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Author: MEREDITH, WILLIAM
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Meredith, William    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Morris
238 poems available by this author


14-FEB       
First Line: What you have given me
Last Line: (husks and canvas being little abandoned houses) %and going away


A BOTANICAL TROPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Elliptical regrets figure the nights
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Death - Children; Death - Babies


A FIGURE FROM POLITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: The gigantic sweet conspiracy of lovers
Subject(s): Relationships


A WASTELAND SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: I am saved by love the way a fisherman
Subject(s): Love


ABOUT OPERA       
First Line: It's not the tunes, although as I get older
Last Line: In the heart's duresses, on the heart's behalf


ABOUT POETRY: 1. THE POET AS TROUBLEMAKER       
First Line: She likes to split an apple down the middle
Last Line: But he says, both hands! Both hands, you sly old bitch!


ABOUT POETRY: 2. IAMBIC FEET CONSIDERED AS HONORABLE SCARS       
First Line: You see these little scars? That's where my wife
Last Line: Only a woman would think he could be shot


ACCIDENTS OF BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Spared by a car or airplane crash or
Subject(s): Birth; Conduct Of Life; Child Birth; Midwifery


ACCIDENTS OF BIRTH       
First Line: Spared by a car or airplane crash
Last Line: It with you, and to offer somebody %uncomprehending, impudent thanks


ACCOUNT OF A VISIT TO HAWAII       
First Line: Snow through the fronds, fire flowing into the sea
Last Line: Menaced only by surf and flowers and palms


AGAINST EXCESS OF SEA OR SUN OR REASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea that comes to the beach now softly
Subject(s): Reason; Sea; Sun; Errors; Moderation; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals; Ocean; Mistakes; Fallacies


AIRMAN'S VIRTUE    Poem Text    
First Line: High plane for whom the winds incline
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


AIRMAN'S VIRTUE       
First Line: High plane for whom the winds incline
Last Line: And fixing on a farther pole %will sheerly rise
Subject(s): World War Ii


AMERICAN LIVING ROOM: A TRACT       
First Line: Ideally, you should be in your own
Last Line: Than to be added to the dear clutter here


AMONG OURSELVES       
First Line: Among ourselves like this, we are elaborate
Last Line: What about them? Our sweet, deliberate lives


AN ACCOUNT OF A VISIT TO HAWAII    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow through the fronds, fire flows into the sea
Subject(s): Hawaii


AN OLD FIELD MOWED FOR APPEARANCES' SAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: My loud machine for making hay
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Lawn Mowers


ASSENT TO WILDFLOWERS       
First Line: Plucked from their sockets like eyes that gave offense
Last Line: There's flowering, there's dark question answered yes


AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE COLORADO AND THE LITTLE COLORADO       
First Line: Where the two rivers come together -- one cold
Last Line: Whenever the conversation of live things lags


AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM       
First Line: Past a swim-by of deep-sea fish
Last Line: Perhaps nothing dies but husks


AT THE PRADO       
First Line: Carrying the guidebook you marked
Last Line: Ambiguous welkin you call my attention to


BACHELOR    Poem Text    
First Line: A mystic in the morning, half asleep
Subject(s): Single People; Bachelors; Unmarried People


BACHELOR       
First Line: A mystic in the morning, half asleep


BALLET       
First Line: In a cage of light, the splendid creatures
Last Line: That it cannot reproduce its kind


BATTLE PROBLEM       
First Line: A company of vessels on the sea
Last Line: Older men conn the darkened ships at sea %in not the usual sense of company
Subject(s): Ships And Shipping


BATTLEWAGON    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you standing out from the mind's roadstead
Subject(s): Warships


BATTLEWAGON       
First Line: I see you standing out from the mind's roadstead
Last Line: As like as not for yesterday, and I wave


BIRTHDAY EXERCISE       
First Line: Suppose I were to take you blindfolded
Last Line: That it lies behind


BOON       
First Line: What I will ask, if one free wish comes down


BOTANICAL TROPE       
First Line: Regret, a bright meander on the nights
Last Line: Soughing together in divine remorse


CARRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: She troubles the waters, and they part and close
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


CARRIER       
First Line: She troubles the waters, and they part and close
Last Line: Heart gone, sea-bound, committed all to air
Subject(s): World War Ii


CHEER       
First Line: Reader my friend, is in the words here, somewhere
Last Line: Even when it seems quite impossible to do


CHINESE BANYAN       
First Line: There is no end to the
Last Line: On your page, in your house, for your dear


CONSEQUENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Despair is big with friends I love
Subject(s): Friendship; Love; Conduct Of Life; Relationships


CONSEQUENCES: 1. OF CHOICE       
First Line: Despair is big with friends I love
Last Line: It is only the smell of consequence


CONSEQUENCES: II. OF LOVE       
First Line: People love each other and the light
Last Line: Is the one it meant to be


CONSEQUENCES: III. MY ACTS       
First Line: The acts of my life swarm down the street like puerto rican kids
Last Line: By our code it is fair. We play fair. The world is fair


COUNTRY STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The nearsighted child has taken off her glasses
Subject(s): Pollution


COUNTRY STARS       
First Line: The nearsighted child has taken off her glasses
Last Line: The bright watchers are still there
Subject(s): Pollution


COUPLE OF TREES       
First Line: The two oaks lean apart for light


COUPLE OVERHEAD       
First Line: They don't get anywhere
Last Line: And the punishment they've chosen, %after a while it dies
Subject(s): Hate; Neighbors


CROSSING OVER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That's what love is like. The whole river
Subject(s): Love


CROSSING OVER       
First Line: That's what love is like. The whole river
Last Line: The thing we have to learn is how to walk light
Subject(s): Love


DALHOUSIE FARM       
First Line: Will you live long enough to sit in the shade
Last Line: To be of our own nature is what it means to be kind


DO NOT EMBRACE YOUR MIND'S NEW NEGRO FRIEND    Poem Text    


DO NOT EMBRACE YOUR MIND'S NEW NEGRO FRIEND       
Last Line: But island by island we must go across
Subject(s): War


DREAMS OF SUICIDE       
First Line: I reach for the awkward shotgun not to disarm
Last Line: My own father might say walk, boy


DYING AWAY       
First Line: Toward the person who has died


EARTH WALK       
First Line: He drives onto the grassy shoulder and unfastens
Last Line: Who will take away my earth rocks and debrief me


EFFORT AT SPEECH       
First Line: Climbing the stairway grey with urban midnight
Last Line: Hatred and guilt have left us without language %who might have held discourse


ENVOI       
First Line: Go, little book. If anybody asks
Last Line: The smell intolerable and thick with loss


ENVOIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, little book. If anybody asks
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EXAMPLES OF CREATED SYSTEMS: 1. THE STARS       
First Line: We look out at them on clear nights, thrilled
Last Line: Suggesting that random is beautiful


EXAMPLES OF CREATED SYSTEMS: 2. ARCHPELAGOES       
First Line: Or again, the islands that the old
Last Line: Torso of the sea-mother, herself %casually composed


EXAMPLES OF CREATED SYSTEMS: 3. WORK CAMPS AND PRISONS       
First Line: The homeless %solzhenitsyn, looking at russia
Last Line: Conveived and made by men like ourselves


EXAMPLES OF CREATED SYSTEMS: 4. THOSE WE LOVE       
First Line: Incorrigibly (it is our nature)
Last Line: Gesture of sowing -- random, lovely


FABLES ABOUT ERROR: 1. A RITUAL MOUSE       
First Line: The mouse in the cupboard repeats himself
Last Line: He did not pay attention


FABLES ABOUT ERROR: 2. A FABLE OF GRACKLES       
First Line: Like a rift of acrid smoke
Last Line: And no one yield in love


FABLES ABOUT ERROR: 3. THE TALE OF HOUSE SWALLOW ON CAPE ANN       
First Line: A fluttering bird in the first soft heat of june
Last Line: But the flesh is no more than an instance for the mind to consider (alluding to the symposium of pla


FABLES ABOUT ERROR: 4. MORAL       
First Line: What is as wrong as the uninstructed heart
Last Line: Can study a little the things that it dreams of


FEAR OF BEASTS       
First Line: Pity the nightly tiger: fierce and wise
Last Line: A beast in a human dream must go in dread %of the chance awakening on which he dies


FIRESCREEN AT MOUNT VERNON       
First Line: When the face is struck
Last Line: And fired to tears


FISHVENDOR       
First Line: Where he stood in boots in water to his calves
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: If you or I should die
Subject(s): Snakes; Desire; Passion; Adultery; Children; Love; Middle Age; Absence; Relationships; Serpents; Vipers; Childhood; Separation; Isolation


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN: 1. HE THINKS OF THE CHINESE SNAKE       
First Line: If you or I should die
Last Line: To sucking his tail again %in that absence


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN: 2. HE MARVELS PERSISTENCE PASSION       
First Line: Like black duennas the hours sit
Last Line: Hands off you where you lie asleep


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN: 3. SOMETIMES CONTEMPLATES ADULTERY       
First Line: I had no insanity to excuse this
Last Line: Contractual as a dog -- by my scurrilous head


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN: 4. HIS HANDS, ON TRIP TO WISCONSIN       
First Line: It is night. I am a thousand miles from home
Last Line: Or folded cold, or feeling your hands folded cold


FIVE ACCOUNTS OF A MONOGAMOUS MAN: V. LINES FROM HIS GUEST-B       
First Line: Shelley's houses and walks were always a clutter of women
Last Line: Yet it is with no light welcome we welcome the friends of the house


FLEDGLINGS       
First Line: As I talk to these children hovering on the verge
Last Line: Is there any plummet or flight as sheer as the fledgling's


FOR AIR HEROES       
First Line: I sing them spiraling in flame
Last Line: They speak for most %articulate at last


FOR GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE       
First Line: The day is colorless like swiss characters in a novel
Last Line: If it were not for them


FOR HIS FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young I looked high and low for a father
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


FOR HIS FATHER       
First Line: When I was young I looked high and low for a father
Last Line: Deliberately beneath my life and art


FOR TWO LOVERS IN THE YEAR 2075 IN THE CANADIAN WOODS       
First Line: If you have lips and forests
Last Line: Here is the sound of ours


FREEZING       
First Line: When the shadow of the sparrowhawk passes over
Last Line: Is all that can justify our sly survivals


GHOSTS OF THE HOUSE       
First Line: Enabling love, roof of this drafty hutch
Last Line: Before my bone-house clatters into lime
Subject(s): Love


GIVE AND TAKE       
First Line: What are these presents - look how many
Last Line: Astonishment - mine - is it really for me


GODCHILDREN       
First Line: Childen of mine, not mine but lent
Last Line: And then redeemed by this bright loan


GRACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Growing older, I have tottered into the lists
Subject(s): Religion; Aging; Theology


GRACE: 1. SURGERY       
First Line: When they needed a foreign part
Last Line: For sixty-three years in america
Variant Title(s): Partial Accounts: 1. Surger


GRACE: 2. CONVALESCENCE       
First Line: Once a week on thursday there's a souk
Last Line: Painlessly forever, as our bodies urge
Variant Title(s): Partial Accounts: 2. Convalescenc


GRACE: 3. GRACE       
First Line: Growing older, I have tottered into the lists
Last Line: But christian, starting everything up again


GRIEVANCES       
First Line: Now and perpetually, over
Last Line: Or, this one says the words


HAZARD FACES A SUNDAY IN THE DECLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: We need the ceremony of one another,
Subject(s): Aging; Family Life; Cats; Dogs; Food & Eating; Relatives


HAZARD FACES A SUNDAY IN THE DECLINE       
First Line: We need the ceremony of one another
Last Line: We rise to that expectation


HAZARD'S OPTIMISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Harnessed and zipped on a bright
Subject(s): Sports


HAZARD'S OPTIMISM       
First Line: Harnessed and zipped on a bright
Subject(s): Sports


HERE AND THERE       
First Line: Here in the north, a cold gray morning
Last Line: Above her bed, between two ideas, a gulf and an ocean


HIS PLANS FOR OLD AGE       
First Line: He disagrees with simone de beauvoir
Last Line: That takes its rise in love. If only his energy lasts


HIS STUDENTS       
First Line: In the warm classroom, they give off heat
Last Line: Between youth and its opposite, age


HOMAGE TO A RAKE-HELL       
First Line: When time had got his hair and made him well
Last Line: Honor of a sort, and not all old men do


HOMAGE TO P. MELLON, I.M. PEI, THEIR GALLERY AND WASHINGTON       
First Line: Granite and marble
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Art & Artists; Museums; Homage & Respect; Art Gallerys


HOMAGE TO P. MELLON, I.M. PEI, THEIR GALLERY AND WASHINGTON       
First Line: Granite and marble
Last Line: Laying down stone like our own sweet lives
Subject(s): Architecture And Architects; Art And Artists; Museums


HOUSED (A REPORT ON A VISITING DOG)       
First Line: Your great horse of a dog has been sick
Last Line: Now I see a small welt has arisen, this poem


HYDRAULICS       
First Line: A sears roebuck pump, it would snuffle
Last Line: As sovereign and repetitious as rain


IAMBIC FEET CONSIDERED AS HONORABLE SCARS    Poem Text    
First Line: You see these little scars? That's where my wife
Subject(s): Bears; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IDEOGRAM       
First Line: I am trying to describe to you a river at first light
Last Line: Someone deft with a brush, in china


ILLITERATE       
First Line: Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Last Line: That keep him rich and orphaned and beloved?
Subject(s): Language


IN A COPY OF YEATS' POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Accurate knowledge was prerequisite
Subject(s): Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


IN A COPY OF YEATS' POEMS       
First Line: Accurate knowledge was prerequisite
Last Line: His figures and the figures' meaning stream


IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE LATE AUTHOR OF DREAM SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Friends making off ahead of time
Subject(s): Berryman, John (1914-1972)


IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE LATE AUTHOR OF DREAM SONGS       
First Line: Friends making off ahead of time
Last Line: Wave from the fat book again, make us wave back


IN MEMORIAM STRATTON CHRISTENSEN       
First Line: Laughing young man and fiercest against sham
Last Line: Reckless out on the thin important floe


IN MEMORY OF DONALD A. STAUFFER       
First Line: Armed with an indiscriminate delight
Last Line: There on the sweet and obvious side of right


IN MEMORY OF ROBERT FROST       
First Line: Everyone had to know something, and what they said
Last Line: Whatever it was, true, something I knew


IN STRANGE EVENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: If the moon set, and all the stars, and still no meaning came, or
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Enemies; Hate; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LONG FRIENDSHIP       
Last Line: Until parting at the shore, even the grief was sweet


IN THE PROTESTANT CEMETERY       
First Line: How did their lives go out from those deaths
Last Line: We need these two old men here under the cypresses


IN THE RIF MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Geology set this story down so long ago


JOHN AND ANNE       
First Line: Are you grown up now, john, now that it's over
Last Line: Dying at belsen, she helped you to grow up


JOURNAL ENTRY (APRIL 1969, VILLA SERBELLONI)       
First Line: The celluloid boats scoot across the lake because (I think)
Last Line: Where there are no prties or quarrels, there is seldom occasion %to watch the sunrise


JOURNAL ENTRY (WITH THE UDALLS, JUNE 1968): IN THE CANYON       
First Line: Under the massive cliffs which the moon
Last Line: My gut and whet my appetite


JUNE: DUTCH HARBOR       
First Line: In june, which is still june here, but once removed
Last Line: It is hard to keep your mind on war, with all that green


KODIAK POEM       
First Line: Precipitous is the shape and stance of the spruce
Last Line: The raven, rich in allusion, rides alone


KOREAN WOMAN SEATED BY A WALL       
First Line: Suffering has settled like a sly disguise


LAST THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the tunnel of woods, as the road
Subject(s): Past


LAST THINGS       
First Line: In the tunnel of woods, as the road


LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!       
First Line: Erica is eight, a factory of will
Last Line: And all four of his grandparents are dead


LOVE LETTER FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Combed by the cold seas, bering and pacific
Subject(s): War; Sailors & Sailing; Absence; Love; Travel; Letters; War; Separation; Isolation; Journeys; Trips


LOVE LETTER FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Combed by the cold seas, bering and pacific
Subject(s): War


LOVE LETTER FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE LAND       
First Line: Combed by the cold seas, bering and pacific
Subject(s): War


MAJOR WORK       
First Line: Poems are hard to read
Last Line: At last mind eye and ear %and the great sloth heart will move


MEMOIRS       
First Line: Even when he was a child, the emperor
Last Line: Maps? We were much too poor in corsica to have rugs


METAPHYSICAL SONNET       
First Line: More concert than the quick have, have the dead
Last Line: Still will the quick move out and the dead move down


MILD-SPOKEN CITIZEN FINALLY WRITES TO THE WHITE HOUSE       
First Line: Please read this letter when you are alone
Last Line: #name?


MINIATURE       
First Line: One of the gentlest, as it looks from here
Last Line: To do what must be done in violence


MUSIC       
First Line: The neighbors have a teenaged girl. Below the hill
Last Line: And not to be able to afford a live maid


MY MOTHER'S LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman neither young or old, she moves
Subject(s): Mothers


MY MOTHER'S LIFE       
First Line: A woman neither young nor old, she moves
Last Line: The light dims, bluing, then purpling the retina


MYSELF, ROUSSEAU, A FEW OTHERS       
First Line: From the boy's identification
Last Line: Until the last choice passes


NAUSEA       
First Line: In the courtyard of the brera
Last Line: Trying to escape his friend


NAVY FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Limped out of the hot sky a hurt plane,
Subject(s): Navy - United States; Aviation & Aviators; Air Warfare; American Navy; Airplanes; Air Pilots


NAVY FIELD       
First Line: Limped out of the hot sky a hurt plane
Last Line: Those few electric jewels against the moth and whining sky


NIXON'S THE ONE       
First Line: November 8, a cold rain. Hazard discovered
Last Line: That his nation has bitterly misspoken itself


NOT BOTH       
First Line: The club-footed woman was mangled by the train
Last Line: One of those two appalling things is true too


NOTES FOR AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The alternative to flying is cowardice,
Subject(s): Aviator & Aviators; War; Death; Heroism; Dead, The; Heroes; Heroines


NOTES FOR AN ELEGY       
First Line: The alternative to flying is cowardice
Last Line: Our losses part of an old secret, somehow no loss


NOTRE DAME DE CHARTRES       
First Line: After god's house burned down, they found the shirt
Last Line: And spoke to the stone that slept in the groin of france


OF KINDNESS       
First Line: Where people live on earth there is a kind
Last Line: This is most of what is known about kindness %among our dry king


OF POSSESSIONS, IN WINTER       
First Line: Scurvy with things, human brothers, human sisters
Last Line: It will be by gifts and by divestment


OLD FIELD MOWED FOR APPEARANCES' SAKE       
First Line: My loud machine for making hay
Last Line: Would find us puny enemies, %second growth and second growth
Subject(s): Mowing And Mowers


OLD PHOTOGRAPH OF STRANGERS       
First Line: On the big staircase in this picture


ON FALLING ASLEEP BY FIRELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Around the fireplace, pointing at the fire
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


ON FALLING ASLEEP BY FIRELIGHT       
First Line: Around the fireplace, pointing at the fire
Last Line: Turns softly on the hearth into that dust %isaiah said would be the serpent's meat
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


ON FALLING ASLEEP TO BIRDSONG       
First Line: In a tree at the edge of a clearing
Last Line: Yet all of a piece and clever %and at some level, true


ON JENKINS' HILL       
First Line: The weather came over this low knoll, west to east
Last Line: Who stands on this hill and scoffs


OPEN SEA       
First Line: We say the sea is lonely; better say
Last Line: For each creature lost since the start at sea %and give thanks it was not I, nor yet one close to me
Subject(s): Sea


ORIGINAL AVERSIONS       
First Line: In all respects unready for a fall
Last Line: Nobody likes to fall or be surprised


ORPHEUS       
First Line: The lute and my skill with it came unasked from apollo
Last Line: Lend me euridice, I sing and sing


PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: What it must be like to be an angel
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


PARENTS       
First Line: What it must be like to be an angel
Last Line: To our uncomprehending children and grandchildren away


PASTORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The girl lies down on the hill
Subject(s): Love; Desire


PASTORAL       
First Line: The girl lies down on the hill
Last Line: On the hill where she wills the dusk


PERHAPS THE BEST TIME       
First Line: This would be spring, if seasons could be found


PICTURE OF A CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am tired of being japanese
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The swans on the river, a great
Subject(s): Love


POEM       
First Line: The swans on the river, a great
Last Line: I am always the fifty-ninth
Subject(s): Love


POEM ABOUT MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether it's sunny or not, it's sure
Subject(s): Morning; Sex; Conduct Of Life; Morning


POEM ABOUT MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether it's sunny or not, it's sure
Subject(s): Morning


POEM ABOUT MORNING       
First Line: Whether it's sunny or not, it's sure
Last Line: But there is a great deal about it you don't understand
Subject(s): Morning


POEM TO ME       
First Line: Old marvel of will, me, famished for vanity
Last Line: Over and over, so as not to forget, man. I am man


POLITICS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Marriage; Lust; Family Life; Mcgovern, George (1922-2012); Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives


POLITICS       
First Line: Tonight hazard's father and stepmother are having
Last Line: To unattended shrubbery and america and hazard


PREPONDERANCE       
First Line: Headless fountains %running loose
Last Line: And save despair %for when I'm dead


QUARREL       
First Line: They went outside then, in the mild night
Last Line: Swaddled him like a shroud


QUARTET IN F MAJOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Great beethoven, you trouble me this watchful night
Subject(s): War; Music & Musicians; Freedom; Liberty


QUARTET IN F MAJOR       
First Line: Great beethoven, you trouble me this watchful night
Last Line: Instructs the four strings, haunts my night-strange post


RAINY SEASON       
First Line: As boring as the fact of a marvelous friend


READING MY POEMS FROM WORLD WAR II    Poem Text    
First Line: The ships in these verses course through a blue meadow
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; World War Ii; Navy - United States; Aviation & Aviators; Sailors & Sailing; Second World War; American Navy; Airplanes; Air Pilots


RECOLLECTION OF BELLAGIO       
First Line: On the dark lake below, the fishermen's bells
Last Line: My shade, and long ago, and still going on


REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, the soldier he wants to be somewhere he once was
Subject(s): Sailors & Sailing; Soldiers; War; Dreams; Nightmares


REM SLEEP       
First Line: What are the two poor children thinking there
Last Line: What an unlucky dream I dreamt last night. If I %believed in dreams


REMEMBERING ROBERT LOWELL       
First Line: The message you brought back again and again
Last Line: This you gave. It dawns on each of us separately now %what this entails


REVENANT       
First Line: I am a spirit now. After that death
Last Line: He was not elevated by that existence


RHODE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
Subject(s): Rhode Island; Seashore; Summer; Beach; Coast; Shore


RHODE ISLAND       
First Line: Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
Last Line: Until after labor day. He just lays there
Subject(s): Rhode Island; Seashore; Summer


ROOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs. Leamington stood on a cloud
Subject(s): Trees


ROOTS       
First Line: Mrs. Leamington stood on a cloud
Last Line: By then perhaps we'll both have earned a drink


RUS IN URBE       
First Line: In a city garden an espaliered tree
Last Line: Saved somehow in the evening by the green


SEASONS' DIFFERENCE       
First Line: Here on the warm strand, where a turquoise light
Last Line: Grey and stubborn as a snow-man


SIMILE       
First Line: As when a heavy bomber in the cloud
Last Line: All this life, fuel low, instruments all tumbled, %and unscrewed


SONNET ON RARE ANIMALS       
First Line: Like deer (rat-tat) before we reach the clearing
Last Line: Is off before you have it anywhere


SQUIRE HAZARD WALKS       
First Line: Near the big spruce, on the path that goes
Last Line: Ready to move off whenever the hunt resumes


STAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: A child's contempt for his juniors
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


STARLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Going abruptly into a starry night
Subject(s): Sky


STARLIGHT       
First Line: Going abruptly into a starry night


STRING QUARTET    Poem Text    
First Line: How learn our way through these mazy strings
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


SUNRISE WITH CROWS       
First Line: Seeing the sun rise will not mend this day
Last Line: Shattered to fragments no bigger than a man


TALKING BACK (TO W. H. AUDEN)       
First Line: What it makes happen is small things
Last Line: Across this debt, we tell you so


TEN DAY LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: House that holds me, household that I hold dear
Subject(s): Homecoming


TEN-DAY LEAVE       
First Line: House that holds me, household that I hold dear
Last Line: But here is what calls me, here what I call home


THE COUPLE OVERHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: They don't get anywhere
Subject(s): Hate; Neighbors


THE DECIDUOUS TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree is no more leaves than a person days
Subject(s): Trees


THE FISHVENDOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Where he stood in boots in water to his calves
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE GHOSTS OF THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enabling love, roof of this drafty hutch
Subject(s): Love


THE ILLITERATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE IMPRESSMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Days like today we are the clouds' men
Subject(s): Clouds


THE JAIN BIRD HOSPITAL IN DELHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the hotel window, unenlightened pigeons
Last Line: What clever stuff this transplant business is!


THE OPEN SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: We say the sea is lonely; better say
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE REVENANT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a spirit now. After that death
Subject(s): Cancer (disease); Death; Dead, The


THE WRECK OF THE THRESHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand on the ledge where rock runs into the river
Subject(s): Submarines; Death; Shipwrecks; Submarine Warfare; U-boats; Dead, The


THOUGHTS ON ONE'S HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: A person is very self-conscious about his head.
Subject(s): Heads


THOUGHTS ON ONE'S HEAD (IN PLASTER, WITH A BRONZE WASH)       
First Line: A person is very self-conscious about his head
Last Line: One dislikes it of course: it is the seat of me


THREE SORTS OF VIOLENCE: I. NATURAL       
First Line: It is the test of us. It plumbs us
Last Line: No one ever promised us more


THREE SORTS OF VIOLENCE: II. MAN-MADE       
First Line: Will I remember my own nature? Instinct
Last Line: More and more the plants and animals %keep to themselves


THREE SORTS OF VIOLENCE: III. MAN-TO-MAN       
First Line: Here we lack models, and this is the violence
Last Line: But perhaps we are too civilized for that


TO START WITH       
First Line: The meagerest american house
Last Line: To start with, feel fortunate


TO THE THOUGHTFUL READER       
First Line: Empodecles came coughing through the smoke


TRANSPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now seven days from land the gulls still wheel
Subject(s): War


TRANSPORT       
First Line: Now seven days from land the gulls still wheel
Last Line: Catastrophe. But we shall prosper yet
Subject(s): War


TRAVELING BOY       
First Line: Hurtled under the lover-sundering river
Last Line: He waits for the new commitments to be made


TREE MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In chota nagpur and bengal
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TREE MARRIAGE       
First Line: In chota nagpur and bengal
Last Line: Our threads invisible but holding
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TRELAWNY AT SOMPTING, 1879       
First Line: Sometimes I dream about those two cauldrons
Last Line: Zela, arabian bird, and restless shelley


TRELAWNY'S DREAM       
First Line: The dark illumination of a storm
Last Line: I can feel this channel widen as I swim


TWO JAPANESE MAPLES       
First Line: How can the snow
Last Line: As the u.S.A?
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


TWO JAPANESE POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am tired of being japanese
Last Line: Anymore, that she is a puppet anyway
Subject(s): Japan; Women; Japanese


TWO JAPANESE POEMS       
First Line: Now I am tired of being japanese
Last Line: Anymore, that she is a puppet anyway
Subject(s): Japan


TWO MASKS UNEARTHED IN BULGARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: When god was learning to draw the human face
Subject(s): Bulgaria; Sculpture & Sculptors


TWO MASKS UNEARTHED IN BULGARIA       
First Line: When god was learning to draw the human face
Subject(s): Bulgaria; Sculpture And Sculptors


VIEW OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE       
First Line: The growing need to be moving around it to see it
Last Line: And put his chisel down for marvelling on that stone


VISION OF GOOD SECRETS       
First Line: If the kept secrets of our finished lives
Last Line: This is my faithful secret, him I will keep


WAKING DREAM ABOUT A LOST CHILD       
First Line: Misty and cool. Morning. Who are you, with one hand
Last Line: Mist is everywhere. It is damp in this bedroom


WALTER JENKS' BATH       
First Line: These are my legs. I don't have to tell them, legs
Last Line: This is me knowing, this is what I know


WEATHER       
First Line: The elm is turned to crystal
Last Line: Ours that only natures %that you cannot give back
Subject(s): Birch Trees


WHAT I REMEMBER THE WRITERS TELLING ME WHEN I WAS YOUNG       
First Line: Look hard at the world, they said


WHEN DO WE INHERIT THEM ?Ǫ    Poem Text    


WHERE HE'S STAYING NOW       
First Line: I look out of these two holes, or I run
Last Line: It has come to the wrong man


WHOLESOME       
First Line: Hazard's friend elliott is homosexual. Prodigious
Last Line: (coleridge). But it doesn't bear dwelling on


WHORLS       
First Line: From the western shore of oceans on the world
Last Line: Hardened the sweet air, he would leave a conch


WINTER ON THE RIVER       
First Line: A long orange knife slits the darkness
Last Line: And silence which the creatures are expecting


WINTER SONG       
First Line: Of course across the winter wood
Last Line: And stiffens like a poison


WINTER VERSE FOR MY SISTER       
First Line: Moonlight washes the west side of the house
Last Line: On the gavel web underneath the field, %and the field tilting always toward day


WINTER: HE SHAPES UP       
First Line: Now autumn has finished scolding
Last Line: Hazard is back at work


WORDS AFTER MIDNIGHT, FORBIDDING REMORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do not say to the gay game nay now lover


WRECK OF THE THRESHER (LOST AT SEA, APRIL 10, 1963)       
First Line: I stand on the ledge where rock runs into the river
Last Line: The ocean was salt before we crawled to tears



Meredith, William Tuckey   
1 poems available by this author


FARRAGUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Farragut, farragut
Last Line: Thunderbolt stroke!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); Patriotism; United States - History