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Author: MCMICHAEL, JAMES
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Mcmichael, James    Poet's Biography
66 poems available by this author


A POEM IN EACH IN A PLACE APART    Poem Text    
First Line: It's early march. She doesn't know if we've
Subject(s): Love


ABOVE THE RED DEEP-WATER CLAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Capacity is both how
Subject(s): Nature


APPLE FELL IN THE NIGHT AND A WAGON STOPPED       
First Line: It comes back to me'
Subject(s): Memory


ARTICHOKE       
First Line: She bore only the heart
Last Line: The thorny hugger


ASPARAGUS       
First Line: She sent packs of great beasts to pass
Last Line: And billow through the kitchen like prayer


BACK WITH HER FAMILY THE SECOND SUMMER       


BEFORE       
First Line: Except when there's a fog
Last Line: Measure was kept waiting. 'what ails thee?' didn't %have to be asked


BELL PEPPER       
First Line: The find enough rooms for the gathering
Last Line: Fires when there are not enough rooms


CAULIFLOWER       
First Line: Her words clot in his head
Last Line: How to move, how to move


CELERY       
First Line: The hope with %water is that it
Last Line: Falls from the trees %into the river


CLEAR TEETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Rows of them are quarried from dusty
Subject(s): Teeth; Toothaches


COMPLINE       
First Line: Gudique is the chastening
Last Line: Gudique is the river


CORN       
First Line: I am the corn quail
Last Line: Air behind your eyes


EACH IN A PLACE APART (1994)       
First Line: At school, I was a
Last Line: Below the hem of her flannel housedress, her bare feet


EACH TIME WAS A REHEARSAL FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH       


EVERYTHING WAS IN THE WAY. IF IT WAS JUST       
Last Line: We'd walk a little and then go to vicki's, %we'd come back later for the other car


FIVE POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: She's at the mirror. I need to get
Subject(s): Headaches


FOUR GOOD THINGS (1980)       
First Line: For the mcmichaels', %florence. She passed the silvers', the johnsons'
Last Line: Farmers out working in the snow


FROM THE MCMICHAEL'S       


FROM THE PERSON SHE IS       
First Line: I know I'll lose her
Last Line: I'd never married, she'd been born to someone else


GREAT GARRET, OR 100 WHEELS       
First Line: The curricle and hansom
Last Line: Sheepwalks. Trails. Uncertain rights of drift


HE FINDS THE MANSION    Poem Text    
First Line: The little road went on
Subject(s): Roads; Rivers; Paths; Trails


HERBS       
First Line: Before fog leaves the scrub-oak
Last Line: Sing this into the mouth of the woman


I WANTED FOR HER SAKE TO UNDO IT. WITH ONLY       


IN MY STUPID ARITHMETIC, WE WERE       


INLAND LIGHTHOUSE       
First Line: Into the night
Last Line: Somewhere than these streets their careful yards


IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO US FOR HER TO LIE       
Last Line: Stay married. We wrote and phoned. I kept seeing her. %therewas no good way out


ITINERARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The farmhouses north of driggs
Subject(s): Landscape; Travel; Nature; Journeys; Trips


ITINERARY       
First Line: The farmhouses north of driggs
Last Line: That brightness wherein all things come to see


ITS TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Conserved in dews
Subject(s): Nature


ITS TIME       
First Line: Conserved in dews
Last Line: Is light's strangeness


LAUDS       
First Line: For several blocks to any
Last Line: Swallowed by their own shells


LEFT TO ITSELF, SETTING IS THE CHANCE THAT       


LUTRA, THE FISHER       
First Line: The otter is known
Last Line: Bones and vermillion gills


MATINS       
First Line: This hour is for the lakes
Last Line: And calms them


NOR WAS IT EVEN THEN TOO LATE. I WAS THE       


NOTHING WAS MORE DELICIOUS OR REMOTE: AFTER       
Last Line: Home to the y. I went home. A few days later %I told her on the phone that I was leaving them


PICTURE THAT SCARES ME HAS GONE THROUGH MY MIND       
Last Line: I wouldn't marry a dolt but I must have found %anything as good as you and me again and that scares


POSITED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: That as all parts of it
Subject(s): Water; Language; Words; Vocabulary


POTATOES       
First Line: It had been growing in her like vegetables
Last Line: Helping her hold always very still


PRETTY BLUE APRON       
First Line: In the separate histories
Last Line: Papa, you blue apron, you my lamb


PRIME       
First Line: Towers look across
Last Line: Is the sky coming there


QUEEN ANNE COTTAGE       
First Line: The paths are dutiful
Last Line: Amplitude of the far clouds moving on


REDEMPTION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Each morning this / july, so far
Subject(s): Christianity; Conduct Of Life


SEXT       
First Line: The air binds in sockets
Last Line: Fissures, wearing it down


SHE       
First Line: The back of her neck
Last Line: Don't let it grow up wanting


SHE HATED LOVING TO BE WITH ME, I WITH HER       
Last Line: Both crazy, how could it matter and could she maybe %hear them with her ear against my ear?


SHE WROTE THAT YESTERDAY HAD BEEN VERY GOOD       
Last Line: Ten minutes of class left and wasn't thinking about her. %what page was I on in the book we were bot


SURPRISED AT MY SURPRISE THAT I COULD SAY       
Last Line: Street by street was comfort, it was linda and comfort, %theafternoon awash with her sure care


TERCE       
First Line: Between the walls, the brim
Last Line: The air and the water go their ways


THE BELIVED-IN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Christmas comes from stories
Subject(s): Faith; Love; Belief; Creed


THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE IN PICTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: The frontispiece fixes as / british
Subject(s): Great Britain; History; Landscape; World War Ii; Historians; Second World War


THE VEGETABLES    Poem Text    
First Line: She bore only the heart
Subject(s): Artichokes; Asparagus; Cauliflowers; Herbs; Corn; Celery; Bell Peppers; Potatoes


TO GET AWAY FROM THE HOUSE TO SEE HER       


VERY RICH HOURS       
First Line: Amant in bed, dreaming
Last Line: Powdered glass %the divine endura


VESPERS       
First Line: They were taking back
Last Line: They had been their widest there


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 1/15       
First Line: The rocks on my roof
Last Line: Of sleep itself, %of the last owl


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 1/19       
First Line: I am reminded that I will die
Last Line: The world of those dead %who do not want


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 10/12       
First Line: Higher, in the lodgepole, red
Last Line: I'm neither ready, nor not


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 10/17. BREUGEL'S '7 SINS'       
First Line: You do not wait the angelus, but mark
Last Line: The substance of a loss that is not death


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 12/25. GRAVEYARD, BODIE       
First Line: Dead one, was it here you hunted?
Last Line: And I am cold


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 12/8. BOBBY       
First Line: Awakened, you are slow
Last Line: Still rush of distant snow


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 5/20. HEART-SEIZURE       
First Line: From these constrictions of flesh
Last Line: Imagine him there with your children


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 8/26       
First Line: Wishing seasons through this haze
Last Line: And of the loneliness therewith


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE RIVERS FREEZE: 9/22. A PASSION       
First Line: Waking, %I remembered summer afternoons
Last Line: Some tameless emissary %of grace


WORLD AT LARGE       
First Line: In whiteout, with its
Last Line: Legato with the syn-and anticline, the banded flaring %promontory walls