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Author: OLIVER, MARY
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Oliver, Mary    Poet's Biography
444 poems available by this author


1945-1985: POEM FOR THE ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Sometimes, %walking for hours through the woods
Last Line: She nuzzled her child wildly


A DREAM OF TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
Subject(s): Trees


A FIRST TIME PERCY CAME BACK    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Homecoming


A LETTER FROM HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: She sends me news of bluejays, frost
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


A THOUSAND MORNINGS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All night my heart makes its way
Subject(s): Morning


A VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, for example, / who was young once
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


ACID       
First Line: In jakarta, %among the venders
Last Line: Insult and anger, %the great movers


ACID       
First Line: In jakarta


ALEX       
First Line: Where is alex, keeper of horses
Last Line: And maybe, with luck, he's dead


ALLIGATOR POEM       
First Line: I knelt down %at the edge of the water
Last Line: For hours in my trembling hands they glittered %like fire


AM I NOT AMONG THE EARLY RISERS       
Last Line: The green paths of the world


AMERICAN PRIMITIVE       
First Line: Mr. Hiram stark, a night
Last Line: Pulling the light with him; chopping, burning; ordering the darkness back


AN OLD WHOREHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We climbed through a broken window
Subject(s): Innocence; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


ANNE       
First Line: The daughter is mad, and so
Last Line: Or tending so desperately all %the small civilities


ANSWERS       
First Line: If I envy anyone it must be
Last Line: All the wild sauces of the brimming year


AT BLACK RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: All day / its dark, slick bronze strokes
Subject(s): Crocodiles


AT BLACK RIVER       
First Line: All day %its dark, slick bronze soaks
Last Line: The rolling away %of the stone


AT BLACKWATER POND       
First Line: At blackwater pond the tossed waters have settled
Last Line: Oh what is that beautiful thing %that just happened


AT GREAT POND       
First Line: At great pond %the sun, rising
Last Line: On its sleeves of light


AT LOXAHATCHIE       
First Line: All day


AT ROUND POND       
First Line: Owl %make your little appearance now
Last Line: From mere incidence into %the lush of meaning


AT SEA       
First Line: The haze


AT THE LAKE       
First Line: A fish leaps
Last Line: That breathless space


AT THE SHORE       
First Line: This morning %wind that light-limbed dancer was all
Last Line: Meaningless fire, wildfire, shaking the heart


AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Our neighbor, tall and blonde and vigorous, the mother
Subject(s): Neighbors; Sickness; Illness


AUGUST       
First Line: When the blackberries hang
Last Line: The black bells, the leaves; there is %this happy tongue


AUGUST       
First Line: Our neighbor, tall and blonde and vigorous
Last Line: Wrong, and nowhere to go. His hands over his eyes


AUNT ELSIE'S NIGHT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt elsie hears


AUNT ELSIE'S NIGHT MUSIC       
First Line: Aunt elsie hears %singing in the night
Last Line: To bite on, like a bullet


AUNT ELSIE'S NIGHT MUSIC       
Subject(s): Family Life


AUNT LEAF       
First Line: Needing one, I invented her
Last Line: This old woman made out of leaves


BAILING THE BOAT       
First Line: In ohio we did not have boats, we had horses
Last Line: And with arched neck she steps out over the water


BANYAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something screamed / from the fringes of the swamp
Subject(s): Banyan Trees


BANYAN       
First Line: Something screamed


BEAVER MOON - THE SUICIDE OF A FRIEND       
First Line: When somewhere life


BEING COUNTRY BRED       
First Line: Being country bred, I am at ease in darkness
Last Line: Her summoning explosions underground


BESIDE THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn / the big dog
Subject(s): Dogs


BESIDE THE WATERFALL       
First Line: At dawn
Last Line: Clear of the trees and dropped its wild, clawed light %over


BEYOND THE SNOW BELT       
First Line: Over the local stations, one by one
Last Line: All news arrives as from a distant land


BITTERNESS       
First Line: I believe you did not have a happy life
Last Line: Oh, cold and dreamless under the wild, amoral, reckless, peaceful %flowers of the hillsides


BLACK OAKS       
First Line: Okay, not one can write a symphony, or a dictionary
Last Line: I don't even want to come in out of the rain


BLACK SNAKE       
First Line: When the black snake %flashed onto the morning road
Last Line: Happily all spring through the green leaves before %he came to the road
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes


BLACK SNAKE THIS TIME       
First Line: Lay %under the oak trees
Last Line: Like a rollicking finger of snow


BLACK SNAKES       
First Line: Suddenly %there I was


BLACK WALNUT TREE       
First Line: My mother and I debate: %we could sell
Last Line: And, month after month, the whip-%crack of the mortgage
Subject(s): Environment


BLOSSOM       
First Line: In april %the ponds %open %like black blossoms
Last Line: Into the body of another


BLUE HERON       
First Line: Like a pin
Last Line: Like a blue rose


BOAT       
First Line: I think a great deal about shelley's boat, a little world
Last Line: We possibly say of death, that black leaf, that has in it any %believable finality?


BONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Understand, I am always trying to figure out
Subject(s): Soul


BONE POEM       
First Line: The litter under the tree
Last Line: The rat will learn to fly, the owl %will be devoured


BOWING TO THE EMPRESS       
First Line: Through the forest


BREAKAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I go down to the edge of the sea
Subject(s): Leisure; Marine Animals; Sea; Ocean


BREAKAGE       
First Line: I go down to the edge of the sea
Last Line: Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story
Subject(s): Leisure; Marine Animals; Sea


BUCK MOON -- FROM THE FIELD GUIDE TO INSECTS       
First Line: Eighty-eight thousand six-hundred
Last Line: The perfection, the rising, the happiness %of their dark wings


BUDDHA'S LAST INSTRUCTION       
First Line: Make of yourself a light,'
Last Line: Slowly, beneath the branches, %he raised his head. %he looked into the faces of that frightened crow


CATBIRD       
First Line: He picks his pond, and the soft thicket of his world
Last Line: For he will never grow pockets in his gray wings


CERTAIN SHARPNESS IN THE MORNING AIR       
First Line: In the morning %it shuffles, unhurried
Last Line: I was shaggy, and beautiful, %like a rose


CHANCE TO LOVE EVERYTHING       
First Line: All summer I made friends
Subject(s): Animals


CLAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Each one is a small life, but sometimes long, if its
Subject(s): Clams


CLAM MAN       
First Line: He shuffles, and his face is white and lazy
Last Line: To scare the little breathers in their shells


CLAMMING       
First Line: I rise


COLD POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold now. / close to the edge. Almost
Subject(s): Cold


COMING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: When we're driving, in the dark
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Homecoming


COMING HOME       
First Line: When we're driving, in the dark


CONSEQUENCES       
First Line: Afterward %I found under my left shoulder


CREEKS       
First Line: The dwindled creeks of summer
Last Line: They wash above the bones


CROSSING THE SWAMP       
First Line: Here is the endless %wet thick cosmos, the center
Last Line: Make of its life a breathing %palace of leaves


CROWS       
First Line: From a single grain they have multiplied
Last Line: The deep muscle of the world


CROWS       
First Line: It is january, and there are the crows


CROWS       
First Line: In japan, in seattle, in indonesia-there they were
Last Line: They lounge, they squabble in the vast, rose-colored light


DAISIES       
First Line: It is possible, I suppose, that sometime
Last Line: The suitability of the field for the daisies, and the %daisies for the field


DANCERS AT BANSTEAD       
First Line: I went inside the place to find
Last Line: Except to let the dancers dance; %except to know the moon is wrong


DEATH AT A GREAT DISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ripe, floating caps
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEATH AT A GREAT DISTANCE       
First Line: The ripe, floating caps
Last Line: Like a stream of glowing syrup into %the dark water, as death %blurted out of that perfectly arrange


DECEMBER       
First Line: Then the deer stepped from the woods
Last Line: And then it is gone


DEER       
First Line: You never know
Last Line: When we die the body breaks open %like a river; %the old body goes on, climbing the hill


DEER IN THE MEADOW       
First Line: Wind and rain
Last Line: Come down %over their eyes


DIPPER       
First Line: Once I saw %in a quick-falling, white-veined stream
Last Line: Like a dark bird dipping in and out, tasting and singing
Subject(s): Birds; Nature; Pleasure


DOG HAS RUN OFF AGAIN       
First Line: And I should start shouting his name
Last Line: To come back to walk by my side, obedient


DOGFISH       
First Line: Some kind of relaxed and beautiful thing
Last Line: Looking for an easier world, %they can do it


DOGS       
First Line: Over %the wide field
Last Line: Here is the black the red the bottomless pool


DREAM OF TREES       
First Line: There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees
Last Line: Who ever made music of a mild day


DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: All night / the dark buds of dreams


DREAMS       
First Line: When the rain is over
Last Line: Two graves under the leaves


DREAMS       
First Line: All night %the dark buds of dreams
Last Line: And the fire surges through the wood, %and the blossoms blossom
Subject(s): Dreams; Night


DRIVING THROUGH THE WIND RIVER RESERVATION: A POEM       
First Line: In the time of snow, in the time of sleep


EARLY MORNING, NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: Near wolfeboro
Last Line: Then the sweet, dark falling


EARLY SNOW       
First Line: Amazed I looked %out of the window and saw
Last Line: The silence; the blank, white, glittering subline


EGRET       
First Line: Every time %but one
Last Line: What is this dark death %that opens %like a white door


EGRETS       
First Line: Where the path closed %down and over
Last Line: Over every dark thing


ENCOUNTER       
First Line: I lift the small brown mouse
Last Line: Over, the wind has spoken


ENTERING THE KINGDOM       
First Line: The crows see me. %they stretch their glossy necks
Last Line: No dreamer, %no eater of leaves


ESQUIMOS HAVE NO WORD FOR WAR       
First Line: Trying to explain it to them
Last Line: They chew their bones, and smile at one another


EVENING STAR: 1       
First Line: Once %in the woods %snake came %like a whip
Last Line: For, dear god, %we also are down here %in such darkness


EVENING STAR: 10       
First Line: The first streak of light in the darkness
Last Line: And more than itself


EVENING STAR: 11       
First Line: The pickerel %swims up from the pond from its roses of slow decay, and
Last Line: What is it I don't know that I need to know?


EVENING STAR: 12       
First Line: Think of me %when you see the evening star
Last Line: Through the thickening flowers of the snow


EVENING STAR: 2       
First Line: It is easy to fall down on your knees
Last Line: As torn as muddy as golden as that


EVENING STAR: 3       
Last Line: The snake never shuts its eyes


EVENING STAR: 4       
First Line: I have lit candles
Last Line: (though I am not ready, I am simmering)


EVENING STAR: 5       
First Line: And certainly and easily I can see
Last Line: It's after that %it gets difficult


EVENING STAR: 6       
First Line: The snake never shuts its eyes
Last Line: The mouse sits tight


EVENING STAR: 7       
First Line: The good shepherd of the fields, whoever he is
Last Line: Oh, see how I run!


EVENING STAR: 8       
First Line: The snake never shuts its eyes
Last Line: The mouse sits tight %in the beautiful field


EVENING STAR: 9       
First Line: I went down all alone, to the black pond
Last Line: If I could adore him %adore him


EVERY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I read the papers
Subject(s): Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


EVERY POEM A BIRD       
First Line: With early-dawn scissor-song
Last Line: They are not feathered as birds


EVERYTHING       
First Line: No doubt in holland
Last Line: Nothing in the world mattered, or ever would %but the insensible light


FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The black oaks
Subject(s): Oak Trees; Autumn; Fall


FALL       
First Line: The black oaks
Last Line: Dashing its silver seeds %against the house


FAMILY       
First Line: The dark things of the wood
Last Line: We have run away from


FARM COUNTRY       
First Line: I have sharpened my knives, I have
Last Line: I have entered %the hen house


FIELD NEAR LINDEN, ALABAMA       
First Line: For hours %they float in the distance
Last Line: The grass rises thick and clean, it %shines like the sea


FINCHES       
First Line: Ice in the woods, snow in the fields, a few finches singing
Last Line: Take off my jacket, and sit down at the table, and go over %my verses again


FIRE       
First Line: That winter it seemed the city


FIRST SNOW       
First Line: The snow %began here
Last Line: And through the fields, %feels like one


FISH       
First Line: The first fish %I ever caught
Last Line: We feed this feverish plot, we are nourished %by the mystery


FISH       
First Line: She climbs from the sea; moonlight


FISH BONES       
First Line: Maybe michelangelo
Last Line: How it wanted to rise %on its invisible muscle, %how it wanted to shine %like fire


FIVE A.M. IN THE PINEWOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd seen / their hoofprints in the deep
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FIVE A.M. IN THE PINEWOODS       
First Line: I'd seen %their hoofprints in the deep
Last Line: So this is how you pray
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


FLARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome to the silly, comforting poem
Subject(s): Life; Poetry & Poets


FLETCHER OAK       
First Line: There is a tree here so beautiful it even has a name
Last Line: To rise like a slow and beautiful poem. To live a long time


FORTY YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: For forty years / the sheets of white paper have
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


FORTY YEARS       
First Line: For forty years %the sheets of white paper have
Last Line: Golden page to another


FOX       
First Line: You don't ever know where
Last Line: Thatg you again and again should shiver with praise


FOXES IN WINTER       
First Line: Every night in the moonlight the foxes come down the hill
Last Line: Softly down. %then it shines like a field %of white flowers.Then it tightens


GANNETS       
First Line: I am watching the white gannets
Last Line: Then rise from the water inseparable %from the gannets' wings


GESTURE       
First Line: On the dog's ear, a scrap of filmy stuff
Last Line: Onto the bark, it hung on; it rested; it began to climb


GHOSTS       
First Line: Have you noticed %where so many millions of powerful bawling beasts
Last Line: In my dream I knelt down and asked them %to make room for me


GIFT       
First Line: I wanted to thank the mockingbird for the vigor of his song
Last Line: And mostly I'm grateful that I take this world so seriously


GOING TO WALDEN       
First Line: It isn't very far as highways lie
Last Line: Trick of living, and finding it where you are


GOLDENROD       
First Line: On roadsides, %in fall fields, %in rumpy bunches
Last Line: In the pure peace of giving %one's gold away


GOLDFINCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Some goldfinches were having a melodious argument at the edge of a puddle
Subject(s): Goldfinches


GOLDFINCHES       
First Line: In the fields %we let them have
Last Line: Have you ever been so happy in your life


GRASS       
First Line: Those who disappointed, betrayed, scarified!
Last Line: Life, in which I mean to rest


GRATITUDE       
First Line: I was walking the field
Last Line: Long spine of grammar, whether or not they rhyme


GRAVEL       
First Line: When death %carts me off to the bottomlands
Last Line: I know you as if you were myself %how could I be afraid?


HAPPINESS       
First Line: In the afternoon I watched
Last Line: Swaying from flower to flower %day after shining day


HATTIE BLOOM       
First Line: She was, grandfather said, a fly-by-night
Last Line: Lost hattie bloom became that perfect thing


HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO ENTER THE LONG BLACK BRANCHES       
First Line: Have you ever tried to enter the long black branchs of other lives
Last Line: I float %I ramble my way home


HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning / the hawk / rose up
Subject(s): Birds


HAWK       
First Line: This morning %the hawk %rose up
Last Line: Turned into a white blade, which fell
Subject(s): Birds


HER GRAVE       
First Line: She would come back, dripping thick water, from the green bog
Last Line: Finally %the slick mountains of love break %over us


HERMIT CRAB       
First Line: Once I looked inside
Last Line: Which is the only argument there is %against the sea


HERONS IN WINTER IN THE FROZEN MARSH    Poem Text    
First Line: All winter / two blue herons
Subject(s): Herons; Winter


HERONS IN WINTER IN THE FROZEN MARSH       
First Line: All winter %two blue herons
Last Line: Above its gleaming and substantial shadows, %toss in the breeze, %like wings


HONEY AT THE TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It fills you with the soft
Subject(s): Honey


HONEY TREE       
First Line: And so at last I climbed
Last Line: Of my body stretching %and singing in the %heaven in the %heaven of appetite


HOUSE       
First Line: Because we lived our several lives
Last Line: No child can mend or trade away


HOUSE       
First Line: It grows larger


HOW TURTLES COME TO SPEND THE WINDER IN THE AQUARIUM, ...       
First Line: Somewhere down beach, in the morning, at water's edge, I found
Last Line: Today, who could deny it, I am an important person


HUMM    Poem Text    
First Line: What is this dark hum among the roses?
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


HUMMINGBIRD PAUSES AT THE TRUMPET VINE       
First Line: Who doesn't love %roses, and who
Last Line: Stones, that last almost %^forever


HUMMINGBIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The female, and two chicks
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


HUMMINGBIRDS       
First Line: The female, and the two chicks
Last Line: The shimmering, heart-stabbing %questions without answers %before I climbed down


HUMPBACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is, all around us
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


HUMPBACKS       
First Line: There is, all around us
Last Line: Even the great whale, %throbs with song
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


HUNTER'S MOON -- EATING THE BEAR       
First Line: Good friend, %it is a long afternoon
Last Line: Some invisible dead-center


HURRICANE    Poem Text    
First Line: It didn't behave
Subject(s): Hurricanes


I FOUND A DEAD FOX       
Last Line: Watchmen of the night


I LOOKED UP       
First Line: I looked up and there it was
Last Line: And, as I said, wreathed in fire


ICE       
First Line: My father spent his last winter
Last Line: And I write back: mother, please %save everything


ICH BIN DER WELT ABHANDEN GEKOMMEN       
First Line: Today is %gustave mahler's
Last Line: A song %made so obviously for me. %at what unknowable cost. %and by a stranger


IN BLACKWATER WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look, the trees
Subject(s): Forests; Nature; Woods


IN BLACKWATER WOODS       
First Line: Look, the trees %are turning
Last Line: And, when the time comes to let it go, %to let it go


IN BLACKWATER WOODS       
First Line: For weeks %the center of the universe
Last Line: Exaltation of the dead, or the not-yet-born, who still know


IN MALAYSIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight / washes the red tiles
Subject(s): Malaysia; Nature


IN MALAYSIA       
First Line: Moonlight %washes the red tiles
Last Line: Cup each flower %in their small %daggered hands


IN OUR WOODS, SOMETIMES A RARE MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Every spring / I hear the thrush singing
Subject(s): Thrushes


IN POBIDDY, GEORGIA       
First Line: Three women
Last Line: Perfectly finished, perfectly heartbroken, perfectly wild


INDONESIA       
First Line: On the curving, dusty roads
Last Line: We raised them to our lips


JOHN CHAPMAN       
First Line: He wore a tin pot for a hat, in which
Last Line: In the forests that are left you can still find %sign of him: patches %of cold whit fire


JOURNEY       
First Line: One day you finally knew %what you had to do, and began
Last Line: Determined to save %the only life that you could save


JUNE       
First Line: A single swallow glides in the air above the water
Last Line: Swings, glides, turns toward the sea, is gone


KILLING THE OWL       
First Line: The snow that night


KINGFISHER       
First Line: The kingfisher rises out of the black wave


KITTEN       
First Line: More amazed than anything


KNIFE       
First Line: Something %just now


KOOKABURRAS       
First Line: In every heart there is a coward and a procrastinator
Last Line: I lie in the dark, my heart pounding


LAMPS       
First Line: Eight o'clock, no later
Last Line: An inscrutable presence, it has the final word %outside every door


LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't it plain the sheets of moss, except that
Subject(s): Nature; Crows


LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Isn't it plain the sheets of moss, except that
Last Line: Their lives to be, and imagined %their strong, thick wings


LAST DAYS       
First Line: Things are %changing; things are starting to
Last Line: Booms the muscle of the wind


LEARNING ABOUT THE INDIANS       
First Line: He danced in feathers, with paint across his nose
Last Line: Tires screeching, out of the schoolyard into the night


LETTER FROM HOME       
First Line: She sends me news of bluejays, frost
Last Line: Drift scraps of borage, woodbine, rue
Subject(s): Family Life


LILIES       
First Line: I have been thinking
Last Line: Just rises and floats away


LILIES BREAK OPEN OVER THE DARK WATER       
First Line: Inside %that mud-hive, that gas-sponge
Last Line: And so, dear sorrow, are you


LINES WRITTEN IN THE DAYS OF GROWING DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every year we have been
Subject(s): Nature


LINGERING IN HAPPINESS       
First Line: After rain after many days without rain
Last Line: Will feel themselves being touched


LITTLE OWL WHO LIVES IN THE ORCHARD       
First Line: His beak could open a bottle
Last Line: It could be a valentine


LITTLE SUMMER POEM TOUCHING THE SUBJECT OF FAITH       
First Line: Every summer %I listen and look
Last Line: Is sure to be there


LONELY, WHITE FIELDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every night / the owl / with his wild monkey-face
Subject(s): Nature


LONELY, WHITE FIELDS       
First Line: Every night %the owl %with his wild monkey-face
Last Line: The snow goes on falling %flake after perfect flake
Subject(s): Nature


LONG AFTERNOON AT THE EDGE OF LITTLE SISTER POND    Poem Text    
First Line: As for life, / I'm humbled
Subject(s): Life; Love


LONG AFTERNOON AT THE EDGE OF LITTLE SISTER POND       
First Line: As for life, %I'm humbled
Last Line: I can't wait to be the hummingbird, %can you?
Subject(s): Life; Love


LOOKING AT A BOOK OF VAN GOGH'S PAINTINGS, ...       
First Line: Don't try %to tell me
Last Line: What a light it becomes %anywhere at all %it rubs against this earth-- %this crazy old home


LOOKING FOR SNAKES       
First Line: Because it is good
Last Line: As well as the plunge back into the shadows, %and the heart's thudding song


LOON ON OAK-HEAD POND       
Last Line: As though it were your own twilight. %as though it were your own vanishing song


LOON ON OAK-HEAD POND       
First Line: Cries for three days, in the gray mist


MAGELLAN       
First Line: Like magellan, let us find our islands
Last Line: And thus magellan lives, although he died


MAPLES       
First Line: The trees have become
Last Line: Rimming the fields and the long roads hurrying by


MARCH       
First Line: There isn't anything in this world but mad love
Last Line: Whom I love, madly


MARENGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the sump rise the marigolds.
Subject(s): Death; Swamps; Dead, The; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


MARSH HAWKS       
First Line: In the morning they glide


MAY       
First Line: What lay on the road was no mere handful of snake
Last Line: We are so alive


MAYBE       
First Line: Sweet jesus, talking %his melancholy madness
Last Line: A thousand times more frightening %than the killer sea


MEETING       
First Line: She steps into the dark swamp
Last Line: To be utterly %wild


MEMBERS OF THE TRIBE       
First Line: Ahead of me


MILKWEED       
First Line: The milkweed now with their many pods are standing


MOCASSIN FLOWERS       
First Line: All my life, %so far, %I have loved %more than one thing
Last Line: Into the floor of darkness, they %become the trees


MOCCASIN FLOWERS       
First Line: All my life


MOCKINGBIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning
Subject(s): Mockingbirds


MOCKINGBIRDS       
First Line: This morning
Last Line: I was listening
Subject(s): Mockingbirds


MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Salt shining behind its glass cylinder
Subject(s): Morning; Cats


MORNING       
First Line: Salt shining behind its glass cylinder
Last Line: I stand in the cold kitchen, everything wonderful around me


MORNING AT GREAT POND       
First Line: It starts like this
Last Line: To look and look, %to hurry anywhere, %to believe in everything


MORNING GLORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue and dark blue
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


MORNING GLORIES       
First Line: Blue and dark blue
Last Line: Weeds without value humorous %beautiful weeds
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


MORNING IN A NEW LAND       
First Line: In trees still dripping night some nameless birds
Last Line: Like tissue on some vast, incredible gift


MORNING POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning / the world / is created
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


MORNING POEM       
First Line: Every morning %the world %is created
Last Line: You have ever dared to pray
Subject(s): Night


MORNING WALK       
First Line: Little by little %the ocean
Last Line: And shell by broken shell


MOSS       
First Line: Maybe the idea of the world as flat isn't a tribal memory
Last Line: Upon the rock, I touch her tenderly, %sweet cousin


MOTHS       
First Line: There's a kind of white moth, I don't know
Last Line: In those dark halls of honey


MURDERER'S HOUSE       
First Line: Now small boys come to stare across the garden
Last Line: In such a distance as could strike us all


MUSHROOMS       
First Line: Rain, and then %the cool pursed
Last Line: Slide back under the shining %fields of rain


MUSIC LESSONS       
First Line: Sometimes, in the middle of the lesson


MUSSELS       
First Line: In the riprap, %in the cool caves
Last Line: From my grasping fingers


NATURE       
First Line: All night %in and out of the slippery shadows
Last Line: Were as red songs that rose and fell %in their accustomed place


NEXT TIME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Nature


NIGHT FLIGHT       
First Line: Traveling at thirty thousand feet, we see
Last Line: Up there alone, in the impartial dark


NIGHT TRAVELER       
First Line: Passing by, he could be anybody
Last Line: Will hold you like a mossy jaw. %a bath of light. An answer


NO VOYAGE       
First Line: I wake earlier, now that the birds have come
Last Line: Here or nowhere I will make peace with the fact


NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Six a.M.--
Last Line: And there is still time %to let the last roses of the sunrise float down %into my uplifted eyes


OAK TREE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BLACKWATER POND       
First Line: Every day %on my way to the pond
Last Line: And powerful ship, over %the dangerous sea, as a tall %and beautiful stranger


OCTOBER       
First Line: There's this shape, black as the entrance to a cave
Last Line: So this is the world. %I'm not in it. %it is beautiful


OLD WHOREHOUSE       
First Line: We climbed through a broken window
Last Line: It would be years before %we'd learn how effortlessly %sin blooms, then softens, %like any bed of fl
Subject(s): Innocence; Prostitution


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 1       
First Line: The bumble bees %know where their home is
Last Line: They enter %the darkness %humming


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 2       
First Line: Where will we go %with our table and chairs, %our bed
Last Line: Where will we put up %our rose-colored, %rice-paper %shades?


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 3       
First Line: We never saw %such a beautiful house
Last Line: We only smiled. %unwise! Unwise!


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 4       
First Line: O, what is money? %o, never in our lives have we thought
Last Line: Can turn the key. %o dark, o heavy, o mossy money


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 5       
First Line: Amazing %how the rich %don't even %hesitate-up go the
Last Line: The water, away, waving and waving %their fog-colored hands


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 6       
First Line: Don't tell us %how to love, don't tell us
Last Line: Sickness, don't tell us, %dear friends


ON LOSING A HOUSE: 7       
First Line: Goodbye, house. %goodbye, sweet and beautiful house
Last Line: Where it plunges and rises still %on the black and dreamy sea


ON WINTER'S MARGIN       
First Line: On a winter's margin, see the small birds now
Last Line: Thin to a starting point beyond this squalor


ONCE       
First Line: What is autobiography anyway but a story rich and
Last Line: Compassion, all around


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fat / black, slick
Subject(s): Dolphins; Porpoises


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY: 1       
First Line: Fat, %black, slick, %galloping in the pitch %of the waves, in the pearly
Last Line: They circle around us, %they swim with us


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY: 2       
First Line: A hundred white-sided dolphins %on a summer day
Last Line: With the moon of his eye %into my heart


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY: 3       
First Line: And find there %pure, sudden, steep, sharp, painful
Last Line: From the boat's plain plank seat %into the world's


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY: 4       
First Line: Unspeakable kindness %it is my sixty-third summer on earth
Last Line: We sailed on through the brisk cheerful day


ONE OR TWO THINGS       
First Line: Don't bother me %I've just %been born
Last Line: And vanished %into the world


OPOSSUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Beauty of fox, lemur, panther
Subject(s): Nature


OPOSSUM       
First Line: The dogs descend
Last Line: The mossy banks of the past
Subject(s): Nature


ORION    Poem Text    
First Line: I love orion, his fiery body, his ten stars
Subject(s): Orion (constellation)


ORION       
First Line: I love orion, his fiery body, his ten stars
Subject(s): Orion (constellation)


OSPREY       
First Line: This morning %an osprey
Last Line: To both sides %of the knife


OTHER       
First Line: At night, in the high trees, the owl


OWL       
First Line: Last night the owl bunched in the tree
Last Line: Over the fields, softly, on our own dark wings


OWL IN THE BLACK OAKS       
First Line: If a lynx, that plush fellow
Last Line: Like a cup of gold


PEONIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
Subject(s): Peonies


PEONIES       
First Line: This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
Last Line: To be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are %nothing, forever


PICKING BLUEBERRIES, AUSTERLITZ, NEW YORK, 1957       
First Line: Once, in summer, %in the blueberries, %I fell asleep, and woke
Last Line: Beautiful girl, %where are you


PILOT SNAKE       
First Line: Had it %lived it would have grown
Last Line: That soft dark building %death


PINEWOODS       
First Line: This morning
Last Line: They are still walking toward me


PIPEFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the green / and purple weeds
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


PIPEFISH       
First Line: In the green %and purple weeds
Last Line: Gathering and closing %so dry and slow
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit / / ikes to dress up like this
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


POEM       
First Line: The spirit
Subject(s): Night


POEM FOR MY FATHER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Now is my father
Subject(s): Family Life; Fathers; Relatives


POEM FOR MY FATHER'S GHOST       
First Line: Now is my father
Last Line: A brother who has walked his thousand miles
Subject(s): Family Life; Fathers


POEM FOR THE BLUE HERON: 1.       
First Line: Now the blue heron
Last Line: Winter


POEM FOR THE BLUE HERON: 2.       
First Line: I do not remember who first said to me, if anyone did
Last Line: And led me back %from wherever I was


POEM FOR THE BLUE HERON: 3.       
First Line: Toward evening %the heron lifts his long wings
Last Line: Is a cave he can hide in %and live


POEM FOR THE BLUE HERON: 4.       
First Line: Now the woods are empty
Last Line: I gather wood, kindling, paper; I make fire %after fire after fire


POEM OF THE ONE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning / the beautiful white heron
Subject(s): Herons; Nature; Beauty


PONDS       
First Line: Every year %the lilies %are so perfect
Last Line: Of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do


POPPIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The poppies send up their
Subject(s): Poppies


POPPIES       
First Line: The poppies send up their %orange flares; swaying
Last Line: What can you do %about it -- %deep, blue night


PORCUPINE       
First Line: Where %the porcupine is
Last Line: From the thick tree


PRAISE       
First Line: Knee-deep %in the ferns
Last Line: Over the water, %over the ferns, %over the world's roughage %as it bleeds and deepens


RABBIT       
First Line: Scatterghost, %it can't float away
Last Line: Are you listening, death? -- warm in the rabbit's fur


RABBIT       
First Line: Scatterghost
Last Line: I find a small bird's nest lined pale %and silvery and the chicks, %are you listening, death? Warm I


RAGE       
First Line: You are the dark song
Last Line: In your dreams you have sullied and murdered, %and dreams do not lie


RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: All afternoon it rained, then
Subject(s): Rain; Barbed Wire; Swamps; Fathers; Gardens & Gardening; Forests; Life; Bogs; Fens; Marshes; Woods


RAIN       
First Line: All afternoon it rained, then
Last Line: He begins to bleed through %like satin


RAIN       
First Line: Out of the sump rise the marigolds
Last Line: And anyone who comes must travel, slowly and with thought, %as around the edges of the great swamp
Variant Title(s): Mareng


RAIN IN OHIO       
First Line: The robin cries: rain
Last Line: Pours himself swift and heavy %into the ground


RAIN, TREE, THUNDER AND LIGHTNING       
First Line: Clouds rolled %from the west
Last Line: Broken but burning, %like a golden tree


RAPTURE       
First Line: All summer %I wandered the fields
Last Line: Such wild, blind wings


RETURN       
First Line: The deed took all my heart
Last Line: And the earth shook. %and the thread held


RICE       
First Line: It grew in the black mud
Last Line: I want you to fill your hands with the mud, like a blessing


RIVER       
First Line: Just because I was born


RIVER STYX, OHIO       
First Line: We drove through october, grandmother pointing at cows
Last Line: I tensed my knuckles, felt the first stab of pain


ROBERT SCHUMANN       
First Line: Hardly a day passes I don't think of him
Last Line: He runs up the dark staircase, humming


ROSES       
First Line: The look on her face in a dream
Last Line: As a woman, finally, cannot do


ROSES       
First Line: The last dollar went, then the last dime
Last Line: Just where you were headed


ROSES, LATE SUMMER       
First Line: What happens %to the leaves after
Last Line: Or any other foolish question


RUMOR OF MOOSE IN THE LONG TWILIGHT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: Neighbors described %the long neck
Last Line: Empty in the moonlight


SAND DABS, FIVE       
First Line: What men build, in the name of security, is built of straw
Last Line: Come with me, I want my poems to say. And do the same


SAND DABS, FOUR       
First Line: She said, 'the fox hunt is good for the fox'
Last Line: Tracks in the snow


SAND DABS, SIX       
First Line: Sweet emerson - always passionate about ideas, always reasonable about passion
Last Line: The thrush sings %like a finger of god


SAND DABS, THREE       
First Line: Six black ibis
Last Line: Into the sea


SEA       
First Line: Stroke by %stroke my %body remembers that life and cries for
Last Line: Beginning and %conclusion of our own


SEA MOUSE       
First Line: What lay this morning
Last Line: Filling with death


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I was twenty and in love with life
Subject(s): Aging; Regret


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: I walk through a grove of pines and startle the nighthawk
Last Line: Restful, apparently, to both of us


SERENGETI       
First Line: When he comes
Last Line: Are almost tender, and I don't know when I have been so frightened, %or so happy


SEVEN WHITE BUTTERFLIES    Poem Text    


SHADOWS       
First Line: Everyone knows the great energies running amok cast


SHARK       
First Line: The domed head rose above the water, white


SHELLEY       
First Line: When I'm dying %and near paradise
Last Line: How time extends


SINGAPORE    Poem Text    
First Line: In singapore, in the airport
Subject(s): Singapore; Airports; Restroom Attendants


SINGAPORE       
First Line: In singapore, in the airport
Last Line: The way this poem is filled with trees, and birds


SKUNK CABBAGE       
First Line: And now as the iron rinds over
Last Line: What blazes the trail is not necessarily pretty


SLEEPING IN THE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought the earth remembered me,
Subject(s): Sleep; Nature


SLEEPING IN THE FOREST       
First Line: I thought the earth %remembered me, she
Last Line: I had vanished at least a dozen times %into something better


SNAILS       
First Line: You stand inside the lime-green house of the salt marsh
Last Line: Your own delicate hands, you touch your lips


SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: And here is the serpent again
Variant Title(s): Spring
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SNAKE       
First Line: And here is the serpent again
Last Line: I follow the snake down to the pond, %thick and musky he is %as circular as hope
Variant Title(s): Sprin
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes


SNOWSHOE HARE       
First Line: The fox %is so quiet
Last Line: And across the field and into %another year


SO       
First Line: This morning %the dogs %were romping and stomping
Last Line: That it tossed itself around, in the boughs of light, and sang


SOME HERONS       
First Line: A blue preacher %flew toward the swamp
Last Line: Where they fished, all day


SOME QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ASK       
First Line: Is the soul solid, like iron
Last Line: What about the grass


SOME THINGS, SAY THE WISE ONES       
First Line: Some things, say the wise ones who know everything
Last Line: Each one, just now, so thoroughly asleep


SOMETIMES I AM VICTORIOUS AND EVEN BEAUTIFUL...       
Last Line: Smiling, %washing my hands


SONG OF THE BUILDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: On a summer morning
Subject(s): Crickets; Conduct Of Life


SPIDERS       
First Line: In fall, in the garden and the fields beyond,
Last Line: I live here, duck your head


SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Somehwere / a black bear
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING       
First Line: This morning %two birds
Last Line: When he opened his hands to the world


SPRING       
First Line: In april the morgan was bred. I was chased away
Last Line: Blades from the fields of spring


SPRING       
First Line: Somehwere %a black bear
Last Line: All day I think of her-- %her white teeth, %her wordlessness, %her perfect love
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


SPRING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: And here is the serpent again
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING AZURES       
First Line: In spring the blue azures bow down
Last Line: To a life of the imagination


SPRING IN THE CLASSROOM       
First Line: Elbows on dry books, we dreamed
Last Line: All furry and blooming against the old brick wall %in the art teacher's arms


STANLEY KUNITZ       
First Line: I used to imagine him
Last Line: The wild and shapeless air


STARFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the sea rocks, / in the stone pockets
Subject(s): Starfish


STARFISH       
First Line: In the sea rocks, %in the stone pockets
Last Line: Like by little to love %our only world
Subject(s): Starfish


STARK COUNTY HOLIDAY       
First Line: Our mother's kingdom does not fall
Subject(s): Family Life


STARLINGS IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Chunky and noisy
Subject(s): Starlings


STARS       
First Line: Here in my head, language
Last Line: One hot sentence after another


STORIES       
First Line: Do you know
Last Line: Lifting up the darkness %by that much


STORM       
First Line: The temperature %cruises down, slides


STORM       
First Line: Now through the white orchard my little dog
Last Line: Oh, I could not have said it better myself


STORM IN MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 1982       
First Line: A hot day


STRAWBERRY MOON       
First Line: My great-aunt elizabeth fortune
Last Line: Women want to lash out %with a cutting edge


SUMMER DAY       
First Line: Who made the world
Last Line: With your one wild and precious life


SUN       
First Line: Have you ever seen
Last Line: Or have you too %gone crazy %for power, %for things


SUNFLOWERS       
First Line: Come with me %into the field of sunflower
Last Line: The coarse roots in the earth %so uprightly burning


SUNFLOWERS       
First Line: Come with me


SUNRISE       
First Line: You can %die for it
Last Line: Of the ways to enter %fire


SUNRISE       
First Line: You can


SWAN       
First Line: Across the wide waters %something comes
Last Line: Oh, what will I do, what will I say, when those %white wings %touch the shore


SWANS ON THE RIVER AYR       
First Line: Under the cobbled bridge the swans float,
Last Line: And streamed shoreward like a white armada %with heads reared back to strike and wings like knives.


SWIMMER       
First Line: All winter the water


SWIMMING LESSON       
First Line: Feeling the icy kick, the endless waves
Last Line: How to survive in my place
Subject(s): Survival


TASTING THE WILD GRAPES       
First Line: The red beast


TECUMSEH       
First Line: I went down not long ago
Last Line: He will still be %so angry


TERNS       
First Line: The birds shrug off
Last Line: The passage in and out, the bristling %swing of the sea


THAT SWEET FLUTE JOHN CLARE       
Last Line: Light of the world, hold me


THE BLACK SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the black snake / flashed onto the morning road
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE BLACK WALNUT TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother and I debate: / we could sell
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE CHANCE TO LOVE EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: All summer I made friends
Subject(s): Animals


THE DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: You never know.
Subject(s): Deer


THE DIPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I saw / in a quick-falling, white-veined stream
Subject(s): Birds; Nature; Pleasure


THE HERMIT CRAB    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I looked inside
Subject(s): Crabs


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: One day you finally knew


THE KINGFISHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The kingfisher rises out of the black wave
Subject(s): Kingfishers


THE KITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: More amazed than anything
Subject(s): Cats


THE LOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not quite four a.M., when the rapture of being alive
Subject(s): Insomnia; Books; Loons; Sleeplessness; Reading


THE MANGO    Poem Text    
First Line: One evening / I met the mango
Subject(s): Mangoes


THE MOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a kind of white moth I don't know
Subject(s): Moths


THE PLACE I WANT TO GET BACK TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Is where / in the pinewoods
Subject(s): Forests; Deer; Gratitude; Woods


THE POET GOES TO INDIANA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll tell you a half-dozen things
Subject(s): Indiana; Country Life


THE POET VISITS THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: For a long time
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE SHARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The domed head rose above the water, white
Subject(s): Sharks


THE SNOWSHOE HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: The fox / is so quiet
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The son my father never had
Subject(s): Daughters


THE SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who made the world?
Subject(s): Grasshoppers; Life


THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you ever seen
Subject(s): Sun


THE SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Subject(s): Swans; Beauty


THE SWIMMING LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Feeling the icy kick, the endless waves
Subject(s): Survival


THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: For all they said
Subject(s): Waterfalls


THE WINTER WOOD ARRIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I think / I could have
Subject(s): Winter


THEIR WINGS       
First Line: In summer the bats %fly like dots and dashes
Last Line: But lean forward, like green wings, %upon the air


THIS MORNING AGAIN IT WAS IN THE DUSTY PINES       
First Line: Not in shyness but in disgust
Last Line: Through the wind %like a knife


THREE POEMS FOR JAMES WRIGHT       
First Line: I went out %from the news of your illness
Last Line: In its deep %and miraculous %composure


THREE PROSE POEMS       
First Line: Oh, yesterday, that one, we all cry out. Oh, that one! How
Last Line: Over the landscape its extraordinary light


THREE SONGS       
First Line: A band of wild turkeys is coming down the hill. They are
Last Line: Not dream, on its long white bones, of turning into song


TOAD       
First Line: I was walking by. He was sitting there
Last Line: Anguish of language passed over him


TOM DANCERS GIFT OF A WHITEBARK PINE CONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You never know what opportunity is going to travel to you, or through you.
Subject(s): Exrement; Bears; Pine Trees


TRILLIUMS       
First Line: Every spring


TROUT LILIES       
First Line: It happened I couldn't find in all my books
Last Line: When she went back to a difficult house, at the end of the day


TRURO BEAR       
First Line: There's a bear in the truro woods
Last Line: Required much evidence to begin %its leaf-green breathing


TURTLE       
First Line: Breaks from the blue-black
Last Line: Are tied to her by an unbreakable string


TURTLE       
First Line: Now I see it--
Last Line: Down into the dark pond, into %the cool water, and the light of the lilies, %to live


TWO KINDS OF DELIVERANCE       
First Line: Last night the geese came back
Last Line: Smiling, hating us, %dancing for his life


UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees on the hospital lawn
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, BOSTON       
First Line: The trees on the hospital lawn
Last Line: As I stand there, loving you
Subject(s): Healing


VISITOR       
First Line: My father, for example, %who was young once
Last Line: Had we loved in time
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


VULTURES       
First Line: Like large dark %lazy %butterflies they sweep over
Last Line: The huddle of death to fuel %those powerful wings


WALKING TO OAK-HEAD POND, AND THINKING OF THE PONDS I WILL VISIT IN THE NEXT DAYS AND WEEKS    Poem Text    
First Line: What is so utterly invisible
Subject(s): Ponds; Future


WARBLERS       
First Line: In may
Last Line: Deep in the sharp and glittering gears, and the %o-ring


WATER SNAKED       
First Line: I saw him %in a dry place
Last Line: Swinging, swinging %through the green leaves


WATERFALL       
First Line: For all they said
Last Line: In the deep and green and utterly motionless pools after all that %falling


WAVES       
First Line: The sea


WEST WIND       
First Line: If there is life after the earth-life, will you come with me
Last Line: I am always thinking of you


WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHAT IS IT?    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can say / is it a snowy egret?
Subject(s): Nature; Animals


WHAT IS IT?       
First Line: Who can say, %is it a snowy egret
Last Line: That anything, in spite of its absence, %ever dies %a perfect death?


WHELKS       
First Line: Here are the perfect %fans of the scallops
Last Line: That long, blue body of light


WHEN DEATH COMES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHEN DEATH COMES       
First Line: When death comes %like the hungry bear in autumn
Last Line: I don't want to end up simply having visited this world


WHEN I AM AMONG TREES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Trees


WHERE DOES THE DANCE BEGIN, WHERE DOES IT END?    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't call this world adorable, or useful, that's not it
Subject(s): Nature


WHERE DOES THE TEMPLE BEGIN, WHERE DOES IT END?       
First Line: There are things you can't reach. But
Last Line: Of god, the blue air


WHISPERS       
First Line: Have you ever


WHISTLER       
First Line: All of a sudden she began to whistle. By all of a sudden
Last Line: This clear, dark, lovely whistler?


WHITE FLOWERS       
First Line: Last night %in the fields
Last Line: And the roots and the stems and the flowers %began


WHITE NIGHT       
First Line: All night %I float %in the shallow ponds
Last Line: Gathering %the tall lilies %of sleep


WHITE OWL FLIES INTO AND OUT OF THE FIELD       
First Line: Coming down %out of the freezing sky
Last Line: In which we are washed and washed %out of our bones


WHITE PINE       
First Line: The sun rises late in this southern county
Last Line: In the darkness, under the tree


WHITE-EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: In winter / all the singing is in
Subject(s): Birds; Winter


WHY I WAKE EARLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello, sun in my face
Subject(s): Morning; Sun


WILD GEESE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You do not have to be good
Subject(s): Geese; Despair; Conduct Of Life


WILD GEESE       
First Line: You do not have to be good
Last Line: Over and over announcing your place %in the family of things


WILLIAM       
First Line: Now there's william. He comes pecking, like a bird
Last Line: My portion, my world -- he may have it


WILLIAMS CREEK       
First Line: Because it is winter
Last Line: As though the life of everything %were in it


WINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the heron


WINGS       
First Line: My dog came through the pinewoods dragging a dead fox
Last Line: I would have risen from the ground


WINGS       
First Line: I saw the heron
Last Line: They fought, they wanted %to lie down in that silky mash %ofthe swamp, the sooner %to fly
Subject(s): Flight; Herons; Wings


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: And the waves / gush pearls
Subject(s): Nature


WINTER       
First Line: And the waves %gush pearls
Last Line: In this world I am as rich %as I need to be
Subject(s): Nature


WINTER AND THE NUTHATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Once or twice and maybe again, who knows
Subject(s): Nuthatches; Winter


WINTER AT HERRING COVE       
First Line: Years ago %in the bottle-green light
Last Line: The sniff waters once more begin to kick and flow


WINTER IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: The terror of the country
Last Line: In the blue sack of weather


WOLF MAN       
First Line: Now is the season %of hungry mice
Last Line: From bed to bed, %from dreamer to dreamer


WORK (1)       
First Line: How beautiful
Last Line: And walk back through the pinewoods %to pasture pond


WORK (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a woman sixty years old and of no special courage
Subject(s): Earth; Labor & Laborers; World; Work; Workers


WORK (2)       
First Line: I am a woman sixty years old and of no special courage
Last Line: This is the world, and this is the work of the world
Subject(s): Earth; Labor And Laborers


WRENS       
First Line: Here I go
Last Line: Diligent at last %foolish birds


WRITING POEMS       
First Line: This morning I watched


YES! NO!       
First Line: How necessary it is to have opinions!
Last Line: To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work