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Author: NIMS, JOHN FREDERICK
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Nims, John Frederick    Poet's Biography
352 poems available by this author


A SCHOLAR WONDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Their human love - confusing! Off they fling
Subject(s): Scholarship & Scholars


ACADEMY DISPORTING       
First Line: In love with shadows all our days
Last Line: Creepers shunning dark and bright


ADAM'S BALLAD       
First Line: So sweetly bedded in being
Last Line: So lost in locks of the sun


AFFAIR AT THE FORK       
First Line: The gods leaned forward at his bursting forth
Last Line: When had the fractious planet run so well?


ALCHEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn lead to gold? Some can. We'd all allow
Subject(s): Alchemy & Alchemists


ALCHEMY       
First Line: Turn lead to gold? Some can. We'd all allow
Last Line: Turned to these golden honors on their own
Subject(s): Alchemy And Alchemists


ALL-NITE LUNCHROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Shallow nature, pleased
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


ANACREON'S ANSWER       
First Line: No sense of age? These white hairs on your head
Last Line: I and the pink thing are alive-years-old


ANCIENT OF DAYS       
First Line: Spellbound as lunar buttes, the terrible past
Last Line: Enthralling the fairy pintos of the dawn!


AND A FORTUNE IN OLIVE OIL       
First Line: Sweeten the moody world, milesian waters
Last Line: Ruptured like puffballs in irascible smoke


ANTHOLOGY: THE HUNDRED BEST POETS OF ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Two flourish. And a few may bud. But oh
Variant Title(s): On Reading A Contemporary Anthology, From Juvenal, I, 79;anthology: The Hundred Best N.y. - S.f. Poets
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ANTHOLOGY: THE HUNDRED BEST POETS OF ...       
First Line: Two flourish. And a few may bud. But oh
Last Line: There's need of much manure where roses grow
Variant Title(s): On Reading A Contemporary Anthology, From Juvenal, I, 79; Anthology: The Hundred Best N.y. - S.f. Poet
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


APOCALYPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Turning from plato to the rocky sergeant
Subject(s): Soldiers; War; Popular Culture - United States


APOCALYPSE       
First Line: Turning from plato to the rocky sergeant
Last Line: December bones in a sweet whore of may


AS GOETHE SAID       
First Line: Party: %once, at a party, a taciturn prof
Last Line: Let's hope to god he stays below it


AS IN A PLAY BY DEKKER       
First Line: Instead of cobbling out my patchy verses
Last Line: My heart a wild thing as I'd breathe, 'for you!'


AT DAWN       
First Line: Living!' I grieved. 'each heartbeat, touch-and-go.'
Last Line: Sleepy, you touch and grin: 'what touches, though!'


AT WRITERS' CONFERENCE       
First Line: Well, love me, love my dog.' I'll cuddle the mutt
Last Line: Look, I'm sweet venus' champion. Not some nut


AUTUMN       
First Line: Up the long road toward evening and the dark


AVANT-GARDE       
First Line: A dead tradition! Hollow shell!
Last Line: Said cancer-cell to cancer-cell


BALLAD OF KISSES AND COMBS       
First Line: When you were a little child, my love
Last Line: And the blind, deep -kissing grave


BARD ANNOUNCES HE IS TAKING UP SOCIAL ACTION ...       
First Line: Good man! Left letters, to improve the folk
Last Line: And made the two worlds better at a stroke


BATHROBE       
First Line: The bathrobe that you gave me, mischievous scarlet
Last Line: Fermat's last theorem, and lost symmetry


BEAUTIFUL ATHEIST       
First Line: In bed, as the feathers flew, push came to shove
Last Line: Spectral %in our nights of love


BLASPHEMER       
First Line: So cuss me out,' said the lord. I'm not impressed
Last Line: I gave you the mouth. The mind too. Be my guest


BLIND JOY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Superficiality


BODY AND MIND       
First Line: God's a rube goldberg fan? The notion's scary
Last Line: Rehearsing its gurgle and burp. And unsanitary


BOOK OF LIFE       
First Line: Some puzzle out with finger cramped and slow
Last Line: Startled, amused, they laugh. And wave good-bye


BOSS AND TYPIST       
First Line: What she wants: being swathed in mink
Last Line: There's just no way at all -' says you


BRIGHT NIGHT OF THE SOUL       
First Line: Cool clarinet, bluff trumpet
Last Line: Come fair, come foul, stays haloed, %polaris at the pole


CAJOLERY       
First Line: Cajolery works, but you've got to know how
Last Line: Pulling its leg won't get milk from a cow


CALLIOPE TO CLIO       
First Line: The red wrath of achilles - cope with that
Last Line: Flicks unconcerned - why not? - the unnerving sky


CARDIOLOGICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten heartbeats back our lips were touching. Ten?
Subject(s): Hearts; Time


CARDIOLOGICAL       
First Line: Ten heartbeats back our lips were touching. Ten?
Last Line: With more! Yet more! Its irreversible beat


CATULLUS XVII       
First Line: O colonia, mad to dance
Last Line: Sucks the shoe from a jackass


CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY       
First Line: The cannonballs, pintsize, now yoked together
Last Line: Show withering apparitions. Old! They're old!


CENSORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Love cautions, 'adults only!' while below
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


CENSORSHIP       
First Line: Love cautions, 'adults only!' while below
Last Line: Death has the children to his filthy show


CHILD       
First Line: How the greenest of wheat rang gold at his birth!
Last Line: (o reborn poplars) than in michigan earth
Variant Title(s): For My So
Subject(s): Babies


CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: They say: but cattle near
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS       
First Line: They say: but cattle near
Last Line: Told the home -- truth of man
Subject(s): Christmas


CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: This seablue fir that rode the mountain storm
Subject(s): Christmas; Past; Children; Death; Stars; Nativity, The; Childhood; Dead, The


CHRISTMAS TREE       
First Line: This seablue fir that rode the mountain storm
Last Line: And found assurance in the perfect star


CITY DAWN       
First Line: First breath of dawn, that corroborates all fable
Last Line: As we prove to be, to know in our warm blood


CLOCK SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Time that brings children from the wizard den
Subject(s): Time


CLOCK SYMPHONY       
First Line: Time that brings children from the wizard den
Last Line: And through a tinsel gear of watch motors the heavy sky


CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hands are plated; they'll be brass
Subject(s): Time


CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS       
First Line: The hands are being plated; they'll be brass
Last Line: Only like heaven's own logic: hard to read


CLOSED FOR RESTORATION       
First Line: Our gaudy years in italy! In between
Last Line: Mine, chiuso per restauro. With fingers crossed


CLOSING TOMB       
First Line: And so it's over. If they meet
Last Line: Their candor and perfume! %till blighted by our ancient pride ... %black letters on the tomb


COLT AUTOMATIC    Poem Text    
First Line: My gun, the color of winter rain and thunder
Subject(s): Guns


CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: If what began (look far and wide) will end:
Subject(s): Universe; Love


CONCLUSION       
First Line: If what began (look far and wide) will end
Last Line: Acons late stumble on it with surprise


CONNUBIAL       
First Line: Letch with his problem, satyriasis,
Last Line: Sigh envious friends, 'a marriage made in heaven!'


CONSOLATION       
First Line: Sad at night were thought of the dear things vanished
Subject(s): Immortality


CONSOLATIONS OF ETYMOLOGY, WITH FANFARE       
First Line: Zany - from giovanni (john)
Last Line: Once I thought my name--well, blah. %zany in denim, though! Ta dah!


CONTEMPLATION       
First Line: I'm mark's alone!' you swore. Given cause to doubt you
Last Line: I think less of you, dear. But more about you


COSI       
First Line: In love with dorabella all that autumn
Last Line: Plain doe and 'ligi to mad tambours sway


COSMOLOGY       
First Line: The past! Big bang! Great story there! I love it!
Last Line: My money's on the future though. More of it


CRADLE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Pram and scottie season now
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


CREATIVE WRITING    Poem Text    
First Line: Blobb learned one thing in workshops: be concrete!
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


CREATIVE WRITING       
First Line: Blobb learned one thing in workshops: be concrete!
Last Line: Love's sourdough is all crumb, her muffins dry. %butter our buns, great baker in the sky
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


CRITIC: COTERIE REVIEW OF BOOKS       
First Line: Of writers he likes four, and thunders rage,
Last Line: He's at the udder slurping, eyes goo-goo


CRUTCHES AND CANES       
First Line: Feisty old men, their battle cry a cough
Last Line: Waggle their sticks at earth, to warn it off


CYNIC       
First Line: Better perhaps smile wryly, if you smile,
Last Line: In a world where guys and gals are guise and guile


DARWIN IN THE ZOO       
First Line: Spry, furry, bright-eyed chimps, all life a game
Last Line: From grace to our puddled streets of blood and %shame


DAUGHTER, AGE 4       
First Line: Came traipsing to my bed today
Last Line: Vex such another bed


DAWN SONG       
First Line: Dearest, sleep. Bright night is gone
Last Line: Root the entwining ivy firmer


DAY OUR DOG DIED       
First Line: Grim six-foot death, his majesty in black
Last Line: Stood. Stared at us -- you, me. Then nodded twice %left, with his great cape flicking us. Like ice


DAYS OF OUR YEARS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


DAYS OF OUR YEARS       
First Line: It's brief and bright, dear children; bright and brief
Last Line: Delight's the lightning; the long thunder's grief


DE FIDE       
First Line: Do you believe in him? You ask. Safer to say no
Last Line: You'd wonder, when I fill my lungs: do you %believe in air?


DEAD CHILD       
First Line: No hint before? He was dreamy
Last Line: - fearful pit, uncovered %where the children run


DEAR READER       
First Line: Don't tread on holy toes!' good sir, I will
Last Line: It's better to tread toes than tread on eggs


DECLINE AND FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: We had a city also. Hand in hand
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Ruins; Defeat


DECLINE AND FALL       
First Line: We had a city also, hand in hand
Last Line: Trail phosphor on the melancholy coast?


DESIGN: A FURTHER WORD       
First Line: Dull gold of oak leaves falling where they might
Last Line: Adduced - of the earth's own virtue - vice and awl?


DIMENSION    Poem Text    
First Line: To hold you measured three ways is the sun's
Subject(s): Love


DISCIPLES       
First Line: Just one in twelve a traitor? Blessed day!
Last Line: Since judas' time, been downhill all the way


DOLLAR BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The feathered thing of silver-grey and jade
Subject(s): Birds


DOLLAR BILL       
First Line: The feathered thing of silver-grey and jade
Last Line: Child of green lovebird and the raven death


DOOR       
First Line: All youth to middle age I sat before
Last Line: She smiled. 'and you had it, all those years, the key.'


DOVER SOLE       
First Line: Whanne that aprille with - o wild west wind!!
Last Line: Roll on, thou deep and dark blithe spirit, roll! %ah, what a dusty aunt (sir!) gets the sole!


DROPPING THE NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Alps, island, jet, crest, logo - barnum's own
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Automobile Accidents; Male-female Relations


DROPPING THE NAMES       
First Line: Alps, island, jet, crest, logo - barnum's own
Last Line: Of island, alp, jet, logo - paper-thin


ELEGY FOR A BAD POET, TAKEN FROM US NOT LONG SINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: About the dead, no murmur of dispraise
Last Line: “who, you?” to praise the lord, his gracious ways
Subject(s): Hate


ELEGY FOR A BAD POET, TAKEN FROM US NOT LONG SINCE       
First Line: About the dead, no murmur of dispraise
Last Line: Who, you?' to praise the lord, his gracious ways
Subject(s): Hate


ELEGY: 1. DEATH AND THE MAIDEN       
First Line: Were you, as old prints have shown
Last Line: Odd elation in our eyes?


ELEGY: 2. 'ONE DAY ANYONE DIED I GUESS'       
First Line: Here she lies, poor dancing head
Last Line: Where such awesome laws are set, %honey, misbehaving yet?


ELEVATED    Poem Text    
First Line: Three stories up the town in venice: there
Subject(s): Venice, Italy


EMBROIDERY AT BAYEUX       
First Line: Men fought with axes, panting, nose to nose
Last Line: The severed head lies beaming, 'I'm a rose!'


EMINENT CRITIC       
First Line: For each man kills the thing he loves' - it's true
Last Line: I only say he sure as hell four-lettered it
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Hate


ENGLISH 317: THE WRITING OF POETRY FROM JUVENAL, I, 79.       
First Line: How doting inspiration coos to see
Last Line: Till the cool surgeon thought growls, 'still alive? %amputate here. And here. It may survive.'


EPITAPH FOR A LIGHT LADY       
First Line: Once, lovely chloe here asleep in clay
Last Line: And - so unlike our chloe - sleep alone?


EPITAPH FOR BLOAT       
First Line: Death, to see your hated shade,
Last Line: Now he eyes you, 'piece of cake!' %drops his shovel for a rake


ETRUSCAN TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Tarchna dreams by the distant ocean
Subject(s): Etruscan Civilization; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


ETRUSCAN TOMB       
First Line: Tarchna dreams by the distant ocean
Last Line: Like eyelids fast on a rapture of sun


ETYMOLOGY       
First Line: Prestige, we love it! But (pardon the intrusion)
Last Line: Who love prestige won't check it. Love is blind


EVERGREEN       
First Line: Under this stone, what lies?
Last Line: Stowed for a season, then %pleasure-bound on the deep


EXPERIMENTAL       
First Line: Fadd publishes his 'experiments,' verse and prose
Last Line: Like a doctor showing his corpses, you suppose?


EXPERIMENTAL, FROM JUVENAL,I,79       
First Line: Wow, type flies ever which way, man!..


EXPLICATING 'THE NECROMANCERS'       
First Line: Flushed and in heat my verses all that summer
Last Line: Soured, with their tuneful nuisance, sea and sky


EXPLICATION       
First Line: Mio padre e stato per me 'l'assassino'


FAIRY TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hero; he is black or white


FAIRY TALE       
First Line: This is the hero; he is black or white
Last Line: And both ride off together down his mind


FERKLE       
First Line: Ferkle buys dirty books. They're just his speed
Last Line: Fool, said his muse to him, look in thy heart and read


FEW THINGS TO SAY       
First Line: It's true, we write so little. Years between
Last Line: You craze the air with pleasure. And you die


FINISTERRE       
First Line: So the scrivener quilled. In blurry bluh's such stuff
Last Line: Space and time %twirl immersing %soul in soul


FIRST DATE       
First Line: Her toe first in that water
Last Line: The children heed too late


FIRST DATE: 2       
First Line: Be careful whom you kiss. You never know
Last Line: Shearing from ankle, shinbone %- but %slow...Slow


FLORENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow river and the violet hills
Subject(s): Florence, Italy


FLORENCE       
First Line: The yellow river and the violet hills
Last Line: Thistles purple as stelliferous night


FREIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Call awe, then, what you will, long long ago
Subject(s): Railroads; Time; Railways; Trains


FREIGHT       
First Line: Call awe, then, what you will, long long ago
Last Line: Far from the misty fens of yesterday
Subject(s): Railroads; Time


FRIEZE OF CUPIDS       
First Line: Pompeii: the seedy vendors
Last Line: The children one and all


FROM THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies a most elegant captain of colonials
Subject(s): Colonialism


FROM THE RAPIDO: LA SPEZIA - GENOVA       
First Line: Glossies of eden? The slim beaches curled
Last Line: Sparrow, whatever. But these beaches! Curled %so close to abutments of the underworld?


FURTHER REFLECTIONS ON TREES       
First Line: In 'trees,' yes, there's a truth or two
Last Line: But only god can make a cucaracha


GENUINE ELLIS       
First Line: One thought is all the burden of our learning
Last Line: Who shall know as we, we duped, the genuine ellis, %island of light?


GOOD FRIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You love us yet? Then really, what a one!
Subject(s): Hate


GOOD FRIDAY       
First Line: You love us yet? Then really, what a one!
Last Line: Popped in our pouch of spit, a hot-cross bun
Subject(s): Hate


GOOD NIGHT!       
First Line: Sisterly kisses of parthenia pottle
Last Line: Like sniff the cork and never tip the bottle


GRATEFUL READER       
First Line: Your book? Some parts I like. And that's no lie
Last Line: Blank pages best. They're easier on the eye


GRAVITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mildest of all the powers of earth: no lightnings
Subject(s): Nature; Gravitation


GRAVITY       
First Line: Mildest of all the powers of earth: no lightnings
Last Line: Allowing his poky serve euclidean whimsies, %the looniest lob its joy: serence parabolas


HOSPITAL BREAKFAST: WITH GRACE AFTER       
First Line: Waking in drifts of whiteness: head to toe
Last Line: To dangle (though water-walkers all are gone) %our toes in the froth and glamors of the dawn


HOW NOBLE IN REASON! HOW INFINITE IN FACULTY!       
First Line: Ten trillion cells our body has. Each one
Last Line: Flares into brain-stuff with a shrug, 'search me!'


HOW TO TELL THE GIRLS FROM THE FLOWERS       
First Line: Both sway. Are fragrant mostly. Wells for dew
Last Line: Eyes of the girl go deeper. Wells for grief


HUMAN KIND CANNOT BEAR VERY MUCH REALITY'    Poem Text    
First Line: Hence tricks of dimension on us soft as kisses
Subject(s): Reality; Love - Nature Of


HUMILITY       
First Line: This flower was humble, nunnish, hugged the sod
Last Line: What! Show myself?' it squeeked. 'and rival god?'


IAMBIC PENTAMETER, FROM JUVENAL,I,79       
First Line: No dumping under penalty of arrest


IMPERVIOUS       
First Line: He strides in burly amor; not a chink
Last Line: Crustacean more than man: sir ego, he %of castle pride, of stirps stupidity


IN PRAISE OF SOBRIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lips that touch liquor must never touch mine.' that's clear
Last Line: But, with a tipsy lunge, hit nose or ear
Subject(s): Temperance; Prohibition


IN PRAISE OF SOBRIETY       
First Line: Lips that touch liquor must never touch mine.' that's clear
Last Line: But, with a tipsy lunge, hit nose or ear
Subject(s): Temperance


IN VENICE, THE LIGHT AIRS       
First Line: By gold marquees the iron men tell time
Last Line: Words stray, like funnel clouds, and trail debris; %light airs make mockery of the gulled marquee


INCIDENT       
First Line: Our cinder kitten with violet eyes
Last Line: Ragged feather bloodied in the snow


INDOLENT DAY       
First Line: Today went meaningless as music
Last Line: Twined in the minor rain, the dominant sun


INSPIRATION VS. REVISION       
First Line: For some--bim-bam, thank you ma'am--she's a one-shot whore
Last Line: Murmur, lips warm, %again %...And again! %...Again!


INSPIRATION VS. REVISION, FROM JUVENAL,I,79       
First Line: For some - bim-bam, thank you ma'am


ISAIAH'S COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Always, he woke in those days
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Christmas; Love; Nativity, The


ISAIAH'S COAL       
First Line: Always, he woke in those days
Last Line: As dangerous time goes by


ISHTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Two ordinary people, nextdoor neighbors
Subject(s): Ishtar (babylonian Goddess)


ISHTAR       
First Line: Two ordinary people, nextdoor neighbors
Last Line: Wait long and long, bright irons, for the dew


JAPANESE PRINTS       
First Line: These took the captain prisoner that took these
Last Line: Japan first pointed his own street and people


JULIANNE-JULIENNE       
First Line: Julianne of norwich, julienne of leeks
Last Line: My julianne-julienne. Your body's droll %gala melange! What setting for a soul!


JUVENAL,I,79, SELS.       


KEEPING CHANGE       
First Line: Handfuls of change
Last Line: Dates love the dust and pile it deep. %friend, keep your 'keep the change' - change being all we kee


KERPLINK AND KERPLUNK       
First Line: Old aristotle - the name means 'living end'
Last Line: Do a useless thing if you want to be of use


L. WITTINGENSTEIN (1889-1951)       
First Line: Scatology, eschatology. What's the diff
Last Line: That mix of giggle with our grand finale


LA CI DAREM LA MANO       
First Line: Since we are born to be convinced
Last Line: Our two bloods in the membrane-severed sea


LAB RESEARCH (SEX)       
First Line: Cruddy x-rayed the lovers bound in bliss
Last Line: Don't see the point,' he puzzled. 'what's to this?'


LAB RSEARCH (SEX)    Poem Text    
First Line: Cruddy x-rayed the lovers bound in bliss
Last Line: “don't see the point,” he puzzled. “what's to this?”
Subject(s): Sex


LAST JUDGMENT       
First Line: When we are ranged on the great plain of %flabbergasting death
Last Line: We know our terrible hearts too well to trust our %luck with those


LIGHT' VERSE       
First Line: Light verse!' mamurra sniffed, 'your whole damn batch.'
Last Line: Where's mamurra? %buried. %six feet under


LIMERICK       
First Line: A clever young lady of gdansk
Last Line: Which cannot be said about pansk


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now caught away by winds of love
Subject(s): Love


LOVE       
First Line: For when we have blamed the wind, we can blame love.'
Last Line: Girls with their shattered dresden in the heart?


LOVE AMONG THE PHILOSOPHERS       
First Line: You, moody miss who wanted more, recall
Last Line: Only let's kiss, who never dreamed good night


LOVE AND DEATH       
First Line: And yet a kiss (like blubber)'d blur and slip,
Last Line: Without the assuring skull beneath the lip
Variant Title(s): Finisterr


LOVE AND OTHER WONDERS       
First Line: You've noticed how the mozart 'benedictus'
Last Line: That's heaven? Or maybe hell? Souls pupa-size %a-flitting, from lip to lip, through simpering skies


LOVE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases
Subject(s): Clumsiness; Love


LOVE POEM       
First Line: My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases
Last Line: All the toys of the world would break


LOVE SONG FOR OUTER SPACE       
First Line: If all that talk of heaven's true
Last Line: Love, in ascension from a star?


LOVE'S BITTERSWEET       
First Line: Shoulder so snowy, yet so cold? I'd grieve
Last Line: - so shy, so wild - in her true tongue, oxymoron


LOVE'S PROGRESS       
First Line: One place: a grottoed recess in liguria
Last Line: That name were truer than all maps are true


LOVER       
First Line: The lover of many women in his time
Last Line: Howled. And a viper of lightning hissed the air


LOVERS       
First Line: And here the two by the one grievance haunted
Last Line: Lie in the dark. But not the dark they wanted


LOVING ONE'S NEIGHBOR       
First Line: I meditate on god, the amazing grace
Last Line: Somehow just don't impact-- %you stupid jerk!


LUNCH WITH OLD FLAME       
First Line: A pity: the midnight linen, passion's map,
Last Line: Shrunk to this pallor of napkins in our lap


MADNESS IN VERMONT THIS FALL       
First Line: Stripped of its summer wealth
Last Line: And minding the fire is frost?


MADRIGAL       
First Line: Beside the rivers of the midnight town
Last Line: Is faucet of cut vein or ripsaw bone


MADRIGAL IN TIME OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the rivers of the midnight town
Subject(s): War; Love; Farewell; Parting


MADRIGAL IN WARTIME       
First Line: Beside the rivers of the midnight town
Last Line: #name?


MAGAZINE STAND       
First Line: Here shines the grotto of our lacquered saints
Last Line: His favorite singer the adulterous king


MAKING IT       
First Line: A winter world. Ways icy. Most men fall.'
Last Line: Feet that go further faster move in dirt


MARTIAL ON AGRICULTURE       
First Line: Buried your seven rich wives there in one field?
Last Line: That's what I call good soil, man! What a yield!


MASQUE OF BLACKNESS       
First Line: The news stirred first in very dead of winter
Last Line: Seeing the works of the bright world apart


MASS MEDIA       
First Line: Pompuss hailed leading bard, time telegraphs
Last Line: Time-upper-case. Time-lower laughs and laughs


MATTHEW 5:28       
First Line: Whoso lusts ...In his heart...' the saying's dire
Last Line: Stifles the radiant impulse of delight


MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE       
First Line: There's this (perhaps a meaning, if we try):
Last Line: Equate away. I'm off. To live a little


MELISANDE AT THE KALEIDOSCOPE       
First Line: A versatile fellow fertile in retort--
Last Line: Sunk in their bony home. %a long lights out! Then. %fire, to delight high heaven, needs the dark


MEMORY OF PLACES       
First Line: Where the mad ocean breaks its teeth on stone
Last Line: Who'd strew your smouldering letters in the bay? %what whitecaps frothed as if to boil away?


MIDWEST       
First Line: Indiana: no blustering summit or coarse gorge
Last Line: Conspicuous on our fields the shadow of man


MILLIONTH ELEGY FOR THE WELSH POET       
First Line: And 'was there ever dog that praised its fleas?'
Last Line: Your grievous joy to wind and weather sung %keeps me all ears, remembering. Not all tongue


MINIMALIST       
First Line: Some things are nice. Like skeletons--they're fine!'
Last Line: Why couldn't god leave well enough alone?


MINOTAUR       
First Line: Sweet flesh was shipped the bull-man once to eat
Last Line: Go home and pack. Tomorrow, off for crete


MOON-LANDING POETRY       
First Line: The spidery gadget dangles down--and then
Last Line: Our culture's come. Soon glass, cans, rubble show it. %all more disposable than your instant poet
Variant Title(s): Moon-landing Poetry, From Juvenal, I, 7
Subject(s): Progress


MORE ABOUT TIME       
First Line: Life, gone like a flash of lightening. Then how so
Last Line: There's this on my brow seems -- nay, it is! -- real sweet


MORE THEOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: And why these fig leaves hiding eden's riches?
Last Line: Our parent got too big, see, for their britches
Variant Title(s): Moon-landing Poetry, From Juvenal, I, 79
Subject(s): Eden; Clothing & Dress


MORE THEOLOGY       
First Line: And why these fig leaves hiding eden's riches?
Last Line: Our parents got too big, see, for their britches


MOSES DESCENDING       
First Line: The burning questions of our time? They're burning
Last Line: Good is what feels good, people. Do your thing!'


MOUSE       
First Line: This mouse that in my absence haunts the room
Last Line: Intrude here in the four walls of dimension, %and probably vex the oeconomies of heaven
Subject(s): Nature


MOZART    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you have come between us and a time
Subject(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)


NAIF       
First Line: Make love, not war' one can, sweet simple boy?
Last Line: I know the girl who tried it. Back at troy


NATIONE NON MORIBUS       
First Line: ...Shrug off the world (as churning boys
Last Line: To breathe that air! And breathless...At the pole


NATIONE NON MORIBUS (1265-1321)    Poem Text    
First Line: Shrug off the world( (as churning boys
Last Line: To breathe that air! And breathless...At the pole …
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


NEAR THE AIRPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleek, keen, so now - superbo jets that go
Subject(s): Air Travel


NEAR THE AIRPORT       
First Line: Sleek, keen, so now--superbo-jets that go
Last Line: Mosey like ancient aircraft, rococo


NECROMANCERS       
First Line: Clowns in a garish air. On panicky pedals
Last Line: The princess flings our halo, knife by knife
Subject(s): Necromancy


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight the years last day the last
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEW YEAR'S EVE       
First Line: Midnight the years last day the last
Last Line: Drift and doom were the loves we lovered
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEW YEAR'S EVE, 1938       
First Line: Midnight the years last day the last
Last Line: To sallys name or perhaps another
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIAGARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving westward near niagara, that transfiguring of the waters,
Subject(s): Niagara Falls; Nature; Earth; Social Commentaries; World


NIAGARA       
First Line: Driving westward near niagara, that transfiguring of the waters
Last Line: Wreathed in opulence of sunset, some transfiguring of the waters?


NON-EUCLIDEAN ELEGY       
First Line: In the foil-and-pastel tea room
Last Line: Tea rooms teeter like kites


NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that you're here again, what's thirst or hunger?
Subject(s): Togetherness


NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE       
First Line: Now that you're here again, what's thirst or hunger?
Last Line: Is the one cadence ravishing my ear


OBSERVATORY ODE       
First Line: The universe: %we'd like to understand
Last Line: No heat like science and poetry when they kiss


OCCASIONS OF GRACE AT A POETRY READING    Poem Text    
First Line: The loving-kindness, lord! Who, sin to quell
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


OCCASIONS OF GRACE AT A POETRY READING       
First Line: Thy loving-kindness, lord! Who, sin to quell
Last Line: How tedious and interminable is hell


ODE; CHAMBER AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: My many-windowed room, cupboard of sun
Subject(s): Transience; Property; Impermanence; Possessions


OLD AGE       
First Line: Harder to flex the knees and touch the clay
Last Line: That still comes close and closer, day by day


OLD RIVER ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: One party of that season. Evening journals
Subject(s): Love Affairs; Parties


OLD RIVER ROAD       
First Line: One party of that season. Evening journals
Last Line: Dust in the eye's a charm for seeing right


OLD SILVER TONGUE'S HABEAS CORPUS       
First Line: Kisses? Not like taking snuff
Last Line: See him scoot, old silver tongue!


ON NOT READING THE LOCAL BARD; IN FOG AT GLOUCESTER       
First Line: Tide seollen. Ghostly, flat and gray. A matte


ON READING - THOUGH NOT FAR - IN A CRITIC MUCH TOUTED TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: These never change, while time's pollution thickens:
Last Line: Cackle of critics, and the shit of chickens
Variant Title(s): Dear Reader, From Juvenal, I, 79
Subject(s): Books; Reading


ON READING - THOUGH NOT FAR - IN A CRITIC MUCH TOUTED TODAY       
First Line: These never change, while time's pollution thickens:
Last Line: Cackle of critics, and the shit of chickens
Variant Title(s): Dear Reader, From Juvenal, I, 7
Subject(s): Books


ON THE ONE THEME STILL       
First Line: In traffic shuddering as it shied too near
Last Line: Old bosom friends. If differing, by a breath


ONLY TEXT       
First Line: The flesh, its fine calligraphy on bone!
Last Line: To puzzle out their mythologies above %she taught me spelling as she taught me love


OPERA       
First Line: Callas, la scala, tosca. '53
Last Line: Leaning, I dazzled in the sidewise light %till love's halation became second sight


OPTIMIST       
First Line: He said, all's good. All's beautiful and true
Last Line: Clouds have a silver lining. %tripe has too


OR, AS MARTIAL SAID MORE THAN ONCE       
First Line: Lew leerick won't give readings, though he'd be
Last Line: Why, when you read your poems, this serape? %wrap it around our ears, and we'll be happy


ORGANIC       
First Line: Look at our big bad poet shouting 'shit!'
Last Line: Poems don't mean, they are, man. That's the way. %yours are--the nose avers it--what they say


ORIGIN OF MYTH       
First Line: Christmas again. And the kings. And the camels that
Last Line: Fetor and stress where the camel-trains come.'


ORIGINATED IN A CHORUS OF SATYRS       
First Line: Had eager eve for whose sweet will we languish
Last Line: Pity and dread %blazon like haloes the great blinded head


PALINODE       
First Line: So, the well-known gamut run
Last Line: Earth's a whirligig; blue noon %riddled with black lights; %see the very sun, our saint, %waltz with


PARALLAX AT DJEBEL-MUTA    Poem Text    
First Line: He strolled on desert cliffs; tumultuous sunset
Subject(s): Anthropology; Deserts


PARALLAX AT DJEBEL-MUTA       
First Line: He strolled the desert cliff; tumultuous sunset
Last Line: Sprang and like golden eagles took the hill


PARODY       
First Line: Blood's thicker, yes, than water. Understood
Last Line: The moral: better's worse at times. And how. %the canniest hound's a duffer at miaou!
Variant Title(s): Parody, From Juvenal, I, 7


PARTING       
First Line: We met in error. If too close
Last Line: Said knifeblade to the heart


PARTING: 1940    Poem Text    
First Line: Not knowing in what season this again
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


PARTING: 1940       
First Line: Not knowing in what season this again
Last Line: The blood flows one imposed way, and no other


PASCAL ON ULTRASOUND       
First Line: Just midway on the gurney of...' a dismal
Last Line: Not any more. I've been there. Know the way


PENNY ARCADE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This pale and dusty palace under the el
Subject(s): Amusement Parks


PENNY ARCADE       
First Line: This pale and dusty palace under the el
Last Line: Glass mansions in the juke-seraphic sky


PERFECT RHYME       
First Line: Life, that struck up his cocky tune with breath
Last Line: Finds, to conclude in music, only death


PHILOSOPHER       
First Line: He scowled at the barometer: 'will it rain?'
Last Line: None heard, with all that pattering on the pane


PHRYNE    Poem Text    
First Line: They stripped to win the jury once, those languorous sweet greek bitches
Subject(s): Women Writers


PHYSIOLOGY       
First Line: A whitman-type, that's me! Vast! Free! Profuse!'
Last Line: I know some things are better that fit snug
Variant Title(s): Physiology, From Juvenal, I, 7


PIGSKIN ABBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The twilight gun is victory assured
Subject(s): Football


PLAZA DE TOROS       
First Line: As - for how else do poems go? - as some
Last Line: As, you began - ?' %and glory on; as he


PO-BIZ VERSE       
First Line: A few lines carved in marble, there's my hope
Last Line: I chortled, 'not soap! It's froth! Po's bubble-bath!'


POET LEAPS TO DEATH       
First Line: Here's double grief now. Honest john, I'm numb
Last Line: But - lord! - for that flux of elegies to come!
Variant Title(s): Poet Leaps To Deaath, From Juvenal, I, 7


POET WHO HAS IT MADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard in mauve mercedes, off to ski
Last Line: Poet for sale sign overprinted sold?
Variant Title(s): Poet Who Has It Made, From Juvenal I, 79
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Success


POET WHO HAS IT MADE       
First Line: The bard in mauve mercedes, off to ski
Last Line: Poet for sale sign overprinted sold?
Variant Title(s): Poet Who Has It Made, From Juvenal I, 7
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


POETRY WORKSHOP (FIRST SEMESTER)       
First Line: It's time. I find them waiting in the hall
Last Line: To be, if not our laureate, our delight: %the perfect poem none of us can write


POETRY WORKSHOP, FROM JUVENAL,I,79       
First Line: Batted out seven poems? In one day?


POETS AND CRITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: One hound that trops. A thousand fleas that ride
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Critics & Criticism


POETS AND CRITICS       
First Line: One hound that trots. A thousand fleas that ride.
Last Line: Which way? A vote for each. The fleas decide?


POLONAISE       
First Line: The gray-green eyes, polonia! Then the bed
Last Line: Of szaro-zielone ever, gray-green eyes


PORNO PEOPLE       
First Line: O love, that moves the sun and the other stars
Last Line: Going down, though not on knees, to worship you


PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Seeing in crowded restaurants the one you love
Subject(s): Love


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Seeing in crowded restaurants the one you love
Last Line: Impetuous midnight, and the dune's dark trees


POSTCARD FROM MINNESOTA       
First Line: Last night I scrawled on a postcard love and kisses
Last Line: Like sharing a world? %not everyone's maybe. %yours


POWERS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH       
First Line: One summer - I was four or so - we lived
Last Line: Than even the moon can touch, for all her fingering


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: We who are nothingness can never be filled
Subject(s): Nothingness; God; Nihilism; Voids


PRAYER       
First Line: O lord, from the sight of ramrod, heaven free us!
Last Line: A zealot with more convictions than ideas


PRAYER       
First Line: We who are nothingness can never be filled
Last Line: Her ancient crater only the sea can fill


PRETTY DEVICE OF THE FATHERS       
First Line: A dagger (whose bone haft the iceberg locks
Last Line: Glues them in furry carnage, sweet fangs bare


PROGRESS       
First Line: In the good old rhyming time
Last Line: Now his verses dully don't


PROLIFIC       
First Line: Of all the million words rank grubber spewed,
Last Line: Just two gave genuine pleasure: 'to conclude,...'


PROTESTATION       
First Line: You say so, but will you be faithful? You men!'
Last Line: But dear, I've been faithful again and again!


PROVERB       
First Line: Can't put an old head on young shoulders.' no?
Last Line: Can too. Come closer, dear. You do it so
Subject(s): Proverbs


QUEEN STREET WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Seeing the people, broke, pitted, awry
Subject(s): War - Home Front


QUESTION FOR YEATS       
First Line: In a good kiss, with all as all should be,
Last Line: Accountants, they %writhe in conniption where the kiss-folk play


RAGDALE HAIKU       
First Line: Easy-flowing brook,
Last Line: Then it learns to sing


REFLECTIONS IN VENICE       
First Line: Except for the dowdy splash in back canals
Last Line: Settle in venice, traveller - lose both


RILKE SURMISED       
First Line: God knows I never loved any, no, not her
Last Line: I sailed by this one in stark weather of youth


ROMAN LETTER       
First Line: What stormy barometers of emotion blown
Last Line: The pine by egeria's water, the embosoming air


SALLY AND ALISON: JULIE. AND JOAN       
First Line: Each %so alive with %wind at skirt or curl
Last Line: Turned, a nice rhyming, %every %last %girl %?


SCHERZO: WRITERS' CONFERENCE, 1941       
First Line: Satire, the sultry lady, is my love
Last Line: They find you in the morning raped and dead


SCHOLAR WONDERS       
First Line: Their human love--confusing! Off they fling
Last Line: The long long gazing in each other's eyes


SCIENTIST'S MORNING PRAYER       
First Line: While kids, with their blocks, build things of a b c
Last Line: Two blocks on three and - ooh, lookee! - one on top


SEAMUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: What word in the deep mind swimming, goldfish word
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEASHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over her great museum of lost nations
Subject(s): Seashore; Girls; Sunbathing; Beach; Coast; Shore


SEIZURE       
First Line: Snowfall at christmas: windows here below
Last Line: Endure the seizure as loved women do?


SHAPE OF LEAVES       
First Line: A premonition in the leaves
Last Line: How rich a stain of both


SHE OBJECTS       
First Line: Stop it! These kooky couplets! They're the dregs!'
Last Line: Dear, but I need two-liners. Like two legs


SHOT DOWN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy I knew
Subject(s): War; Death; Dead, The


SIGN OF FEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Toys that parting lovers give
Subject(s): Love; Farewell; Parting


SIGN OF FEVER       
First Line: Toys that parting lovers give
Last Line: Dream of each is other's doom


SILENCE       
First Line: All night with others, with the rapturous few
Last Line: Seen how fad's blabbing book %is far less passionate than one silent look?


SILVER PENNY A YEAR AGO       
First Line: Remember the sunlit maple trees


SINNER AND SAINT       
First Line: Bad, she was virtue's self: no spite, no pride
Last Line: A stake, a victim, and she'll offer: 'match?'


SIX-CORNERED SNOWFLAKE       
First Line: The %snows %curleycue %is slow pendulous
Last Line: Cajoles the earth %in musical %notes %yet


SKIN AND SKULL       
First Line: I'm pleasure, pride, pluck, vigor,' glories skin
Last Line: And skull nods 'yessir!' with that toothy grin


SLAPSTICK 1       
First Line: Love and kisses we write, on the backs of our tru-kolor fotos
Last Line: Well, we're stuck with the word. %how get rid of it? %how kiss it off?


SLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The slow day burns across the rubble dial
Subject(s): Slums; City & Town Life; Tenements


SONNET ALMOST PETRARCHAN       
First Line: He stared - lean tusk of a man - and dreamed each breast a
Last Line: Of animal rapture scavenging: kiss! Kiss!


SOPHOMORE       
First Line: Last year I'd tease, 'so beautiful! So dumb?'
Last Line: Lost in your dreams? Confuse early to bed?


SPATIAL METRICS       
First Line: Between his words, much empty space, as modern mentors %taught
Last Line: It's much the same between his ears. Ha, form expressing %thought!


SPLEEN       
First Line: Well, catullus. So you knew
Last Line: Grief and shame are proud flesh


SPONTANEOUS       
First Line: These lava flows, convulsing as they slosh,
Last Line: What are those shapes? The parthenon they're not


STEWARDESS FALLS FROM PLANE       
First Line: Unusual bird, unusual words for you?
Last Line: Earth whistled, and you came. As all girls do


STRANGE!       
First Line: I'd have you known! It puzzles me forever
Last Line: Strange! - how no constellations spell your name!


SUMMER LOVE       
First Line: All of us lovers! When the summer sun
Last Line: Call it a sort of rhyme for what we are


TENNIS TROPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Back in boyhood, game was all
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Tennis


THE BLONDE SONATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Green grizzle day, the soft erotic weather
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses; Hair; Desire


THE BOOK OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some puzzle out with finger cramped and slow
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE CAVEMAN ON THE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When first the apprizing eye and tongue that muttered
Subject(s): Railroads; Transience; Railways; Trains; Impermanence


THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: How the greenest of wheat rang gold at his birth!
Variant Title(s): For My Son
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE GOLDEN AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The persians, when / they had vanquished the ionians in the seafight
Subject(s): Modern Warfare


THE MAGICAL VIEW OF NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: So. The old clock's broken
Subject(s): Time; Einstein, Alfred (1879-1955)


THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The news stirred first in very dead of winter
Subject(s): Modern Life


THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The red express, projectile
Subject(s): Speed; Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE MOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: This mouse that in my absence haunts the room
Subject(s): Nature


THE NECROMANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clowns in a garish air. On panicky pedals
Last Line: The princess flings our halo , knife by knife
Subject(s): Necromancy


THE SHAPE OF LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: A premonition in the leaves
Subject(s): Leaves


THE WOOLEN BUG    Poem Text    
First Line: In camel's-hair, in heather twill or suede
Subject(s): Moths


THE YOUNG IONIA    Poem Text    
First Line: If you could come on the late train for


THEOLOGY       
First Line: Know what I want this moment, cozy girl?
Last Line: No, the wild mind they heave cathedrals to


THREE EPIGRAMS: CULTURAL HERITAGE       
First Line: In the vast universe where star-worlds shatter
Last Line: These sages, saints, bards, tech-men-do they matter? %the best carve cherry-pits. The rest? They cha


THREE EPIGRAMS: MEN'S ROOM: THE RITZ       
First Line: Gold fixtures by cellini and - look twice!
Last Line: Real ice cubes in the urinals. That's nice. %what's all earth's glory but a peeing on ice?


THREE EPIGRAMS: TANDARADEI!       
First Line: Snowflake and rose. The surf at evening; wine
Last Line: Plaisir d'amour! All inklings? All a sign %no six-feet-under's stamped as bottom line?


TIDE TURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Through salt marsh, grassy channel where the shark's
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Seashore; Tides; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents; Beach; Coast; Shore


TIDE TURNING       
First Line: Through salt marsh, grassy channel where the shark's
Last Line: Carouse on the affluent kisses of the tide
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Seashore; Tides


TILL NEWS OF YOU       
First Line: Wormholes in time. Hulls, hollows, hours and days
Last Line: --but now alive with light, shapes on the wall %dancing like masquers at a gala ball


TIME'S ARROW       
First Line: The seaside lollings of our youth! One summer
Last Line: You're time-invariant, love. And yet somehow %splendidly bedded in the here and now


TIMEPIECE       
First Line: Si quareas, nescio %the past: that hungry gorge that swallows all
Last Line: . . . Left . . . Right . . . Above the abyss %don't look below


TO FRIENDS OF OTHER SUMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We heeded the blood's warm nudge, the arterial music
Subject(s): Memory; Summer; Friendship


TO LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fondlers on the rumpled cot
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


TOP MODEL GIVES INTERVIEW       
First Line: Fine thigh, fine breasts, fine brow. Thoughts mean and canned
Last Line: Little lost chimp-child at the steinway grand


TRAINWRECKED SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Death, that is small respected of distinction
Subject(s): Death; Disasters; Railroad Wrecks; Dead, The; Train Wrecks


TRAINWRECKED SOLDIERS       
First Line: Death, that is small respected of distinction
Last Line: Crux in a savage tongue none of us know
Subject(s): Death; Disasters; Railroad Wrecks


TRANSPLANT       
First Line: When I've outlived three plastic hearts, or four
Last Line: To glitter wicked when the nurses pass


TRICK OR TREAT       
First Line: Holy and hokey, hallowe'en
Last Line: Teasing with 'trick or treat!'


TRIVIA       
First Line: Your verse--so trivial!'
Last Line: As oedipus did in dad. You mean I'm there?


TWO CRETAN VIEWS       
First Line: Crete, forty centuries ago
Last Line: So the great bugaboo is born


UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We're told how the great mazy world we wander
Subject(s): Nature


UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE       
First Line: We're told how the great mazy world we wander
Last Line: At a page a second, take ten thousand years
Subject(s): Nature


VALENTINE, WITH ARROW       
First Line: Sweet, have a mirror handy? Hold it here
Last Line: Why?' and the pert nose crinkles


VENTRILOQUISM    Poem Text    
First Line: You girls by moonlight lovered
Subject(s): Language; Flirtation; Words; Vocabulary


VERSE TRANSLATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Goethe, racine, neruda, pushkin - next!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting


VERSE TRANSLATOR       
First Line: Goethe, racine, neruda, puhkin--next!
Last Line: Lo at his touch, as he invades tromp tromp, %mountain on mountain, groaning, turns to swamp


VICARAGE BLUES       
First Line: I was not aboard when the big boat sunk
Last Line: Carol and coral and cure


VIEW FROM MOON       
First Line: Once on the gritty moon (burnt earth hung far
Last Line: Old superstitions? The earth-legend yet?'


VISIT       
First Line: I loved a girl: she died. I stood here, so
Last Line: Evenings she'd tease, 'don't wait if I'm away.'


VISITING POET       
First Line: The famous bard, he comes! The vision nears!'
Last Line: Now heaven protect your booze. Your wife. Your ears


WATCHER GO DEFTLY       
First Line: Careful, careful; you cannot be too deft
Last Line: Is there in earth or heaven enough care?


WATCHING THE PLANES COME IN AT LA GUARDIA       
First Line: Joan's kiss %-- it pancakes --
Last Line: Plane and its shadow %thrill %and touch together


WATER MUSIC       
First Line: Nothing noble as water, no
Last Line: Our grand loves. Our least ones - like this spindly rose %rambling on pindar's lattice


WINE OF ASTONISHMENT       
First Line: In a cozy booth at noon
Last Line: For another round of truth


WINTER IN THE PARK       
First Line: Lagoons are shrunk and walkable as concrete
Last Line: The playthings all put away


WITH A BLONDE IN A BAR-BOOTH       
First Line: While you decide, a cigarette for poise?
Last Line: Well, we're a catch of breath, love. Caught and gone


WITH FINGERING HAND       
First Line: Ten thousand cigarettes from now
Last Line: Can't even that be true?'


WORLDLY SUCCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: A winter world. Ways icy. Most men fall
Subject(s): Winter; Ice


WORTH IN THE WORLD       
First Line: Worth in the world, what is it? Strands of leaves
Last Line: It's world of worth! I've some too, in the end, %my worth in being your unworthiest friend


YEAR, 1520       
First Line: As one who - and so we're a-sonneting? - one who
Last Line: Who sweeps from her cheek, eye blazing, earth and a curl


YOU PIOUS PEOPLE       
First Line: Most any sin - read scripture if you doubt it
Last Line: S forgiven sooner than righteousness about it


YOU YOUNG POETS       
First Line: Fair blossoms, cringe. And cuddle close. Today
Last Line: The pachydermatous critic comes your way
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Poetry And Poets


YOUNG IONIA       
First Line: If you could come on the late train
Last Line: Upon some woe but on ours no. %and the leaves rush