Poetry Explorer

Search Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Search Results

Back to search

Searching...
Author: PADGETT, RON
Matches Found: 214


Padgett, Ron    Poet's Biography
214 poems available by this author


102 TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: If wystan auden were alive today
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Birthdays


16 NOVEMBER 1964    Poem Text    
First Line: As this morning seemed special when I woke up
Last Line: Where is it?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


17-AUG-71       
First Line: Shadows are not black or gray


A CARELESS APE    Poem Text    
First Line: The real reason I'm not you
Last Line: Drawn aside like music to show the notes glittering quietly below
Subject(s): Animals; Apes; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans


A MAN SAW A BALL OF GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: A man saw a ball of gold in the sky
Last Line: Ay, by the heavens, it was a ball of gold.
Subject(s): Gold


ADVICE TO YOUNG WRITERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One of the things I've repeated to writing
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


ADVICE TO YOUNG WRITERS       
First Line: One of the things I've repeated to writing
Last Line: That unexpected something, or even if you don't
Subject(s): Education; Schools


AFTER LORCA       
First Line: Pink paper with blue lines
Last Line: Pink sky with blue lines %very pretty


AFTER REVERDY    Poem Text    
First Line: I would never have wanted to see your sad face again
Last Line: That kind of love is terrible
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Reverdy, Pierre (1889-1960)


AFTER THE BROKEN ARM    Poem Text    
First Line: From point a a wind is blowing to point b
Last Line: Dispatch this note to our hero at once.
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


AIR / LIGHT / ENERGY & LOVE       
Last Line: Am here to %tell you so


ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The mental pictures I have of my parents and grandparents and my childhood are
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Death; Heritage; Heredity; Dead, The


ALBUM       
First Line: The mental pictures I have of my parents and grandparents and my
Last Line: Who have loved them. They treat us like dirt


ALONE AND NOT ALONE        Recitation by Author


ALPHONSE GOES TO THE PHARMACY       
First Line: For the third time, alphonse, no, I will not go to the pharmacy
Last Line: One last look at his mistress, then wended his way out the door


AMERICAN COWSLIP       
First Line: Nothing is %the way you think it is
Last Line: As it moved out %from under you %in the slow %rotation of the sphere %you call a star, %a flower, a


ANIMALS AND ART    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was saying that sometimes I feel sorry for wild animals, out there in the dark, looking
Subject(s): Animals


APE MAN       
First Line: Why is that I write so often about writing? I 'm not a theoretician of language
Last Line: Down and suck my own words up off the page


AROUND PARIS       
First Line: Everything in paris is round
Last Line: As lots of circles.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Paris, France


AT APOLLINAIRE'S TOMB    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The death of guillaume apollinaire still calls forth feelings of sorrow
Subject(s): Apollinaire, Guillaume (1880-1918); Poetry & Poets; Surrealism


AT APOLLINAIRE'S TOMB       
First Line: The death of guillaume apollinaire still calls forth feelings of sorrow
Last Line: I looked around. He was gone. Everything looked the same. %well, %sort of
Subject(s): Apollinaire, Guillaume (1880-1918); Poetry And Poets; Surrealism


AUTUMN ALMANAC    Poem Text    
First Line: Today there's supposed to be a break
Subject(s): Weather


AUTUMN'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Rilke walks toward a dime. I saw
Last Line: Wander restlessly when leaves are blown.
Subject(s): Grasshoppers


BARGAIN HUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose you found a bargain so incredible
Subject(s): Life


BASTILLE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The first time I saw paris
Subject(s): Bastille (paris)


BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES       
First Line: We have to wait. It's not yet time
Last Line: Her snapping jaws


BENEFIT OF DOUBT       
First Line: When I was at the age when one's intellectual training seems
Last Line: Although you are not there, and never were


BIG BLUEJAY COMPOSITION       
First Line: Compositions in harmony
Last Line: Y-you'd b-b-better b-b-believe it! It cried wildly


BIRCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see birches
Last Line: One could do worse than see birches
Subject(s): Birch Trees; Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


BLACKTOP       
First Line: The newly blacktopped highway with the bright yellow stripe down
Last Line: And all for you, movie-goers laughing on your way home


BOB CREELEY BREAKTHROUGH       
First Line: This is going well today
Last Line: Are making it %impossible!


BODY ENGLISH       
First Line: Say something about still life
Last Line: Unique.
Subject(s): Detective Stories


BRIEF CORRESPONDENCE COURSE       
First Line: When I close a letter


BUCKETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of rain
Last Line: We win
Subject(s): Rain; Water


CHOCOLATE MILK       
First Line: Oh god! It's great!
Last Line: The wonderful chocolate milk!


CLUNK POEM       
First Line: I pick up the pieces
Last Line: That'll show the bastards


COFFEE CORNER    Poem Text    
First Line: The large bowls of coffee at breakfast in france
Subject(s): Coffee


COORS       
First Line: When I laid out the slices of olive loaf next to the can of coors, I
Last Line: Can of coors, I was hit with an intense sensation, the pang of loving %someone I don't really know


CUFFLINKS       
First Line: I am brother to the frankfurter
Last Line: A bright idea in a bright emptiness %a photo finish


DEAD OR ALIVE IN BELGIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody you think is dead is alive
Subject(s): Life; Death; Belgium; Dead, The


DECEMBER       
First Line: I will sleep
Last Line: In my little cup
Subject(s): December


DEJA VU       
First Line: I'm back in the saddle again
Last Line: And looks down at me


DETACH, INVADING    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh humming all and
Last Line: Strapping, apricot
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


DISGRUNTLED MAN       
First Line: I brush the hair located on the right side of my head
Last Line: With the way he brushed his hair


DOG       
First Line: The new york streets look nude and stupid
Last Line: Some dog barking in some street somewhere. %I hate that dog


DRINK       
First Line: I am always interested in the people in films who have just
Last Line: David's car. Yes, this is a contemporary film


EARLY TRIANGLES       
First Line: Can you feel the swell
Last Line: Delicate triangles in the afternoon


ESSAY ON IMAGINATION       
First Line: So I go to the baseball stadium
Last Line: Of the imagination cannot be contained, no matter how hard we try


EUPHUES       
First Line: I dunno about this euphues
Last Line: A tone actually heard in the air


EVERYBODY AND HIS UNCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was waiting to happen.
Subject(s): Family Life; Driving & Drivers; Relatives


EXCEPT AT NIGHT       
First Line: Seurat and gris do meet
Last Line: Says seurat, too.
Subject(s): Gris, Juan (1887-1927); Seurat, Georges (1859-1891)


EXTRA STAR       
First Line: I am under the impression
Last Line: That is your interior settle %back in the afternoon shade %and just take it all in, %one extra hour


FAIRY TALE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The little elf is dressed in a floppy cap
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


FALLING IN LOVE IN SPAIN OR MEXICO    Poem Text    
First Line: I am happy to meet you. My name is jose gomez carillo. What is
Last Line: The end
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Beginnings


FAMOUS FLAMES       
First Line: With all my faults
Last Line: Against the wall of the faculty lounge %until his glasses fell on the floor, %burst into flame


FANTASY BLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to have a sexual fantasy
Subject(s): Fantasy; Sex


FANTASY FOR KITE AND OBOE       
First Line: Let's keep going and let loose a little string
Last Line: So that the fierce wind is tearing the kite to shreds %one inch from your face that is rosy and roar


FIAT ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fiat! / you have freed us from our dusty dreadful past
Last Line: Because they are dead!
Subject(s): Boccaccio, Giovanni (1313-1375); Fiat Automobiles; Poetry & Poets


FIRST DRIFT       
First Line: The writing of poems
Last Line: The chimpanzee is completing a quadruple somersault %from shining bar to shining bar


FLOWER'S ESCAPE       
First Line: What have we here, a little daisy alongside the footpath
Last Line: Bent over a flower that has fled my touch


FORTUNE COOKIE MAN       
First Line: Working for ten years now at the fortune cookie factory and I'm still
Last Line: Don't blame me. I just work here


FROM HUNGER       
First Line: Ten til twelve
Last Line: Suddenly I feel very hungry


GENTLEMEN PREFER CARROTS       
First Line: I nearly went to sleep standing on a corner today
Last Line: Light; and fall coming on


GETTING ALONG       
First Line: We stride briskly down the country lane, bluejay squabble overhead
Last Line: I will walk unafraid through a forest of cowboy hats


GLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When I wake up earlier than you and you
Subject(s): Waking; Love


GOETHE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When kenneth koch
Subject(s): Koch, Kenneth (1925-2002)


GOETHE       
First Line: When kenneth koch
Last Line: And whose figures are transparent %like our souls, sort of existing %and not existing at the same ti
Subject(s): Koch, Kenneth (1925-2002)


GRASSHOPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: It's funny when the mind thinks about the psyche
Subject(s): Grasshoppers


GREETINGS FROM DALMATIA       
First Line: When I lie down in bed
Last Line: With the parade of faces that come back to see you %just as you open my eyes


HAIKU       
First Line: First: five syllables
Last Line: Third: five syllables


HIGH HEELS       
First Line: I have a vision
Last Line: On the beachball on the next page


HOMAGE TO MAX JACOB    Poem Text    
First Line: Goodbye sting and all my columbines
Last Line: Not paris.
Subject(s): Farewell; Jacob, Max (1876-1944); Parting


HOW TO BE A WOODPECKER       
First Line: I was once asleep, in florida
Last Line: I had to leave it for a while, %because I had stopped believing it


HOW TO BECOME A TREE IN SWEDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I look up ahead and see
Subject(s): Sweden; Trees


HUG    Poem Text    
First Line: The older I get, the more I like hugging, when I was little the
Subject(s): Hugs & Hugging


HULA       
First Line: While I was writing my poem
Last Line: That we are truly a great nation


HUMAN BEING AND THE HUMAN NOTHINGNESS       
First Line: The question in my mind was whether we had seen sartre at la
Last Line: Have assumed that steak au poivre would be the same thing as pepper %steal


I REMEMBER LOST THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember getting letters addressed to me with my name and street
Subject(s): Memory


I'D GIVE YOU MY SEAT IF I WERE HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows these flowers are making on each other
Last Line: And you know and you know.
Subject(s): Dreams; Funerals - At Sea; Graves; Nightmares; Burials At Sea; Tombs; Tombstones


INDIAN TERRITORY       
First Line: My wife told me I should come in and write down what I just said
Last Line: Which, years, hence, might well suggest, to the sympathetic %eye, a wide open space itself


INTERIOR DECORATION       
First Line: Parts were missing
Last Line: The answer has been rearranged


IT TURNS OUT        Recitation by Author


JEOPARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when I phoned
Subject(s): Television; Mothers; Aging; Tv


JET PLANE       
First Line: Flies across sky
Last Line: Flies across sky
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


JOE BRAINARD'S PAINTING 'BINGO'    Poem Text    
First Line: I suffer when I sit next to joe brainard's painting bingo
Last Line: She had misunderstood what I had said
Subject(s): Brainard, Joe (b. 1942); Museums; Paintings And Painters; Art Gallerys


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN OUTER SPACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is my philosophy
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN OUTER SPACE       
First Line: Here is my philosophy
Last Line: Philosophy: buttr and serve


LE MOUVEMENT DE CESAR FRANCK       
First Line: On a laisse des raisins secs
Last Line: En triangles d'asphalte
Subject(s): Franck, Cesar (1822-1890)


LICKED BY IGOR       
First Line: As I lick the back of the head of a man named igor sikorsky
Last Line: But something about this igor sikorsky has made us sad


LIGHT AS AIR       
First Line: It's calm today. I sit outside, or inside by the window, and look out
Last Line: And I have the feeling I'm smiling, though I'm not


LINES WRITTEN AT COLUMBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky was like a blue blackboard from which
Subject(s): Memory; Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


LITTLE PAST MIDNIGHT SNACK       
First Line: On the big oak table I lay out a fresh peach on a white dish, some
Last Line: How could anyone not love fairfield porter? Or the food on my %table?


LOST AND FOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Man has lost his gods.
Subject(s): Dogs


LOUISIANA PERCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Certain words disappear from a language
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


LOUISIANA PERCH       
First Line: Certain words disappear from a language
Last Line: Have hamburgers! Have hamburgers
Subject(s): Language


LOVE POEM       
First Line: We have plenty of matches in our house
Last Line: With kisses that smolder toward heaven


M'SIEUR TARZAN       
First Line: There comes a point at which you have to sit back and let things
Last Line: And sweeps like a maniac through the trailing vines, dressed in his %best suit, a nice dark brown wo


MARIANA       
First Line: The young albanian girl in a green summer dress
Last Line: Like the girl, who knows it, and smiles


MEDIEVAL YAWN       
First Line: Who reallys ees anything when he yawns
Last Line: Quickly toward the door on this friday afternoon, 3:30


MIR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shtetl,
Subject(s): Villages; Jews; Judaism


MISTER HORSE       
First Line: Mmmm / I get up and am seized by the present
Last Line: If I send him to visit you sometime
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


MORE OF THIS LIGHT       
First Line: This evening's clear light and light blue pink look like the penguin
Last Line: Only the light would stay this way


MORNING       
First Line: Who is here with me? %my mother and an indian man
Last Line: I hear my father's breathing change


MOST SENSUAL OF RECLUSES       
Last Line: Were hesitant to address letters in your own hand
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


MUSIC LESSON       
First Line: I would like to tell you a story
Last Line: By messmer from all over the world


MY COUP       
First Line: The bright light of what could be an electric angel hits my face
Last Line: Bird that comes to the windowsill almost every morning


MY OLD MUSE       
First Line: So who is
Last Line: Forty-five, %ugh, old


MY ROOM       
First Line: For many years I had wanted to have a room of my own in a house
Last Line: Need of friends among the plants & animals of this earth, & yes, %the humans too, & the rooms we bui


NAME       
First Line: Yours is an ... Up


NIGHT JUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: At night chinamen jump
Subject(s): O'hara, Frank (1926-1966)


NOTHING IN THAT DRAWER    Poem Text    


ODE TO BOHEMIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars at night
Last Line: From colorful individuals
Subject(s): Bohemians


ODE TO BOHEMIANS       
First Line: The stars at night
Last Line: You colorful individuals
Subject(s): Bohemians


ODE TO CLEMMONS LAURRELL       
First Line: Immortal clemmons!
Last Line: Jump %wonder of wonders


ODE TO GIUSEPPE UNGARETTI       
First Line: D.C. Italian sphinx semi-divine! Fled from egypt's sizzling figs in your
Last Line: Twentieth-century poet!
Subject(s): Ungaretti, Giuspeppe (1888-1970)


ODE TO MUSSOLINI       
First Line: Mussolini, we do not want your brain in our country!
Last Line: For the hideous gray contents of your skull!
Subject(s): Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)


ODE TO POLAND       
First Line: It is embarrassingly true
Last Line: Around the lamp as it falls %these are they


ODE TO STUPIDITY       
First Line: Duh - I - %I bet you never heard of huntz hall
Last Line: And fly with his message through space and time


ODE TO THE ASTRONAUTS    Poem Text    
First Line: O astronauts!
Last Line: You are pushing the bright new shiny buttons of your machine!
Subject(s): Apollo; Astronauts; Mythology - Classical; Planets; Space And Space Travel


ODE TO THE FUTURIST PAINTERS AND POETS       
First Line: Futurist painters and poets!
Last Line: Painters and poets!
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Poetry & Poets


OKLAHOMA DAWN       
First Line: Everything is nice nowhere
Last Line: As he pays the green check and saunters out, %a funny nobody, on his way in the oklahoma dawn


OLIVETTI LETTERA       
First Line: Goodbye, little lettera
Last Line: Undressing, slowly, in the dark


OOO AND AHH       
First Line: I'd like to write another poem tonight
Last Line: Look and actually say 'ooo' and 'ahh.' %that's why this poe m is so short


OSWALDO'S SONG       
First Line: Be glad that, as the world is in various forms of turmoil
Last Line: A light breeze rustles the banana palms


PASSAGE CHARLES DALLERY       
First Line: I'm standing in the shade of a tree


POEM       
First Line: Funny, I hear %frank o'hara's
Last Line: He's in town tonight


POEM       
First Line: When I am dead and gone
Last Line: For the molecules of god %are just tremendous


POEM       
First Line: Just how do you wash a paper plate?
Last Line: I come back alive it'll be immediately pleasant %and without all the fuss of starting life again
Subject(s): Funerals


POEM FOR EL LISSITZKY       
First Line: Bgawk %there goes that polly again
Last Line: Never did sell many vacuum cleaners, though


POEM FOR JOAN INGLIS ON HER BIRTHDAY       
First Line: As he stood saying goodbye
Last Line: Small, darkly shaded lamp.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Happiness; Joy; Delight


POEMA DEL CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I live in the city
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


POEMA DEL CITY       
First Line: I live in the city
Last Line: Silent gray wisps rise from the smouldering campfires
Subject(s): Cities


POEMA DEL CITY 2    Poem Text    
First Line: A light chill on the knees
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


POEMA DEL CITY 2       
First Line: A light chill on the knees
Last Line: This living, to make you cry, or rise %& sneeze, and douse the light
Subject(s): Cities


POET AS IMMORTAL BIRD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A second ago my heart thump went
Subject(s): Birds; Poetry & Poets


POETIC LICENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: This license certifies
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POPULAR MECHANICS       
First Line: Hey, wayne, come in here for a moment!' I called out to the doorway
Last Line: You want to go outside?' %'what for?' %'well, we'll find something.' %'so let's go.'


POULAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: An orange and blue box of poulain chocolate
Last Line: And I pick it up
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Tables


PROSE POEM       
First Line: The morning coffee. I'm not sure why I drink it. Maybe it's the ritual of the
Last Line: Unaware of what has happened to the world


READING REVERDY    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind that went through the head left it plural
Last Line: I get up on top of an inhuman voice.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Reverdy, Pierre (1889-1960)


RED BENDIX       
First Line: A red bendix %belts out its great aria
Last Line: Something there, something %utterly horrible


REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm afraid father's hair is slightly cancelled
Last Line: In the manner of a painting a work of art.
Subject(s): Memory; Past


RIALTO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Theater & Theaters; Poetry & Poets; Names; Stage Life


RINSO    Poem Text    
First Line: The slight agitation
Subject(s): Dishes


RUE DE RENNES       
First Line: I have always had an irrational fear
Last Line: Up the street and suddenly accelerates %into the far distance. I %am alone here on the rue de rennes


SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS       
First Line: My wife and I have been meaning to buy a set of salt and pepper
Last Line: At them can describe the society that produced them, just as you %can read this and know me


SECOND WHY       
First Line: I have always found mark twain to be a rather depressing
Last Line: Sane, civilized, benevolent


SLEEP ALARM       
First Line: Just as some guy %is proposing to suzanne pleshette
Last Line: Books along the wall


SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going out for a pack of cigarettes'
Subject(s): Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


SMOKE       
First Line: I'm going out for a pack of cigarettes'
Last Line: They left, and they looked, but %they never did find that pack of cigarettes
Subject(s): Smoking


SNOW       
First Line: The light pink cone, the light green square, and
Last Line: Who invented the alphabet %has not yet melted, %that in dreams begin responsibilities, %that I am st


SOME BOMBS; AFTER REVERDY    Poem Text    
First Line: One goes by like some oafs
Last Line: Lash larue is rio grande and tristan comma a bully fardle
Subject(s): Bombs; Reverdy, Pierre (1889-1960)


SONG       
First Line: Little violet %all alone
Last Line: Just like his mother


STORK       
First Line: As I write I keep looking back
Last Line: I wish it'd happen


STRAWBERRIES IN MEXICO    Poem Text    
First Line: At 14th street and first avenue
Last Line: It's just a very blue sky I'm looking at
Subject(s): Books; Madison Avenue, New York; Retail Trade; Reading; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


SWEET PEA       
First Line: You are sweeter than the sweet pea
Last Line: Stars I bless, bless for having you


TALKING TO VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY       
First Line: All right, I admit it
Last Line: Vladimir had left the poem


THE BEST THING I DID    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers


THE BLIND DOG OF VENICE       
First Line: The tartar sauce lesson was misunderstood
Last Line: Reveal the gentleman lawn reclining in a gesture of crassness.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


THE CENTER OF GRAVITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The military jeep was said
Subject(s): Gravitation


THE COMPLETE WORKS       
First Line: The big black bear and the prowling panther lived near our beautiful school
Last Line: At last at dusk the brisk skate returned.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Poetry & Poets


THE COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The holstein looks at us with big eyes but with no expression
Subject(s): Animals; Country Fairs


THE DEATH DEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since that moment
Subject(s): Mortality


THE DRINK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am always interested in the people in films who have just had a drink
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Drinks & Drinking; Movies; Cinema; Wine


THE EMS DISPATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Opening up a mud duck
Last Line: The close call packed away and sniffing at the edge
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE FARMER'S HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: At that instant there came a crash more terrific than any that had
Last Line: He was rapidly shouting this as he ran from the barn.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE FORTUNE COOKIE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Working for ten years now at the fortune cookie factory and I'm still not allowed to write
Subject(s): Fortune Cookies


THE HAUNTED HOUSE       
First Line: Put a coin on the doorstep. Gears begin
Last Line: Fades back into the house.
Subject(s): Haunted Houses


THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I think the deed was richer than dying
Last Line: Set up machine guns over the stale bellyaching of our books
Subject(s): Death; War


THE LIFE OF M.       
First Line: The true test of a man is a bunt. So kiss me!
Last Line: Besides, the gaucho is almost here.
Subject(s): Life


THE LOVE COOK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let me cook you some dinner.
Subject(s): Love; Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


THE RED POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh dear here we are again in a pool of blood
Subject(s): Wine


THE SANDWICH MAN       
First Line: The funny thing is that he's reading a paper
Last Line: And the horrible license plate on it
Subject(s): Strangers


THE STAPLER    Poem Text    
First Line: When my mother died
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


THE STATUE OF A LIBERTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I've chosen this title not only because I like it
Last Line: Detonates the very tip
Subject(s): Statues


THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: I never quite understood who
Subject(s): Names


THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Boing, boing, boing
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Astaire, Fred (1899-1987); Rogers, Ginger (1911-1995); Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


THINK AND DO    Poem Text    
First Line: I always have to be doing something, accomplishing some-
Subject(s): Activity; Exercise


THIS FOR THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: What will I have for breakfast?
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Plums; Plum Trees


THREE ANIMALS: THE BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: The butterfly / flies up like pow
Last Line: "like a woman’s face to pow
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THREE ANIMALS: THE BUTTERFLY       
First Line: The butterfly %flies up like pow
Last Line: Like a woman's face to powder
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


THREE ANIMALS: THE ELECTRIC EEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The electric eel / slides through the water
Last Line: It lights up
Subject(s): Eels


THREE ANIMALS: THE ELECTRIC EEL       
First Line: The electric eel %slides through the water
Last Line: It lights up
Subject(s): Eels


THREE ANIMALS: THE GIRAFFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The 2 f's / in giraffe
Last Line: Like 2 giraffes
Subject(s): Giraffes


THREE ANIMALS: THE GIRAFFE       
First Line: The 2 f's %in giraffe
Last Line: Like 2 giraffes
Subject(s): Giraffes


THREE LITTLE POEMS       
First Line: I call you on %the 'phone &
Last Line: Few are. 4:51 %and darker


TO FRANCIS SAUF QUE       
First Line: You think of everything
Last Line: Are there two of us here instead?
Subject(s): Love


TO WOODY WOODPECKER       
First Line: I love you, woody
Last Line: The heart has seven minutes %with woody woodpecker, %seven minutes of pure bliss


TOM AND JERRY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL       
First Line: It is an english countryside
Last Line: An ordinary man %in shoes that glow %a bright yellow %and an orange lightning tieclasp


TONE ARM       
First Line: The clouds go rolling over
Last Line: A shirt is here, too
Subject(s): Columbia University; Poetry & Poets; Teaching & Teachers


TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The little clock dings on the roof


UNABLE TO NAP IN KINDERGARTEN       
First Line: I am lying on a light blue corduroy pallet
Last Line: The weight %of the world lying below in a rocky rubble
Subject(s): Kindergarten


UNTITLED       
First Line: On the album cover of my ten-inch kindertotenlieder
Last Line: This record: it is too beautiful, and too sad


VISIT FROM HURRICANE BOB       
First Line: A hurricane, even one named bob
Last Line: Stood there like cows, right where they were


VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have always laughed
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


VOICE       
First Line: I have always laughed
Last Line: Wish to remain a phony the rest of my life
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


VOICE AND FUR    Poem Text    
First Line: I touch my dog and she wags
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


VOICE AND FUR       
First Line: I touch my dog and she wags
Last Line: Drizzle across the clouds that are %now starting to separate
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


WALKING AND TALKING       
First Line: Why don't I write about kenward and patty
Last Line: As I have this one (words in my head)


WAY OF ALL HANDWRITING       
First Line: As long as there is hair on the human head
Last Line: Fall into the ionosphere %where even combs go when they die,%perfected, like first crayons, %bright


WHEN I THINK MORE OF MY OWN FUTURE THAN OF MYSELF       
First Line: Coming out of the bathroom
Last Line: Between love and death
Subject(s): Future


WHO AND EACH       
First Line: I got up early sunday morning
Last Line: Thus I spend my days, %waiting for my friends to die


WICKERWARE       
First Line: This must be the sophomore jinx honeymoon
Last Line: (abraham lincoln shot in the back.)


WILSON '57       
First Line: A terrific blast
Last Line: Next year! Keep %up your great %smash


WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it is over and everyone knew it
Last Line: "the postcard making it ""right"" instead of wrong"
Subject(s): Exchange Students; Germany; Foreign Exchange Programs; Germans


WISCONSIN       
First Line: It's hard to find that little room again


WITH LEE REMICK AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: The lights shoot off the windows at the plaza
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


WITH LEE REMICK AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: The lights shoot off the windows at the plaza
Last Line: As evening settles down in its glorious space %and I shoot down the slide and up, and out
Subject(s): Cities


WONDERFUL THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Anne, who are dead and whom I loved in a rather asinine fashion
Last Line: Tell you wonderful things
Subject(s): Absence; Love - Loss Of; Separation; Isolation


WORDS FROM THE FRONT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Youth


WORDS TO JOE CERAVOLO       
First Line: I think tonight I am beginning to understand some impulses
Last Line: You're o.K.
Subject(s): Friendship; Sympathy; Empathy


Y..R D..K       
First Line: It w.S c....H f.R t..M to go b..K to t.E h..E
Last Line: No m..E o.......E to it t..N to a b...N d.G
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


YAK AND YAK       
First Line: I am saying
Last Line: In the flowing beat of the night's heart


YOU AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I think I'm smoking too much too many cigarettes
Last Line: Every day this week and I'm glad I don't drink so there
Subject(s): Fire; Smoking; Substance Abuse; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes; Addictive Behavior