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Author: PEACOCK, MOLLY
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Peacock, Molly    Poet's Biography
133 poems available by this author


A FAVOR OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for making this sacrifice,'
Subject(s): Markets; Accidents; First Aid; Good Samaritan; Supermarkets


A HOT DAY IN AGRIGENTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Temples look like discarded alphabets.
Subject(s): Thirst; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A SIMPLE PURCHASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Buying flowers
Last Line: From take heart, random house.
Subject(s): Evil; Flowers; God


ALTRUISM    Poem Text    
First Line: What if we got outside ourselves and there
Subject(s): Relationships


ANGER SWEETENED    Poem Text    
First Line: What we don't forget is what we don't say
Subject(s): Literary Form


ANGER SWEETENED       
First Line: What we don't forget is what we don't say
Last Line: Will gag us now that we are so enraged
Subject(s): Literary Form


ARTICHOKE HEART       
First Line: Whenever I cook an artichoke I
Last Line: I've prepared an artichoke head


ASYLUM HOUSE       
First Line: Everybody at that age


BETTER TO BE NAKED THANA DUTCH PAINTING       
First Line: Not like fruit


BIO LOGOS       
First Line: I love your face when we are making love
Last Line: Above the brown mouth's living o, a species find


BLANK PAPER       
First Line: Blank sheets of paper were my inheritance


BUFFALO    Poem Text    
First Line: Many times I wait there for my father
Subject(s): Buffalo (city), New York; Cities; Fathers & Daughters; Urban Life


BUFFALO       
First Line: Many times I wait there for my father
Last Line: Behind bar blinds we were caged, %some motes of sunlight cathedrally beaming
Subject(s): Buffalo (city), New York; Cities; Fathers And Daughters


CELTIC LADY SEX GARGOYLE ON MEDIEVAL LINTEL       
First Line: Shelagh na gig, lady on her haunches
Last Line: The wisdom of the wenches this: self-love


CERTAIN PEOPLE       
First Line: Certain people take huge pride in keeping
Last Line: Tended by those who love their jobs, but go home


CHANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: May favor obscure brainy aptitudes in you
Subject(s): Libraries & Librarians


CHRISEASTER       
First Line: I woke up to the bleating of a lamb
Last Line: In the hall, and later watched as I lay sleeping %at home
Subject(s): Literary Form


CLEAN IT UP IMMEDIATELY       
First Line: I hope I'll be a happy old lady


COMMANDS OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tragedy of a face in pain
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


COMMANDS OF LOVE       
First Line: The tragedy of a face in pain
Last Line: Something to get, something to be done
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


COUPLE SHARING A PEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not the first time
Subject(s): Peaches; Togetherness


DARK       
First Line: Agitated, rolling in her barred bed


DEFECT-O-METER       
First Line: The healthy can listen in if they want


DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesn't speak and it isn't schooled
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Literary Form


DESIRE       
First Line: It doesn't speak and it isn't schooled
Last Line: Deeper than the brain's detail; the drive to feel
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Literary Form


DEVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wafer dissolves on my tongue, wonder
Subject(s): Literary Form


DEVOLUTION       
First Line: When the wafer dissolves on my tongue, wonder
Last Line: I might at last become: simple
Subject(s): Literary Form


DON'T THINK GOVERNMENTS END THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't think governments end the world. The blast
Subject(s): Disasters


DON'T THINK GOVERNMENTS END THE WORLD       
First Line: Don't think governments end the world. The blast
Last Line: Name the one you're sure of. The history of nations %is cold; the world burns by generations
Subject(s): Disasters


DREAM COME TRUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The little girl is shy
Subject(s): Literary Form


DREAM COME TRUE       
First Line: The little girl is shy
Last Line: Will be her nightmare
Subject(s): Literary Form


FAVOR OF LOVE       
First Line: Thank you for making this sacrifice'
Last Line: Return to the universe a favor of love


FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF       
First Line: Feeling sorry for yourself is the right


FELLINI THE CAT       
First Line: Before fellini the cat died, he hissed
Last Line: A shock only a blanket up to his neck could redress


FORGIVENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgiveness is not an abstraction for
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


FORTUNE       
First Line: A braceleted wrist with a good luck charm
Last Line: And the day will begin with something to lose


FRIENDS       
First Line: Friends are our families now. They act


GARDEN GIRAFFES       
First Line: In a hotel room in brussels I wound
Last Line: But sometimes form itself makes us content


GENTLY WAITING       
First Line: Gently waiting and attending. Patience
Last Line: As if making letters, each meal a missive


GOOD GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Hold up the universe, good girl. Hold up
Subject(s): Literary Form


GOOD GIRL       
First Line: Hold up the universe, good girl. Hold up
Last Line: The universe about its pole. God's not far
Subject(s): Literary Form


GOODBYE HELLO IN THE EAST VILLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Three tables down from allen ginsberg we sit
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


GOODBYE HELLO IN THE EAST VILLAGE       
First Line: Three tables down from allen ginsberg we sit
Last Line: Since at this cold dark moment things are fine
Subject(s): Restaurants


GREEN ARCH       
First Line: One hump of an 'm,' 'a' 'u' upside down
Last Line: Running toward the flat open lawn, ourselves


GREETING CARD VERSE       
First Line: Stop. Arret. This message (you're selfish) is
Last Line: To you, to you, dressed up as a card. Love, mama


HAVE YOU EVER FAKED AN ORGASM?    Poem Text    
First Line: When I get nervous, it's so hard not to


HAVE YOU EVER FAKED AN ORGASM? (1)       
First Line: All my girlfriends were talking about sex
Last Line: Finally turns tender side up as the lock untwists
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Homosexuality; Sex


HAVE YOU EVER FAKED AN ORGASM? (2)       
First Line: When I get nervous, it's so hard not to
Last Line: That should crack a world, but doesnt slip's, free
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Literary Form; Sex


HOW I COME TO YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Even a rock / has insides
Subject(s): Literary Form


HOW I COME TO YOU       
First Line: Even a rock %has insides
Last Line: This is how I come to you: %broken, %not what I knew
Subject(s): Literary Form


HOW I HAD TO ACT    Poem Text    
First Line: One day I went and bought a fake fur coat
Subject(s): Literary Form


HOW I HAD TO ACT       
First Line: One day I went and bought a fake fur coat
Last Line: You have to act this way
Subject(s): Literary Form


HUNT       
First Line: The stubby, black-jowled dog inside me growls
Last Line: Guarding empty gate and empty street %till hunter becomes me, and we repeat


I MUST HAVE LEARNED THIS SOMEWHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved an old doll made of bleached
Subject(s): Comfort; Dolls; Mothers


INSTEAD OF HER OWN       
First Line: Instead of her own, my grandfather washed my hair.
Last Line: Water almost warm in a room almost cold.


KIND OF PARLANCE       
First Line: At 3 p.M. She feeds the penguins
Last Line: The two questions, in the midst %of rockorockos


LIFE OF LEON BONVIN       
First Line: Leon bonvin was a painter


LIVING WITHOUT MEANING       
First Line: The grandmother I loved is dead


LOST WITH A MAP       
First Line: Travel, a brave act to commit


LULL       
First Line: The possum lay on the tracks fully dead.
Last Line: Is flesh, flesh, and flesh.


LULLABY       
First Line: Big as a down duvet the night
Last Line: On me, chest on breasts, your field


MISS MUFFET REVISITED       
First Line: My costume for halloween is miss muffet
Last Line: Back %where I began, amidst embodied ghouls, %though since I've had new dresses and new bowls


MY COLLEGE SEX GROUP    Poem Text    
First Line: All my girlfriends were talking about sex


MY GOD WHY ARE YOUJ CRYING?    Poem Text    
First Line: When someone cries, after making love spills
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Crying


MY GOD, WHY ARE YOU CRYING       
First Line: When someone cries after making love spills
Last Line: The lover with fear to have struck so deep
Variant Title(s): My God, Why Are You Crying


MY POSTHUMOUS WISH       
First Line: Growing up won't have been easy for you
Last Line: To use my words to re-secure your touch


NAME THE BEST WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE       
Last Line: All freshened up? Sashay your hips


NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED       
First Line: I'm so sorry I got happy too late


OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A city mouse darts from the paws of night
Last Line: A finger to her lips / the pause of night
Subject(s): Night


OF NIGHT       
First Line: A city mouse darts from the paws of night
Last Line: A finger to her lips, the pause of night


OLD ROADSIDE RESORTS       
First Line: Summer is a chartreuse hell in the mountains


ON KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE       
First Line: Because you over-concentrate, molly
Last Line: Of cobalt and gold for it unfolds over time


ONLY CHOICE       
First Line: To become conscious of all around us


OPTIMISM    Poem Text    
First Line: A freak spring snow storm made us take the old
Subject(s): Storms; Optimism


OUR ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I tell the children in school sometimes
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


OUR ROOM       
First Line: I tell the children in school sometimes
Last Line: Oddly lonely when we talk about our homes
Subject(s): Education; Schools


PAINTED DESERT       
First Line: Connivers are the victims I hate most


PEACOCK'S SUPERETTE       
First Line: There were plenty of cans
Last Line: Forgotten knowledge become belief %on its crooked pole


PERSISTENCE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love; Mothers & Daughters


PINK DOG       
First Line: The sun is blazing and the sky is blue
Last Line: While you go begging, living by your wits
Subject(s): Literary Form


POOL OF SKY       
First Line: His kiss on my forehead-a moist surprise
Last Line: Never in ten years had he ever blessed me


PORTRAYAL       
First Line: Hearing about a friend's friend over years
Last Line: By your own secrets inside the framed %flay which resembles you, beside her name


PRAIRIE PRAYER       
First Line: Time rolls out like a prairie
Last Line: Such contact would be prayer, %an endlessness inside there
Subject(s): Prayer; Religion


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Herbie sat the class down and told us how
Subject(s): Religious Education; Sex; Prayer; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools


PURR       
First Line: As you stand still in the hall thinking what
Last Line: In me, the sound something numb come alive makes


PURR RIDDLE       
First Line: Sound beneath layers of tissue and blood
Last Line: To its pledge-now-were, now-were-is our purr


PUTTING A BURDEN DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Putting a burden down feels so empty
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


REPAIR       
First Line: You have broken yours, haven't you?
Last Line: You have broken yours, haven't you?


RETURN       
First Line: When I open my legs to let you seek
Last Line: Of the cave must tell you, 'yes, you can go back.'
Subject(s): Literary Form


REUNION       
First Line: Sweat lingering in broadcloth over soap


SAY YOU LOVE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: What happened earlier I'm not sure of
Subject(s): Violence


SAY YOU LOVE ME       
First Line: What happened earlier I'm not sure of
Last Line: So there we remained, completely alone
Subject(s): Violence


SCREAMING AT MY STUDENT       
First Line: I became angry


SEEING A BASKET OF LOBELIA THE COLOR OF A BATHROBE       
First Line: At that time I read a book about a girl prone
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


SEEING A BASKET OF LOBELIA THE COLOR OF A BATHROBE       
First Line: At that time I read a book about a girl prone
Last Line: The tears stored in roots brought out for food
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


SEEING WHAT IT'S LIKE       
First Line: Killing yourself


SITE       
First Line: I won't explain since you can't understand
Last Line: You're forced to hysterics from nothing to do


SMELL       
First Line: The smoky smell of menses--ma always
Last Line: God, what animals we are, huge of haunch, %bloody and wise in the stench of bosk


SO, WHEN I SWIM TO THE SHORE       
First Line: Living alone is like floating on blue
Last Line: I own every blue day I'm not a part of


SPELL       
First Line: The job in certain lives has been to find a
Last Line: Not to destroy it, but to make it haz
Subject(s): Literary Form


SUNNY DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The children are singing a song about
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SUNNY DAYS       
First Line: The children are singing a song about
Last Line: Homes for themselves behind their screams and lies
Subject(s): Education; Schools


SWEET TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: The largest bud in creation travels
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


SWEET TIME       
First Line: The largest bud in creation travels
Last Line: Their readiness %is making their own sweet ways unburied
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


THAT LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: That leaf tries very hard to turn over
Subject(s): Leaves


THE ALL OF IT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Picnics; Swans; Barbecues


THE CHOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ghost of my pregnancy, a large
Subject(s): Abortion


THE CLIFFS OF MISTAKE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Errors; Mistakes; Fallacies


THE CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Unable to quell a sudden urge for neatness,
Subject(s): Cups; Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Agitated, rolling in her barred bed
Subject(s): Mothers; Sickness; Hospitals; Illness


THE FARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Bury me in my pink pantsuit, you said--and I did
Subject(s): Funerals; Jewelry & Jewelers; Burials; Rings; Bracelets; Necklaces


THE FLAW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The best thing about a hand-made pattern
Subject(s): Imperfection


THE HAPPY DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: A man on the train feeding grapes to his son
Last Line: Day, when I was undone
Subject(s): Diaries; Happiness


THE LULL    Poem Text    
First Line: The possum lay on the tracks fully dead.
Subject(s): Opossums; Death - Animals; Possums


THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I open my legs to let you seek
Last Line: Of my cave must tell you, “yes, you can go back”
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE SILVER ARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: With your fifteen percent chance to survive
Last Line: Unbidden, through the forbidden city
Subject(s): Railroads; Survival; Marriage


THE SPELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The job in certain lives has been to find a
Last Line: Not to destroy it, but make it haz
Subject(s): Literary Form; Jobs


THE SURGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe it is the shyness of the pride
Last Line: From take heart, random house.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THOSE PAPERWEIGHTS WITH SNOW INSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dad pushed my mother down the cellar stairs
Last Line: The house I became as the glass ball stormed
Subject(s): Family Life


THOSE PAPERWEIGHTS WITH SNOW INSIDE       
First Line: Dad pushed my mother down the cellar stairs
Last Line: The house I became as the glass ball stormed
Subject(s): Literary Form


THRONE OF FEAR       
First Line: When I was afraid, fear took me in
Last Line: That its own kingdom might be overthrown


TWO PEONIES/TWO GIRLS       
First Line: How large their heads are. Pink and leonine


UNEXPECTED FREEDOM       
First Line: The aftermath of death is a release


VOGUE VISTA       
First Line: Since each old scar on my face seems a stone pillar
Last Line: Her face is a caper in its flower furled. %my hands fly bat-like to my scars


WAKING UP       
First Line: I try to keep the promises I make


WHEEL       
First Line: Because of your nose, like a leaf blade
Last Line: As the frozen wheel of fortune thaws
Subject(s): Literary Form


WHEN I LOVE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: When I get on the plane, alone again
Subject(s): Air Travel; Love; Absence; Separation; Isolation


WHEN I LOVE YOU       
First Line: When I get on the plane, alone again


WHY ARE WE ALL CLOTHED?       
First Line: Why are we all clothed? A man in this room
Last Line: The close of reason and belief, %stand as if stepped from, meant for folding up
Subject(s): Death - Children


WHY I AM NOT A BUDDHIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I love desire, the state of want and thought
Subject(s): Buddhism; Buddha; Buddhists


WHY I AM NOT A BUDDHIST       
First Line: I love desire, the state of want and thought


WIDOW       
First Line: Home from the vet, she sniffed the usual
Last Line: Down in the dark, and prepared to wait


YES    Poem Text    
First Line: What awful thing will I take on