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Author: MARVIN, CATE
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Marvin, Cate    Poet's Biography
68 poems available by this author


A BRIEF ATTACHMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I regard your affection, find your teeth have
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


A WINDMILL MAKES A STATEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: You think I like to stand all day, all night
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Suburbs; Male-female Relations


AFTER THE LAST FRIGHT       
First Line: I carved upon my desk unsayables
Last Line: I shook in its mouth till the house drank me up


ALBA: ABERDEEN       
First Line: A sky that blue is not a sad thing
Last Line: Our hearts cannot be redder


AMERICAN       
First Line: I didn't cross the ocean to read anna karenina
Last Line: To kiss and loll by edge of the recking sea?


ANATHEMA       
First Line: I never recline in splendor
Last Line: Blooming red in his eye's white


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Disappointment with the lack of stars
Last Line: Just hang yourself loud enough to wake him


ARTICULATE       
First Line: Mean-fisted, sterilized with alcohol
Last Line: And to kiss or question, mouth is mute


BOILING ROCKS       
First Line: The object is not to make a broth from rocks
Last Line: The sea again, never be moved as it moved you


BREAKFAST IN BED       
First Line: It's not a sullen woman carrying
Last Line: Clean hands and white sheets-but then %(something happened) my certain failure


CAMP RIM ROCK       
First Line: To furnish the memory's wood with trees
Last Line: Terrifies, the night and her many children


CIGARILLO    Poem Text    
First Line: The visit of a body. Ants gathered sugar
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


CIGARILLO       
First Line: The visit of a body. Ants gathered sugar
Last Line: Sweet. The ants took to their path on the counter
Subject(s): Ants; Insects


CONDITION       
First Line: What we share most is boredom, friend
Last Line: Stalking bright aisles in search of distraction
Subject(s): Friendship


CRY HEARD, FAR OFF       
First Line: A prehistoric noise saws the air
Last Line: Now the noise has stopped. Someone replaces %a cage to its creature


DEAR PETRARCH       
First Line: The sweet singing of virtuous and beautiful ladies
Last Line: Now. But the hole of our mouths hold a howl


DISCIPLINE, ABANDON       
First Line: Everything here is made of wood, the floors
Last Line: Hazardous as kerosene in a barn, haywire with emotion


DREAM ON THIS       
First Line: Near the city of granite buildings, the block of houses he grew
Last Line: Their bodies team in my dreams, join, leap fences


EKPHRASTIC       
First Line: I hung the painting of the scary forest
Last Line: To find his way out of this poem again


FRAGMENT OF THE HEAD OF A QUEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you known the roar of an estranging city
Subject(s): Heads; Statues; City & Town Life


HAVE YOU BEEN ANYWHERE?       
First Line: I suppose I ought to consider the question rhetorical
Last Line: Somewhere it would take a god to make me remember


HIGH SCHOOL AS A DEAD GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: High school was us and we. We learned our grammar there.
Subject(s): High School Students


HIGH SCHOOL: INDUSTRIAL ARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The lesson today is: someone always gets hurt.
Subject(s): High Schools


HOUSE, GARDEN, MADNESS       
First Line: Meeting his mouth made it so I had house again
Last Line: Descended, prepared to hemorrhage in my arms


I LIVE WHERE THE LEAVES ARE POINTED       
First Line: At my head and my heart, knife-tips green
Last Line: When they made soap, they had me in mind


I WAS A HANDICAP TO OUR LEISURE       
First Line: When I became afraid to drive
Last Line: Of screams, bloody ribbons cast to the air


INSIDE THE TREMBLING RESTAURANT       
First Line: It was not I who sought the young fool
Last Line: At my door, and rats shiver in their gutters


KANSAS       
First Line: A hair in the throat %a lash in the eye
Last Line: All the washing down. %all the washing out


LANDSCAPE WITHOUT YOU       
First Line: Roofers scrape the scaly lid
Last Line: Landscape cannot survive you


LET THE DAY PERISH    Poem Text    
First Line: I was meaner than a flimsy dollar the change machine refuses
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


LOCAL BLIND       
First Line: Avoiding the pair of blind men walking along the street
Last Line: Dangerous curbs. At night I take out the letters he never %sent and read them with my fingertips


LYING MY HEAD OFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's my head, in a dank corner of the yard
Subject(s): Lies; Truth; Conduct Of Life; Relationships


ME AND MEN       
First Line: The soiled fists of socks shucked before
Last Line: And I would rather think of animals I have had


MEDITERRANEAN BLOOD SYNDROME       
First Line: Vials of my weakness. Five fingers, black-red
Last Line: Your mother, I dream for us a bloodless heaven


MORTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: How do you find yourself in literature
Subject(s): Mortality


MORTAL       
First Line: How do you find yourself in literature
Last Line: This won't be the last the world reads of you
Subject(s): Mortality


MUCKRAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: That greasy letter into which my legs entered,
Subject(s): Disappointment; Conduct Of Life; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MY BLACK ADDRESS       
First Line: Forward me no more the mail sent %to the old address. No roses were
Last Line: For it cannot go any wider with terror, %and there is, at least, some comfort in that


NEGATIVE ELEMENT       
First Line: It's time those houses were between us. Let us choose their
Last Line: All our nine houses like one fear between us


O MY SONGS       
First Line: Where is your lantern tonight?
Last Line: Yes, having unloved yourself, you must unlove another


OCEAN CITY       
First Line: The things unfurls itself. All day I cannot reach it
Last Line: Watch the ocean wring its edge as I twist my hands. %it's unfurling itself again, tireless as an arg
Subject(s): Nature; Sea


OCEAN IS A WORD IN THIS POEM       
First Line: One centimeter on the map represents one kilometer on the ground
Last Line: And paper, I'll swallow what wedding meant. Salt crusts my lips


ON PARTING       
First Line: Before I go let me thank the man who mugs you
Last Line: How blessed is the body you move in-how gone


ORACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dead girls don't go the dying route to get known
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


PASTURE OF MY       
First Line: Ire field, long running with flame grass
Last Line: We lay beneath weather passively, we forget


PLEASE       
First Line: Repeating the word please, please, please
Last Line: The kissed mouth, the product of your revision


POETRY MACHINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw your new book today. Just after I saw your new book.
Subject(s): Books; Poetry & Poets; Reading


PREPARATIONS FOR AUGUST       
First Line: Like drinking perfume, or chewing anise tablets
Last Line: I have always been jealous of anyone who wants you


READERS, PLEASE       
First Line: You didn't light my cigarette
Last Line: Me away, right there and then
Variant Title(s): Reader, Pleas


READERSHIP       
First Line: I suppose must have been orbiting all the time
Last Line: The answer for everything that's gone awry


READING THE NEW SKY       
First Line: In these intimate corridors: long, red rugs lie
Last Line: The sky that has such terrible, beautiful weather


SCENES FROM THE BATTLE OF US    Poem Text    
First Line: You are like a war novel, entirely lacking
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; War; Male-female Relations


SPECTACULAR       
First Line: And which way went the lovers, shocked
Last Line: Asphyxiated by yourselves who are no ones


SPELL       
First Line: There is a couch, a chair, a table
Last Line: Had been. The droplets %on your mouth


STOPPING FOR GAS NEAR CHEAT LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Trees bent unnatural by wind
Subject(s): Gasoline; Lakes; Pools; Ponds


STOPPING FOR GAS NEAR CHEAT LAKE       
First Line: Trees bent unnatural by wind
Last Line: Tell me where I can find the bastard who named this lake
Subject(s): Gasoline; Lakes


TAPESTRY       
First Line: Completed, knotted at the ends. No unraveling there
Last Line: Except, perhaps, for him


THE CONDITION    Poem Text    
First Line: What we share most is boredom, friend
Subject(s): Friendship


THE PET    Poem Text    
First Line: I rode him through the village, smiling.
Subject(s): Horses


THE READERSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: I suppose must have been orbiting all the time
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WEATHER TO REEL FOR       
First Line: You could have wasted someone
Last Line: To please its master, I lick your sweet damage


WHISTLING SONG FROM SNOW WHITE       
First Line: When I was little in a large room
Last Line: Dragging its needle along my ear's tunnel


WHY I AM AFRAID OF TURNING THE PAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spokes, spooks: your tinsel hair weaves the wheel
Subject(s): Relationships; Birth; Death; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The


WHY SLEEP       
First Line: I might miss something. The man who paces
Last Line: Last night. I must have slept through it, I lie


WINDMILL MAKES A STATEMENT       
First Line: You think I like to stand all day, all night
Last Line: All lawns shimmer with your bluest energy


WINTER IN ITALY       
First Line: You are dogs with rhinestone collars
Last Line: Snapping jaws. And there are many %books to write beneath calmer lights


WORLD' TALLEST DISASTER       
First Line: These are the lines that will turn you inside out
Last Line: I watch its heat. Why does it feel like my body?
Variant Title(s): World's Tallest Disaste


YOUR CALL IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US    Poem Text    
First Line: Which is why when we call you we keen
Subject(s): Social Calls & Calling