholesale produce market
Last Line: Lacking, and for the young, %unknown to memory
Variant Title(s): Roasting Potatoe
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


ROCKY FLATS       
First Line: As if they had tamed the wholesome undomesticated


ROMANCE       
First Line: Dark, rainsoaked %oaklimbs
Last Line: Of your redberried thickets, %may and rose


ROOM       
First Line: Shelf of worn, chipped, exquisite china oddments
Last Line: Sustained, hushing, recurrent %in the stream of song


RUN AGROUND       
First Line: A brown oakleaf, left over from last year
Last Line: Human, thrown %back on my own resources


SALVATION       
First Line: They are going to
Last Line: The stream restored will become pure lake


SALVATOR MUNDI: VIA CRUCIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe he looked indeed / much as rembrandt envisioned him
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Religion; Theology


SALVATOR MUNDI: VIA CRUCIS       
First Line: Maybe he looked indeed %much as rembrandt envisioned him
Last Line: Up from those depths where purpose %drifted for mortal moments
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Religion


SANDS OF THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The golden particles / descend, descend
Last Line: Clarity, is it water indeed, / or air, or light?
Subject(s): Rivers


SANDS OF THE WELL       
First Line: The golden particles %descend, descend
Last Line: Clarity, is it water indeed, %or air, or light?
Subject(s): Rivers


SCENARIO       
First Line: The theater of war. Offstage


SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF THE PEPPERTREES       
First Line: The peppertrees, the peppertrees!
Subject(s): Peppertrees


SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF THE PEPPERTREES       
First Line: The peppertrees, the peppertrees!
Last Line: On the upstairs window with a bunch %of red berries. Will hewake?
Subject(s): Peppertrees


SCORNFUL REPRIEVE       
First Line: Curtly the sky %plucks %at knots of cloud
Last Line: Shall grass indeed %grow here


SCRAPS OF MOON       
Last Line: Complete, transcending %all violation


SCULPTOR (HOMAGE TO CHILLIDA)       
First Line: A man who lives with his shadow


SEA INLAND       
First Line: Heather, bracken, the tall scotch firs
Last Line: Mingle, and what is fleeting and what remains %outside of time


SEA'S REPEATED GESTURE       
First Line: Stroking its blue shore


SECOND DIDACTIC POEM       
First Line: The honey of man is %the task we're set to: to be
Last Line: Darken to gold: %honey of the human


SECRET       
First Line: Two girls discover %the secret of life
Last Line: For that %most of all
Subject(s): Secrets


SECRET DIVERSION       
First Line: Where a fold of fog
Last Line: Imitating fish as the ocean %plays unobserved


SECRET FESTIVAL; SEPTEMBER MOON       
First Line: Pandemonium of owls


SEEING FOR A MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought I was growing wings
Subject(s): Mirrors; Perception; Reality


SEEING FOR A MOMENT       
First Line: I thought I was growing wings
Last Line: Word after word %floats through the glass. %towards me
Subject(s): Mirrors; Perception; Reality


SEEMS LIKE WE MUST BE SOMEWHERE ELSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet possession, rose-blue
Subject(s): Reality


SEEMS LIKE WE MUST BE SOMEWHERE ELSE       
First Line: Sweet procession, rose-blue


SEERS       
First Line: They make mistakes


SENTENCE       
First Line: All of you are condemned to death,' he said


SEP-61       
First Line: This is the year the old ones
Last Line: We think the night wind carries %a smell of the sea


SERVANT-GIRL AT EMMAUS (A PAINTING BY VELAZQUEZ)       
First Line: She listens, listens, holding
Last Line: The light around him [or, %and is sure]


SETH THOMAS: A LOVE POEM       
First Line: Rejoining time after fifty years, %not slow, not fast
Last Line: Melodious chime of three at one a.M., %midnight at seven


SETTLING       
First Line: I was welcomed here -- clear gold
Last Line: A mountain's vast presence, seen or unseen


SHARKS       
First Line: Well, then, the last day the sharks appeared


SHE AND THE MUSE       
First Line: Away he goes, the hour's delightful hero
Last Line: Dips it, begins to write. But not of him


SHE WEPT AND THE WOMEN CONSOLED HER       
First Line: The flow of tears ebbed


SHEEP IN THE WEEDS       
First Line: Simmer and drowse of august. And the sheep
Last Line: It will deliver later, %about time


SHOWINGS: LADY JULIAN OF NORWICH, 1342-1416       
First Line: Julian, there are vast gaps we call black holes
Last Line: Love was his meaning


SILENT SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: O, the great sky!
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


SILENT SPRING       
First Line: O, the great sky!
Last Line: Hear your own steps %in violent silence
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


SILK       
First Line: Halfawake, I think %silky hair, cornsilk, his voice
Last Line: All the snowfields between us


SINGER       
First Line: Crackle and flash almost in the kitchen sink - the


SINGLED OUT       
First Line: Expanse of gray, of silver
Last Line: So much higher, hears it as well


SIX VARIATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: We have been shown


SIX VARIATIONS       
First Line: We have been shown
Last Line: Is it a road at the world's edge?


SLOWLY       
First Line: Spirit has been alone %of late. Built a house
Last Line: Answers none. Digs in %for winter, %slowly


SMALL SATORI       
First Line: Richard's lover has the look


SNAIL       
First Line: Burden, grace


SOJOURNS IN THE PARALLEL WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: We live our lives of human passions,
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SOJOURNS IN THE PARALLEL WORLD       
First Line: We live our lives of human passions
Last Line: #name?


SOLITUDE       
First Line: A blind man. I can stare at him


SOMEBODY TRYING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Http://www.Poetryfoundation.Org/poem/238458
Last Line: Trudging behind his funeral, he earned
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Social Classes; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Caste


SOMEBODY TRYING       
First Line: That creep tolstoy.' she sobbed


SOMETHING MORE       
First Line: Sometimes I'd make of valentines, long ago
Last Line: It is drawn forth, resplendent


SON       
First Line: A flamey monster-plumage and blossoms %fountaining forth
Last Line: Servant and master, %but comrades in pilgrimage


SON       
First Line: He-who-came-forth was
Last Line: Into the rapt, imperious, seagoing river


SONG FOR ISHTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is a sow
Subject(s): Ishtar (babylonian Goddess); Women


SONG FOR ISHTAR       
First Line: The moon is a sow
Last Line: We rock and grunt, grunt and %shine
Subject(s): Ishtar (babylonian Goddess); Women


SONG OF DEGREES       
First Line: Pearblossom bright white
Last Line: Blue of an april morning


SOOTHSAYER       
First Line: My daughters, the old woman says, the weaver
Last Line: They have not imagined %the weight of it


SORCERER       
First Line: Blue-eyed oberon prances


SOUL-CAKE       
First Line: Mother, when I open a book of yours
Last Line: Salt grinding and grinding from the magic box


SOUND       
First Line: An unexplained sound, today


SOUND OF FEAR       
First Line: There's a woman (you tell the gender by the noise of her heels)
Last Line: To see the view and say %I climbed it. %every night


SOUND OF THE AXE       
First Line: Once a woman went into the woods
Last Line: Was this the day?


SOUTH WIND       
First Line: Short grass, electric green, the ground
Last Line: Mild wind they swing toward spring


SOUTHERN CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: A darkness rivered, swirled, meandered
Subject(s): Southern Cross


SOUTHERN CROSS       
First Line: A darkness rivered, swirled, meandered
Last Line: Tardily down the rough cleft %descends and beads
Subject(s): Southern Cross


SOUTINE (TWO PAINTINGS)       
First Line: As if the forks themselves


SOUVENIR D'AMITIE       
First Line: Two fading red spots mark on my thighs


SPEECH: FOR ANTIDRAFT RALLY, D.C., MARCH 22, 1980       
First Line: As our planet swings and sways %into its new decade
Last Line: Not wars, but a future %in which to live


SPIRITS APPEASED       
First Line: A wanderer comes at last
Last Line: Now she begins to see


SPLIT MIND       
First Line: A governor %is signing papers, arranging deals
Last Line: Under the planned facility, %into his mind?


SPLIT SECOND       
First Line: What a flimsy shred of the world
Last Line: From chthonian fingers speckling %the ritual patterns?


SPRING IN THE LOWLANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shout into leaping wind
Subject(s): Nature


SPRING IN THE LOWLANDS       
First Line: Shout into leaping wind
Last Line: Lean into solitude %you whose joy is a kite %now dragged in dirt, now %breaking the ritual of sky
Subject(s): Nature


SPRINGTIME       
First Line: The red eyes of rabbits
Last Line: Will bare their teeth at %the spring moon
Subject(s): Spring


SPY       
First Line: Everything was very delicately striped


ST. PETER AND THE ANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Delivered out of raw continual pain,
Subject(s): Peter, Saint (c. 64 A.d.); Angels


ST. PETER AND THE ANGEL       
First Line: Delivered out of raw continual pain
Last Line: The next terrors of freedom and joy


ST. THOMAS DIDYMUS       
First Line: In the hot street at noon I saw him
Last Line: In a vast unfolding design lit %by a risen sun


STANDOFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Assail god's hearing with gull-screech knifeblades
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women & Religion


STANDOFF       
First Line: Assail god's hearing with gull-screech knifeblades
Last Line: When shall we %dare to fly?
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women And Religion


STAYING ALIVE, SELS.       
First Line: Went with some of my students to work in the people's park
Last Line: The war %comes home to us
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


STAYING ALIVE: 2. GANDHI'S GUN (AND BRECHT'S VOW)       
First Line: Vessels of several %shapes and sizes
Last Line: The terror patiently %poised there, %ultimate focus


STELE (I-II C. B.C.)       
First Line: They part at the edge of substance
Last Line: But she has not looked, yet, at the path %accorded to her. She has not given herself, %not yet, to h


STEPPING WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: What is green in me
Subject(s): Women


STEPPING WESTWARD       
First Line: What is green in me
Last Line: Of bread that hurts %my shoulders but closes me %in fragrance. I can %eat as I go
Subject(s): Women


STONE FROM IONA       
First Line: Men who planned to be hermits, hoped to be saints, arrived


STONECARVER'S POEM       
First Line: Hand of man %hewed from %the mottled rock
Last Line: Smallest inviolate %stone violet


STRANGE SONG       
First Line: A virtuoso dog at midnight-high wavering bowl
Last Line: Into the fall night in strange song


STRICKEN CHILDREN       
First Line: The wishing well was a spring


SUMMER 1961    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the year when the old ones
Subject(s): Doolittle, Hilda (1886-1961)


SUN GOING DOWN UPON OUR WRATH       
First Line: You who are so beautiful
Subject(s): Women


SUN, MOON, AND STONES       
First Line: Sun %moon


SUNDAY AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: After the first communion
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: After the first communion
Last Line: Other new dresses, of bloodred velvet
Subject(s): Children


SUNDOWN SENTENCES       
First Line: Fogbillows crest over ocean, soundless, unbreaking


SURROGATE       
First Line: The nearest leaves, outside the glass


SUSPENDED       
First Line: I had grasped god's garment in the void
Last Line: I have not plummetted


SWAN IN FALLING SNOW       
First Line: Upon the darkish, thin, half-broken ice
Last Line: Suspended itself, endless


SWAN THAT SINGS AND       


SWIFT MONTH       
First Line: The spirit of each day passes, head down
Last Line: Not hurried, yet swift, too swift


TAKING CHARGE       
First Line: Here comes the moon
Last Line: Their sundown flush


TALK IN THE DARK       
First Line: We live in history, says one %we're flies on the hide of leviathan
Last Line: I want to live, says another, but where can I live %if the world is gone?


TALKING TO GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, grief, I should not treat you
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


TALKING TO GRIEF       
First Line: Ah, grief, I should not treat you %like a homeless dog
Last Line: And me your person %and yourself %my own dog


TALKING TO ONESELF       
First Line: Try to remember, every april, not this one only
Last Line: You will come %to other aprils, %each will astonish you


TASK       
First Line: As if god were an old man
Last Line: The weaver at rest
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Spiritual Life; Weavers And Weaving; Women And Religion


TENEBRAE (FALL OF 1967)    Poem Text    
First Line: Heavy, heavy, heavy, hand and heart
Subject(s): Social Protest; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


TENEBRAE (FALL OF 1967)       
First Line: Heavy, heavy, heavy, hand and heart
Last Line: Of the war. They are %not listening, not listening
Subject(s): Social Protest; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


TERROR       
First Line: Face-down; odor
Last Line: That followed, and quiet nights?


THAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Across a lake in switzerland, fifty years ago
Subject(s): Memory; Switzerland; Swiss


THAT DAY       
First Line: Across a lake in switzerland, fifty years ago
Last Line: And we laughed for joy astonished
Subject(s): Memory; Switzerland


THE ACHE OF MARRIAGE    Poem Text    


THE BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: An absolute / patience
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE BROKEN SANDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dreamed the thong of my sandal broke.
Subject(s): Shoes; Uncertainty; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


THE CABBAGE FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Both taine and the inland english child
Last Line: Anything but the sea?
Subject(s): Cabbage; Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


THE CAT AS CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat on my bosom
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: A pondering frog looks
Subject(s): Nature; Frogs


THE CRACK    Poem Text    
First Line: While snow fell carelessly


THE DAY THE AUDIENCE WALKED OUT ON ME, AND WHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Like this it happened
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


THE DEAD BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I see its whiteness
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE DEPARTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you got the moon safe?
Subject(s): Moon


THE DISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: While we lie in the road to block traffic from the air-force base
Subject(s): Peace Movements


THE DOG OF ART    Poem Text    
First Line: That dog with daisies for eyes
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE DRAGONFLY-MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was setting out from my house
Subject(s): Dragonflies


THE FOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fountains


THE GODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She in whose lipservice / I passed my time
Subject(s): Women


THE GREAT BLACK HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I stroll in the woods more often
Subject(s): Hanoi, Vietnam; Fish & Fishing; Women - Old Age; Anglers


THE GYPSY'S WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems a stage
Subject(s): Flowers; Poetry & Poets; Reality; Roses


THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: At any moment the heart
Subject(s): Hearts


THE ILLUSTRATION?ÇÖA FOOTNOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Months after the muse
Subject(s): Books; Pictures; Reading


THE JACOB'S LADDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The stairway is not / a thing of gleaming strands
Subject(s): Jacob (bible); Religion; Theology


THE M??TIER OF BLOSSOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Fully occupied with growing--that's
Subject(s): Flowers


THE MALICE OF INNOCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A glimpsed world, halfway through the film
Subject(s): Nurses


THE MUTES    Poem Text    
First Line: These groans men use / passing a woman on the street
Subject(s): Lust; Sexual Harassment; Women


THE POEM UNWRITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: For weeks the poem of your body
Subject(s): Sex


THE POSTCARDS: A TRIPTYCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The minoan snake goddess is flanked by a chardin still-life, somber
Last Line: Under these signs I am living
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: At delphi I prayed
Subject(s): Prayer


THE RESOLVE    Poem Text    
First Line: To come to the river
Subject(s): Brooks; Streams; Creeks


THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: With a mirror / I could see the sky
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE RUNES    Poem Text    
First Line: Know the pine trees. Know the orange dryness of sickness
Subject(s): Runes


THE SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Two girls discover / the secret of life
Subject(s): Secrets


THE SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Well then, the last day the sharks appeared
Subject(s): Sharks


THE SPRINGTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The red eyes of rabbits
Subject(s): Spring


THE SUN GOING DOWN UPON OUR WRATH    Poem Text    
First Line: You who are so beautiful
Subject(s): Women


THE TASK    Poem Text    
First Line: As if god were an old man
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Spiritual Life; Weaving & Weavers; Women & Religion


THE TIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is the giver to whom my gratitude
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WEALTH OF THE DESTITUTE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: How gray and hard the brown feet of the wretched of the earth.
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Commentaries; Social Classes; Caste


THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The muse / in her dark habit
Subject(s): Water


THINKING ABOUT EL SALVADOR       
First Line: Because every day they chop heads off


THINKING ABOUT PAUL CELAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Saint celan, / stretched on the cross
Last Line: We who accept survival
Subject(s): Celan, Paul (1920-1970); Saints


THINKING ABOUT PAUL CELAN       
First Line: Saint celan, %stretched on the cross
Last Line: We who accept survival
Subject(s): Celan, Paul (1920-1970); Saints


THIRD DIMENSION       
First Line: Who'd believe me if


THIRD HYPOTHESIS ON THE DEATH OF EMPEDOCLES       
First Line: A little before nightfall, a voice was raised


THIRST SONG       
First Line: Making it, making it
Last Line: The blue moon %light on their profusion darkens


THIS DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dry wafer / sour wine
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


THIS DAY       
First Line: Dry wafer %sour wine
Last Line: A sorrel grass, %a crust, %water, %salt
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


THOSE WHO WANT OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: In their homes, much glass and steel. Their cars
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Environment; Exiles; Nature; Estrangement; Outcasts; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THOSE WHO WANT OUT       
First Line: In their homes, much glass and steel. Their cars
Last Line: They do not love the earth
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Environment; Exiles; Nature


THREAT       
First Line: You can live for years next door
Last Line: Dailiness you have almost %grown used to


THREE MEDITATIONS: 1       
First Line: Breathe deep of the %freshly gray morning air, mild
Last Line: Thy wits to know power and be %humble


THREE MEDITATIONS: 2       
First Line: Barbarians %throng the straight roads of
Last Line: Green half-smothered by %strewn bones


THREE MEDITATIONS: 3       
First Line: Death in the grassblade
Last Line: So no devil %may enter


TIDE       
First Line: Where is the giver to whom my gratitude
Last Line: Is a cup, and holds the ocean
Subject(s): God; Religion


TIME FOR RIVETS       
First Line: Reinforced though it was
Last Line: With tape and crossed fingers


TIME PAST       
First Line: The old wooden steps to the front door %where I was sitting that fall morning
Last Line: That were warm, ancient, and now %wait somewhere to be burnt


TIME TO BREATHE       
First Line: Evenings enduring, blending


TO ANTONIO MACHADO       
First Line: Here in the mountain woods
Last Line: You would have known in it


TO KEVIN O'LEARY, WHEREVER HE IS       
First Line: Dear elusive prince of ireland


TO LIVE IN THE MERCY OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: To lie back under the tallest
Subject(s): God


TO LIVE IN THE MERCY OF GOD       
First Line: To lie back under the tallest
Last Line: God's love for the world. Vast %flood of mercy %flung on resistance


TO OLGA       
First Line: When the last sunlight had all seeped


TO ONE STEEPED IN BITTERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Nail the rose
Subject(s): Anger


TO ONE STEEPED IN BITTERNESS       
First Line: Nail the rose
Last Line: And your lips dry
Subject(s): Anger


TO R. D., MARCH 4TH 1988       
First Line: You were my mentor. Without knowing it


TO R.D., MARCH 4TH 1988    Poem Text    
First Line: You were my mentor. Without knowing it,
Subject(s): Dreams; Man-woman Relationships; Death; Nightmares; Male-female Relations; Dead, The


TO RILKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, in dream, / the boat
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


TO RILKE       
First Line: Once, in dream, %the boat
Last Line: Your silence was just such a song
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


TO SPEAK       
First Line: To speak of sorrow
Last Line: To uphold the hall like a beam


TO THE MORTON BAY FIGTREE, AUSTRALIA, A TREE-GOD       
First Line: Soul-brother of the majestic beechtree


TO THE MUSE       
First Line: I have heard it said
Last Line: Of the ring back on its finger


TO THE READER       
First Line: As you read, a white bear leisurely %pees, dyeing the snow
Last Line: Turning %its dark pages


TO THE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Green snake, when I hung you around my neck
Subject(s): Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


TO THE SNAKE       
First Line: Green snake, when I hung you round my neck
Last Line: Of grass and shadows, and I returned %smiling and haunted, to a dark morning


TOO EASY: TO WRITE OF MIRACLES       
Last Line: The unhaunted country of the final poem


TOO MUCH TO HOPE       
First Line: Twisted body and whitesocked %deformed legs
Last Line: It seems %too much to hope


TRACE       
First Line: My friendships with one or two, yes, three
Last Line: Long since consumed
Subject(s): Absence; Friendship; Summer


TRAGIC ERROR       
First Line: The earth is the lord's, we gabbled
Last Line: Its form and the work it can do


TRANSLUCENCE       
First Line: Once I understood (till I forget, at least
Last Line: Something ordinary, not rare at all


TRAVELER       
First Line: If it's chariots or sandals
Last Line: I'll chance %the pilgrim sandals


TREE TELLING OF ORPHEUS       
First Line: White dawn. Stillness. When the rippling began
Last Line: Recalling our agony, and the way we danced. %the music!
Subject(s): Environment; Music And Musicians; Trees


TRIO BY HENZE       
First Line: The golden brushwood! But that
Last Line: With still unlit brands that will gild the dark


TRIPLE FEATURE       
First Line: Innocent decision: to enjoy
Last Line: With strange motives, barbarous splendors


TROPIC RITUAL       
First Line: Full moon's sharp %command transforms
Last Line: Silently one flower %into the sand


TULIPS       
First Line: Red tulips %living into their death
Last Line: With that sound one %listens for


TWO ARTISTS       
First Line: Old nails, their large flat heads %a gray almost silver, bunched
Last Line: Cotton, a motet of fabric, a lace forest %grown by two hands, one vision


TWO MAGNETS       
First Line: Where broken gods, faded saints, (powerful in antique presence
Last Line: The edge of the mist where salmon wait the day %when something shall lift them and give them to deep


TWO MOUNTAINS       
First Line: For a month (a minute)


TWO THARENODIES AND A PSALM       
First Line: It is not approaching


TWO VARIATIONS: ENQUIRY       
First Line: You who go out on schedule


TWO VARIATIONS: THE SEEING       
First Line: Hands over my eyes I see


UNACCOMPANIED       
First Line: Violinist, alone as on a martyr's cross
Last Line: Permits you to suffer, permits you to offer


UNCERTAIN ONEIROMANCY       
First Line: I spent the entire night leading a blind man
Last Line: Hid from me as if it had never been


UNDER A BLUE STAR       
First Line: Under a blue star, dragon of skygate


UNRESOLVED       
First Line: Fossil shells, far inland; a god; bones
Last Line: Flightbones, choke back breath. %we know no synthesis


URGENT WHISPER       
First Line: It could be the rale of earth's tight chest


VARIATION AND REFLECTION ON A THEME BY RILKE    Poem Text    
First Line: If just for once the swing of cause and effect
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


VARIATION AND REFLECTION ON A THEME BY RILKE       
First Line: If just for once the swing of cause and effect
Last Line: God's flight circles us
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE       
First Line: All these images (said the old monk
Last Line: Gives us clues to his mystery


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (1)       
First Line: Soon, the end of a century. Is the great scroll


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (3)       
First Line: With chips and shards, rubble of being


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (THE BOOK OF HOURS, BK I, 1)       
First Line: A certain day became a presence to me


VENERABLE OPTIMIST       
First Line: He saw the dark as a ragged garment
Last Line: The silver light came pouring


VICTORS       
First Line: In june the bush we call
Last Line: Red-currant red, a graceful %ornament or a merry smile


VIGIL       
First Line: When the mice awaken


VISIT       
First Line: Milk to be boiled %egg to be poached %pot to be scoured
Last Line: What dragons %are to be vanquished?'


VISITANT       
First Line: From under the wide wings of blackest velvet
Last Line: Circles me summer and winter, settled %for life in my life's reedy lake


VISITATION. OVERFLOW       
First Line: The slender evidence
Last Line: Or leave it, I give you %my word


VISUAL ELEMENT       
First Line: Feet moving only to shift weight, the conductor
Last Line: Like small animals. Twitch of an eyebrow: %silent appoggiatura


VOCATION       
First Line: I have been listening, years now


VOLUPTE       
First Line: Mmm, yes, narcissus, mmm
Last Line: Complacent under its stars


VOYAGE       
First Line: Fluttering strips of paper strung on cord
Last Line: Each to each %our absolute presence


VRON WOODS (NORTH WALES)       
First Line: In the night's dream of day
Last Line: Levelled %to feed a war


WAITING       
First Line: I am waiting


WALL       
First Line: When distant ocean's big v of silver
Last Line: Into the blind mirror


WANDERER       
First Line: The iris hazel, pupils %large in their round blackness
Last Line: Strangers talk to him in, %speaking runes to his sorrow


WANDERER       
First Line: The chameleon who wistfully
Last Line: Of russet bark and trembling foliage


WANDERER'S DAYSONG       
First Line: People like me can't feel %the full rush of air around us as we
Last Line: See %for an instant the arc of %our vanishing


WANTING THE MOON (I)       
First Line: Not the moon. A flower


WANTING THE MOON (II)       
First Line: Not the moon. To be a bronze head


WARNING       
First Line: Island or dark %hollow of advancing wave
Last Line: A warning not meant kindly
Variant Title(s): Threa


WATCHING 'DARK CIRCLE'    Poem Text    
First Line: Men are willing to observe
Last Line: And ruth landy of the independent documentary group.
Subject(s): Atomic Bomb - Testing; Christianity; Motion Pictures, Documentary; Religion; Theology


WATCHING TV       
First Line: So many men -- and not the worst of them
Last Line: The perfidies their hurt eyes evade


WAVERING       
First Line: Flickering curtain, scintillations, junebugs
Last Line: Pools, marshes, a different river


WAVING TO THE DEVIL       
First Line: Tasted (and spat out)
Last Line: Satan's boletus. %delicious!


WAY IT IS       
First Line: More real than ever, as I move
Last Line: Exaltation of larks uprising from the heart's %peat-dog darkness


WAY THROUGH       
First Line: Let the rain plunge radiant
Last Line: To lose ourselves, to career %up the plunge of the hill


WAYS OF CONQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: You invaded my country by accident
Subject(s): Suburbs


WAYS OF CONQUEST       
First Line: You invaded my country by accident
Last Line: What I invaded has %invaded me
Subject(s): Suburbs


WEALTH OF THE DESTITUTE       
First Line: How gray and hard the brown feet of the wretched of the earth
Last Line: I am tired of 'the fine art of unhappiness'


WEB       
First Line: Intricate and untraceable
Last Line: All praise to the %great web


WEBS       
First Line: What the spider weaves
Last Line: And steadies, complacent, %exquisite, efficient


WEDDING-RING    Poem Text    
First Line: My wedding-ring lies in a basket
Subject(s): Divorce


WEDDING-RING       
First Line: My wedding-ring lies in a basket
Last Line: Into a simple gift I could give in friendship?
Subject(s): Divorce


WEEPING WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: (drum) / it comes, like all the most important messages, / blurred
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


WEEPING WOMAN       
First Line: She is weeping for her lost right arm
Last Line: It is your own soul you destroy, %not ours
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


WELL       
First Line: At sixteen I believed the moonlight
Last Line: Filled with some other power


WHAT GOES UNSAID       
First Line: In each mind, even the most candid
Last Line: Right that they rise at times into our ken, %and are acknowledged


WHAT HARBINGER?       
First Line: Glitter of grey
Last Line: It brings I can't %yet see


WHAT IT COULD BE       
First Line: Uranium, with which we know
Last Line: Reverence, active love


WHAT MY HOUSE WOULD BE LIKE IF IT WERE A PERSON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This person would be an animal.
Subject(s): Home; Relationships


WHAT MY HOUSE WOULD BE LIKE IF IT WERE A PERSON       
First Line: This person would be an animal
Last Line: It being a house, you would sit in its lap, %not it in yours


WHAT ONE RECEIVES FROM LIVING CLOSE TO A LAKE       
First Line: That it is wide
Last Line: Generous outstretching %we call lake


WHAT SHE COULD NOT TELL HIM       
First Line: I wanted %to know all the bones of your spine, all
Last Line: To cradle your sleep


WHAT THE FIGTREE SAID       
First Line: Literal minds! Embarrassed humans! His friends
Last Line: Their dullness, that witholds %gifts unimagined


WHAT TIME IS MADE FROM       
First Line: The hand that inscribed genesis left out
Last Line: From the eternal scrapbag


WHAT WERE THEY LIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Did the people of vietnam use lanterns or stones
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Anti-war Protests


WHAT WERE THEY LIKE       
First Line: Did the people of vietnam use lanterns or stones
Last Line: Who can say? It is silent now
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


WHAT WILD DAWNS THERE WERE       
Last Line: We have not spoken of these tired %risings of the sun


WHEN WE LOOK UP    Poem Text    
First Line: He had not looked
Subject(s): Faces


WHERE IS THE ANGEL FOR ME TO WRESTLE?       
Last Line: And the glass shatters, and the iron sunders?


WHISPER       
First Line: Today the white mist that is weather
Last Line: A vast whisper %the mountain


WHY ME       
First Line: No reason: hyacinthine, ordinary


WILLIAMS: AN ESSAY       
First Line: His theme
Last Line: And the long stem of connection


WILLOWS OF MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: Animal willows of november
Last Line: The serene cold through a curtain %of tarnished strands


WIND SCRIPT       
First Line: The poem newborn of morning


WIND SONG       
First Line: Who am I? Who am I


WINDOW-BLIND       
First Line: Much happens when we're not there
Last Line: Not dreaming but once more witnessing


WINGS       
First Line: Something hangs in back of me
Last Line: On one wing, %the white one?


WINGS IN THE PEDLAR'S PACK       
First Line: The certainty of wings: a child's bold heart
Last Line: But would not listen


WINGS OF A GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The beating of the wings
Subject(s): Wings


WINGS OF A GOD       
First Line: The beating of the wings


WINTER AFTERNOONS IN THE V. &A., PRE-W.W.II       
First Line: Rain unslanting, unceasing, %darkening afternoon streets
Last Line: In its hourglass-now, while I was twelve, %or forever


WINTER STARS       
First Line: Last night the stars had a brilliance more insistent


WINTERPIG       
First Line: At the quick of winter %moonbrightest %snowdeepest
Last Line: Most snow-and-moon-and-midnight-bewitched %pig in the world!


WITH EYES AT THE BACK OF OUR HEADS       
Last Line: Of short grass and subtle shadows


WITNESS       
First Line: Sometimes the mountain
Last Line: That witnessing presence


WITNESS: INCOMMUNICADO       
First Line: They speak of bonding. Of the infant, the primitive
Last Line: Steam on the white mirror


WITNESSING FROM AFAR THE NEW ESCALATION OF SAVAGE POWER       
First Line: She was getting old, had seen a lot
Last Line: Nor dark imagination %had prepared her for


WOMAN       
First Line: It is the one in homespun %you hunger for %when you are lonesome
Last Line: Life with two brides, bridegroom?


WOMAN ALONE       
First Line: When she cannot be sure
Last Line: She is past the time of mourning, %now she can say without shame or deceit, %o blessed solitude


WOMAN MEETS AN OLD LOVER       
First Line: He with whom I ran hand in hand
Last Line: Remembered everything I had so long forgotten


WOMAN PACING HER ROOM, READING A LETTER, RETURNING AGAIN AND ....       
First Line: Poised on the edge of ugliness
Last Line: Swiftly or slowly must turn %from gold to mole-dark gray


WONDERING       
First Line: Just to light the candle
Last Line: 5 and the multitudinous force of %world


WOODCUT       
First Line: St. John, as duvet's angel leads him
Last Line: As before, but his notebook %vanished, perhaps discarded


WORLD OUTSIDE       
First Line: On the kitchen wall a flash
Last Line: Have been switched off, and silences %are dark windows?


WOUND       
First Line: My tree %had a secret wound
Last Line: But one withered branch %hung down


WREN       
First Line: Quiet among the leaves, a wren
Last Line: It can fly right through me


WRITER AND READER       
First Line: When a poem has come to me
Last Line: Arches above them in halcyon stillness


WRITING IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not difficult. / anyway, it's necessary
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


WRITING IN THE DARK       
First Line: It's not difficult. %anyway, it's necessary
Last Line: Words that may have the power %to make the sun rise again
Subject(s): Night


WRITING TO AARON       
First Line: ...After three years a 3 decker novel
Last Line: Is what we heard, and shall always hear, each leaf %imprinted, syllables in our lives


YELLOW TULIP       
First Line: The yellow tulip in the room's warmth opens
Last Line: In the room's warmth %opens


YOUNG MAN TRAVELLING       
First Line: He is scared of the frankness of women
Last Line: Drawn by what he fears


YOUR HERON       
First Line: From stillness %the great blue heron
Last Line: Into and over %the page, the parable


YOUTH PROGRAM       
First Line: The children have been practicing
Last Line: Turn off the power


ZEROING IN       
First Line: I am a landscape,' he said
Last Line: That are bruised forever, that time %never assuages, never