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Author: MCHUGH, HEATHER
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Mchugh, Heather    Poet's Biography
183 poems available by this author


20-200 ON 737       
First Line: Here and now is clear so we


20-200 ON 747       
First Line: There is rain on the glass but it all disappears


ACTS OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: My baby brother's suddenly
Subject(s): Life


AFFINITY WELLED       
First Line: From color to color, shape to shape. A purple burning overspilled
Last Line: Just one %swell %shy of me


ALL ABOUT US       
First Line: The animal is ravenously


AMENITIES       
First Line: I owe you an explanation


AMNIOTIC       
First Line: I drove a day and a night
Last Line: When I woke it was a neighborhood %of new-cropped rock, containing one %whole nowhere of sea-smoke .


AND WHAT DO YOU GET       
First Line: Excise the er from exercise. Or from
Last Line: Therapist, split accent with an id


ANIMAL SONG       
First Line: We're flattered they come so close


ARM AND PEC (THE 2 ADILLOS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine was just
Subject(s): Sin


ARM AND PEC (THE 2 ADILLOS)       
First Line: Mine was just
Last Line: Idea that turns itself %into a skull, meaning to last
Subject(s): Sin


ARTIFACTUAL       
First Line: All things seem thin


AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING       
First Line: As soon as you say moon and stars


AT SPECHT ACADEMY       
First Line: We saw the water rising, but could not get through


AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITH SUSPENDED PERIOD       
First Line: In company obedient but free alone


B.C. OR BUST       
First Line: Streaming, striped with
Last Line: To dust your destining, and %silverize your drift


BAR AND GRILL       
First Line: The world the window held


BEAR IN ENGLISH       
First Line: The animal is the act, the keeper says


BETTER OR WORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Daily, the kindergarteners
Subject(s): Children; Relationships; Childhood


BIG IDEAS AMONG EARTHLINGS       
First Line: Who'd want to be the biggest one
Last Line: Perhaps the god is small, not big, %who keeps us from harm


BREATH       
First Line: What I want from god, feared to be
Last Line: His great blue breath, %his ghost and only song


BY FAITH NOT SIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: We cannot get / out of ourselves
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


BY FAITH NOT SIGHT       
First Line: We cannot get %out of ourselves
Last Line: Now that he's dead %where can I live?
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


CAPITAL       
First Line: For a second the word express appears


CONNUBIAL       
First Line: Dream is matterless, it dips
Last Line: So be it. Loving's limited. %I'm saved from terrible eternities by you


CONSTRUCTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: You take a rock, your hand is hard.
Subject(s): Relationships


CONSTRUCTIVE       
First Line: You take a rock, your hand is hard


CUP OF SKY, A FOOT OF FIRE       
First Line: I'm not the one I was


DARK VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun that puts its spokes in every
Subject(s): Nature


DEBTOR'S PRISON ROW    Poem Text    
First Line: They let me go
Subject(s): Debt


DOWN, DOWN AND DOWN       
First Line: After seven months in space, the astronauts


DRY TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Killed, the sand
Subject(s): Love


DRY TIME       
First Line: Killed, the sand
Last Line: Good lick of quick- %sand took
Subject(s): Love


DUST JACKET       
First Line: Not quite a name -- sort of a named
Last Line: To burn all names to verb-blast %famed to famish


EARMARKS       
First Line: In time-lapse film the flowers yearn and sway


EARTHMOVING MALEDICTION       
First Line: Bulldoze the bed where we made love
Last Line: If paradise comes down %there is no hell


EIN ANDER       
First Line: Beyond the tree's red bullet-sprays %the bay braves slater shades until
Last Line: What's done by heart to day can still %be done to night by mind


ELEVATED    Poem Text    
First Line: Fifty years the butcher shop
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Time


END TO MY LOGICAL SONG       
First Line: Bizarre compound, in any case: a hundred thousand
Last Line: Of the most endangered %hardwood and feathers


ETYMOLOGICAL DIRGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Calm comes from burning
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


FELT WOULD FEEL       
First Line: A stretch of school, a stretch of temple
Last Line: With a seventh sense, and still mistaking %revelation for distraction


FOR A MAN       
First Line: Any little mirror holds
Last Line: Every knifewound now is every %one I had coming


FORECAST       
First Line: Later the ferryboats will come


FROM 20,000 FEET       
First Line: The cloud formation looks


FROM THE TOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Insanity is not a want of reason.
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


GARISH       
First Line: We raise the shades
Last Line: Our golden teeth, our purple hearts


GHAZAL OF THE BETTER-UNBEGIN       
First Line: Too volatile, am I? Too voluble? Too much a word-person?
Last Line: Addressing you this way, I make us our own third person


GHAZAL OF THE BETTER-UNBEGUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Too volatile, am I? Too voluble? Too much a word-person?
Subject(s): Self


GHOST       
First Line: I held my breath for years, for fear


GIG AT BIG AL'S    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a special privacy on stage
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


GIG AT BIG AL'S       
First Line: There's a special privacy on stage
Last Line: My lover comes to watch
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


GLASS HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything obeyed our laws and
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


GLIMPSE OF MAIN EVENT       
First Line: In the slump between rounds
Last Line: Her, the trainer's %visibile, looking %down and in, %urgent with %his adam; %scales %flicker %in the


GOSPEL ACCORDING TO VIRGINIA       
First Line: The devil lived, or else


GRAY DAY       
First Line: The wheel went round and left me


HALF BORDER AND HALF LAB    Poem Text    
First Line: Customs and chemistry
Subject(s): Dogs


HARD       
First Line: Supose you have


HAVE OR LOVE       
First Line: As if we had time, and could save it


HOLE FILLER       
First Line: The cat is killed


HOW COME: A BOOK OF NUMBERS       
First Line: What brought us here? A boat


I KNEW I'D SING       
First Line: A few sashay, a few finagle


ID    Poem Text    
First Line: Did I? Is it?
Subject(s): Self


ID       
First Line: Did I? Is it? Hit


IMPRESSIONIST       
First Line: I wasn't getting anywhere


IN A WORLD OF TAKING, THE MISTAKE       
First Line: Down and down into your own regard


IN LIGHT OF TIME       
First Line: The names change
Last Line: Metals in their eyes, affixing %pinwheels to their hats and heels. %in a flash they are gone


IN PRAISE OF PAIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


IN PRIMARY COLORS       
First Line: I like it like it


INFLATION       
First Line: Language wasn't any
Last Line: So narrow a necssity?


INSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the field is a house
Subject(s): Houses


INTENSIVE CARE       
First Line: I swear affective life is water
Last Line: Are only quiet points, afloat. I tell you, even %anaesthesia's a feeling, it's %the feeling we forgo


IT IS UNHEALTHY NOT TO DIE       
First Line: So why am I amazed


JOKE HEART       
First Line: The lungs laugh
Last Line: Drumming lessens %the length of the joke


LABOR       
First Line: Each sword of the plant is burning


LANGUAGE LESSON 1976    Poem Text    
First Line: When americans say a man
Subject(s): Americans; Language; Play; United States; Words; Vocabulary; America


LANGUAGE LESSON 1976       
First Line: When americans say a man
Last Line: And let me be %the one you never hold
Subject(s): Americans; Language; Play; United States


LEAF LITTER ON ROCK FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Things are not / unmoving (or else what
Subject(s): Wind


LETTERS, NUMBERS, SIGNS, WORDS REFERRED TO AS WORDS       
First Line: They set themselves aside
Last Line: Our plurals take apostrophes


LIKE       
First Line: Always I have to resist
Last Line: But always like never before


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Some are waiting, some can't wait
Subject(s): Despair; Contentment; Life


LINES       
First Line: Some are waiting, some can't wait


LYRICIST'S LAMENT       
First Line: I never learned the trick of snaps, got sick


MAGICIAN       
First Line: His eye-holes are empty. He utters


MAN IN THE STREET OR HAND OVER MOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: He claps a hand
Subject(s): Despair


MATTER OVER       
First Line: From the piling's kelp I drew


MEANING TO AND FRO       
First Line: Your faith in the misplaced
Last Line: The liquor of how we love: the clear kind %of misery--I mean mystery


MELTED MONEY       
First Line: Time and time again


MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A man looks at his watch to see
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Youth; Schools; Family Life; Students; Relatives


MISSING PERSON       
First Line: On gusts of chain link in the dark
Last Line: Seeing the mannequin that moves


MOON AND TELEVISION       
First Line: Shaped like the dead
Last Line: Heart-rent, spawn of a spondee


MOST       
First Line: The dining room is empty at the country inn
Last Line: A slow bright bomb. The mob in me sits still
Subject(s): Restaurants


MOTHER       
First Line: It hurts, inside, as if inside there really were


MOX NOX       
First Line: Hasten slowly, the sundial said


MYRRHA TO THE SOURCE    Poem Text    
First Line: O fluent one, o muscle full of hydrogen,
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


NO PLACE       
First Line: Identifying myself


NO SEX FOR PRIESTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The horse in harness suffers
Subject(s): Animals; Religion; Theology


NOT A SIN       
First Line: It's not a virtue either, really, this


NOT OVER IT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: By woman so touched, so pressed
Subject(s): Love


NOT TO BE DWELLED ON    Poem Text    
First Line: Self-interest cropped up even there,
Subject(s): Graves; Death; Tombs; Tombstones; Dead, The


NOTHING I FORESAW: 1.       
First Line: The kindergarteners passed my porch each day
Last Line: We couldn't be each other's other, %maybe, at removes, each other's each


NOTHING I FORESAW: S.       
First Line: Each toddler had a hand-hold on
Last Line: Enough the bullseye bloomed, a red %eight-sided sign


NUMBERLESS       
First Line: By law of rod
Last Line: One is a bracket of lidded silvers, fast asleep; %the other's open, strapped with hide...


OF THE WOE THAT SWALLOWS HUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Among men, my dimensions
Subject(s): Relationships


OF THE WOE THAT SWALLOWS HUE       
First Line: Among men, my dimensions
Last Line: Spills itself, except %inside another, a receptacle
Subject(s): Relationships


ONE MOON IN BINOCULARS       
First Line: How could this homely instrument


ONLY LOVE       
First Line: Some days in dazes I was sinai'd
Last Line: Modernest model of %mere agape


OPEN AIR       
First Line: Once it streamed
Last Line: Unmowed. About his dead body outdoors, enormous sky arranges%little flappings


OR ELSE       
First Line: What could we say to you


OUR ELEMENT       
First Line: Water fills the drain with raison d'etre


OVEN LOVES THE TV SET       
First Line: Stuck on the fridge, our favorite pin-up girl


PAST ALL UNDERSTANDING. GASWORKS PARK, 1996       
First Line: A woman there was balancing her baby
Last Line: Against an over-turning earth


PAST PART       
First Line: Spruced right up to the brink, or cliff
Last Line: Sees in a flash (neither meaning nor mind) %the destiny drives. The drift


PHILOSOPHER ORDERS CRISPY PORK    Poem Text    
First Line: I love him so, this creature I do pray
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


PHYSICS       
First Line: When you get down to it, earth


PLACE WHERE THINGS GOT       
First Line: I always thought if I could just
Last Line: A place where things got huge again


POEM       
First Line: It was from adam's side


POINT OF NEEDLE       
First Line: Stitches in hand and birds in time


POINT OF ORIGIN       
First Line: They feed me and feed me and feed me


PRIMATE SONG       
First Line: The book, the purse, the door


PROFESSIONAL HAZARD       
First Line: The best in human beauty's not


QUARREL       
First Line: Nobody will quarrel with the woodcock
Last Line: Like the fly that interprets the wine


RELATIVE       
First Line: In and out of the light of trees


REMAINS TO BE SEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We dress the boy in an orange cap


RETIRED SCHOOL-TEACHER       
First Line: Brilliant planets float in that black lake
Last Line: The first of the star-fish touch


ROUND TIME       
First Line: Looking back, I look


SACRED LAW       
First Line: How powerfully the pope, in the depths of his fast


SCENES FROM A DEATH       
First Line: The women had been sent away so there would be no scenes
Last Line: We owe an animal to someone %were the final words of socrates


SHADES       
First Line: The day shines down in waves


SLEEP, AFTER RAY CHARLES SHOW AND HURRICANE REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: A storm named for a woman
Subject(s): Charles, Ray (b. 1930); Jazz; Music & Musicians


SLEEP, AFTER RAY CHARLES SHOW AND HURRICANE REPORT       
First Line: A storm named for a woman
Last Line: Every one regardless
Subject(s): Charles, Ray (b. 1930); Jazz; Music And Musicians


SOME WONDER       
First Line: Demi-dark, or dance
Last Line: Some know but cannot say


SPACE BAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Lined up behind the space bartender
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Drinks & Drinking; Wine


SPILLED    Poem Text    
First Line: The waiter dropped a tray of glassware and
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


SPILLED       
First Line: The waiter dropped a tray of glassware and
Last Line: Need not be red, if spilled as speech
Subject(s): Restaurants


SPOT IN SPACE AND TIME       
First Line: Despite his name, the dog's


STAIRWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The telescope's a microscope
Subject(s): Telescopes & Binoculars; Opera Glasses


STAIRWELL       
First Line: The telescope's a microscope
Subject(s): Telescopes And Binoculars


TAKE CARE       
First Line: Our neighbor laura foley used to love


THE AMENITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I owe you an explanation.
Subject(s): Youth; Memory; Rape


THE FATHER OF PREDICAMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: He came at night to each of us asleep
Subject(s): Fathers; Self; Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


THE MOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The dining room is empty at the country inn
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE OVEN LOVES THE TV SET    Poem Text    
First Line: Stuck on the fridge, our favorite pin-up girl
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THE WOMAN WHO LAUGHED ON CALVARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Smilers, smirkers, chucklers, grinners
Subject(s): Body, Human


THIRD PERSON NEUTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is god mad? Was christ
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


THIRD PERSON NEUTER       
First Line: Is god mad? Was christ
Last Line: I'm made of it
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


THIS       
First Line: Rigid, brown, stick's time


THOUGHT OF NIGHT       
First Line: Just think of it


TO GO        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Bees; Plants; Beekeeping; Planting; Planters


TO GOD OR MAN       
First Line: A line's not meant to lie there, longing


TO HAVE TO IS AN ODD INFINITIVE, IN WHICH       
Last Line: And endless, in the end, in their %capacity to be attached


TO THE QUICK       
First Line: We fixed the ages of the irises at flower


TORNADO SURVIVOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I said the people come inside
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TORNADO SURVIVOR       
First Line: I said the people come inside
Last Line: It was over for maybe minutes %then it was never over
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TROUBLE WITH IN       
First Line: In english we're in trouble


TWO HUMANS BEING       
First Line: The street's awash with city life


TWO LOVES       
First Line: The backhoe braces itself against itself


TWO POEMS AFTER RILKE, SELS.       


TWO ST. PETERSBURGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The statue turned
Subject(s): Language; Saint Petersburg, Florida; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Words; Vocabulary; Leningrad; Petrograd


TWO ST. PETERSBURGS       
First Line: The statue turned
Last Line: Is not yet fallen off
Subject(s): Language; Saint Petersburg, Florida; Saint Petersburg, Russia


TYPEWRITER'S THE KIND       


U-DISTRICT INCIDENT REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Apparently they want your body parts. They frisk you for
Subject(s): Security Checks


UNFAMILIAR       
First Line: The foreign filmmaker cannot


UNREPRESENTATIVE       
First Line: It's not the artist's place


UNSPEAKABLE       
First Line: While he was dying of


UNTITLED    Poem Text    
First Line: There is much unsaid, though the edges of the said
Subject(s): Love


UNTITLED       
First Line: There is much unsaid, though the edges of the said
Last Line: I'll fall forever, out of love
Subject(s): Love


VACATION       
First Line: The sand burns


WE HAD WORDS       
First Line: We sent on the ship a picture


WHAT COULD HOLD US       
First Line: There are no accidents, or so


WHAT HE THOUGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We were supposed to do a job in italy
Subject(s): Vacation


WHAT HELL IS; MARCH 1985    Poem Text    
First Line: Your father sits inside
Last Line: In hell, which has / an easy chair
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Hell; Sickness; Illness


WHAT HELL IS; MARCH 1985       
First Line: Your father sits inside
Last Line: In hell, which has %an easy chair
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Hell; Sickness


WHAT POEMS ARE FOR       
First Line: They aren't for everything


WHAT THE OLD WOMEN SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby with his heavy head keeps tipping over
Subject(s): Old Age; Youth; Mothers


WHAT WE CALL LIVING       
First Line: His watch is wicked, going on


WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN       
First Line: When the dog and hunter float


WHERE       
First Line: I leave the drink and cigarette


WHO MADE HER       
First Line: You put the house about my body


WICKED RIFF       
First Line: Sky cloth hung on a church fence, that's


WITH YOU GONE       
First Line: We see signs everywhere - the stars


WOMAN WHO LAUGHED ON CALVARY       
First Line: Smilers, grinners, %smirkers, spinners
Last Line: What I gave at the sight of him here %was up. What I got of humanity there %was the hang...


WORLD IN A SKIRT       
First Line: The french horn has us
Last Line: Lovelorn semblables: %the fugal, the petal...


YOUR FACE       
First Line: Who can pose, or repose