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Oppen, George    Poet's Biography
511 poems available by this author


11/22/1963       
First Line: On 69th street %they were weeping. A girl cried
Last Line: Somehow, %we on 69th


1930'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus / hides the
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A PREFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If he goes rowing in the park tho he may row so well that
Subject(s): Rowing


A THEOLOGICAL DEFINITION    Poem Text    
First Line: A small room, the varnished floor
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


ACAPULCO       
First Line: Walking the field %before the battle in that play
Last Line: The sun shines blinding on the sea that sparkles


ALL THIS STRANGENESS       
First Line: It is a sea but is it music binds
Last Line: The poem %spells itself out


ALL THIS STRANGENESS, SELS.       
First Line: It is a sea but is it music


ALPINE       
First Line: We were hiding
Last Line: Of the past in barns


AMALGAMATED       
First Line: Incredibly worn, the cafeteria of the fur workers and the
Last Line: People, what is it that you want!


AMALGAMATED, SELS.       
First Line: Incredibly worn, the cafeteria of the fur workers and the


ANIMULA       
First Line: Chance and chance and thereby starlit
Last Line: Moon lights the winches


ANNIVERSARY POEM       
First Line: The picturesque %common lot' the unwarranted light
Last Line: To each other %and cannot say it
Variant Title(s): Some San Francisco Poems (4); San Francisco Poems: Anniversary Poe


ANTIQUE       
First Line: Against the glass


ANTIQUE       
First Line: Against the glass %towers, the elaborate
Last Line: And of kitchen water holds survival's %thin, thin radiance


ANY WAY BUT BACK       
First Line: I have a superstition of destiny. Those poets who have
Last Line: To write the words down


ANY WAY BUT BACK, SELS.       
First Line: I have a superstition of destiny. Those poets who have


ARMIES OF THE PLAIN       
First Line: A zero, a nothing'
Last Line: Locked %in combat


ARMIES OF THE PLAIN (1)       
First Line: A zero, a nothing


ARMIES OF THE PLAIN (2)       
First Line: Ruby's day %bloomsday


ARTIST       
First Line: He breaks the silence
Last Line: Moves is he trying to escape? To enter?


AS I SAW       
Last Line: One I've not seen


ASTRAY OVER EARTH       
Last Line: Its light also a wandering foreigner


BAD TIMES       
Last Line: A man sells post-cards


BAHAMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are we
Subject(s): Bahamas; Islands; Sea; Ocean


BAHAMAS       
First Line: Where are we
Last Line: Of the atlantic, and the blinding glitter %of the sea
Subject(s): Bahamas; Islands; Sea


BALLAD       
First Line: Astrolabes and lexicons


BALLAD       
First Line: Astrolabes and lexicons %once in the great houses
Last Line: Is to visit other islands


BARBARITY       
First Line: We lead our real lives
Last Line: Of the bird waking


BEAUTIFUL AS THE SEA       
Last Line: Conviction forceful %as light


BELVEDERE       
First Line: As I remember it, the harbor
Last Line: Lapped against the pilings


BIBLICAL TREE       
First Line: Of life and knowledge
Last Line: In labor, in the long life job


BICYCLES AND THE APEX       
First Line: How we loved them
Last Line: The mechanisms. Light %and miraculous


BILL BEFORE HIS DEATH       
Last Line: What has %been happening %to me -'


BIRTHPLACE: NEW ROCHELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Returning to that house
Subject(s): Homecoming


BIRTHPLACE: NEW ROCHELLE       
First Line: Returning to that house
Last Line: Like stones in sun. For we do not


BLOOD FROM THE STONE       
First Line: In a door, %long legged, tall
Last Line: These were our times


BLOOD FROM THE STONE (1)       
First Line: In the door


BLOOD FROM THE STONE (2)       
First Line: The thirties. And


BLOOD FROM THE STONE (3)       
First Line: And war. %more than we felt or saw


BLOOD FROM THE STONE (4)       
First Line: Fifty years %sidereal time


BOLT       
Last Line: Branches and leaves %in the air


BOOK OF JOB & A DRAFT OF POEM TO PRAISE PATHS OF THE LIVING       
First Line: Image the images the great games therefore the locked


BOOK OF JOB AND A DRAFT OF A POEM TO PRAISE THE PATHS OF THE       
First Line: Image the images the great games therefore the locked
Last Line: The world carve %thereon


BOY'S ROOM       
First Line: A friend saw the rooms
Last Line: For breath over a girl's body


BRONX ZOO       
First Line: The men have worked all week if they have talked of desire
Last Line: Like penguins for some explorer to discover us?


BRONX ZOO, SELS.       
First Line: The men have worked all week. If they have talked


BUILDING OF THE SKYSCRAPER       
First Line: The steel worker on the girder
Last Line: Three hundred years and see bare land. %and suffer vertigo


BUT SO AS BY FIRE       
First Line: That darkness of trees %guards this life
Last Line: Not of shadow but of light %summon one's powers


CALIFORNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The headland towers over ocean
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


CALIFORNIA       
First Line: The headland towers over ocean
Last Line: In the bright simpleness and strangeness of the sands
Subject(s): Americans; United States


CARPENTER'S BOAT       
First Line: The new wood as old as carpentry
Last Line: Carpenter, how wild the planet is


CHARTRES       
First Line: The bulk of it


CHARTRES       
First Line: The bulk of it %in air
Last Line: The world cried out above the mountain


CHURCH INTERIOR       
First Line: The stale room of religion
Last Line: Embarrassed silence %the still place


CITY OF KEANSBURG       
First Line: These are the small resorts
Last Line: Over the sand bottom


CIVIL WAR PHOTO       
Last Line: The cannon of that day %in our parks


CLOSED CAR - CLOSED IN GLASS       
Last Line: Time passes - a false light


COASTAL STRIP       
First Line: The land runs in a flat strip of jungle along the coast
Last Line: In salt on the continent


COMFORTERS       
First Line: Injured? Unenviable? Ruined?
Last Line: Buzz of the last fly


CONFESSION       
First Line: Neither childhood %nor future


CONFESSION       
First Line: Neither childhood %nor future
Last Line: Of sand and eternity


CROWDED COUNTRIES OF THE BOMB       
First Line: What man could do
Last Line: Entering the country that is %impenetrably ours


CULTURAL TRIUMPH       
First Line: If 'miss moore's (birds) squeal, shuffle, lose their food
Last Line: The bird from safety, %from the common culture


CULTURAL TRIUMPH, SELS.       
First Line: If miss moore's (birds) squeal, shuffle, lose their footing


DAEDALUS: THE DIRGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The boy accepted them
Subject(s): Daedalus


DAEDALUS: THE DIRGE       
First Line: The boy accepted them
Last Line: In the bare field there old man, old potterer
Subject(s): Daedalus


DEATHS EVERYWHERE       
Last Line: Are his life's eyes


DEBT       
First Line: That part %of consciousness


DEBT       
First Line: The 'part %of consciousness
Last Line: And skills, so little said of it


DEBT, SELS.       
First Line: Ourselves we sing!


DISASTERS       
First Line: Of wars o western
Last Line: Of the hidden %people


DISCRETE SERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: A town, a town


DISCRETE SERIES       
First Line: The knowledge not of sorrow, you were
Last Line: Happenings %(the telephone)


DISCRETE SERIES       
First Line: Brain %all %nuclei %blinking
Last Line: A room's %back- %ground


DISCRETE SERIES: 1       
First Line: This room, %the circled wind
Last Line: The distant adventurous snow


DISCRETE SERIES: 2       
First Line: When, having entered
Last Line: Your skirts would blossom downward %like an anemone


DISCRETE SERIES: 3       
First Line: As I lift the glass to drink
Last Line: My hands on the stone


DOG       
First Line: Dog, don't look to me!
Last Line: Is only the sound of music


DRAWING       
First Line: Not by growth
Last Line: Paper, turned, contains %this entire volume


DRAWING (1)       
First Line: Not by growth
Last Line: This entire volume


DRAWING (2)       
First Line: Deaths everywhere %the world too short for trend is land
Last Line: Are his life's eyes


DRAWING (3)       
First Line: Written structure, %shape of art
Last Line: (the telephone)


DREAM OF POLITICA, SELS.       
First Line: In art %in art


DREAM OF POLITICS       
First Line: In art %in art %the image
Last Line: Don't know %what to say


DREAM, SELS.       
First Line: I dreamed one night that I was in northern france in one


EAGLES AND ALONE       
First Line: Once once only in the deluge
Last Line: Of particles, eagles %and alone


ECLOGUE       
First Line: The men talking
Last Line: Outside-o small ones, %to be born!


EDGE OF THE OCEAN       
Last Line: Somebody's lawn, %by the water


EPIGRAM       
First Line: I have been insulted in st peters
Last Line: Those old walls %give shelter


EROS       
First Line: And you too, old man, so we have heard


EROS       
First Line: And you too, old man, so we have heard
Last Line: Were the human tongue %that will speak


EVENING, WATER IN A GLASS       
Last Line: Ease; the hand on the sword-hilt


EXODUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Miracle of the children the brilliant
Subject(s): Bible; Fathers & Daughters; Religion; Theology


EXODUS       
First Line: Miracle of the children the brilliant
Last Line: Of their brilliance miracle %of
Subject(s): Bible; Fathers And Daughters; Religion


EXODUS       
First Line: Miracle of the children the brilliant
Last Line: Of their brilliance miracle of


EXTREME       
First Line: ... He talked of hilton hotels and quickie
Last Line: So like another man's I knew even then I was not very young


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 1. THE GESTURE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The question is: how does one hold an apple
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 1. THE GESTURE       
First Line: The question is: how does one hold an apple
Last Line: Poets who mistake that gesture %for a style


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 2. THE LITTLE HOLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The little hole in the eye
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 2. THE LITTLE HOLE       
First Line: The little hole in the eye
Last Line: They cannot rest


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 3. THAT LAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sing like a bird at the open
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 3. THAT LAND       
First Line: Sing like a bird at the open
Last Line: Over gethsemane, %surely it was this sky


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 4. PAROUSIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Impossible to doubt the world: it can be seen
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 4. PAROUSIA       
First Line: Impossible to doubt the world: it can be seen
Last Line: Of whose future may stand forever


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 5. FROM VIRGIL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I, says the buzzard,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FIVE POEMS ABOUT POETRY: 5. FROM VIRGIL       
First Line: I, says the buzzard
Last Line: No goddess of her bed'


FLIGHT       
First Line: Outside the porthole life, or what is
Last Line: Outside with the wings and the rivets


FLIGHT 162       
First Line: Leaving from idlewild, whose agents
Last Line: With their wax and feathers failed


FLIGHT 162, SELS.       
First Line: Leaving from idlewild


FORMS OF LOVE       
First Line: Parked in the fields
Last Line: Had it been water


FOUNDER       
First Line: Because he could not face
Last Line: In the painful dawn


FRAGONARD       
Last Line: Thick with succession of civilizations; %and the women


FROM A PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Children; Childhood


FROM A PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: Her arms around me - child
Last Line: Was ours to give to her


FROM A PHRASE OF SIMONE WEIL'S AND SOME WORDS OF HEGEL'S       
First Line: In back deep the jewel


FROM DISASTER       
First Line: Ultimately the air
Last Line: In small lawns of home


FROM THE FRIENDLY LOCAL PRESS       
First Line: There is a heavy plaster cast
Last Line: And waves at a friend


FROM THIS DISTANCE THINKING TOWARD YOU       
Last Line: And your pulse separate doubly


FROM UP-STATE       
First Line: The great church institutions
Last Line: And seems a long time


FROM VIRGIL       
First Line: I, says the buzzard


GENERATION OF DRIVERS       
First Line: America, america %brand new america
Last Line: An entity %of two, and which they love?


GENERATIONS OF DRIVERS, SELS.       
First Line: America, america %brand new america


GESTURE       
First Line: The question is: how does one hold an apple


GIFT: THE GIFTED       
First Line: Lighthouses the turning the turning lights
Last Line: The treasure is %flight my %heritage


GIOVANNI'S 'RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN' AT WILDENSTEIN'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Showing the girl
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors; Rape


GIOVANNI'S RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN AT WILDENSTEIN'S       
First Line: Showing the girl
Last Line: Or they, have had in songs


GOLD ON OAK LEAVES       
First Line: Gold said her golden
Last Line: Me feminine %winds as you pass


GUEST ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: There is in age
Subject(s): Social Classes; Wealth; Caste; Riches; Fortunes


GUEST ROOM       
First Line: There is in age
Last Line: And the moving sea


HE DE DARK       
Last Line: Maiden uh %present, %de darling


HER ANKLES ARE WATCHES       
Last Line: Declares this morning a woman's %'my hair, scalp -'


HILLS       
First Line: That this is I
Last Line: And the long hills whoever else's %also ours


HISTORIC PUN    Poem Text    
First Line: La petite vie, a young man called it later,it had been
Subject(s): Paris, France; Modern Life


HISTORIC PUN       
First Line: La petite vie, a young man called it late, it had been the


HISTORIC PUN       
First Line: La petite vie, a young man called it later, it had been the last thing offered
Last Line: Semite: to find a way for myself


IF IT ALL WENT UP IN SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: That smoke / would remain
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


IF IT ALL WENT UP IN SMOKE       
First Line: That smoke %would remain
Last Line: Distances - the poem %begins


IMAGE       
First Line: Is a thinking a choosing
Last Line: And touched the heavy tools tools %in our hands


IMAGE OF THE ENGINE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Likely as not a ruined head gasket
Subject(s): Mankind; Mortality; Human Race


IMAGE OF THE ENGINE       
First Line: Likely as not a ruined head gasket
Last Line: Surface, the heart thundering %absolute desire


IN MEMORIAM CHARLES REZNIKOFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Who wrote / in the great world
Subject(s): Reznikoff, Charles (1894-1976)


IN MEMORIAM CHARLES REZNIKOFF       
First Line: Who wrote %in the great world
Last Line: In the great %world small
Subject(s): Reznikoff, Charles (1894-1976)


INLET       
First Line: Mary in the noisy seascape
Last Line: Over ocean %breakwaters hencoops


IT BRIGHTENS UP INTO THE BRANCHES       
Last Line: His job is as regular


KIND OF GARDEN: A POEM FOR MY SISTER       
First Line: One may say courage
Last Line: Of the brilliant garden


KNOWLEDGE NOT OF SORROW YOU WERE       
Last Line: Of the world, weather-swept, with which %one shares the century


LACED GAITER       
Last Line: Detail of the corpse, %hearse, bereavement


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK       
First Line: A city of the corporations
Last Line: And glistens like a big star; it looks quite %curious...'


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (1)       
First Line: A city of the corporations


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (2)       
First Line: Unable to begin


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (3)       
First Line: I cannot even now


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (4)       
First Line: Possible %to use


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (5)       
First Line: Which act is %violence


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (6)       
First Line: There can be a brick


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (7)       
First Line: Strange that the youngest people I know


LANGUAGE OF NEW YORK (8) WHITMAN: APRIL 19, 1864.       
First Line: The capital grows upon one in time, especially as they have


LATITUDE, LONGITUDE       
First Line: Climbed from the road and found
Last Line: Of-fact defines %poetry


LATTITUDE, LONGITUDE       
First Line: Climbed from the road and found


LAW OF POETRY       
First Line: Rooted in the most unconscionable romance
Last Line: Law and the prophets. Or more simply


LEVIATHAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Truth also is the pursuit of it
Subject(s): Relationships; Reality; Language; Words; Vocabulary


LEVIATHAN       
First Line: Truth also is the pursuit of it
Last Line: Is fear. But we abandon one another


LIGHT OF DAY       
First Line: The sun %slanting down
Last Line: Stretched thinner than flame


LIGHTHOUSES       
First Line: If you want to say no say
Last Line: Of darkness ray of light


LIGHTS, PAVING       
Last Line: Without stating them. %buildings


LITTLE HOLE IN THE EYE       


LITTLE PIN: FRAGMENT       
First Line: Of this %all things
Last Line: Wind to speak %of this


MAN'S LIFE, SELS.       
First Line: No stranger nor a stranger's son


MARY       
First Line: Her long quiet hands
Last Line: And fear I'll wake


MAST       
Last Line: Rocks, sand, and unrimmed holes


MAUDIT       
First Line: I can be stopped
Last Line: And I know of no reason he should do so


MAYAN GROUND       
First Line: Poor savages %of ghost and glitter. Merely rolling now
Last Line: Against the dawn %seems beautiful


MEANING IS TO BE HERE       
First Line: That man, the space of the mind, is a flaw, a


MEMORIAL, SELS.       
First Line: In the trocadero


MEMORY AT THE MODERN , SELS.       
First Line: We had seen bare land


MEMORY AT 'THE MODERN'       
First Line: We had seen bare land
Last Line: No other taste shall change this'


MEMORY OF OARS       
First Line: There are no nouns of verse the earth itself
Last Line: To the shore or the ship, whole with the power of the oarsmen


MEMORY OF OARS, SELS.       
First Line: There are no nouns of verse, the earth itself


MEN OF SHEEPSHEAD       
First Line: Eric - we used to call him eric
Last Line: Extend into the sea so self-contained


MEN, SELS.       
First Line: They seemed in love with the words


MODERN INCIDENT       
First Line: Culture %of the draft-pool, an oblique poetry
Last Line: A popular song, a clean %sweep


MONUMENT       
First Line: Public silence indeed is nothing
Last Line: Contrary of monuments %and illiberal


MONUMENT       
First Line: To exist; to be among things
Last Line: Rectangular in dawn, the shopper's %thin morning monument


MOTHER AND CHILD       
First Line: Theirs is the bond
Last Line: From the thin twig in new space


MOUNT DESERT ISLAND       
First Line: Two in the plastic cockleshell
Last Line: Where nostalgia and the new rise shining


MYSELF I SING    Poem Text    
First Line: Me! He says, hand on his chest
Subject(s): Self-reliance; Identity; Americans


MYSELF I SING       
First Line: Me! He says, hand on his chest
Last Line: As night falls, but the rocks


MYTH OF THE BLAZE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Night-sky bird's world
Subject(s): Fire


MYTH OF THE BLAZE       
First Line: Night-sky bird's world
Last Line: Bread each side of the knife
Subject(s): Fire


NARRATIVE       
First Line: I am the father of no country
Last Line: Of clarity, and of respect


NARRATIVE       
First Line: How could those artists paint
Last Line: Than any song, than any pictures


NARRATIVE: 1       
First Line: I am the father of no country


NARRATIVE: 10       
First Line: Some of the young men


NARRATIVE: 11       
First Line: River of our substance


NARRATIVE: 2       
First Line: And truth? O


NARRATIVE: 3       
First Line: The constant singing


NARRATIVE: 4       
First Line: An enclave %filled with their own


NARRATIVE: 5       
First Line: It is a place


NARRATIVE: 6       
First Line: I saw from the bus


NARRATIVE: 7       
First Line: Serpent, ouroboros %whose tail is in his mouth: he is the root


NARRATIVE: 8       
First Line: But at night the park


NARRATIVE: 9       
First Line: The lights %shine, the fire


NATION       
First Line: The whole city %blazing light at evening
Last Line: As the day breaks on suburban shore


NATION, SELS.       
First Line: The whole city %blazing light at evening


NATURAL       
First Line: World the fog %coming up in the fields we learned those
Last Line: Distances the poem begins


NEAR THE BEGINNING       
First Line: Near the beginning was the horse
Last Line: And built the world of men and engines


NEAR YOUR EYES       
Last Line: Self moving %moon, mid-air


NEIGHBORS       
First Line: Thru our kitchen window I see the house
Last Line: To each %other we %will speak


NEW PEOPLE       
First Line: Crowding everywhere %angrily perhaps
Last Line: The mineral, %from which they come


NIECE       
First Line: The streets of san francisco
Last Line: Had a ribbon in her hair


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: The drunken man


NIGHT SCENE       
First Line: The drunken man %on an old pier
Last Line: On an old pier


NO INTERVAL OF MANNER       
Last Line: Incognito as summer %among mechanics


O CITY LADIES'       
Last Line: The fields are road-sides, %rooms outlast you


O WESTERN WIND       
First Line: A world around her like a shadow
Last Line: In the subway routes, in the small rains %the profiles


OCCURRENCES       
First Line: Limited air drafts


OCCURRENCES       
First Line: The simplest %words say the grass blade
Last Line: Now that tremendous %plunge


OCCURRENCES       
First Line: Limited air drafts
Last Line: Toys of the children wings %of the wasp


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are things
Subject(s): Reality; Self; Ruins


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 10    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Or, in that light, new arts! Dithyrambic, audience-as-artists! But I will listen to a man
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; City & Town Life


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 11    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is that light
Subject(s): Modern Life; Empire State Building, New York City


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 12    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In these explanations it is presumed that an experiencing - see more at: http://www.Poets.Org/viewme
Subject(s): Innocence


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 13    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Unable to begin
Subject(s): Alienation Social Psychology); City & Town Life


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 14    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I cannot even now
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Veterans; City & Town Life; Estrangement; Outcasts


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 15    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Chorus (androgynous): 'find me
Subject(s): Alienation Social Psychology)


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 16    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Isaac (bible); Orpheus


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 17    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The roots of words
Subject(s): Langauge; Subways


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 18    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is the air of atrocity


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 19    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now in the helicopters the casual will
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Life, Modern


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 2    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: So spoke of the existence of things
Subject(s): Skyscrapers; City & Town Life


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 20    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 21    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There can be a brick
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 22    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Clarity / in the sense of transparence
Subject(s): Silence; Knowledge


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 24    Poem Text    
First Line: In this nation
Subject(s): United States; America


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 27    Poem Text    
First Line: It is difficult now to speak of poetry--
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 3    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The emotions are engaged
Subject(s): Language; New York City; Words; Vocabulary; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 32    Poem Text    
First Line: Only that it should be beautiful,
Subject(s): Beauty


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 33    Poem Text    
First Line: Which is ours, which is ourselves


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 40    Poem Text    
First Line: The capitol grows upon one in time, especially as they have got
Subject(s): Capitol, Washington, D.c.


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 5    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The great stone
Subject(s): Brooklyn Bridge


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 6    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We are pressed, pressed on each other
Subject(s): City & Town Life


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 7    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Obsessed, bewildered
Subject(s): Shipwrecks; City & Town Life


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 8    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Amor fati / the love of fate
Subject(s): Fate; City & Town Life; Destiny


OF BEING NUMEROUS, 9    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Estrangement; Outcasts


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 1       
First Line: There are things
Last Line: Earth speaks and the salamander speaks, the spring comes and only obscures %it


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 10       
First Line: Or, in that light, new arts! Dithyrambic, audience-as-artist!


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 11       
First Line: It is that light
Last Line: To talk of the house and the neighborhood and the docks %andit is not art


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 12       
First Line: In these explanations it is presumed that an experiencing


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 13       
First Line: Unable to begin


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 14       
First Line: I cannot even now
Last Line: Down walled avenues %in which one cannot speak


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 15       
First Line: Chorus (androgynous): find me


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 16       
First Line: He who will not work shall not eat


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 17       
First Line: The roots of words
Last Line: A ferocious mumbling, in public %of rootless speech


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 18       
First Line: It is the air of atrocity
Last Line: A plume of smoke, visible at a distance %in which people burn


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 19       
First Line: Now in the helicopters the casual will
Last Line: Which over the city %is the bright light of shipwreck


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 2       
First Line: So spoke of the existence of things
Last Line: As the world, if it is matter, %is impenetrable


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 20       
First Line: They wait %war, and the news


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 21       
First Line: There can be a brick


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 22       
First Line: Clarity %in the sense of transparence
Last Line: Clarity %in the sense of silence


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 23       
First Line: Half free %and half mad


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 24       
First Line: In this nation


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 25       
First Line: Strange that the youngest people I know


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 26       
First Line: They carry nativeness


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 27       
First Line: It is difficult now to speak of poetry
Last Line: There are other levels %but there is no other level of art


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 28       
First Line: The light %of the closed pages, tightly closed, packed against each other


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 29       
First Line: My daughter, my daughter, what can I say
Last Line: From time, from open %time


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 3       
First Line: The emotions are engaged
Last Line: This is a language, therefore, of new york only obscures %it


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 30       
First Line: Behind their house, behind the back porch


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 31       
First Line: Because the known and the unknown


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 32       
First Line: Only that it should be beautiful


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 33       
First Line: Which is ours, which is ourselves


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 34       
First Line: Like the wind in the trees and the bells


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 35       
First Line: ... Or define %man beyond rescue


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 36       
First Line: Tho the world
Last Line: It is not the wild glare %of the world even that one dies in


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 37       
First Line: ... Approached the window as if to see


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 38       
First Line: You are the last


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 39       
First Line: Occurring neither for self


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 4       
First Line: For the people of that flow
Last Line: Are petty alibi and satirical wit %will not serve only obscures %it


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 40       
First Line: The capitol grows upon one in time, especially as they have
Last Line: On the headpiece and it dazzles and glistens like a big star: it looks quite curious


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 5       
First Line: The great stone
Last Line: Which has nothing to gain, which awaits nothing %which loves itself


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 6       
First Line: We are pressed, pressed on each other
Last Line: We say was %rescued so we have chosen


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 7       
First Line: Obsessed, bewildered %by the shipwreck
Last Line: We have chosen the meaning %of being numerous


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 8       
First Line: Amor fati %the love of fate


OF BEING NUMEROUS: 9       
First Line: Whether, as the intensity of seeing increases, one's distance
Last Line: Of the singular %which is the bright light of shipwreck


OF BEING NYMEROUS, 4    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For the people of that flow
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


OF HOURS       
First Line: ... As if a nail whose wide head


OF HOURS       
First Line: ...As if a nail whose wide head
Last Line: Walks homeward %unteachable


OF THIS ALL THINGS       
First Line: There are the feminine aspects
Last Line: To the earth, whatever terrors


OF THIS ALL THINGS ...       
First Line: There are the feminine aspects


OLD MAN       
Last Line: In the photograph %is stranger %still


ON BEING NUMEROUS       
First Line: There are things
Last Line: And glistens like a big star: it looks quite %curious...'


ON THE WATER, SOLID       
Last Line: Coiling a rope on the steel deck


ORPHEUS       
First Line: The ship rounding %scotland, islands
Last Line: Of dignity %and of respect


OZYMANDIAS       
First Line: The five %senses gone
Last Line: Rectangular in dawn, the shopper's %thin morning monument


OZYMANDIAS CHILD       
First Line: The five %senses gone


PARKWAY       
First Line: If one had stumbled on these
Last Line: Of bedroom fixed in a great work of brick


PAROUSIA       
First Line: Impossible to doubt the world: it can be seen


PART OF THE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: There are lovers who recall that


PART OF THE FOREST       
First Line: There are lovers who recall that
Last Line: Then the road again. %the car's %companion


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD       
First Line: Wave in the round of the port-hole
Last Line: In its bed. They pass, however, the sea %freely tumultuous


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 1       
First Line: Wave in the round of the port-hole
Last Line: In its bed. They pass, however, the sea %freely tumultuous


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 10       
First Line: From this distance thinking toward you
Last Line: And your pulse separately doubly


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 11       
First Line: Town, a town %but location
Last Line: Awaited - locally - a date


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 12       
First Line: Near your eyes
Last Line: Moon, mid-air


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 13       
First Line: Fragonard, %your spiral women
Last Line: And the women


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 14       
First Line: No interval of manner
Last Line: Among mechanics


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 15       
First Line: O city ladies'
Last Line: Rooms outlast you


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 16       
First Line: Bad times: %the cars pass
Last Line: A man sells post-cards


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 17       
First Line: It brightens up inot the branches
Last Line: His job is as a regular


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 18       
First Line: On the water, solid
Last Line: Coiling a rope on the steel deck


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 2       
First Line: This land: %the hills, round under straw
Last Line: And the glass of windows


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 3       
First Line: Semaphoring chorus, %the width of the stage. The usher from it
Last Line: Or overcoat. Still faces already lunar


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 4       
First Line: The edge of the ocean
Last Line: By the water


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 5       
First Line: Tug against the river
Last Line: Simple legs in silk


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 6       
First Line: She lies, hip high


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 7       
First Line: Civil war photo
Last Line: One I've not seen


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 8       
First Line: As I saw %there


PARTY ON SHIPBOARD: 9       
First Line: Bolt %in the frame
Last Line: In the air


PEDESTRIAN       
First Line: What generations could have dreamed
Last Line: In the new winter among enormous buildings


PENOBSCOT       
First Line: Children of the early


PENOBSCOTT       
First Line: Children of the early %countryside
Last Line: Early. That was earlier


PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE       
First Line: For love we all go
Last Line: In childbed leaving %monstrous issue


PHILAI TE KOU PHILAI    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a portrait by eakins


PHILAI TE KOU PHILAI       
First Line: There is a portrait by eakins
Last Line: Lifting their tremendous cornices


PHONEMES       
First Line: The poems have too much point
Last Line: On the silent coasts


PHONEMES, SELS.       
First Line: The poems have too much point


PHRASE OF SIMONE WEIL'S AND SOME WORDS OF HEGEL'S, SELS.       
First Line: In back deep the jewel
Last Line: To come here the outer %limit of the ego


PIGEONS FLY       
Last Line: There is no face


PIGEONS, SELS.       
First Line: The pigeons fly from the dark bough


POEM       
First Line: How shall I light
Last Line: Opens its dazzling whispering hands


POEM       
First Line: A poetry of the meaning of words
Last Line: And I think there is light


POEM       
First Line: Never %the chess game
Last Line: This is the sky


POEM ABOUT THE GARDEN       
First Line: Carpel %filament the brilliant
Last Line: A flower, and become a stranger


POLITICAL POEM       
First Line: For sometimes over the fields astride
Last Line: Dazes and nearly blinds us


POPULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a flat sea
Subject(s): Mankind; Mortality; Human Race


POPULATION       
First Line: Like a flat sea
Last Line: Inhabited, and what it always was


POPULIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed myself of their people, I am of their people
Subject(s): Social Protest; Alienation (social Psychology); Estrangement; Outcasts


POPULIST       
First Line: I dreamed myself of their people, I am of their people
Last Line: Page the magic %infants speak


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD       
First Line: Streets, in a poor district
Last Line: To 3 words, which is too little


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD (1)       
First Line: Streets, in a poor district


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD (2)       
First Line: The winds of march


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD (3)       
First Line: Now we do most of the killing


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD (4)       
First Line: Power, which hides what it can


POWER, THE ENCHANTED WORLD (5)       
First Line: Power ruptures at a thousand holes


POWERS       
First Line: I would go home o go home to the rough
Last Line: Of darkeness ray of light


POWERS, SELS.       
First Line: I would go home o go home to the rough


PRECEDED BY MOUNTED POLICE       
Last Line: See a new stone in turned ground


PREFACE       
First Line: If he goes rowing in the park tho he may row so well that
Last Line: It is his own affair %and he knows it


PRESSES WERE BUSY ENOUGH       
Last Line: Never the effort to go up


PRIMITIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman dreamed
Subject(s): Dreams; Fear; Nightmares


PRIMITIVE       
First Line: A woman dreamed
Last Line: And the baby woke also %crying


PRO NOBIS       
First Line: I believe my apprenticeship
Last Line: In the hour of our death indeed


PROBITY       
First Line: In the poem %or our hearts
Last Line: Will grow old %and break


PRODUCT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no beauty in new england like the boats
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


PRODUCT       
First Line: There is no beauty in new england like the boats
Last Line: Is all I've found: myself
Subject(s): Americans; United States


PSALM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the small beauty of the forest
Subject(s): Deer


PSALM       
First Line: In the small beauty of the forest
Last Line: In this in which the wild deer %startle, and stare out
Subject(s): Deer


QUOTATIONS       
First Line: When I asked the very old man
Last Line: With an elaborate head-dress: %'cop's bitch.'


QUOTATIONS (1)       
First Line: When I asked the very old man


QUOTATIONS (2)       
First Line: The infants and the animals


QUOTATIONS (3)       
First Line: ... And her closets!


QUOTATIONS (4)       
First Line: And the child


QUOTATIONS (5)       
First Line: Someone has scrawled


RATIONALITY       
First Line: There is no 'cure'
Last Line: To its famous summers - that 'part %of consciousness'


RED HOOK: DECEMBER       
First Line: We had not expected it, the whole street
Last Line: With wealth, the shining wealth


REMBRANDT'S OLD WOMAN CUTTING HER NAILS       
First Line: And old woman %as if one saw her now
Last Line: In the slant light


RESISTANCE       
First Line: Partisan, she condemns
Last Line: Her small feet touching the grass


RESOLVE       
First Line: That there shall not be violence
Last Line: And cannot bear to speak of it


RESORT       
First Line: There's a volcano snow-capped in the air some twenty miles


RESORT       
First Line: There's a volcano snow-capped in the air some twenty miles from here
Last Line: And called, called: %called several times


RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: This earth the king said


RETURN       
First Line: This earth the king said
Last Line: In sun in a great weight of brick


ROMANCE POEM (1)       
First Line: Something wrong with my desk the desk


ROMANCE POEM (2)       
First Line: Words, the words older


ROUTE       
First Line: Tell the beads of the chromosomes like a rosary
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ROUTE       
First Line: Tell the beads of the chromosomes like a rosary
Last Line: That we confront
Subject(s): World War Ii


SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: BUT SO BY FIRE       
First Line: The darkness of trees


SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE POEM       
First Line: Climbing the peak of tamalpais the loose


SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: THE TASTE       
First Line: Old ships are preserved


SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: TRANSLUCENT MECAHNICS       
First Line: Combed thru the pipers the wind


SARA IN HER FATHER'S ARMS       
First Line: Cell by cell the baby made herself, the cells
Last Line: Do you suppose, max, of which she is made


SAY       
First Line: I am %what %I am
Last Line: Archangels %begin to watch


SEATED MAN       
First Line: The man is old and


SEATED MAN       
First Line: The man is old and - %out of scale
Last Line: Picturing the concrete walls


SEMANTIC       
First Line: There is that one word
Last Line: Define for oneself, the word %us


SEMAPHORING CHORUS       
Last Line: Or overcoat. Still faces already lunar


SEMITE    Poem Text    
First Line: What art and anti-art to lead us by the sharpness
Subject(s): Jews; Mysticism - Judaism; Judaism


SHE LIES, HIP HIGH       
Last Line: Simple legs in silk


SHE STEALS BIRDS       
First Line: It is known
Last Line: While his parents shouted from the bushes


SHORE       
First Line: Awaiting the %light to speak
Last Line: Ever here to this %shore to this sea


SOLUTION       
First Line: The puzzle assembled
Last Line: Now in its red and green and brown


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS (1)       
First Line: Moving over the hills crossing the irrigation
Last Line: Over obscured by their long hair they seem %to be mourning


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS (2)       
First Line: Lying full length
Last Line: Leaving again in rags
Variant Title(s): San Francisco Poems: A Morality Play; Prefac


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS (3)       
First Line: The sea and a crescent strip of beach
Last Line: From among the miserable soldiers


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS (6)       
First Line: Silver as %the needle's eye


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS (7)       
First Line: O withering seas


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Moving over the hills, crossing the irrigation
Subject(s): San Francisco; Music & Mujsicians


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 1       
First Line: Moving over the hills, crossing the irrigation
Last Line: Over obscured by their long hair they seem %to be mourning


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 10. BUT SO AS BY FIRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The darkness of trees
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 10. BUT SO AS BY FIRE       
First Line: The darkness of trees
Last Line: Not of shadow but of light %summon one's powers


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 2. A MORALITY PLAY: PREFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying full length
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 2. A MORALITY PLAY: PREFACE       
First Line: Lying full length %on the bed in the white room
Last Line: Leaving again in rags


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 3       
First Line: And their winter and night in disguise
Last Line: From among the miserable soldiers


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 3. ‘AND THEIR WINTER AND NIGHT IN DISGUISE’    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea and a crescent strip of beach
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 4. ANNIVERSARY POEM    Poem Text    
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 4. ANNIVERSARY POEM       
First Line: The picturesque %common lot' the unwarranted light
Last Line: To each other %and cannot say it


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 5. THE TRANSLUCENT MECHANICS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Combed thru the piers the wind
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 5. THE TRANSLUCENT MECHANICS       
First Line: Combed thru the piers the wind
Last Line: Comes in whose absence %earth crumbles


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 6       
First Line: Silver as %the needle's eye
Last Line: Which will be struck %nevertheless yes


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 6.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 7       
First Line: O withering seas %of the doorstep and local winds unveil
Last Line: Mouth forcing the new %tongue but it rang


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 7.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: O withering seas
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 8. THE TASTE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Old ships are preserved
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 8. THE TASTE       
First Line: Old ships are preserved
Last Line: In a wind from what were sand dunes


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 9. THE IMPOSSIBLE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Climbing the peak of tamalpais the loose
Subject(s): San Francisco


SOME SAN FRANCISCO POEMS: 9. THE IMPOSSIBLE POEM       
First Line: Climbing the peak of tamalpais the loose %gravel underfoot
Last Line: The courageous and precarious children


SONG       
First Line: When the words would with not and
Last Line: May well be sung


SONG, THE WINDS OF DOWNHILL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Poverty; Poets & Poetry


SONG, THE WINDS OF DOWNHILL       
First Line: Out of poverty


SONG, THE WINDS OF DOWNHILL       
First Line: Out of poverty %to begin
Last Line: May well be sung


SOURCE       
First Line: If the city has roots, they are in filth
Last Line: The city's %secret warmth


SPACE       
First Line: In every bone %of common ancestry the bird
Last Line: Over this little space


SPEECH AT SOLI       
First Line: What do you want
Last Line: Water, and tells the public time


SQUALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming about, / when the squall knocked her
Subject(s): Storms; Sea; Ocean


SQUALL       
First Line: Coming about %when the squall knocked her
Last Line: No kinship with any sea


SQUIRREL'S STANCE       
First Line: Explodes %from one posture to the next. The basic
Last Line: Burst furiously into leaves


STEAMER AT THE PIER       
Last Line: A man walks the still decks


STILL LIFE       
First Line: What are you, apple! There are men
Last Line: We too were in the sun and night alive with sap


STORY       
First Line: A line of palm branch structures are along the beach
Last Line: In darkening light, and one is she


STRANGE ARE THE PRODUCTS       
First Line: Of draftsmanship zero %that perfect
Last Line: Glory of joy in the small %huge dark


STRANGER'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sparrow in the cobbled street
Subject(s): Sparrows


STRANGER'S CHILD       
First Line: Sparrow in the cobbled street
Last Line: Feet of the sparrow's child touch %naked rock


STREET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Ah these are the poor
Subject(s): Poverty


STREET       
First Line: Ah these are the poor
Last Line: So good, they expect to be so good


STUDENTS GATHER       
First Line: The puddles %shine with the sky's light
Last Line: Not repeated %said


SUNNYSIDE CHILD       
First Line: As the builders


SUNNYSIDE CHILD       
First Line: As the builders %planned, the city trees
Last Line: Hardware ever again can close on


SURVIVAL: INFANTRY       
First Line: And the world changed
Last Line: In the same mud in the terrible ground


SYMPATHY       
Last Line: Stare at the open' ...Therefore, said mary, they %are welcome


TECHNOLOGIES       
First Line: Tho in a sort of summer the hard buds blossom
Last Line: Therefore to talk about %twig technologies


THAT LAND       
First Line: Sing like a bird at the open


THE BIBLICAL TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of life and knowledge
Subject(s): Trees


THE FORMS OF LOVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Parked in the fields
Subject(s): Love


THE HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: That this is I


THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: For love we all go
Subject(s): Women; Mankind; Human Race


THE SOURCE    Poem Text    
First Line: If the city has roots, they are in filth
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE ZULU GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Her breasts / naked, the soft
Subject(s): Women; Zulus


THEOLOGICAL DEFINITION       
First Line: A small room, the varnished floor
Last Line: Against the rock, the bushes and the sea running


THEOLOGICAL QUESTION       
First Line: Thus desire %becomes knowledge
Last Line: The dance of a death


THIS DREAM       
First Line: I dreamed one night that I was in northern france in one
Last Line: They could not guide me


THIS LAND       
Last Line: And the glass of windows


THREE WIDE       
Last Line: Not evident at 'the sailor's rest.'


THUS       
Last Line: Of %cracking eggs); %big-business


TILL OTHER VOICES WAKE US       
First Line: The generations %and the solace
Last Line: Till other voices wake %us or we drown


TIME OF THE MISSILE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


TIME OF THE MISSILE       
First Line: I remember a square of new york's hudson river glinting between warehouses
Last Line: Its own stone chain reaction


TIME OF THE MISSLE       
First Line: I remember a square of new york's hudson river glinting


TO C. T.       
First Line: One imagines himself %addressing his peers
Last Line: Of companionship, which seems %more honorable


TO C.T.       
First Line: One imagines himself


TO FIND A WAY       
First Line: The turn the cadence the verse and the music
Last Line: Ray of strangeness ray %of exile. %ray of light


TO MAKE MUCH       
First Line: Of the world of that passion
Last Line: Image of love found the way %away from home


TO MEMORY       
First Line: Who but the goddess? All that is
Last Line: Lives in our permanent dawn


TO MEMORY (1)       
First Line: Who but the goddess? All that is


TO MEMORY (2)       
First Line: Words, ther are words!


TO THE MUSE       
First Line: Nieves %is a girl
Last Line: Of what a woman is


TO THE POETS: TO MAKE MUCH OF LIFE       
First Line: Come up now into


TO THE POETS: TO MAKE MUCH OF LIFE       
First Line: Come up now into
Last Line: We are shrivelled %come


TONGUES       
First Line: Of appearance %speak in the unchosen
Last Line: And not his strange %words surround him


TOURIST EYE       
First Line: The lights that blaze and promise
Last Line: By no means safe, the building tops %unwarned and unwarnable


TOURIST EYE (1)       
First Line: The lights that blaze and promise


TOURIST EYE (2)       
First Line: The solitary are obsessed


TOURIST EYE (3)       
First Line: Retangular, rearing


TOURIST EYE (4)       
First Line: The heart pounds


TOURIST EYE (5)       
First Line: Down-town %swarms. Surely the oldest city


TOWN, A TOWN       
Last Line: Awaited - locally - a date


TOWN, SELS.       
First Line: There can be a brick in a brick wall


TRAVELOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: But no screen would show
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TRAVELOGUE       
First Line: But no screen would show
Last Line: And channels of the savage country


TRUCK STOP, SELS.       
First Line: The diner where


TUG AGAINST THE RIVER       
Last Line: In the fast water off the bow-wave: %passes slowly


TUGS OF HULL       
First Line: Carrying their deckhands' bicycles
Last Line: Came to fetch us in


TWENTY-SIX FRAGMENTS       
First Line: Music, that marvel %trying to exist
Last Line: And we move %in this monstrosity


TWO ROMANCE POEMS: 1       
First Line: Something wrong with my desk the desk
Last Line: Smoke drifts from our hills'


TWO ROMANCE POEMS: 2. RES PUBLICA: 'THE POETS LIE'       
First Line: Words, the words older
Last Line: A beat where they touch it


UNDERTAKING IN NEW JERSEY       
First Line: Beyond the hudson's


UNDERTAKING IN NEW JERSEY       
First Line: Beyond the hudson's %unimportant water lapping
Last Line: Carry quickly into daylight the excited birds


US       
First Line: The finches at the feeder
Last Line: Language %contain %them


VALENTINE       
First Line: There are many of us
Last Line: Are they all us?


VISIT: 1       
First Line: France is no longer
Last Line: I want only %to go home


VISIT: 2       
First Line: Sitting in your family apartment, lewis
Last Line: The works - the whole apartment


VOLKSWAGEN       
First Line: Of such deadly ancestry
Last Line: Humming past the great cold farms %of normandy


VOYAGE       
First Line: In the cabin. Here we have love
Last Line: A jacket swings swings like a pendulum


VULCAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Harbors into harbor sand
Subject(s): Birth; Subways; Child Birth; Midwifery


VULCAN       
First Line: The householder issuing to the street
Last Line: Harbors into harbor sand


WAKING WHO KNOWS       
First Line: The great open %doors of the tall
Last Line: Will burn the world down tho the starlight %is part of ourselves


WEST       
First Line: Elephant, say, scraping its dry sides
Last Line: In the great bays and the narrow bights


WHAT WILL HAPPEN       
First Line: There is a mobilization
Last Line: To myself in my life


WHEELERS AND DEALERS: THE THEORY OF GAMES       
First Line: We might have foreseen it
Last Line: We ought to be able to survive it


WHIRL WIND MUST       
First Line: For the huge %events are the symbols
Last Line: Tongues of the villages


WHITE. FROM THE       
Last Line: From the quiet %stone floor


WHO COMES IS OCCUPIED       
Last Line: The fall is falling from electric burst


WHO SHALL DOUBT    Poem Text    
First Line: Consciousness / in itself
Subject(s): Love


WHO SHALL DOUBT       
First Line: Consciousness %in itself
Last Line: Is sweet but this


WILSHIRE ARMS, SELS.       
First Line: Rectangular among the crowds, rearing


WIND MAKES UP       
First Line: Grateful for a breeze
Last Line: And we live, we speak darkly of storms


WITHOUT SELF-MUTILATION       
Last Line: The price of truth is ruinous. Rather redeem life, we mean %rather to redeem life


WOMAN, SAID DIANE       
Last Line: To beat a father with


WORKMAN       
First Line: Leaving the house each dawn I see the hawk
Last Line: Over the beaches and the sea's glitter


WORLD, WORLD       
First Line: Failure, worse failure, nothing seen
Last Line: The act of being, the act of being %more than oneself


WRITTEN STRUCTURE       
Last Line: Successive %happenings %(the telephone


ZULU GIRL       
First Line: Her breasts %naked, the soft
Last Line: Deeply - she stands %in the wild grasses
Subject(s): Women; Zulus


‘AND THEIR WINTER AND NIGHT IN DISGUISE’    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea and a crescent strip of beach
Subject(s): War