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Author: MCGINLEY, PHYLLIS
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Mcginley, Phyllis    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Hayden, Charles, Mrs.
119 poems available by this author


5:32       
First Line: She said, if tomorrow my world were torn in two
Last Line: And wood smoke lying like haze on the quiet town, %and dinner waiting, and the sun not yet gone down


A BALLAD OF ANTHOLOGISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: An urchin at his father's knee
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Editors


ABOUT CHILDREN       
First Line: By all the published facts in the case
Last Line: When the selfsame nimbus is eerily worn %by a nymph, a child, and a unicorn?


ADVERSARY       
First Line: A mother's hardest to forgive
Last Line: Ripe on a plate. And while you live %relentlessly she understands you
Subject(s): Mothers


APPREHENSIVE SURVEY (OF THE POETRY SITUATION ... )       
First Line: With sound of fife and trumpet, with roll of pulsing drum
Last Line: That it's much more amusing to knock things down
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


B'S THE BUS       
Last Line: It has to stop obligingly %if you but raise your hand


BALLAD FOR ONE BORN IN MISSOURI       
First Line: Rise up, devout america! The blessed hours strike
Last Line: But james %truslow %adams %sets sail for liverpool


BALLAD OF AMATEUR HOUR       
First Line: What shall we do with the bold milkman


BALLAD OF FINE DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: All in the summery weather
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


BALLAD OF FINE DAYS       
First Line: All in the summery weather
Last Line: The bombers fly together %through the innocent air
Subject(s): World War Ii


BALLADE OF LOST OBJECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are the ribbons I tie my hair with?
Subject(s): Religion; Youth; Theology


BALLADE OF LOST OBJECTS       
First Line: Where are the ribbons I tie my hair with?
Last Line: But where in the world did the children vanish?
Subject(s): Religion; Youth


C IS FOR THE CIRCUS       
Last Line: I wouldn't trade a circus %for some crocuses, would you?


CAROL WITH VARIATIONS, 1936       
First Line: Oh! Little town of bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Last Line: Hear the carol, once again- %peace on earth, good will to men
Subject(s): Religion


CERTAIN AGE       
First Line: All of a sudden bicycles are toys
Subject(s): Adolescence


CITY CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now is the time when the great urban heart
Last Line: We hear too late or not too late
Subject(s): Christmas; Cities; Nativity, The; Urban Life


CITY CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Now is the time when the great urban heart
Last Line: And twenty thousand doormen hourly grow %politer and politer and politer
Subject(s): Christmas; Cities


CLUB WOMAN       
First Line: She scarce had entered in the gate
Subject(s): Religion


CONQUERORS       
First Line: It seems vainglorious and proud
Last Line: But ah! How wondrously they slew %with what they had to go on


COUNTRY CLUB SUNDAY       
First Line: It is a beauteous morning, calm and free
Last Line: Moans, shuns the light, and gulps tomato juice
Subject(s): Clubs (associations)


DANIEL AT BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: His paper propped against the electric toaster
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


DEATH AT SUPPERTIME       
First Line: Between the dark and the daylight
Last Line: Comes a season of horror by wireless, %that is know as the children's hour


DIDO OF TUNISIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I had heard of these things before - of chariots rumbling
Last Line: That men might struggle and fall, and not for love
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Women's Rights; World War Ii; Male-female Relations; Vergil; Feminism; Second World War


DIDO OF TUNISIA       
First Line: I had heard of these things before - of chariots rumbling
Last Line: That men might struggle and fall, and not for love
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Women's Rights; World War Ii


ENIGMA IN ALTMAN'S       
First Line: It is a strange, miraculous thing


EVENING MUSICALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Candles, red tulips, ninety cents the bunch.
Variant Title(s): Recipe For An Evening Musicale
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


EVENING MUSICALE       
First Line: Candles, red tulips, ninety cents the bunch.
Last Line: On little rented chairs with gilded backs.
Variant Title(s): Recipe For An Evening Musical
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


F IS THE FIGHTING FIRETRUCK       
Last Line: When the firetruck flashes by


FIRST LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: The first thing to remember about fathers is, they're men.
Subject(s): Men


FOURTEENTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: The enemy who wears


GARLAND OF PRECEPTS       
First Line: Though a seeker since my birth


GIVEAWAY       
First Line: Saint bridget was %a problem child
Last Line: From evidence presented here? %saint bridget? Or her near and dear?


HOLY CITY       
First Line: In palestine, in palestine %the flocks unsheltered sleep
Subject(s): Christmas


HOSPITAL SONG (COMPOSED WHILE EMERGING FROM THE ETHER)       
First Line: Hospitals simply enchant me
Last Line: But - lean a little closer - I would rather be at home
Subject(s): Hospitals


IN PRAISE OF DIVERSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Since the ingenious earth began
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


INTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY       
First Line: Indeed, it will soon be over. I shall be done


J'S THE JUMPING JAY-WALKER    Poem Text    
Last Line: And the traffic into jam
Subject(s): Pedestrians; Children; Traffic


J'S THE JUMPING JAY-WALKER       
Last Line: And the traffic into jam
Subject(s): Cities


JOURNEY TOWARD EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Fifty, not having expected to arrive here
Last Line: But not to sleep. He finds it hard to sleep
Subject(s): Aging; Insomnia; Sleeplessness


JOURNEY TOWARD EVENING       
First Line: Fifty, not having expected to arrive here
Last Line: Fifty writes letters, dines, yawns, goes up early %but not to sleep. He finds it hard to sleep
Subject(s): Aging; Insomnia


LADY ALONE       
First Line: Since he has left her, all her luck has left


LADY SELECTING HER CHRISTMAS CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fastidiously, with gloved and careful fingers
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


LADY SELECTING HER CHRISTMAS CARDS       
First Line: Fastidiously, with gloved and careful fingers
Last Line: Twelve-fifty for the box
Subject(s): Christmas


LAMENT FOR LOST LODGINGS       
First Line: Yes, do you remember an inn
Last Line: On a long veranda, %I'll motor no more, miranda
Subject(s): Hotels


LANCELOT WITH BICYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her window looks upon the lane
Last Line: Three grief, april, and his name
Subject(s): Love Nature Of; Infatuation; Love Age Differences; Fickleness


LANCELOT WITH BICYCLE       
First Line: Her window looks upon the lane
Last Line: Grief, april, and his name
Subject(s): Love


LANDSCAPE WITHOUT FIGURES       
First Line: The shape of the summer has not changed at all
Last Line: Though the shape of the summer has not changed at all
Subject(s): World War Ii


LATE AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Candles, red tulips, ninety cents the bunch.
Last Line: On little rented chairs with gilded backs
Subject(s): August


LATE AUGUST       
First Line: Now like an unkempt wife, a blowsy napper
Last Line: The voice of macy chiding his commitee
Subject(s): August


LENDING LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the valentines and birthday greetings
Subject(s): Books; Women; Librarians & Libraries; Reading; Library; Librarians


LITERARY LANDSCAPE WITH DOVE AND POET       
First Line: The pedant dove, the poet who admires him


MARGINAL NOTES       
First Line: From hollywood, cal., to boston, mass., %atlanta to the sea
Last Line: But your friends, dear friends, are the quaint mistakes %youalways commit yourself


MELANCHOLY REFLECTIONS AFTER A LOST ARGUMENT       
First Line: I always pay the verbal score
Last Line: The art of always striking when %the irony is hot


MIDCENTURY LOVE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay near me. Speak my name. Oh, do not wander
Subject(s): Love


MIDCENTURY LOVE LETTER       
First Line: Stay near me. Speak my name. Oh, do not wander
Last Line: In no such winter can survive this


MIXTURE AS BEFORE       
First Line: Summer is icumen in
Last Line: And the aromatic night %leans against the blackout curtain
Subject(s): World War Ii


MR. BROWNING REVISES - 1939       
First Line: Oh, to be in england


MY SIX TOOTHBRUSHES       
First Line: Against the pure, reflective tiles


NOT BY WAVING BANNERS       
First Line: Oh, not by waving banners


NOTES FOR A SOUTHERN ROAD MAP       
First Line: Carry me back to old virginny


NOVEMBER       
First Line: Away with vanity of man
Last Line: After october to find sweet %her chilly common sense


O.K., PARNASSUS       
First Line: Oh, send up sky rockets by the carton
Last Line: Is really an interesting occupation


OCCUPATION: HOUSEWIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her health is good. She owns to forty-one,
Subject(s): Housewives


ODE TO THE END OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer, adieu
Subject(s): Summer


ODE TO THE END OF SUMMER       
First Line: Summer, adieu


OFFICE PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: This holy night in open forum
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


OFFICE PARTY       
First Line: This holy night in open forum
Last Line: Collapse by the water cooler
Subject(s): Christmas


OLD WOMAN WITH FOUR SONS       
First Line: I have had four sons,' said the old woman


ORDEAL BY FAMILY       
First Line: I've been out where the blues begin
Last Line: And now that I'm away again, %I miss them very much
Subject(s): Family Life


ORIGINS OF SPECIES    Poem Text    
First Line: And at his doorsill
Subject(s): Santa Claus; Nicholas, Saint


P'S THE PROUD POLICEMAN       
Last Line: And he points the way politely %to the playground or the park


PORTENTS       
First Line: By a cloud, by rings on the moon
Last Line: Though there is no safety there %I think. Nor anywhere
Subject(s): World War Ii


PORTRAIT OF A GIRL WITH COMIC BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirteen's no age at all. Thirteen's nothing
Subject(s): Adolescence; Teen Agers


PORTRAIT OF A GIRL WITH COMIC BOOK       
First Line: Thirteen's no age at all. Thirteen's nothing
Last Line: Nor, quitted once, can it be quite recalled - %not even with pity
Subject(s): Adolescence


PUBLIC JOURNAL       
First Line: It is four in the afternoon. Time still for a poem
Last Line: And the american royalties, and an inherited income, %to keep the wolf at bay
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Man-woman Relationships; Poetry And Poets; Women's Rights


PUBLISHER'S PARTY       
First Line: At tea in cocktail weather
Subject(s): Publishing; Women Writers; Publishers


PUBLISHER'S PARTY       
First Line: At tea in cocktail weather
Last Line: Away in haste I slither, %feeling I need a breather
Subject(s): Publishing; Women - Writers


REACTIONARY ESSAY ON APPLIED SCIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot love the brothers wright,
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


REFLECTIONS AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I owned a dior dress
Subject(s): Wishes


REFLECTIONS AT DAWN       
First Line: I wish I owned a dior dress
Last Line: I wish I didn't talk so much, %when I am at a party
Subject(s): Wishes


SAINT FRANCIS BORGIA, OR A REFUTATION FOR HERESY       
First Line: In the courts of evil


SOLDIER ASLEEP.       
Last Line: Safe may the winds return you to the place %that, howsoever it was, was better than this
Subject(s): World War Ii


SONG FROM NEW ROCHELLE       
First Line: Monday's child is fair of face
Last Line: On saturday morn, %and saturday's child commutes


SONG OF THE UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, my mouth is dimpled,
Subject(s): Mothers; Children; Childhood


SPANISH LIONS       
First Line: Guarding the doors of the hispanic society
Last Line: Not even the bas-relief of rosinante, %posed with his knightastride, on the opposite wall
Subject(s): Statues


SPRING COMES TO THE SUBURBS       
First Line: Now green the larch; the hedges green
Last Line: Of showers and soil and fertilizer


SQUEEZE PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Jackson pollock had a quaint
Last Line: Sibyl always answered
Subject(s): Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956)


SQUEEZE PLAY       
First Line: Jackson pollock had a quaint
Last Line: Sibyl always answered, %'dribble'
Subject(s): Pollock, Jackson (1912-1956)


TEMPTATIONS OF SAINT ANTHONY       
First Line: Off in the wilderness bare and level
Last Line: Quite a relief to anthony
Subject(s): Anthony, Saint (250-355); Saints


TEXT FOR TODAY       
First Line: The syllables of grief are small


THE ADVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: A mother's hardest to forgive
Subject(s): Mothers


THE ANGRY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The other day I chanced to meet
Subject(s): Anger


THE CONQUERORS    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems vainglorious and proud
Subject(s): Mankind; War; Human Race


THE GIVEAWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Saint bridget was
Subject(s): Bridget, Saint (1303-1373); Gifts & Giving


THE TEMPTATIONS OF SAINT ANTHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Off in the wilderness bare and level
Subject(s): Anthony, Saint (250-355); Saints


THE VELVET HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I call that parent rash and wild
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


THIS SIDE OF CALVIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The reverend dr. Harcourt, folk agree
Subject(s): Clergy; Religion; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Theology


THIS SIDE OF CALVIN       
First Line: The reverend dr. Harcourt, folk agree
Subject(s): Clergy; Religion


TIRADE ON TEA       
First Line: Though my interest in viands is easy to whet up


TIRED BALLAD OF TRAVEL       
First Line: Say, do the blamy breezes blow on old nantcuket still?
Last Line: Ah, draw the shades and let me doze %above a travel folder


TO A MODERNISTIC CHRISTMAS TREE       
First Line: From what astounding forest
Last Line: So that she wept, beneath you, %bright tears of silver-foil?


TRINITY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The pigeons that peck at the grass in trinity churchyard
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Pigeons; Unemployment; Work; Workers


TRINITY PLACE       
First Line: The pigeons that peck at the grass in trinity churchyard
Last Line: It is only the men who are hungry. The pigeons are fed
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Pigeons; Unemployment


TRIOLET AGAINST SISTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sisters are always drying their hair
Subject(s): Sisters


TRIOLET AGAINST SISTERS       
First Line: Sisters are always drying their hair
Last Line: Locked into rooms, alone
Subject(s): Sisters


TWELFTH NIGHT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Down from the window take the withered holly
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


TWELFTH NIGHT (1)       
First Line: Down from the window take the withered holly
Last Line: Marked for exchange at abercrombie-fitch's
Subject(s): Christmas


TWELFTH NIGHT (2)       
First Line: Down from the window take the withered holly
Last Line: To be exchanged (by stealth) at lewis & conger


V-DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Savor the hour as it comes. Preserve it in amber
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


V-DAY       
First Line: Savor the hour as it comes. Preserve it in amber
Last Line: With a promise kept, with the dangers of battle ended %and the fearful perils of peace not yet begun
Subject(s): World War Ii


VELVET HAND       
First Line: I call that parent rash and wild
Last Line: We don't debate. %we just give in


VILLAGE SPA    Poem Text    
First Line: By scribbled names on walls, by telephone number
Subject(s): Health Resorts; Spas


VILLAGE SPA       
First Line: By scribbled names on walls, by telephone number
Last Line: A juke-box god, enshrined and well at home, %dreadful with neon, shuddering with chrome
Subject(s): Health Resorts


WE'RE RACING, RACING DOWN THE WALK    Poem Text    
Last Line: On our roller skates
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Children


WE'RE RACING, RACING DOWN THE WALK       
Last Line: We rattle and rock %on our roller skates
Subject(s): Spring


WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: When little boys are able
Subject(s): Women


WHY, SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE WOMEN       
First Line: I learned in my credulous youth
Last Line: Besides, everybody admits it's a man's world. %and just look what they've done to it!


WOMEN OF JERICHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Though seven times, or seventy times seven
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


WOMEN OF JERICHO       
First Line: Though seven times, or seventy times seven
Last Line: These armoured walls, and raze the citadel
Subject(s): Bible; Religion