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Author: MOSS, THYLIAS
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Moss, Thylias    Poet's Biography
200 poems available by this author


A RECONSIDERATION OF THE BLACKBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's call him jim crow
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


ACCESSIBLE HEAVEN       
First Line: You remember being bathed
Last Line: That stays with you %all afternoon


ADVERSARY       
First Line: I could understand god's keeping satan
Last Line: Who is the original uncle tom


ADVICE       
First Line: Do not write about the holocaust
Last Line: In time to begin to know something else


AFTER READING BELOVED       
First Line: It's just a question of when
Last Line: The hammers forcing in nails slightly rounded like her nipples


AFTERNOON NAP       
First Line: Ansted fits both ways in his crib
Last Line: In the right hands


ALL IS NOT LOST WHEN DREAMS ARE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dreams float like votive lilies
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


ALL IS NOT LOST WHEN DREAMS ARE       
First Line: The dreams float like votive lilies %then melt
Last Line: When it's broiled %the titanic is the one that got away


ALMOST AN ODE TO THE WEST INDIAN MANATEE       
First Line: When james balog had said her snout was soft as deerskin
Last Line: Into a crown as they enter, then settling %as if they never existed


ALTERNATIVES FOR A CELEBATE DAUGHTER       
First Line: This man is going to die without telling me
Last Line: A final pink breath


AMBITION       
First Line: The boy says his father wants to be a smurf
Last Line: Now that the father wants his identity based on %something the son understands
Subject(s): Ambition; Fathers; Marriage; Mothers; Secrets


AN ANOINTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Boys have to slash their fingers to become brothers. Girls
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


ANOINTING       
First Line: Boys have to slash their fingers to become brothers. Girls
Last Line: The katabatic action begins. Molly down my canal binnacle first, her %water breaking in me like an a
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


ANT FARM       
First Line: One summer day %I took a kettle of steaming water and flooded an ant hill
Last Line: Ants were farmed just to purge


APOSTLE'S WIFE       
First Line: Public hair greyed into cobwebs, a gift
Last Line: Are wider than a chance of return


APPROACHING VENUS' FLYTRAP DURING A HUNGARIAN FILM: SUBTITLE       
First Line: I assume hunger motivates the plant
Last Line: That the subtitles are lies and necessry


BACK TO THE HYENA    Poem Text    
First Line: I should go back because the spotted animal
Last Line: And being a nun didn't save me
Subject(s): Hyenas


BACK TO THE HYENA       
First Line: I should go back because the spotted animal
Last Line: And being a nun didn't save me


BEANSTALK DREAMS       
First Line: At first I was inside my man; the twisting
Last Line: The ax -- why, there's no such thing %as an ax


BEAUTY, THE BEAST; THOSE TWO       
First Line: A crush. The beast releases
Last Line: Sore throat becoming flute


BEGINNING THE ROCK AT ABBOT SCHOOL       
First Line: It's the sixties and it's okay because the rock hits my forehead
Last Line: Submit to gravity again and again


BEST OF THE BODY       
First Line: Spleen %it is highly vascular, that is
Last Line: The liver and spleen, not the creamy brain


BIRMINGHAM BROWN'S TURN       
First Line: I know how ridiculous this could seem, the
Last Line: If he wishes; I can keep salvation, %so can birmingham. Who cares %what he may have lost


BLUE TERRITORY OF SISSIES       
First Line: The sky's wild secret
Last Line: Orville and wilbur sing unexceptionally


CATCHER FOR AN ATOMIC BOUQUET       
First Line: I have just watched 'eyes on the prize'
Last Line: Won't be shit on


CHA-CHA PICKLE       
First Line: If the cha-cha pickle fails
Last Line: Pickle taking over the icehouse and justice %as would storms


CHEATING       
First Line: The cheating belongs to a season that can not be rsurrected
Last Line: Particularly useful; it is then too accessible to be useful


CHILD'S BEEN DEAD A WEEK       
First Line: We take turns
Last Line: Lord, make the ants eat


CONGREGATIONS       
First Line: Sunrise service and rev. Jake is a dove. His wide
Last Line: Self-esteem that wouldn't quit. Ticket %out of the ghetto. Sing how I got over!


CRYSTALS       
First Line: In 1845 dr. James marion sims had seen it many times
Last Line: As if his hand remained
Subject(s): Physicians; Reproductive System; Women


DAY BEFORE KINDERGARTEN: TALUCA       
First Line: I watch daddy tear down
Last Line: Maybe I should be %but I ain't
Subject(s): Kindergarten


DEAR CHARLES       
First Line: You really didn't have to blow me a tornadic kiss all the way
Last Line: Payment is due on the privilege of having me


DEATH OF THE SWEET WORLD       
First Line: She can't eat salt or sugar
Last Line: As if she was in love %with the broom


DECISION       
First Line: Really lazarus decided himself that he didn't like the tomb
Last Line: Eat, consume, digest, and I'll be your little bit of excrement, devoted little bit of shit


DENIAL       
First Line: This is supposed to be a denial
Last Line: Nurse to overdose my morphine. Trying


DENNIS'S SKY LEOPARD       
First Line: He saw it first, me just the big, the
Last Line: Harvest leading to the ultimate feast but I'm never %cut down. That's the best part


DETOUR: THE DEATH OF AGNES       
First Line: The night that smelled of cigarettes
Last Line: Making you detour into a field of luminous cotton %that you would call heaven if you could


DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADULT NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: It starts when gathering mynas
Subject(s): Birds; Dreams


DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADULT NIGHTMARE       
First Line: It starts when gathering mynas
Last Line: I think of mynas


DOUBTS DURING CATASTROPHE       
First Line: Being in god's hand doesn't mean being in a full house
Last Line: If that's the only ladder


DRAFTY CORNER IN A TOW-AWAY ZONE       
First Line: Aerial views of kilauea's lava flow suggest a smile
Last Line: After she is made famous on the news


DWARF TOSSING       
First Line: At least he's off the ground
Last Line: Entirely missed, the flag still in his hand %still called old glory for lack of any new


EAR       
First Line: It is called the incomplete human flower, I know because I have called it that
Last Line: I can fuck with the numbers


EASTER       
First Line: Dr. Frankenstein feeds his son voltage, juice
Last Line: In which they slaughter lambs and chickens


ECLIPSE AND THE HOLY MAN       
First Line: The many-paned window in a cold room
Last Line: I worry about the birds


EYELID'S STRUGGLE       
First Line: We watch the pigeons bring back
Last Line: Be back, that you have killed


FIRST GRADE ART: WHAT MEETS THE EYE       
First Line: The world full of girls and the sky
Last Line: And the cold consequences of faith


FISHER STREET       
First Line: I like to walk down fisher street
Last Line: I don't expect to see %any other angels


FIVE MIRACLES       
First Line: We were cutting corn from cobs
Last Line: Thinking about changing my reputation


FOR HAGAR       
First Line: Children come from god, even hagar's son ishmael who was conceived with abram
Last Line: To cross the water, all those hungry days, hungrier sea in the middle of hunger


FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T PEEL THE POTATOES CLOSE ENOUGH       
First Line: Blondell, who engraved bridgett's face with my nails
Last Line: Followed by the siren's benediction


FORM OF DEICIDE       
First Line: Between elvis, god, and santa clause, some people
Last Line: In command, giving the orders


FROM THE BRIDE'S JOURNAL       
First Line: The room fills, refills
Last Line: His zipper sounds like a saw


FULLNESS       
First Line: One day your place in line will mean the eucharist
Last Line: You will feed yourself five thousand times


GAMES       
First Line: Aunt donna's dead
Last Line: Boys will be men %boys will cheat


GLORY       
First Line: The sun does not really rise; the earth turns and leans
Last Line: And it's all in our ability to burn


GOD BLESS RITA'S MAGIC HAIR       
First Line: She said her hair grew only in arizona
Last Line: To you anywhere in the world after they kiss them, the %taste on their lips longer than love, than r


GODIVA       
First Line: Myself, I always thought it
Last Line: Put it in a dead thing


GOOD AMNESIA       
First Line: First of all, this was no accident
Last Line: Some things I can't forget


GOODNESS AND THE SALT OF THE EARTH       
First Line: Somebody's husband raped you while you were supposed to be
Last Line: Rains. It always pours. Thank goodness


GOSSAMER AND THINNER       
First Line: The breast milk is so thin
Last Line: I can't do that to a baby


GREEN LIGHT AND GAMMA WAYS       
First Line: My brother, two years in the world and
Last Line: Miss liberty, has no inner genesis. But it %warms her


HARRIDAN       
First Line: The harridan loses her temper all the time, claims drunk men
Last Line: In her only marriage


HEADS       
First Line: Along the chickahominy river in the witness
Last Line: No one bothers to explain


HIGHWAY 29: A PEDISTRIAN'S VIEW       
First Line: It's a long walk to culpepper. By
Last Line: The bridge, stem, blithe weeping at the crossroads, %the head blossoming between soft thighs. This I


HOLDING (1)       
First Line: Evening comes
Last Line: She wakes ready, really all gaga with faith %and all god does is hold, hold, %put her on hold
Variant Title(s): Holdin


HOLDING (2)       
First Line: Nobody knows about the wig
Last Line: Although she is asleep, her grip does not weaken


HOT TIME IN A SMALL TOWN       
First Line: In this restaurant a plate of bluefish pate
Last Line: Who was in charge of job? Both burnt him


IN THE PIT OF CRINOLINE RUFFLES       
First Line: That spring there were cloth
Last Line: I danced for her


IN THE UNHOLY LAND OF SLEEP       
First Line: All the girls have taps on their shoes
Last Line: Is what I woke from


IN THE UNHOLY LAND OF SLEEP       
First Line: All the girls have taps on their shoes
Last Line: Like the narrow contrail of a jet


INTERPRETATION OF A POEM BY FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: A young black girl stopped by the woods
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


INTERPRETATION OF A POEM BY FROST       
First Line: A young black girl stopped by the woods
Last Line: Before she sleeps with jim
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry And Poets


IT RIDES ON TADPOLES       
First Line: I ate a little bread and felt better
Last Line: Unfolding, wonders of the world


JONAH EFFECT       
First Line: Instead of mud, frisbees (plastic hubcaps) on
Last Line: White dress, %all white as a sheet %all scared


JUNIPER TREE OF KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: A wife prayed for a baby as she peeled an apple
Last Line: Have done such a good job anyway of making grief unnecessary


KING KONG       
First Line: Into a ballroom that big hand
Last Line: And when he snaps his fingers: dervishes %dominoes, vesuvius


LA CULTURA DE PESCADO       
First Line: In the culture of fish, trees also are obedient
Last Line: For them


LANDSCAPE WITH SAXOPHONIST       
First Line: The usual is there
Last Line: And by the wrong things


LAST CHANCE FOR THE TARZAN HOLLER: 1. THE SEASON THAT PRECEDES DALI'S       
First Line: This day, like all days
Last Line: Aw; tell me more, mommie, %dearest medea


LAST CHANCE FOR THE TARZAN HOLLER: 2. UNITY, INC.       
First Line: This time perhaps the current will follow the blue path
Last Line: I hate homonymity, as if I am singularly composed %of wicked artistry


LAST CHANCE FOR THE TARZAN HOLLER: 3. KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE       
First Line: Zaynah is a girl whose match of bone marrow
Last Line: Turned to pudding, trying to escape %the revenge of marrow


LESSONS FROM A MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow white was nude at her wedding, she's so white
Last Line: Know that more than white is missing
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


LESSONS FROM A MIRROR       
First Line: Snow white was nude at her wedding, she's so white
Last Line: When you look at me, %know that more than white is missing
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


LIGHTER SIDE OF SHADOWS OF MONSTERS       
First Line: Snow makes it seem too easy, this cascading
Last Line: That grow ragged in rising temperature and sun


LIMITATION OF BEAUTIFUL RECIPES       
First Line: With the silver ladle that belongs
Last Line: Tumbling over three shoulders


LINES FOR A WET NURSE       
First Line: She slips in the back door
Last Line: Moonlight for milk


LINOLEUM RHUMBA       
First Line: On parade: some of the dancer's many personalities and
Last Line: The huge crowd doesn't know what to do as %they've come resolved to apologize


LITTLE SOMETHING FOR BUCKWHEAT AND OTHER PICKANINNIES       
First Line: Look at the kite strings of your hair
Last Line: You felt wearing your skin


LIVING UNDER A MAN ON THE MOON       
First Line: This is how it goes
Last Line: The cue stick a rocket to a ball of white opportunity


LONGING TO SEE A NURTURING GRAVE       
First Line: Something about a graveyard makes me confident
Last Line: Getting up from that will be even %if afterwards I just go to hell


LUNCHCOUNTER FREEDOM       
First Line: I once wanted a white man's eyes upon %me, my beauty riveting him to my slum
Last Line: He is free to choose from available %choices. The asterisk marks the special


LYNCHING       
First Line: They should have slept, would have
Last Line: Keeps me warm. Patches of skin fall onto me %in places I didn't know needed mending


LYNNE'S POEM: REASONS       
First Line: Because I don't drink
Last Line: By the shovelful would be elevated, a %stain that is the world


MACAQUES CHECKING EACH OTHER FOR LICE: A PUBLIC DISPLAY       
First Line: Finding lice, they pop the grubs into their mouths
Last Line: Thank macques %for this potential


MAI PEN RAI       
First Line: I listen to the ragman's throaty drawl
Last Line: Everyday the ragman's drawl says mai pen rai, mai pen rai %and I believe


MAN       
First Line: How handsome he was, that man who did not court
Last Line: So god moves also %because a man moves


MANNA ADDICTS       
First Line: Manna must be pried from the road
Last Line: Small crucifixes on filigree chains %fall through them


MAUDELL'S MOON       
First Line: Moon on your back, where you get
Last Line: At all, but she got something now


ME AND BUBBLE WENT TO MEMPHIS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Who never sang for my father?
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


MISS LIBERTY LOSES PAGEANT       
First Line: Should be a headline but it's not
Last Line: How romantic the notion. Better that she gets %the man than dudley do-right whose name is plea


MISSION       
First Line: In its brown wrap it sits for days
Last Line: All men think they are gods


MORE LESSONS FROM A MIRROR       
First Line: In alice's reversed world


MUDDY ROAD CONTINUED       
First Line: This all happened in ekido's first life
Last Line: While the world dances on her toes


NATURE OF MORNING       
First Line: With arm at the angle for low salute
Last Line: Could be innocent bystanders were they not gladiators. %all that I don't doubt is the nature of a th


NEWS       
First Line: Don't say again that no news it good
Last Line: Reveal exactly how much you must pay as %result of migrant audit


NIGGER FOR THE FIRST TIME       
First Line: Bam! Nigger turns the light off
Last Line: He said, baby born knowing bear


NOT SUFFERING       
First Line: Why is it that I no longer suffer? Have reasons stopped, benefits - especially
Last Line: But then for saying it, being accused of not saying enough


NOVEMBER AND AUNT JEMIMA       
First Line: We sit at the table and that is grace
Last Line: Mix in the box after the grinding of bones


ODE TO THE CAT-HEADED CONSORT IN A PAINTING BY BOSCH       
First Line: Demons loved anthony; he could go nowhere, do nothing
Last Line: There is any chance at all for humility


OLD MAIDS WEAVING BASKETS       
First Line: I was with you when valhermosa
Last Line: You said a man %would leave yu


ONE FOR ALL NEWBORNS    Poem Text    
First Line: They kick and flail like crabs on their backs.
Subject(s): Birth; Babies; Mothers & Daughters; Child Birth; Midwifery; Infants


ONE FOR ALL NEWBORNS       
First Line: They kick and flail like crabs on their backs
Last Line: Of his creation, looking for signs of spring


ONE YEAR SONNY STABS HIMSELF       
Last Line: All eyes watching %the sun go down


ONE-EYED MOTHER SELLING MANGOES       
First Line: What hung above our heads like truce
Last Line: Already aware of the weight of heaven


ONE-LEGGED COOK       
First Line: A high school cafeteria
Last Line: A lot of folks didn't notice


OVERSEEING THE CHERRY       
First Line: I love them too and was one
Last Line: Deeply pious and men - underneath their devotion


OWL IN DAYTIME       
First Line: No one knows where the undertaker lives
Last Line: The bread she makes


PARTY TO WHICH WOLVES ARE INVITED       
First Line: I'm five years old
Last Line: Surprise! My parents step out


PASSING THE ROCK AT THE PHELPS SCHOOL       
First Line: From the right you lucky piece of gneiss, striated like bacon
Last Line: Ripe for martyrdom - I pass thee to david, the ingneous fault is thine


PASSOVER POEM       
First Line: God wipes his eyes
Last Line: And poor god cannot pass the buck, he made the buck


PLACE THAT MAKES PRESIDENTS       
First Line: I am there not understantding what
Last Line: Need the understanding I need so that we can sleep on beds for %which geese, narragansett and passam


POEM FOR MY MOTHER AND OTHER MAKERS OF ASAFETIDA       
First Line: Brown in the bottle, my
Last Line: Her who can make him wash his face, her who can turn it into%something to love


POSSIBILITIES THAT REQUIRE TOMBSTONES       
First Line: I go there often
Last Line: If the scarf were long enough


PREFERABLE TRUTH       
First Line: I'm glad I ate the cigarette, it's
Last Line: Advances I'd prefer that air, the invisible empire %of the south (and north), not make


PROBLEM WITH LOVING A GHOST OF A SAILOR       
First Line: I've looked for you %in every wet suit


RAISING A HUMID FLAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough women over thirty are at redbones for
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


RAISING A HUMID FLAG       
First Line: Enough women over thirty are at redbones
Last Line: Drippng down candles in sacred places


RAPTURE OF DRY ICE BURNING...OF THE SOUL'S APOTHEOSIS       
First Line: How will we get used to joy %if we won't hold onto it?
Last Line: Let heartbreak be alternative to coffeebreak, five %midmorning minutes devoted to emotion


RECONSIDERATION OF THE BLACKBIRD       
First Line: Let's call him jim crow
Last Line: Solution: paint them all white, call them visions, everyone will want one
Subject(s): Racism


REDBONES AS NOTHING SPECIAL       
First Line: It is 1060 and a crowd is at redbones
Last Line: With bicuspids and incisors


REMEMBERING KITCHENS       
First Line: In the kitchen we compensate for missiles
Last Line: Is hot so the peaks of cream will froth; these %are the sundays my family suckles grace


RENEGADE ANGELS       
First Line: Every night women in love gather outside the window
Last Line: In honor of them for forty years I bleed libation


RENEWAL AT THE PEDIATRIC HOSPICE       
First Line: That room that sunlight fully carpets
Last Line: So deeply in love %you can't get up and everyone %thinks you're dead


RIGHT EMPOWERMENT OF LIGHT       
First Line: In the right empowerment of light, pictures taken
Last Line: There is also arrogance, the other radiance


ROAD TO TODOS SANTOS IS CLOSED       
First Line: That's a movie about events that don't happen where I live
Last Line: I wish to have similar faith that todos santos can be accused %without a road


ROOT OF THE ROAD       
First Line: My hem eats the dirt haunting
Last Line: By its pinker stem


RUNNING OUT OF CHOICES       
First Line: This is not about beirut or el salvador or nicaragua
Last Line: In the projects I might have lived in had I not been so lucky


RUSH HOUR       
First Line: He boards the train downtown
Last Line: I just left his house. Spotless


SAINT AND THE MODERN EQUIVALENT OF THE MIRACLE OF LACTATION       
First Line: Like others, he resists women
Last Line: Even of faith, has not been weaned from luck


SAINT ANTHONY'S ECSTASY       
First Line: To the poor, anthony gave everything so none went lacking
Last Line: Then being too ecstatic to eat


SCENE FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE, A SPANISH FILM       
First Line: Isabel plays dead for ana who doesn't mind
Last Line: She is singing, but this I cannot prove


SEAMSTRESS       
First Line: Where else could she find a lover so straight
Last Line: That stitching herself to the world doesn't work


SECOND GRADE ART: THE STUNNING CHANCES       
First Line: It could be those terrors more apparent at seven
Last Line: To baby flo's undeniable wisdom of flesh


SHE DID MY HAIR OUTSIDE, THE WASH A TENT AROUND US       
First Line: Right over left, left over right, mama
Last Line: Rocking me in an autistic way that saves


SHE'S FLORIDA MISSOURI BUT SHE WAS BORN IN VALHERMOSA       
First Line: My mother's named for places, not sandusky
Last Line: Shuffling them in prayer


SHOE IN THE ROAD       
First Line: On some days, there are shoes in the road, not
Last Line: And every other mercy


SMALL CONGREGATIONS       
First Line: Look around at sis. Elden's brim wider than the arms
Last Line: Ottawa, heaven -- that's right, heaven; not new haven anymore


SONG IN THE FRONT YARD       
First Line: I've stayed in the front yard all my life
Last Line: And strut down the streets with paint on my face


SOUR MILK       
First Line: At first %sour milk poured same as good milk from
Last Line: The result - and it's okay to call it intelligent or miraculous no matter %what it really is


SPECIAL EFFECTS       
First Line: I am overwhelmed by the unprecedented %accuracy of fear
Last Line: For instance, I am not afraid of flying but of %failing to fly


SPILLED SUGAR       
First Line: I cannot forget the sugar on the table
Last Line: That one-third of himself was dead


SPLITTING A DOUBLE LIFE       
First Line: As if having the best of everything isn't going to rob her of too much
Last Line: That is all the good doctor wants to know


SPRING CLEANING AT THE LEWISTON POLICE STATION       
First Line: In the basement
Last Line: They'll go back in the box


ST. ALEXIS HOSPITAL: VISITING HOUR       
First Line: I ask if she remembers
Last Line: They can't get her temperature %down


SUGAR SLAVE       
First Line: Once upon a time a little boy felled a tree
Last Line: Refined and in the jar you pass upon request
Subject(s): Farm Life


SUNRISE COMES TO SECOND AVENUE       
First Line: Daylight announces
Last Line: Sweeping up confessions


TEA BAGS       
First Line: Remembering, she agitates hand washables
Last Line: Regulation underwear still damp when she puts it on


THE CONTINENT OF REENA AND MARCUS' MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Marcus was most fond of coriander
Subject(s): Food & Eating


THE CULTURE OF GLASS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Thanksgiving; Glass


THE PAMPERING OF LEORA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Therefore, no more recounting of dreams, a routine thing
Subject(s): Youth; Babies; Breast Feeding; Infants; Nursing (infants)


THE RAPTURE OF DRY ICE BURNING OFF SKIN AS THE MOMENT OF THE SOUL'S APOTHEOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: How will we get used to joy


THE SUBCULTURE OF THE WRONGLY ACCUSED    Poem Text    
First Line: Ultimately improved by it: slant light
Subject(s): Trials; Guilty; Innocence; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER FEELS NEGLECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight, a beautiful redhead
Last Line: I seldom wake at all anymore
Subject(s): Undertakers


THE WARMTH OF HOT CHOCOLATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody told me I didn't exist even though he was
Subject(s): God


THE WRECKAGE ON THE WALL OF EGGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cried over humpty-dumpty
Last Line: I think of mynas
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; Children; Eggs; Racial Equality; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THERE WILL BE ANIMALS       
First Line: There will be animals to teach us
Last Line: Riding hood %walking out of a wolf named dachau


THIS DID NOT HAPPEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hospitals


THIS MAGICIAN       
First Line: From the hat once checked at club 54
Last Line: And one summer day went to camp %as children do


THOSE IMMORTAL AXILLARY ANIMALS       
First Line: Bagpipes when the fragile animal is squeezed
Last Line: In the distortion of red fluid, glass, and light


THOSE WHO LOVE BONES       
First Line: Wilma's hair, stringy red meat, bone fixed
Last Line: Forensics-defying word: race


THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CARIBOU'S VELVET    Poem Text    
First Line: You hate to look at it
Last Line: And recoiling from you heart?
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CARIBOU'S VELVET       
First Line: You hate to look at it
Last Line: Having swerved to avoid that deer on your mind


TIME FOR PRAISE       
First Line: Finally that season too has come, a reason
Last Line: Airtight alibi telling us %there's been no crime


TIMEX REMEMBERED       
First Line: In the middle of an argument
Last Line: Anywhere, no freedom from the timex watch, the accuracy %of its score


TO BUCKWHEAT AND OTHER PICKANINNIES       
First Line: Mammy (you don't mean to call her that but it's contagious)


TO ELIMINATE VAGUENESS       
First Line: In the red-legged locust's black raids upon midwest soybeans
Last Line: In my father's old rocker, the damage already done


TORNADOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Truth is, I envy them
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TORNADOS       
First Line: Truth is, I envy them
Last Line: Tornado alley where it intersects memory lane. Smoky spirit-%clouds, shadows searching for what cast
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TOY STOVE       
First Line: He made it on the longest day
Last Line: Cake, thinking I always would


TRIBUTE TO JESSE AND THEN SOME       
First Line: Sometimes the only dignity is in walking the streets
Last Line: The same. But keep it alive anyway, vegetative, attached %toa machine


TWO THINGS       
First Line: Before going any further I must ask that two things
Last Line: Are the shrines, - thousands of shrines the water leaves behind


UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER FEELS NEGLECT       
First Line: Tonight, a beautiful redhead
Last Line: I seldom wake at all anymore
Subject(s): Undertakers


UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER MAKES BREAD       
First Line: Even a frigid wife yields, even a stud has a soft spot
Last Line: Is to wake from a long sleep %hungry


WAKE FOR THE LOST TWO HUNDRED MILES       
First Line: It was august, the summer ritual
Last Line: The three monkeys, three stooges, even %the trinity covered


WALK THROUGH THE DARK EMBRACE: ADVENT       
First Line: Stefano della bella has arranged
Last Line: But not yet the chicken, not yet the ostrich, not yet the world


WALK THROUGH THE DARK EMBRACE: AN END TO STRUTHIOUS RAPTURE       
First Line: Eggs hang %from crucified feet
Last Line: Pile on the empty plate, a feast %of remembrance


WALK THROUGH THE DARK EMBRACE: SURRENDER       
First Line: Kathe kollwitz's child run over
Last Line: Is also believed of this massacre


WALK THROUGH THE DARK EMBRACE: THE GARROTED MAN       
First Line: Holds a dark metal cross, bitter
Last Line: Finally digging it out of flesh not about to surrender anything else


WARMTH OF HOT CHOCOLATE       
First Line: Somebody told me I didn't exist even though he was
Last Line: That rises within him sometimes, a shadowy ever-descending brother
Subject(s): God


WASHING BREAD       
First Line: In the river a woman washes bread
Last Line: Pieces of their crosses


WATER ROAD       
First Line: Sing a song of commerce
Last Line: And hanging in black sickness %deep above


WAY OF BREATHING       
First Line: Playing jacks without hands, I'm no child
Last Line: Bang-bang, bang-bang


WEBS       
First Line: Gray garlands loop
Last Line: To the generations of spiders


WHAT HUNG ABOVE OUR HEADS LIKE TRUCE       
First Line: Was also sky we think we cannot touch but
Last Line: Of the heaviness of all that light and that heaven %pressing, pressing down


WHEN I WAS 'BOUT TEN WE DIDN'T PLAY BASEBALL       
First Line: There's a wedding and I was not invited and that's
Last Line: Supposed to go; way, way out of our league


WHILE ENVYING THE AMISH       
First Line: Expect an early morning unsolicited kiss when
Last Line: Of making love. Of course she resists laboring and envying %those who need work at nothing


WONDER       
First Line: Over my shoulder in danbury, connecticut, as I drove
Last Line: Of wonder bread -- we didn't have to buy any


WRECKAGE ON THE WALL OF EGGS       
First Line: I cried over humpty-dumpty
Last Line: Came out of me, I see that what's inside is as white and gold as heidi