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Mullen, Harryette    Poet's Biography
241 poems available by this author


AFFIRMATION       
First Line: Sometimes it's like this %everything says yes
Last Line: Before it takes shape in your mind


AFTER THE RAIN       
Last Line: Knives grew on the hillsides %thick as blades of grass


ALABAMA MEMORIES       
First Line: Houses with peeling skins of gray paint
Last Line: Alabama memories returning %like an old familiar dream


ALL SHE WROTE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Letters; Writing & Writers


ALL SHE WROTE       
First Line: Forgive me, I'm no good at this. I can't write back
Last Line: Author plugging her best-selling book


AMNESIA       
First Line: So much I want to forget
Last Line: It only reminds me %how foolish I am today


ANATOMY: 1. THE OVARIES       
First Line: Easter baskets, %matching egg cups of the flesh
Last Line: Bloom to flowers %blossoming blood


ANATOMY: 2. THE TUBES       
First Line: Perfect roads, %or snakes; ribbons
Last Line: Jam up the tunnel %hope it won't explode


ANATOMY: 3. THE WOMB       
First Line: The warmest garment, %it grows like skin
Last Line: Turn out the lights, %enjoy the dark


ANATOMY: 4. THE BREASTS       
First Line: They are food
Last Line: That likes to be eaten


ANATOMY: 5. THE VAGINA       
First Line: Tear this envelope open
Last Line: Into your hands, %till you know it in your veins


ANGER       
First Line: Tongue-tied
Last Line: Nothing comes out %but spit


ANSWERS TO HER OWN NAME       
First Line: The names you once gave me
Last Line: To someone setting fire to my name


ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE       
First Line: The pope of cosmology addresses a convention
Last Line: Like the arcane analysis of a black box full of insinuations of error


ANY LIT    Poem Text    
First Line: You are a ukulele beyond my microphone
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ANY LIT       
First Line: You are a ukulele beyond my microphone
Last Line: You are a uselessness beyond my myopia


APPLE GREEN       
First Line: My heart is apple green %and my kisses are only
Last Line: Open me with your mouth


ASK ADEN       
First Line: Are aardvarks anxious?
Last Line: Newts are never nervous, are they?


ASTRONAUT OF INNERSPACE       
Last Line: Blazing the orbit path to twilight body


AURA       
First Line: Heat surrounds your body %like an odor
Last Line: Touching you with all my skin


BETE NOIRE       
First Line: Life aint all beer and skittles
Last Line: Over the dark mouth of the [or, his] bete noire


BETWEEN       
First Line: My ass acts bad
Last Line: You your toes today


BILINGUAL INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: Californians say no
Last Line: Yard clippings only


BLACK DREAMS       
First Line: As light opens my eyes
Last Line: The dream janitor %erased it all


BLACK NIKES    Poem Text    
First Line: We need quarters like king tut needed a boat. A slave could row him to heaven from his crypt in
Subject(s): Egypt; Environment; Shoes; Homecoming; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


BLACK NIKES       
First Line: We need quarters like king tut needed a boat
Last Line: Earth. We're leaving all this dirt


BLACK WOMAN NEVER FAINTS       
First Line: A black woman never faints %except maybe in church
Last Line: And blow back her breath %with a funeral fan


BLAH-BLAH       
First Line: Ack-ack, aye-aye
Last Line: Zizi, zsazsa, zouzou, zuzu


BLEEDING HEARTS       
First Line: Crenshaw is a juicy melon. Don't spit, and when you're
Last Line: Live's a wren shack. Pull back. Show wreck. Black fade


BLUES BABY       
First Line: Born with a defect
Last Line: My own warm blood is poison %that will strangle me


BLUES CONSULTANT       
First Line: I am a blues consultant
Last Line: Come see me about those blues


BODY OF THE MOTHER       
First Line: Lost shrine %in ancient dream cave
Last Line: A hollow tree where honey is hidden


BOLSA ALGODON       
First Line: A sack lined with silver
Last Line: Coin purse full of change


BRAND OF LOVE       
First Line: I want her superstitious about me
Last Line: So she'll always feel my fingers %hot on her skin


CALL ME BY MY NAME       
Last Line: To be big enough to wear it, %until at last it became my skin


CARTOON MEN       
First Line: Glided in inked-in tuxedos
Last Line: They jitterbugged out of sight


CIRCLE OF ARMS       
First Line: When you sleep in the circle of my arms
Last Line: As my body rises and falls against you %like a wave


COALS TO NEWCASTLE, PANAMA HATS FROM ECUADOR       
First Line: Watching television in los angeles. This scene performed in
Last Line: Much less introspective. Now you sound more like yourself


COO/SLUR       
First Line: Da red %yell ow
Last Line: Why it %pee ink


COOLDOWN       
First Line: Rubbing our bodies together
Last Line: The secret source %of fire


COUNTRY BOY       
First Line: He undresses quick as shucking corn
Last Line: When he shows me %a little bit of country


DAISY PEARL       
First Line: More than a woman's name. Her traditional shape. Rapidly
Last Line: Slice juice and pour control out with dusty salt. %or to taste if desired


DANCE SHE DOES       
First Line: Judith dances on my wall
Last Line: Her body, %the sunday sermon


DENIGRATION       
First Line: Did we surprise our teachers who had niggling doubts about the
Last Line: Will I turn any blacker if I renege %on this deal?


DIM LADY       
First Line: My honeybunch's peepers are nothing like neon
Last Line: Lanky model or platinum movie idol who's hyped beyond belief


DISSOLVE       
First Line: Falling into you %I'm afraid
Last Line: Like lovers %in old movies


DREAM CYCLE       
First Line: The ice cream truck
Last Line: Goes lullaby again


DREAM DANCE       
First Line: Woman that I love
Last Line: Inside the border of your skin


DRINKING MOJITOS IN CUBA LIBRE       
First Line: My mojito in la bodeguita. My diaquiri in el floridita.' a postcard of
Last Line: With a drop of african blood


DUST MOTES       
First Line: Flying apart, %done I by relentless intimacy
Last Line: That fill the space where we once stood %together


DYSLEXIA       
First Line: Woman, opposite, %you are the mirror
Last Line: And all that is left %is wrong


ECTOPIA       
First Line: A stout bomb wrapped with a bow. With wear, you tear
Last Line: You tear, but you tell us, %trust us to suture you


EEG       
First Line: They hooked me up to their hideous machine
Last Line: A manic pen, caught in the grip of a mechanical hand, %scratched spiky daydreams


EL MAL OJO       
First Line: Your dolor de cabeza you blame on me
Last Line: With what you call %my evil eye


EL MALECON       
First Line: How many engineers trained to hold back a million
Last Line: Or he's afraid we'll clone a cyclone %aqui en el malecon?


ELLIPTICAL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Failure; Language; Relationships; Words; Vocabulary


ELLIPTICAL       
First Line: They just can't seem to... They should try harder to
Last Line: Our interactions unfortunately have been


ESSENCE OF ROSES       
First Line: Essence of roses washed with rain
Last Line: Your tongue, %a pink, wet rose


EUROPEAN FOLK TALE VARIANT       
First Line: They way the story goes, a trespassing towheaded pre-teen
Last Line: Extensive damage to their property


EURYDICE       
First Line: Can't wait to be sprung from shadow
Last Line: As darker she goes deeper


EXPLORING THE DARK CONTENT       
First Line: This dream is not a map
Last Line: On cowrie shells


EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD       
First Line: I'm your momma, and I could always tell when
Last Line: Eyes that see where you're goin, %where I've been


FABLE       
First Line: When the crow fell in love %with a scarecrow
Last Line: While the blackbird whispers %notes toward a song


FANCY CORTEX       
First Line: I'm using my plain brain to imagine her fancy cortex
Last Line: Might fancy the microcosm of my prosaic mind


FATHER (PART 1)       
First Line: My mother told me that after he left us
Last Line: The black men only laughed


FIRE THIS TIME       
First Line: Cave canem %a poet's retreat
Last Line: The poets are wide awake


FLOORWAX MOTHER       
First Line: My mother warned me I'd perish in dirt
Last Line: I'll send him right back to his floorwax mother


FOR MY GRANDMOTHER, LOWELL PAXTER MITCHELL       
First Line: I remember you, granddaddy, in shades of black and white
Last Line: I keep between the pages of a black-bound bible


FOR THE BEARERS       
First Line: Black women %be fruitful
Last Line: They can't stay %to harvest


FREE RADICALS       
First Line: She brought the radish for the horses, but not a bouquet
Last Line: Green algae to rid the body of free radicals


GENE FOR MUSIC       
First Line: He wants to know if I am happy here and have I eaten any
Last Line: He says, and she feels cold, suddenly noticing the air


GO ON SISTER SING YOUR SONG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


GOING, GOING, GONE       
First Line: What I've got %will rot if I didn't
Last Line: He only wants me to %get it and go


GREYHOUND SOUND       
First Line: A kicker in a gimme cap
Last Line: An old wino asleep with an open mouth


HE READS MY BODY LIKE A POEM       
Last Line: Cold ad-lib from %a book of empty pages


HEIRLOOM       
First Line: Would it be safe to wash this quilt?
Last Line: Would it be safe to wash this quilt?


HERITAGE       
First Line: In the third grade I looked like a little dark olive oyl
Last Line: I'd inherited my grandmother's big butt after all


HITCHED TO A STAR       
First Line: Quantum mechanics fixed my karma wagon
Last Line: With remedies like these %who needs friends?


HUNGRY MAN BLUES       
First Line: The woman don't fill my belly %like she used to do
Last Line: Put my shoes under another bed


IN LOVE WITH DROWNING       
Last Line: Where she last walked, %her body would never be found


INVECTIVE: YOU SHOULD KNOW       
First Line: Now you are in a lather over their taking the scrabble pieces and
Last Line: You will have heard it all before, no, my precious one?


INVOCATION       
First Line: Damballah, %I'm a horse for you to ride
Last Line: With a lasso of pythons


IT?S RANK IT CRANKS YOU UP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Relationships


JINGLEJANGLE       
First Line: Ab flab abracadabra achy breaky action jackson airy-fairy
Last Line: Zero to hero zigzag zip your lip zoo doo zoot suit zulu


JOY       
First Line: Here's a bowl of batter
Last Line: In your chef's hat, honey, %and start cookin


JUJU TO REMIND YOU       
First Line: I put my juju in your pocket
Last Line: So you can always find your way %back into my dreams


JUMP CITY       
First Line: I feel a little jumpy around you
Last Line: If it crawls away


JUNK MAIL       
First Line: Thus is just a nothing to thaw you from your warpath
Last Line: Let's mambo and be frisky. Your jiffy %jock-strap


JUST AS I AM I COME       
Last Line: And who you're playing for %what stray companion


KAMASUTRA SUTRA       
First Line: This is a story I have heard
Last Line: I believe I'll get there too'


KILLS BUGS DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Kills bugs dead. Redundancy is syntactical overkill.
Subject(s): Extermination & Exterminators; Social Commentaries


KIRSTENOGRAPHY       
First Line: K was burn at the bend of the ear in the mouth of remember
Last Line: Adenoid and williwaw. They all loved shapely over laughter


LA CHARMEUSE DE SERPENTES       
First Line: They are too easy to hate
Last Line: She'll teach us to make snakes sing


LA TERRORISTA       
First Line: Love is a kind of terror, %so in love she becomes terrorista
Last Line: The knife between her teeth


LAMP LIGHTS INTO ITS PREY       
First Line: Old slippery slim, %you cold snake
Last Line: A jawless sucking mouth %with a rasping tongue'


LAS LOCAS       
First Line: Oh, you crazy girls from laredo
Last Line: I understood your voices


LOCKSMITH       
First Line: Locked door, %locked thighs
Last Line: I'd have a stick of dynamite %for that deadbolt pussy of yours


LUNAR LUTHERAN       
First Line: In chapels of opals and spice, o pisces pal, your social pep
Last Line: To fan a mess, I write manifestos. So said the lunar %lutheran


MADONNA       
First Line: Her face made from a smooth sheet
Last Line: And her house slippers %rainbow-striped


MAGIC BLUES       
First Line: I burned fourteen feathers in a china bowl
Last Line: It's done up and gone


MANTRA FOR A CLASSLESS SOCIETY, OR MR. ROGET'S NEIGHBORHOOD       
First Line: Cozy comfortable homey homelike
Last Line: Nervous self-conscious tense


MARRY AT A HOTEL, ANNUL ?EM    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Language; Hotels; Words; Vocabulary; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


ME & STEENIE       
First Line: The way we talk %is we never finish a sentence
Last Line: At the same time %after moments of silence


MIRROR DANCE       
First Line: All the time I was dancing alone
Last Line: A broken symmetry that nothing can mend


MISS PERSEPHONE       
First Line: Persephone, you were one of those girls
Last Line: When your lusty lover %takes his share


MOMMA SAYINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Momma had words for us
Subject(s): Women


MOMMA SAYINGS       
First Line: Momma had words for us
Last Line: So we'd shine like dimes
Subject(s): Women


MOONSTALK       
First Line: Out of my navel %a beanstalk grows up to the moon
Last Line: Watches him coming %through the green leaves


MORGAN DAVID BLUES       
First Line: He love that morgan david, %yes he do
Last Line: Just wish the man could see it %from my point of view


MOTHER OF NIGHTMARES       
First Line: I am the mother of nightmares
Last Line: Run berserk %in the terror of night


MUJER DE VOLCANES Y TERREMOTOS       
Last Line: I tremble with the earth, %receiving your ceaseless vibrations


MUSE & DRUDGE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as I am I come
Subject(s): Beauty


MUSE & DRUDGE (2)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Why these blues come from us
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MUSE & DRUDGE, SELS.       


MUSIC FOR HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS       
First Line: I dug you artless, I dug you out. Did you re-do? You dug me
Last Line: You dug art, %didn't you? Did you re-do?


MY GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: White men %opening doors
Last Line: For her %was liberation


NAKED STATUES       
First Line: Oscars for the war of noses. With a mummy out of egypt
Last Line: Them in the garden of naked statues


NATURAL ANGUISH       
First Line: Every anguish is arbitrary but no one is neuter
Last Line: That will drive us to the brink


NIGHT WE SLEPT ON THE BEACH       
Last Line: And the sea never catches me in its rhythm


NO GOOD       
First Line: I told you from the get-go
Last Line: The woman was just no good


O, 'TIS WILLIAM       
First Line: Is it otis? %- I'm... %- otis, so it is
Last Line: I am will! It is too! O, william otis, it is! I am!


OF A GIRL, IN WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of a girl, in white, between the lines, in the spaces where nothing is written
Subject(s): Relationships


OF TWO MINDS       
First Line: An eye opens, a door closes
Last Line: Balance, which nullifies force %that which remains


OLD MUGGER BLUES       
First Line: That old mugger blues stole my love
Last Line: Kicked in the teeth %by that old mugger blues


OMNIVORE       
First Line: Because I was afraid to lose you
Last Line: Full of wonders %like an ancient fish


ONCE EVER AFTER       
First Line: There was this princess who wet the bed through many
Last Line: Knowing that a kiss is smaller than a %delayed hunger


ONE OF THEM KIND       
First Line: Girl, how did you get to be so ignorant?
Last Line: The way you act sometimes


OUTSIDE ART       
First Line: A humble monumental
Last Line: Of orangina bottles


PAGE 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Sapphire's lyre styles
Subject(s): Relationships


PAGE 34    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If your complexion is a mess
Subject(s): African Americans; Skin Color; Negroes; American Blacks


PAGE 35    Poem Text    
First Line: The essence lady
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


PAGE 39    Poem Text    
First Line: Arrives early for the date
Subject(s): Abortion; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


PAGE 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun goes on shining
Subject(s): Women - Abused; Wife Beating


PAGE 72    Poem Text    
First Line: Mister arty martyr
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


PAINTING MYSELF A NEW MIRROR       
First Line: I'd change the colors I see %to some that aren't invented yet
Last Line: And flash each other signals in the sun


PENSANDO EN LA MUERTE       
First Line: Paltry surrealism can't account for it
Last Line: Your spirit flies out to me %to strengthen all my bones


PEOPLE OF ATLANTIS       
First Line: We are caught beneath a tight skin of water
Last Line: We have begun to breathe the sea


PHARMACOPEIA       
First Line: The dream has taken effect
Last Line: Peddled shamelessly in the streets- %the one they call reality


PINEAPPLE       
First Line: Pineapple is armored flower
Last Line: & you're hoping that your tongue %can reach your elbow


PLAYING THE INVISIBLE SAXOPHONE EN EL COMBO DE LA ESTRELLAS       
First Line: One of these days I'm gonna write a real performance poem
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


PLAYING THE INVISIBLE SAXOPHONE EN EL COMBO DE LA ESTRELLAS       
First Line: One of these days I'm gonna write a real performance poem
Last Line: As I play the invisible saxophone en el combo de las estrellas
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Poetry And Poets


POETRY FOR DUMMIES       
First Line: Roses often signfy love or beauty
Last Line: Rouses the most rigorous stiff


PRESENT TENSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now that my ears are connected to a random answer machine,
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


PRESENT TENSE       
First Line: Now that my ears are connected to a random answer machine
Last Line: With the curious dynamic of an action flick without a white protagonist


PRETTY PIECE OF TAIL       
Last Line: Just for trying out a pretty piece of tail


QUALITY OF LIFE       
First Line: Does all dust turn grave in his nightmare of cloned sheep?
Last Line: Once I get that zip gun your reality czech's in the %escargot


RECIPES       
First Line: The icewater click of windchimes tickled by a breeze
Last Line: Fresh mint for the tea, %a kaleidoscope


RESISTANCE IS FERTILE       
First Line: This system needs your moral fiber like a bowl of x brand
Last Line: When you're all pooped out, we're just breaking a second wind


RITUAL OF EAR PIERCING       
First Line: Cristina saying: %when ana was pregnant with cielo
Last Line: She was strutting toward womanhood %with new-won golden earrings


ROADMAP       
First Line: She wants a man she can just
Last Line: Exactly the same as before


S*PERM**K*T       
First Line: Pyramids are eroding monuments. Embalmed soup stocks the recyclable soul adrift
Last Line: Brush off scum on some well scrubbed mission. It's slick to admit, motherwit and grit ain't grocerie


S*PERM*K*T: 1       
First Line: A single serving after-work lives. On eternal welcome mats omniscient doors
Last Line: The radio stations of the cross. When you see it you remember what you %came for


S*PERM*K*T: 2       
First Line: Kills bugs dead is redundancy is syntactical overkill. A pinprick of peace at
Last Line: Wipe out a species, with god on our side. Annihilate the insects. Sterilize %the filthy vermin


S*PERM*K*T: 3       
First Line: A daughter turned against the grain, refuses you gleanings, denies your
Last Line: Can't remember? You pretend once agains she's not lost forever


S*PERM*K*T: 4       
First Line: Flies in buttermilk. What a fellowship. That's why white milk makes yellow
Last Line: Cheese. Speed readers skim the white space of this galaxy


SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN CHORES ARE DONE       
First Line: I've cleaned house %and the kitchen smells like pine
Last Line: To keep what we do %from coming apart at the ends


SHE LANDED ON THE MOON       
First Line: She'd studied the science of motion
Last Line: Her music parting the slow silence


SHE SWAM ON FROM SEA TO SHINE       
First Line: Hide and seek, where the tree decided to sleep was where she
Last Line: Mermaids murmur. Plato opens utopia to poets on opiates


SHEDDING SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Pulling out of the old scarred skin
Subject(s): Loss


SHEDDING SKIN       
First Line: Pulling out of the old scarred skin
Last Line: I'm going to be tender again
Subject(s): Loss


SHUDDERING       
First Line: On such a cold night %my bones feel loose inside my skin
Last Line: Scaring others %out of their skins


SIGNIFICATION       
First Line: You come to me %talking about love
Last Line: And I won't miss it %one bit


SIREN #1       
First Line: The song cuts through me like a keen wind
Last Line: I'd happily drown in the whirlpool of her song


SIREN #3       
First Line: Cock-teasing whore, %I could sail toward you forever
Last Line: Only the shining fishtail, %cold and blue as the sea


SIREN'S SONG       
First Line: I must sing into sunlight
Last Line: From climbing to the top of this rock?


SLEEPING WITH THE DICTIONARY    Poem Text    
First Line: I beg to dicker with my silver-tongued companion
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SLEEPING WITH THE DICTIONARY       
First Line: I beg to dicker with my silver-tongued companion
Last Line: Like the secret acrostic of a lover's name


SOME LIGHT TO HOLD IN MY HANDS       
First Line: At night the trees catch stars in their branches
Last Line: The light that I catch in my hands %will fly out through my fingers


SONG OF A DANCER       
First Line: There's an herb I rub on my eyelids
Last Line: Until my darkness gleams in the night


SOUVENIR FROM ANYWHERE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: People of color untie-dyed
Subject(s): African Americans; Race Awareness; Negroes; American Blacks


SOUVENIR FROM ANYWHERE       
First Line: People of color untie-dyed. Got nothing to lose
Last Line: Children will be sold as slaves


SPIRITS IN MY HEAD       
Last Line: Tangled as a briar patch, %wild as african orchids


STIRRINGS       
First Line: I want to go to bed
Last Line: And put its eye out %with my tongue!


STRANGERS       
First Line: How did we meet %and begin our merger?
Last Line: May we never be strangers again


STRIPTEASE       
First Line: I was your fantasy come to flesh
Last Line: Stripped down %naked %bone


SUMMER SALT       
First Line: It's no wonder fish fly
Last Line: Beneath salty sky %of celestial starfish


SUZUKI METHOD       
First Line: El nino brought a typhoon of tom-toms from tokyo
Last Line: Loaded with soy from ohio


SWEET BROWN MOLASSES       
Last Line: Call my name and hold me tight


SWIFT TOMMY       
First Line: I grew up with a lot of punctuation myself, so I can understand
Last Line: You where you've got me, I'd give myself a blowjob'


TAKING THE LORD'S NAME IN VAIN       
First Line: They had you thinking that every time you said
Last Line: To save your soul %delivered a lightning slap


TANKA DIARY (1)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Hiking up topanga canyon
Subject(s): Hiking; Lizards


TANKA DIARY (2)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My visitor from nebraska
Subject(s): Shells; Conchology


TANKA DIARY (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't need picket fences, brick wall,
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Home


TANKA DIARY (4)    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


TANKA DIARY (5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Instead of scanning newspaper headlines,
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


TANKA DIARY (6)    Poem Text    
First Line: Flowers of evergreen tree called bottlebrush
Subject(s): Flowers


TANKA DIARY (7)    Poem Text    
First Line: As guests are arriving I see in a corner
Subject(s): Spiders


TANKA DIARY (8)    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hiking; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


TANKA DIARY (9)    Poem Text    
First Line: Awakened too early on saturday morning
Subject(s): Morning; Silence


TED JOANS AT THE CAFE BIZARRE       
First Line: Cairo man %surly realist
Last Line: Sporadically all over %forever diaspora


TENT REVIVAL       
First Line: In this fly-by-day church
Last Line: Wearing dresses of stiff white cloth


THROUGH THE MOON       
First Line: Standing alone in the desert
Last Line: Sealed inside a snow globe


TO A WOMAN       
First Line: You're like the skinny folk
Last Line: A taste of something %you've never had


TRANSIENTS       
First Line: Vines through the roof of the tool shed. Water leaked in
Last Line: A drunkard in the plaza called out, 'sister, may I kiss %you?'


TREE       
First Line: Yes %I'm grounded
Last Line: Singing loud in my tangled hair


TREE TALL WOMAN       
Last Line: Walking with butterflies %fluttering at her fingertips


TRIMMINGS, SELS       
First Line: A little tight, something spiked, tries on a scandal. One of a pair vamps it up
Last Line: Gaudy gawks at baubles fondle tawdry laces up in a garish gear, a form of being content


TRIMMINGS: 1       
First Line: Becoming for a song. A belt becomes such a small waist. Snak
Last Line: Embrace. Sucks her in. She buckles. Smiles, tighter. Quick to %spot a bulge below the belt


TRIMMINGS: 10       
First Line: In feathers, in bananas, in her own skin, ingtelligent body
Last Line: To a gaze. Stripped down model, posing for a savage art, brought %color to a primitive age


TRIMMINGS: 11       
First Line: Duds, garbled garb. Misfits, women in breaches. Early bloome
Last Line: None inhabits. Unholy magdalene with her veil of tears


TRIMMINGS: 12       
First Line: Chaste, apprehended, collared and cuffed. Kept under wraps,
Last Line: Child, baby, laced and unlaced. A ruffle, a frill. A pale piece of %something, almost made of air


TRIMMINGS: 13       
First Line: Rapt babes in peekaboo webs. Preying widows, spiders in blac
Last Line: Weeds. Smoldering glance in a drop-dead dress. Witches burning %at high stakes. Blackened virgins, s


TRIMMINGS: 14       
First Line: Shades, cool dark lasses. Ghost of a smile
Last Line: Shades, cool dark lasses. Ghost of a smile


TRIMMINGS: 15       
First Line: A fish caught, pretty fish wiggles for a while. A caught fis
Last Line: Sea. With brand new feet walks unsteady on land, each step an %ache


TRIMMINGS: 16       
First Line: What a little moonlight inside her pink silvery is softness
Last Line: A colored other. Pearl had a mother who cried


TRIMMINGS: 17       
First Line: Thinking thought to be a body wearing language as clothing o
Last Line: A soul, she is veiled in silence. A veiled, unavailable body makes an %available space


TRIMMINGS: 2       
First Line: Lips, clasped together. Old leather fastened with a little s
Last Line: Alligator purse. Green thief, off relief, got her pocketbook by %hook or crook


TRIMMINGS: 3       
First Line: Two shapely legs stretched, then run. Sheer magic, a box div
Last Line: One saw a woman cut in half, waving incredible feet


TRIMMINGS: 4       
First Line: When a dress is red, is there a happy ending. It there murmu
Last Line: Inside out. Sight for sore eyes. The better to see you. Out for a %stroll, sriting wolf-tickets


TRIMMINGS: 4       
First Line: Of what material softness folds to hold her, under when over
Last Line: A pocket for your hand. My dress falls over my head. A shadow %overtakes me


TRIMMINGS: 5       
First Line: What's holding her up. Straps, laces, garters, corsets, belt
Last Line: With blues-saddened slashers. Laced up, frilled to the bone.Semi- %automatic ruffle on a semi-formal


TRIMMINGS: 6       
First Line: Her feathers, her pages. She ripples in breezes. Rim and fri
Last Line: Every rufle made smooth. Gathering her fluttered pages, her %feathers, her wings


TRIMMINGS: 7       
First Line: Bones knit. Skins, pink, flush, tight. White margin, ample
Last Line: Fleshings. Out of character, full blush. Flushed out of hiding, pink %in the flesh


TRIMMINGS: 8       
First Line: Gold chains, choker, ring her neck. Draw a bead, string it
Last Line: Black. What rankles, she fakes it. Less than naked, strung out, %stranded


TRIMMINGS: 9       
First Line: Akimbo bimbos, all a jangle. Tricked out trinkets, aloud gal
Last Line: Gimcracks, a stack. Bang and whimper. Two to tangle. It's a %jungle


UNABLE TO GRASP THE MEANING       
First Line: Something my hand %couldn't reach. Clutching
Last Line: My arms around your black jacket, %trying to remember


UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATOR       
First Line: After singing the final page, %the poet passes out
Last Line: Are all singed in blood, %the poet's meter expires


UNSPOKEN       
First Line: I'm holding on to you, but you're gone already
Last Line: On your way down the far side of that mountain


UP FROM SLOBBERY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): African Americans; Language; Social Commentaries; Negroes; American Blacks; Words; Vocabulary


VARIATION OF THEME PARK       
First Line: My mickey mouse ears are nothing like sonar
Last Line: As reckless as any souvenir bought with free coupons
Variant Title(s): Variation On A Theme Par


VICTIMLESS CRIME       
First Line: Jumping into my get-away car
Last Line: As long as they don't catch me, %I'm free


WAITING FOR THE NEXT STAR TO FALL       
First Line: Half the night we spend
Last Line: Each night, %waiting for the next star to fall


WAY OPPOSITE    Poem Text    
First Line: The opposite of walk?
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WAY OPPOSITE       
First Line: The opposite of walk?
Last Line: I don't walk, %I run


WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE       
First Line: We are not responsible for your lost or stolen relatives
Last Line: Or we can be held responsible for what happens to you


WHAT'S DECENT THESE DAYS       
First Line: He's a decent man
Last Line: And doesn't beat me %or my children


WHY YOU AND I       
First Line: Who knows why you and I fell off the roster?
Last Line: Our union dissolve to strike the orderly alphabet?


WILD ROSE       
First Line: Wild rose should be your flower
Last Line: Pierced me with loneliness, %rose too wild to touch


WINGS AGAINST THE BLUE       
First Line: Turned sideways in the sky
Last Line: To fly into the dry white moon


WINO THINO       
First Line: For no specific reason I have become one of the city's unicorns
Last Line: Why, when I charge you with my rags, I won't %overturn your sporty jeep


WIPE THAT SIMILE OFF YOUR APHASIA    Poem Text    
First Line: As horses as for
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WIPE THAT SIMILE OFF YOUR APHASIA       
First Line: As horses as for
Last Line: As never as this


WITH TWO HANDS       
First Line: I take you with two hands
Last Line: Calm and eager with thanks


WOMAN AND THE ROSES       
First Line: Blue sleep %and night blue sky
Last Line: Her body will open %like a rose


WOMAN CIRCLE       
First Line: Try to make a woman %who is whole
Last Line: With the strength %to shake the ocean


WOMAN IS DREAMING       
First Line: A woman who cringes at the stiffness of starched petticoats
Last Line: She gives birth to a loaf of bread


X-RAY VISION       
First Line: You don't need x-ray vision to see through me
Last Line: You knew that my story was thin


XENOPHOBIC NIGHTMARE IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE       
First Line: Whereas, in the opinion of the government of the united states
Last Line: And found to be not lawfully entitled to be or remain in the united states


YOU WHO WALKED THROUGH THE FIRE       
Last Line: With only the strength of my two hands?


ZEN ACORN       
First Line: A frozen %indian acorn
Last Line: A narco dozen %faze an african


ZOMBIE HAT       
First Line: Greatest thing since texas toast
Last Line: So long as you keep a lid on