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Author: MAXWELL, GLYN
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Maxwell, Glyn    Poet's Biography
247 poems available by this author


ACTRESS-AS-CAT       
First Line: I loved actress-as-cat
Last Line: And her soft new word: his


ALBATROSS REVOLUTION       
First Line: The residence was coddled by the light
Last Line: Of a high window, the albatross-man.


ALFIE'S LULLABY       
First Line: On a day %when I lay
Last Line: Till the sun %was a road on the sea


ALLIES       
First Line: Us? We were with the allies. We were with you
Last Line: And daughters too if this fellow will ever serve me.


ALTERED SLIGHTLY       
First Line: Hilarious to the virus that has spent
Last Line: And set to work.


AMASSING       
First Line: Amass, the people-loving government
Last Line: Nudge and run, and patients bang the bell


AND INDIANS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They made a word for light when it went out,
Subject(s): Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


AND INDIANS       
First Line: They made a word for light when it went out
Last Line: Then to the listed ruin of a fact


AND LEAVES ASTONISHING       
First Line: For now, among the falling of the ochres,
Last Line: On streets of blood, in cafes of the lung.


ANYTHING BUT THE CASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do me my elegy now, or I'll scrawl the thing
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


ART SHOWS       
First Line: Down among the art shows %they made some striking models
Last Line: Casting yellow shadows. %we too cast yellow shadows!


AS A GHOST WOULD MAKE YOU       
First Line: His aged desk, or his cheshire map by now
Last Line: Quicken her breath, unearth you for a second


AS YOU WALK OUT ONE MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Brrring. It is the day of your proposal
Subject(s): Courtship


AS YOU WALK OUT ONE MORNING       
First Line: Brrring. It is the day our your proposal.
Last Line: With all respect, don't hold your breath for a yes.


AUGUST MONDAY       
First Line: It's going to take forever for the holiday
Last Line: Shellfire, which is what it is, round valenciennes


AURORA       
First Line: Aurora wakes without a kiss and it's not
Last Line: Now it's pouring with men saying 'sorry' and 'innocent'


BACK GARDENS IN EARLY MORNING       
First Line: It's cold in the tall gardens of the well-to-do
Last Line: And people make their way into these gardens


BIRTH DAY       
First Line: Through light so nursery-bright on a playing field,
Last Line: Whatever. Time began.


BLACKSONG       
First Line: All the objects coloured black
Last Line: All meaning nothing more than am


BONFIRE       
First Line: The nests dropped out of the trees, the
Last Line: More specific. Her cold hands, my warm hands


BOYS AND GIRLS OF THERE       
First Line: The grasses were as ever the first to know,
Last Line: Was a wound they would have to mend, and they made a start.


BOYS AT TWILIGHT       
First Line: Alive to the lilac, dead to the blue,
Last Line: Who are going to be boys, who have had to be men.


BREAKAGE       
First Line: Someone broke our beautiful
Last Line: Quick as I can warn them


BREATH       
First Line: Inhaling and inhaling. Think of that pain
Last Line: Or says 'nonetheless'


CALAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: They tin-opened his head
Subject(s): Calais, France


CALAIS       
First Line: They tin-opened his head
Last Line: Finds the ferry gone


CANDLE PALACE: 41       
First Line: He sold cards at the counter, happy hour
Last Line: We do to them,' she said. 'we do to them.'


CANDLE PALACE: 42       
First Line: She struggled from her pocket a short list
Last Line: They quietened, some talking, two, one, none


CANDLE PALACE: 43       
First Line: The train was emptied of its innocent
Last Line: If this was creslet, but they didn't hear


CANDLE PALACE: 44       
First Line: The air was cold and had a slicing wind
Last Line: To do the hedges! Still do, when it's warm.'


CANDLE PALACE: 45       
First Line: Can't do it all now, so she's got machines
Last Line: For ink to cling to or for soul to say


CAP D'AIL       
First Line: The chap on the next promontory began
Last Line: That was and silence answers nobody's


CARNIVAL BAHIA       
First Line: We're here in a shade of white for a time of prayer
Last Line: Are only the riffling back for the lost place off the only reader


CHANCE IN HELL: 1       
First Line: When the train stopped I started and woke up
Last Line: As if the light could fight it, and had tried


CHANCE IN HELL: 2       
First Line: You and your book are the only things this scene
Last Line: No, I felt saved, and damned if I knew why.'


CHANCE IN HELL: 3       
First Line: No, I don't think you're nuts,' the poet sighed
Last Line: Mister lea. It's boiling here. Let's leave.''


CHANCE IN HELL: 4       
First Line: Four o'clock,' explained the poet. 'hmm.'
Last Line: Planning our life together. Think of me.'


CHANCE IN HELL: 5       
First Line: The poet made his hands like empty hands
Last Line: The train's gold shadow on a sea of maize.'


CHILD'S RECORDER: 26       
First Line: And it was policemen who when I was nine
Last Line: Until it foamed. 'because it's time I did.'


CHILD'S RECORDER: 27       
First Line: She's got this tape recorder by her bed
Last Line: The dead might hold, the living incline to


CHILD'S RECORDER: 28       
First Line: It seemed a customs point had been provided
Last Line: Then I was smooth again and death to know


CHILD'S RECORDER: 29       
First Line: Farewells were over quickly. In the game
Last Line: I waited for him, facing the night air


CHILD'S RECORDER: 30       
First Line: When nothing moved as if he hadn't heard
Last Line: Well, I'll be damned. Welcome to evermore.'


CONQUEST       
First Line: His house, his town, his garden, his own room
Last Line: Now he's a native, sickly and just breathing.


COTTAGE IN FOREST       
First Line: The captains halt, gasping: they left
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


COTTAGE IN FOREST       
First Line: The captains halt, gasping: they left
Last Line: In wet forests of ash and steel
Subject(s): Forests


CREAK       
First Line: I needed to write a note to her. I'd needed
Last Line: In time, and without his or any english


CRESSIDA       
First Line: I got her. I'd been reading chaucer's troilus
Last Line: Dear of the city, but you aren't her, weren't there


CURSE ON A CHILD       
First Line: May the love of your life get on at ongar
Last Line: As men can make it, but, dear, may you sleep.


DAWN ON THE MIDI       
First Line: In the one pink hour these villas
Last Line: Stone-deaf to the sea breaking


DEATH IN A MIST       
First Line: Snaps it shut in the night, the man


DEEP SORRINESS ATONEMENT SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The man who sold manhattan for a halfway decent bangle
Subject(s): Failure; Regret


DEEP SORRINESS ATONEMENT SONG       
First Line: The man who sold manhattan for a halfway decent bangle
Last Line: I'm the sorriest of all


DEMUNDO: 31       
First Line: That you are good: somewhere there is a place
Last Line: When no one gives a monkey's, think of me.'


DEMUNDO: 32       
First Line: My hands were at my sides out there. I chose
Last Line: Since you last lighted up the neighbourhood.'


DEMUNDO: 33       
First Line: The silence that was me, and had been me
Last Line: Still beaming when they helped him from the room


DEMUNDO: 34       
First Line: I rode in a long car. I had my hands
Last Line: Dark on the sky, white on a passing field


DEMUNDO: 35       
First Line: Once on an ocean distance in the day
Last Line: I giggled, reaching for my ice-cold lager


DESIRE OF THE BLOSSOM       
First Line: This strain bloomed red. It became tended:
Last Line: Strain and harden.


DEVIL AT WAR       
First Line: That truce didn't last.
Last Line: Gives his word.


DID I IMAGINE THAT       
First Line: A man in a suitg in a field


DIDYMUS THE SEATED       
First Line: Without a shadow of doubt,
Last Line: There is a saint for doubt.


DOMINION       
First Line: Only the cliftons' yacht
Last Line: Huddle and wipe again, and stir the beer


DON'T WASTE YOUR BREATH       
First Line: On sales or sermons at my door,
Last Line: To one part me.


DREAM BUT A DOOR       
First Line: Dream but a door slams then.
Last Line: And well again. Look up.


DRIVE TO THE SEASHORE       
First Line: We passed, free citizens, between the gloves
Last Line: Their opposites, and curse to no effect.


DUSK       
First Line: Glad I remembered
Last Line: Night, and they looked at inexplicable light falling away


EATER       
First Line: Top of the morning, dogfood family!
Last Line: And rot? Or not?


EC3       
First Line: Her heart alert and in on things she walks
Last Line: In the dead east of town.


EDWARD WILSON       
First Line: A dream of english watercolourists
Last Line: Are unenquiring and as blue as skies


EITHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A northern hill aghast with weather
Subject(s): Death; Disappointment; Absence; Dead, The; Separation; Isolation


EITHER       
First Line: A northern hill aghast with weather
Last Line: Field I don't remember either.


ELBOW PEOPLE       
First Line: Let's hand it to the elbow people. Theirs
Last Line: Down the hatch . Today is elbow day


END OF THE WEEKEND       
First Line: The chairs were folded up when the light was,
Last Line: Tell me what kind they are, and how kind.


ENDING EQUALING       
First Line: Through the defeat of drink and neutralising
Last Line: Roceeds, diagonal joy again, fog again, boooooo! %so I poised eyesight at the edge of diagonal joy


ENGLAND GERMANY    Poem Text    
First Line: The boys were risen right out of their seats
Subject(s): Soccer; Crowds


ENGLAND GERMANY       
First Line: The boys were risen right out of their seats
Last Line: Obscuring him, till he became unknown


ERRAND BOY       
First Line: To amble on on the brightening, clouding
Last Line: Then monitors interesting forming clouds.


FARM CLOSE       
First Line: The small field by my house is the small field
Last Line: Who, as you probably know, can't do that.


FIRE-ANTS       
First Line: Look who was standing in a loaf af ants
Last Line: A dance it isn't, what we have to do


FIRES BY THE RIVER       
First Line: Just say you went beside the fires by the river,
Last Line: Like years in thought.


FIVE-TO-FOUR (3.55PM)       
First Line: Who hasn't ever thought
Last Line: And they all turn and stare


FLOOD BEFORE AND AFTER       
First Line: It reeled across the north, to the extent
Last Line: The crow and the scarecrow were rowing it.


FLOTILLA       
First Line: The fireworks freckle again in the bright sunlight
Last Line: If no one turns from the rail in a while to explain that


FOR MY DAUGHTER       
First Line: If I call this poem that, I have as new
Last Line: Of what was blissful but incredible


FORCE THAT ATE ITSELF       
First Line: They had marched on crust an infinitude of miles
Last Line: With high hopes.


FURTHEST WEST       
First Line: You lot got dazzled and burned
Last Line: Then gathers, rolling, breaking clean out of nowhere %its only news.


GARDEN CITY QUATRAINS       
First Line: First day of school. A boy looks through a pane.
Last Line: He's got his gift and bottle. What have you got?


GHAZAL       
First Line: So many leaves are falling that it's clear to me
Last Line: By winter may the ground have lent an ear to me


GHOST OUT OF WORK       
First Line: I died and I tried haunting massachusetts
Last Line: Not a care in the world. Nobody stopped me


GINGER-HAIRED IN HEAVEN       
First Line: Sometimes only the ginger-haired in heaven
Last Line: Then we might stay here if you said we could.


GIRL IN FILMS       
First Line: The girl had the nothing talked out of her
Last Line: Who'd lace one cup in six with cyanide


GOLDFISH       
First Line: We go down to the harbour
Last Line: And now we were hungry


GREAT DETECTIVES       
First Line: None can leap as far as the great detectives.
Last Line: He couldn't understand, so wouldn't use.


GROWING MEN       
First Line: Unravelling red carpets for ourselves,
Last Line: Quite carefully, as if he'd wait that long.


HANG OF IT       
First Line: High it was who told me, didn't tell me,
Last Line: But picking up his planes.


HEAT CAME OUT       
First Line: The heat came out and spread a cloth as wide
Last Line: If anything prepares what comes for us


HELENE AND HELOISE       
First Line: So swim in the embassy pool in a tinkling breeze
Last Line: Who'd not hurt them for all their limited kisses.


HIDE AND SEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the things to win at. There I am,
Subject(s): Coming Of Age


HIDE AND SEEK       
First Line: Of all the things to win at. There I am
Last Line: And the last thing that matered mattered here


HIGH ACHIEVERS       
First Line: Educated in the humanities,
Last Line: Sick with its fish, was turning them to men.


HILLES, EDGE       
First Line: A man has clambered up a hill so high
Last Line: The awe he can now only understand


HIS FIRST MINUTE       
First Line: Afternoon is night, we'd done in english
Last Line: Not being here,' she asked and caught my eye


HOME FROM A CLOSE READING       
First Line: Excuse how late we are, or how our once white sleeves
Last Line: You find out what it did about you when it could


HOODHEAD       
First Line: Clothed in a rottenness to two women
Last Line: Passing. He wanted to die again and he said so


HORSES' MOUTHS: I PYROIS       
First Line: Film me in silhouette. I insist. I'm not
Last Line: He wanted it again. He ran his course.


HORSES' MOUTHS: II EOUS       
First Line: How did you find me here?
Last Line: Wraps her and deserts me, drenched, here.


HORSES' MOUTHS: IV PHLEGON       
First Line: Get on my back. You all do in the end.
Last Line: Here where the star fell, here where he got his wish.


HORSES'S MOUTHS: III AETHON       
First Line: One minute, love.
Last Line: Fanfared, forgiven %aethon.


HOW MANY THINGS       
First Line: Five things are happening, and I see why
Last Line: With a bulletin, but I'd gone out by then


HURRY MY WAY       
First Line: After the accident of rain all night
Last Line: Whack on your winter coat and hurry my way


HYPHEN       
First Line: That the third digit
Last Line: In the brilliant sunshine


I.M. DAVID PENHALIGON       
First Line: His very name a small peninsula
Last Line: Is when he would have spoken, and we must


IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT A SHILLING       
First Line: Christmas came so fast around the corner
Last Line: Because he really thinks we do all wonder.


IN THE GAP       
First Line: The road is dark and wet and red


ISLANDER       
First Line: I have grown my hedge
Last Line: Come when I call


JOEY AWAKE NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Some poems, / right some poems
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


JUNE 31ST, THE SOMME       
First Line: My granddad held his nerve by mentioning me
Last Line: As you can see!' they went off in a wobbly line, %forgot us


JUST LIKE US       
First Line: It will have to be sunny. It can rain only
Last Line: Or never meant, or never met.


LA BREA    Poem Text    
First Line: Los angeles. So just / guess what I saw: not the dust
Subject(s): La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles


LA BREA       
First Line: Los angeles. So just
Last Line: Tar-pits, in la brea, in los angeles.


LAST DESERT       
First Line: The sixteen guests sat back, applauding
Last Line: Shoeless in the seething woods


LETTERS TO EDWARD THOMAS       
First Line: Dear edward, just a note to say we're here
Last Line: Or names to bring them back when the snow comes


LONDON FROM MY WINDOW       
First Line: Cosy in their offices, through disobedient
Last Line: In time and indifference that means, that mends


LOVE MADE YEAH       
First Line: First and zillionth my eyes meet eyes
Last Line: Friends, I am history!


LOYAL       
First Line: The next division of perfected men
Last Line: To answer questions neither hard nor fair


LULLABY OF THE THAMES       
First Line: Now you are in my life, my insomniac
Last Line: With a light dirt of dream where it meets ground


LUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Lust is at home here and I make it welcome.
Subject(s): Lust


LUST       
First Line: Lust is at home here and I make it welcome.
Last Line: But I live here.


MALLAREA: 21       
First Line: I said I'd get him cards, a pack of cards
Last Line: You gonna hang with spock?'


MALLAREA: 22       
First Line: At times there's little mystery to how
Last Line: Said polly. I said nothing, then the same


MALLAREA: 23       
First Line: So unfamiliar and unreal had seemed
Last Line: Sometimes I think you're better off! God bless


MALLAREA: 24       
First Line: Another well-lit house, another gate
Last Line: As her. Only the name. Or one of them.'


MALLAREA: 25       
First Line: We sat in the upstairs. I'd never seen
Last Line: Could keep the light rising to release me


MANDATE ON AN EIGHTH OF MAY       
First Line: There came a mandate for a street-parade.
Last Line: See us. Remember us. Remember the date.


MARGIT-ISLE       
First Line: The boy had died. We knew that right away.
Last Line: Something to carry around and feel. Move on.


MARTAL DIPTYCH    Poem Text    
First Line: By stock-still flags on the hottest day
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; War


MATTERING       
First Line: But the next day I was a hood with teeth
Last Line: When I was frowning at a picture-book


MILD CITIZEN       
First Line: Sunday is wringing its discoloured hands.
Last Line: Empty musicians play in endless rain.


MINE       
First Line: Someone lied to someone's friend
Last Line: A human is no more than that


MOONCALVES       
First Line: A local beauty known to the police
Last Line: Were anybody wondering was she


MR F GETS FIT       
First Line: I jogged away from town on a dim day
Last Line: It did me good. I hope it does you gooder


MR GEM       
First Line: Mr gem was now full of himself, he had a party=
Last Line: Rich and fresh, next in the telephone queue


MR HARMEN TO YOU       
First Line: Harmen had kept the mornings to himself
Last Line: He'll reach under his desk and see star-devils


MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Sundays, like a stanza break
Subject(s): Solitude


MUSEUM       
First Line: Sundays, like a stanza break
Last Line: Or god among the dinosaurs.


MY FIRST POEM: 11       
First Line: Hereafter what you read %in stone. At this point we arrive
Last Line: I noted in the cold. She looked at me


MY FIRST POEM: 12       
First Line: In recollection what descended then
Last Line: He calls, then cries it through the streaming air


MY FIRST POEM: 13       
First Line: The dog and duck.' 'the lions.' 'the green man.'
Last Line: Put off a light, until the night was bare


MY FIRST POEM: 14       
First Line: I'm in the greenest spot. From where I sit
Last Line: Destroyed, old lad. I want to be destroyed.'


MY FIRST POEM: 15       
First Line: The word departed from him with a sigh
Last Line: That took his place, it took my empty hands


MY GRANDFATHER AT THE POOL       
First Line: This photo I know best of him is him
Last Line: When I'm what disappears into my day


MY TURN       
First Line: I have been so enchanted by the girls
Last Line: With my foot down, then both my feet on it.


NATIVITY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Town of a hundred thousand hands
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


NATIVITY       
First Line: Town of a hundred thousand hands
Last Line: Sudden, distinct, involving events.


NIGHT IS YOUNG       
First Line: I was with some friends when I noticed with some strangers
Last Line: You don't forgive what's left of what you loved.


OCTOBER SOUTH PLEASNANT       
First Line: The sugars congregated in this fuss of leaves
Last Line: I'll lower my arm in time and make a note somehow


OFFICER       
First Line: The apparatus of the officer
Last Line: That wrote this, or the bible, or hamlet %or godot


OLD SMILE AT THE ROAST    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships


ON A DEVON ROAD       
First Line: Whatever thoughts there were for me on a devon road
Last Line: Use his hand to stop light coming through it


ONCE WAS, IS NOW       
First Line: Once was a rock, is now a knack, a tin
Last Line: Around a tightening throat no blacker stone is carved


ONCE: 16       
First Line: His shape receded, spinning to the end
Last Line: Her brother's hand. My present meant the world


ONCE: 17       
First Line: Cole struck again, he talked to me again
Last Line: Why not? I deeply breathed and made my way


ONCE: 18       
First Line: You couldn't reach him, as you never can
Last Line: I told them. 'yellow river. Happy hour.'


ONCE: 19       
First Line: He must have had the thinnest skull I've seen
Last Line: Thought lost forever, I could hear the wind


ONCE: 20       
First Line: If you are with me, you do not know hell
Last Line: Is on you ages after you pass by


ONE AND ANOTHER GO HOME       
First Line: The one flies back to his land and it dubs him king;
Last Line: Whose fault is it all?' at which he goes 'not yours.'


ORDEAL       
First Line: Acknowledged on our side of town
Last Line: For a head-to-head in winter


OUT OF THE RAIN       
First Line: The animals went in two by two, but I,
Last Line: I take it down and send it to myself.


PEOPLE'S CINEMA       
First Line: As blank as scripture to a ruling class
Last Line: How riches look in daylight when there are none.


PETER BROOK       
First Line: Let every page %begin as clean
Last Line: As I do mine %and cling to these.


PLAINT OF THE ELDER PRINCES       
First Line: We are the first and second sons of kings.
Last Line: Show us the map. This time we'll understand.


POEM FOR A WEDDING       
First Line: I had a sunlight poem and a cloud poem
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


POEM FOR A WEDDING       
First Line: I had a sunlight poem and a cloud poem
Last Line: And, like the best of dreams, it's come true
Subject(s): Wedding Song


POEM IN BLANK RHYME       
First Line: This sin't very difficult to do
Last Line: Days are very many. Days are few. %I want to be with someone and you're who


POEM OF THE BIRTHS       
First Line: And so they came to a clearing, where the ground
Last Line: Two vandals, and that fuming in its cot


POISONFIELD       
First Line: We went to vote in our democracy


PORTOBELLO       
First Line: When you were the one reading
Last Line: I mean, when I look at the stars it isn't the stars %I'm looking at


PROSPECTORS ON CHERRY MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The mountain had the minerals


PURSUIT       
First Line: Running through woods he came to the wrong wood,
Last Line: But he ran elsewhere, though a red x was him.


PUSH ON, AMIGO       
First Line: Push on, amigo - slurs the indian earth


RARE CHAT WITH THE RED SQUIRREL       
First Line: No even now, when your
Last Line: You should recognize.


RECOLLECTION OF A MEAL       
First Line: She was a rich in her own right.
Last Line: Telling her why on the way.


RHYMES       
First Line: Back in the indescribable condition
Last Line: Was one of them. Then they hid away like wings


RIO NEGRO       
First Line: As a boy awake in bed with mum's kiss
Last Line: Is paying homage like a satellite


ROOM       
First Line: The room was his and said so, and its reds
Last Line: And forced the window up %to smoke from


RUMPELSTILTSKIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Variant Title(s): Rumplestiltskin
Subject(s): Rumpelstiltskin


RUMPELSTILTSKIN       
First Line: Your name is rumpelstiltskin!' cried
Last Line: As liars tend to have to do.
Variant Title(s): Rumplestiltski


SARAJEVO ZOO       
First Line: Men had used up their hands, men had
Last Line: Then winter howled a command and the sorry branches %shed their leaves.


SCHOOL HOLIDAY, SOUTH WALES       
First Line: Some steaming cook this afternoon


SEA COMES IN LIKE NOTHING BUT THE SEA       
Last Line: To prove we were still there when it was doubted


SECOND       


SECOND SON IN EXILE       
First Line: My younger sister arrived in disguise
Last Line: Scratched it on the sand


SECOND SONS' ESCAPE       
First Line: Like silence, second sons are impolite
Last Line: We heard the big guns sounding in the bay


SELECT       
First Line: Film it in london. Put
Last Line: She eats. Nothing is yours


SENTENCE       
First Line: Lied to like a judge I stepped down.
Last Line: The innocent or the found innocent.


SONG OF OUR MAN       
First Line: By light of what when filtered down
Last Line: But not, now, far.


SOUTH-SOUTH-EAST       
First Line: Into the choosing zone
Last Line: Get back where I stgarted from. %nobody's


SPORT STORY OF A WINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: He was a great ambassador for the game
Subject(s): Sports


SPORT STORY OF A WINNER       
First Line: He was a great ambassador for the game.
Last Line: Never-to-be-beaten time that'll last forever! %won't he. Trevor.


SPRINGS OF SIMON PETER       
First Line: In a town in which to have tried three times
Last Line: From his own words spreading through the whole of space.


STAIRS AND OAK       
First Line: Yes, the standing on the uppermost stair
Last Line: Then out, away


STAKES       
First Line: Forget that in the three-fifteen
Last Line: I will not lose. Now off they go.


STARGAZING       
First Line: The night is fine and dry. It falls and spreads
Last Line: And go back into the house.


STAY       
First Line: The group, the gang, the team
Last Line: Crunching across the gravel like an army


STILL TO WANT YOU GONE: 36       
First Line: The seventh year was hills seen from afar
Last Line: He grinned at me. His eyes were red and wide


STILL TO WANT YOU GONE: 37       
First Line: I did enjoy the ride. Or I enjoyed
Last Line: Well, here he is, in, in - reality.'


STILL TO WANT YOU GONE: 38       
First Line: The husband put aside his ring of lights
Last Line: Worm-fashion. So. I'm going to disappear.'


STILL TO WANT YOU GONE: 39       
First Line: As I was staring, they were showing me
Last Line: The two of us, out to the starlit garden


STILL TO WANT YOU GONE: 40       
First Line: We steeplechased to shelter from the last
Last Line: To watch me closely till I wasn't there


STUNNING       
First Line: We must pause and throw our collective arms around
Last Line: To forgive. They may take some convincing


SULK       
First Line: What we are at is pining for our lost
Last Line: And cluster there by the millpond of the ages.


TALE OF A CHOCOLATE EGG       
First Line: The advertising of the chocolate egg
Last Line: Scoffed the thing and didn't die of it.


TALE OF THE MAYOR'S SON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Courtship; Popular Culture; Relationships; Disappointment; Bullies


TALE OF THE MAYOR'S SON       
First Line: The mayor's son had options. One was death,
Last Line: Will find its way to me and I will wear it.


THE BOYS AT TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Alive to the lilac, dead to the blue
Subject(s): Youth; Coming Of Age


THE ONLY WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: When a poet leaves to see to all that matters
Subject(s): Ali, Agha Shahid; Poetry & Poets


THE ORDEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Acknowledged on our side town,
Subject(s): Schools; Friendship; Relationships; Coming Of Age; Conduct Of Life; Students


THE SARAJEVO ZOO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Men had used up their hands, men had
Subject(s): Balkan Conflicts (yugoslavia); Sarajevo, Bosnia; Zoos; Death - Animals


THE UNINVITED    Poem Text    
First Line: We did not care muchly who, in the murder
Subject(s): Murder; Social Commentaries


THEY LESSEN ONE       
First Line: Coughs. Ash. A corner's dust. The curtains answer
Last Line: Like -- here we go again -- like they were taught


THIEF ON THE CROSS       
First Line: How are you doing on yours, my pal
Last Line: He's innocent; he can't help.


THIRTEENTH STOREY       
First Line: As we flickered up the storey
Last Line: If you're seriously asking


TRUE THAT I LIE       
First Line: In the need for truth (our affair) and sudden shock
Last Line: And getting only me, my love) goodbye


TWO OLD ONES DID IT       
First Line: Is coped with, skyscrapers and is coped with
Last Line: Both quite dead now


UNDER THESE LIGHTS       
First Line: You who had dared me out under these lights
Last Line: One could survive was not a sign for home


UNINVITED       
First Line: We did not care muchly who, in the murder,
Last Line: Caught in the act of an act of murder.


US AND NELL AND BEN       
First Line: You wishing thing! Across the fields
Last Line: He's the dimliest-lit of men


VALENTINES AT THE FRONT       
First Line: Valentines' day aynwhere the boys are
Last Line: Of untold villages of untold brides


WAR HERO    Poem Text    
First Line: Where recollections end,
Subject(s): Grandparents; Storms; Oak Trees; Children; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Childhood


WAR HERO       
First Line: Where recollections end,
Last Line: To lancashire summers beyond the hideous river.


WASP       
First Line: We were all strained with the food when look, a wasp
Last Line: Don't fuck with us, little guys. We're mad as hell.


WATCHING OVER       
First Line: Elated by ourselves, we shift and slip-
Last Line: To hurt you, nor one raindrop on the wind.


WE BILLION CHEERED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): News; Popular Culture


WE BILLION CHEERED       
First Line: We billion cheered.
Last Line: It, its friend, its foe and its opposite.


WE DID IT IN MUSIC: 10       
First Line: A pledge, a promise, said that poet, glen
Last Line: Soon you could see the ocean in my eye


WE DID IT IN MUSIC: 6       
First Line: Out there the reflection sat, the empty volume
Last Line: Were staring at me from the pudding line


WE DID IT IN MUSIC: 7       
First Line: Glen walked the slowest of our little crew
Last Line: Now nothing streamed like rain across my face


WE DID IT IN MUSIC: 8       
First Line: I ran in it unflinching to a stage
Last Line: I heard the door close, then the bolting sound


WE DID IT IN MUSIC: 9       
First Line: My wretched fellow-outcast had a watch
Last Line: The ones you wanted when you wanted love!'


WEATHER GUY       
First Line: Hurricane this is scaring us, %hurricane that's not far behind
Last Line: I have to warn them of


WHATEVER ELSE       
First Line: Silence's still geology, and I


WHITE CAR       
First Line: To know this is, to know the last one
Last Line: A loud sadness


WHITSUN       
First Line: One of the very first
Last Line: Any brilliant morning.


WISH       
First Line: Alone in spoiling it, I said I wish
Last Line: Unwishing, backwards, everything I could.


YELLOW PLATES       
First Line: The family moving into the house were told
Last Line: Yellow plates: five, six, seven.


YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW       
First Line: Open the door one crack and you are backstage.
Last Line: And over before long.