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Author: MAJOR, CLARENCE
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Major, Clarence    Poet's Biography
228 poems available by this author


A GALLUP SWILL-HOLE; OR, CANTINA BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Her words curled before him in spirals


A GUY I KNOW ON 47TH AND COTTAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The day of the strong rap
Subject(s): Chicago


A LIFE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to feel like fossil pollen


A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow on a line of flat rooftops beneath a sky of driven clouds
Subject(s): Fields; France; Solitude; Southern Hemisphere; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Loneliness


AGING TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I watch myself aging in your eyes
Subject(s): Animals; Old Age


ALL OF US    Poem Text    
First Line: The elevator was full of black women
Last Line: A generation beforfe they finish
Subject(s): Brotherhood


AN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A young married couple
Subject(s): Altars; Farewell; Paintings & Painters; Parting


APPLE CORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up the road / I saw blackbirds
Last Line: But the stalks moving
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


ARRIVING UNINVITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Without the red splashed through the yellow


ART IS PARALLEL TO NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cezanne saw the parallel so well and
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Nature; Paintings & Painters; Roads; Tourists; Travel; Paths; Trails; Journeys; Trips


ART IS PARALLEL TO NATURE       
First Line: Cezanne saw the parallel so well and
Last Line: Waiting for reinvigoration
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Nature; Paintings And Painters; Roads; Tourists; Travel


ART OF SITTING IN A CHAIR       
First Line: She is at half rest in the practice of a simple art
Last Line: Birds humming go their iridescent way
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Chairs; Furniture


AT POINTE DE ROMPE TALON    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman sits on the one rock


AT THE ZOO IN SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Bound to the earth
Last Line: Their own rebirth
Subject(s): Zoos


ATELIER CEZANNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue chair / we whisper
Subject(s): Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


BALANCE AND BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: We go over to see the head of a woman


BALLROOM DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: With heavy eyelids I am still in love
Last Line: And my lust for the girl at the next table
Subject(s): Beauty; Parties


BEFORE AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It'll take a while they say
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924); Mountain Climbing; Valleys


BEFORE AND AFTER       
First Line: It'll take a while they say
Last Line: But it wouldn't do any good now
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924); Mountain Climbing; Valleys


BEING AND BECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: The parking lot was


BEING AND BECOMING (1)       
First Line: I tell you, a lot became clear
Last Line: To the fact that my mouth %is stuffed full of speech %that isn't working! %a lost has yet to become


BEYOND IMPASSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I climb the steps to my room


BILL'S    Poem Text    
First Line: With defective thyroid glands


BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a summertime night


BLIND OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Spots on black skin
Last Line: Through these 1960 indiana streets. %as she shuffles into street sounds


BRICKS AND SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: In late afternoon / the first row finished


CAT MOTHER       
First Line: My mother licked me. She was
Last Line: I took off, fed up with the explicit %connections, I searched for %broken links in the fabric. %I'm


CELEBRATED RETURN       
First Line: A circus of battleships carrying heavy laughter passes beneath a bridge


CHINATOWN BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting for the streetcar in san francisco
Last Line: A second ballroom appears. / empty
Subject(s): Chinatown, San Francisco; Shopping; Streets; Tourists; Travel; Avenues; Journeys; Trips


CHINATOWN BLUES       
First Line: Waiting for the streetcar in san francisco
Last Line: A second balloon appears, %empty
Subject(s): Chinatown, San Francisco; Shopping; Streets; Tourists; Travel


CLAY BISON IN A CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clay-tan, eyeless
Subject(s): Caves; Paintings & Painters; Paleontology; Caverns


COMING INTO EXISTENCE       
First Line: The heart in its chest


COUNTRYSIDE CAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Gypsy man and gypsy woman drinking tea
Subject(s): Animals; Camping; Farm Life; Horses; Wagons; Camps; Summer Camps; Agriculture; Farmers


COUNTRYSIDE CAMP       
First Line: In the blue shadow of the wagon
Last Line: Round and round the marigold
Subject(s): Animals; Camping; Farm Life; Horses; Wagons


CROWD       
First Line: The personality of this crowd does a highjump
Last Line: Plugs its ear till the screaming stops


DANCE FLOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Bone-thin gent


DESCENDANT OF SOLOMON AND THE QUEEN OF SHEBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Yellow flowers, yellow flowers


DESIGN       
First Line: The music and its harmony
Last Line: No matter what I might say %she is not bored


DIFFICULTY WITH PERSPECTIVE       
First Line: I am in the coach, waiting
Last Line: I slide over. %I keep sliding over


DISMAL MOMENT PASSING    Poem Text    
First Line: This is, this is
Subject(s): Mexico


DIVINE LAW: A BLUE BEACH SERMON    Poem Text    
First Line: Women from algiers sit


DO NOTHING TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME       
First Line: Motionlessly, waiting
Last Line: Though nonetheless it's sincere
Subject(s): Absence


DOCUMENT       
First Line: I wait in the house for the arrival of an important person. I pace
Last Line: It's worthless. You're on your own. You always were
Subject(s): Insurance And Insurance Agents; Paper


DOWNWIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Odor of death everywhere


DRAWING FROM LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake to sounds


DRESSED TO KILL    Poem Text    
First Line: They certainly do move / with grace, with great sturdiness


EDWARD HOPPER'S WOMAN SITTING ON THE BED       
First Line: Holding a glass of water, I looked out the window
Last Line: And having lots of money to spend
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967); Poetry And Poets


EIGHTEEN-DOLLAR TAXI TRIP TO TIZAPAN AND BACK TO CHAPALA    Poem Text    
First Line: A taxi driver / with a good life
Last Line: Upstairs over a bodega
Subject(s): Taxis; Mexico


EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MOMENT       
First Line: A young married couple
Last Line: Filling the world with their thunderous music
Subject(s): Altars; Farewell; Paintings And Painters


FILM AND FLESH    Poem Text    
First Line: I was watching a movie / about myself
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Film (photography); Motion Pictures; Actresses; Movies; Cinema


FILM AND FLESH       
First Line: I was watching a movie %about myself
Last Line: I am not film. I am living, I say [or, he said you, the creature of muscle and hair]
Subject(s): Actors And Actresses; Film (photography); Motion Pictures


FIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman is sitting in a doorway


FIRST NIGHT OF SPRING       
First Line: Each screaming mouth coming out toothless, bloody
Last Line: Something is scratching, deeply involved in a struggle
Subject(s): Spring


FOOD FOR THOUGHT; OR, DEATH IS PHYSICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The cornstarch / the potatoes


FORM       
First Line: I am the form that comes to nightwatch


FRENZY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the little earthworm-eater
Subject(s): Kiwi; Lust


FROM THE TRAIN WINDOW GOING AND COMING    Poem Text    
First Line: I ride backwards to see what I'm missing
Subject(s): Railroads


GATHERING MUSHROOMS: CAMBRIA    Poem Text    
First Line: A valley and hillside full of helmet-flowers
Subject(s): Cambria, Wales; Fertility; Mushrooms; Morels


GATHERING MUSHROOMS: CAMBRIA       
First Line: A valley and hillside full of helmet-flowers
Last Line: Two by two. Too many to count
Subject(s): Cambria, Wales; Fertility; Mushrooms


GET ALONG CINDY       
First Line: She was permanently released


GIANT RED WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a delicious problem
Subject(s): Beauty; Women


GRACELESS RECAPTURED AS GRACE       
First Line: ...To reduce the distinction
Last Line: In the morning nothing is seen moving, %nothing not moving
Subject(s): Grace


HABITAT: TIME AND PLACE       
First Line: This is out by the stand of windbreak-trees, under
Last Line: It keeps me down to size
Subject(s): Birds; California; Fields; Herbs; Nature


HAT LADY IN THE PARLOR WINDOW       
First Line: Upper-left corner of the parlor window broken
Last Line: And luke dragging it out by a stiff front leg
Subject(s): Grief; Old Age


HAZY DAY IN THE COMPOSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Trying for a tigerish kind


HEARTLAND MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Crickets cranking shifting gears


HOME ON RUE DU BOURG-TIBOURG    Poem Text    
First Line: Buffet gray marble with a deadness


HONEY DRIPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Little arms ripped out
Subject(s): Honey


HORSE SAYS GOOD-BYE (AND GOOD RIDDANCE) TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY       
First Line: Forewarning %horse will not miss the twentieth century
Last Line: Horse needed to be happy


I WAS LOOKING FOR THE UNIVERSITY       
First Line: While driving north, lost
Last Line: He said, 'never heard of it.'


IN ABSENCE OF THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sure, there is a hierarchy


IN MY OWN LANGUAGE       
First Line: We can't cut this timber
Last Line: Only as I learn to speak it
Subject(s): Language; Santa Cruz Mountains, California


IN THE ARMPIT OF THE HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dream of coffee beans rice codfish and bananas


IN THE INTEREST OF PERSONAL APPEARANCE       
First Line: I wait on your carved ugly stool
Last Line: Might your fingers don't lie, %they sure


IN THE YARD FACING THE OCEAN: A ROOTS COMPOSITION       
First Line: Below the surface of the sea a place full of jawless and boneless
Last Line: Are leaving in the morning
Subject(s): California; Seashore; Swimming; Water; Waves


IN WALKED BUD WITH A PALETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take one pompeii-eyed old man
Last Line: Thrower behind the curtain .
Subject(s): Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Paintings & Painters


INSIDE DIAMETER       
First Line: The position is so well-known
Last Line: As they lose themselves


INSIDE OUTSIDE       
First Line: Late afternoon, who can tell?
Last Line: By midnight, laughter like screams
Subject(s): Laughter


INTERIOR WITH STILL LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Desire, artichoke green
Last Line: To the woman who has just entered
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


ISOLATE       
First Line: She knew more about me than let us say
Last Line: She said, then isolate motherfucker


KITCHEN CHAIR POEM #4    Poem Text    
First Line: So they fought-not easy himself


KITCHEN CHAIR POEM #5    Poem Text    
First Line: Truck driver, second-floor roomer


LAY OF THE LAND       
First Line: Out behind the house land and sea
Last Line: As we lean homeward
Subject(s): Home; Sea Voyages


LONG AFTER YOU ARE ASHES       
First Line: In the yard the tree is changing from what it was
Last Line: And slowly change and change
Subject(s): Brothers; Growth


LOOKING AT IMAGES REFLECTED IN THE SHOWCASE PLATE GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ours is the country of jack armstrong


LOVE LETTER       
First Line: I see through you. I am your wallflower
Last Line: Through them, I see through you
Subject(s): Love - Cultural Differences; Man-woman Relationships; Racism


MADMAN OF THE SOUTH SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I met your husband in a bookshop
Last Line: Ever touched each other
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


MATTHEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss brown, my woman, died


MEASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Okay, today I'm the teacher


MEMORY AND THE PLACE       
First Line: Well, he says, I no longer need your slide-door
Last Line: And the snow freezing on purpose to what purpose?
Subject(s): Absence; Memory


MENDOCINO       
First Line: I could lose myself in great bursts of work
Last Line: Something reusable like leftovers, %bouillabaisse perhaps
Subject(s): Maps; Mendocino, California; Travel


MONTALBAN: NEAR THE ANCIENT FORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurry! Hurry! / flames pour from the cottage window


MOON AND MOONLIGHT (AT CAMBRIA)       
First Line: How to dance to your music
Last Line: I see you waving back %to your old skeptic
Subject(s): Cambria, Wales; Moon; Night


MOTHER JUNKIE    Poem Text    
First Line: She has the shakes, thinks she's gonna die
Last Line: To the east river, five blocks away
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Medicine; Substance Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Drugs, Prescription; Addictive Behavior


MOUNTAIN VILLAGE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE       
First Line: Snow on a line of flat rooftops beneath a sky of driven clouds
Last Line: Like bugs beneath doormats in rainy weather
Subject(s): Fields; France; Solitude; Southern Hemisphere


MY CORNER    Poem Text    
First Line: By now the view
Last Line: I didn't have a good leg to stand on
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


MY SEASONAL BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: For that whole year I was in the weight of myself


NO ONE GOES TO PARIS IN AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: A montparnasse august / with view of the cimetiere. A yard of bones
Subject(s): Montparnasse, Paris; Tourists; Travel; Journeys; Trips


NO ONE GOES TO PARIS IN AUGUST       
First Line: A montparnasse august %with view of the cimetiere. A yard of bones
Last Line: As we do in their blue shade
Subject(s): Montparnasse, Paris; Tourists; Travel


NO SINGLE THING BY ITSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: She carried a heavy load, but


NO TIME FOR SELF-PITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Always / I'm the one slightly slighted, he said


NONE OF IT WAS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a long time


ON THE BEACH       
First Line: The whole thing more likely a shuffling effect
Last Line: To scatter earlier prints left in suspect sand
Subject(s): Seashore


ON THE NATURE OF PERSPECTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes there is a point


ON TRYING TO IMAGINE THE KIWI PREGNANT       
First Line: Having never been
Last Line: And again %and again


ON WATCHING A CATERPILLAR BECOME A BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a slow, slow process


ONE THING FOR SURE       
First Line: One thing for sure, you are in motion
Last Line: With its hoarse croak and new plumage
Subject(s): Motion


PAINTING AFTER LUNCH       
First Line: It wasn't working. Didn't look back. Needed something else. So
Last Line: Like a deranged bird in wild cherries, having the time of its life
Subject(s): Nature; Paintings And Painters


PARIS PLAN IN HAND       
First Line: Every day you are one and I am, too. Paris city-plan in hand
Last Line: Continuously, we are two
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Paris, France; Restaurants; Seine (river), France; Tourists; Travel


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The day from noon on shifted
Last Line: With a certain necessary patience
Subject(s): Patience


PEOPLE NEXT DOOR       
First Line: The phone ringing in a sandstorm
Last Line: Banging together. Or is that singing?
Subject(s): Neighbors


PHOTOGRAPH OF A GATHERING OF PEOPLE WAVING    Poem Text    
First Line: No sound, the whole thing
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Farewell; Photography & Photographers; Pictures; Silence; Heritage; Heredity; Parting


PHOTOGRAPH OF A GATHERING OF PEOPLE WAVING       
First Line: No sound, the whole thing
Last Line: And you wave down to future generations like this
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry; Farewell; Photography And Photographers; Pictures; Silence


PLAY OF REAL LIFE       
First Line: From down here, oops, balcon. She walks erect
Last Line: Cosmic bad casting but it's too late to start over
Subject(s): Babies; Birth; Life; Mothers; Plays And Playwrights; Women


PORTRAIT OF THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER FOXHUNTING IN THE ABSENCE OF BIG...    Poem Text    
First Line: Open the stable gate!
Last Line: Out of a hole in my head
Subject(s): Animals; Ducks; Hunting; Portraits; Rifles; Mallards; Drakes; Hunters


PORTRAIT OF THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER FOXHUNTING IN THE ABSENCE OF BIG...       
First Line: Open the stable gate!
Last Line: These words are coming %out of a hole in my head
Subject(s): Animals; Ducks; Hunting; Portraits; Rifles


POSING    Poem Text    
First Line: They've forced me to pose


PRESENT TENSE       
First Line: She has a passion for the present
Last Line: Enters %with her highly tuned %present tense


PROCESS AND SPACE       
First Line: You never have to know the whole story
Last Line: Like a broken jalousies %in a halfhearted storm
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; Storms


PROPAGATION    Poem Text    
First Line: If botanic roots are divided
Last Line: Hold me – to hell with everything else
Subject(s): Plants; Love; Man-woman Relationships


PUPA    Poem Text    
First Line: Can she induce a dream?
Last Line: I kiss her, I kiss her until she kisses back
Subject(s): Kisses


PURCHASE       
First Line: Once you've bought into the suspension of disbelief
Last Line: To buy a thing you don't want
Subject(s): California; Pacific Ocean; Poetry And Poets; Tourists; Travel


PURPLE CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Late afternoon; see what I can see
Last Line: These boundaries were always
Subject(s): California; Mountains; Nature; Tourists; Travel


READ THE SIGNS    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't want to speak of your sky


READING ABOUT ROCKS       
First Line: This book, solid and heavy as rock
Last Line: Surfaces of both solids-your hand and the rock
Subject(s): Books; Earth; Geology; Stones


REMBRANDT'S ETCHING OF A WOMAN PISSING    Poem Text    
First Line: We know the squat
Last Line: Life loves life
Subject(s): Etching; Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


REMBRANDT'S ETCHING OF A WOMAN PISSING       
First Line: We know the squat
Last Line: Life loves life
Subject(s): Etching


REVELATION AT CAP FERRAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not solely the dance
Subject(s): Relationships; Music & Musicians


ROCK AND A HARD PLACE       
First Line: A tough day on the mesa
Last Line: Since a beginning, and we survive %doubts of an ending
Subject(s): Earth; Stones; Tourists; Travel


ROUND MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: You know my [trouble] story


RUMORS: A FAMILY MATTER       
First Line: Dates escape me. At any rate aunt thelma lived on in grief
Last Line: Not too late to remember with kindness
Subject(s): Family Life; Grief; Problems; Rumors


SAILING    Poem Text    
First Line: Helping her with her knots
Last Line: Together against the breakers
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Seamen; Sails


SAN DIEGO AND MATISSE: 1. INSIDE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful women in smoky blue culottes
Subject(s): Admiration; Beauty; San Diego, California; Seashore; Tourists; Travel; Women; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


SAN DIEGO AND MATISSE: 1. INSIDE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A TREE       
First Line: Beautiful women in smoky blue culottes
Last Line: Smell of saltwater swimming in the room
Subject(s): Admiration; Beauty; San Diego, California; Seashore; Tourists; Travel; Women


SAN DIEGO AND MATISSE: 2. OUTSIDE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A ROCKING...    Poem Text    
First Line: Shadow of lighthouse along the beach
Subject(s): Admiration; Marine Animals; Seashore; Tourists; Travel; Whales; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


SAN DIEGO AND MATISSE: 2. OUTSIDE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A ROCKING...       
First Line: Shadow of lighthouse along the beach
Last Line: Blue smoke snaking up the pink sky
Subject(s): Admiration; Marine Animals; Seashore; Tourists; Travel; Whales


SAND FLESH AND SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Our ropes are the roots
Subject(s): Nature; Conduct Of Life


SANTA MARIA DEI FRARI    Poem Text    
First Line: You are late for your train


SAVING JUST THE REAL    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was born I saw


SEINE SPLIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember / at that moment of waking


SHORELINE AT CAMBRIA       
First Line: Early morning shoreline: a scattering of birds blackens the sky
Last Line: And I'm out standing on the deck trying to capture this but it's %not possible
Subject(s): Birds; Cambria, Wales; Gulls; Nature; Seashore


SIGN LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lift your left hand


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL: 15. ALABAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leery of ladies


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 1. SEATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The neat sky was tall, full of sliding birds
Subject(s): Seattle, Washington


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 2. ILLINOIS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man shot at me. The bullet missed
Subject(s): Chicago


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 3. WASHINGTON, D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't lose any important papers
Subject(s): Tokyo; Washington, D.c.


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 4. NEW JERSEY    Poem Text    
First Line: So much depends on four butterflies
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 5. MARYLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunlight here is hazy. Builders
Subject(s): Maryland


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 9. CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: It was summer at the edge of town


SUMMER PLACE: CAMBRIA       
First Line: I'm out front, first light spotted
Last Line: In the water, turning it silver like a boiling chandelier
Subject(s): Cambria, Wales; Paintings And Painters; Summer; Sun


SUNDAY AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: In this season of 'sweet / silent thought' on sunday afternoon
Subject(s): Imagination; Madrid, Spain; Thought; Fancy; Thinking


SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: In this season of 'sweet %silent thought' on sunday afternoon
Last Line: Will be erased by the brightness you find here
Subject(s): Imagination; Madrid, Spain; Thought


SURFACES AND MASKS; 1    Poem Text    
First Line: And who must remain
Last Line: Suspended on a circle of pearls
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 1    Poem Text    
First Line: And who must remain


SURFACES AND MASKS; 12    Poem Text    
First Line: The theme of carnevale is a secret
Subject(s): Carnivals; Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 17    Poem Text    
First Line: In salute again


SURFACES AND MASKS; 18    Poem Text    
First Line: You set out on a morning bright


SURFACES AND MASKS; 2    Poem Text    
First Line: They sit silently in the dark
Last Line: William dean howells swim / in the grand canal
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Memory; Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 22    Poem Text    
First Line: In a blazing sunset


SURFACES AND MASKS; 23    Poem Text    
First Line: And the single reality


SURFACES AND MASKS; 25    Poem Text    
First Line: See that stern castle?


SURFACES AND MASKS; 3    Poem Text    
First Line: She takes him into “the rape of europa”
Last Line: The only play picasso ever wrote
Subject(s): Venice, Italy; Music & Musicians; Writing & Writers; Togetherness; Italians


SURFACES AND MASKS; 30    Poem Text    
First Line: They cut down the last tree
Last Line: Kept behind stone walls?
Subject(s): Venice, Italy; Deforestation


SURFACES AND MASKS; 4    Poem Text    
First Line: He gave the fascisti salute
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; Fascism & Fascists; Italy; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Italians


SURFACES AND MASKS; 43    Poem Text    
First Line: In the hidden garden


SURFACES AND MASKS; 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing in me goes out
Last Line: Were never aimed at me
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Too many gondolas
Last Line: What venice earned
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 8    Poem Text    
First Line: And as the memory of each
Last Line: A different enchantment / now held
Subject(s): Language; Venice, Italy


SURFACES AND MASKS; 8    Poem Text    
First Line: And as the memory of each / hard melodramatic word


SURFACES AND MASKS; 9    Poem Text    
First Line: There he was, a boy, looking over


SWALLOW THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Gave me things I / could not use. Then. Now


TERRITORIAL CLAIMS       
First Line: While walking a narrow path
Last Line: I could claim my own


TEWA VICTORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The town chief fasting for rain


THE APPLE-MAGGOT FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a hudson valley


THE COTTON CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at duke!
Last Line: And they can't even see him
Subject(s): Cotton


THE CROWD    Poem Text    
First Line: The personality of this crowd does a highjump
Subject(s): Crowds


THE DISPUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The garden is dark green and the king


THE DOLL BELIEVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: This lifeless construction
Subject(s): Children; Dolls; Parents; Toys; Childhood; Parenthood


THE EXPANDED COMPOSITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's see how we feel today
Last Line: Everything to her now makes sense
Subject(s): Chicago


THE GREAT HORNED OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: He glides, descending / to the forest floor


THE NERVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tracings around my edges?


THE PAINTING AFTER LUNCH    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't working. Didn't look back. Needed something else. So
Subject(s): Nature; Paintings & Painters


THE PERFECT MATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: She's in a gypsy skirt


THE POET'S TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: The burch and the juniper
Last Line: He lives across town and rarely comes this way
Subject(s): Trees; Neighbors


THE PURCHASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once you've bought into the suspension of disbelief
Last Line: To buy a thing you don't want
Subject(s): California; Pacific Ocean; Poetry & Poets; Tourists; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE RAINY SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: You've never seen such a flat black ocean
Last Line: And the gold, the pink, lavender rocks
Subject(s): Mexico; Rain


THE SLAVE TRADE: VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am mfu, not a bit romantic, a water spirit
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE STRING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother tied / a string around her finger


THE SWINE WHO'S ECLIPSED ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the alleged culprit, have a case


THE SYNCOPATED CAKEWALK    Poem Text    
First Line: My present life is a sunday-morning cartoon


THE WAY THE ROUNDNESS FEELS    Poem Text    
First Line: A secret world turns in us


THE WOUNDED BULLFIGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Blood on his torn glossy pants


THOMAS EAKINS AND THE PHOTOGRAPH OF A MAN IN MOTION       
First Line: Something in us spins out of control, colliding with frame-by
Last Line: Implication of the sequence is undeniable
Subject(s): Eakins, Thomas (1844-1916); History; Photography And Photographers


THOMAS EAKINS'S DELAWARE RIVER PAINTINGS       
First Line: Land and water make love all night all day
Last Line: Land and water make love all day all night
Subject(s): Eakins, Thomas (1844-1916); Paintings And Painters


THREE FIGURES IN AN INTERIOR       
First Line: What's so special about shooting an animal?
Last Line: To anyone interested in taking it
Subject(s): Animals; Guns; Hunting


TO KEEP REVOLVING       
First Line: They keep me locked
Last Line: My leg-muscles %have grown stronger %than ever. I'm happy. %finally


TRAIN STOP    Poem Text    
First Line: The train stops


TRAIN WINDOW GOING AND COMING, SELS       
First Line: I ride backwards to see what I'm missing
Last Line: I look forward to going back, either way
Subject(s): Commuters; Fields; Nature; Railroads; Tourists; Travel


UNKNOWN HARBOR       
First Line: Housebound in a house not our own
Last Line: For the festival by way of an unknown harbor
Subject(s): Boats; Camping; Harbors; Sea Voyages


UNKNOWN PRESENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: How to name what is unnameable
Subject(s): Johnson, Robert (1913-1938); Presence


UNKNOWN PRESENCE       
First Line: How to name what is unnameable
Last Line: I couldn't have been dealt a better hand
Subject(s): Johnson, Robert (1913-1938); Presence


UNWANTED MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My memory of myself
Subject(s): Memory


VAN GOGH'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: We climbed the steep stairway
Last Line: On the headstones planted close to the wall
Subject(s): Death; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890); Dead, The


VAN GOGH'S DEATH       
First Line: We climbed the steep stairway
Last Line: To the headstones planted close to the wall
Subject(s): Death; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


VIETNAM    Poem Text    
First Line: He was just back
Subject(s): United States; War; America


VIETNAM       
First Line: He was just back
Last Line: & everybody %is just killing %& killing %like crazy
Subject(s): United States; War


VIETNAM #4    Poem Text    
First Line: A cat said / on the corner
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Vietnamese Conflict. 1961-1975; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


VIETNAM #4       
First Line: A cat said
Last Line: They killing them other cats %with %you know, he said %two birds with one stone


VIEW FROM A ROCK AT DUSK       
First Line: The tiny beady-eyed rat bird
Last Line: Looking mean and mad %but feeling nothing but hunger


VIEW FROM HIS ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: His room was big and clean


VIZCAINO       
First Line: Here at cape vizcaino in mendocino
Last Line: Take care. See you soon
Subject(s): Mendocino, California; Tourists; Travel; Vizcaino, Sebastian (1550-1616)


WAITER IN A CALIFORNIA VIETNAMESE RESTURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: With the smell of firebombing
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


WAITING FOR SWEET BETTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sweetest waiting is waiting for sweet betty
Subject(s): Waiting


WAITING FOR SWEET BETTY       
First Line: The sweetest waiting is waiting for sweet betty
Last Line: But she will bloom next year
Subject(s): Waiting


WAITING IN THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I reflect on my son's crying [or, on this desperate note]
Subject(s): Children; Hospitals; Sickness; Childhood; Illness


WANDERER IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: At that time, after being robbed of everything, I was a wanderer
Last Line: Theirs were fixed positions, no upward mobility
Subject(s): Poverty; Solitude; Tourists; Travel; Wandering & Wanderers; Loneliness; Journeys; Trips; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


WANDERER IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY       
First Line: At that time, after being robbed of everything, I was a wanderer
Last Line: Lonely stranger, we loved having you among us, go home in peace
Subject(s): Poverty; Solitude; Tourists; Travel; Wanderers And Wandering


WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Church steeple through gray mist
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Pictures; Shadows; Weather


WEATHER       
First Line: Church steeple through gray mist
Last Line: Direction then another, day after day
Subject(s): Photography And Photographers; Pictures; Shadows; Weather


WHAT IS A SYMBOL?       
First Line: A bird is flying north across the white sky
Last Line: Sit down
Subject(s): Fear; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Pregnancy; Women


WHY WAIT? DO IT NOW: 1. ON BEING LATE       
First Line: I'm still in bed
Last Line: A red light glows under my bed
Subject(s): Lateness


WHY WAIT? DO IT NOW: 2. ON BRIGHTNESS AND YOU       
First Line: I come home with roses
Last Line: The road was narrow and not much traveled
Subject(s): Home; Roads; Travel


WHY WAIT? DO IT NOW: 3. AFTER ALL IS SAID       
First Line: I place raw red snapper on a bright blue plate
Last Line: September and the smell of pressed grapes
Subject(s): Fruit; Grapes; Harvest


WHY WAIT? DO IT NOW: 4. SOME OF THE THINGS ROSE LEFT       
First Line: I wait outside my own red door, knocking
Last Line: Optimistic, forever optimistic
Subject(s): Hope


WINTER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: When is chicago not too cold or too hot?
Last Line: Or at least keep kissing in the doorway
Subject(s): Chicago; Cold; Weather; Winter


WORDS INTO WORDS WON'T GO    Poem Text    
First Line: There are no things rain is like
Last Line: There are no things change is like
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WYOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: I drove north, lost


YOU AND OTHERS       
First Line: When they gather under trees they all sway
Last Line: Spaced so that each echo has its own say and pleasure