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Liu, Timothy    Poet's Biography
317 poems available by this author


911       
First Line: We met as blind men, trying to see
Last Line: As I held on to the white %circumference of his perfect waist


A GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: He was crying. Somebody get his mother


ACTION PAINTING       
First Line: A canvas we cannot stretch across the frame
Last Line: Gesticulating wildly at the pulpit again
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AFTER THE STORM       
First Line: Renewed by morning air now pouring in
Last Line: Clean arc from birth door to the grave
Subject(s): Death; Homosexuality; Life; Storms


AFTER VAN GOGH       
First Line: What a simple thing death is - peasants
Last Line: The hearth - the understanding between them
Subject(s): Death; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


AGAINST NATURE       
First Line: Those bottled fruit flies in bethesda
Last Line: Continue to get it on and on
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AGAINST NATURE       
First Line: Eight dollars for a dozen roses sold
Last Line: To thrusting hips in vacant lots where %pissed-on corpses mark a warring turf


ALL TRAINS ARE GOING LOCAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowing down your body enough to feel
Last Line: Slowing down your body enough to feel
Subject(s): Bodies; Activity


ALMOST THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard to imagine getting
Subject(s): Passion; Sex


AN EVENING TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Whistles past hacked-down fields of corn
Last Line: From boulevard
Subject(s): Children; Death; Railroads; Childhood; Dead, The; Railways; Trains


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: To speak no ill. To resist locutions %torqued from one hard-scrabble night
Last Line: Bars of an unscored aria, my voice %that icy pitcher waiting to be poured


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Landscapes that grow flatter every year
Last Line: Kept inside those angry russian tomes


ANONYMOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: A streak / of moth dust


ANTEDILUVIAN       
First Line: Such tabloid frenzy once word got out
Last Line: And love you long as the moment lasts


APERTURE       
First Line: A moon obscured by clouds rocked my stomach
Last Line: Vanish, so many men gone overboard %on a promenade silvered by the moon
Subject(s): Homosexuality


APHRODITE AS I KNOW HER       
First Line: It is not ruin but the tenderness
Last Line: The tokens %of that life they most desired


APOSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: We open our mouths and the seasons
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


APOSTASY       
First Line: Those voices from below roiling up
Last Line: That iron song %as our bodies flail
Subject(s): Homosexuality


APPROACHING THE BUDDHA       
First Line: Binoculars left in the backseat
Last Line: In giant urns burnishing the air
Subject(s): Automobiles; Buddhism


ARIEL SINGING       
First Line: It is not happiness. Not the man standing
Last Line: How to sing in a grove of olive trees, %to fall as a sparrow. It is all I want


ARS POETICA       
First Line: Fish are swimming at ease- %this is the happiness of fish
Last Line: And try to keep each other moist %with their own spit


AT LIMANTOUR       
First Line: Memory failed where shore birds wheeled
Last Line: So close to the edge of our ruined maps
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AWAITING TRANSLATION       
First Line: My habit is reading only beginnings
Last Line: I could be like him and somehow keep myself %alive, leave the last word unfinished


AWOL       
First Line: More chore than doling the orders out your body spent
Last Line: As your anger sugars over to an almost forgotten tune


BAEDEKER: AT THE RODIN MUSEUM       
First Line: Water pooling in the pleats of a bronze skirt
Last Line: Veiling them all in a luminous shroud
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: FROM ARLES       
First Line: Houses of stone shall not be spared
Last Line: Where the icons have been dislodged
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: FROM BARCELONA       
First Line: Miro's phallus crowned with a crescent moon
Last Line: On our tongues but the sound of pigeons rising
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: FROM MARSEILLE       
First Line: Thousands of masts spear the sky, no water
Last Line: As the sun sinks into the world's burnished haze
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: FROM NICE       
First Line: A shingled beach receding into those
Last Line: At azure's edge as day retreats
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: FROM VENCE       
First Line: We break a basket of braided dough
Last Line: Could forgive us of all our sins
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: GUERNICA       
First Line: No tears in picasso's final version, eyes
Last Line: Crying out from its two-dimensional cell
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: PLAZA DE TOROS       
First Line: Fuchsia blooms fan out on the killing floor
Last Line: Ourselves the broken body, the mythic form
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAEDEKER: THE ELGIN MARBLES       
First Line: How much we want to piece it all together
Last Line: Must forfeit all their power over us
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BAIT       
First Line: Adam fishing in a lake
Last Line: Rising up from under
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BENEDICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: What lies buried under six feet of snow


BIG BOY       
First Line: Where polka dots mask a mastiff's bullet-ridden hide
Last Line: Ass meat spread in centerfolds a canine wrenches free


BILLIONS SERVED       
First Line: A cow without an eye? Not an uncommon sight
Last Line: A long line of workers as far as the eye can see
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BIRDSONG FOREVER IN THAT CHILDHOOD HOUSE       
First Line: Three children playing 'around the world' the ball
Last Line: Is death at work so early in the afternoon
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BISEXUALITY       
First Line: His credentials? He says he did it
Last Line: The back. This could take all night


BLACKOUT AT THE WHITE SWALLOW       
First Line: We swivel in our seats as pool balls crack
Last Line: Fists are warming up behind a beaded curtain
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BLEECKER STREET       
First Line: Desire mapping stringencies across a stranger's chest
Last Line: Hubris poised in five-inch heels braving the sewer grates


BLESSING       
First Line: She does not seem to know her husband
Last Line: To the wife at home inexplicably refreshed


BLIND DATE    Poem Text    
First Line: He slept with his back
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


BLUE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: My mouth full
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


BOSTON FOURTH       
First Line: Faces sludging forward on the esplanade
Last Line: For that twenty-one-gun salute
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BREUGHEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Hatchet marks in the trunk of a pine


BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN       
First Line: Edenic glory sequestered just outside
Last Line: Walk-up eyesores fenced out by %the fragrance garden for the blind.


BUILDING TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: I liked it when he fucked me
Last Line: Be trusted, not by anyone
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mothers; Love – Complaints; Distrust; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CALENDAR (WITH MONTHS TORN OFF)       
First Line: Nailed to the wall. Anything to lift
Last Line: Vanish into those hills at night
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CANKER       
First Line: The wound would not heal for days. But that was nothing compared to my
Last Line: Her petals wither and fall. I press them into a book for proof that we have %loved


CARCASS       
First Line: I can smell it now
Last Line: Buckle like beautiful knees %going down on dead meat


CATHEDRAL       
First Line: My steps are worn echoes
Last Line: Each falling note a thorn %in the crown of blood
Subject(s): Mormons


CELAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He woke / each day / not knowing


CHERISH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He puts his mouth on me even if
Last Line: To finish off what we started—
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


CIRCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hair so damn good it eclipsed
Last Line: With wherever they were going—
Subject(s): Pigs; Hair


CITY       
First Line: Here rats are the totem animal
Last Line: Dancing in alleys with barrels %of shotguns in their mouths


CLADE SONG. ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanted to mention / how that bloody cut
Last Line: What we were in for
Subject(s): Relationships


CLADE SONG. THIS TOO SHALL PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: You think of the time
Last Line: It's more than over
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Time; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CONFESSIONAL       
First Line: Scabs of rust %spreading across
Last Line: A saint comes %marching in


CONSOLATION       
First Line: Don't want to go out. The toilet
Last Line: The weight of my head %in my hands, old linen on the table


CONSOLATION       
First Line: You're ashes now, no longer a corpse
Last Line: Around the silence that your life had become


COURTLY INSCRIPTIONS INKED ON JUTE       
First Line: No way in or out-decades of discord
Last Line: Lines of blood down some ruined facade


CREPUSCULE WITH MOTHER       
First Line: Stacked up on a changer, that slow
Last Line: Even when it sounded wrong
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CROWN       
First Line: Thrown down. An empty throne %at a loss for minion-heart's
Last Line: With fortitude aplenty sallying %forth across such lyrical atoll


CRUSHED    Poem Text    
First Line: His hands crushed a lemon
Last Line: That would keep you up all night—
Subject(s): Food & Eating


DAU AL SET    Poem Text    
First Line: Marking faces smeared with ash
Last Line: That wide room called the world
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


DEAD MEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Seismic cracks spreading across plaster bison chained
Last Line: Inside a spine-cracked diary the pages rabbit-eared
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


DEATH CALLS       
First Line: I made you some breakfast
Last Line: Were charred, that I passed %the salt you always took
Subject(s): Mormons


DENOUMENT       
First Line: Letters I have saved sealed inside %an envelope of flame-luxurious
Last Line: Disrobe behind a shower curtain %appliqued with giant yellow daises


DISTURBED    Poem Text    
First Line: It’s true you did not expect to see your neighbor
Last Line: When you knew you should have stayed in bed—
Subject(s): Neigbors


DO NOT DISTURB    Poem Text    
First Line: Offshore salt lapping up against a lighthouse flashing red
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


DROWNING IN A SEA OF STAIR-MASTERED DRONE       
First Line: More than a sack of bones rising to this occasion
Last Line: All of us here alone in what can never be undone


EAST DOES IT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Our bodies are made for bliss
Last Line: Else to get to—no place left to go
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Body, Human


EASTER, 1996       
First Line: Meat hardly resurrects these days
Last Line: The dice-rattle lodged in our throats
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EASTER, 1997       
First Line: Hand in hand down a sun-washed street, two men
Last Line: As two-by-fours descend like crows to carrion
Subject(s): Crime And Criminals; Easter; Holidays


ELEGY       
First Line: Last week your brother died, and today
Last Line: In honor--no need to write this elegy


ELEGY       
First Line: Your brother dies and you are jumping off
Last Line: With honor - no need to write this elegy
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ELEGY FOR A POET WHOSE BOOKS I DIDN?ÇÖT THINK WERE WORTH RE-READING, NOT UNTIL NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Say she leapt from the bleachers,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EROS APTEROS       
First Line: The wings are no longer there
Last Line: Two thousand years, this touching %the proof that I am here


EX NIHILO       
First Line: A renewed taste for voltaire/itinerant
Last Line: Ants marching single file towards that edge


EXULTATE JUBILATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fire in that square floodlit by crimson
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


EXULTATE JUBILATE       
First Line: Fire in that square floodlit by crimson
Last Line: Become a form that those who live must bear
Subject(s): Death; Mourning


FAMILY ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Only the shrink you pay
Last Line: Of a creek gone dry
Subject(s): Human Behavior


FELIX CULPA       
First Line: Down on all fours. %the breaking of rules %the only rule
Last Line: Enthroned %in ever tinier courts


FIGURES ON A HUMAN SCALE       
First Line: So it was a disaster: a butterfly nets
Last Line: Still held captive by what remains %unsolved. All that we could not save


FINAL PREPARATIONS       
First Line: I am the only one at church
Last Line: Melts to glass, and the whole earth %is shot like marble
Subject(s): Mormons


FIRST DAY       
First Line: The children set out for school, no books
Last Line: Against the rim of a cast-iron pan
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FIRST MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother in a stupor,
Subject(s): Mothers


FOR A NEW CENTURY       
First Line: The authors have been winnowed
Last Line: Even slouching towards the site
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT DREAM       
First Line: Watermelon seeds in the belly of a woman
Last Line: Called, and we ate each other to the rind
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FORTY YEARS       
First Line: Work boots in the basement thrown against
Last Line: Crushed more each time he hammers it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FORTY-PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The water in your flower vase five days old


FULL FATHOM FIVE       
First Line: Sailors slumped over billiard tables
Last Line: Shell walled-off with soundproof foam


FUTURISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Said we were emptied out
Last Line: Trying to traipse across the mind’s vertiginous shifts
Subject(s): Art & Artists


GARDEN       
First Line: We were after crevices, whatever god had
Last Line: Of a woman who turns away from the well
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GATES OF HELL       
First Line: All morning they were lining up to eat
Last Line: His tongue hanging down from his mouth, %who followed each soul like a shadow


GETTING THERE       
First Line: With a man who carries roses, a bundle of cut
Last Line: As we ride in silence the rest of the way home
Subject(s): Buses; Commuters; Flowers; Love; Roses


GLIMPSED THROUGH SPEEDING GLASS       
First Line: Zipped-up in duffel bags some newborn twins
Last Line: Without sustenance the hours now slipping past


HARD EVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: A room walled-in by books where the hours withdraw
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


HAVING TRANSCENDED THE CARES OF THIS WORLD       
First Line: He stops before a headshot framed %in a beauty shop window. Bows
Last Line: By termites drilling through the torso %of an unearthed bodhisattva


HEAT       
First Line: So he hung himself
Last Line: His bare feet %grounded in that heat


HERRING COVE BEACH       
First Line: Fenced-off from the world, men lying
Last Line: When our bodies failed
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HIGH CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Notes lodged inside a second-hand
Last Line: So hard the mute flew out of his horn
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


HIGH TIDE       
First Line: Virgin ass shucking clam shells by the bucketload
Last Line: Cum-shots to blow a hard-drive's memory cache


HIS ANUS AS VENTRILOQUIST       
First Line: Your glance disrupts my ease, faces
Last Line: From a book fished out of the sea
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HIS BODY LIKE CHRIST PASSED IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE       
First Line: A woman selling bibles at the greyhound station
Last Line: What are birds returning, singing, compared to this, %the lives that I have forsaken to honor a god


HIS LEGACY    Poem Text    
First Line: But a voice blowing away the dust
Last Line: Voice in which no recordings survived
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Social Commentaries


HOLDING PATTERN    Poem Text    
First Line: Intermittent wet under
Last Line: Between your knees
Subject(s): Air Travel


HOMO EX HUMO       
First Line: A dawn washed clean by sun inviting stain
Last Line: Of a spider's legs dangling over halogen


I KNOW MY HUSBAND'S BODY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


I KNOW YOUR MOUTH BETTER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mouths


I NEED YOUR BODY NEAR ME    Poem Text    
First Line: An ocean is nothing, there is no separation
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO, SELS: 4. ROMAN FEVER       
First Line: Gripped by a cell-phone panic day-trading shares a load more fun
Last Line: Trade che gelida mania thread-bare boxers pulled down to our heels


IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO, SELS: 5. HOME OF THE BRAVE       
First Line: Reduced to rubble our democratic vistas unable to outlast far-right
Last Line: Some triggers and detonating fuses left inside that local ballot box


IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO, SELS: 6. HEAVY FREIGHT       
First Line: A handprint fossilized on a child's startled face a bout of fisticuffs
Last Line: In compromised positions trying to micturate into the rutilant night


IN HOT PURSUIT       
First Line: Across the passaic's asphalt drawbridge into the heart of kearny
Last Line: Where danger dragged its tread across the hanging face of me


INDIAN SUMMER       
First Line: That summer, charlie drew a cunt
Last Line: I wanted to show him all %the stamps that I had mounted


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I call upon you, voice forbidden


KINDERTOTENLIEDER       
First Line: Another fire dying down, the view from here
Last Line: We almost had through which to view the world
Subject(s): Homosexuality


KORE       
First Line: What was sacred was in my journey
Last Line: Leaving her %in pieces the way I had found her


LABYRINTH       
First Line: The yellow shirt of joy hangs
Last Line: Except the tigers pacing behind %the walls, the click of claws


LAST CALL       
First Line: Our last hurrah eroding we who were
Last Line: Where widows kissed icons in the dark


LAST CHRISTMAS       
First Line: We often made angels on your lawn
Last Line: No flowers, but maybe a cup of eggnog, %a sprinkle of nutmeg on the snow


LAST DAY       
First Line: We crane our necks into that stillness
Last Line: Of lost books lying open on the grass
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LAST DAY       
First Line: How each of us grows tired of this world
Last Line: That smell of grass burning under snow
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LAST DAY       
First Line: With all the windows closed, I go on
Last Line: Will he wake me as he passes through
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LAST DAY       
First Line: Let world be more than teeth flashing in the dark
Last Line: With sparks no less than stars grinding overhead


LEAVING THE UNIVERSE       
First Line: Can't go back
Last Line: To keep his body from floating out the door


LEGEND       
First Line: No sign that you were coming after me
Last Line: Of apples falling into an empty well


LET IT RIDE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


LIKE AN EMPEROR GORED BY A PAPAL BULL       
First Line: To distance oneself
Last Line: Of our flesh and all of its attendant woes


LONG BOAT       
First Line: A full-lipped flesh canoe floating downstream
Last Line: At dusk. None of us would be going back


LOOKING WEST       
First Line: What are those magpies doing over there
Last Line: A dusty weight making the bookshelves sag


LOVE LETTER: FRENCH QUARTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Two pigeons on my porch
Last Line: That has no name
Subject(s): Mardi Gras (new Orleans)


LOVE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I have no need
Last Line: Fist to look on
Subject(s): Love


LOW TIDE       
First Line: The boiler room down below. Eyes of dockhands
Last Line: Or a plate of mussels steaming in their own juice


MAMA       
First Line: If I had known this burden on my tongue
Last Line: Only syllables now %for what we left unspoken: rage, shame, guilt, %everything you taught me from th


MARCH ON WASHINGTON, 1993       
First Line: No friends we knew had died of it, patient zero
Last Line: Bodies packed into those: metro stations underground
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Sparks fly off a love well past its prime
Last Line: And tooth rub up against the inner wall


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Tete-a-tete with loneliness, we find %ourselves unable to disentangle
Last Line: Perfume lingering on inside a body %that had its own intentions too


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Always felt her voice was something foreign
Last Line: Collagen injections reconstructing a love %that should have gone straight to video


MARTIAL ART       
First Line: I've hung up the white robe
Last Line: And let each splinter smoulder %in the eye of god
Subject(s): Mormons


MEMORIAL       
First Line: Missile pops now melting at the base
Last Line: Bombers well on their way to heaven


MEN WITHOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: My father is a coward, and I have grown
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Cowardice; Fathers & Sons; Love; Estrangement; Outcasts


MIDDLE-CLASS REGALIA AS ICONOGRAPHIC VANITAS       
First Line: Desire zeroing in on that furby ebay auction
Last Line: Traded in for a byzantine reliquary housing splinters %and a nail from a true cross


MINOR DISTRACTION       
First Line: To chart the body's pull away from text
Last Line: Alone, often wanting to be someone else


MONOLOGUE WITH THE VOID       
First Line: Your face to be erased. Your file
Last Line: Loss. New epic. Till lovers log off


MORE SEXY NOW THAN EVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Was up for a hot little piece of hispanic tail
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


MORE THAN HALF THE LEAVES ALREADY DOWN       
First Line: Dragging that plastic sheet across the lawn
Last Line: Overhead, our bodies leaning into silence %like a pair of rakes left out by the tree


MY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My man is not my man
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST       
First Line: You see it was impossible
Last Line: Poor as they are, %taking her crystal and china


NEW COLONY       
First Line: An epidemic, checked in one locality, breaks out
Last Line: Who assured all would emerge from the font reborn
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NEW LIFE       
First Line: Whether you get down on your knees %or not. Wild mint. Gopher holes
Last Line: As we toss and turn in bed-seeds %now splitting open in the dark loam


NEXT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the cycles of wash and rinse, a song
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


NO OTHER WORLD THAN THIS       
First Line: A blade of grass springing out of time's crevasse
Last Line: While couples all across the country call it quits
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NO STRINGS ATTACHED       
First Line: They revel in sleaziness, putting it on or off
Last Line: Smoke so demure exhaled %out of our rosy holes


NOCTURNES: CHELSEA       
First Line: A roll of quarters to enter a world
Last Line: Empty out worn pockets of all their change
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOCTURNES: EIGHTH AVENUE       
First Line: No matter how we ask our bodies to behave
Last Line: While you descend into the subway stop alone
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOCTURNES: FIRE ISLAND       
First Line: Shards of glass embedded
Last Line: Discarded through the weeds
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOCTURNES: JOSHUA TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Each of us locked inside our rooms
Last Line: Nailed down behind the bedroom door
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Trees; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


NOCTURNES: JOSHUA TREE       
First Line: Each of us locked inside our rooms
Last Line: Nailed down behind the bedroom door
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Trees


NOCTURNES: LATIN QUARTER       
First Line: You were not there. Not under mansard roofs
Last Line: Of cassis wine poured without applause
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOR'EASTER FORTY MILES OFFSHORE       
First Line: Above the water bed, a conch's curvaceous pinks
Last Line: Stream down on figures huddled beside a cliff


NORTH TRURO       
First Line: Late summer at its height falls faster
Last Line: Raw hands reeling in a dying wind
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOSTALGIA       
First Line: The weight of summer fruit in a gilded frame
Last Line: Some valentines torn open after a sudden rain


NOT MARBLE NOR THE GILDED MONUMENTS       
First Line: Gone the old world governed by oaths/honor
Last Line: On sets backdropped with warhol's jackie o


NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP ME GOD       
First Line: Nine lamps in the shape of teeming censers
Last Line: Keeps on holding a microphone to our lips
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NUDE FIGURE DANCING I THE FOREGROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: You walk into a room where the women gather


OASIS       
First Line: Just off the jersey pike we saw it
Last Line: Dash -- none of us losing any time at all
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ODE TO BUNKER HILL       
First Line: Song of burnt-out gaslights humming at dawn
Last Line: All smouldering from within
Subject(s): Homosexuality


OF THEE I SING       
First Line: A nation awash in eurotrash finding itself upstaged
Last Line: Trapped inside an suv plastered with american flags


OF THEE I SING       
First Line: The claim of a hoax more than a hoax underneath our skirts
Last Line: A stolen ramp badge last seen slung on some hijacker's neck


OFF I-80       
First Line: Stands of sumac border that exit ramp
Last Line: Fading in and out to a local gospel station
Subject(s): Homosexuality


OLD DIARY WITH A PAGE TORN OUT OF IT       
First Line: Words that formed in a child's mouth
Last Line: Whenever a stranger entered it
Subject(s): Diaries; Homosexuality


ON A HILL AT NIGHT IN A CHAIR UNDER STARS       
First Line: A face at the window. Doves
Last Line: By morning %there were flowers everywhere


ON BROADWAY       
First Line: The planes in the sky still half empty as ticket sales
Last Line: In boredom-a sure-fire ending staged night after night


ON HEARING THE LAST SEVEN WORDS OF CHRIST       
First Line: Today there was sun, tomorrow
Last Line: For the absence that now attends it


ON RHODES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are two kinds of men
Last Line: His man might take him
Subject(s): Relationships


ON THE SEPARATION OF ADAM AND EVE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Goltzius, Hendrik (1558-1617); Paintings & Painters; Adam & Eve; Eve


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE       
First Line: You and I not sleeping - a preacher
Last Line: Through the hole that her body made
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OTHER LANGUAGE       
First Line: Nothing on the pages
Last Line: Talking in a language %that does not belong to us


PAPER FLOWERS       
First Line: Your mother made perfect %lotus blossoms from tissue paper
Last Line: Each page a faded yellow petal
Subject(s): Mormons


PASSING THROUGH THE ENCHANTED CIRCLE       
First Line: Blanketed under sage-gray skies, the afternoon steeped
Last Line: And arrowhead governed by the same unspoken laws


PASSION       
First Line: By mid-afternoon, all is imprecision
Last Line: Eloi, eloi, lama sabacthani %the children home in time for supper


PATIENCE       
First Line: I sit in the square, listening
Last Line: A flutter of wings %and the world is finished


PEDOPHILIC ODE       
First Line: Ran afoul my nature to spend some time
Last Line: Paradise be but ghost %to what they were'


PIETA       
First Line: On a plane heading east, children playing
Last Line: Unable to look into the other's face
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Late butterflies gliding through the air
Subject(s): Butterflies


POEM       
First Line: Late butterflies gliding through the air
Last Line: That flutter out of their lives
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Poetry And Poets


POEM AS INCARNATION OF BODILY WANT       
First Line: Eden we never knew but calvary
Last Line: Of being. The whole room lit with it


PORNOGRAPHY       
First Line: There was something appalling about that
Last Line: Hidden pea having kept me up all night %I thought I would never come down again


POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Half of the penis remains
Subject(s): Sex Organs; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


POWER       
First Line: Half of the penis remains
Last Line: A world in which the biggest knife wins
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PRAYER       
First Line: A fast-busy signal... %a prerecorded message saying all circuits are busy
Last Line: Where batteries have gone dead


PRESENCE OF AN ABSENCE IN A MIDWEST TOWN       
First Line: Crosses doused with gasoline hotter
Last Line: Still lit up this late into the night
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PRETTY PLEASE       
First Line: Tens of thousands of bathers floating on ghats
Last Line: Phone ( ) endless tv credits scroll down


PRODIGAL SON WRITES HOME       
First Line: I want to tell you how he eats my ass
Last Line: If we were born for this
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PROTHALAMION       
First Line: Overlapping acclerandos set against
Last Line: Sounding a cappella in choral round


PROTHALAMION       
First Line: Anchor without tonality nor intricate
Last Line: Stress taken to new heights of density


PROTHALAMION [II]    Poem Text    
First Line: Overlapping accelerandos set against
Last Line: Sounding a cappella in a choral round
Subject(s): Marriage; Music & Musicians


PROTHALAMION [I]    Poem Text    


QUILT       
First Line: These are my lovers
Last Line: Split open like a book %where the names are written
Subject(s): Quilts


RAID FOR THE BRIDAL       
First Line: Such days of spent-bud panoply as the petaled horde
Last Line: Shipwreck foundering at the storm's climactic ebb


RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS       
First Line: Boys in the backseat
Last Line: Their favorite state
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING CAVAFY       
First Line: How many pages did the poet turn
Last Line: Alone where the scent remains
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING LU CHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight touching all eight corners
Subject(s): Books; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


READING LU CHI       
First Line: Moonlight touching all eight corners
Last Line: Of books return at last to the source
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING SAPPHO       
First Line: Hurt me hear if ever hearing from afar
Last Line: Cheeks cruel gift or say what you love best
Subject(s): Books; Sappho (610-580 B.c.)


READING THE BOOK OF ODES LATE AT NIGHT, I TURN OUT THE LIGHT AND....       
First Line: Though the ceiling looks down on you, be
Last Line: And lie at bottom, they still are clearly seen


READING TU FU       
First Line: No blueprints left in the house
Last Line: To whatever survives the night
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING WHITMAN IN A TOILET STALL    Poem Text    
First Line: A security-man who stood, arms crossed, outside
Last Line: As we walk out of our secrets into the world
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Trysts; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


REMOTE CONTROL       
First Line: A presidential motorcade sponsored by nabisco
Last Line: Every hour on the hour the energizer bunny
Subject(s): Television


REMOVED AT THE MOMENT OF PERFECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth has moved forward, in a sense, or does it merely turn
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


REST STOP, HIGHWAY 91    Poem Text    
First Line: Cars parked alongside a chainlink fence


REVIVAL       
First Line: Two thousand cattle die across the state
Last Line: On feedlots gripped by a six-day wave


RIPENED FRUIT PULLED EARTHWARD TO THE GROUND       
First Line: No bread in the house nor birds
Last Line: Fresh from that other world
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Chagrined for having ever allowed chivalry’s mask to fall
Last Line: Our guarded reputations whistle-blown to class-action hell


ROMANCE (2)    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: Something one can easily erase
Subject(s): Body, Human


ROOM WITHOUT DOORS       
First Line: At the end of the maze, a mouse
Last Line: Mice safe in their cages for another %night, a big screen turning to snow


ROSETTA STONE       
First Line: No one to give voice to stone flakes swarmed with decadent
Last Line: By land or by sea in the busirite nome fortified against a siege


SAD SONNET DONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes a halo, sometimes
Last Line: Down where yours had been
Subject(s): Grief; Absense


SAY GOODNIGHT       
First Line: It is better to be alone. Tree and sun
Last Line: Broken crayons strewn about the table
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SAY GOODNIGHT       
First Line: Trunks of charred pines rooted to the rocks
Last Line: Those chimneys blackening an evening sky
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SAY GOODNIGHT       
First Line: Muted bells ringing inside my body
Last Line: Mere plinth to the masterpiece we were
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SAY GOODNIGHT       
First Line: No kisses. Not tonight. Stand
Last Line: Will sound in our ears as lovers %say goodnight
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SAY GOODNIGHT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: It is better to be alone. Tree and sun
Subject(s): Solitude; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SAY GOODNIGHT (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Trunks of charred pines rooted to the rocks
Subject(s): Women; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SAY GOODNIGHT (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Muted bells ringing inside my body
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SAY GOODNIGHT (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: No kisses. Not tonight. Stand
Subject(s): Night; Togetherness; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SCREEN DOOR SLAMMING SHUT AT SUMMER'S END       
First Line: We are monuments to the shadows that we cast, wild
Last Line: Sunflowers heavy with seed brought down by the wind


SECOND GRADE CLASS PHOTO       
First Line: That picture was taken before danny undid
Last Line: Wings coming down upon him %to finish what he started


SECRET COMBINATIONS       
First Line: William morgan given five-hundred dollars and a horse
Last Line: Lucinda morgan left a widow in the bloom of her maidenhood


SELF-PORTRAIT AS MALL RAT       
First Line: Lurid tourists at odds with vanguard trends
Last Line: Hauled-off in handcuffs our collective fate


SELF-PORTRAIT AS SEVENTIES TEEN       
First Line: Muscles pulsing hard against that piece
Last Line: Swinging as I got down on all fours %to search for something lost in the shag


SENRYU: BLIND DATE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Scrabble tiles spilled
Last Line: No one keeping score
Subject(s): Language Games


SENRYU: DURING ONE OF MAHLER’S ENDLESS ADAGIOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: During one of mahler’s endless adagios
Last Line: Followed by a yawn
Subject(s): Symphonies; Boredom


SENRYU: OCCUPIED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When he unzipped
Last Line: Stimulus package -
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SENRYU: SPRING IS HERE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: With cherry blossoms
Last Line: Stop talking so much!
Subject(s): Spring; Silence


SENRYU: THE HONEYMOON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My body is not
Last Line: It’s time you pull out
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


SEPARATION       
First Line: After the first loss, there is no other
Last Line: Knowing how this would be the poem %that I would write for the rest of my life


SEX       
First Line: Her dress was the color of lemons
Last Line: Drink, he said, tears on his face, %sliced lemons engraved on the kettle


SFO/HIV/JFK       
First Line: I knew his job was more than cleaning up
Last Line: Feeding myself in some airport snack bar, %smell of a stranger's sex on my fingers
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


SHE SINGS IN ALL HER SEASONS       
First Line: To see her for what she is
Last Line: Her heaviness: the flowers %spilling from her hair


SHE SMASHES DISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother climbing into bed


SIGN       
First Line: Bird shit streaking down
Last Line: She looks up, then resumes
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SINE QUA NON       
First Line: A pleasure some had said to read under that
Last Line: Pale daffodils breaking through their husks


SITTING NAKED ON A PORCH FACING THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS       
First Line: My own semen quickening on the tongue
Last Line: Milk-white glaze as witness to dying forms


SNAP CHAT: MARRAKECH    Poem Text    
First Line: He says, would you like to have a loo
Last Line: Who said anything about going home
Subject(s): Salespersons; Flirtation; Shopping


SODOM AND GOMORRAH       
First Line: No other world than this
Last Line: That swan song in our throats %a falling cloud of ash


SOMETIMES SEX       
First Line: Sometimes a look shot from a pretty jock
Last Line: Kind of love. Even a dream. Come. True


STANDING WHERE THE COLOSSUS STOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: To be an ancient wonder, you have to be able
Subject(s): Colossus


STORM (1)       
First Line: Black ants crawl in the sugar bowl
Last Line: Moments before the power goes out
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STORM (2)       
First Line: A dark wing lifting my umbrella
Last Line: Stretched across black spokes %rooted to my hand


STRANGE FRUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Spray-painted across a garage door
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Prejudice; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


STRANGE FRUIT       
First Line: Spray-painted across a garage door
Last Line: On that cd player left on repeat
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STRANGE MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Men have seen their own graves at the edge
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


STRANGE MUSIC       
First Line: Men have seen their own graves at the edge
Last Line: Than that echo of what we might have been
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STRAY DOGS       
First Line: Weaving across the divided road
Last Line: That dissolve into song
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STURM UND DRANG       
First Line: Cut flowers in those vases attempting to give shape
Last Line: Of honeyed birds and a cask of wine absence lassoed in


SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: And when they sat down in the morning
Subject(s): Family Life; Relationships; Relatives


SUNDAY DRIVE       
First Line: No sense of history in our bones
Last Line: Darts back underneath the wild brush


SUNNYSIDE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Six stone lions standing guard
Subject(s): Restaurants; Love; Cafes; Diners


SURVIVORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some mornings I do not hear
Subject(s): Gay Men; Relationships


TABULA RASA       
First Line: Cancel our appointments to greet
Last Line: That fill up most of our lives


TE-AMO CABALLEROS       
First Line: Arroyo hondo back roads bottle-strewn
Last Line: Leak blackened rivulets across the sky


TEN FLOORS UP       
First Line: No one enjoying the view, the stereo on
Last Line: Of some invisible hand pinning us there
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TENDERNESS IN A DARK AGE       
First Line: A case of ass. Just what did we think
Last Line: Than wanting to simply live a long life


THAT ROOM IN WHICH DISASTER PLAYED A PART       
First Line: A bed behind four walls that framed a world
Last Line: Four walls and a door we called the future
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THAT SUMMER       
First Line: We buried my mother's bird, a parakeet
Last Line: Exhumed at last by a neighborhood stray
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THE ASSIGNATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Every vow I kept
Last Line: Inside of you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Promises; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE BRIDEGROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: He said: you talk to much.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE CUSTODIAN OF BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: Come out at night, indifferent
Subject(s): Relationships


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We were after crevices, whatever god had
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Seekinmg; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was always afraid
Subject(s): Love; Uncertainty


THE MARRIAGE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The season's leaves half over at their peak
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


THE MARRIAGE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you miss me less if I took up
Last Line: Hawked to the corners of our house
Subject(s): Relationships


THE MARRIAGE (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Tons of suicide rock hauled away
Last Line: Tons of suicide rock hauled away
Subject(s): Honeymoons; Bones


THE MOON IN GREECE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the sea is calm and the moon
Last Line: The real moon, not the one in the mind
Subject(s): Moon


THE REMAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking out of the new cemetery, my father
Last Line: My eighty-year-old father nodding off into sleep
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Ancestry & Ancestors; Cemeteries


THE RING    Poem Text    
First Line: How long before the grave
Last Line: Into the morgue’s gas jets
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Rings; Gifts & Giving; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: She took the spareribs out of the oven
Last Line: Wish I was there with you
Subject(s): Mothers; Farewell; Absence; Gays & Lesbians; Togetherness; Relationships; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE SIZE OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew the length of an average penis
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Sexual Organs; Size & Shape; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Sex Organs; Genitalia


THE STORM (1)       
First Line: Black ants crawl in the sugar bowl
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE VIGIL I KEEP WHEN NOTHING CAN BE KEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: He burdened me with unspoken prayers
Last Line: Knowing who or where I was, only that I was
Subject(s): Relationships


THOREAU    Poem Text    
First Line: My father and I have no place to go
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Loss; Marginality, Social; Moving & Movers; Refugees; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862); United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Estrangement; Outcasts


TREASURES ON EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: What no one wants. Coin by coin
Last Line: Intervals — till you shut it off completely
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Absence; Transience; Relationships; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TREASURES ON EARTH       
First Line: What no one wants. Coin by coin
Last Line: Whose candles the world has blown out
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TREE THAT KNOWLEDGE IS       
First Line: I do not want to die. Not for love
Last Line: Is not death. Nor life. But the lust %that flowers at the end of it


TWO MEN IN A REST HOME LOOKING BACK AT US       
First Line: One unable to speak, the other
Last Line: Of flesh touched by mortal hands
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWO MEN IN THE HIRSHHORN WALKING HAND IN HAND       
First Line: If the clocks in that room were to come
Last Line: Forever. Unmarred and beyond possession
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWO MEN ON A BENCH WATCHING THE LIGHT DIE DOWN       
First Line: Rollerblades careening down concrete
Last Line: That spills into this world from dark to dark
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWO MEN ON A SWING WATCHING THEIR SHADOWS LENGTHEN       
First Line: Pruned back last winter, the grapevines
Last Line: Struggles to carry a petal underground
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VALENTINE       
First Line: A room within my body where the broken
Last Line: Harboring what the other lacked: a wilderness
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VALENTINE       
First Line: Rose up to her power at a ripe egyptian age
Last Line: Pinned against that speeding radiator grill


VARIATIONS ON DEATH       
First Line: After all, summer was over
Last Line: She rolls herself over, asleep %in a field of white roses
Subject(s): Mormons


VESPERS       
First Line: So many want to be blessed
Last Line: Neither one of us would touch
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VISION MADE OUT OF CORRUGATED TIN       
First Line: A head of jesus framed
Last Line: Till I admit defeat
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VISITING MY MOTHER'S GRAVE       
First Line: Something's kept me away, perhaps
Last Line: Get through to her. Yet here I am


VOLUNTEERS AT THE AIDS FOUNDATION       
First Line: They asked us to close our eyes, said this
Last Line: To care for those who remain in the flesh %weeping with the staff


VOX ANGELICA       
First Line: I sing to a breeze that runs through the rafters
Last Line: How everything in the end is made %equal by the wind


VOX HUMANA       
First Line: Wrapped in scarves of flame, a woman
Last Line: As we gondola downstream -- ashes %blown back into our faces


WALKING IN A WORLD WHERE WE ARE SOMETIMES LOVED       
First Line: A wind blows news the sunlight
Last Line: Where we made love, thundering %doves flyingout of our mouths


WEALTH OF NATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tired of the gawking. Conspicuous
Last Line: Putting out after the khrushchev thaw–
Subject(s): Modern Life; Social Commentaries


WHAT THE MAGDALENE SAW    Poem Text    
First Line: This fat cum pig more than eager to drop
Subject(s): Hotels; Sex; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


WHITE MOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Espaliered / to a radiator grille
Subject(s): Moths; Death; Life


WHITE STONE       
First Line: He used the third person to avoid
Last Line: And with a deft stroke %wiped his forehead clean


WHO PUTS US OUT TO PASTURE       
First Line: Ongoing message on his machine buoyant and detached
Last Line: Footprints left in the entry hall mottled with winter's salt


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: How long will the bed that we made together
Subject(s): Gay Men; Relationships


WITH CHAOS IN EACH KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside your door, an ocean
Subject(s): Love; Music & Musicians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


WITH CHERUBIM AND A FLAMING SWORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The bed of grass too damp where love too soon
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


WITH CHERUBIM AND A FLAMING SWORD       
First Line: The bed of grass too damp where love too soon
Last Line: Of the simple bliss that they had always known
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


WITH ONE EYE OPEN       
First Line: A meltdown of pictorial signs
Last Line: What you see is what you see.'
Subject(s): Eyes; Sight


WITHOUT YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: I was doing just fine, a job, a home
Last Line: The world disappears—
Subject(s): Love – Complaints; Absense


XIAN: 1       
First Line: Incense fills the bazaar of crafted jade
Last Line: Outlasts the grave, those foreign walls of stone %where we bartered in the underground station


XIAN: 2       
First Line: How years can change a face: fracture lines
Last Line: The silent space of years, longing to know %what will remain when light begins to break


XIAN: 3       
First Line: Across dry oceans of winter I'll come
Last Line: Of the fan you folded into the sea


XIAN: 4       
First Line: The women are weaving baskets with straw
Last Line: Arising from corroded swords and shields