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Author: NOTLEY, ALICE
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Notley, Alice    Poet's Biography
271 poems available by this author


(2 PAGES FROM A LONG POEM IN PROGRESS)       
First Line: A mother' '& child' 'were both on fire, continuously'


...I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO BE A GHOST STORY       
First Line: I looked at my legs and they were much
Last Line: Violence %(who's more violent, her or me?)


1 - TOWARDS A DEFINITION       
First Line: Grief isn't empty it's black and material I've seen it
Last Line: Grief is visible, substantial, I've literally seen it


101       
First Line: It's possible that I still live there
Last Line: About a year and a half later and there is no connection particularly %I left new york


1965       
First Line: I'll give you what I know if you'll give too
Last Line: Who was colder than I knew %perhaps still is


1970       
First Line: I want to put it in code can't find one
Last Line: Same time as not I love and write alive


1979 A DREAM       
First Line: I'm a saint because first I have such vertigo
Last Line: Those who don't suffer are the doomed, the idiot neros


1992       
First Line: It's dark down the rue caulaincourt
Last Line: Utilizable, every inch, even used up
Subject(s): Memory


2 - THE PERSON THAT YOU WERE WILL BE REPLACED       
First Line: In grief the person that you were is replaced by grief
Last Line: Returns vengeful after you've repulsed it


2/26/83 FOR TENNESSEE WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I dedicate this bath to him
Last Line: The forever one.
Subject(s): Williams, Tennesssee (1911-1983)


30TH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: May I never be afraid
Subject(s): Birthdays; Self; Conduct Of Life


47TH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Exactly the color / of a grey tear the sky is still
Subject(s): Birthdays; Self; France


47TH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Exactly the color
Last Line: Like an animal's eye


AFTER TSANG CHIH       
First Line: I was brought up in a small town in the mohave desert


ALETTE       
First Line: Long corridor stilled subway
Last Line: Unimpressionable 'eye I fly away' 'the owl flies' the owl flies


ALL MY LIFE    Poem Text    


AMID THESE WORDS I CAN KNOW       
First Line: Canyon and spirit mountains peaceful springs; not paying attention to
Last Line: I mean why theres no past


AMORCORD       
First Line: Her arms stretch across the scroll


AND STILL NO STORY, HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S OVER?       
First Line: Into dark cave who is here
Last Line: Always here, and nowhere at no time


ANGEL-SKATE       
First Line: It raises its pleated arm-wings
Last Line: A fish in the sky


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: What if he doesn't like me
Last Line: I'm there? Like some others can't?
Subject(s): Aging


APRIL NOT AN INVENTORY BUT A BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I met ted at two parties at the same house
Last Line: Not read a voice like my own like my own voice will be
Subject(s): April; Relationships


APRIL NOT AN INVENTORY BUT A BLIZZARD       
First Line: I met ted at two parties at the same house
Last Line: Not read a voice like my own like my own voice will be
Subject(s): April; Relationships


AS GOOD AS ANYTHING       
First Line: I don't see the point of
Last Line: I like my poems. They're %as good as rocks


AS YOU LIKE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm so with it I can't believe it
Last Line: Boogie boogie boogie.
Subject(s): Editors; Poetry & Poets; Publishing; Publishers


AT NIGHT THE STATES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): United States; Love; America


AT THE END-OF-SCHOOL PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have our old cat? She is a very beautiful cat. She is
Last Line: To me, she doesn't know me any more.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


BABY IS BORN OUT OF A WHITE OWL'S FOREHEAD - 1972       
First Line: At this time there are few
Last Line: But first, for two years, there's no me here


BACKYARD       
First Line: The cat's eye marble is green


BECOMING EGYPTIAN       
First Line: I see myself becoming a more generalized
Last Line: It can't stay interested in. I leave lines in space but I forget them


BEGINNING WITH A STAIN, SELS.       


BEING WIGGY       
First Line: In honor of the approaching %new year
Last Line: It never dies in me


BEING WITH PEOPLE A CLICHE EATING DINNER       
First Line: I love my pocahontas but not my us'
Last Line: Or perhaps in this poem, vice-versa, or both. %very pretty


BIG SLIP ON THE DEAD WOMAN IS PINK       
First Line: People tired on feet or trapped in cars
Last Line: He may be my will too


BOB & SIMON'S WALTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: People never seem to change at all - only their
Last Line: May 9, 1982
Subject(s): Berrigan, Ted (1934-1983); Poetry & Poets; Berrigan, Edmund Joseph


BOBBY (FIRST VISIT BACK TO THE STATES)       
First Line: Locust locket tule-fuzz locket: first
Last Line: Thick and purple eddy-lined under stars


BRAIN IS A TOY BUT LOYALTY'S METAPHYSICAL       
First Line: He's behind those bushes playing. I don't have to think of him
Last Line: I has no quote marks around it (without %distance) I comprehend him


BREAKING AN UNSOUND BARRIER       
First Line: Between contained and uncontained eye
Last Line: Is there a ground below it'


BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER       
First Line: There is a river
Last Line: Would go backwards %if I could


BRING ME A PEA JACKET AND SANDWICHES       
First Line: Young smooth face, look he's grown very young to die
Last Line: Perched, crouched, in a leafless tree at night, looking down


BUT IN THIS WORLD TOGETHER AND NOT PASSING AWAY       
First Line: But in this world %together & not
Last Line: Time, her life...Neither hot nor cold, it was her crystal


BUT MIGHT THE EARTH & WIND       


BUT MY REAL DREAMS ARE OBJECTIVE (OBJECTS MADE OF ME BY THE SECRET)       
First Line: Make this lighter, light as a
Last Line: I've forgotten all about %my new birth


C. '81       
First Line: People with more money than us
Last Line: I'm fucking lazy unskilled and you deserve your money


CALIFORNIA GIRLHOOD       
First Line: The brothers grimm grew weaker and flickered
Last Line: Is still, chastely, darkly in love


CHANGE THE FORMS IN DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moved here for no reason. Don't seem to be anywhere
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


CHANGE THE FORMS IN DREAMS       
First Line: Moved here for no reason. Don't seem to be anywhere
Last Line: That you must accept me, exactly


CHAPLET ON THE DONKEY'S HEAD: BOTH KEEP DISSOLVING       
First Line: If you never quite let it be a poem
Last Line: Can be defined or measured


CHOOSING STYLES - 1972       
First Line: I thought of words breaking open in the mouth but also as jewels
Last Line: Menstruation covered with sand, garnets and amber


CIRCORPSE       
First Line: There's really only one, but there's hardly any interest
Last Line: You whom I may never understand


CLINICAL THERMOMETER SET WITH MOONSTONE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Self


COLLAGE       
First Line: Sometimes just to make something
Last Line: The really ruined world


COLORS - 1973       
First Line: It's an english year, richly languaged and colored
Last Line: Thoughts bounce back at me from the flowers, like colors


COMING DOWN THE SPIRAL ALMANAC STAIRCASE       
First Line: Flowers where the ans-abri was killed
Last Line: Isn't this or that, is %a third thing


COMMON GROUND ASK ANYONE YOU KNOW       
First Line: Knows you better than %you know yourself
Last Line: A sort of %breath %that isn't always %breathed


CONGRATULATING WEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: All things belie me, I think, but I
Last Line: May—june 1983
Subject(s): Self-criticism


CORPUS SAGRADA       
First Line: Out there they're whistling


COULD I EVER SHARE A TABLEAU WITH MISS JANUARY'S MURDERERS?       
First Line: A succession of months in review in terms of
Last Line: Whose experience of the world is most %important


CROWDED INTO A BREATHLESS BUBBLE OF BAD THINKING OUR POEM .....       
First Line: Drive towards that mountain of death in your big bright car
Last Line: Come down from that top tiny


DANCING INTO THE SHADOWS OF THE HIDEOUS FUTURE CITY WE DON'T THINK...       
First Line: One reason the story %is discontinuous is that it is
Last Line: I must be genie-flecked, or genuflect


DANTE'S ASS A NOBLE PRIZE       
First Line: Beyond love %another... %inclusive
Last Line: Without %without anything


DARK THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: You cannot discourage your wingspread'
Last Line: "you cannot discourage your wingspread"
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


DEAR DARK CONTINENT       
Last Line: Through the whole long universe


DEAR MRS. BERRIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I'm
Last Line: Dear mrs. Berrigan:
Subject(s): Berrigan, Ted (1934-1983); Marriage; Berrigan, Edmund Joseph; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DESAMERE, SELS.       


DIVERSEY STREET       
First Line: I'm in a house that's too big
Last Line: When I'm asleep and the future %haunts this house


DO I HAVE TO BE MAD NOW LATER AND ALWAYS       
First Line: Morning, a bouquet of open oeillets
Last Line: But you, you wouldn't %recognize it


DO YOU WANT TO BE EXCELLENT AN A ACTRESS NO NOT THAT EITHER       
First Line: The jewels speak, the different-colored
Last Line: Many animals are ghosts now


DO YOU WANT TO BE EXCELLENT AN ACTRESS NO NOT THAT EITHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The jewels speak, the different-colored
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Poetry Readings; Actresses


DON'T GIVE ME DROVEL, GIVE ME A SHOVEL (POPULAR POEM)       
First Line: Any living tableau %contains much that we know
Last Line: They must make the people cheer. Okay, the people cheer


DON'T THINK THAT THOUGHT IT WILL POISON THIS MOMENT       
First Line: What ribbon are you? %as a rhythm talks you, %you are one'
Last Line: That comes roaring out of the lion's mouth


DONOR OF THE MOSAICS       
First Line: Go broken deeply now sinks huskily parallel room feeling. Waves very still and
Last Line: Fame of my relics on the filthy floor of the deepdown saints room, what can I do with %all this wher


ECHOES THE PAST FUCKS ME OVER AND OVER       
First Line: Does the past know the future?
Last Line: Nothing that's going to happen is of any interest


ELONGATED HOLY MOTHER       
First Line: But in the next moneyless year there is a nearly fully grown snake of mine
Last Line: Words don't remain her dead mouth opens and closes instead she


ENUMA ELISH       
First Line: Caves. %is there a woman painted on the wall?
Last Line: There is %what knows me %what is it


EVERYONE'S OUT AFTER SOME EMOTIONAL ACTION       
First Line: Where are we in this dark copse
Last Line: I've awakened knowing I've seen it, seen 'it' in 'life'


EXPERIENCE       
First Line: In the mountains of new york
Last Line: But I am the poet, without doubt. %experience is a hoax


EXPOSING MY BREASTS SO YOU'LL       
First Line: Are there %animals in e- %mail
Last Line: By the merchandise, these days %these times


FIGURE, SAINT, ON AN ARCH       
First Line: Kept in thrall by someone who reads our thoughts. The story of the egyptian
Last Line: Underneath as always there its the same as in the light


FLOWERS       
First Line: I was there because of the poetry
Last Line: Longlasting but certainly lovelike I %love it


FLOWERS OF THE FOOTHILLS & MOUNTAIN VALLEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Compassion is pungent
Subject(s): Compassion


FLOWERS OF THE FOOTHILLS & MOUNTAIN VALLEYS       
First Line: Compassion is pungent
Subject(s): Compassion


FOREST/SWAMP/GORGE/ALP HOTEL       
First Line: Before the ancient church and before the roman amphitheater
Last Line: Pool of menstrual blood in front of a statue


FURNITURE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun on my cheek, bird
Last Line: "are we so happy?"
Subject(s): Love


FURTHER FIGURATION OF MY REGRESSIVE BACKLASH       
First Line: The famous songwriter/singer and I
Last Line: Their place %under a sulphur sky


FUTURE MAY CONTAIN ME MORE       
First Line: I'm at the needles civic center
Last Line: I'm sort of like that too, brown but not gray, faded blue


GETTING IT RIGHT       
First Line: Holiday inn wildflowers
Last Line: (where the sadness is a) %and that's a lie


GLADLY THOUGH I LOST IT AND KNEW I WOULD    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a community of a handful
Subject(s): Life


GLADLY THOUGH I LOST IT AND KNEW I WOULD       
First Line: This is a community of a handful
Last Line: Gladly, though I lost it, and knew I would
Subject(s): Life


GO IN AND OUT THE WINDOW       
First Line: In the great american
Last Line: Me? She doesn't know anything


GODDESS WHO CREATED THIS PASSING WORLD       
Last Line: Of her voice & wrist & smile


GOING BACK MORNINGS       
First Line: I don't have to live I'm not even four and I don't think of it
Last Line: My love which is nature in time we more and more obliterate that love


GRACE HIM MY HEART THERE GROWN PALE       
Last Line: Yet how like my mind he is to me


GUARD THIS MARK WITH YOUR AIR       
First Line: 2 messy drunk baby lesbians


HAUNT       
First Line: Very facile, 'empty coffin'
Last Line: Now open open me to chance really chance


HAVE I BEEN HERE BEFORE IS SOMETHING UNFAMILIAR       
First Line: In normandie %climb down rungs of steel ladder
Last Line: I'm hard all over, harder than ever


HAVE MADE EARTH AS THE MIRROR OF HEAVEN       
First Line: My name is alice elizabeth, so am I
Last Line: In the new consciousness


HEALTHY AND FOOLISH THE MAINSTREAM STARS OF KNEEJERK JOY AND DESPAIR..       
First Line: But now, now %it's so hard to work for
Last Line: What the fuck good would that be


HELP ME CORPUS SAGRADA       
First Line: To be as tough as mean akhmatova
Last Line: (is that the dark woman I am)


HEMATITE HEIRLOOM LIVES ON (MAYBE DECEMBER 1980)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I saw him bleeding but I thought all blood was a dream
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Love - Complaints; Relationships; Feminism


HEMATITE HEIRLOOM LIVES ON (MAYBE DECEMBER 1980)       
First Line: I saw him bleeding but I thought all blood was a dream
Last Line: The panelike sails of a clipper ship taking us home


HOMAGE TO MARIANNE MOORE        Recitation by Author
First Line: I can go there almost anytime
Last Line: You mean. No it isn't. Satisfactory. It's heaven.
Subject(s): Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Homage & Respect


HOUSE OF SELF       
First Line: Back in the child house
Last Line: I'm speaking %I speak like this


HOW SPRING COMES       
First Line: Toys and rose - the zoo body zigzags
Last Line: Pupils dilated fully black in full achievement of %gut-feeling. Joy


HOW WE SPENT THE LAST YEAR OF HIS LIFE       
First Line: Ted's mother peggy dies in july and ted dies the following july
Last Line: A soul your self can't get free of your actions, watch your step %(prose not poetry


HOWLING SAINT T-SHIRT       
First Line: Children don't come from deep inside one
Last Line: And gave my kids the archaic voice of poetry


I AM A HARDENED HEART       
First Line: Sisters and mother who look like me
Last Line: You gave me rosey quartz, amber, and black glass


I DON'T HAVE SYMPATHY WE'RE EQUALS       
First Line: I'm supposed to read from %my diaries. The audience
Last Line: This is the way up, pulling the train up, cursing in the old %way of this poem


I KNOW YOU'LL MAKE FUN OF THE CLOTHES THE MAGI ARE WEARING       
First Line: These three dark women I know
Last Line: See things as worthless. Go forward %into dungheap rationally


I MUST HAVE CALLED AND SO HE COMES       
First Line: You've been accusing me of something in these poems
Last Line: His voice getting fainter


I SAW YOU THERE CROWED       


I SUPPOSE THIS IS ALL A LEFTHAND PATH       
First Line: Detective hardwood looks like batman this morning
Last Line: E is my middle name


I THE PEOPLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Relationships


I THE PEOPLE       


I'M JUST RIGID ENOUGH       
First Line: It's because I'm the same then that I'm writing this
Last Line: I love this alley, love is recognition %born in love


IF I DIDN'T SHIVER I WOULDN'T BE COLD       
First Line: Try to follow your own mind out and anywhere
Last Line: Ice so everyone can see them


IMPECCABLE SEXISM I MEAN AN ELEGANT IDEA OR PROCEDURE HAUNTS THE       
First Line: There is something that exists that I can't think of can't imagine
Last Line: It's the city of you even if you aren't 'in it'


IN ANCIENT DECEMBER       
First Line: In the ideal american
Last Line: Singing singing? What am I singing?
Subject(s): Americans; Forget-me-nots; Love - Loss Of; Poetry & Poets; Singing & Singers; Songs


IN ANY MOVIE WHATSOEVER, IN ORDER TO BE WORKING ACTORS       
First Line: Look where it's leaking leaking from upstairs
Last Line: What we want what we want is you


IN NEEDLES AND TO POET WHAT ARE REAL THINGS       
First Line: Inside crystal walls of my body
Last Line: Is ours, and give you my a


IN THAT ROOM, IN THAT TIME, BUT LATER       
First Line: The shit is the old %seems to be partly
Last Line: The contents of their colon


IN THE BASEMENT OF CLAYPOOL'S DEPARTMENT STORE       
First Line: The angers closest to my heart
Last Line: Pound it or strike it caress it %one by one


IN THE DARK I       


IN THE MOTHERLESS, HOMOGENIZED AND E-EPISTOLARY       
First Line: The black queen and the white king
Last Line: Not to die, slipping out to see


IN THIS PARADISE       
First Line: They know what I'll say


INDIVIDUAL TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm calling out from pictures to your vision creating it
Subject(s): Time


ISLANDERS REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE NO WOMEN AND NO MEN       
First Line: In the antediluvian island %in the primordial swamp
Last Line: How will I know when I'm untied %(deja-vu, saying that)


IT WOULD    Poem Text    
First Line: It would be that
Subject(s): Love


IT'S DUMB TO BE A MEMBER OF A DOMINANT SPECIES       
First Line: Snow falling outside the window of procope
Last Line: And we were already doing that, killing us %if we wanted


JACK WOULD SPEAK THROUGH THE IMPERFECT MEDIUM OF ALICE       
First Line: So I'm an alcoholic catholic mother-lover
Last Line: That one perfect word


JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mommy what's this fork doing?
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


JUDGEMENT IN ROSY QUARTZ       
First Line: The rosy quartz formation, a hilly monstrous egg, two paths to, one is orderly
Last Line: Do %I'm looking for the ancient quartz to. Looking to. What good will it do. Looking to


JUST UNDER SKIN OF LEFT LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: A dark woman, camelia luna
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


JUST UNDER SKIN OF LEFT LEG       
First Line: A dark woman, camelia luna
Last Line: I, truly, am speaking


KEEP GOING DOWN TO THE TOMB       
First Line: My tee-shirt is inside out
Last Line: No words on the shirt


KISS OF FIRE       
First Line: Walk out onto playground
Last Line: A couple of poplar trees, but that's no shade


LADY POVERTY       
First Line: Sings in the gullies
Last Line: That the pronoun I means such and that starting so poorly, I can live


LANA TURNER AT VERSAILLES       
First Line: The problem is that I'm wearing a dress
Last Line: But one doesn't have to


LEFT SIDE LIBERATION FROM E       
First Line: In the left where I was abandoned
Last Line: Binding blindness dream us %till we die


LINES FALL AWAY SOMETIMES       
First Line: My beloved relation is caring for other people's children
Last Line: The others left and didn't leave a thing


LION       
First Line: Graduated from spiritual high school last night
Last Line: You, %like a lion


LONGEST VAMPIRIC HISTORY VS. THE SOL       
First Line: This man in a dugout, middle of front street
Last Line: When feminists talk like this


LOST THE PLUMBING LOST MY STORY GOOD       
First Line: Our galaxy is shaped like a doughnut
Last Line: It's you,' he says, 'it's you'


MACHO DAISY DUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: People are only sane when they're writing
Last Line: That. Jesus it's only a quarter to twelve.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


MAPS       
First Line: Dreamed my naked torso


MARGARET AND DUSTY       
First Line: Margaret wrote a letter
Last Line: Like those two friends of mine.
Subject(s): Friendship


ME       
First Line: I will compass my
Last Line: The litter light %of the preserver


MEET ME AT LA CHAPELLE FOR SOME MORE SALAMI       
First Line: I will tell the mafia don, the old man, I'm looking for my mother
Last Line: To my naked chest. That's another


METAPHYSICS OF EMOTION       
First Line: The cosmos or void a cloud with a gold crust under it
Last Line: Language didn't kill him...Grief isn't a word...I'm not a person


MID-80'S       
First Line: I'm not on a mission
Last Line: In charge of suppressions and lies


MORBID MANAGERS ARE SERVING TRAYS OF CHARNEL FLESH       
First Line: Flat flowers blooming everywhere
Last Line: I might not feel like writing poems %would I be happy


MORE BELOW A DREAM OF       
First Line: Doug and I splash in fresh water naked a
Last Line: Rising higher and higher above doug and myself


MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAVING BEEN BORN IS YOUR CITY       


MORE OF TH E ASSHOLES OF GIANTS       
First Line: Into the rock room where
Last Line: What would I do here, in this bright %bookcover land


MORNING COMB       
First Line: Comb out ashes
Last Line: Scarlet & everywhere
Subject(s): Youth


MY HAIR IS TERRIBLY DIRTY AND THE DRESS LOOKS DRAB       
First Line: The buttes shut, full of snow
Last Line: One of us is a nurse. But I have %a different useful skill


MYSTERIES OF SMALL HOUSES       
First Line: Poverty much maligned but beautiful
Last Line: No thin flesh there no coursing fluid no thought


NEW DREAMS       
First Line: Back in my dreams which aren't far away
Last Line: If you deny time's young you'll be hurt


NEW HAIRDO       
First Line: I stand at the docks before immense ocean liners
Last Line: Then I need to get out of here


NEW YEAR'S EVES       
First Line: Once, in marrakech, no - boys
Last Line: "anyone."" and he said, ""that wouldn't be nice."
Subject(s): Happiness; Holidays; New Year; Parties; Joy; Delight


NEW YORK HUMAN       
First Line: The summer bum is back, nick suggests to diane
Last Line: Will do in these postmodern times, you asshole


NIGHT SITS IN THIS CHAIR       


NO WORLD IS INTACT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships


NOT CHILD       
First Line: Can't today am not
Last Line: Where's the most distorted being %I've ever been


NOT THAT PERSON ANYMORE, MITCH BEING EVER FAINTER       
First Line: Can't get to the island reserved for me
Last Line: I've come down to the ground floor; now %I'm going up to it


OBJECTS OF UNKNOWN PROVENANCE       
First Line: At 10th & a this globe breaks in half


OBNOXIOUS TRUTH       
First Line: Inside this little theater
Last Line: Look at these gold lame shoes, look at my hair


OFFICE       
First Line: Office is %love, metric love's
Last Line: And then relaxes %I mean its grip


OH PUT SOME OBSCENELY CONCRETE NOUNS BACK IN YOUR POEMS       
First Line: The house full of %garbage is on fire
Last Line: And probably trying to tell you about %that secret


ONE OF THE LONGEST TIMES       
First Line: My brother's always in the gully
Last Line: And we last, making real selves


ONE THOUSAND ARMS OF POKING AND PINCHING LOVE       
First Line: Try to remember %a shadowy world
Last Line: A cognac-soaked cherry slides down my throat


OPEN-STOMACH WOMAN       
First Line: Wooden chair, earth wall and floor
Last Line: The open-stomach school of poetry


OWLS       
First Line: The first owl dream comes a day or two before he dies
Last Line: Looking, not for my real I but for my real owl


PARTICLE DOLL       
First Line: Any child has millions of minutes of difference lavished upon it
Last Line: From before %evolution I find %us, despite it


PARTS OF A WEDDING       
First Line: Ripping across the blazing sand


PEOPLE COULD LIVE IN THIS TOWN, THEY DON'T BUT I'M GOING TO       
First Line: Parking a neon-lit %go-green truck
Last Line: I experience it literally


PLACE BLANCHE       
First Line: I've been left with myself here
Last Line: The vast rationality beneath hidden within me


PLACE MYSELF IN NEW YORK (NEED ONE MORE THERE)       
First Line: We move to new york so I can be wild language briars
Last Line: Of who'll say it


PLEASE DON'T ANYONE SAVE MY LIFE PASSIM       
First Line: Will achieve a %stripped aloneness that
Last Line: Just need in my head the interstitial room


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: St. Mark's place caught at night in hot summer
Subject(s): St. Mark's Place, New York City; Self; Solitude


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: You hear that heroic big land music?
Subject(s): Fathers


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do I want to tell it


POEM       
First Line: You hear that heroic big land music?
Last Line: Daddy, who can stand it?


POEM       
First Line: We live in a city of dead


POEM       
First Line: I work in a whorehouse, I seem to like it


POEM       
First Line: A clitoris is a kind of brain


POEM       
First Line: I believe the yellow flowers think with me


POEM       
First Line: Crocus there, store bought
Last Line: The scent of pine, then gone


POINT OF FIDELITY       
First Line: Taking a large bloody napking upstairs
Last Line: Your trash will do too


POSTCARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear barney
Last Line: Alice
Subject(s): Holidays; Letters; Love; Postal Service; Valentine's Day; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


POURING RAIN NO LOVE FROM THE WEATHER EXCEPT IN MY DREAM       
First Line: Inside this sleeping compartment
Last Line: You're stealing my poems; god speaks through my mouth


PREGNANT SAINT       
First Line: Pregnant saint her arms on belly
Last Line: No one is selected


PROPHET'S JOB       
First Line: 620 west 116th st school housing apartment girls
Last Line: But negative feelings fear and despair are my angel


PUT YOU TO SHAME       
First Line: Being sad you don't
Last Line: Be as good as us.
Subject(s): Shame


RED FISH       
First Line: But I've changed something
Last Line: Soft, so far; hardwood floats, happy scum


RED ZINNIAS       
First Line: Red velvet zinnias, small ones, across the room
Last Line: Stand up and do something human %what is human hardly anything say something red


REMEMBER THE STATION WITH NO NAME       
First Line: Five francs yesterday %to an aggressive-looking young french man
Last Line: Their choice, a volonte, he says. Oysters at the bistro romain


REMEMBER WHAT I CAME HERE TO DO TO THIS WORLD VERY LITTLE       
First Line: I came here so that the
Last Line: I borrow someone else's form what else is a body


REQUIEM FOR THE FIRST HALF OF SPLIT       
First Line: An early sadness for the future
Last Line: When you or your own are the news


RITA, A RED ROSE, HATES HER CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I am's a roomful of clothes
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


RITA, A RED ROSE, HATES HER CLOTHES       
First Line: Where I am's a roomful of clothes
Last Line: Does alice notley want to be a nake


ROARING BEING A GIVEN, MY ROARING'S A GIVEN       
First Line: I said in the middle of the night I would
Last Line: Brushed by the black peacock's tail


ROSE ROSINA ROSE       


SEA FLU       
First Line: I have a fever darling
Last Line: God's loneliness, is it


SEEMS TO BE HEADING FOR MEXICO       
First Line: My dark soulcore splits off from me
Last Line: I am more primary than particles, self-evident- %soulcore says


SEEN THE WHALE-SKATE AND SEEN A TOMB       
First Line: Watching the terrible movie nixon last night
Last Line: I'll have to drag all this shit up to the surface soon


SELF '78 SPEAK       
First Line: It isn't art now all my mistakes are still there
Last Line: To most poets but I can't live without our words


SEPT 17/AUG 29, '88       
First Line: We get out of the car and I think
Last Line: Yet escape's fated, written already (we all know it and don't know it


SONG BOOK       
First Line: To everybody
Last Line: Blue wings. (no faces.) don't tell me a thing.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: The late gracie allen was a very lucid comedienne
Subject(s): Allen, Gracie (1906-1964); Burns, George (1896-1996); Marriage; Death; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Dead, The


STARS STRAIGHT       


STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Where there used to be a thousand branches
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


SUBTERRANEAN SENSES ARE ALREADY THERE IN NEW AIR       
First Line: Oh countenance the upstairs harmonica player
Last Line: Keeps calling one home %through dreams


SUN IS VERY NEAR HOT AND BUTTOCKSLIKE       
First Line: Dreaming, I accompany a pharmacist named harward
Last Line: Each poem quivers as I do and then flows forwards


SWEETHEART        Recitation by Author
First Line: If I address it to you I have not, have I
Last Line: For being what I have tonight
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SYNCHRONOUS CHRONOLOGY       
First Line: To estrus and estrogen very responsive
Last Line: Protect me, change, but defend me %singular image


THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SPOKEN       
First Line: About you, will lie down on


THE DESCENT OF ALETTE [I STOOD WAITING]    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women


THE DESCENT OF ALETTE [I WALKED INTO]    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I walked into the forest; for the woods were lit by yellow
Subject(s): Women


THE DESCENT OF ALETTE [PRESENTLY]    Poem Text    
First Line: Presently we neared a pale beach, narrow with trees behind it
Subject(s): Women


THE DESCENT OF ALETTE [THE WATER OF THE RIVER]    Poem Text    
First Line: The water of the river was mild-temperatured, the current
Subject(s): Women


THE GODDESS WHO CREATED THIS PASSING WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Gods & Goddesses; Creation


THE TEN BEST ISSUES OF COMIC BOOKS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: 1. X-men #141 & 142
Subject(s): Comic Strips


THERE ISN'T MUCH TO DO IF YOU AREN'T GEOLOGY       
First Line: Watching fish in scallop-bottomed shoal
Last Line: The physicist's blind %eye


THERE WAS A ROOM OF STATUETTES OF SAINTS IN STRUGGLE       
First Line: In saint in struggle a golden force a dragonlike one or shall tomb the . . . .
Last Line: Them, tall and taller I know shes still growing cant find her. These laws come and %comfort me, thes


THERE WAS ALSO VALIUM IN THE DRINK, PLACED THERE BY TWO OTHER PEOPLE       
First Line: You had, effectively, drugged me, but
Last Line: Left a house again all night, packing up %leaving that house


THEY CUT OUT HER EYE AND SO SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF IT'S REAL       
First Line: I remember a year I was
Last Line: To the floor at its least vibration


THIS CHAIR       


THIS CRAZY WICKEDNESS, LITTLE NESTS OF LIGHT       
First Line: Gem, germ of light
Last Line: Sheltered inside my body shrine


TROUBLE WITH YOU GIRLS       
First Line: In the chair covered with shawls
Last Line: How about some doughnuts for us all


TRUE ACCOUNT OF TALKING TO JUDY HOLIDAY, OCTOBER 13       
First Line: Remember something you never saw
Last Line: Playing me for you


TWO SECTIONS FROM IN THE PINES: 3       
First Line: I never wanted to do you wrong
Last Line: My mind is rubbed raw. The people who are in charge of me are happy


TWO SECTIONS FROM THE PINES: 5       
First Line: The intention of the organism is to know its life. Is that right? Says the
Last Line: There's nothing in it but songs


TYRANT       
First Line: I saw you billboard
Last Line: Before starting again...Having %killed him again


UNTITLED       
First Line: The purple menstrual blood on the toilet paper with small clots is the
Last Line: Matter, soft and dark, I doesn't I don't need it any more


USUAL AND THE MOST TENUOUS OF GOODBYES       
First Line: We're auditioning this week, an old lady and others
Last Line: I could ride it forever


VEIL IS, LIKE, SEXISM OR IS IT LIKE IT       
First Line: Very far down in earth, below the rooms
Last Line: My middle finger's sore from too much up-pointing


VERTICAL AXIS       
First Line: I'm proceeding deeper into the cave
Last Line: I am alette who, from deeper than the story, can change it


VIRGIN AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS       
First Line: Is there some loss %connected
Last Line: The tears are searching for you and will find you


WALTZING MATILDA, SELS       
First Line: Next day sunlight smashing into the pine boughs & orange peels. December sun
Last Line: Now. I took my own for kicks & it was exactly the same as his - it's cold, man


WAS WAS MEANT TO       
First Line: The point with those poems


WAVELAND (BACK IN CHICAGO)       
First Line: Go into a room in '74 while the house is quiet
Last Line: I'll have to bless it myself


WE SHOULD ALL LIKE ROCKS IN A FLAT FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: In the caves today
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


WE SHOULD ALL LIVE LIKE ROCKS IN A FLAT FIELD       
First Line: In the caves today %the pistil of a calla lily may be speaking
Last Line: But here but... %(repeat endlessly)


WHAT TO BRING INTO COUNTED HAPPENING       


WHAT'S SUPPRESSED    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream I'm a detective a man
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHAT'S SUPPRESSED       
First Line: I dream I'm a detective a man
Last Line: Better than history


WHEN I WAS ALIVE       
Last Line: Skirt fills empties and fills with cooling air


WHEN THIS GLOBE BREAKS IN HALF       


WHERE IS THE BABYLONIAN METER WITH ITS LOVELY CAESURA?    Poem Text    
First Line: Biggest problem in the world now is unity
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHERE IS THE BABYLONIAN METER WITH ITS LOVELY CAESURA?       
First Line: Biggest problem in the world now is its unity'
Last Line: When I was so exquisitely hot


WHITE PHOSPHORUS, SELS       
First Line: Whose heart' 'might be lost?' 'whose mask is this?' 'who has a mask
Last Line: Whose' 'heart might be lost.'


WHITE RICE WORDS ARE THE MEANS OF EXCHANGE       
First Line: There are many green hills in the duvet
Last Line: (such an unmagical view of life we have %unimaginative, material as words)


WILL DIE AND DIE IN SO MANY WAYS, AS PROFESSIONAL AND CULTURAL ENTITY       
First Line: Suddenly in childhood room %in my mind, in bed there
Last Line: He's speaking in his younger movie voice %his whisky clinks


WOMAN IN FRONT OF POSTER OF HERSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Said I shouldn't.
Subject(s): Women; Self; Faces; Love


WORK IN PROGRESS: 1       
First Line: There is a car' 'that is nothing but' 'garbage' 'shit &
Last Line: Motor 'or something does' 'in the garbage' 'something' %'is still alive in there,' 'has power'


WORK IN PROGRESS: 2       
First Line: In one car people work' 'seem to work there' 'it's their office'
Last Line: Begin to move' 'silently' 'he motions them' 'to resume their work'


WORK IN PROGRESS: 3       
First Line: I changed cars, walked' 'into another' 'no one there' 'there was
Last Line: I still 'couldn't see him' 'look at me I'm dying' 'give me change, %give me change' 'I couldn't see


WORK IN PROGRESS: 4       
First Line: Two people fucking' 'behind the stairs' 'that led' 'to other
Last Line: The world 'before the tyrant' 'became everything' 'before the tyrant'


WORK IN PROGRESS: 5       
First Line: I walked' 'into a car where' everything was membrane
Last Line: Someone's earphones' 'turned up too loud' 'buzzing wire' 'vag;uely song'


WORLD'S BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: The men & women sang & played
Subject(s): Women Writers; Poetry & Poets; Death; Dead, The


WORLD'S BLISS       
First Line: The men & women sang & played


WOULD WANT TO BE IN MY WILDLIFE       
First Line: Hold pen improperly against 4th finger not 3rd like when I was six why won't I
Last Line: At least from the beginning socialization's what makes us the same in the made-up way


YEAR OF THE PREMONITORY DREAM THAT TED AND STEVE LEFT ME       
First Line: Because this room's a community of voices
Last Line: We were escarpment, espousal, imbecile, and change


YELLOW LIGHT IS A CHINK IN A CASTLE WALL...       
First Line: A woman lying on the ground
Last Line: Hair is strings of windows %rest head


YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: By dust made beautiful,
Subject(s): Relationships


YOU       
First Line: Meanwhile, the beaches %of the east coast of the u.S.
Last Line: ...Refuse to be overintentional, do you agree with me hardware?


YOU CAN GIVE IT AWAY       
First Line: In the last four years little gustatory pleasure
Last Line: (I will get myself back %by giving me away


YOU COVER ALL THE WINDOWS WITH YOUR MANUSCRIPT PAGES       
First Line: I'm falling again
Last Line: I crave your presence mitch


YOU NOW HOLDING THIS BOOK IN HAND       
First Line: The man kissed her hand. Little earrings. They're about
Last Line: Confederate flag. She kisses the man on his cheek.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Beginnings; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


YOUR ANGELS       
First Line: I dream that daniel in the lion's den - it is a basement with exposed
Last Line: Waiting to turn into angels. Any minute. Any minute now