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Oppenheimer, Joel    Poet's Biography
358 poems available by this author


#NAME?       
First Line: Aesthetic %ascetic %athletic
Last Line: O %no %ma %to %poetic


17-18 APRIL, 1961, SELS.       
First Line: Remember, america %eugene debs said he would not
Last Line: Other force you dream of america protect %me from my own heaven or hell


2/2/1976       
First Line: This day wet storm %moving fast from the south
Last Line: Six weeks or no %it is enought %as always


23-MAR       
First Line: Art, zat strain %means a daft
Last Line: And his dada manifesto


3-APR-72       
First Line: According to the an- %archist calendar on
Last Line: Quite correct to print %this significant date


3/20/1972       
First Line: At 7:22 this %am my five %year old was
Last Line: Of the courtyard %out my window


ACTS       
First Line: My son and I %walk out
Last Line: In some previous wars


ADORNMENT OF BODY POEM       
First Line: Once, younger, with %a woman I loved, I
Last Line: Both of us much aroused


AFTER A POEM       
First Line: I don't know if death %is an admiral in full dress
Last Line: To recognize so I can %fall before or flee


ANARCHISTS       
First Line: Alexander erkman %shot the wealthy mr frich
Last Line: Day after day after day after day


ANIMALS       
First Line: The young goat %tethered on the far
Last Line: Make it looking %at that goat %the empty doghouse


ANNIVERSARY OF ONE DEATH THE DATE OF ANOTHER, 7/22       
First Line: Thirty-eight years ago to %day she put the finger on
Last Line: In the middle of america


ANSWER NOT GIVEN       
First Line: You worry about which clothes
Last Line: But then I did not understand


AROMAS       
First Line: It stinks in %this bathroom
Last Line: Which itself was honest also


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 1       
First Line: Necessarily %the goddess is %unattainable
Last Line: The evidence is in %the sounds


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 1       
First Line: You smell good she %said like in eighth grade
Last Line: And the skunks %how to take that


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 1       
First Line: Xeng-li the name %means success the sex
Last Line: It is hard to find compatible pandas


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 1       
First Line: Bewildered in %the morning heat
Last Line: Still it leads %to another


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 10       
First Line: One would-be customer
Last Line: The wrong room and was beaten


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 10       
First Line: Some women having let
Last Line: When that was not the point


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 10       
First Line: The leader of the basques
Last Line: Is what we have all been fighting for


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 10       
First Line: Ciba-geigy corp %glens falls
Last Line: Unbroken to the sea %thalassa! Thalassa!


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 11       
First Line: Were you really %a model once
Last Line: I was featured %in a movie


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 11       
First Line: A postcard from nice
Last Line: And he ought to know


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 11       
First Line: Surely in buffalo %there's one bar
Last Line: Just a bar to talk


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 11       
First Line: You can write anything
Last Line: And to listen yourself %and still applaud


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 12       
First Line: A fool always a fool %for young women
Last Line: They have this hang-up see %about older men


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 12       
First Line: Have stick will %travel says
Last Line: Un incumbered here %in new york


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 12       
First Line: Eleven years ago %I stopped making love
Last Line: And the team won the pennant


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 12       
First Line: Or to arrive at a place
Last Line: And to wake there alone


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 13       
First Line: She was perfect still
Last Line: Quickly %perfect %she undressed


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 13       
First Line: It is two days since
Last Line: The lady who didn't %answer her phone


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 13       
First Line: And here's your checklist
Last Line: Most stores open sunday


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 13       
First Line: Brewing plant compounds %in the kitchen
Last Line: The experiments %are complete


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 14       
First Line: At last I understand
Last Line: At last I %understand this


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 14       
First Line: Three years later %live cigar in my hand
Last Line: Would you please %get out of my way


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 14       
First Line: Each day %is one day gone
Last Line: Understand this %you are not fifty


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 14       
First Line: Mao sd
Last Line: There is no %occident


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 15       
First Line: Cleanliness is next %to godliness especially
Last Line: Whoever has my blue genes %please return them


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 15       
First Line: Aphrodite %she says last night
Last Line: The more rules and regulations %the more thieves and robbers


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 15       
First Line: Devil kissed me %saw cathedral
Last Line: But in plan %not real


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 15       
First Line: Others have said it %and I repeat I repeat
Last Line: On as a disease just because they make us suffer


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 2       
First Line: Written: %I felt desire %but wanted love
Last Line: To another: yes and yes and yes


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 2       
First Line: Rain %breasts %new pink dress
Last Line: Imagine april in your letter


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 2       
First Line: To you I was always an enemy
Last Line: And they to us of course


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 2       
First Line: In albuquerque %they want bridges
Last Line: Of primitive cottonwoods %the last stand


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 3       
First Line: Waking middle night %walking the hall
Last Line: And was desirable and formed %my image of a woman


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 3       
First Line: Strange winter with %spring before
Last Line: And get the arm %back in shape


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 3       
First Line: Despite my %own labors
Last Line: Triumph again %of nature %over art


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 3       
First Line: Seeing the woman %corner of bleecker and bank
Last Line: Left her smiling swedish


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 4       
First Line: The blouse was %sequined it %caught the hand
Last Line: Right or perhaps %it is only nipples


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 4       
First Line: In the seat %of a car
Last Line: What were we %dreaming of


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 4       
First Line: Seeking seeking a new discipline
Last Line: But they'll never discover that


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 4       
First Line: Amenophis iii %akhenaten %smenkhkare
Last Line: He was a bad mother fucker


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 5       
First Line: I did ask if %you'd marry me
Last Line: You are unincumbered %so marry me


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 5       
First Line: Spent the night %talking who is
Last Line: Both desiring both %waiting for it yet


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 5       
First Line: Weeds are a purely %arbitrary designation
Last Line: Well salute it the %gi's used to say


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 5       
First Line: The topic sentence says %by any rational calculation
Last Line: Since man began %to eat himself


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 6       
First Line: Oh rachel %your %wide shoulders
Last Line: Blouse fell from %your back


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 6       
First Line: We open like flowers
Last Line: Why the rose has thorns


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 6       
First Line: Seven-thirty in the morning
Last Line: Are no stables that way


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 6       
First Line: He rings the bell %for his friend
Last Line: At another end of the city


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 7       
First Line: Not only beautiful %but also willing in addition
Last Line: As you and also %did not know me


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 7       
First Line: Trying to explain %to a blonde who lives
Last Line: Of beauty on this earth


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 7       
First Line: The vegetarian piranha %live on fruits and seeds
Last Line: You're bound to decrease the catch


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 7       
First Line: Wrestled to the ground %like jacob or the angel
Last Line: Breakfast in the peace %that passeth understanding


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 8       
First Line: A lot of body hair %has gone
Last Line: Hundreds of them %all these years


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 8       
First Line: At my age she said I
Last Line: I said let it %serve notice


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 8       
First Line: They set up headquarters
Last Line: Are shown on the airstrip


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 8       
First Line: Teachers dissatisfied %world fertility in
Last Line: Are those lights %on the moon


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 9       
First Line: The heat rises
Last Line: In us also


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 9       
First Line: Summers are
Last Line: Full of love %for us


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 9       
First Line: The soviets have opened war
Last Line: To moslem holy warriors


AT FIFTY: A POEM: 9       
First Line: Belltower's computer %tells seasons
Last Line: I see orion %high in night sky


AUTUMN       
First Line: The weather %moving
Last Line: All I know %the body %the poem


AUTUMN       
First Line: This morning %dew wets the toes
Last Line: This chill morning %it is morning


BATH       
First Line: He will insist on %reading things into her simplest act


BATSHEBE SEEN       
First Line: Oh summer and a summer love %and I king
Last Line: Showed herself again to us


BEGINNING       
First Line: We are here %in this place
Last Line: Where we meet the %ships with our cargo


BENEDICTION       
First Line: Creator spirit: %bless this beginning
Last Line: To make this beginning %more than beginning


BILLIE'S BLUES       
First Line: I can't get %started easy livin'
Last Line: God bless the child %miss brown %to you


BIRTHRIGHT       
First Line: There is a corollary %in astrology that tells us
Last Line: Where we were born so far


BLUE FUNK       
First Line: I wish all the %mandragora grew


BREAST POEM       
First Line: Holy mother now I %understand your nine
Last Line: Ever be able to dance %before them also?


BRIDGE       
First Line: It's wooden %I thought there were no nails in it
Last Line: Or maybe I've got %my own murk to cross


BRONXUS       
First Line: People around here all
Last Line: Mother might have said


BROTHER POEM       
First Line: What do you know %of each other
Last Line: No need for us ever


BUS TRIP       
First Line: Images of j - - assail him


CACTI       
First Line: Love comes


CACTI       
First Line: Love comes %once a month %these days
Last Line: Those who cannot accept %another way %to live


CAMILLE OLDER       
First Line: Everything I have learned


CAMILLE OLDER       
First Line: Everything I have learned %is scratched into me
Last Line: Thinking of waking alone there %without friends


CELEBRATING THE PEACE       
First Line: If you celebrate the end %of a war you are celebrating %the war
Last Line: Do not celebrate the end of war %nobody wins


CHANGES       
First Line: Those days %a slow cleansing %went on with him
Last Line: Perhaps soon he will %begin to learn to pray


CHAOS       
First Line: Chaos is where %we come from %form we reach
Last Line: While we wait %to fall back %to grow again


CHARM       
First Line: This is a charm for entering the tower
Last Line: The storm building up even with a clear blue sky


CHILD       
First Line: Not to be able %to touch one's
Last Line: Touch from her %I did not


CHILD POEM       
First Line: Mother, heat of %early summer, smoke
Last Line: You he screamed at, %frightened by your look?


CHRISTMAS CARD       
First Line: We are caught %caught, swung, spun
Last Line: Sun starts growing %that far spring


CHURCH       
First Line: A giant panda the %chinese sold you out
Last Line: Only life violated %either one of you


CITIES THIS CITY       
First Line: The things they always complain of
Last Line: For whatever it is that only people can feed each other


CLOTHES POEM       
First Line: Lady why is it when %I sat down to write
Last Line: Possibility that %we came to work


COMMENTARY       
First Line: Sun penetrating young woman's blouse, outlining breast
Last Line: Nor journals publish for everyone's enlightenment


CORRESPONDENTS       
First Line: Dear sir I %wld like to see
Last Line: You could start a %series of thoughts


COUNTRY ALBA       
First Line: Every morning %we sit over coffee
Last Line: No words soar %peck about %these pages


CREDO       
First Line: Ducks on the pond %april fool and
Last Line: Foolish ducks %we have faith %each year


CULTURAL OPPRESSION       
First Line: Spring: the old %man watching young
Last Line: You will be turned %into a pig


DEATH       
First Line: Nat fourteen said %she had a philosophy
Last Line: And no %bears will get %drunk


DEATH POEM       
First Line: Often men die in the %positions in which they
Last Line: Walk on, is it %our mother's business?


DEBT       
First Line: It's not accurate


DEBT       
First Line: It's not accurate %for me to say
Last Line: Which hold the line %together in my life


DEFINITION POEM       
First Line: The goddess is %mother daughter
Last Line: She says where %do I put these?


DIFFICULT GRACE       
First Line: That there is food, where?
Last Line: Is all the food we need


DIRTY PICTURES POEM       
First Line: When I asked you how %you could pose naked for
Last Line: Telephone, instead %of my mouth


DISCOVERY       
First Line: In the silence of %this morning snow
Last Line: Chattering so %to each other %and to me


DISCOVERY POEM       
First Line: Lady, sister, lover, mother
Last Line: Is secondary, what is first


DOING IT       
First Line: Isn't it beautiful %the act of printing
Last Line: We go on doing both %we clean up %we do this


DREAM       
First Line: Diana goddess


DREAM       
First Line: Diana goddess %moon sister mistress
Last Line: With this dream %then I will be free %myself


DREAM MOTHER POEM       
First Line: As I was sleeping %mother I saw your
Last Line: This is not a good %dream mother


DREAM POEM       
First Line: Girl of my %dreams I love you
Last Line: Am afraid. What %else is new?


DULL BURNT       
First Line: That dull burnt orange the air has
Last Line: In new england when the autumn comes


E. P. 1885-1972       
First Line: For a long while you %were owned by everyone
Last Line: You and only %the poets own you


ELEPHANT BLUES       
First Line: I slipped in the mud, %lord, and fell over on my side
Last Line: Those seven pretty womens %gettin close again


EVENING       
First Line: One frog %in the neighbor's pond
Last Line: The tree toads %keep on singing


EVERY TIME WONDERING       
First Line: It is twenty years almost since
Last Line: The matter, this is what we talk of


FAMILY'S PASSOVER GRACES       
First Line: In the desert again %as always %as always lost
Last Line: And the hope %that it could be enough


FANTASY POEM       
First Line: Thinking of all the %instruments that have
Last Line: Do you suppose we %will know in heaven!


FATHER POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I have fathered / four sons, they surround
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


FATHER POEM       
First Line: I have fathered %four sons, they surround
Last Line: The fathers of daughters %cannot say this
Subject(s): Parents


FEBRUARY       
First Line: Everybody hates %this cold month
Last Line: And yours ugly groundhog %and lovers %and mine


FEEDING       
First Line: When she fed the %child, he fought back


FIRST POEM FOR MY LAST SON       
First Line: For six months %he babbled in tongues
Last Line: And the air in you around you good


FIRST SONG AT SAINT ANDREWS       
First Line: Redbud tree %megenta %hard-edged %in the sun
Last Line: To use up %a year's allotment %of magenta


FIVE ATTEMPTS AT THE ARMENIAN: FOR HASMIK       
First Line: When these days aren't any more
Last Line: Like wind, detached from myths


FIVE ATTEMPTS AT THE ARMENIAN: TARGET SHOOTING       
First Line: Aim straight at the bull's eye
Last Line: And you will be a marksman


FIVE ATTEMPTS AT THE ARMENIAN: THE OWL       
First Line: In the grey night, again, the endless row
Last Line: When some sharp eye wakes in my darkened head


FIVE ATTEMPTS AT THE ARMENIAN: WE WERE WALKING       
First Line: We walked in the fields
Last Line: She smelled of violets %and fresh sweat


FLITCH OF DUNMOW       
First Line: A flitch or gammon of bacon
Last Line: And bacon in your belly %as reward for it


FLOWERS       
First Line: On that table %among the cacti
Last Line: Into the vase %into water


FOOTPRINTS OF MAN-LIKE CREATURES FOUND       
First Line: Stopping to look


FOOTPRINTS OF MAN-LIKE CREATURES FOUND       
First Line: Stopping to look %off to the left
Last Line: Walking along %singing a song %side by side


FOR A PAINTER BEYOND HAZARDVILLE       
First Line: Driving back from your house
Last Line: When poems and paintings stop


FOR BASIL BUNTING       
First Line: Now you are gone too %the last and most hidden
Last Line: He has earned it in %your service muse %indeed


FOR CHARLES REZNIKOF: 1894-1976       
First Line: Outside the spring is here
Last Line: Every spring he saw we see still


FOR DANIELLE       
First Line: Although gesell would say %doesn't he always
Last Line: Supposed to worry about %so I bought it


FOR DANIELLE       
First Line: Although gesell would say


FOR DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: Eyes wide, we
Last Line: If we come to deserve it
Subject(s): Children


FOR DAVID AND JEANIE       
First Line: In this same way %we stood together
Last Line: Love feeds us %in this ceremony


FOR HALLEY'S COMET       
First Line: As yet there might be wonder
Last Line: Oh keep us safe this year


FOR HAN YO AFTER ALMOST 1200 YEARS       
First Line: People say ...'


FOR HAN YU AFTER ALMOST 1200 YEARS       
First Line: People say %when your teeth go
Last Line: We're incorrigible %we'll do anything


FOR HOYT WILHELM    Poem Text    
First Line: The ball dances in
Subject(s): Sports


FOR HOYT WILHELM       
First Line: The ball dances in
Subject(s): Sports


FOR HOYT WILHELM       
First Line: The ball dances in %no steam no smoke no
Last Line: It's the right stuff %even if it does look funny


FOR JAMES LAUGHLIN       
First Line: Big man but %we didn't know
Last Line: Too grew big big man %so thank you


FOR JEFF AND LISA       
First Line: It's love it's %love it's love love
Last Line: Yes %love love love love %it is love love


FOR JOHN DOBBS, 1972       
First Line: Because you have the %hands and eyes and
Last Line: Stabs, the attempt %to find voice


FOR LOUIS ZUKKOFSKY 1904-1978       
First Line: When you tell the truth


FOR LOUIS ZUKOFSKY 1904-1978       
First Line: When you tell the truth
Last Line: And that we paid too little attention


FOR MAX       
First Line: Phones and trucks %all the trappings
Last Line: And gone now %from all of this


FOR NICK AND SHARON       
First Line: To honor love %we stand here
Last Line: And was right %we flower so


FOR PETE HAMILL, HIS 50TH       
First Line: These days everybody %used to be those days
Last Line: I keep sipping at %and will, lad, and will


FOR ROBERT AND ANNE       
First Line: Amor vicit unumquemque %solus was my chosen motto
Last Line: And so we are made whole at last


FOR THE ANNUAL READING       
First Line: The cherry trees %finally abloom
Last Line: Our flag, we move %ahead, into it all


FOR THE INAUGURATION OF WILLIAM R O'CONNELL, JR       
First Line: There is a magic %to the robes
Last Line: And let beginnings %flower always


FOR THE O-YANKS       
First Line: This green square


FOR THE O-YANKS 27 AUGUST 1979       
First Line: This green square %tilted on end
Last Line: In this defined %and timeless space


FOR THE WEDDING OF SUZANNE SYLVESTER       
First Line: Be %rich %in %all %necessities
Last Line: Drinking %in %new %graces


FOR THOSE, THERE       
First Line: That wide space %which is maine
Last Line: They call me %to that wide space


FOR THOSE, THERE       
First Line: That wide space


FOR TOM BLACKBURN       
First Line: Metaphor is all


FOR TOM BLACKBURN       
First Line: Metaphor is all %and all
Last Line: And still have selves %and have the world


FOR WILLIE SUTTON       
First Line: Willie you went %where the money was
Last Line: Not knowing %the time they owe


FOR WILLIE WUTTON       
First Line: Willie you went


FOSTER MOTHER       
First Line: The name jumped up %from the obituaries
Last Line: And she lived to be %ninety-eight years old


FOUND SON POEM       
First Line: If I am thunder %and I have married
Last Line: And I am often %lost in them, mother


FOUR FATHERS       
First Line: The first of whom


FOUR FATHERS       
First Line: The first of whom %is clouded is
Last Line: Each has a different picture %folded in your heart


GARDEN       
First Line: I have taken %to buying flowers
Last Line: Where flowers never were


GENERATIONS       
First Line: ...Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy
Last Line: Your young men shall see visions


GETTIN' THERE       
First Line: Twenty years ago I %knew about love. Now
Last Line: Sunset. Then I %will know about love


GHOST LOVER       
First Line: Real %the image %won't disappear
Last Line: My lover's round breast %fills my hand


GHOSTS       
First Line: In error %human error %the honey
Last Line: Even in the stars %as in our homes


GIVE ME MY EYES       
First Line: Give me my hands %and I'll get colored lights for you
Last Line: And the arches of this church will touch the sky


GRACE       
First Line: Over the river %through the trees
Last Line: She has set a table %before us


GRACE       
First Line: We ask grace %our earthly heaven
Last Line: Our %selves our souls grace


GRANITE       
First Line: We can trace the word granite
Last Line: I do not spoil man or earth


GRANT US       
First Line: The story of a forty


GRANT US       
First Line: The story of a forty- %three going on forty
Last Line: Deal of money if not %time and also effort


GREENS       
First Line: To have, get, or give one's greens - to enjoy, procure, or confer
Last Line: Bed, and so forth - suggested thereby


GROWING       
First Line: Six days into %the eleventh year
Last Line: No one believes %it or should


GRYLLIDAE ACHENE       
First Line: City poets grow used %to roaches sharing
Last Line: With us while la cucaracha %inherits the earth


HARDBOILED MYSTERY       
First Line: Dashiell hammett and maybe


HARDBOILED MYSTERY       
First Line: Dashiell hammett and maybe %raymond chandler too I am
Last Line: In which nothing gets solved or comes clean


HOUSES       
First Line: Eighteen years ago


HOUSES       
First Line: Eighteen years ago %I left your house
Last Line: I now do know %and will remember


HUNTER       
First Line: In the sky, and %dog too
Last Line: Strain at heel %spring comes soon


HURRICANE       
First Line: They are building %the dunes higher
Last Line: Could fend off %you hurricano you


HYACINTHUS       
First Line: Hi, a %shy cunt, hunt
Last Line: Uh, I shy, can't


IF THERE WAS SENSE       
First Line: To get there you would
Last Line: Give them give them give them


IN NEW HAMPSHIRE       
First Line: The earth moved %this morning
Last Line: We trembled with it


IN THE SCIENCE MUSEUM       
First Line: We moved from exhibit to exhibit
Last Line: In this new england's days and summer nights


INCANTATION       
First Line: To be intoned by creeley's graduate students
Last Line: He hears me not %he hears me


INNOCENT BREASTS       
First Line: The innocence of her %breasts
Last Line: Breasts hung innocent %in the morning light
Subject(s): Breasts


JANE ST POEM       
First Line: As I %walked along %the street in
Last Line: And I want to tell you


JOE FLAHERTY       
First Line: All that night you %wrestled in our minds
Last Line: It's lonely now joe %here without you


LADY       
First Line: In the dream %she comes to me clothed
Last Line: She is smaller plainer %the dream is still strong


LADY OF MADNESS       
First Line: I did not know what %madness truly was until
Last Line: Watched her body freeze %and thaw. She was mad


LAERTES SPEAKS       
First Line: I have had to stay here at home alone
Last Line: And make this ithaca my own place so


LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The japanese crabapples %announce autumn
Last Line: They stand yellow %and beyond winter


LATE WINTER POEM       
First Line: Dying a slow death %dying small deaths
Last Line: Inch and keep on %living. We who live


LEGEND       
First Line: A cairn is


LEGEND       
First Line: A cairn is %a marker of rocks
Last Line: There may be %another ahead


LESBIAN POEM       
First Line: In the dream you %sat by her as I
Last Line: Disappear, give %me back my wife


LESSON       
First Line: I swear that %this morning %nathaniel said
Last Line: No matter how %I stretch %and set %my head


LESSONS I       
First Line: The war was over


LESSONS II       
First Line: The point isn't


LESSONS: 1       
First Line: The war was over %they found helen in
Last Line: And led her in safety back to the ships


LESSONS: 2       
First Line: The point isn't %that he fought that war
Last Line: Paris why him why her %where did I %go wrong


LETTER TO PHILIP       
First Line: Can I any longer address you dear phil
Last Line: Writing checks and poems


LETTERS FROM MC       
First Line: And it was thirty-six years %that face grabbed me
Last Line: In words and flesh %and mind's eye %and I thank you


LIE POEM       
First Line: There are poems I %will not show you
Last Line: Them to you %in the light. Truth


LIFE       
First Line: I wish %there were rules %to give you
Last Line: Your first day %at work %out there


LIFE STUDIES       
First Line: The outer surface of %the thigh
Last Line: And we kept watching from the bookstore


LIFE STUDIES       
First Line: The outer surface of


LITTLE BOYS POEM       
First Line: Does the mother smile watching
Last Line: Man has never learned this


LONG BLUES       
First Line: My father gave me land %my mother gave me money
Last Line: Honey if you get it %don't let it go


LOST SON POEM       
First Line: My son the terrors I did not %describe to you because I
Last Line: Will make it, while the %terrors fade. Peace


LOVE BIT       
First Line: The colors we depend on are %red for raspberry jam, white
Last Line: No, and sometimes in the afternoon
Subject(s): Colors


LOVER       
First Line: Every time %the same way
Last Line: Plum tree. If you %were a peach tree


LOVESONG       
First Line: It would be different %those browned thighs
Last Line: The looks the looks %it would be different


MAKING A VALENTINE       
First Line: The heart is covered with %fatty tissue
Last Line: See if %her heart responds. %then, move up and down


MAN AND BOY       
First Line: I was born %came out of my mother
Last Line: We could meet %to talk %it over


MAN OBSERVED THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW       
First Line: It is monday morning


MAN OBSERVED THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW       
First Line: Beginning the portrait %it is monday morning
Last Line: Bless the food we eat %at beginnings. We begin


MARE NOSTRUM       
First Line: A bosom of %green buds


MEAT POEM       
First Line: We all know it, the %meat of the beloved
Last Line: Meat, I cry aloud, %mother do not forsake me


MEDITATIONS       
First Line: Why should I be embarrassed
Last Line: Who dances before me


MIRROR POEM       
First Line: Women I love and %watch these days walking
Last Line: Blind me, stop %me cold as stone


MODERNIST       
First Line: He said


MODERNIST       
First Line: He said %study greek %and latin
Last Line: Then he stopped %coming to class


MONOSYLLABLE POEM       
First Line: Holy mother she was %sitting on the couch
Last Line: Madre soledad, lonely %mother. I wanted into it


MOTHER       
First Line: I saw her sex %naked, pouched
Last Line: Seeing it %naked and hairless


MOTHER POEM       
First Line: The first cries were %pain
Last Line: Only think that will %comfort him at all


MOTHER PRAYER       
First Line: This child, this %child, this child, this
Last Line: Mother you have %love enough do we


MOTHER PRAYER       
First Line: Mother you take %the good and
Last Line: Our hearts, we %join you too soon


MOVING OUT       
First Line: Because I was afraid %I hid from her. I turned
Last Line: Will. Holy mothers %protect me as I walk on


MUSE POEM       
First Line: Now she has shown %up at you house
Last Line: Why else would we sing?


NAKED POEM       
First Line: You are so naked I %cannot touch you
Last Line: My muse, my turner- %to-stone, my beloved


NAKED POEM: 2       
First Line: Women naked, men %clothed is an
Last Line: Are living in houses, %nothing ever changes


NATHANIEL'S VALENTINE       
First Line: Very beautiful picture for


NATHANIEL'S VALENTINE       
First Line: Very beautiful picture for %my mom
Last Line: To form a page in this book


NATURAL ORDER POEM       
First Line: The spring king is %crazy and dying
Last Line: We who must die salute you


NEW HAMPSHIRE JOURNAL       
First Line: Alone in bed %I hear a
Last Line: We will stop %we will stop all


NEW LINE       
First Line: Talking to mary %telling her
Last Line: Keep on talking about


NEW YEAR       
First Line: Signs and portents %omens %bodings
Last Line: And the year is two days old


NEWS       
First Line: Mengele lived very well
Last Line: And he told me about...Life'


NIGHT AND DAY       
First Line: The man in the


NIGHT AND DAY       
First Line: The man in the %picture looks down
Last Line: Send the photo anyway %inscribed


NINE TO FIVE       
First Line: Still they ask for poems
Last Line: They keep getting married %life goes on


OLD DAVID       
First Line: I found a father %he went mad
Last Line: The rest are one face %and I am cold


OLD MAN POEM       
First Line: In the movie the %old man goes to
Last Line: My service when young. %this is my asking


OLDER MAN THINKING OF KORE       
First Line: The song rises


OLDER MAN THINKING OF KORE       
First Line: The song rises %the skin shiny
Last Line: I am ready - %hi-yo! %she approaches!


OLDEST       
First Line: Mother %war stone %teeth bit
Last Line: Loving him %same mystery %we share that


ONE DAY AT A TIME       
First Line: He said that thursday said


ONE DAY AT A TIME       
First Line: He said that thursday said %it would be friday's friend
Last Line: We finally touch each other %is that night's friend


ONLY LESTER HAMP POEM       
First Line: Bushnell hamp's %cousin lester
Last Line: That woman has %got an extra %va ganzer


PAEAN, PREMATURELY, FOR THE PHILIPPINES       
First Line: Sometimes despite all we know
Last Line: So we may sing at all


PARANOIA POEM: 1       
First Line: I am afraid of them
Last Line: Holy mother cannot find it


PETER'S SUITE       
First Line: Of the mind %which to pursue thought
Last Line: I do not think %he is alone


PLATES       
First Line: Short-tailed birds fly %from stars to sun's disc
Last Line: Light is equally given %and we are humbled


PLUS CA CHANGE       
First Line: My darling %I wanted %to tell you
Last Line: I was %searching %for words


POEM BASED ON STASIS       
First Line: Sends a letter scrawled wants %co-ordinates for fulde gap
Last Line: Has the %was begun %or is it stasis?


POEM FOR THE NEW YEAR       
First Line: I shower carefully, scrubbing
Last Line: To the next growing out


POEM IN DEFENSE OF CHILDREN       
First Line: Liberty to be defended on %foreign shores
Last Line: That is our one inheritance, %or crawl, and cry, and kill
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


PRAYER POEM       
First Line: Holy mother of the %perfect tits. Holy
Last Line: Mother gives and %mother takes away


PRAYER POEM: 2       
First Line: Mother gives and %mother takes away
Last Line: The service begins %again. Give me strength


PROGRESSION       
First Line: All I know


PROGRESSION       
First Line: All I know %the body %the poem
Last Line: Touching ground %as we keep moving


QUATRAIN       
First Line: Now they have cut a life from each of us
Last Line: So the fullness of our bodies took the knife


QUESTION POEM       
First Line: Suppose holy mother questioning %you in my innocent
Last Line: Tell me, it is no %longer in my power to know


QUESTIONS FOR THE MOTHER       
First Line: Why did you make them that way?
Last Line: Is it all right if we just touch it?


RE-ORGANIZATION       
First Line: Sorting %ordering it %what will we not find
Last Line: And then I will write all the poems


RITUAL       
First Line: This shawl, son, %this wrap, this
Last Line: With the word %until we flower %flower well


ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE       
First Line: Not the gull


ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE       
First Line: Not the gull %picking the bone
Last Line: To write what %you don't know


ROOT GN       
First Line: You can make love %for the last time
Last Line: Grow moldy %my mind %will all grow moldy


ROUND       
First Line: If in our days we sing %of what most pleasure brings
Last Line: We are masters of the age %and of the song the king


SCHIZOPHRENIA       
First Line: I go out


SCHIZOPHRENIA       
First Line: I go out %to buy %a garbage can
Last Line: How and when %I might run into you


SCREAMING POEM       
First Line: The woman inside me %does not murmur she
Last Line: Screams echoing over %and over, love, love, love


SEASON POEM: 1       
First Line: The season is changing
Last Line: Holy mother to have me?


SEASON POEM: 2       
First Line: Summer turning to %autumn and we are
Last Line: You call me to sleep %I cannot do both


SECOND SONG AT SAINT ANDREWS       
First Line: The flowers are %tiny and true purple
Last Line: Purple, purple-blue %and such %for spring


SERVING NOTICE       
First Line: I will not be %that single daddy
Last Line: Slicing slices through the week


SIOUX SONG       
First Line: It is raining %it is raining
Last Line: The weather is inside us


SIR VENTES ON A SAD OCCURRENCE       
First Line: It is spring, I can walk lightly
Last Line: With me? Old lady, act your age


SLAM STEWART       
First Line: Slam stewart died %the other night and
Last Line: Oh my %childhood gone already


SON       
First Line: Nat eleven %like %a never ending road
Last Line: A worn out ball point pen %a slum %me


SONG OF THE UPRISING    Poem Text    
First Line: Joy wings his way
Subject(s): War


SPRING       
First Line: This letter %is long overdue
Last Line: Even here %so I announce spring


SPRING       
First Line: I don't understand %this taste of spring
Last Line: I don't understand %the spring at all


SPRING AND SOME       
First Line: The woman coming toward me
Last Line: And we pass, red hat, red cape


STATEMENT TO THE CITIZENS       
First Line: We are here, working
Last Line: Can there not %be commerce between us


SUMMER       
First Line: The wind %has an edge %this evening
Last Line: The wind turns %on its pivot %endlessly


SUMMER HITS ROUTE 9       
First Line: On the trestle over the road %coming back from vermont
Last Line: Go right any time %but be prepared to stop


SUMMER SONGS       
First Line: Waiting for the afternoon
Last Line: I take %what I am able


SUNDAY POEM       
First Line: I forget what you %feel like. I
Last Line: Singing, you %will still dance


TALKING       
First Line: All of us


TALKING       
First Line: All of us %sit together
Last Line: With real people %waiting for us


TANGO POEM: 1       
First Line: He keeps calling %the name of the
Last Line: To remain silent, %and breathing


TANGO POEM: 2       
First Line: Or do the dance, %whatever its ritual
Last Line: Thought we could %come without moving


TEACHER       
First Line: Battered by sensibilities %I pretend the poem is easy
Last Line: That is simplicity enough and %even perhaps sensible also


TED BERRIGAN       
First Line: Oh ted %I'm sorry %it was all %better then
Last Line: Kept ringing out %oh my lord %ted I'm sorry


THANKSGIVING GRACE       
First Line: For that we eat
Last Line: Let us change our religion'


THE BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: He will insist on
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Showers & Showering


THE INNOCENT BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The innocence of her / breasts
Subject(s): Breasts


THE LOVE BIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The colors we depend on are / red for raspberry jam, white
Subject(s): Colors


THERE WAS SOME SORT OF HAIKU       
First Line: We lived together ten years


THESE DAYS       
First Line: All the young mothers


THESE DAYS       
First Line: All the young mothers %used to say
Last Line: And maybe not %the babies either


THIS WAS SOME SORT OF HAIKU       
First Line: We lived together ten years
Last Line: Tells me how strange it looks


THOUGHTS OF THE FAT MAN'S FATHER       
First Line: The fat man's father %lusts also but the
Last Line: It is neither %relaxing nor %relaxed %it is %what he does


TIME OUT       
First Line: With even one day's worth


TIME OUT       
First Line: With even one day's worth %poems surrounded with these things
Last Line: So that the silt deposits and things grow


TO HEAR       
First Line: To hear %over the phone %poems no one
Last Line: Not to know %why these were %never printed


TOOTHED WOMAN       
First Line: I sat toothless %gumming my eggs
Last Line: After all the %toothbarers to me


TOQER LOOKS LIKE A PIG       
Last Line: To hold the phillipines %for manifest destiny


TORAH       
First Line: And what doth the lord %require of thee
Last Line: Forsaken him %and this simple text %again


TOUCH POEM       
First Line: Feeling you unable to touch me
Last Line: Of us, head and %toe, with a touch


TRAVELING POEM       
First Line: You know that we %come to paths
Last Line: Crumbled at your %feet. We move on


TWO HAIKU TO BE READ EITHER ONE FIRST: ART       
First Line: Blue-green city bird
Last Line: You looked like a bag


TWO HAIKU TO BE READ EITHER ONE FIRST: NATURE       
First Line: Blue-green torn kraft bag
Last Line: You looked like a bird


UNDEFINED TENDERNESS       
Subject(s): Travel


USES OF ADVERSITY       
First Line: The combination


USES OF ADVERSITY       
First Line: The combination %of poisons %is called chop
Last Line: Combining thus %the words curse %and corse: the body


VALENTINE 1975       
First Line: I gave her a wand, %a staff of life
Last Line: My heart once again


VALENTINE'S DAY 1974       
First Line: Listening to the stories %romance through the ages
Last Line: Still and still, he says %over and over, be mine


VARIATION ON A THEME BY WCW       
First Line: Lustful creature %full of sin and song
Last Line: Lustful creature full %of sin my song


VILLAGE POEM       
First Line: In the summer of 23
Last Line: And perfectly formed %and it is where we are


VINE DELORIA MEETS A PALESKIN       
First Line: It's not the chasm %it's the bridge
Last Line: That's why %I believe in trolls


VINE DELORIA MEETS A PALESKIN       
First Line: It's not the chasm


VOWELS       
First Line: A black, e white, I red, u green, o blue : vowers
Last Line: Your eyes, pure violet outpoured


WAKING IN BED BY A RINGING TELEPHONE       
First Line: Whose call this is I think I know
Last Line: And miles to go before we sleep


WATER POEM       
First Line: I water the flowers, lady
Last Line: Like a fountain in %the hot summer


WAY WE WERE       
First Line: That he used a lot of tabasco sauce
Last Line: And finding the big world around us


WE MARK THE CENTENNIAL OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS' BIRTH OBSERVING A       
First Line: Yes I know a %lot depends on %the white house with
Last Line: Then she carefully %dries her hands %with it


WEAVING POEM       
First Line: She sits at the loom %quietly. It is the
Last Line: Mexican lace, %while this is a very fine burlap


WEDDING GIFTS       
First Line: Bowls to serve our food
Last Line: Into in this %our house


WEDDING HAIKU       
First Line: Wind blows shakes island
Last Line: And winter passes


WEDDING HAIKU       
First Line: Wind blows


WHAT MY FATHER SAID       
First Line: About words with unpronounced letters in them
Last Line: The apple didn't fall far from the tree


WORD       
First Line: No matter what book
Last Line: Do not list %more than eight


YELLOW CRANE       
First Line: Yellow crane gone with old man
Last Line: River mists, sadness comes strong


YOUNGEST GRACE       
First Line: Lem seven %thank you for the food before us
Last Line: Thank you for thanksgiving


YOUR TITS POEM       
First Line: Blocking every time %I sit down to
Last Line: Chart which and %at what times