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Matthews, William    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
374 poems available by this author


100 SENTENCES: AN ESSAY       
First Line: Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long whi
Last Line: Silence is become his mother tongue


107TH & AMSTERDAM       
First Line: A phalanx of cabs surges uptown in tune


39,000 FEET       
First Line: The cap'n never drawls, we're seven miles


?       
First Line: What was it? Whatever it was it stood
Last Line: Through us its alternating current, fear %and hope. We sat. What else was there to do?


A HAPPY CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother stands at the screen door, laughing
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Childhood; Relatives


A LIFE OF CRIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Frail friends, I love you all!
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A NIGHT AT THE OPERA    Poem Text    
First Line: The tenor's too fat, the beautiful young
Subject(s): Opera


A ROADSIDE NEAR ITHACA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we picked wild strawberries
Subject(s): Memory


A SERENE HEART AT THE MOVIES    Poem Text    
First Line: She strode to her car and turned the key and
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Car Bombs; Movies; Cinema


A SMALL ROOM IN ASPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Stains on the casements
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A STORY OFTEN TOLD IN BARS: THE READER'S DIGEST VERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: First I was born and it was tough on mom
Last Line: The life that matters not the one I've led
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


A TELEGRAM FROM THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Caro those last few poems are dynamite
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: February on the narrow beach, 3:oo
Subject(s): Walking


ACCOMPANIST       
First Line: Don't play too much, don't play
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


AESTHETIC DISTANCE       
First Line: In writing, skill is the major share of courage


AIRLINE BREAKFAST       
First Line: An egg won't roll well
Last Line: A shadow-plane, an anchor %that will not grab


ALCIDE SLOW DRAG PAVAGEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking with jesus the slow
Subject(s): Pavageau, Alcide Slow Drag (1888-1969)


ALICE ZENO TALKING, AND HER SON GEORGE LEWIS THE JAZZ CLARINETIST       
First Line: Now if all of you were gone
Subject(s): Jazz; Lewis, George (1900-1968); Music & Musicians


ALICE ZENO TALKING, AND HER SON GEORGE LEWIS THE JAZZ CLARINETIST       
First Line: Now if all of you were gone
Last Line: I used to sing sing sing those boys %to sleep when they were only babies
Subject(s): Jazz; Lewis, George (1900-1968); Music And Musicians


AN ELEGY FOR BOB MARLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: In an elegy for a musician
Subject(s): Marley, Robert Nesta (bob) (1945-1981)


ANOTHER BEER    Poem Text    
First Line: The first one was for the clock
Last Line: Traveling on its tongue of / all the way home
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


ANOTHER BEER       
First Line: The first one was for the clock
Last Line: All the way home
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


APATHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking, you sag. Fatigue is different: the body, like steps
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


APRIL IN THE BERKSHIRES       
First Line: Dogs skulk, clouds moil and froth, humans


ARROGANT       
First Line: Watson is tired and doggedly polite
Last Line: When what you love is yours and yours alone


ATTENTION, EVERYONE       
First Line: Gloom is the enemy, even to the end. The parodies of self-knowledge
Last Line: The new regime will start when you lift your eyes from this page. %here it comes


ATTENTION, SHOPPERS       
First Line: There's a blue light special in aisle six


BAD       
First Line: Dew, sweat, grass-prickle, tantrums
Last Line: With our very hearts if we must, and we must


BAR AT THE ANDOVER INN       
First Line: The bride, groom (my son), and their friends gathered
Last Line: My own. Well, what instead? Well, something else


BEAR AT THE DUMP       
First Line: Amidst the too much that we buy and throw
Last Line: Fed on the slow-simmering dump, and gone %into the bug-thickwoods and anecdote
Subject(s): Nature


BEDTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Usually I stay up late, my time
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Sleep


BIG TONGUE       
First Line: The spit-sheathed shut-in, sometimes
Last Line: And stare at the mirror, %met by ordinary fear


BLACK BOX       
First Line: Because the cockpit, like the snowy village in a paperweight


BLIND TASTING       
First Line: Where are the wines of yesteryear?
Last Line: Fat %tongue whose other job is to tell the truth


BLUE NOTES       
First Line: How often the blues begin early morning


BLUES       
First Line: What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet
Subject(s): Blues (music)


BLUES FOR JOHN COLTRANE, DEAD AT 41    Poem Text    
First Line: Although my house floats on a lawn
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


BLUES FOR JOHN COLTRANE, DEAD AT 41       
First Line: Although my house floats on a lawn
Last Line: Planing by, full throttle
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music And Musicians


BMP BMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Lugubriously enough they're playing
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians


BMP BMP       
First Line: Lugubriously enough they're playing
Last Line: Just on time for the band to leave together, %headed for the tin roof blues
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music And Musicians


BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT       
First Line: Keep it under your hat, the saying went
Last Line: A river might imagine a canyon


BUD POWELL, PARIS, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd never seen pain for bland
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Paris, France; Powell, Bud (earl) (1924-1966)


BUD POWELL, PARIS, 1959       
First Line: I'd never seen pain for bland
Last Line: And calls it company, and it is
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Paris, France; Powell, Bud (earl) (1924-1966)


BUDDY BOLDEN CYLINDER       
First Line: It doesn't exist, I know, but I love
Last Line: But you can see the leaves shiver in place %as if they'd like to turn their insides out
Subject(s): Bolden, Buddy (1877-1931); Jazz; Music And Musicians


BY HEART       
First Line: Halfway through his 1937 version of 'high society'


BYSTANDERS       
First Line: When it snowed hard, cars failed


CABBAGE       
First Line: Diogenes admonished a young courtier


CADDIE'S DAY, THE COUNTRY CLUB, A SMALL TOWN IN OHIO       
First Line: On mondays even the rich work


CARE       
First Line: The lump of coal my parents teased
Last Line: Best not to consume us


CHANGE OF ADDRESS       
First Line: It doesn't get much light,' the real
Last Line: And the rat? The rat looks radiant
Subject(s): Divorce


CHARMING       
First Line: Because language dreams in metaphors
Last Line: Because charm repeats, because charm %will save itself before it remembers us


CHEAP SEATS, THE CINCINNATI GARDENS, PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: The less we paid, the more we climbed. Tendrils
Subject(s): Sports


CHEAP SEATS, THE CINCINNATI GARDENS, PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, 1959       
First Line: The less we paid, the more we climbed. Tendrils
Last Line: With noise, unlike the kind I had at home %with no clock running down, and mirrors
Subject(s): Sports


CITIZEN       
First Line: That summer solstice in alaska
Last Line: Then I stayed there until my restlessness %led me out to stretch and yawn like a cat


CITY PLANNING       
First Line: To be above the slough and sewage and mud


CIVICS       
First Line: I have a few thoughts about the news


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much of the great poetry
Subject(s): Civilization; Poetry & Poets


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS       
First Line: How much of the great poetry
Last Line: From the road, that's what he thought then, too
Subject(s): Civilization; Poetry And Poets


CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA       
First Line: Each dockpost comes with a pelican


CLOISTER       
First Line: The last light of a july evening drained
Last Line: And the nothing it cares for me
Subject(s): Farewell; Love


COLEMAN HAWKINS (D. 1969). RIP    Poem Text    
First Line: As if that sax
Subject(s): Hawkins, Coleman (1904-1969); Jazz; Music & Musicians


COLEMAN HAWKINS (D. 1969). RIP       
First Line: As if that sax
Last Line: I hate it that he's dead
Subject(s): Hawkins, Coleman (1904-1969); Jazz; Music And Musicians


COMPLETION       
First Line: Seen from afterward the time appears to have been
Last Line: Entire and itself the way it all looks from afterward


CONSTRUCTION       
First Line: Livid and tiny, all burble and breast milk


CONVIVIAL       
First Line: Four of us sit by a river we can't name
Last Line: Life is sweet. We prove it by letting it go


COOKING FOR C       
First Line: For her candor, salt
Last Line: For her company, pleased thanks
Subject(s): Love


COUPLE, 70, HASN'T AGED IN 35 YEARS       
First Line: Of course the years go by in any case


CURRICULUM VITAE       
First Line: Post partum
Last Line: Post mortem


DAYS BEYOND RECALL       
First Line: Learned santayana described himself


DAZZLE       
First Line: I need some kind of talisman or charm
Last Line: But only manners. Or even worse, charm


DEAD LANGUAGES       
First Line: There must be some so dead we don't
Last Line: Or they led us, and how would we know which?


DEFENESTRATIONS IN PRAGUE       
First Line: 1419. Angry protestants stormed
Last Line: Flickering in you like a pilot light


DEPRESSIVE       
First Line: No wonder it feels like a chore
Last Line: Credit what's wrong with this picture? - %to its passing, and our own


DINER       
First Line: Saturday mornings I'd take my young sons
Last Line: Would hope to be absolved, or maybe three


DIRE CURE       
First Line: First, do no harm,' the hippocratic
Last Line: Say it, as if it were the name of god


DOG DAYS       
First Line: The cat spends most of them under the bed
Last Line: From torturing a bug and then eats it


DOG LIFE       
First Line: Scuffed snout, infected ear, ticks like interest


DOGS OF MONTONE       
First Line: Jockeyed by fleas and led, as we say
Last Line: Like raddled islands, bark: the lake %of the black night is everywhere
Subject(s): Nature


DRIVING ALONGSIDE THE HOUSANTONIC RIVER ALONE ON A RAINY APRIL NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember asking
Subject(s): Shadows; Automobiles; Cars


DRIVING ALONGSIDE THE HOUSATONIC RIVER . . .       
First Line: I remember asking %where does my shadow go at night?
Last Line: I know it's there, water %hurrying over the shadow of water


DRIVING THROUGH THE POCONOS, ROUTE 80, 1:30 AM, SNOW       
First Line: I pass the big rigs on the upgrades
Last Line: Here (stroudsburg: 11 miles) nor there


DRIZZLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Baudelaire: 'the dead, the poor dead, have their bad hours'
Subject(s): Smoking; Time; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


DUST ABOVE THE ROADS       
First Line: Remember those boxes of billowing cotton


EGG AND DAUGHTER NIGHT, APRIL 1951       
First Line: So much of the soil out here has been sown by wind
Last Line: The wind unwinds in the truck-thick streets
Subject(s): Farm Life


ELEGY FOR BOB MARLEY       


ELEGY FOR BOB MARLEY       
First Line: In an elegy for a musician
Last Line: Could be used of our lives and bodies %and all that we hope survives them
Subject(s): Marley, Robert Nesta (bob) (1945-1981); Music, Rock


EPIGRAM: 10, 47       
First Line: The things that make life happier
Last Line: And neither dread the end nor lean to it


EUPHEMISMS       
First Line: Let's skip those undertakers love, like pass
Last Line: Not I. English itself murmured this prayer


EVERY CLOUD HAS ITS DAY       
First Line: The earth sprawls beneath us, both slack


EVERY DOG HAS A SILVER LINING       
First Line: There's no marled froth grizzling its snout


EVERY TUB       
First Line: The way some of us played cards and some drank


EXAMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine the hotel lucide, the set for the third act
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


EYES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The only parts of the body the same
Subject(s): Eyes


FAIRBANKS, THE SUMMER SOLSTICE, 1983.       
First Line: A curtain of mosquitos wavered


FAMILIAL       
First Line: When the kitchen is lit by lilacs
Last Line: Understand is why one would balk to die %if death were entry to such heaven


FAT       
First Line: At first it seemed temporary
Last Line: Was the self, that paltry wafer, %on which, god bless us, we've waxed fat


FEAR OF RECONSTRUCTION       
First Line: All this noisy profundity
Last Line: Still my body %is a bag of broken secrets


FELLOW ODDBALLS       
First Line: The sodden sleep from which we open like umbrellas


FINN SHEEP       
First Line: I had a month at a writers' retreat
Last Line: To moil at my desk


FLOOD       
First Line: Strange to think what solvents


FOUL SHOTS: A CLINIC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Be perpendicular to the basket, / toes avid for the line
Subject(s): Sports


FOUL SHOTS: A CLINIC       
First Line: Be perpendicular to the basket, %toes avid for the line
Last Line: From the arcs those foul shots %leave behind when they go in
Subject(s): Sports


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 1. MONTEGO BAY, 10:00 P.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: A chandelier, a tiara
Subject(s): Cruise Ships


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 2. JAMAICANS POSING TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Illiterate esther watched me
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Jamaica, West Indies


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 3. A HAIRPIN TURN ABOVE READING, JAMAICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's where the fire truck fell
Subject(s): Jamaica, West Indies; Wealth; Politics & Government; Riches; Fortunes


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 4. KINGSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: No photograph does justice, etc.
Subject(s): Kingston, Jamaica


FOX RIDGE STATE PARK, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER       
First Line: Past the round barn at the quarterhouse


FRAZZLE       
First Line: All for one and one for all' was our motto after all
Last Line: But not the kind for which the bill comes after all


FREE ADVICE       
First Line: All day the rain drums its fingers on the roof


GENERATIONS       
First Line: I've been poor, but since I'm an american
Last Line: Yet to learn, and they had me as teacher


GOOD       
First Line: I'd seen wallpaper - I had buckaroos all over my
Last Line: To peculiar moments like this one, when %the heart's good manners are their guide


GRANDMOTHER, DEAD OF 99 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS       
First Line: Everyone cheered her on
Last Line: To her truant kidney %and to oblivion


GUZZLE       
First Line: I need a loan. I need a drink. I need
Last Line: Let them supplant this prattle about need


HAPPY CHILDHOOD       
First Line: My mother stands at the screen door, laughing
Last Line: A child is all the tools a child has, %growing up, who makes what he can


HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: A few rats are gnawing
Subject(s): Rats; Food & Eating


HERD OF BUFFALO CROSSING THE MISSOURI RIVER ON ICE       
First Line: If dragonflies can mate on the surface tension


HOMER'S SEEING-EYE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Most of the time he wrote, a sort of sleep
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Iliad; Odyssey


HOMER'S SEEING-EYE DOG       
First Line: Most of the time he wrote, a sort of sleep
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry And Poets


HOPE       
First Line: Beautiful floors and a lively


HOTEL RAPHAEL, ROME, 1987       
First Line: The roof garden? Closed. Bettino craxi
Last Line: Tending the simmer until the sun rose


HOTEL ST. PIERRE, PARIS, 1995       
First Line: I rose six floors in one of those birdcage
Last Line: Both of us restive, mute and not at home


HOUSECOOLING       
First Line: Those ashes shimmering dully in the fireplace


HUMMER       
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Last Line: As if he'd tried to hold it %back, but it escaped. Thwap
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ICE FOLLIES       
First Line: The pavements got glazed with ice, and the brick
Last Line: What? What? The meek shall inherit the what?


IN MEMORY OF THE UTAH STARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Each of them must have terrified
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Sports


IN MEMORY OF THE UTAH STARS       
First Line: Each of them must have terrified
Last Line: How brutally well the universe %works to be beautiful %how we metabolize loss %as fast as we have to
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Sports


IN MEMORY OF W.H. AUDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: His heart made a last fist
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973)


INSPIRATION       
First Line: Rumpled, torpid, bored, too tasteful to rhyme
Last Line: It takes, I tell you, desperate measures


INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS       
First Line: What animals dream of I do not know
Last Line: In the mouth like sunspots, %both dense and evanescent


INTRODUCTION       
First Line: I have a few remarks. He smiled


IOWA CITY TO BOULDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I take most of the drive by night.
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers


ISLA MUJERES    Poem Text    
First Line: The shoal we saw from the boat was fish;
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Dreams; Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Anglers; Nightmares


IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING       
First Line: On the wine label - monks, towers, wimples


JOB INTERVIEW       
First Line: Where do you see yourself five years from now?'
Last Line: Lasted me almost but not quite five years


JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE       
First Line: Smoke rose and ashes fell


KEEP A-KNOCKIN       
First Line: I'm gonna ring your bell till I break your door
Last Line: Again: 'you sure do. I'se a child of god.'


KINGSTON       
First Line: No photograph does justice, etc.
Last Line: We turn and turn, but everywhere is here %a blurred circle of wingscuffs


LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't oscar wilde who said, die my dear
Subject(s): Language; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary


LAST WORDS       
First Line: It wasn't oscar wilde who said, die, my dear
Last Line: You'll think of something. Let nature take its course


LATE MOVIE       
First Line: On haiti two years ago he stalled
Last Line: Or fire might ask anything of you %and say that its name is love


LE QUATRE SAISONS, MONTREAL, 1979       
First Line: East from vancouver I'd rattled across
Last Line: Spirited, restless and subdued to dust


LEFT HAND CANYON    Poem Text    
First Line: The rev. Royal filkin preaches
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


LEIPZIG, 1894       
First Line: We have only one portrait of bach - that genius
Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750); Composers; Music & Musicians


LEIPZIG, 1894       
First Line: We have only one portrait of bach - that genius
Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750); Composers; Music And Musicians


LISTENING TO LESTER YOUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's 1958. Lester young minces
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Young, Lester ('prez') (1909-1959)


LISTENING TO LESTER YOUNG       
First Line: It's 1958. Lester young minces
Last Line: Can easily read the future
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Young, Lester ("prez") (1909-1959)


LITERARY BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: He paled, he wrote more poems: white heat
Last Line: Often leaves an exhaust of verse


LITTLE BLUE NUDE       
First Line: Outside, the crackhead who pandhandles an eight hour


LIVER CANCER       
First Line: And then, he said, I knew it was my job


LIVING AMONG THE DEAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: First there were those who died
Subject(s): Death; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The


LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's about to be too late.
Subject(s): Time


LOSS?       
First Line: Let's say a television signal disappears
Last Line: Twenty-nine years defunct, clear as remembered %genitals. What steady company you have


LOST TIME FOR SALE       
First Line: Right here: the shortstop adjusting his nuts
Last Line: Rose, who held in his boyish arms a bride %and spouted promises, long, long ago


LOYAL    Poem Text    
First Line: They gave him an overdose
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


LOYAL       
First Line: They gave him an overdose
Last Line: That there is work to be done, %and almost inconsolably
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


LUCKY AND UNLUCKY       
First Line: Mean the same thing, like flammable and inflammable


LUNCH IN HELL       
First Line: I haven't eaten flesh,' he said, and I
Last Line: I miss the question mark), 'the usual.'
Subject(s): Restaurants


MAIL ORDER CATALOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pewter loons, ceramic bunnies, and faux bamboo
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


MAIL ORDER CATALOGS       
First Line: Pewter loons, ceramic bunnies, and faux bamboo
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


MANIC       
First Line: Out I would go, as if out were a city
Last Line: While I stood there and ignorance %ran up and down my body like a squirrel


MANNERS       
First Line: Sweetypants,' martha mitchell (wife of john
Last Line: But of course you have to know what that is


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 1, 118       
First Line: If a hundred epigrams won't fill you up


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 1, 57       
First Line: What sort of woman, flaccus, do I like?
Last Line: You know, the golden mean. Yuk, yuk. Yeah, right


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 1, 63       
First Line: Read you my epigrams? No, you burn


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 1, 64       
First Line: You're beautiful, we know, and young
Last Line: It, babycakes, you're but a bitch


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 2, 38       
First Line: What good is my farm, and what are its yields?


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 3, 26       
First Line: The land you bought up, candidus
Last Line: Candidus, there's always your wife


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 3, 53       
First Line: Could I give up your neck, chloe, your face
Last Line: Don't ask. No need to list the parts. It's all %of you I could dispense with, chloe. Thanks


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 3, 8       
First Line: Quintus loves thais, so rumor goes
Last Line: She lacks one eye and he lacks both


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 3, 9       
First Line: Cinna, I'm told, has scribbled a few


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 4, 21       
First Line: There are no gods in the vacant
Last Line: How else could such a lout grow rich?


MARTIAL TRANSLATIONS: 5, 32       
First Line: In his last will crispus failed
Last Line: Who got it then?' you ask. He did: %he spent it all in time


MASTERFUL       
First Line: They say you can't think and hit at the same time
Last Line: And uncoiling from the sweet ferocity of excellence


ME AT MY FATHER'S FUNERAL       
First Line: The wones his age who shook my hand
Last Line: New country. And thus this babble, %like a dial tone, from our bodies


MEMORY       
First Line: We're not born knowing how to love the world
Last Line: Is dearth. We all drink from a leaking cup


MEN AT NY FATHER'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The ones his age who shook my hand
Subject(s): Fathers; Funerals; Burials


MEN IN DARK SUITS       
First Line: Like talk overheard across water, they seem to have come


METICULOUS       
First Line: The blare of blank paper: the solace
Last Line: What became of him, I wonder, %rapt and lost, who was almostme?


MINGUS AT DIASPORA    Poem Text    
First Line: You could say, I suppose, that he ate his way out
Subject(s): Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Food & Eating


MINGUS AT THE HALF NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two dozen bars or so into better get it
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


MINGUS AT THE HALF NOTE       
First Line: Two dozen bars or so into better get it
Last Line: For now, he kick-starts the band: %'one, two, one tow three four.'
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979)


MINGUS AT THE SHOWPLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Jazz; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Music & Musicians; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


MINGUS AT THE SHOWPLACE       
First Line: I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen
Last Line: He explained, and the band played on
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Jazz; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Music And Musicians


MINGUS IN SHADOW       
First Line: What you see in his face in the last
Last Line: Negative, he's all the light there is


MINISCULE THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thereís a crack in this glass so fine we canít see it
Last Line: A thirsty and beautiful woman. What a small world!
Subject(s): Imperfection


MINUSCULE THINGS       
First Line: There's a crack in this glass so fine we can't see it


MISGIVINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps you'll tire of me, muses
Subject(s): Togetherness; Love - Complaints


MISGIVINGS       
First Line: Perhaps you'll tire of me,' muses
Last Line: All up very very slowly


MONDAY MORNING, MONDAY NIGHT       
First Line: In the dream I woke from I was about
Last Line: And I unplug my love from it, and leave it %to thrill and terror, without a name


MONEY       
First Line: Honey, I don't want to shock youbut white
Last Line: That's why we love it; because it's gone and the %rest comes back


MOOD INDIGO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From the porch; from the hayrick where her prickled
Subject(s): Farm Life; Longing; Agriculture; Farmers


MOOD INDIGO       
First Line: From the porch; from the hayrick where her prickled
Subject(s): Farm Life; Longing


MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT       
First Line: It's the very end of summer


MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, JULY    Poem Text    
First Line: Haze. Three student violists boarding
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, JULY       
First Line: Haze. Three student violists boarding
Last Line: In the leaves. A car alarm. Hail


MOSHE DOR, COUNTRY       
First Line: No, that is no country for old men
Last Line: On your nape moving to my breath


MOVING AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: At night the mountains look like huge
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Divorce


MUZZLE       
First Line: Some people like the idea of silence
Last Line: Do its siblings mourn for it in silence?


MY FATHER'S BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: First they take it away,
Subject(s): Fathers; Corpses; Funerals; Cremation; Cadavers; Burials


MY FATHER'S BODY       
First Line: First they take it away
Last Line: Will sift in a heap with the residue of others, %for now they all belong to time


NABOKOV'S BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: The wallful of quoted passages from his work
Subject(s): Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977)


NABOKOV'S BLUES       
First Line: The wallful of quoted passages from his work
Subject(s): Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977)


NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten kinds of wolf are gone and twelve of rat
Subject(s): Nature


NAMES       
First Line: Ten kinds of wolf are gone and twelve of rat
Last Line: In fact adam and eve are not their names
Subject(s): Nature


NO       
First Line: There may be in the air I breathe
Last Line: Of the cliche, thin air, the very air %empedocles may or may not have breathed


NO RETURN       
First Line: I like divorce. I love to compose
Last Line: And the boat explodes again and again


NOTE LEFT FOR GERALD STERN IN AN OFFICE I BORROWED, AND...       
First Line: Welcome, good heart. I hope you like - I did
Last Line: Not with the past but with how fast the past %eludes us, though surely, friend, we were there


NOZZLE       
First Line: A thousand and three in italy alone
Last Line: But what name did they have for me alone?


NURSE SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since most sharks have no flotation bladders and must swim
Subject(s): Sharks


OLD FOLSOM PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: This could be scotland: a crag and far below
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


OLD FOLSOM PRISON       
First Line: This could be scotland: a crag and far below
Last Line: There was room for air, if you were there
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


OLD RECORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Les shows me his new braun
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


ON A DIET    Poem Text    
First Line: The ruth of soups and balm of sauces
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets


ON A DIET       
First Line: The ruth of soups and balm of sauces
Last Line: Pale shadows, begins to pare and replace %the poet's body, and isn't it time?


ON THE PORCH AT THE FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA, N.H.    Poem Text    
First Line: So here the great man stood
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


ON THE PORCH AT THE FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA, N.H.       
First Line: So here the great man stood
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry And Poets


ONIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: How easily happiness begins by
Subject(s): Onions; Food & Eating


ONIONS       
First Line: How easily happiness begins by


OPENING HER JEWEL BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: She discovers a finish
Subject(s): School; Cats; Jewels; Memory; Hair


ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY WARD       
First Line: And what else? The rain-beaded cars in rows


OTEGO TO ROSCOE TO MANHATTAN       
First Line: Here's a word I don't get to use


OUR TOWN       
First Line: You the one who hates a parade?'
Last Line: A parade but I hate bad music. Well, %he said, 'I'm off to work. So long.'


OUTER SPACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you could turn the moon
Subject(s): Moon


OXYMORONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer school, and jumbo shrimp, of course
Subject(s): Oxymorons


OXYMORONS       
First Line: Summer school, and jumbo shrimp, of course
Last Line: Will be our real estate, all that we've got


PAVAROTTI IN TRANSPORT, 1990       
First Line: The knee had got so bad that when he fell
Last Line: And dock him in the rear of a limousine


PENALTY FOR BIGAMY IS TWO WIVES       
First Line: I don't understand how janis joplin did it, how she made her voice
Last Line: My arms are easily as my body will hold forever the silence for which the mouth opens slowly
Subject(s): Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Music, Rock


PEOPLE LIKE US       
First Line: When the ox was the gray enemy
Last Line: While we bite our poor tongues


PHOTO OF THE AUTHOR WITH A FAVORITE PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind its snout like a huge button
Subject(s): Pigs; Photography & Photographers; Boars; Hogs


PHOTO OF THE AUTHOR WITH A FAVORITE PIG       
First Line: Behind its snout like a huge button


PIANO LESSONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the music is locked
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Pianos; Music Teachers


PLACE ON THE CORNER       
First Line: No mirror behind this bar: tiers of garish
Last Line: The only one, and we are many


POEM ENDING WITH A LINE FROM DANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow coming in parallel to the street
Subject(s): Anger; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


POEM ENDING WITH A LINE FROM DANTE       
First Line: Snow coming in parallel to the street
Last Line: And I have told you this to make you grieve
Subject(s): Anger; Grief


POEM ENDING WITH A LINE FROM JOHN BERRYMAN       
First Line: One to a corner, the orderly whores
Last Line: Nobody coming, so I went instead


POEMS FROM LEFT    Poem Text    
First Line: There's something wrong that can't be salved
Subject(s): Language; Human Behavior; Words; Vocabulary; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


POEMS FROM RIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Right as rain yoju are, rain that shrivels
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


POETRY READING AT WEST POINT       
First Line: I read to the entire plebe class
Last Line: Head ached. 'sir,' he yelled. 'thank you. Sir'


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG CLARINETTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a dull musician as a boy
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Clarinets


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG CLARINETTIST       
First Line: I was a dull musician as a boy
Last Line: And destitute before my strangled joy


PRESCIENCE       
First Line: Bloated and mesmerized by raspberries,
Last Line: Rueful, guarded and sullen for dear life


PRIVATE EYE       
First Line: A yellow dress turns out to be the clue, an ax
Last Line: For the romantic loner: good doesn't matter %until there areothers, and then it's impossible


PROLIFIC       
First Line: The boy mozart could compose


PROMISCUOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mixes easily, dictionaries
Subject(s): Language; Human Behavior; Words; Vocabulary; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


PROMISCUOUS       
First Line: Mixes easily,' dictionaries
Last Line: Love notes and libel, fire and ice. In short: %promiscuous


PRURIENT       
First Line: Suppose the past could be surprised
Last Line: Is haunted. We ask, by whom? The voice %replies, by you. And in we go


PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE       
First Line: Just as we were amazed to learn
Last Line: Can it bear the weight of such %self-reference and such self-ignorance?


PUBERTY       
First Line: Remember the way we bore our bodies to the pond
Last Line: Not on your life. Like you, I gulped and learned to swim


PUZZLE       
First Line: What's her allure? Her wan smile? Her figure?
Last Line: Divide, the lawyers will set a figure


REAL ESTATE       
First Line: Death or divorce. Mangled by farm machines
Last Line: You know you're one of us, a citizen


RECOVERY ROOM       
First Line: How bright it would be, I'd been warned


RED SILK BLOUSE       
First Line: So much for taupe and beige and eggshell


RENTED HOUSE IN MAINE       
First Line: At dawn, the liquid clatter of rain
Last Line: The fire is down, the coffee cold, the sun is up
Subject(s): Nature


RESCUE       
First Line: To absolve me of my loneliness, and rather
Last Line: Out from the other side, 'sweet cat, are you ok?'


RESTLESS       
First Line: Reflected light wrinkles the bay
Last Line: None dreams blank water or pure light


RETICENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once moths dusted these windows
Subject(s): Opera


RETICENCE       
First Line: Once moths dusted these windows
Last Line: Is like so much drifted desire, a love %that can, but will not, speak its name


REUNION IN THE RECOVERY ROOM       
First Line: First there were two of me, no doubt because
Last Line: Our dread and blather, and our endurance


RIGHT       
First Line: We always talked about getting it right
Last Line: You just push off into heartbreak and go on your nerve


ROCAS DEL CARIBE, ISLA MUJERES, 1967       
First Line: Broke, we went when no one else would, july
Last Line: But filled with dread like a pair of sieves


ROOM FUL OF USED BABY FURNITURE FOR SALE       
First Line: The colic scabs have been pried off
Last Line: Now, restive, brimmed with obscure tears


ROOM FULL OF USED BABY FURNITURE FOR SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The scolic scabs have been pried off
Subject(s): Furniture; Family Life; Relatives


SALE OF THE GOOD LIFE       
First Line: There are hand models, and calf-to-ankle
Last Line: Top floor? A credit office, run by a man


SANDLOT BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: My eye is fine: halfway through they're double-teaming me
Subject(s): Baseball


SCALPEL       
First Line: They'd stunned me groggy with demerol and bland
Subject(s): Surgery


SCENIC VIEW       
First Line: From the scorch and poverty, from the cumin and opulence


SCHOOL DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Once those fences kept me in mr. Mote
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SCHOOL DAYS       
First Line: Once those fences kept me in mr. Mote
Last Line: And name them one by one and row by row
Subject(s): Education; Schools


SCHOOLBOYS WITH DOG, WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It's dark when they scuff off to school
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SCHOOLBOYS WITH DOG, WINTER       
First Line: It's dark when they scuff off to school
Last Line: The frosted windows of the schoolhouse gleam
Subject(s): Education; Schools


SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PASTA       
First Line: Little hats, little bow ties, little bridegrooms


SEATTLE, FEBRUARY       
First Line: Cold weather and a hard, gray light
Last Line: And this time getting the details right, %the pace, the tone, the hard, grey light


SELF-HELP       
First Line: It would be good to feel good about yourself for good
Last Line: It's for the helpless that god weeps, and without a %sound


SELF-KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: High above the slant snow and sludged traffic


SENTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Bloated and mesmerized by raspberries
Subject(s): Nature


SENTENCE       
First Line: Bloated and mesmerized by raspberries
Last Line: Death, one fiesta, sweet stench like a flag, %one posum at a time and the vast fields
Subject(s): Nature


SENTIMENTAL       
First Line: For breakfast, loss, and day has just begun
Last Line: Nor for lunch, nor for dinner, nor even %in memory, where you call us always home


SERENE HEART AT THE MOVIES       
First Line: She strode to her car and turned the key and
Last Line: So hush now, little baby, don't you cry


SHADES       
First Line: A round of golf in a soft rain,' said one
Last Line: And sift, and now and then they find something, %and so they reach for it, and so it's gone


SHOOTING       
First Line: It be the usual at first
Last Line: Like walls. That mean we be the room


SHORT FAREWELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: A toast is the right length, I think
Subject(s): Toasts; Farewell; Grief; Aging; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness


SHORT FAREWELLS       
First Line: A toast is the right length, I think


SKIN DIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The snorkel is the easiest woodwind.
Subject(s): Skin Diving


SMALL GREASEFIRE IN THE KITCHEN       
First Line: Here fire and water daily are made mild
Last Line: And a chemistry set, just grown up some


SMART MONEY       
First Line: We talk about - what else? - the old days?
Last Line: And then our ship came in, and we were it


SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES       
First Line: I love the smoky libidinal murmur


SNOW FALLING THROUGH FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how we used to imagine
Subject(s): Snow; Sea; Ocean


SNOW LEOPARDS AT THE DENVER ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: There are only a hundred or so
Subject(s): Zoos; Snow Leopards


SOCRATIC METHOD       
First Line: If you could change things, he asked


SOOEY GENEROUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Saint anthony, patron of sausage makers
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


SOOEY GENEROUS       
First Line: Saint anthony, patron of sausage makers
Last Line: The graces of affection and a name


SORROW       
First Line: No way that butter-colored slur could be
Last Line: There's nothing there except a smear of leaves


SPENT BREATH       
First Line: What colors are the fire? Brick, ruby


SPENT LIGHT       
First Line: Summer solstice in alaska: light shone
Last Line: And the dark released a few hostages


SPOKESMAN       
First Line: My father, dead for two months when I had
Last Line: He crumpled slowly in his seat and had %his heart attack again, and I was right


SPRING SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here comes the powdered milk I drank
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Transience; Death; Impermanence; Dead, The


STORY OFTEN TOLD IN BARS: THE READER'S DIGEST VERSION       
First Line: First I was born and it was tough on mom
Last Line: The life that matter's not the one I've led
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States


STRAIGHT LIFE       
First Line: There's grit in the road, and pumice


STRANGE KNEES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's one of the ways you see
Subject(s): Knees; Self


STUBBLE       
First Line: Any art has its turpitudes: some days


SUDDENLY       
First Line: The truth is out, and nothing
Last Line: Through snowy fields %on melting legs


SUNDAY ALONE IN A FIFTH FLOOR APARTMENT, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The globe at the door, a jaunt
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


SYMPATHETIC       
First Line: In throne of blood, when they come to kill
Last Line: By the fog and the pines, and didn't %recognize ourselves, until too late, as killers


TAKING THE TRAIN HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk grew on the window.
Subject(s): Railways; Homecoming; Family Life; Fathers; Death; Relatives; Dead, The


TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: The body is never silent. Aristotle said that we can't hear the music
Subject(s): Talk


TALK       
First Line: The body is never silent. Aristotle said that we can't hear the music
Last Line: Same way blood sounds at your ear. It is saying ssshhh, now that we, %at last, are silent
Subject(s): Talk


TALKING TO THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: A defeated politician is in circulation
Subject(s): Language; Moon; Words; Vocabulary


TARDY       
First Line: There's so little of swift time, and what time
Last Line: I did. That's why I'm late. That's why I'm late


TELEGRAM FROM THE MUSE       
First Line: Caro those last few poems are dynamite
Last Line: Of herring in fluorescent light stop do %nothing till you hear from me stop


TEMPO ROOM       
First Line: The jukebox blared a whiter shade of pale
Last Line: Night be done, and soon, and out of sight


THE ACCOMPANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't play too much, don't play
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE BEAR AT THE DUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Amidst the too much that we buy and throw
Subject(s): Nature


THE BLUE NAP    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept like a stone, or like that vast
Subject(s): Sleep


THE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet
Subject(s): Blues (music)


THE BUDDY BOLDEN CYLINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesn't exist, I know, but I love
Subject(s): Bolden, Buddy (1877-1931); Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE CLOISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The last light of a july evening drained
Subject(s): Farewell; Love; Parting


THE EXPLORER    Poem Text    
First Line: Across such distance the bellowing of the elks sag like a dowser's
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE HUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE ICEHOUSE, POINTE AU BARIL, ONTARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Each vast block in its batter
Subject(s): Ice Houses


THE MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The star route man downshifts
Subject(s): Postal Service; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


THE NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: From each house on the street
Subject(s): News; Neigbors


THE PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't care if nobody
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE PENALTY FOR BIGAMY IS TWO WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't understand how janis joplin did it, how she made her voice
Subject(s): Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


THE RENTED HOUSE IN MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn, the liquid clatter of rain
Subject(s): Nature


THE ROOKERY AT HAWTHORNDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Along this path ben johnson rode to visit
Subject(s): Drummond, William (1585-1649); Poetry & Poets; Drummond Of Hawthornden, William


THE SCALPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: They'd stunned me groggy with demerol and bland
Subject(s): Surgery


THE SEARCH PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wondered if the others felt
Subject(s): Children - Lost


THE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A snake is the love of a thumb
Subject(s): Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE TIME OF OUR LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Not sated first, then sad (the two words branch
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The news? I crumpled all of it that fit
Variant Title(s): Smoke
Subject(s): New York Times (newspaper)


THE VISIONARY PICNIC    Poem Text    
First Line: These memories of what
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE WASTE CARPET    Poem Text    
First Line: No day is right for the apocalypse,
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THEME OF THE THREE CASKETS       
First Line: One gold, one silver, one lead: who thinks
Last Line: Sexual, vivid, tender and harsh, a riot %of mixed feelings, and able to choose


THINKING ABOUT THINKING       
First Line: The purpose of art is to save us from truth
Last Line: And this time, for once, she agrees


THIS SPUD'S FOR YOU       
First Line: Of solanum tuberosum, that vagrant vegetable
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


THIS SPUD'S FOR YOU       
First Line: Of solanum tuberosum, that vagrant vegetable
Last Line: We can lift our voices. All together now
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


THREE VACATIONS       
First Line: We sat in the courtyard


TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: There are places things go to be forgot
Subject(s): Memory


TIME       
First Line: There are places things go to be forgot
Last Line: We need somebody to remember us


TIME OF OUR LIVES       
First Line: Not sated first, then sad (the two words branch
Last Line: Moonlight, thinking how we need to use time %twice, need all leisure and all industry


TIMES       
First Line: The news? I crumpled all of it that fit
Variant Title(s): Smok
Subject(s): New York Times (newspaper)


TOASTS TO THE RENTED HOUSE IN POLGETO       
First Line: Here's to the leafy gossip of the poplars


TORCH SONG       
First Line: From its shifting skin the bay had erased in turn


TORCH SONG       
First Line: From its blue, corrugated skin the bay


TOUR OF THE GARDENS       
First Line: The villa itself is private, the guidebook
Last Line: Heart of all the very arrogance %you've come so far, and paid so much, to see


TREES IN HAROLD BAUMBACH'S PAINTINGS       
First Line: I'm blue,' you might say, and I'd know what you mean
Last Line: Might have said, 'my love is a tall, pale fire'


TRUFFLE PIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: None of these men, who all run truffle pigs
Subject(s): Pigs; Truffles; Boars; Hogs


TRUFFLE PIGS       
First Line: None of these men, who all run truffle pigs
Last Line: Have learned to know them and to root them out


TWINS       
First Line: When I was eleven and they


UMBRIAN NIGHTFALL       
First Line: The stench-rich stones dogs parse all day will reek
Last Line: (three?), like raddled islands, bark


UNRELENTING FLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Black key. White key. No
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Tatum, Art (1910-1956)


UNRELENTING FLOOD       
First Line: Black key. White key. No
Last Line: Tethering us all to our star
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Tatum, Art (1910-1956)


VA, PENSIERO       
First Line: When verdi lay dying, the milanese
Last Line: Thought goes, and like a falcon thought comes home


VASECTOMY       
First Line: After the vas deferens is cut, the constantly


VERMIN       
First Line: What do you want to be when you grow up?'
Last Line: Blander than snow and slow to be cruel


VISITING HOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: A cat came round the shed
Subject(s): Love; Reality


VISITING HOURS       
First Line: A cat came round the shed
Last Line: When I went back because we'd not been there, %and then my time was up


WAKING AT DUSK FROM A NAP    Poem Text    
First Line: In the years that pass through
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


WATCH THIS SPACE       
First Line: Their entrees had arrived, his date had lolled
Last Line: To say, you realize. And now you don't


WE SHALL ALL BE BORN AGAIN BUT WE SHALL NOT ALL BE SAVED       
First Line: We're going,' the paramedics said
Last Line: My heart will push me along like a good %rhythm section. I plan to notice everything


WELL, YOU NEEDN'T    Poem Text    
First Line: Rather than hold his hands properly
Subject(s): Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Mujsic Teachers; Pianos


WELL, YOU NEEDN'T       
First Line: Rather than hold his hand properly
Last Line: Not yet ready to replace us, %or escape us, if that be the work


WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO    Poem Text    
First Line: It's spring. Lilacs and gin tinge the humid air
Subject(s): Spring


WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO       
First Line: It's spring. Lilacs and gin tinge the humid air


WHIPLASH       
First Line: That month he was broke
Last Line: Strictly speaking, but a force %that water welcomes and displays


WHY SUPERBOY LEFT       
First Line: Nowhere in all of smallville could antihistamines be bought
Last Line: What's ailing him and why he's not been back: he's ashamed


WHY WE ARE TRULY A NATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Because we rage inside
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


WHY WE ARE TRULY A NATION       
First Line: Because we rage inside
Last Line: Like the locked antlers of moose %who die on their knees in pairs
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


WHY WE ARE TRULY A NATION       
First Line: Because we rage inside
Last Line: Who die on their knees in pairs
Subject(s): Americans; United States


WILLOW, WEEP FOR ME       
First Line: Same idea as 'cry me a river,'
Last Line: Broken heart of nature to music


WOLF OF GUBBIO       
First Line: Not the walls of the furled city
Last Line: And to lay a piazza atop the town %and to raise above it a tower


WORM SONNET       
First Line: Men are worms, she said and squiggled with her middle


WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE       
First Line: Blowsy geraniums, clay pots stained here


WRONG       
First Line: There's some wrong that can't be salved
Last Line: And who is by himself except in error?