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Author: ONDAATJE, MICHAEL
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Ondaatje, Michael    Poet's Biography
124 poems available by this author


7 OR 8 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER -- A STOLEN BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: After her father died they found nine guns in the house.
Last Line: I go, stepping forward in my white suit, with a song in my heart


A GENTLEMAN COMPARES HIS VIRTUE TO A PIECE OF JADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The enemy was always identified in art by a lion
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS BY THE WINDOW       
First Line: In the long open vancouver island room
Last Line: Stretching brain of the bulb %that is dreaming avocado


ALL ALONG THE MAZINAW       
First Line: Later the osprey %falling towards
Last Line: Young onto the august %country waters


ALL THOSE POETS AS FAMOUS AS KINGS'    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman who journeys to a tryst


ALL THOSE POETS AS FAMOUS AS KINGS'       
First Line: A woman who journeys to a tryst
Last Line: The sky lovely with its star
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


APPLICATION FOR A DRIVING LICENSE       
First Line: Two birds loved
Last Line: I am a good driver, nothing shocks me


BEARHUG    Poem Text    
First Line: Griffin calls to come and kiss him goodnight
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


BEARHUG       
First Line: Griffin calls to come and kiss him goodnight
Last Line: Like that, before I came
Subject(s): Travel


BESSIE SMITH AT ROY THOMSON HALL       
First Line: At first she refused to sing
Last Line: Could not hear us. She could not see us. Then she died again


BILLBOARDS       
First Line: My wife's problems with husbands, houses
Last Line: And brought it back to the pen


BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: The dog scatters her body in sleep


BIRCH BARK       
First Line: An hour after the storm on birch lake
Last Line: Of water and trees after storm


BIRTH OF SOUND       
First Line: At night the most private of a dog's long body groan
Last Line: We're all alone


BREAKING GREEN       
First Line: Yesterday a euclid took trees. Bright green
Last Line: Ands tossed it like a river into the grass


BREEZE       
First Line: Nowadays I listen only to duets
Last Line: I tie you to me


BROTHER THIEF       
First Line: Four men steal the bronze
Last Line: Like a cave of water
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


BUCK LAKE STORE AUCTION       
First Line: Scrub lawn
Last Line: $10 for the dog %with faded denim eyes


BURIED    Poem Text    
First Line: To be buried in times of war
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


BURIED       
First Line: To be buried in times of war
Last Line: But if I had to perish twice?
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


BURIED 2    Poem Text    
First Line: We smuggled the tooth of the buddha
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


BURIED 2       
First Line: We smuggled the tooth of the buddha
Last Line: Could not be found
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


BURNING HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: So he came to write again
Subject(s): Memory; Writing & Writers


BURNING HILLS       
First Line: So he came to write again
Last Line: When he finishes he will go back %hunting for the lies that are obvious
Subject(s): Memory; Writing And Writers


BUYING THE DOG       
First Line: He's shy buck mcleish says
Subject(s): Family Life


CHARLES DARWIN PAYS A VISIT, DECEMBER 1971       
First Line: View of the coast of brazil
Last Line: It will sink to its feet at our door


CINNAMON PEELER       
First Line: If I were a cinnamon peeler
Last Line: I am the cinnamon %peeler's wife. Smell me
Subject(s): Love


CLAUDE GLASS       
First Line: He is told about
Last Line: He knows where he is


CONCESSIONS       
First Line: Wawanosh. %in the corn of night
Last Line: Where someone, holding a mirror %is drawing a picture of herself


COUNTRY NIGHT       
First Line: The bathroom light burns over the mirror
Last Line: All night the truth happens


DATES       
First Line: It becomes apparent that I miss great occasions
Last Line: And I in my mother's stomach was growing %as were the flowers outside the connecticut windows


DEATH AT KATARAGAMA       
First Line: For half the day blackouts stroke this house into stillness
Last Line: Give evrything away for this sound of mud and water, %hooves, great wings
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


DISTANCE OF A SHOUT       
First Line: We lived on the medieval coast
Last Line: A gradual acceptance of this new language
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


DIVERSE CAUSES       
First Line: Three clouds and a tree
Last Line: By reflecting her red shoes in it


DOG IN SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Sitting in an empty house
Last Line: Now I want to be a dog


DRIVING WITH DOMINIC IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE WE SEE HINTS OF THE       
First Line: The tattered hungarian tent
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


DRIVING WITH DOMINIC IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE WE SEE HINTS OF THE       
First Line: The tattered hungarian tent
Last Line: Into the grip of another
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


EARLY MORNING, KINGSTON TO GANANOQUE       
First Line: The twenty miles to gananoque
Last Line: They are shaping new kinds of women


ELIMINATION DANCE       
First Line: Those who are allergic to the sea
Last Line: Anyone with pain


ELIZABETH       
First Line: Catch, my uncle jack said
Last Line: With white young essex, and my nimble rhymes


ESCARPMENT       
First Line: He lies in bed, awake, holding her left forearm
Last Line: Cedar root the way he holds her forearm


FARRE OFF       
First Line: There are the poems of campion I never saw till now
Last Line: My eyes are against the ink of campion


FIRST RULE OF SINHALESE ARCHITECTURE       
First Line: Never build three doors
Last Line: Into your life
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the half-dark cabin of air lanka flight 5
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Air Travel; Ceylon


FLIGHT       
First Line: In the half-dark cabin of air lanka flight 5
Last Line: Two hours before reaching katunayake airport
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


FOR JOHN, FALLING       
First Line: Men stopped in the heel of sun
Last Line: In the dark orgasm of his mouth


GATE IN HIS HEAD       
First Line: Victor, the shy mind
Last Line: Moving to the clear


GENTLEMAN COMPARES HIS VIRTUE TO A PIECE OF JADE       
First Line: The enemy was always identified in art by a lion
Last Line: Swaying in the darkness above us
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


GOLD AND BLACK       
First Line: At night the gold and black slashed bees come
Last Line: The dreamer in his riot cell


GOODNIGHT       
First Line: With the bleak heron paris
Last Line: That were moving to mountains


GREAT TREE       
First Line: Zou fulei died like a dragon breaking down a wall
Last Line: A night without a staircase
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


GRIFFIN OF THE NIGHT       
First Line: I'm holding my son in my arms
Last Line: Sweating after nightmares


HENRI ROUSSEAU AND FRIENDS       
First Line: In his clean vegetation
Last Line: And the slight, careful stepping birds


HER HOUSE       
First Line: Because she has l ived alone, her house is the product of nothing
Last Line: To be of knowledge. As if you were a blueprint of your house


HERON REX       
First Line: Mad kings
Last Line: As easily as a long fingernail


HOUR OF COWDUST       
First Line: It is the hour we move small
Last Line: For the outline of two boats %to collide silently


HOUSE DIVIDED       
First Line: This midnight breathing
Last Line: For its inch already


HOUSE ON A RED CLIFF    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no mirror in mirissa
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


HOUSE ON A RED CLIFF       
First Line: There is no mirror in mirissa
Last Line: Last footstep before formlessness
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


IN A YELLOW ROOM       
First Line: There was another reason for fats waller to record
Last Line: Invention of his waltz


INNER TUBE       
First Line: On the warm july river


KING KONG MEETS WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take two photographs
Subject(s): King Kong; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


KING KONG MEETS WALLACE STEVENS       
First Line: Take two photographs
Last Line: The hands drain from his jacket, %pose in the murderer's shadow
Subject(s): King Kong; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


KISSING THE STOMACH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Kisses; Love


LAST INK    Poem Text    
First Line: In certain countries aromas pierce the heart and one dies
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


LAST INK       
First Line: In certain countries aromas pierce the heart and one dies
Last Line: Leaping and bowing
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


LATE MOVIES WITH SKYLER       
First Line: All week since he's been home
Last Line: To do for the rest of their lives


LETTERS & OTHER WORLDS       
First Line: My father's body was a globe of fear
Last Line: The empty reservoir of bones %the blood searching in his head without metaphor


LIGHT       
First Line: Midnight storm. Trees walking off across the fields in fury
Last Line: Haven't moved an inch from me


LOOP       
First Line: My last dog poem
Last Line: And parts of him move on


MEDIEVAL COAST       
First Line: A village of stone-cutters. A village of soothsayers
Last Line: This wisdom extends no more than thirty miles
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


MOVING FRED'S OUTHOUSE/GERIATRICS OF PINE       
First Line: All afternoon (while the empty drive-in
Last Line: All afternoon the silent space is turned


NEAR ELGINBURG       
First Line: 3 1.M. On the floor mattress
Last Line: Sent by the kingdom of the loon


NINE SENTIMENTS       
First Line: All day desire %enters the hearts of men
Last Line: Without the damn god of love?
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


NINE SENTIMENTS (IX)    Poem Text    
First Line: An old book on the poisons
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


NOTES FOR THE LEGEND OF SALAD WOMAN       
First Line: Since my wife was born


PACIFIC LETTER       
First Line: Now I remember that you rebuilt my chicken coop
Last Line: And send it a thousand miles, thinking


PALACE       
First Line: 7 a.M. The hour of red daylight
Last Line: The one radio station of udaipur


PHILOCTETES ON THE ISLAND       
First Line: Sun moves broken in the trees
Last Line: Then they smell me %the beautiful animals


PIG GLASS       
First Line: Bonjour. This is pig glass
Last Line: Determined histories of glass


PROUST IN THE WATERS       
First Line: Swimming along the bar of moon
Last Line: On the edge %of the moon bar


PURE MEMORY/CHRIS DEWDNEY       
First Line: On a b.C. Radio show the man asked me, coffee half way up
Last Line: He is 23 years old. He does. Africa asia australia upside down %earthquake


RAT JELLY       
First Line: See the rat in the jelly
Last Line: Thinking of the fridge, thinking of you


RED ACCORDION -- AN IMMIGRANT SONG       
First Line: How you and I talked!
Last Line: All the way from virginia


RIVER NEIGHBOUR       
First Line: All these rumours. You lodge in the mountains
Last Line: Somewhere in the east


ROCK BOTTOM       
First Line: 2 a.M. The moonlight %in the kitchen
Last Line: How, however briefly, bedraggled %history %focuses


SALLIE CHISUM/LAST WORDS ON BILLY THE KID 4 A.M.       
First Line: The moon hard and yellow where billy's head is
Last Line: In his stupid eyes


SIGNATURE       
First Line: The car carried him
Last Line: O world, I shall be buried all over ontario


SIYABASLAKARA       
First Line: In the 10th century, the young princess
Last Line: Under the rain of her hair
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


STEP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ceremonial funeral structure for a monk
Subject(s): Funerals; Monks; Sri Lanka; Burials; Ceylon


STEP       
First Line: The ceremonial funeral structure for a monk
Last Line: Where there was worship, lighter air
Subject(s): Funerals; Monks; Sri Lanka


STORY       
First Line: For his first forty days a child
Last Line: Into the darkness of the night
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


SWEET LIKE A CROW       
First Line: Your voice sounds like a scorpion being pushed
Last Line: And someone walked through my room in ankle bracelets


TAKING       
First Line: It is the formal need
Last Line: Till they become a spine


THE BROTHER THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Four men steal the bronze
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Religion; Robbery; Ceylon


THE CINNAMON PEELER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a cinnamon peeler
Subject(s): Love


THE DISTANCE OF A SHOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: We lived on the medieval coast
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE FIRST RULE OF SINHALESE ARCHITECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never build three doors
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE GREAT TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Zou fulei died like a dragon breaking down a wall
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE MEDIEVAL COAST    Poem Text    
First Line: A village of stone-cutters. A village of soothsayers
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE NINE SENTIMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day desire / enters the hearts of men
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE SIYABASLAKARA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the 10th century, the young princess
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: For his first forty days a child
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE TIME AROUND SCARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A girl whom I have not spoken to
Subject(s): Scars


TIME AROUND SCARS       
First Line: A girl whom I've not spoken to
Last Line: That never occurred between us


TIN ROOF       
First Line: You stand still for three days
Last Line: Of pain loneliness deceit and vanity


TO A SAD DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: All night long the hockey pictures
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A SAD DAUGHTER       
First Line: All night long the hockey pictures
Last Line: Dreams perhaps %of gentleness


TO ANURADHAPURA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dry lands
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


TO ANURADHAPURA       
First Line: In the dry lands
Last Line: In the tow of this river
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


TRANSLATIONS OF MY POSTCARDS       
First Line: The peacock means order
Last Line: I am in the wilderness


USWETAKEIYAWA       
First Line: Uswetakeiyawa. The night mile
Last Line: The smell of a dog losing its shape


VAULT       
First Line: Having to put forward candidates for god
Last Line: When we fall from her room of flowers


WALKING TO BELLROCK       
First Line: Two figures [or, their frames] in deep water
Last Line: Following the easy fucking stupid plot to town


WARS       
First Line: Dusk in colombo
Last Line: The waters against him


WE'RE AT THE GRAVEYARD       
First Line: Stuart sally kim and I
Last Line: Sally of the bautiful bones %pregnant below stars


WELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rope jerked up
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


WELLS       
First Line: The rope jerked up
Last Line: Out of the depth
Subject(s): Sri Lanka


WELLS II    Poem Text    
First Line: The last sinhala word I lost
Subject(s): Language; Childhood Memories; Farewell; Loss; Water; Words; Vocabulary; Parting


WHAT WERE THE NAMES OF THE TOWNS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Driving & Driving; Love


WHEN YOU DRIVE THE QUEENSBOROUGH ROADS AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Do not look at a star
Last Line: Touch only reflections


WHITE DWARFS       
First Line: This is for people who disappear
Last Line: After such choreography what would they wish to speak of anyway


WOMEN LIKE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: They do not stir
Subject(s): Love


WOMEN LIKE YOU       
First Line: They do not stir
Last Line: So talk to me %of the used heart
Subject(s): Love