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Author: LEVINE, PHILIP
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Levine, Philip    Poet's Biography
486 poems available by this author


1, 1, 2000    Poem Text    
First Line: In joe priskulnick's darkened kitchen the face


1, 1, 2000       
First Line: In joe priskulnick's darkened kitchen the face
Last Line: To die at last in the ocean of its birth


1933       
First Line: My father entered the kingdom of roots
Last Line: I would be a boy in worn shoes splashing through rain


7 YEARS FROM SOMEWHERE       
First Line: The highway ended %and we got out and walked


A BOY'S ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The train passes every afternoon
Subject(s): Children; Railroads; Childhood; Railways; Trains


A NEW DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The headlights fading out at dawn
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers


A SLEEPLESS NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: April, and the last of the plum blossoms
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


A STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone loves a story. Let's begin with a house
Subject(s): Houses; Story-telling


A WAR STORY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): World War Ii; Guests; Family Life; Second World War; Visiting; Relatives


A WOMAN WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: She wakens early remembering
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Family Life; Relatives


A YELLOW YULIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow tulip in the room's warmth opens
Last Line: In the room's warmth opens
Subject(s): Tulips


ABOVE IT ALL       
First Line: Starpped to my seat, I turn
Last Line: The dead centers of our eyes


ABOVE JAZZ       
First Line: There is that music that the hammer
Last Line: Creation dances around the single center %that would be listening if it could


ABOVE THE ANGELS       
First Line: A row of corrugated gray huts
Last Line: The houses grip down, separate and scared


ABOVE THE WORLD       
First Line: Up through miles of twisting pines, past


ADVISING MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: When the world comes to you muffled as through a glass
Last Line: Burning with joy or despair, you've known she was right
Subject(s): Advice; Youth; Love Nature Of


AFTER       
First Line: After the fall of the tree
Last Line: Home %to a name written in water


AFTER LEVITICUS       
First Line: The seventeen metal huts across the way
Last Line: Of the holy air: the numbers say it all


AFTER THE WAR       
First Line: Six little clusters of houses
Last Line: Down the dark road toward their silence


ALBA       
First Line: The old north station in barcelona. Late sunday night
Last Line: Echoing in the huge cavern until the old world ended


ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunset, and the olive grove flames
Subject(s): Sollitude


ALONE       
First Line: Sunset, and the olive grove flames
Last Line: Toward the deep and starless river


AMONG CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk among the rows of bowed heads
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


AMONG CHILDREN       
First Line: I walk among the rows of bowed heads
Last Line: So I bow to them here and whisper %all I know, all I will never know
Subject(s): Education; Schools


AN ABANDONED FACTORY, DETROIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates are chained, the barbed-wire fencing stands,
Subject(s): Factories; Detroit, Michigan


AN ORDINARY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: A man is singing on the bus
Subject(s): Cities; Detroit, Michigan; Urban Life


AND THAT NIGHT CLIFFORD DIED       
First Line: We broke for lunch at 8 p.M.
Last Line: I was free and owned myself


AND THE TRAINS GO ON    Poem Text    
First Line: We stood at the back door
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


AND THE TRAINS GO ON       
First Line: We stood at the back door
Last Line: And our tears mean nothing
Subject(s): Railroads


ANGEL 14       
First Line: He passes into the streets in a business suit
Last Line: And passes into the streets in a business suit


ANGEL BUTCHER       
First Line: At sun up I am up


ANGELS OF DETROIT       
First Line: I could hear them in fever
Last Line: Bare arms open


ANIMALS ARE PASSING FROM OUR LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's wonderful how I jog
Subject(s): Animals; Hate; Men


ANIMALS ARE PASSING FROM OUR LIVES       
First Line: It's wonderful how I jog
Last Line: Cleverly to hook his teeth %with my teeth. No. Not this pig
Subject(s): Animals; Hate; Men


ANOTHER LIFE       
First Line: I'd rather be blind than see this place'


ANY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Look, the eucalyptus, the atlas pine,
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


ANY NIGHT       
First Line: Look, the eucalyptus, the atlas pine


ASHES       
First Line: Far off, from the burned fields
Last Line: At evening like smoke at great height %above the earth and sees it all


ASK FOR NOTHING       
First Line: Instead walk alone in the evening
Last Line: Whitened in moonlight leads everywhere


ASK THE ROSES       
First Line: Snow fell forward forever
Last Line: Or only one who could sigh and be still


AT BESSEMER    Poem Text    
First Line: 19 years old and going nowhere
Subject(s): Southern States; South (u.s.)


AT BESSEMER       
First Line: 19 years old and going nowhere
Subject(s): Southern States


AT THE FILLMORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The music was going on
Subject(s): Fillmore (music Hall), New York City


AT THE FILLMORE       
First Line: The music was going on
Subject(s): Fillmore (music Hall), New York City


AUTUMN       
First Line: Out of gas south %of ecorse. In the dark
Last Line: We have snow on your eyelids, %on your hair


AUTUMN AGAIN       
First Line: The flowers drying
Last Line: Because they are his


BABY VILLON    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: He tells me in bangkok he's robbed
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BABY VILLON       
First Line: He tells me in bangkok he's robbed
Last Line: Myself made otherwise by all his pain
Subject(s): Racism


BAD PENNY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the peace of ghent


BEFORE THE WAR       
First Line: Seeing his mother coming home
Last Line: Goes on typing mechanically %into the falling winter night


BELIEF       
First Line: No one believes in the calm
Last Line: Radiant and full? Close your eyes, close %them and follow us toward the first light


BELLE ISLE, 1949    Poem Text    
First Line: We stripped in the first warm spring night
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


BELLE ISLE, 1949       
First Line: We stripped in the first warm spring night
Last Line: To go back where we came from
Subject(s): Americans; United States


BERENDA SLOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Earth and water without form
Subject(s): Berenda Slough, California


BLACK STONE ON TOP OF NOTHING       
First Line: Still sober, cesar vallejo comes home and finds a black ribbon
Last Line: I've come in spring, in autumn, in rain, and he was never there


BLASTING FROM HEAVEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Mothers; Life


BLASTING FROM HEAVEN       
First Line: The little girl won't eat her sandwich
Last Line: And with no morning the day is sold


BLOODSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is you, dark green, bloodflecked
Subject(s): Gems


BOY'S ANSWER       
First Line: The train passes every afternoon
Last Line: He does it again and still again %to become something without a name
Subject(s): Children; Railroads


BREATH       
First Line: Who hears the humming


BURIAL RITES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Everyone comes back here to die
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Graveyards; Dead, The


BURNED    Poem Text    
First Line: I have to go back into the forge room
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Factories; Jews; World War Ii; Farewell; Fathers; Grief; Conduct Of Life; Work; Workers; Judaism; Second World War; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness


BURNED       
First Line: I have to go back into the forge room
Last Line: Singing together tonight %in the rising voices of the unforgiven


BUSINESSMAN OF ALICANTE       
First Line: He's on my front porch rapping


BUYING AND SELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: All the way across the bay bridge I sang
Subject(s): Cities; Salespersons; Urban Life; Selling


BUYING AND SELLING       
First Line: All the way across the bay bridge I sang
Last Line: Themselves, who having been abandoned believe %their parents will return before dark
Subject(s): Cities; Salespersons


BUYING EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Time was, when I was a boy
Subject(s): Youth; Aging


BY BUS TO FRESNO       
First Line: I wakened at a filling station
Last Line: Rushing toward us sooner than we know
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; California


CAFE       
First Line: Everything goes on in the cafe behind the rail yard
Last Line: The young men along the bar are too tired even to die


CALL IT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Some days I catch a rhythm, almost a song
Subject(s): Parker, Charlie ('bird') (1920-1955)


CARTRIDGES       
First Line: You sleep weightless on my palm, the revolver
Last Line: Calling me home, home, home, at any price
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


CEMETERY AT ACADEMY, CALIFORNIA       
First Line: I came here with a young girl
Last Line: Headlights, that in time one comes %to be a stranger to nothing
Subject(s): Cemeteries


CEMETERY AY ACADEMY, CALIFORNIA       
First Line: On a hot summer morning


CEMETRY AT ACADEMY, CALIFORNIA       
First Line: On a hot summer sunday


CESARE    Poem Text    
First Line: One sorry town after another passed
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


CESARE       
First Line: One sorry town after another passed
Last Line: What was to come? It was all there in the rain
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel


CHILDREN'S CRUSADE       
First Line: Crossbow wanted a child


CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn. First light tearing
Subject(s): Clouds; Social Commentaries


CLOUDS       
First Line: Dawn. At first light tearing
Last Line: They should be bitten and boiled like spoons


CLOUDS ABOVE THE SEA       
First Line: My father and mother, two tiny figures
Last Line: Under the whole weight of the rain to come


COMING CLOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take this quiet woman, she has been
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Factories; Women; Work; Workers


COMING CLOSE       
First Line: Take this quiet woman, she has been


COMING HOME FROM THE POST OFFICE       
First Line: On sunday night we would


COMING HOME, DETROIT, 1968    Poem Text    
First Line: A winter tuesday, the city pouring fire,
Subject(s): Cities; Detroit, Michigan; Homecoming; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Urban Life; Work; Workers


COMING HOME, DETROIT, 1968       
First Line: A winter tuesday, the city pouring fire,
Last Line: The twisted river stopped at the cover of iron. %we burn this city every day.
Subject(s): Cities; Detroit, Michigan; Homecoming; Industry; Labor And Laborers


COMING OF AGE IN MICHIGAN       
First Line: New year's eve, 1947, the old one's ending
Last Line: Tuned to prime-time tv and kids still rose early %to catch the bus for school and everyone was innoc


COMMANDING ELEPHANTS       
First Line: Lonnie said before this, 'I'm %the chief of the elephants.'


COMMUNIST PARTY       
First Line: Seven single, formal men slowly circling
Last Line: It's never too late, is it, to lose yur life


CONCORDANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Brown bird, irresolute as a dry
Last Line: Till then attended to
Subject(s): Birds; Thought


CONDUCTOR OF NOTHING       
First Line: If you were to stop and ask me


CRY FOR NOTHING       
First Line: Make the stream
Last Line: Going to make him cry %for nothing


CUTTING EDGE       
First Line: Even the spring water
Last Line: A conversation of stone


DARK RINGS       
First Line: Young teddy holds his face
Last Line: Waiting for the world


DEAD       
First Line: A good man is seized by the police
Last Line: The least little daily miracle


DEATH BEARING    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun wakens staining her pillow
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEATH OF SAUL       
First Line: The sleeping armies of the living god
Last Line: And further still from him he could not name
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


DEATH STAR       
First Line: In the night a branch of the walnut
Last Line: To plunder the wisteria, all here


DETROIT GREASE SHOP POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Four bright steel crosses
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


DETROIT GREASE SHOP POEM       
First Line: Four bright steel crosses
Last Line: His skin like a tear
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


DETROIT, TOMORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Newspaper says the boy killed by someone
Subject(s): Death - Children; Detroit, Michigan; Death - Babies


DETROIT, TOMORROW       
First Line: Newspaper says the boy killed by someone
Last Line: To kneel down and pray for life eternal
Subject(s): Death - Children; Detroit, Michigan


DOG POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Fierce and stupid all dogs are
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOG POEM       
First Line: Fierce and stupid all dogs are
Last Line: Five days a week. Give them my life
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DRUM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the early morning before the shop
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Factories; Work; Workers


DRUM; LEO'S TOOL & DIE, 1950       
First Line: In the early morning before the shop
Last Line: At the exact center of the modern world


DRUNKARD       
First Line: He fears the tiger standing in his way
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


DURING RAIN AND WIND       
First Line: Outside the rain batters


DURING THE WAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When my brother came home from war
Subject(s): War; Grief; Social Commentaries; Sorrow; Sadness


DUST AND MEMORY       
First Line: A small unshaven man, perhaps fifty
Last Line: Warm still in the fire of your care


DUTCH TREAT       
First Line: A railroad station in a suburb of amsterdam
Last Line: Around me like spanish champagne and lap it up


ELEGY FOR TEDDY HOLMES, DEAD IN A FAR LAND       
First Line: Here the air takes the host
Last Line: Water to the young


ENDING       
First Line: Early march


EVENING TURNED ITS BACK UPON HER VOICE       
First Line: Is she waiting for a knock on the door
Last Line: Of how it calls and calls to us without words
Subject(s): Memory; Women


EVERLASTING SUNDAY       
First Line: Waiting for it
Last Line: When was I young?
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


EVERY BLESSED DAY       
First Line: First with a glass of water


EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Lately the wind burns
Subject(s): Time


EVERYTHING       
First Line: Lately the wind burns
Last Line: Over and over, %and that's evrything


FACE       
First Line: A strange wind off the night


FACTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bus station in princeton, new jersey
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Princeton, New Jersey


FACTS       
First Line: The bus station in princeton, new jersey
Last Line: I haven't the heart for it. Not even in you rolls
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Princeton, New Jersey


FALLING SKY       
First Line: Last night while I slept
Last Line: Darker, under the falling sky


FAST       
First Line: At thirteen all I did was not
Last Line: Of metal and dirt, little %burned segments of fall bodies %or risen fruits, gifts of %the vanished t


FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The long lines of diesels
Subject(s): Fathers; Disappointment


FEAR AND FAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Half an hour to dress, wide rubber hip boots,
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FEAR AND FAME       
First Line: Half an hour to dress, wide rubber hip boots
Last Line: What it takes to be known among women and men


FEBRUARY 14TH       
First Line: Awakening at dawn thirty
Last Line: And the wide world is green
Subject(s): Love


FIRE       
First Line: A fire burns along the eastern rim


FIRST LETTER FROM A VANISHED UNCLE       
First Line: Philip, it is so still here
Last Line: Put down your book, go back %there now, and look with my eyes


FIRST POEMS       
First Line: The first overwhelming text was stephen crane


FIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Iron growing in the dark
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FIST       
First Line: Iron growing in the dark
Last Line: Light, blood - but fill
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


FLOWERING MIDNIGHT       
First Line: After the rage of the anvil, the terror
Last Line: For the music, three black trees filling with winter


FOR A DURO       
First Line: For a duro you got a night out of the wind
Last Line: Galactic peace the moment it arrives


FOR FRAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She packs the flower beds with leaves
Subject(s): Marriage; Death; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Dead, The


FOR FRAN       
First Line: She packs the flower beds with leaves
Last Line: Out of whatever we have been %we will make something for the dark


FOR THE FALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old graveyard behind
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FOR THE FALLEN       
First Line: In the old graveyard behind
Last Line: And darkening hands
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FOR THE POETS OF CHILE       
First Line: Today I called for you
Last Line: Drink each morning


FOUNDING OF ENGLISH METRE       
First Line: My first rain poems walked slowly
Last Line: With nine streets to cross, two %with stop lights, and 107 houses %to pass before he is iambicly at


FOURTH STAR       
First Line: The stream is rising, the small


FOX       
First Line: I think I must have lived


FRANCISCO, I'LL BRING YOU RED CARNATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in the great cemetery
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FRANCISCO, I'LL BRING YOU RED CARNATIONS       
First Line: Here in the great cemetery
Last Line: Once was frail and flesh
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


GANGRENE    Poem Text    
First Line: One was kicked in the stomach
Subject(s): Racism; Torture; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


GENIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two old dancing shoes my grandfather
Subject(s): Humanity


GENIUS       
First Line: Two old dancing shoes my grandfather
Last Line: Or dew that won't wait long enough %to stand my little gray wren a drink
Subject(s): Humanity


GIFT       
First Line: Wrapping the myrrh and frankincense
Last Line: And I give the same gift of breathy music %for a real life with a real beginning


GIFT FOR A BELIEVER; FOR FLAVIO CONSTANTINI    Poem Text    
First Line: It is friday, a usual day / in italy, and you wait
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


GIFT FOR A BELIEVER; FOR FLAVIO CONSTANTINI       
First Line: It is friday, a usual day %in italy, and you wait
Last Line: What the roots crave, rain
Subject(s): Italy


GIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The first time I drank gin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969); Nixon, Richard (1913-1996); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


GIN       
First Line: The first time I drank gin
Last Line: Of dwight eisenhower, who brought us %richard nixon with wife and dog. %any wonder we were trying gi
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969); Nixon, Richard (1913-1996)


GIVERS AND TAKERS       
First Line: Fifty years ago, before the invention
Last Line: That even my body belonged to someone else
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


GO TO THE COUNTRY       
First Line: The pond, grim and gray in the winter rains
Last Line: I don't go to the country. I let it come to me


GOING BACK       
First Line: I opened war and peace to reread the scene
Last Line: With david ber I sat, with yenkl, tsipie, %abraham, with all my lost, while the rain fell


GOODBYE       
First Line: Waking to silence


GOSPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The new grass rising in the hills,
Subject(s): Landscape; Language; Words; Vocabulary


GRANDMOTHER IN HEAVEN       
First Line: Darkness gathering in the branches


GREEN THUMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Shake out my pockets! Harken to the call
Subject(s): Relationships; Farewell; Solitude; Parting; Loneliness


GROWTH       
First Line: In the soap factory where I worked


HAVING BEEN ASKED WHAT IS A MAN? I ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: My oldest son comes to visit me
Subject(s): Hospitals; Sickness; Illness


HAVING BEEN ASKED, 'WHAT IS A MAN?' I ANSWER       
First Line: My oldest son comes to visit me %in the hospital


HE WOULD NEVER USE ONE WORD WHERE NONE WOULD DO'       
First Line: If you said, 'nice day,' he would look up
Last Line: Dirtied by our endless stream of words


HEAR ME       
First Line: I watch the filthy light seep through


HEAVEN       
First Line: If you were twenty-seven %and had done time for beating your ex-wife
Last Line: And no one to believe %that heaven was really here


HELMET       
First Line: All the way %on the road to gary


HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now we're here again, the fat suicide


HERE AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The waters of earth come and go
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


HERE AND NOW       
First Line: The waters of earth come and go
Last Line: Nothing needs to be said


HOLA MIGUELIN!       
First Line: The night is rising in the young grass
Last Line: For the night that is always rising


HOLD ME       
First Line: The table cleared of my place


HOLDING ON    Poem Text    
First Line: Green fingers / holding the hillside,
Subject(s): Solitude; Conduct Of Life; Loneliness


HOLDING ON       
First Line: Green fingers %holding the hillside


HOLY SON AND MOTHER OF THE PROJECTS       
First Line: In this new place without elm trees, without rocks
Last Line: Of the only one who serves you more than you deserve


HOMECOMING       
First Line: An actual place in the actual city
Last Line: Welcoming us, if the place had a spirit


HOUSE       
First Line: This poem has a door, a locked door


HOUSE OF SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The winter sun, golden and tired
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


HOUSES IN ORDER       
First Line: In cardboard boxes under the williamsburg bridge
Last Line: Until their small jaws ache from so much prayer


HOW MUCH CAN IT HURT?       
First Line: The woman at the checkstand


HOW MUCH EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Torn into light, you woke wriggling
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


HOW MUCH EARTH       
First Line: Torn into light, you woke wriggling


HOW TO GET THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn left off henry onto middagh street
Subject(s): Brooklyn, New York; Firehouses


HUNTED    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the victim
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


I AM ALWAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit on the toilet, the lid down
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


I CAUGHT A GLIMPSE       
First Line: It happens when I've been driving
Last Line: While the afternoon closes down around me


I CLIMBED NINE FENCES THIS MORNING       
First Line: Haven't seen a cow or goat or horse or man
Last Line: How do I get out?


I COULD BELIEVE       
First Line: I could come to believe %almost anything


I WAS BORN IN LUCERNE       
First Line: Everyone says otherwise. They take me


I WON, YOU LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The last of day gathers
Subject(s): Old Age; Absence; Separation; Isolation


I'VE BEEN ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: My hand lies open
Subject(s): Morning


IF YOU ARE HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two women walk side by side at dawn
Subject(s): Memory


IF YOU ARE HERE       
First Line: Two women walk side by side at dawn
Last Line: You would be you, writing these final words
Subject(s): Memory


IN A LIGHT TIME       
First Line: The alder shudders


IN A VACANT HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone was calling someone
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


IN SAXONY    Poem Text    
First Line: A little girl with blond braids
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


IN SAXONY       
First Line: A little girl with blond braids
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: In the last lght of a summer day facing the canadian shore
Subject(s): Love


IN THE DARK       
First Line: In the last lght of a summer day facing the canadian shore
Last Line: Are watching from above, I go down on my nees in prayer
Subject(s): Love


IN THE NEW SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Filaments of light / slant like windswept rain.
Subject(s): Industry; Conduct Of Life


IT WAS AUTUMN       
First Line: When my uncle came home from burma
Last Line: The room stilled, and we entered the past


IT'S HERE       
First Line: Get off the woodward streetcar at grand circus park
Last Line: Rhubarb, little sweetie, ripe red wonder, rose campion


IT'S MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear mother gets around
Subject(s): Mothers


JAZZ       
First Line: We'd meet at eleven near city hall to walk
Last Line: There's no escaping what he gave to us


JEHOVAH'S WITNESS       
First Line: In havana I lived in a fourth-floor walk up
Last Line: Who called the future and let me pay for his drink


JEWISH GRAVEYARDS, ITALY    Poem Text    
First Line: Within a low wall, falling away
Subject(s): Jews; Cemeteries; Italy; Judaism; Graveyards; Italians


JEWISH GRAVEYARDS, ITALY       
First Line: Within a low wall falling away


JOE GOULD'S PEN       
First Line: I am told this is the pen
Last Line: These lines are vanishing now


KEATS IN CALIFORNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The wisterai has come and gone, the plum trees
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); California


KEATS IN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: The wisteria has come and gone, the plum trees


KEEP TALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: If it ain't simply this, what is it?
Subject(s): Relationships


KINGDOM       
First Line: Together we entered the kingdom


L'HOMME ET LA BETE       
First Line: It is summertime


LAME DUCKS, 1945       
First Line: Late friday afternoon in the final year
Last Line: So as predicted at my initial birth %I'd be good for nothing but to tell you this


LAST SONG OF THE ANGEL OF BAD LUCK       
First Line: What chance did I have? No one


LAST STEP       
First Line: Once I was a small grain


LAST WORDS       
First Line: If the shoe fell from the other foot


LATE ANSWER       
First Line: Beyond that stand of firs


LATE LIGHT       
First Line: Rain filled the streets


LATE MOON       
First Line: 2 a.M. %december, and still no moon


LATER STILL       
First Line: Two sons are gone


LET IT BEGIN       
First Line: Snow before dawn, the trees asleep
Last Line: The branches creak, and I let it begin


LET ME BE       
First Line: When I was first born


LET ME BEGIN AGAIN       


LET ME BEGIN AGAIN AS A SPECK       


LETTER TO THE CAPITOL       
First Line: Our crops were lost, perhaps you never knew
Last Line: Of loss that's in our lives. In time you'll share %with us the drought of love, the crop of hate


LETTERS       
First Line: My friend arnold wrote me how his life
Last Line: In just this one night and with words only


LETTERS FOR THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The air darkened toward morning
Subject(s): Family Life; Travel; Death; Conduct Of Life; Relatives; Journeys; Trips; Dead, The


LETTERS FOR THE DEAD       
First Line: The air darkened toward morning


LIFE AHEAD       
First Line: I wakened, still a child


LIGHTS I HAVE SEEN BEFORE       
First Line: The children are off somewhere


LISTEN CAREFULLY       
First Line: My sister rises from our bed hours before dawn
Last Line: The one who's wrong. You haven't heard a word


LITTLE APPLE OF MY EYE       
First Line: In the park leading to the post office
Last Line: Pouring its soft light down on all the secret houses


LLANTO       
First Line: Plum, almond, cherry have come and gone,
Last Line: That will not sing, that will not even talk.


LONG GONE MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Long columns of rain
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


LONG GONE MARCH       
First Line: Long columns of rain


LOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: The low-built houses of the poor
Subject(s): Adulthood


LOOK       
First Line: The low-built houses of the poor


LOOKING FOR LEVINE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the airport they
Subject(s): Self


LOSING YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Another summer gone


LOST       
First Line: A man wakens in a car


LOST       
First Line: On my way home, cutting through alleys


LOST AND FOUND       
First Line: A light wind beyond the window


LOST ANGEL       
First Line: Four little children %in winged costumes
Last Line: And gives me back my life


M. DEGAS TEACHES ART & SCIENCE AT DURFEE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL       
First Line: He made a line on the blackboard
Last Line: The trees bucked and quaked, and I %knew this could go on forever
Subject(s): Education; Schools


M. DEGAS TEACHES ART & SCIENCE AT DURFEE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, DETROIT 1942    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He made a line on the blackboard
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers


MAD DAY IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Beaten like an old hound


MAD DAY IN MARCH       
First Line: Beaten like an old hound
Last Line: Alone, arrived, with wings %frozen, holds on and sings


MAKING IT NEW       
First Line: All morning %rain slowly filled


MAKING LIGHT OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I call out a secret name, a name
Last Line: Of his breath, making light of it all
Subject(s): Home; Summer


MAKING LIGHT OF IT       
First Line: I call out a secret name, the name
Last Line: Of his breath, making light of it all


MERCY       
First Line: The ship that took my mother to ellis island
Last Line: Of your hands and you can never get enough


MIDGET       
First Line: In this cafe durruti
Last Line: I sing lullaby, and sing
Subject(s): Restaurants


MILKWEED       
First Line: Remember how unimportant %they seemed
Last Line: Going with %the wind as they always did


MIRACLE       
First Line: A man staring into the fire


MONTJUICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hill of jews, says one,
Subject(s): Mountains; Barcelona, Spain; Cemeteries; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Graveyards


MORNING AFTER       
First Line: Outside of town the green hills roll
Last Line: Hold on to the same dollar bill
Subject(s): Apple Trees; September; Trees


MORTAL WORDS OF ZWEIK       
First Line: As an old man, zweik told me
Last Line: Of january afternoons %that answers everything
Subject(s): Wisdom


MOVING       
First Line: We clanked through the old house making more
Last Line: Into the ford and set out for the grave


MY BROTHER THE ARTIST, AT SEVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: As a boy he played alone in the fields
Subject(s): Brothers; Play; Solitude; Youth; Half-brothers; Loneliness


MY FAMILY UNDER CAESAR       
First Line: At the edge of town we lived beside a stand
Last Line: For the firs to hear, for the winds to carry off


MY FATHER WITH CIGARETTE TWELVE YEARS BEFORE THE NAZIS COULD BREAK HIS       
First Line: I remember the room in which he held
Last Line: How close the moon, how utterly silent the piano


MY FATHERS, THE BALTIC       
First Line: Along the strand stones, %busted shells, wood scraps
Last Line: That the waves go out %and nothing comes back


MY GIVEN NAME       
First Line: My grandmother missed the midnight train back
Last Line: I hid from abraham, the delicious piss %against adam's tree in honor of our god


MY GRAVE       
First Line: Just outside malaga, california %lost among the cluster of truckstops


MY MOTHER WITH PURSE THE SUMMER THEY MURDERED THE SPANISH POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Has she looked out the window she would have seen a quiet street
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MY MOTHER WITH PURSE THE SUMMER THEY MURDERED THE SPANISH POET       
First Line: Has she looked out the window she would have seen a quiet street
Last Line: Above granada where all time stopped. Her purse snaps shut
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MY NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: A child saw my name passing into
Subject(s): Self; Names; Language; Words; Vocabulary


MY POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: On was put in the lock-up
Subject(s): Friendship; Poetry & Poets


MY POETS       
First Line: One was put in the lockup


MY SON AND I       
First Line: In a coffee house at 3 am %and he believes
Last Line: Next door the tv babbles %on and on, and I give up %and sway toward the bed %in a last chant before


NAMING       
First Line: Do you remember an impossible city
Last Line: Of who I was, who I will always be


NEGATIVES       
First Line: I dig in the soft earth all


NEW DAY       
First Line: The headlights fading out at dawn


NEW DAYS FOR OLD, OLD DAYS FOR NEW       
First Line: The old moon fades, the flies tune their voices
Last Line: A new day's here, with or without the moon


NEW SEASON       
First Line: My son and I go walking in the garden


NEW WORLD       
First Line: A man roams the streets with a basket
Last Line: And this was michigan in 1928
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


NEW YEAR'S EVE, IN HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: You can hate the sea as it floods
Subject(s): Hospitals; Sea; Newman, John Henry, Cardinal (1801-1890); Ocean


NEW YEAR'S EVE, IN HOSPITAL       
First Line: You can hate the sea as it floods
Last Line: As it came on and on and on


NIGHT THOUGHTS OVER A SICK CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Numb, stiff, broken by no sleep
Subject(s): Children; Sickness; Childhood; Illness


NIGHT THOUGHTS OVER A SICK CHILD       
First Line: Numb, stiff, broken by no sleep


NIGHT WORDS       
First Line: A child wakens in a cold apartment
Last Line: Of the river that runs through every child's dreams


NITRATE       
First Line: They don't come back, he said


NO ONE REMEMBERS       
First Line: A soft wind %off the stones of the dead
Last Line: No one remembers


NOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I bend to the ground
Subject(s): Nature


NOON       
First Line: I bend to the ground


NORTH       
First Line: An empty state train bouncing
Last Line: So long, the ones that work


NORTHERN MOTIVE       
First Line: A modest house in a row of modest houses
Last Line: Came softly on. Why can't I ever let it go?


NOW IT CAN BE TOLD       
First Line: What would it mean to lose this life
Last Line: I still gleam %like worn cloth, not like a woman's eyes


OLD TESTAMENT       
First Line: My twiin brother swears that at age thirteen
Last Line: Tear stained, bloodied, begging for a moment's peace


ON 52ND STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Down sat bud, raised his hands
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Night Clubs; Jazz; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


ON A DRAWING BY FLAVIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Above my desk / the rabbi of auschwitz
Subject(s): Auschwitz, Poland; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


ON A DRAWING BY FLAVIO       
First Line: Above my desk %the rabbi of auschwitz
Last Line: That is all that god %gave us to hold
Subject(s): Auschwitz, Poland; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


ON ME!       
First Line: In the next room his brothers are asleep
Last Line: So long for him to get it and to come of age


ON MY OWN       
First Line: Yes, I only got here on my own


ON THE BIRTH OF GOOD & EVIL DURING THE LONG WINTER OF '28       
First Line: When the streetcar stalled on joy road


ON THE CORNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing on the corner
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Tatum, Art (1910-1956)


ON THE CORNER       
First Line: Standing on the corner
Last Line: I can't hardly wait, he said
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Tatum, Art (1910-1956)


ON THE EDGE       
First Line: My name is edgar poe and I was born
Last Line: Where page is blanker than the raining skies


ON THE MEETING OF GARCIA LORCA AND HART CRANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936); Crane, Hart (1899-1932); Imagination; Fancy


ON THE MEETING OF GARCIA LORCA AND HART CRANE       
First Line: Brooklyn, 1929. Of course crane's
Last Line: What an imagination arthur had!


ON THE MURDER OF LIEUTENANT JOSE DEL CASTILLO BY THE FALANGIST ...    Poem Text    
First Line: When the lieutenant of the guardia de asalto
Subject(s): Assassination; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


ON THE MURDER OF LIEUTENANT JOSE DEL CASTILLO BY THE FALANGIST ...       
First Line: When the lieutenant of the guardia de asalto
Last Line: He won't walk as a man ever again
Subject(s): Assassination; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


ON THE RIVER       
First Line: My brother has an old rowboat


ONCE       
First Line: Hungry and cold I stood in a doorway
Last Line: Perfectly without music even with you?


ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was an only child I carried
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Despair; Work; Workers


ONE BY ONE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sea; Soldiers; Cooking & Cooks; Ocean; Cookery


ONE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone knows that the trees will go one day
Variant Title(s): This Day
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ONE DAY       
First Line: Everyone knows that the trees will go one day
Last Line: Into a day that never ended
Variant Title(s): This Da


ONE FOR THE ROSE       
First Line: Three weeks ago I went back


ORDINARY MORNING       
First Line: A man is singing on the bus
Last Line: In detroit, city of dreams, %each on his own black throne
Subject(s): Cities; Detroit, Michigan


ORPHANS       
First Line: The field mouse in his little gray cape
Last Line: Wise, an orphaned spirit like my own


OUR VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't see the ocean, not ever, but in july and august
Subject(s): Home; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


OUR VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't see the ocean, not ever, but in july and august
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


OVERTIME       
First Line: The rolling stock comes to rest


PASSING OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The doctor fingers my bruise.
Subject(s): Examinations


PERENNIALS       
First Line: I don't remember the day I was born


PETER'S GIFT       
First Line: My friend peter found a strang newcomer
Last Line: Gift of song. 'an owl,' he said, and %was speechless for therest of the night


PHILOSOPHY LESSON       
First Line: After driving all night long
Last Line: Things are too good to be true.'


PHOTOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: My aunt yetta sleeps, her mouth hanging open, her eyes
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Aunts; Photography & Photographers


PHOTOGRAPHY       
First Line: My aunt yetta sleeps, her mouth hanging open, her
Last Line: While a name hangs in the brilliant morning air


PHOTOGRAPHY 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the road from ford's a mrs. Strempek
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


PHOTOGRAPHY 2       
First Line: Across the road from ford's a mrs. Strempek
Last Line: Blackening the sky, and nothing in between
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


PILI'S WALL       
First Line: Why me? %from this small hill


PLANTING       
First Line: A soldier runs home


POEM CIRCLING HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN ALL NIGHT       
First Line: He hasn't gone to work


POEM OF CHALK       
First Line: On the way to lower broadway
Last Line: Below the sea shell's stiffening cry


POEM OF FLIGHT       
First Line: I shall begin with a rose for courage


POEM WITH NO ENDING       
First Line: So many poems begin where they


PREMONITION AT TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The magpie in the joshua tree
Subject(s): Birds


PRESENT       
First Line: The day comes slowly in the railyard


RAIN DOWNRIVER       
First Line: It has been raining now since
Last Line: Also glisten, and the world is mine


REBELLION OF BREAD       
First Line: At two hours past midnight
Last Line: For two dozen slices holier than air


RED DUST    Poem Text    
First Line: This harpie with dry red curls
Subject(s): Self-pity; Grief; Conduct Of Life; Sorrow; Sadness


RED DUST       
First Line: This harpie with dry red curls


REINVENTING AMERICA       
First Line: The city was huge. A boy of twelve could walk
Last Line: Brought to america with pure fidelity


RENAMING THE KINGS       
First Line: River of green stone


RETURN       
First Line: All afternoon my father drove the country roads
Last Line: Nothing at all ecxcept the stubbornness of things


RIGHT CROSS       
First Line: The sun rising over the mountains
Last Line: Back to our beds for the day's last work
Subject(s): Sports


ROOFS       
First Line: As a child I climbed the roof


ROUSAK, HEAD AND TORSO, 1951       
First Line: Walter spoke definitively to me to say
Last Line: Of toilet paper to daub his dirty flesh


SALAMI       
First Line: Stomach of goat, crushed
Last Line: The true and earthy prayer %of salami


SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: This one woman has been sobbing
Subject(s): Air Travel; Family Life; Love - Loss Of; Relatives


SALT AND OIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Three young men in dirty wok clothers
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


SALT AND OIL       
First Line: Three young men in dirty wok clothers
Last Line: The day that passed, the night to come
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


SALTS AND OILS       
First Line: In havana in 1948 I ate fried dog


SATURDAY SWEEPING       
Last Line: While the sun's %still up


SATURDAYS IN HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When the woman next door


SCOUTING       
First Line: I'm the man who gets off the bus
Last Line: In the dark you can love this place


SEA WE READ ABOUT       
First Line: Now and then a lost sea gull flutters into
Last Line: Everything, and that I would get there some day


SEARCH FOR LORCA'S SHADOW       
First Line: I've seen the hillside. A soft wind moved
Last Line: Darkness we can say is his, federico's
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


SEARCHING FOR US       
First Line: Two ten-inch phonograph records, bluebirds


SECOND ANGEL       
First Line: We could be going home


SECRET       
First Line: Somewhere the sea deepens
Last Line: You are as blindness descends
Subject(s): Sea


SECRET LIFE OF LUTHER COXE       
First Line: If you'd met him as a boy you'd think %how unlikely that creation would choose
Last Line: By doing absolutely nothing %step by silent step with head held high


SECRET OF THEIR VOICES       
First Line: When they wakened
Last Line: I might have helped


SEVEN DOORS       
First Line: The waiter carries a white towel over
Last Line: Now we can smile. Everyone eats tonight
Subject(s): Restaurants


SEVENTH SUMMER       
First Line: How could I not know god had a son?
Last Line: In the grace I did not say, thankful for corn, %beans, and poisonous pork, and understood it all


SIERRA KID    Poem Text    
First Line: I passed slimgullion, morgan mine,
Subject(s): Explorers; Sierra Nevada Mountains; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers


SILENT IN AMERICA       
First Line: Since I no longer speak I


SIMPLE TRUTH       
First Line: I bought a dollar and a half's worth of small red potatoes
Last Line: In a form we have no words for, and you live on it
Subject(s): Farm Life; Truth


SLEEPLESS NIGHT       
First Line: April, and the last of the plum blossoms


SMALL GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: In borrowed boots which don't fit
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Can you imagine the air filled with smoke?
Last Line: From poetry
Subject(s): Family Life; Smoke; Relatives


SNAILS       
First Line: The leaves rustled in the late wind


SNOW       
First Line: Today the snow is drifting
Last Line: Great pale cheek against the burning %cheek of earth and say, there, there, child.


SOLOING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother tells me she dreamed
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


SOLOING       
First Line: My mother tells me she dreamed
Last Line: Turned back and lost the music
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


SOMETHING HAS FALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something has fallen wordlessly
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn coming in over the fields
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


SOUL       
First Line: In castelldefels we say, there are four thousand souls
Last Line: Rages through the pines and--except for us--all four thousand %souls singly or in pairs huddle in th


SOURCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish scales, wet newspapers, unopened cans
Subject(s): Ellis Island, New York Harbor; Jews - United States


SOURCES       
First Line: Fish scales, wet newspapers, unopened cans
Last Line: But not least, beloved of god. Each other
Subject(s): Ellis Island, New York Harbor; Jews - United States


SPACE WE LIVE       
First Line: Light shrugs at the last dreams
Last Line: For that one space before the word is flesh


SPANISH LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: We look down into a garden
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SPRING IN THE OLD WORLD       
First Line: In the central terminal rain pouring
Last Line: Through the long grass and wildflowers, %shouting to the air, their skirts %flared out around them,


STARLIGHT       
First Line: My father stands in the warm evening
Last Line: Never to waken in that world again


STORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the storm of his dying
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


STORMS       
First Line: After the storm of his dying
Last Line: Of the arched rainbow of his faith


STREET WITH NO SHOP ON THE CORNER       
First Line: Mountains I had not seen, nor the sea
Last Line: Or the sun rising most every day, as I do now


SUIT       
First Line: Dark brown pinstripe, the trousers


SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: At ox bow beach, the august sun a rake
Subject(s): Lakes; Pools; Ponds


SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: At first when we saw a girl


SUNDAYS WITH LUNGO       
First Line: Lungo and I would go into the deep woods
Last Line: As lungo was - that even words make sense


SURVIVOR       
First Line: Nimes, august, 1966, and I
Last Line: Onward toward the heart %where there is no rest
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


SWEET WILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The man who stood beside me
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Transience; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Work; Workers; Impermanence


SWEET WILL       
First Line: The man who stood beside me
Last Line: And people rose one %by one from cold beds to tend a world %that runs on and on at its own sweet wil
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Industry; Labor And Laborers; Transience


SWEETNESS OF BOBBY HEFKA       
First Line: What do you make of little bobby hefka
Last Line: His eyes were wide open. Bobby hefka loved me
Subject(s): Classmates; Racism


TAKE MY NEIGHBOR       
First Line: The guy sitting alone on the back porch
Last Line: Above the shallow earth in a clean shirt %silent in summer %on a rented porch


THAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke in a cold room
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


THE CARTRIDGES    Poem Text    
First Line: You sleep weightless on my palm, the revolver
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


THE CEMETERY AT ACADEMY, CALIFORNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I came here with a young girl
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


THE DEATH OF SAUL    Poem Text    
First Line: The sleeping armies of the living god
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE DISTANT WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sour daylight cracks through my sleep-caked lids.
Subject(s): War


THE DRUNKARD    Poem Text    
First Line: He fears the tiger standing in his way
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE END OF YOUR LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: First light. This misted field
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE EVENING TURNED ITS BACK UPON HER VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is she waiting for a knock on the door
Subject(s): Memory; Women


THE EVERLASTING SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting for it
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE FALLING SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night while I slept


THE FIRST TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The second truth is that the rose blooms
Subject(s): Solitude


THE GATEKEEPER'S CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the house of the very rich.
Subject(s): Wealth; Social Classes; Children; Riches; Fortunes; Caste; Childhood


THE GRAVE OF THE KITCHEN MOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The stone says coors
Subject(s): Mice; Death - Animals


THE HELMET    Poem Text    
First Line: All the way
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: They spoke of the horse alive
Last Line: Their bones in one mad dance.
Subject(s): Animals; Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Victims; Hiroshima, Japan; Horses; Nuclear Freeze


THE MIDGET    Poem Text    
First Line: In this cafe durruti
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE MORTAL WORDS OF ZWEIK       
First Line: As an old man, zweik told me
Subject(s): Wisdom


THE MUSIC OF TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The young woman sewing by the window
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE MYTH    Poem Text    
First Line: She renamed me after a bridge in the hopes
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE NEGATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I dig in the soft earth all
Subject(s): Desertion, Military; Capital Punishment; Homecoming; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


THE NEW WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: A man roams the streets with a basket
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


THE PRESENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The day comes slowly in the railyard
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Railroads; Work; Workers; Railways; Trains


THE RADIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Another morning I rose before work
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Radio; Imagination; Fancy


THE RAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: The river rises / and the rains keep coming.
Subject(s): Rain; Fear; Family Life; Relatives


THE RED SHIRT    Poem Text    
First Line: If I gave 5 birds
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Poetry & Poets


THE REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand in the late sun
Subject(s): Relationships


THE RIGHT CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun rising over the mountains
Subject(s): Sports


THE SEARCH FOR LORCA'S SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I've seen the hillside. A soft wind moved
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


THE SECRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere the sea deepens
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE SIMPLE TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I bought a dollar and a half's worth of small red potatoes
Subject(s): Farm Life; Truth; Agriculture; Farmers


THE STREET WITH NO SHOP ON THE CORNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mountains I had not seen, nor the sea
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE SWEETNESS OF BOBBY HEFKA    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you make of little bobby hefka
Subject(s): Classmates; Racism; Schoolmates; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE THREE CROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn my great aunt tsipie would rise and go
Subject(s): Birds; Crows


THE TOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The crippled lady will forgive the boy
Subject(s): Pain; Toys; Suffering; Misery


THE TURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Unknown faces in the street
Subject(s): Jews; Self; Judaism


THE TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: When he gets off work at packard, they meet
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Restaurants; Language; Past; Grief; Male-female Relations; Cafes; Diners; Words; Vocabulary; Sorrow; Sadness


THE WATER'S CHANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven years ago I went into
Subject(s): Homecoming


THE WAY DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: On the way down
Subject(s): Landscape; Farewell; Parting


THE WHOLE SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it long as a noodle
Subject(s): Soul


THEN       
First Line: A solitary apartment house, the last one


THEORY OF PROSODY       
First Line: When nellie, my old pussy


THESE WORDS       
First Line: In the rainy cold weather of april
Last Line: Ran with the clear ink of its meaning


THEY FEED THEY LION    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of burlap sacks, out of bearing butter
Subject(s): Animals; Dreams; Food & Eating; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Lions; Nightmares; Work; Workers


THEY FEED THEY LION       
First Line: Out of burlap sacks, out of bearing butter
Last Line: They feed they lion and he comes
Subject(s): Animals; Dreams; Food And Eating; Industry; Labor And Laborers; Lions


THEY GOT OUR LEADER    Poem Text    
First Line: My creamed-skinned negro student
Subject(s): Malcolm X (malcom Little) (1925-1965)


THIS WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: You go down to the grave
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THIS WORLD       
First Line: The murderers grew tired and rested under the trees
Last Line: Our mouths with water, flour, cinnamon, and black fruit


THISTLES       
First Line: A mountain thistle in march
Last Line: The unanswerable letter


THOSE WERE THE DAYS       
First Line: The sun came up before breakfast


THREE CROWS       
First Line: At dawn my great aunt tsipie would rise and go
Last Line: Only to plummet surely back to earth
Subject(s): Birds; Crows


TO A CHILD TRAPPED IN A BARBER SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: You've gotten in through the transom
Last Line: It's just begun
Subject(s): Barbers; Children


TO A CHILD TRAPPED IN A BARBER SHOP       
First Line: You've gotten in through the transom
Last Line: You think your life is over? %it's just begun


TO A FISH HEAD FOUND ON THE BEACH NEAR MALAGA       
First Line: Flat, eventless afternoon


TO CIPRIANO, IN THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where did your words go
Subject(s): Dry Cleaning & Dry Cleaners; Childhood Memories


TO CIPRIANO, IN THE WIND       
First Line: Where did your words go


TO MY GOD IN HIS SICKNESS       
First Line: A boy is as old as the stars


TO P.L., 1916-1937; A SOLDIER OF THE REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray earth peeping through snow
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


TO P.L., 1916-1937; A SOLDIER OF THE REPUBLIC       
First Line: Gray earth peeping through snow
Last Line: And shaking the stunted pines you hid among
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


TOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The air lay soffly on the green fur


TOLD       
First Line: The air lay softly on the green fur


TRADE       
First Line: Crouching down in the loud morning air
Last Line: I would stand among my second-class peers, tall, %angelic, an ordinary man becomes a gift


TRIAGE       
First Line: Take this piece of bread and crumble it
Last Line: Beast, bush and bird vanish in wind %and there are nothing but children here


TRISTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In all sorts of weather tristan
Subject(s): Sea; Children; Desire; Friendship; Family Life; Ocean; Childhood; Relatives


TRISTAN       
First Line: In all sorts of weather tristan
Last Line: At all times, it urges me out to sea


TRUST       
First Line: Asked for a grilled cheese on white
Last Line: While a single modest thank you %is all the napkin can afford


TWILIGHT       
First Line: October. From simpson's hill
Last Line: The almonds into blossom?


TWO VOICES       
First Line: I heard a voice behind me in the street
Last Line: Out into the dark a name not mine


UNCLE       
First Line: I remember the forehead born


UNFINISHED    Poem Text    
First Line: He lived with a pack of stray dogs up in the hills


UNKNOWABLE       
First Line: Practicing his horn on the williamsburg bridge
Last Line: Of silence and captured the music


VIEW OF HOME       
First Line: From ontario's shore one sees
Last Line: Nourishes it turns to pure shit


VOICE       
First Line: Small blue flowers like points
Last Line: And perhaps some the sky too %and all the climbing things between


VOYAGES       
First Line: Pond snipe, bleached pine, rue weed, wart


WAITING       
First Line: Nine years ago, early winter


WAKING AN ANGEL       
First Line: Sparrows quarreled outside our window


WAKING IN ALICANTE       
First Line: Driven all day over bad roads
Last Line: The father welcoming %him home


WAKING IN MARCH       
First Line: Last night, again, I dreamed


WALK WITH TOM JEFFERSON       
First Line: Between the freeway


WAY DOWN       
First Line: On the way down
Last Line: And hold on and hold on


WEDNESDAY       
First Line: I could say the day began


WHAT WE DID TO WHAT WE WERE    Poem Text    
First Line: We pass through towering wheat
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


WHAT WORK IS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We stand in the rain in a long line
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


WHAT WORK IS       
First Line: We stand in the rain in a long line
Last Line: Just because you don't know what work is
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


WHERE WE LIVE NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: We live here because the houses
Subject(s): Home; Family Life; Relatives


WHITE IRIS       
First Line: A single stalk climbed up


WHO       
First Line: Why am I going away from the glass of wine


WHOLE SOUL       
First Line: Is it long as a noodle


WINTER RAINS: CATALUNA       
First Line: The pegasos are steaming


WINTER WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Day after day in a high room between
Subject(s): Harlem (new York City); City & Town Life


WINTER WORDS       
First Line: Day after day in a high room between
Last Line: The carved kentucky hills, the smokeless air


WISTERIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The first purple wisteria
Subject(s): Longing; Wisteria


WISTERIA       
First Line: The first purple wisteria
Subject(s): Longing; Wisteria


WORDS       
First Line: Another dawn, leaden %and cold
Last Line: I feel to be no %longer only myself


YOU       
First Line: The moon gone dark
Last Line: And I haven't touched you since


YOU CAN HAVE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: My brother comes home from work
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


YOU CAN HAVE IT       
First Line: My brother comes home from work
Last Line: All creation and say, you can have it
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


YOU COULD BELIEVE       
First Line: You could believe the city is more than you
Last Line: Everything in this place does what it can
Subject(s): Cities; Imagination


ZAYDEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does the sea burn? Why do the hills cry?
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


ZAYDEE       
First Line: Why does the sea burn? Why do the hills cry?
Last Line: The long streets were still and the snow %swirled where I lay down to rest
Subject(s): Grandparents