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Lux, Thomas    Poet's Biography
340 poems available by this author


174517: PRIMO LEVI, AN ELEGY       
First Line: I thought jews were just another denomination: episcopalians
Last Line: An address, to tell you: I read your book. I read your book


A LARGE BRANCH SPLINTERED OFF A TREE IN A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: And was hurled to the ground like a spear
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A LITTLE TOOTH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Your baby grows a tooth, then two
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


A MAN GETS OFF WORK EARLY    Poem Text    
First Line: And decides to snorkel in a cool mountain lake.
Subject(s): Snorkeling; Death; Lakes; Pollution; Dead, The; Pools; Ponds


A MAN TAKES HIS DAUGHTER, AGE 5, TO A PUBLIC EXECUTION BY GUILLOTINE, PARIS, 1857    Poem Text    
First Line: He is a bad man. He says this in french
Last Line: Daddy, I still can't see the puppets
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Guillotines; Paris, France


AFTER A FEW WHIFFS OF ANOTHER WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


AFTER A FEW WHIFFS OF ANOTHER WORLD       
Last Line: Even the dumb have this sense


ALL THE SLAVES       
First Line: All the salves within me
Last Line: All these slaves within me


ALMOST DANCING       
First Line: Some people see a plowed-under cornfield
Last Line: The scalpel moving away I love best


AMERICAN FANCY RAT AND MOUSE ASSOCIATION       
First Line: Rat breeders gather
Last Line: Beautiful rats, they sigh, oh the beautiful rats


AMIEL'S LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: We were in a room that was once an attic
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


AMIEL'S LEG       
First Line: We were in a room that was once an attic
Last Line: We were there-I wish I knew the exact %date, time-and that %was all, that was it
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


AMPHRIBRACH DANCE       
First Line: Remember, first falling, and falling
Last Line: We each did, remember, remember?


AND STILL IT COMES       
First Line: Like a downhill brakes-burned freight train
Last Line: To cease, insatiable, gorging %and mute


ANS STILL IT COMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a downhill brakes-burned freight train
Subject(s): Transience; Death; Impermanence; Dead, The


ASAFETIDA       
First Line: The good, good thing for you
Last Line: And take it down, take %it right down


AT LEAST LET ME EXPLAIN       
First Line: Why there are black half-donuts beneath each eye
Last Line: Not cold %but alone


AT THE FAR END OF A LONG WHARF       
Last Line: Poetry is a menial task


AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL       
First Line: The minute my brother gets out of jail I want
Last Line: She won't talk to me. %she won't give me the time of day


BACKYARD SWING SET    Poem Text    
First Line: Splayed, swayback, cheap pipe
Subject(s): Home; Family Life; Relatives


BACKYARD SWINGSET       
First Line: Splayed, swayback, cheap pipe
Last Line: It begins to chasm and bend


BARN FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: It starts, somehow, in the hot damp
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


BARN FIRE       
First Line: It starts, somehow, in the hot damp
Last Line: Because they know they are safe there, %the horses run back into the barn
Subject(s): Farm Life


BENEATH THE APPLE BRANCHES BENT DUMBLY       
Last Line: Only the long haul in the linear world, ongoing


BENIGHTED (WITH CONNOTOTATIONS OF BAD LUCK)       
First Line: Like the man who with a dumb idea


BIG PICTURE       
First Line: Gets made up of 5.3 billion little pictures (sacks, thousands
Last Line: I pray, would agree, should agree, should be %sterilized!


BIRDS NAILED TO TREES       
First Line: So the birds, through
Last Line: And the boy by the barn pumping his pellet gun hard


BITTERNESS OF CHILDREN       
First Line: Foreseeing typographical errors
Last Line: From the marrow in the marrow: the start


BLACK ROAD OVER WHICH GREEN TREES GROW       
First Line: A tunnel, but the roof is green and some light
Last Line: You just drive on out the other side


BOAT IN THE FOREST       
First Line: Sixty miles from a lake
Last Line: But a disaster not to be found. %an odd place, a long name, for a boat


BOATLOADS OF MUMMIES       
First Line: Embarked from egypt to new jersey in 1848
Last Line: The remaining mummified go?


BODO    Poem Text    
First Line: We could weep for him
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


BODO       
First Line: We could weep for him
Last Line: In which a fish head floated
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


BODY DISSOLVES       
First Line: The body dissolves %like this: first the fingers, the arms
Last Line: Leaving a stupidity large tip, %leaving


BONEHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Bonehead time, bonehead town. Bonehead teachers
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


BONEHEAD       
First Line: Bonehead time, bonehead town. Bonehead teachers
Last Line: Bonehead me, bonehead you
Subject(s): Language


BREAKBONE FEVER       
First Line: On the femur a brick drops hard, from the top rib
Last Line: Who owns, in fact, your blistering bones


BURNED FORESTS AND HORSES' BONES       
First Line: Are all we see when we cross the river
Last Line: And pass over it to the place before the fire began


CAN TIE SHOES BUT WON'T       
First Line: It said on his report card, five years old, the boy %so slung
Last Line: This way, upstream, %on his voyage


CAN'T SLEEP THE CLOWNS WILL EAT ME       
First Line: It says on the dead %author's ('the author is dead') daughter's
Last Line: He will be happy %learning to live with being dead


CELLAR STAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's rickety down to the dark.
Subject(s): Cellars; Basements


CELLAR STAIRS       
First Line: It's rickety down to the dark
Last Line: Each countless childhood meal your last


CHIEF ATTENDANT OF THE NAPKIN       
First Line: Stands beside the king
Last Line: For milk-sopped bread or gruely soup


CHILDREN IN SCHOOL DURING HEAVY SNOWFALL       
First Line: Not a single footprint in the schoolyard


COMMERCIAL LEECH FARMING TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Although it never rivaled wheat, soybean
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


COMMERCIAL LEECH FARMING TODAY       
First Line: Although it never rivaled wheat, soybean
Last Line: I like the story because it's true
Subject(s): Farm Life


CONVERSATION, UPON WHICH EAVESDROPPED       
First Line: Yes, I did
Last Line: I'm not lying to you...
Subject(s): Conversation


CORNER OF PARIS AND PORTER       
First Line: Meet me there, you remember, the corner
Last Line: Today, don't be late, on the corner %of paris and porter


CREATURE HAS A PURPOSE       
First Line: The hard hook-finger clutching down to the bottom


CRISS CROSS APPLE SAUCE    Poem Text    


CRISS CROSS APPLE SAUCE       
Last Line: As we drive from her mother's house to mine
Subject(s): Daughters; Divorce; Halloween


CROWS OF BOSTON AND NEW YORK       
First Line: You've seen them, these semi-urban birds


DARK COMES ON IN BLOCKS, IN CUBES       
Last Line: On their searchlights %against it


DAWN WALK AND PRAYER       
First Line: I step out onto the porch a few minutes %short of dawn
Last Line: That's why I'm making this prayer


DAY OF THE LACUNA: 1       
First Line: You limp across the first horizon
Last Line: Yes, it looks gray, it looks gray


DAY OF THE LACUNA: 10       
First Line: Suppose you're really a cliffdweller
Last Line: You could be wrong


DAY OF THE LACUNA: 5       
First Line: It's a normal urbane day
Last Line: While I count my pock marks


DAY OF THE LACUNA: 6       
First Line: Today is the day of the lacuna
Last Line: Is torn from my lips


DAY OF THE LACUNA: 7       
First Line: I'm an escapee. Everyday
Last Line: Dozens of returns


DEAD HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the fence line, I was about to call him in when
Subject(s): Horses; Death - Animals; Food & Eating


DEADHOUSE AT THE WORKHOUSE       
First Line: You get sent to the workhouse because you worked
Last Line: Into which they sink your box


DEBATE REGARDING THE PERMISSIBILITY OF EATING MERMAIDS       
First Line: Cold water mermaids, and only on fridays, said pope ignace vii
Last Line: Trying to find the truth in these matters %and what matters in such truth


DEVIL'S BEEF TUB       
First Line: There are mysteries-why a duck's quack
Last Line: Closer: little noodle %swastikas


DITTO       
First Line: Rabbit tracks in an inch or so of new snow
Last Line: Of snow: dot, dot, ditto


DOLDRUM FRACTURE ZONE       
First Line: The place where sailors-though now open
Last Line: And a water spider, skating smoothly over the zone's flat surface, sinks


DR. GOEBBELS'S NOVELS       
First Line: Dr. Goebbels did not go to heaven. The mundane
Last Line: It wraped the brace


DRIVER ANT       
First Line: Eats meat exclusively. Can't bear
Last Line: Serving a famished state


DRY BITE       
First Line: When the krait strikes but does not loose
Last Line: Of that which remains of your life [or, of the rest of your life]


DYSTOPIA       
First Line: For shoes: rat skins duct-taped around a foot
Last Line: Are quickly eaten by the have-nots


EARLY ON, THIS DECADE'S LIGHT SMELLED       
Last Line: Creeping toward a new century


EDGAR ALLAN POE MEETS SARAH HALE (AUTHOR OF MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB)       
First Line: One would assume a difference in temperaments
Last Line: The same is true for mr. Edgar allan poe


ELEGY FOR FRANK STANFORD, 1949-1978       
First Line: A message from a secretary tells me first
Last Line: Frank, you dumb fuck, - who loves you %loves you regardless


ELEGY FOR ROBERT WINNER       
First Line: I dreamed my friend got up and walked
Last Line: And he was tall, taller than me


EMILY'S MOM       
First Line: Today we'd say she was depressed, clinically. Then
Last Line: On emily, her mother - melancholic, %fearful, starved-of-love


EMPTY PITCHFORKS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poverty


EMPTY PITCHFORKS       
First Line: There was debtors' prison before inmates


ENDIVE       
First Line: If I mix a vegetable and moral metaphor
Last Line: In an ultimate self-embrace: fussy, bitter, chaste, clerical %little leaf


ENEMY THE WIND       
First Line: Hand over hand and over the backs
Last Line: Noose: the wind, the enemy


EVERY VENTRICLE       
First Line: Nothing bothers me. Not even
Last Line: And who own my breath


FALLING THROUGH THE LEAVES       
First Line: Blind wind beats the bushes down and wild


FAMILY PHOTO AROUND XMAS TREE       
First Line: Dad's left arm reaches across mom's back
Last Line: Or newsletter to me again


FARMER BROWN       
First Line: By day he worked at pumping gas, oil changes


FARMERS       
First Line: Force-feeding swans - let me tell
Last Line: We desired it to fall: the rain


FEVER SHIP       
First Line: Of a hundred the single hand not sick


FIREFLY'S PULSE       
First Line: A firefly dies with unusual eloquence
Last Line: This way. Let me


FLIES SO THICK ABOVE THE CORPSES IN THE RUBBLE THE SOLDIERS MUST USE..       
First Line: And the little roasted flies
Last Line: Any more, nothing but sky, blankety-blank blank blank sky


FLOATING BABY PAINTINGS       
First Line: I like the paintings by the venetian painters
Last Line: Their unexampled flight patterns


FLYING NOISES       
First Line: The horses out of their brains bored all
Last Line: Or else the wind is bringing the usual


FOR MY DAUGHTER WHEN SHE CAN READ    Poem Text    
First Line: The week waiting for you to be born I read
Subject(s): Daughters


FOR MY DAUGHTER WHEN SHE CAN READ       
First Line: The week waiting for you to be born I read
Last Line: I hope you have, in the other the rapture
Subject(s): Daughters


FOURTH GRADE       
First Line: I suppose that we were shocked


FOX    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My father said: fox took another chicken last night
Subject(s): Foxes


FRANKLY, I DON'T CARE       
First Line: Frankly, I don't care if the billionaire is getting divorced
Last Line: Equal, voiceless, and gone


FUNDAMENTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Acts of god, / the insurance people, whose business depends
Subject(s): God


FUNDAMENTAL       
First Line: Acts of god


GARDEN       
First Line: The basic metaphor is good: blend dead


GAS STATION       
First Line: I own a gas station. It's at the edge of the mojave desert. The only gas
Last Line: To look like a glass of water
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Gasoline; Perseverance


GIVE IT TO THE WIND       
First Line: If the wind touches your cheek


GLETZ       
First Line: Through the loupe or peepstone it's there: a mini
Last Line: And each has a knife


GLOW WORM       
First Line: Lost in self, drowned; asphyxiated in ego
Last Line: In drawing others to it for love


GOING HOME       
First Line: Sitting at the kitchen table
Last Line: We drink to this country, we spit in her face


GOLD ON MULE       
First Line: On his knees with that pickaxe
Last Line: Can name it? There's a slow shout, %nobody hears, in the air. %the man digs. The mule stares


GOOD MORNING IN THE TROPICS       
First Line: First you get up carefully
Last Line: But not right now, please


GOOFER-DUST    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Babies; Graves; Infants; Tombs; Tombstones


GOOFER-DUST       
First Line: Do not try to take it from my child's grave, nor
Last Line: This dirt displaced by a child %in a child's grave


GORGEOUS SURFACES       
First Line: They are, the surfaces, gorgeous: a master
Last Line: The barely glinting grit of abyss


GRADESCHOOL'S LARGE WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Weren't built to let the sunlight in
Subject(s): Schools; Students


GRAVEYARD BY THE SEA       
First Line: I wonder if they sleep better here
Last Line: And then go home, alive, %to sleep the sleep of the awake


GREAT ADVANCES IN VANITY       
First Line: Major progress is: in the act of embracing ourselves


GREAT BOOKS OF THE DEAD       


GREEN       
First Line: I don't know why the moth
Last Line: And she is still alive


GREEN PROSE       
First Line: I'm writing this with green ink so you'll believe me
Last Line: No green, don't think %about it or you'll die


GRIM TOWN IN A STEEP VALLEY       
First Line: This valley: as if a huge, dull, primordial axe
Last Line: It's glad to be going, %glad to be gone


GUIDE FOR THE PERPETUALLY PERPLEXED       
First Line: Don't hurt your brain on this: if the arrow points left
Last Line: If you don't want us to break your neck


HAITIAN CADAVERS       
First Line: Harvard, yale, don't have problems getting bodies
Last Line: Yield to the blade with amazing ease


HANDSOME SWAMP       
First Line: Knows it's a handsome swamp: the alligators
Last Line: And gather in ods, %sniffing the air
Subject(s): Swamps


HE HAS LIVED IN MANY HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Furnished room, flats, a hayloft
Last Line: Toward his sanctuary, harborage, saltbox, / home
Subject(s): Houses; Boats


HE HAS LIVED IN MANY HOUSES       
First Line: Furnished rooms, flats, a hayloft
Last Line: Toward his sanctuary, harborage, saltbox %home


HERE'S TO SAMUEL GREENBERG       
Last Line: Beneath the earth, with the earth


HIGH GROUND, SELS       
First Line: It's a grand view of valley and farm
Last Line: As it grows narrower, %and more narrow


HIS JOB IS HONEST AND SIMPLE       


HIS SPINE CURVED JUST ENOUGH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


HIS SPINE CURVED JUST ENOUGH       
Last Line: Were going to heaven


HISTORY AND ABSTRACTION       
First Line: The dates carved on bridges
Last Line: In the red vase behind you


HISTORY BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: That is, their authors, leave out
Subject(s): Books; History; Reading; Historians


HISTORY BOOKS       
First Line: That is, their authors, leave out
Last Line: Of smells: primal, atavistic-sniff, sniff, sniff


HORATIAN NOTION       
First Line: The things get made, gets built, and you're the salve
Last Line: And with that you go to work


HORSE BLEEDING TO DEATH AT FULL GALLOP       
First Line: Four arrows in him, wait, five
Last Line: And he can run or walk no more


HOSPITAL VIEW       
First Line: Across an alley, opposite exactly


HOSPITALITY AND REVENGE       
First Line: You invite your neighbor over
Last Line: Your wife invites your neighbor's widow for tea


HUNTING       
First Line: Killing anything was pure accident


I CAN'T TELL YOU       
First Line: I can't tell you about switching his wooden leg
Last Line: That microphone! - can't, I can not
Subject(s): Confessions; Secrets


I LOVE YOU SWEETHEART    Poem Text    
First Line: A man risked his life to write the words.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


I LOVE YOU SWEETHEART'       
First Line: A man risked his life to write the words
Last Line: Always in blazing matters like these: blessed


I THINK YOU'RE WONDERFUL       
First Line: I think you're wonderful
Last Line: I think you're wonderful


I WILL PLEASE, SAID THE PLACEBO       
First Line: One hundred men have an inexplicable, harmless, numb
Last Line: To the size of a bb


ICE WORM'S LIFE       
First Line: Is sun-avoiding, and by burred flanks
Last Line: And go wherever their theology tells them they must go


IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE       
Last Line: And you never wake at all


IF ONE CAN BE SEEN       
Last Line: And its appointed tasks


IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME    Poem Text    
First Line: When one thing presses on abother thing
Last Line: The final paragraph's last period's pinhead
Subject(s): Pain, Body, Human


IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME       
First Line: When one thing presses on another thing
Last Line: The final paragraph's last period's pinhead


INSTITUTE OF DEFECTOLOGY       
First Line: The skeletons covered with sores-if they can walk
Last Line: For adjustment, help, removal, cure


INVITATION TO THE SEERESS       
First Line: This is another invitation
Last Line: I'm certain-sleep after sleep


IRONY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Irony; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


IRRECONCILABILIA       
First Line: No matter what you do


IT MUST BE THE MONK IN ME       
Last Line: And, therefore, growing away


IT'S THE LITTLE TOWNS I LIKE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Towns


IT'S THE LITTLE TOWNS I LIKE       
Last Line: So he can go to work


JOB'S PROBLEMS       
First Line: Were really one problem: the god he chose
Last Line: And died rich, and happy, and alone


JUNGLESIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the jungle he builds a house of cinderblock
Subject(s): Jungles


JUNGLESIDE       
First Line: Beside the jungle he buildsa house of cinderblock
Last Line: To the jungle, unovercome
Subject(s): Jungles


KALASHNIKOV       
First Line: Designed by mikhail kalashnikov who, if alive
Last Line: You'd be stone-dead wrong


KWASHIORKOR; MARASMUS       
First Line: An unknown river whose banks drip feathers
Last Line: Two more words, by heart, to learn


LAMENT CITY       
First Line: Welcome home, driving downhill
Last Line: We love it so much!


LANGUAGE ANIMAL       
First Line: Because he can speak, because he can use his words, a whole headful
Last Line: That indicate bewilderment and awe


LARGE BRANCH SPLINTERED OFF A TREE IN A STORM       
First Line: And was hurled to the ground like a spear
Last Line: And then with my hatchet I hacked it up
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


LATE AMBASSADORIAL LIGHT       
First Line: Light reaches through a leaf
Last Line: Or might that be the delicate labia %of an orchid?


LETTER FROM ZANZIBAR       
First Line: Remember that shoreline?-wind
Last Line: And that's only half the gamut


LETTER TO WALT WHITMAN FROM A SOLDIER HE NURSED IN ARMORY SQUARE...       
First Line: Dear walt, kind uncle, its near two years since I left armory sq
Last Line: Yrs affectionately, bill willis


LIBRARY OF SKULLS       
First Line: Shelves and stacks and shelves of skulls, a dewey
Last Line: Face down before him


LIKE A WIDE ANVIL FROM THE MOON THE LIGHT       
Last Line: Here's to the worm's sweat in the loam


LIMBIC SYSTEM       
First Line: The brain matter beneath the brain stem
Last Line: From another country, %the next: time.


LITTLE GRACE AND JANE       
First Line: I drink to you dear grace and jane
Last Line: Turning blue with joy-more, more alive


LITTLE TOOTH       
First Line: Your baby grows a tooth, then two
Last Line: You did, you loved, your feet %are sore. It's dusk. Your daughter's tall
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


LOUDMOUTH SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Vodka, whisky, gin, scotch, red wine, cognac
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LOUDMOUTH SOUP       
First Line: Vodka, whisky, gin, scotch, red wine, cognac
Last Line: For the call out of that line %to other less predicatable, %more joyful, %slides to ride on home
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


MAGMA CHAMBER       
First Line: Here it boils and begins to build, deep in the core
Last Line: A new republic of hope


MAN ASLEEP IN A CHILD'S BED       
First Line: Here's a man who falls hard asleep
Last Line: Is breath, and the dreamer's body, asleep


MAN INSIDE THE CHIPMUNK SUIT       
First Line: Isn't very tall, 4 ft
Last Line: A picture of a minor movie star


MAN TAKES HIS DAUGHTER, AGE FIVE, TO A PUBLIC EXECUTION BY GUILLOTIN       
First Line: He is a bad man. He says this in french
Last Line: Daddy, I still can't see the puppets


MEN WITH SMALL HEADS    Poem Text    
First Line: And women with small heads
Subject(s): Heads; Size & Shape; Height


MEN WITH SMALL HEADS       
First Line: And women with small heads
Last Line: Just your average heads, %in america
Subject(s): Heads; Size And Shape


MIDNIGHT TENNIS MATCH       
First Line: You are tired %of this maudlin country club %and you are tired of his insults
Last Line: You pour a gallon of water on his face. %he still has two more serves
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


MILKMAN AND HIS SON       
First Line: For a year he'd collect %the milk bottles
Last Line: It was a thing he did best


MONEY       
First Line: A paper product. We say it's green
Last Line: Calling us down: money, money %paper money


MONKEY BUTTER       
First Line: Monkey butter's tasty, tasty
Last Line: Later, leave a little in his left, her right, shoe


MOON-ANNOYED, COGNAC'S ASHEN THRILL       
Last Line: Imagination, what does not?


MOTEL SEEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: The artisans of this room, who designed the lamp base
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


MOTEL SEEDY       
First Line: The artisans of this room, who designed the lamp base
Last Line: Though not tonight, for a dollar fifty less
Subject(s): Hotels


MOUNTAINS IN THE RIVER ON THE WAY TO THE SEA       
First Line: Once, there were more mountains, bigger mountains
Last Line: To the eternal sea's soft bed


MR. JOHN KEATS FIVE FEET TALL SAILS AWAY'       
First Line: On the maria crowther
Last Line: We would each %be diminished


MR. POPE       
First Line: Life on earth %for mr. Pope, was not lenient: four foot six, hunch
Last Line: Within the human therein created


MY GRANDMOTHER'S FUNERAL       
First Line: At least 100 seabirds attended my grandmother's
Last Line: Almost impossible to carry
Subject(s): Coffins; Death; Funerals


MY MALARIA       
First Line: Don't worry about my tongue
Last Line: You heard yesterday, the day before, %every day


MYOPE       
First Line: The boy can't see but what's right in front of him
Last Line: And the pages turning [or, turning pages] make a breeze


NATIONAL IMPALEMENT STATISTICS       
First Line: One out of eight deaths occurring in the home
Last Line: When they are not eating in the trees


NAZI AT THE PUPPET SHOW       
First Line: The patient children stand in line
Last Line: In their blue-black box


NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE-BELIEVE       
First Line: To go there: do not fall asleep, your forehead
Last Line: The neighborhood of make-believe
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


NIGHT ABOVE THE TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the glassed-in jazz club acres above
Last Line: On the tables . . . Grandmother. Grandfather
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NIGHT ABOVE THE TOWN       
First Line: In the glassed-in jazz club acres above
Last Line: On the tables ... Grandmother. Grandfather
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jazz; Music And Musicians


NIGHT SO BRIGHT A SQUIRREL READS       
Last Line: A fat sack of field mice under his wing


NIGHT WATCHMAN ADVERTISES HIMSELF       
First Line: I will gladly go down into your cellars
Last Line: Will you hire me? Do you need any help?


OLD MAN SHOVELING SNOW       
First Line: Bend your back to it, sir: for it will snow all night
Last Line: Wiil snow all night


ON MATTER ONTOLOGICAL AND ESCHATOLOGICAL       
First Line: Say what? You mean the being business, today's news
Last Line: The cave-with-no-torches, talk about it, tell me %about that


ON RESUMPTION OF THE MILITARY DRAFT       
First Line: We only want to count you, boys, to find out who


ONE MEAT BALL    Poem Text    
First Line: You gets no bread with
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


ONE MEAT BALL       
First Line: You gets no bread with
Last Line: One meat ball
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States


ONOMATOPOEIA       
First Line: The word sounds like the thing
Last Line: Beneath the breastbone, sweetly %accompanying its song


OUR KISSES BEING DURABLE       
First Line: You're asleep or not %asleep, your breath falling
Last Line: There's no bird! Only a pronoun: %you, singular


OXYMORON SISTERS       
First Line: The oxymoron sisters, snowflake and acetylene
Last Line: Both of whom are ugly %and dying


PAINFULLY BANAL       
First Line: Says audrey to herself in the mirror, adjusting
Last Line: Drawing her dressing gown tighter around her waist


PATINA OF ENTITLEMENT       
First Line: I'm sure I deserve nothing
Last Line: Earns its defenseless coursing


PECKED TO DEATH BY SWANS       
First Line: Your tear-wracked family bedside: elderly grandchildren
Last Line: No. Pecked to death by swans


PEDESTRIAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tottering and elastic, middle name of groan,
Subject(s): City & Town Life


PEDESTRIAN       
First Line: Tottering and elastic, middle name of groan


PEOPLE OF THE OTHER VILLAGE       
First Line: Hate the people of this village
Last Line: (10,000) brutal, beautiful years


PERFECT GOD       
First Line: The perfect god puts forth no dogma, cant


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#1: THE TONGUE ON THE WRITING TABLE       
First Line: Pindar is sitting at a small writing table
Last Line: And hung from a dark rafter, to cure


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#2: MEETING PINDAR'S WIFE AND HORACE       
First Line: When your wife first found me, pindar
Last Line: After he's gorged himself on carrots!


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#3: PINDAR'S HANDKERCHIEF       
First Line: You pull a large handkerchief %from your sleeve
Last Line: Moving like a pump, %a net full of lungs


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#4: THE TURKISH COUPLE       
First Line: In his youth, before he fell %to versemaking, pindar would sit
Last Line: Of course, he did n't have the money


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#5: PINDAR'S SLAUGHTERHOUSE       
First Line: Pindar, how deftly %you slit the throats of swine
Last Line: There is the sound of ice %pressing into ice


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#6: DRINKING WITH PINDAR       
First Line: Reeling, drunk on wine, %we pause by a pool in the garden
Last Line: A single, wet print following us all night


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#7: HORACE'S SNAKE BITE       
First Line: We found horace, snakebitten %among the rocks. He looked small
Last Line: And keep it with us forever, %never killing it, never feeding it


PINDAR (ODES 1-8): ODE#8: PINDAR SAYS GOODBYE       
First Line: I watch pindar walk down to the sea alone
Last Line: Make a perfect fist %around the skull of an infant


PISMIRE RISING       
First Line: Mealy-bugs, shootflies in squadrons, mites
Last Line: Love where they live


PLAGUE VICTIMS CATAPULATE OVER WALLS INTO BESIEGED CITY       
First Line: Early germ
Last Line: Just as she did %on earth


PLAGUE VICTIMS CATAPULTED OVER WALLS INTO BESIEGED CITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Early germ / warfare. The dead
Subject(s): Germ Warfare


PLEASE DON'T TOUCH THE RUINS       
First Line: In bad shape, buried


POEM BEFORE PRONOUNS       
First Line: No water, lots of glaciers
Last Line: It will be cold again


POEM BEGINNING WITH A RANDOM PHRASE FROM COLERIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: If there were anything
Subject(s): Social Classes; Caste


POEM IN THANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord whoever, thank you for this air
Subject(s): Thanksgiving


POEM IN THANKS       
First Line: Lord whoever, thank you for this air
Last Line: For the goddamn birds singing!


PORTRAIT OF THE MAN WHO DROWNED WEARING HIS BEST SUIT AND SHOES       
First Line: When his small skiff returned alone
Last Line: Both airless and lacking a wing


PORTRAIT OF X (III)    Poem Text    
First Line: Purblind, he rose, shot his cuffs, and hit
Subject(s): Portraits


PORTRAIT OF X (III)       
First Line: Purblind, he rose, shot his cuffs, and hit
Last Line: His famous sneer eats his gut like a worm
Subject(s): Portraits


PORTRAIT OF X [II]       
First Line: He is, as usual, very brave, but still
Last Line: He will jump with you, he says


PORTRAIT OF X [I]       
First Line: Occupation: nominal bloodletter
Last Line: The year he built a hanger to shelter a gnat


POST MORTEM MENU       
First Line: The dessert first: pudding, pure and silky as sex


POSTCARD TO BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: It's still the same, charles
Last Line: Charles, it's still the same


PRE-CEREBRAL       
First Line: No ideas. No thoughts, nor %philosophy. Hunger, thirst
Last Line: And touch. And the tongue, which tastes


PRINCESS SUMMER FALL WINTER SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Or was it princess fall winter spring summer?
Last Line: Who once loved your heart and face?
Subject(s): Puppets; Childhood Memories


PRINCESS SUMMER FALL WINTER SPRING       
First Line: Or was it princess fall winter spring summer?
Last Line: Who once loved your heart and face?


PROFESSOR OF ANTS       
First Line: For his whole life ants were the life of the professor of ants. On his
Last Line: They feel with their feelers


PROTHALAMION       
First Line: Until canaries carry away a mountain on their backs, until gnomes
Last Line: You will be my love and you will be my wife


PROVINCIA AURIFERA       
First Line: Let's go there: the gold-bearing land
Last Line: It's in the trees, beaches of it, it's sand!


RATHER       
First Line: Rather strapped face to face with a corpse, rather an asp
Last Line: All of the above than this, this


REFRIGERATOR, 1957    Poem Text    
First Line: More like a vault ľ you pull the handle out
Last Line: That which rips your heart with joy
Subject(s): Refrigerators; Food & Eating


REFRIGERATOR, 1957       
First Line: More like a vault, you pull the handle out
Last Line: That which rips your heart with joy


REGARDING (MOST) SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The human voice can sing a vowel to break your heart.
Subject(s): Songs


REJECT WHAT CONFUSES YOU       
First Line: Most of us who most of the time wouldn't be shocked
Last Line: You give them the art, %not before


RELUCTANT       
First Line: I won't tell you about, we don't have time right now


REMORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Clinging to the shark
Subject(s): Remorse


REMORA       
First Line: Clinging to the shark
Last Line: The top beneath all else
Subject(s): Remorse


RENDER, RENDER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


RENDER, RENDER       
First Line: Boil it down: feet, skin, gristle
Last Line: To plant as many kisses upon the world %as the world can bear!


RILKE AND LOU       
First Line: Of course, lou noticed the angels
Last Line: That they were coming


RIVER BETWEEN THE TRAIN AND THE HIGHWAY       
First Line: Branches bend to the river
Last Line: It has its own sky and stars


RIVER BLINDNESS (ONCHOCERCIASIS)    Poem Text    
First Line: First, a female buffalo gnat of the genus simulium bites you
Subject(s): Disease; Gnats


RIVER BLINDNESS (ONCHOCERCIASIS)       
First Line: First, a female buffalo gnat of the genus simulium bites you
Last Line: Baby flies dying, dying %in their eyes, %blinding them
Subject(s): Disease; Gnats


RIVER THAT SCOLDS AT ALL THE OTHER RIVERS       
First Line: The bossy river, its rate of descent a degree or two greater
Last Line: Can stop me-of my mother again


ROAD THAT RUNS BESIDE THE RIVER       
Last Line: And over the sharp perpendicular %edge of the earth


ROMMEL'S ASPARAGUS       
First Line: The glidermen died, their gliders riven and ripped
Last Line: So he could turn his full face to the sea
Subject(s): Death; Flight; War


SAILING, ISLANDS       
First Line: Off the coast the islands anchor - small


SAY YES       
First Line: The soul of each silkworm who gave each thread
Last Line: Touched by you


SAY YOU'RE BREATHING       
First Line: Just as you do every day in and out, in and out, and in each
Last Line: And again risen


SCORPIONS EVERYWHERE       
First Line: There goes one disguised as a mouse!
Last Line: On the day the sea creeps under a rock!


SEX IN HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Only the pope partook, the cardinals, priests, monks
Last Line: Was hitting what he made
Subject(s): History; Religion; Sex; Historians; Theology


SEX IN HISTORY       
First Line: Only the pope partook, the cardinals, priests, monks
Last Line: Watching what he had made
Subject(s): History; Religion; Sex


SHAVING THE GRAVEYARD       
First Line: The graveyard being what he called his face
Last Line: Where he turned and walked the two blocks %to the mill


SHOTGUN LOADED WITH ROCK SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: So I took my shotgun
Last Line: And that big boy's fat ass
Subject(s): Guns; Youth; Robbery


SLAVE CEMETERY       
First Line: That barely discernible hillock
Last Line: When they want to lie down


SLEEP FOR BEARS       
First Line: Once, you tottered, head-level


SLEEPING ON THE ROOF       
First Line: Tonight I'm speaking on the roof because
Last Line: A thousand feet, or more, %asleep?


SLEEPMASK DITHYRAMBIC       
First Line: You must remove your sleepmask, haul it


SLIMEHEAD (HOPLASTETHUS ATLANTICUS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Humans eat first with their ears so
Last Line: The shy, prolific squid
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Mankind; Human Race


SLIMEHEAD (HOPLASTETHUS ATLANTICUS)       
First Line: Humans eat first with their ears so
Last Line: The shy, prolific squid
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Mankind


SMALL TIN PARROT PIN       
First Line: Next to the tiny bladeless windmill
Last Line: With whom, with which I %am very pleased


SNAKE LAKE       
First Line: My friends, I hope you will not swim here


SNOW AS THE RAIN'S FATHER       
First Line: What is it up there backporch to the beyond, what
Last Line: A river, sea, or lake %and before that was it snow again?


SO YOU PUT THE DOG TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: You love your dog and carve his steaks
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


SO YOU PUT THE DOG TO SLEEP       
First Line: You love your dog and carve his steaks
Last Line: So you put the dog to sleep. Bad dog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


SOLO NATIVE       
First Line: Suppose you're a solo native here
Last Line: An awkward first audible %called language


SOMEBODY'S AUNT OUT SWABBING HER BIRDBATH       
First Line: Somebody's aunt out swabbing her birdbath
Last Line: As you drive away a blunt wind parts his hair


SPIDERS WANTIMG       
First Line: I want you, spider: walker-on-the-ceiling
Last Line: Always, to the spun eluctable cave


STREAK OF BLOOD THAT ONCE WAS A TINY RED SPIDER       
First Line: Is all there is left of it which walked
Last Line: And again, someday, I hope, a reader


SUDD AS METAPHOR       
First Line: Malarial, malodorous, papyrus-choked


SUDDEN HUE       
First Line: One drop of water, shaped
Last Line: The elbows, and hold


SUMMER EVENING, 1864, ANDERSONVILLE, GEORGIA       
First Line: Not balmy, no not balmy, the cornbread bad


SWIMMER       
First Line: When I jumped from the bow of the ocean liner I had three things in
Last Line: His own life, the man who is an obvious liar
Subject(s): Boats; Lakes; Swimming; Water


SWIMMING POOL       
First Line: All around the apt. Swimming pool
Last Line: The oblivious and unabashedly cruel


TACTILE       
First Line: One eyelash, one %millimeter
Last Line: In the blue-stone dark


TARANTULAS ON THE LIFEBUOY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For some semitropical reason
Subject(s): Tarantulas; Death - Animals


TARANTULAS ON THE LIFEBUOY       
First Line: For some semitropical reason
Last Line: That you love them %that you would save them again


TEN YEARS HARD LABOR ON A GUANO ISLAND       
First Line: Said his honor, handing you a pick
Last Line: As you mine his ancestors' guts--you might still see one


TENTH OF A CENT A STITCH       
First Line: Because she did not understand


TERMINAL LAKE       
First Line: Although they know no other waters
Last Line: And this lake is the drain: gaping, language- %less, suck- and sinkhole


THE BITTERNESS OF CHILDREN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Foreseeing typographical errors
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE HANDSOME SWAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Knows it's a handsome swamp: the alligators
Last Line: Sniffing the air
Subject(s): Swamps; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


THE HUNGRY GAP-TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Late august, before the harvest, every one of us worn down
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE MAN INSIDE THE CHIPMUNK SUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't very tall, 4 ft.
Last Line: A picture of a minor movie star
Subject(s): Entertainers


THE MAN INTO WHOSE YARD YOU SHOULD NOT HIT YOUR BALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Each day mowed
Subject(s): Neighbors


THE MIDNIGHT TENNIS MATCH       
First Line: You are tired / of this maudlin country club / and you are tired of his insults
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


THE NATURE OF MAKE-BELIEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: To go there: do not fall asleep. Your forehead
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE-BELIEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: To go there: do not fall asleep, your forehead
Last Line: To the neighborhood of makeábelieve
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE NERVE DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here they come by the busload the nerve doctors: some
Subject(s): Conventions; Leadership; Physicians; Assemblies; Meetings; Doctors


THE NIGHT SO BRIGHT A SQUIRREL READS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHER VILLAGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Hate the people of this village
Subject(s): Villages; Hate; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE SWIMMING POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: All around the apt. Swimming pool
Subject(s): Children; Teasing; Cruelty; Social Classes; Childhood; Caste


THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT PLEASE ME       
First Line: The loam and lungs of dreams
Last Line: By leaf and branch over branch


THERE WERE SOME SUMMERS       
Last Line: In water cold enough to break your ankles


THIRST OF TURTLES       
First Line: How parched, how marrow-dust dry


THIS IS A POEM FOR THE FATHERS       
First Line: Pal, in the pals of death club
Last Line: In the mouths of the gone


THIS SPACE AVAILABLE       
First Line: You could put an x here
Last Line: His inky black and awkward marks


THOMAS THE BROKEN-MOUTHED       
First Line: A sack on his back, his burlap shirt flapping in a devil's wind
Last Line: That the books now call the last one hundred years


THREE VIALS OF MAGGOTS       
First Line: Were collected from the corpse
Last Line: And their allies do %they do for you


THROMBOSIS TROMBONE       
First Line: In a major vein shooting blood


THUS, HE SPOKE HIS QUIETUS       
First Line: Larry did, with his book elegy, his elegy, his last
Last Line: On the sandy, the lighted, the silt-lapped, the other, shore


TIME       
First Line: I have a friend whose hair is like time: dark
Last Line: From wanting her?


TO HELP THE MONKEY CROSS THE RIVER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Which he must
Subject(s): Animals


TO HELP THE MONKEY CROSS THE RIVER       
First Line: Which he must
Last Line: And the smart ones, in a cage, can be taught to smile


TO PLOW AND PLANT THE SEASHORE       
First Line: His tractor rattles down the dunes: low tide, it's time to plow
Last Line: The wronged one is always the wrong one


TORN SHADES       
First Line: How, in the first place, did
Last Line: To welcome a wedge of gray light into that room


TOWARDS       
First Line: Towards you %on wheels-car, bus, cycle, truck, scooter, (roller)
Last Line: Towards you: harbor, origin, heart


TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF TORTURE INSTRUMENTS       
First Line: What man has done to woman and man
Last Line: Or, at least, they thought he did


TRIPTYCH, MIDDLE PANEL BURNING       
First Line: It happened that my uncle liked to take my hand in his


ULTIMA THULE       
First Line: All whom I love, all neighbors
Last Line: From the cold salt sea


UNCLE DUNG BEETLE       
First Line: Hail, uncle dung beetle!, he who
Last Line: Would it be possible to live


UPON SEEING AN ULTRASOUND PHOTO OF AN UNBORN CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Tadpole, it's not time yet to nag you
Subject(s): Unborn; Photography & Photographers; Children; Childhood


UPON SEEING AN ULTRASOUND PHOTO OF AN UNBORN CHILD       
First Line: Tadpole, it's not time yet to nag you
Last Line: Blond guy, and I'll have %your nose


VIA POSTHUMIA       
First Line: Narrow street, tiny


VIEW FROM A PORCH       
First Line: Thud, thud, all the sores go blind
Last Line: Breathing, nearly alert


VIRGULE       
First Line: What I love about this little leaning mark
Last Line: Her mother would share that thought


VOICE YOU HEAR WHEN YOU READ SILENTLY       
First Line: Is not silent, it is a speaking
Last Line: Is the clearest voice: you speak it %speaking to you


VOICELESS PARROT LEARNS TO READ AND WRITE AND PLAY THE TRUMPET       
First Line: He can't learn to speak-to make the sounds that mimic
Last Line: (every cell, each platelet) with such high %and piercing light?


WALT WHITMAN'S BRAIN DROPPED ON LABORATORY FLOOR       
First Line: At his request, after death, his brain was removed
Last Line: On the floor, matters even less


WHAT I SEE WHEN I DRIVE TO WORK       
First Line: On clear days it's fast black dead west sixty miles
Last Line: But the work is honest %and the customers human


WHAT MONTEZUMA FED CORTES AND HIS MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Tamales, they like tamales
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Mexico, Indians Of; Montezuma Ii (1466-1520); Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


WHAT MONTEZUMA FED CORTES AND HIS MEN       
First Line: Tamales, they like tamales
Last Line: In the spring of 1519
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Mexico, Indians Of; Montezuma Ii (1466-1520); Native Americans


WHEN I'M GONE       
First Line: Honey, entomb me in honey when I'm gone


WHITE AND GRAY MATTERS       
First Line: I don't remember my original plan
Last Line: And whose cold thumbs pressed %to my temples?


WIFE HITS MOOSE       
First Line: Sometime around dusk moose lifts


WINTER RIVER       
First Line: It's a cold cold piece of meat


WITH MAETERLINCK'S GREAT BOOK       
First Line: The life of the bee, I beheaded a bee
Last Line: In the choice and order of his words


WORDWORTHS: WILLIAM AND DOROTHY       
First Line: The ' new sensibility' or not


YEAR THE LOCUST HATH EATEN       
First Line: They chewed my lawn down to sand
Last Line: The locust hath eaten


YOU AND YOUR ILK    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thought much upon
Subject(s): Self


YOU GO TO SCHOOL TO LEARN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Schools; Students


YOU GO TO SCHOOL TO LEARN       
Last Line: In headlights. Going to school


YOUR TENDER MESSAGE       
First Line: Your tender message affected me; I fell
Last Line: And more useless than the first